Last week I presented my Top 10 things you need to know when it comes to Windows Server 2008 at the monthly SWIG meeting. SWIG stands for Sydney Windows Infrastructure Group. Derrick Buckley who runs the group was sick with the flu so I had to cover things for him which made for a challenging evening. I have to say it was a comedy of errors from the beginning in that I couldn't get my laptop connected to the projector and when I ordered the Pizza I got a second day trainee who was having trouble understanding what I wanted to order. Then the best part happened. I couldn't connect back to my office demo server to run all my demo's. So I had to just rely on my slides and myself to talk through the top ten. I think it went well and there was lots of discussion and questions on many of the new features in Windows Server 2008. There were about 30 people there so it was an awesome turnout which was great. Although at the end some guys asked if they were going to see the Exchange Server 2007 session. Well Derrick was sick so that was a no goer.
Anyway onto to the questions. Most of the questions revolved around the new RODC feature in Windows Server 2008 or Read Only Domain Controller. So first up what is an RODC?
A Read Only Domain Controller is an additional DC that holds a read-only copy of the Active Directory database and we see it being used heavily in Branch Office environments where security is often an issue. Now and RODC address's a number of issues experienced in a branch office. The include:
So when you look at the RODC functionality in Windows Server 2008 you might be thinking this is a throwback to the old BDC days of Windows NT 4.0. Well it's a lot more than that and really a critical piece in our overall branch office story.
So even though I didn't get to demo the other night at the meeting I thought the session went well and hopefully I've answered some of the questions raised in this post. If not send me an email or drop a comment on my blog!