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RODC Branch Office Guide Ready for download
I have been working with 2008 Forests and customers moving towards this environment quite alot recently. Therefore I would like to bring your attention to a newly completed and updated guide which is now available for download; The Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) Branch Office Guide is now live on...
5 Jun 2009
Upcoming Event @ ADUG (Active Directory User Group )
Hi myself and a colleague Richard Diver will be talking at the upcoming ADUG as run Mark Parris on the 15th of June @6.15pm. http://adug.eventbrite.com/ . This will be held at our London Office Microsoft (London) Cardinal Place 100 Victoria Street London, London, City Of SW1E 5JL United Kingdom...
6 May 2009
Windows 2008 RODC Tick List for Deployment
Well I am sat in the departure lounge of Aberdeen Scotland Airport after a really interesting and enjoyable Customer Engagement around all things Active Directory. Aberdeen has enjoyed some lovely Spring Weather,while I have been there and is very pretty in the Sunshine. Anyway I have also been doing...
5 Apr 2008
Get on the Bus comes to Europe
Hi Everyone, This is a great opportunity to “GET ON THE BUS” and take advantage of getting your hands on the latest Software, Training, and excellent guidance and information from top technical experts. There are also some great giveaways of Windows 7 bus tour shirts plus much more !. This is...
6 Oct 2009
Another Tool to add to your Group Policy Vista Troubleshooting Kit
Well I have been talking quite a bit around Group Policies recently. Well that is because I have been involved with some colleagues in putting together some material for a new Group Policy Course that will be hopefully available soon to Premier Customers. One of the tools that I came across in my research...
28 Mar 2008
Heading to Teched IT Forum Barcelona 2007
Well I am now getting excited. I am going to be working on the Ask the Experts Stand @ Teched IT Forum in Barcelona next week. I am really looking forward to this as I had an absolutely brilliant time out in Orlando this year at Teched. I will be intending to build upon my 2008 knowledge and catch loads...
7 Nov 2007
A Great day in the Land of Virtualization
Well today has been great. My inaugural Operations day for Premier Field Engineering "Virtual Server and Beyond " has come to a close. I can honestly say it went really really well. I must admit it was hard work putting it all together but I had a really great Colleague Sarah Lidington working with me...
15 Jun 2007
RSAT Tools for Vista SP1 now available in All Languages
Sorry for the break in blogging. However I have been away on my holidays to a lovely part of the U.K. Lincolnshire Wolds . Very nice but very cold. Good news for RSAT Client is that it is available in all languages now. Please see below table for details of downloads. Language Code X86 X64...
23 Apr 2008
Virtualization of Domain Controllers part Deux
Hi a few weeks ago I blogged about recommended best practises of Virtualizing your Domain Controllers environment. I am currently working with a customer on quite a complicated scenario that touches on virtualization and through my research and pointers from my Colleague Mark Empson have come across...
20 Jun 2008
Correction for Group Policy Settings added to Windows 2008
Hi Everyone, We want to let you know that there is a correction to the link to download “Group Policy Settings added to Windows 2008”. So if you are looking for it the link is here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=18c90c80-8b0a-4906-a4f5-ff24cc2030fb Apologies...
6 Nov 2009
Getting Excited and Palpitations all at once !
I am prepping hard for the Windows 2008 Launch Event in Birmingham which I will be taking a small part in by delivering part of a session with Matt Mcspirit of Microsoft. This will be the "Core Infrastructure Improvements" section.During my prep I would just like to highlight some...
10 Mar 2008
RODC Windows 2008 Compatibility Pack released
If you are going to be utilising RODC in mixed environment (XP and 2003 ), then you need to download the Windows 2008 RODC Compatibility Pack. The Product Group and Dev Team, have been working exceedingly hard to get this released. It addresses the following issues as described by Product Group. "To...
