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  • Windows Server 2003 Administration Webcast Series (Part 4) Q&A

    Happy Grouping!!

    What a great session!  I hope you’ll agree that this Part 4 session on Group Management had some real gems in it – even if you thought you already knew it all about groups!

    Here, as usual, is the “best of” Q&A log from the webcast.  Sincere thanks again to my teammates for doing such a great job helping to answer questions!  I give them the credit for the information in this document.  Outstanding!

    Also I want to make sure also have the link to the Session Resources I posted for Part 4, and the homework assignment also.

    Series Part 4 Webcast Q&A

    “Is there a way to register for ALL of the events at one time instead of having to register each week?”

    “How can we sign up to the whole server webcast in one go? I was only able to register for each event one at a time!”

    Currently, that is the process. I know that the webcast team is working on implementing a more seamless, single sign up process moving forward.

    “Can we get the presentation WMV in ZIP format for down-loading?”

    It's available as a .wmv download about 72 hours after the event - go back to the event page then and a link to download the file will be sent to you.  I don't think a .zip is available however.

    “In addition to these level 100 webseminars on Windows Administration, is there a "next level" (ie., 200 or 300 level) series of Windows Administration webseminars?”

    Yes, starting with the next part they go up in level, 200 then to 300 by the end of the series.

    “It is possible to convert a distribution group to security group or reverse?”

    Yes, http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/dsadmin_groups_convert_group_type.asp describes how.   
    This link will appear on www.microsoft.com/technet/tnt4-04 for this part.

     “Do you have to have exchange to mail to a security group?”

    There probably is a product but cannot find one right now that has the same functionality.

    “Where can I find info for setting up VPN with my service provider - Quest and what Groups setttings should be setup..roles, permissions, etc...”

    Here is a great location to start: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/networking/vpn/default.mspx

    “In a small network (single domain), what is the best practice as far as group types are concerned?  Should they all be domain local, universal, global?  Or does it matter?”

    You could just use domain local groups in a single domain; but if you ever someday decide to add another domain, you’d be better of to still adhere to using Global Groups and assigning those into Domain Local Groups; and then granting permissions to the Domain Local Groups.

     “How can I get the power-points for the previous webcast I missed?”

    If you go to http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/events/windows2003srv/tnt4-04.mspx  and register for the archived webcasts, you will receive a confirmation email which will include links to the downloads.

    “Cool.  Thanks!”

    No problem.

    “How do you know if your domain is set to mixed or native mode?”

    If you go to the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, right-click the Domain name and select Domain Functional level, the resulting dialog will tell you what level you are at and what levels you can go to.

    “Can we get the questions and answers?”

    Undock the Q&A panel and periodically copy and paste the contents into a document file.  Or if you just want the BEST of the Q&A, you’re already here.

    “Is there a good place to find best practices in regards to shared folders. (I'm using multiple security groups and have multiple shared folders on my server)”

    Please refer to this link on the best practice for managing groups in Windows Server 2003: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816302

    “Is there a way for you to have the links in the PDF live so you do not have to retype them when you wish to use them.  This seems to work in most pdfs except the ones from these seminars.”

    Unfortunately we don't have any control about how these PDFs are created. That said, if you can wait 72 hours, the hot links in the PowerPoint version will be made available on the event page for this event.

    “After migrating from exchange 5.5 to 2003 the public folder permissions were assigned based on the distribution group that were migrated over from 5.5. permissions are not taking effect.  I had to add individual users to each folder in order for them to access the folders.  How to I get back my group permissions instead of individual accounts.”

    Distribution groups cannot be used to assign permissions.  Assign the permissions using security groups.  Security groups can be used to assign permissions and be used as Distribution Groups, as well.

    “Is there any disadvantage if we use the only Security Groups, make them mail enabled, and use them as exchange email distribution lists instead of using Distribution Groups? We can only use the Security Groups to assign permissions to Public Folders in Exchange 2000/2003.”

    There's no reason you can't do it that way, especially in a smaller environment.  In larger environments, where you want to have more control, creating Groups that are specifically Distribution Groups only, prevents unauthorized use of the group in order to access resources.

    “Is there a way to dump the users / groups in AD to a text file to look at the data in a spreadsheet?  I have used the net user 'userid' /domain command in dos but some of our group names are long and there is some truncation happening in the results.”

    Dsquery.exe is a command line tool that would do this.

    “Is there a tool built into AD that will provide me a list of users and all the permissions they have on our network?”

    Not built in, no.  By assigning permissions to groups, rather than users, and documenting those permissions assignments you can track permissions assigned against your defined security policies.

     “Does the query based distrib group update dynamically when you add a new user?”

    Actually, if you create a new user with attributes that match what a Query-Based Distribution Group would include, nothing happens.  It’s only when the list is used and evaluated, which is every time mail is sent to it, that the “members” are there.  It is truly dynamic.

    “What is the problem with using a domain local group to control access to a resource instead of a local group?”

    I think you are discussing the same thing, unless you are talking about a local group you created on a server?

