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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 !....
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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;...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...