29 May 2008
RSAT Tools now fully released and available for download
Hi there. After a refreshing Easter Break being blown around the Gower Peninsula in Wales . Which is absolutely beautiful part of the United Kingdom Wales. I come back to work and the biggest news for me of the day is that RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) is now available for download from Microsoft...
25 Mar 2008
Making it clear with DFSR for WINDOWS 2008
I was recently onsite with a customer talking around their prospective DFSR deployment. There was clarification required around what the pre-requisites were for deploying DFSR into a Forest which will also have Windows 2003 R2 Domain Controllers spread across different Domains. Please see below for clarification...
3 Feb 2009
Friday Snowy Roundup Windows 7
Well it is a well know fact that us British are not great when it comes to managing when it snows. So I am working from home today after struggling back from Derby last night after a bit of a horrendous journey due to train cancellations. My children however are having great fun enjoying the snow !....
6 Feb 2009
2008 what has been removed
I was asked by a Customer recently does 2008 support for "Services for Macintosh" so I did a bit of routing around. So see below for the list of Networking Services that are no Longer Supported on a Windows Vista and Windows 2008 platform. Bandwidth Allocation Protocol (BAP) X.25 Serial Line...
10 Apr 2008
Just Spreading the Love of Windows Server 2008 Core
Well It has been a fantastic week so far here at Teched 2007 in Florida. I have been honored to be working on the Technical Learning Center Booth being the Technical Expert on Server Core. Well that is what it says on my badge :). I have had awesome exposure to the latest information of what is coming...
7 Jun 2007
My 15 minutes of Fame
Well back from Orlando Florida after having a brilliant and technically challenging time. I was manning the Technical Learning Center on the Server Core Stand, and met loads of great colleagues and other professionals. I also was working alongside Ben Pearce and Justin Zarb , and Wayne Richards.I also...
11 Jun 2007
Some Useful Links to Share around ADGMP
I thought I would share a few of the useful public links I have come across in my further research around Advanced Group Policy Management, which is available as part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. Please see below for the links. I will post more and share some others if you have found some...
5 Dec 2007
Post Teched and Stuff
Well I had a fantastic Time @ Teched IT Forum Last week working on the Ask the Expert Stands with my colleagues from PFE. Myself and Wayne Richards were working on the Server Core Stand alongside Andrew Mason Senior Program Manager of Server Core. There is an excellent Technet Spotlight Presentation...
22 Nov 2007
New Planning for Active Directory Forest Recovery Guide for Active Directory 2008 Now available for Download !
Hi Everyone, Hot of the press is the new Active Directory Disaster Recovery Guide which has been updated to reflect new features and functionality you can leverage with 2008. Download it from Here In particular it talks about; 1. Read Only Domain Controllers considerations for rebuild and recovery...
23 May 2009
Dual Booting your Laptop with Bitlocker
Hi, Sorry for the delay since my last post. I have been Mad busy but things are getting onto a bit more of an even keel. Anyway alot of us within Premier Field Engineering use our Laptops for Everything including Demos utilising a range of Vhds. Plus we are all ensuring we are fully ramped up on all...
23 Jul 2008
TechNet Conference Virtual Event 19th June 2009
Hi , I think this is definitely worth a mention. I know that many of your are experiencing very restricted travel limitations due to the current Economic Climate. Well to help you maintain and grow your skills we are running a Virtual Technet Conference. Some of the highlights are as follows;...
2 Jun 2009
Bite size Learning Snacks
well this is a rather neat addition to our methods of learning. If you really want to just dip your toe into a subject and have a “snack” then please see the following range of “Learning Snacks” For other Windows Server 2008 Learning Snacks, please visit: Windows Server 2008 Introducing...
14 Oct 2009
Scalable Networking Pack revisited for 2008
A customer of mine has been enquiring about the current situation of Scalable Networking Pack in relation to Windows 2008. Out of my research I have come up with the following information plus also some recommendations. After Windows 2003 SP2 this setting was enabled by default. Many customers...
26 Oct 2009
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