    “I was told that Best practices called for creating a local group on a server and putting domain groups into the server local group and using the server's local group on the server to control access. Is this better that using a domain local group and adding other groups or users to it and using this domain local group to control access?”

    Yes, you were told that back in the NT 4.0 days because there was no such thing as a group that was local to the entire domain.  You had local groups on the domain controllers, or you had server local groups.  So your member servers (file servers?) had local groups on them into which you put Global Groups.  With Active Directory, now you have domain-wide groups that are local to the domain, managed in Active Directory for the sake of the domain, without having to create local groups on a server-by-server basis. 

    “Is ldifde command available in W2k native domains?”

    Yes.  It's available in Win2k regardless of the domain functional level.

    “What is a good ldifde resource?”

    You should find some good ones at http://search.microsoft.com/search/results.aspx?view=en-us&st=b&na=82&qu=ldifde

     “The icon of query based distr list of that list is not displayed correctly in some computers. it is displayed correctly on the machine with exchange but when i use ADUC on a different machine the icon is displayed like the icon of the unknown file. why is that?”

    That sometimes happens when the Exchange Administration tools are not installed on the system.  To fix that if you install just the Exchange admin tools on that administrative

    “Can I do a trusted domain on SBS 2003 to NT4 server?”

    No-the answer is at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842690

    “In a small and single domain environment, is it better to make all groups Domain Local Groups?  Do I gain performance for doing that?”

    You don't and, in fact, you lose manage-ability. Why? Because if I have multiple domain local groups that I use to control access to specific resources and then populate those Domain Local groups directly with Users, there will likely be multiple occurrences of the same user assigned to multiple Domain Local groups. Now, If I have a new hire, I have to put that user into each Domain Local group that I need the user in. However, If I have created Global Groups and populated Domain Local Groups with the Globals, it is likely that the Global group is assigned to multiple Domain Local groups. Now I can just add the user to the appropriate Globals and the User has access to all resources the global group has been assigned to. You can do what you're saying, but this recommendation is a better long term solution, that will maximize manageability and account for growth.

    “I was in a meeting and late for this webcast.  Can I see this webcast later?”

    Yes, it will be available to view as a webcast stream about 24-48 hours from now, and available for download in about 72 hours. Start at http://www.microsoft.com/webcasts and click on the On-demand Webcasts link at the top of the page.

    “Does this get easier when you work with it all day or are u guys showing off features you only use once in a blue moon?”

    ldifde, and all command line utilities usually need research to use them properly and would want to be used more than once a year.

    “Are the DS(Add, Move...) commands limited to modifying/creating groups in the same domain? If not, can the DSMOVE be used to move objects from one domain to another?

    The DSMove command can only move objects within OU's in the same domain.  To move objects between domains use the MoveTree utility.  See kb/238394 at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/238394

    “Will the movetree retain the groups that the user is part of or would i have to use one of the methods shown today to export the group membership, movetree the user, then modify the users group membership?”

    Global Groups, by definition, can only contain users from the domain the global group is created in, therefore when I move the object to a new domain I lose all global group memberships and need to re-assign that user to the appropriate globals in the new domain.

    “Say you add a computer object to a group (to filter Group Policy). How long before that gets reflected in the token of the computer? Is a reboot required? Will restarting NETLOGON work?”

    I talked with an engineer in PSS and he believed reboot, but please review this site for a 100% answer. http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/Windows/2000/server/reskit/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/Windows/2000/server/reskit/en-us/distrib/dsce_ctl_fvlv.asp

    And finally – in reference to “Tequila-Kitty”…

    TequilaKitty

    “That was good!!”

    Don’t encourage him. lol :-) Have a great day!

    And the best comment of the day:
    “It's a good thing he didn't use a lemon with that poor cat... he'd have created a sourpuss!”

    OHHHHHH- that's bad!

     

  • It's Official: Co-Existence and Migration tools for GroupWise 6.5.x now supported

    It's Official: Exchange Server 2003 Co-Existence and Migration tools for GroupWise 6.5.x now supported

    Migrate

    Exchange Server 2003 offers co-existence and migration tools for customers interested in migrating from Novell GroupWise, Lotus Notes, and other products.  Today Microsoft announced that we will support customers who are on GroupWise 6.5.x and are interested in moving to Exchange Server 2003.

    “What’s changed?”

    Nothing other than the fact that we’ve finally completed testing the toolset that is already included on the Exchange Server 2003 CD – along with Exchange 2003 SP1, and can officially support the tools with GroupWise 6.5.x.  Previously we only supported GroupWise 5.x and 4.1.x.

    Check out KB# 329041 for the details.

    Also see this Co-Existence and Migration FAQ.

     

  • Do UK workers lie more than other workers?

    This TechNewsWorld article really blew me away.  I had no idea that the British were such dishonest folks! 

    …I’m kidding of course.  I knew it all along.

    Okay.. all kidding aside.  I’m curious to hear from my UK colleagues Eileen, Mat, Michael, and Stephen have to say about this.  Is this really a big issue for businesses in the UK?  Does this kind of information “filtering” really happen more there than it does anywhere else?

    And what about Canada, for cryin’ out loud?….

     

  • Very Cool FREE Online Training on ISA Server 2004

    Saw this in the “Windows Platform News” email today…
    Get hands-on experience with the new Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 Interactive Training. You will have the chance to actively test-drive the new ISA Server 2004 user interface as you navigate a series of simple tasks.
     
    I walked through the first part of it.  Very easy to do and very slick.  If you have a spare hour, and you want a really solid introduction on ISA Server 2004, I highly recommend this training.
     
  • Windows Server 2003 Administration Webcast Series (Part 5 - Disk Management) Q&A

    Wow!

    Frustrating Audio! 

    First of all – sincere apologies to all of you who weren’t able to get audio early-on in our webcast.  The webcast producers are currently working with the streaming audio vendor to determine where the problem was, and how we can be assured that it won’t happen again.  I’ll post an update here as I find out.  But again – I’m very sorry for the confusion and frustration this caused, and I hope you will take advantage of the On-Demand webcast viewing for this session when it’s available.

     

    Another note… and this relates to something Jason (webcast producer) mentioned.  Some of you have registered for the On-Demand webcast when it became available (after 24-48 hours) and did NOT receive emailed links to where you could get the PowerPoints and the .WMV downloadable version.  This is because those resources are not available until 72 hours after the event.  So… if you’re interested in getting those, make sure you re-register for the On-Demand event after 72 hours have passed.  (Sunday morning should just about do it, but wait ‘til the following Monday if you want to be sure.)

    Here, as usual, is the “best of” Q&A log from the webcast.  Sincere thanks again to my teammates for doing such a great job helping to answer questions!  I give them the credit for the information in this document.  Outstanding!

    Also I want to make sure also have the link to the Session Resources I posted for Part 5, and the homework assignment also.

    Series Part 5 Webcast Q&A – Disk Management

    “Where is the On-Demand Webcast found?

    Part 5 “Disk Management” is found HERE.

     

    “Why is Microsoft software so expensive?”

    It’s not.  Not for the value it gives.  (My humble opinion. )

     

    “Will the recorded meeting contain the audio?”

    Yes, the recording will.

     

    “NO AUDIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Yep… Sorry.

     

    “Are dynamic disks special disks or just software based?”

    Software based

     

    “Can a spanned array of dynamic disks be moved to another computer?”

    See the following article on moving disks from one computer to another. http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/Windows/XP/all/reskit/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/Windows/XP/all/reskit/en-us/prkb_cnc_ykyz.asp

     

    “What advantage is there (if any) to using dynamic disks when using hardware based RAID?”

    “I use hardware RAID5 on all my servers - the RAID BIOS 'presents' the logical drive to Windows as a single drive. Would there be any advantage or disadvantage to converting them from basic to dynamic?”

    Some would argue that there are no benefits using software vs. hardware because supposedly hardware is lower-level and therefore faster.  There are a few benefits, however, mainly having to do with total cost and ease of administration. See the following article: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/deployguide/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/deployguide/en-us/sdcbc_sto_vlfo.asp

     

    “Do you know when clustering will support dynamic disks?”

    There are no plans at this time. This does not mean it will never happen, but it is hard to say when and if this will be available in the future.

     

    “Can I revert a dyn. disk to basic?... without losing data or will I lose all data on the disk after proceeding so?”

    It is possible to go back but not directly. see the following article:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;309044&sd=tech

     

    “Are you going to be going over any of the DFS functionality being released with 2k3 Service Release 2?”

    Probably not in this web cast but keep looking at this web site when R2 is released: http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsServer2003/technologies/fileandprint/file/dfs/default.mspx.  Hopefully it will have something for you

     

    “I have a few PC-class ‘servers’ (desktop PC running Windows Server 2003 and a single server-based service or function). Is there any advantage of converting its single hard disk to dynamic?”

    All of the benefits I was highlighting would be available.

     

    “So conversion of a basic disk to a dynamic disk does not damage the data on the disk?”

    No, it doesn't.

     

    “What if you have dual boot system with a Win2000 Srv instance and a Win2003 Srv instance.. could they both access the same dynamic disk volume ?”

    Dynamic disks cannot be directly accessed by MS-DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT, or Windows XP Home Edition, so you cannot start these operating systems on dynamic disks, so Windows 2000 should be ok...Check this link for info:
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_DISKconcepts_10.asp

     

    “Is it recommended to convert the system volume to a dynamic volume in a Windows Server 2003 environment?”

    You can but read this first. http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/dm_dynamic_overview.asp

     

    “Is there a performance hit for converting to dynamic?”

    Actually the performance can be increased if you do something like a stripe volume.

     

    “Can the system (boot) volume be mirrored? Are there any issues with that?”

    It can be mirrored. see the following link for more info.:
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/dm_dynamic_overview.asp

     

    “What is the difference again between a Quick Format and a Format?”

    Mainly it is a difference between whether or not the format process also performs diagnostics and checks for bad sectors.  Check this kb out: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302686

     

    “Is there any difference between a newly created dynamic disk and a basic disk upgraded to dynamic? I recall reading something about Windows setup being able to install if the dynamic disk was upgraded from a basic one.”

    You can perform a fresh installation of the Windows Server 2003 family of operating systems on a dynamic volume only if that volume was converted from a basic boot volume or basic system volume. If the dynamic volume was created from unallocated space on a dynamic disk, you cannot install the Windows Server 2003 family of operating systems on that volume.

     

    “Someone asked earlier if the boot partition can be converted to a dynamic disk. The answer given was "No". I thought it was possible.”

    Yes, this is possible, please see the following article for clarification: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/dm_dynamic_overview.asp.
    Just be sure the drive on which the boot partition has enough free unallocated space.

     

    “Does a spanned volume have to use extra space on only one server or can it be spanned across several servers?”

    It is has to be on the local server only

     

    “When you are using a striped disk set, if you copy a file to a stripped volume, does it copy that same file to all three of the disks if that’s the case?”

    No. There is an algorithm that stripes the data across the drives.  Users don’t have to know or care how the file is stored.

     

    “Can you mirror a spanned or striped volume?”

    No, neither can be mirrored.

     

    “Can your C: drive be a dynamic drive.”

    Yes. Check this link for more info.... http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/dm_dynamic_overview.asp

     

    “If you're using hardware RAID (with onboard cache memory), do you recommend selecting ‘Enable Write Caching on the disk’ and ‘Enable advanced performance’ on your (virtual) disks?”

    You should really use the recommendations of the manufacturer.  An interesting article you might enjoy is at the following. http://sr5tech.com/write_back_cache_experiments.htm

     

    “On spanned volume if a disk goes bad you lose the whole volume?”

    Correct.  Spanned volumes are not fault tolerant.

    “Can the boot partiton be expanded/spanned?”

    If performing an upgrade, you can use the strategy listed in the following articles: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325857
    and http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289876

     

    “Is there any point converting to dynamic disks if I have hardware RAID”

    There is.  See the links to the same question earlier in the queue

     

    “Is it mandatory to have same make, model and manufacturer, wont it work if its different , in case it perhaps discontinued from vendor?”

    No, it’s not mandatory.  Just highly recommended.

     

    “How many dynamic drives can be used in a spanned volume configuration?”

    It's more a question of size than number of physical disks see http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/deployguide/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/deployguide/en-us/sdcbc_sto_cokp.asp

     

    “For a mirrored volume, does it matter if one physical disk is SCSI and the other IDE?”

    In that case the disks need to be identical. See the following http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/dm_dynamic_overview.asp

     

    “Where I can find a Guide to build up RAID in windows 2003?”

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/dm_raid5.asp

     

    “If you add a mirror to an existing drive, does the OS automatically copy all of the then existing data content to the mirror drive? If so, how long does this take?”

    Yes.  The creation of the mirrored volume will duplicate the data on the mirror. How long it takes is dependent on the disk I/O and amount of data to be synched.

     

    “Win2k3 software not support raid50, raid50 only supported when using a hardward level raid configuration?”

    2003 does support software based raid in a limited capacity and hardware based raid. http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/dm_dynamic_overview.asp

     

    “Is raid 5 better than mirrored?”

    It all depends on your definition of "better". RAID 5 gives you a lower cost per mb (gb) due to the ability to use more than just 2 disks. There is a performance hit on write functions in a RAID5.

     

    “What happens if run out of letters to assign to volumes?”

    You can assign them names, or use volume mount points. http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/techref/en-us/Default.asp?url=/Resources/Documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/techref/en-us/w2k3tr_ddisk_what.asp

     

    “Is there a performance issue in software vs. hardware mirroring, raid-5 etc.”

    Yes. When using software, you take a hit due to the use of system memory as well as system processor to perform the work. A hardware RAID subsystem will usually be better performing.

     

    “Are you notified which disk on a mirror is corrupt if you have problems?”

    Normally this will show in the event viewer. If it is the primary disk the system will most likely fail, it is the secondary mirror the system will still function but you will traditionally see errors in the event viewer.

     

    “How much data will u loose when you break the mirror?”

    Generally you don't actually break the mirror unless you don’t plan on using it anymore. In any case the mirror is the link between the disks so data is not lost in breaking the mirror.  It is simply no longer recorded on both disks.

     

    “Is RAID 5 the same as mirror?”

    No. RAID5 is a a stripe set with parity and requires 3 or more disks. A mirror is RAID1, which can only have 2 disks - whatever is written on one disk, is written on the other.  So you have fault tolerance, but no speed improvement.

     

    “Can Windows create RAID 10 sets?”

    No. That requires a hardware RAID controller.

     

    “Is it safe to hot swap a mirrored drive for a sort of a backup option? Say you have two HD set up as mirrored disk 0 and disk1, disk1 is mirroring disk 0, can you swap out another HD with disk1? Can you provide a link on doing this?”

    In order for this to work you would nee to reconfigure the mirror set. It is not a hot swappable option. http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/Windows/2000/server/reskit/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/windows/2000/server/reskit/en-us/core/fndd_flt_DSVC.asp

     

    “So the system and boot partition cannot exist on a RAID-5 volume?”

    It can if the RAID5 volume is created via a hardware RAID set.

     

    “I plan on setting up 5 SMS secondary servers - is there a Microsoft recommendation configuration for disk layout?”

    It depends on what’s going to be running on the Site Servers.  Are they going to have all roles on there?  If so, RAID 0 for the DP would help, but other than that there aren’t really any specific recommendations.

     

    “What’s the I/O penalty with raid 6?”

    Depends on the manufacturer.  There is no software based raid 6 in win2k3.

     

    “Any possible loss of data during a defrag?”

    If you are defragging a running database you could get into data loss issues, but generally no real troubles with defrag.

     

    “What about Defrag on Hardware raid, good idea or not?”

    Generally no but see the manufacturers recommendations.

     

    “I see you say NO, it is not recommended to run defrag on a hardware stripe; is it recommended to run defrag on a hardware raid 5?”

    Generally no but see the manufacturers recommendations.

     

    “Why isn't it recommended to run defrag on a hardware stripe?”

    Serves no purpose. The files are spread over the drives in the stripe via an algorithm.

     

    “Any problem using defrag on an Exchange box?”

    “Is it safe to defrag drives on a Exchange 2003 server?”

    Please keep in mind that the defragmentation process cannot defragment a file that is open (locked). The Exchange database will be locked by the Exchange Information Store service and will not allow the database to be defragmented. So long as you are not looking to defragment the Exchange database, you should be fine. I would perform the deframentation during "off" hours as the process will negatively affect the performance of Exchange since you will be doing quite a bit of disk IO during the defrag process and Exchange is quite disk IO intensive iteself.

     

    “Will you have the links to the next webcast in this series?”

    The next webcast (and the rest in the series) live here: http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/windowsserver2003admin.mspx Part 6 is here: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032267249&Culture=en-US

     

     

    “A free third-party tool that defragments the registry hives and pagefile can be found here: http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/pagedefrag.shtml

    Thanks for the tip.  Love that great Sysinternals stuff. 

     

    “Unable to copy question section using Ctrl-c plus Shift-Ins will this be available later?”

    This “how do I copy the Q&A?” question comes up a lot.  If you want to copy to Q&A from the Live Meeting Interface, you can drag that Q&A panel off and make it larger.  Then using your mouse, select text you want to copy.  Press CTRL+C.  Then go to some other application (Word or Notepad) and CTRL+V to paste.

     

    “Check disk for errors?  This demo is misleading a bit since it sets a flag and performs this on reboot. Am I correct?”

    You can run chkdsk without having to reboot. If you perform this on a partition that chkdsk cannot grab exclusive access to (such as a drive the the swapfile), then it does flag the registry and performs the task during the reboot process.

     

    “Do we have to worry about a spam filter killing the e-mail notification if we have won?”

    Boy - I hope not. :)

     

    “Can you explain the difference between what was presented today and hardware based RAID?”

    Discussed early in the webcast.  Software RAID is controlled and managed by the Windows operating system. Hardware RAID is controlled and managed by the controller.   In fact, if it’s hardware-based RAID, it will likely appear and behave to the Operating System as if it were just one physical disk.  I would consider Software RAID the "poor man's" RAID; hardware RAID being more expensive but better performing. 

     

    “Do you know of a way to migrate from a Windows NT 4.0 volume set to Windows 2003?”

    I wasn’t able to find a way to do this.  I tried to create one using Windows Server 2003, but I couldn’t.  I don’t have a Volume Set available to see if Windows Server 2003 will recognize it, but I’m betting it would.  Worst case, you will want to back up the data and move it to a new dynamic disk or disks under Windows Server 2003.

     

    “I'm having trouble getting to the evaluation, even by copying the link into my broswer.”

    You might have to refresh the browser a couple of times. everyone's hitting the page at the same time.

     

    “If you have bad sectors and run chkdsk .. the system freezes because it can't read the data, yes?  How can it recover it then?”

    Hmm... So - chkdsk just hangs? Have you tried some other chkdsk options at the commandline? Short of calling PSS or a professional disk recovery service, I don't know what other options you have. It may truly be failed hardware that is not recoverable. Sorry.

     

    And finally…

     

    “Can you share those fun photos?”

     

    Pic12734Cow_n_dolphin

     

    Absolutely!

    Have a great rest-of-the-week! 

    Kevin

  • CD, ISO, and VFD Disk Image Resources

    Great White North My esteemed Canadian colleague, Bruce Cowper, has created a wonderful resource for anyone curious about making .ISO images from CDs, or creating bootable CDs from them.  Or taking bootable floppy disks and creating bootable virtual floppy disk (.VFD) files for use with Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 or Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.

    Here is the link to his list.

  • He's the guy who invented Lotus Notes!

    Ray Ozzie is now Microsoft’s CTO! 

    And equally good new: Microsoft Acquired his company, Groove Networks.  Watch for some great stuff to be coming out of that deal!

    UPDATE: Here’s the Microsoft PressPass announcement.

     

  • Windows Server 2003 Administration Webcast Series (Part 6 -Printers) Q&A

    Here, as usual, is the “best of” Q&A log from the webcast.  Sincere thanks again to my teammates for doing such a great job helping to answer questions!  I give them the credit for the information in this document.  Outstanding!

    Also I want to make sure also have the link to the Session Resources I posted for Part 6, and the Part 6 Homework Assignment also.

    Series Part 6 Webcast Q&A – Printers

    “Where is the On-Demand Webcast found?

    Part 6 “Printers” is found HERE.

     

    “Polka music without beer are you crazy?”

    My thoughts exactly!

    “The music is great by the way!”

    Glad you enjoy it.

    “I need more money. Can I have some of yours?”

    You can.  In fact, you are!  You’re getting some of my time! 
    And since time=money…

    “When do we start? I am in Central Time.”

    Me too.  I start at 3:00 P.M. CST.

    “What was the blog address again?”

    Do I really need to post that here?

    “On the recorded sessions you can review the whole webcast but there is no option to record it to your HDD and watch it even if you don't have Internet connection. is it?”

    You're correct, however, we have recently started sending emails after you register for an archived webcast that will include links to download the powerpoints and the recorded webcast in .WMV file format, so that you can save it to your hard disk. This is a recent change.

    “Can a 2003 server be added to a Novell domain, without making it the domain controller?”

    A Windows 2003 Server cannot be a "domain controller" for a NetWare forest.  A Windows 2003 Server can participate (authenticate) in a NetWare environment by using the client that we provide or the one from Novell.

    “Just to clarify, was last week's discussion on Software RAID or Hardware RAID? My assumption is that it is SOFTWARE raid.”

    You assume correctly.  Yes, I mentioned hardware RAID only as a possibility (and that if it’s hardware RAID, it will look to the OS as if it were one physical disk), but focused mainly on software disk management capabilities of and options in Windows Server 2003.

    “Are there any security concerns about allowing ‘Everyone’ access to the average printer? Specialized printers, I can see restrictions being useful - but in general??”

    In general, no.  No security concerns.  It is really just another way to limit or enforce restrictions on who can use what printer.

    “Our company print servers are on Windows 2000 is it recommended to just run the upgrade to server 2003 or complete a fresh install and then reconfigure the printers?”

    It's much easier to do an in-place upgrade. Unless there's some other reason to install a new server and migrate stuff, I wouldn't recommend it.

    “Is there a way to download earlier archived webcasts?”

    Yes, go back and re-register for the event. Give it at least 3 days before doing so. We are offering these for all events that were recorded starting in January of this year.

    “Is there a way in windows server 2003 to push down a default printer to all users through group policy?”

    There is no direct way.  One option might be to script it and add it as a computer startup or login script which would then be enforced through policy. 
    Here is the list of available printer policies:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/using/productdoc/en/default.asp?url=/windowsxp/home/using/productdoc/en/sag_printconcepts_policies.asp

    “Is there any issues with using spaces in the share name of the printer when the printer is published to AD?”

    Only if you use legacy OS's (DOS, Win 3.1... you could even include Windows 95 / 98 in that category.)

    “How important, as far as compatibility, is it to use the installed Microsoft drivers where available as opposed to using manufacturer’s drivers?”

    The Microsoft drivers are approved, but when you download the printer if you see it is signed then that means we have approved it.

    “Is there a MS utility that can be used to backup printer settings for the print server? Just in case there is a server hardware failure and we do not want to have to remember all the printer settings.”

    Yes. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9b9f2925-cbc9-44da-b2c9-ffdbc46b0b17&DisplayLang=en

    I have an office of about 200 people, and 60 printers or so. Our current print server seems to be getting near the end of it's life (it requires reboots more and more often, and has a 4gb c drive partition). Is there a way I can make a new server and migrate the printers over, instead of having to see 200 people on the day I turn off the old print server?... and nobody has *EVERY* printer mapped on their computer.

    Use this tool http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9b9f2925-cbc9-44da-b2c9-ffdbc46b0b17&DisplayLang=en

    “Why is it that HP deskjet printers still seem to require a DOS-compatible share name for Windows XP clients to connect and print correctly?”

    If you are saying a UNC path. The printer does not have a way to have a DNS namespace. But you can probably get more information from HP.

    “Is PrintMig v3.1 also compatible with Win2K3?”

    Yes it is. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9b9f2925-cbc9-44da-b2c9-ffdbc46b0b17&DisplayLang=en

    “I was thinking of remote desktop protocol and printing issues when mapping local printers into the W2k3 session?”

    The most common problem I see with this scenario is when the user has a local printer that is not available at the office. Therefore, there is no printer driver installed for that printer on the W2K3 server. If you install the driver on the server, that should take care of it.

    “I became aware of this series after the first event. I registered for it and got the Confirmation for it with the links. I was able to download the .wmv and .ppt files. But this was an initial registration. The problem is only with re-registration. It means no one can attend and then get the downloads.”

    Interesting comments (this one was not the only one we’ve seen) about whether or not someone who has seen the live event is able to re-register later and get the links to the downloads.  Has anyone else had that problem?  (hit the feedback link below, or contact me please.)

    “I am curious about the specs of the machine that is being used for the demo since it is running Virtual PC. What CPU and how much RAM does it have?”

    Pentium M 2GHz processor and 2GB RAM

    “Will there be specific info on how to publish the printer to AD?”

    Yes.  In fact, it’s just as easy as making sure you check “List in the directory” on the sharing tab.  Need I be more specific?

    “Other than a reg merge is there a way to push out printer accessories/settings (ie. duplex, tray 1 - legal) etc.?”

    If this is configured on the server settings, they get propagated to the client.

    “If you print offline, are the print jobs saved on the local machine, and then sent to the printer when returned back online?”

    You can set the printer to be used offline. They when you reconnect just uncheck "Use Printer Offline" and that will again allow the flow of the jobs that have been queuing up.

    “Are Printer Preferences defined at the Print server carried to the clients when they connect? Or are those settings user specific? For instance, could I set a default option to duplex all print jobs sent to a printer (assuming the printer supports duplexing) unless otherwise specified by the user?”

    The server settings are the default settings all users will get, however, the user can on their machine change THEIR default settings for their connection.

    “My real questions is what happens if you make the printer offline, and then print documents.... then RESTART the computer. Will those print jobs still be available to print after reboot?”

    Yes they will.  They are stored in the local machine spooler.

    “Somewhere we found that you should not use the IP address in the port name yet I see that Kevin did. Is this an issue?”

    Not sure where you saw that, looking at http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/advanced/help/default.asp?url=/windows2000/en/advanced/help/sag_printconcepts_17a.htm Printer best practices I don't see that, however, I would reference your documentation and bear in mind that this was just a demonstration.

    “In my company I have had problems with publishing printers in Active directory. I can add them to an OU, but then later on they have disappeared when I go back to the directory list. Do you know of anything to check to troubleshoot this? I am not sure but this may even be a DNS issue.”

    Sounds like a replication issue maybe.

    “When migrating to another server - can I take my printers with me. i.e is there an option to migrate printers or export the printer information and import it to the new server? This would helpful when there are hundreds of servers that are serviced by the server - like the server I have!”

    Use this tool, the Windows Print Migrator: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9b9f2925-cbc9-44da-b2c9-ffdbc46b0b17&DisplayLang=en

     “We have an HP Lj 4000 shared out on a Windows NT machine. We want to share out each tray (there are two) individually. It was setup that way before but know on the NT machine we do not have the Advanced Tab. If I add it to my 2003 server and set the trays up that way it works from the server but not any computer that connects to the printer through the Server. Any suggestions on setting this up?”

    It could be that the client is using the incorrect driver that doesn't have the settings defined. To verify, you can delete the printer from one of the clients and then reconnect to the W2K3 printer and see what happens.

    “Is there a white paper on how to setup Internet printing?”

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/windowsserv/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_PRINTconcepts_Internet_printing.asp

    “Does Microsoft have a good solution for tracking how many print jobs a user has performed, and stop them from printing more items when they hit their print quota?”

    We do not have an out of the box solution for this. You may want to check for a 3rd party tool that can do this for you.

    “How secure is Internet printing?”

    Print server security is provided by IIS with basic authentication, if supporting any client, or Microsoft challenge/response or Kerberos authentication, if using Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or later; so it can be very secure.

    “What is with the Printjob, if some one prints outside of the Printing Time?”

    It will wait in the spooler until they’re allowed to print.

    “So Windows 2000 Server doesn't support IPP? It's new in XP/2003?”

    For information on how to configure Windows 2000 for Internet Printing, see the following document: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;313058.

     

    “The pdf slides do not show the steps in the printer setup demonstration....do we need to wait for the download link?”

    The slides only capture where the demonstrations come in the presentation. You'll have to wait for the recorded presentation to review the demonstrations.

    “Microsoft should really have a good solution for Print Quotas for users, given that Universities around the country are demanding this type of functionality, and because there are not any really good 3rd party utilities that integrate well with windows.”

    Good feedback!  Did you know that you can always send feedback like that to mswish@microsoft.com?

    “I remember in Win2000 there was a "HP Standard TCP/IP Port" type... is there a benefit to using that over a Standard TCP/IP Port? .... and does that exist in 2003?--I don't have a 2003 box yet.”

    Not sure if there is a benefit of using one over the other, but in Windows Server 2003, there is no "HP Standard TCP/IP Port" type, only Local Port or Standard TCP/IP.

    “What happens in a printer pool when a printer fails (such as a jam) in the middle of a job. Will it be redirected to another available printer in the pool? If not, can the print jobs be moved manually?”

    It will remain in the spooler and destined for that printer, unless you restart that job.

    “I think it is sale not sales”

    <chuckle> Yep… and I made the same exact type-o TWICE!  (What are the odd?!)

    User print quota should be a great convenience for Win2k3 with AD environment. at the moment we use Linux to do it so. it could be added as a tab to the user properties in AD.”

    That's a great suggestion. I will forward to the product group, but it has more impact coming from you. You should send an email to mswish@microsoft.com.

    “If I have a printer hanging off the network (ie, no print server) can my users  automatically get the drivers when installing the printer?”

    No.  The physical printer will not have any drivers it can send to the client. The clients would need to install the driver themselves as they’re connecting to that “local” (TCP/IP Port) printer.

    “What's the advantage of using a print server, especially in a small office where you don't need to manage print jobs?”

    If its a small office with a small print workload, and you have a printer on your machine, your XP machine can be the "office print server".  If there’s more of a print load you probably don’t want you workstation using cycles to take care of that role.”

    “Is there a Tool for migrate only specific Printers from a Printserver to an other Printserver? PrintMig 3.1 migrates all Printers.”

    Not that I know of.

    “How do you make server based printing redundant? in other words if you put your print servers on a server and the server locks up....you just lost the whole organizations printing capability.”

    If you really wanted to, you could cluster the Printing services.

    “Is it possible / recommended to use an already defined printer port for a completely different printer located at another site? i.e 2 or more of the same printer model using one defined printer port – is this possible?”

    If you’re defining one logical printer with multiple printer ports going to different printers, you’re essentially setting up a printer pool.

    “Is there a way to make a logical printer on a Win2003 print server available to non-domain members?”

    Yes.  Give “Anonymous User” rights to print.

    “If say you have 20 HP4000 printers. If you load a new driver for 1 of them, does it update the driver for all?”

    On the same server?  Yes.

    “When I update the driver for a printer installed on a print server, do the clients automatically update their drivers as well?”

    Windows NT 4.0, W2k, XP and W2k3 based clients check the printer driver each time they reconnect to the network. A Windows NT 3.x client checks each time the spooler service on the client is started. If the driver is not current, a copy of the new driver is downloaded automatically. The printer driver for a Windows 95 or Windows 98-based client is not automatically kept current. If you update the driver on the print server, you must manually install the driver on Windows 95 and 98 clients.

    “Is there a way to setup printer permissions based on the OU a user resides in? Or just by group membership?”

    Only by group membership.

    Is there any way that a print queue will save all documents printed as a file as well as deliver them to the printer?”

    Not that I’m aware of.

    “I'm experiencing incredible performance and Internet connectivity loss with my Road Runner broad band connection.”

    I would recommend calling your ISP.

    “At the time of setting up the print-Q on the client, can you use a Global variable, e.g. \\%PrimPrintServer%\<printername> so if the Primary Print Server dies, the Global variable can be modified to reflect the redundant/backup Print Server?”

    I’m not sure if this would work but you could just add a static entry to WINS or DNS.

    “To set printer pool or redirect print job, does all printer have to be exact the same model?”

    They must have the same driver, so yes, it’s better that they be the same model.

    “How do I remove a printer driver from my server?”

    Check add remove programs or see if there is a removal that shipped with the printer software.

    “I have a XP SP2 print server. When i get more that ten users that try to connect to the print server, all users lose the ability to print. Is there any way to increase the amount of connections allowed?”

    XP has a 10 user connection limitation.  If you want more connections you need Windows Server 2003

    “Couldn't we just select "Pause Printing" instead of "Use Printer Offline" (before redirecting the port)?”

    No, it has to be use offline before you can redirect.

    “Does the driver version have to be the same for printer pooling?”

    By default it would be – because you’re configuring it from the same one Logical Printer definition.

    “Kevin..... We don't like homework =(“

    Who does?  Seriously, though, I give you homework as an additional resource for learning.

    “Regarding alerts. will this work with pop mail or do you have to have an exchange server?”

    It's really a matter of what command-line application you launch as a result of the alert. If it sends SMTP mail, then it will send to pretty much any SMTP server that will accept it. (Exchange included). If it's MAPI, then yeah, it will connect to your Exchange Server.

    “Can a print driver be changed if it is being used offline?”

    Yes

    “Is there any way to create a share on a logical printer in another domain but in the same forest?”

    Absolutely.  Domains in the same forest have automatically established two-way transitive trusts between them, and the “everyone” group that can print to your shared printers by default will include all of those users. 

     

    --

    And of course… Here are the pictures I used in the webcast:

    Scanner  MS Domination

    Have a great rest-of-the-week! 

    Kevin

  • Windows Server 2003 Administration Webcast Series (Part 7 Backup, Restore, and Recovery)

    Wow!

    Frustrating Audio!  And for that I sincerely apologize.  We’re finding that the servers somewhere in the pipe that were handling the audio for our LiveMeeting 2005 stream weren’t up to the task. 

    The good news: Part 8 and following will all be still using the new LiveMeeting, but with the old audio provider.  (At least until they can prove that they’ve solved the problems.)

    Here, as usual, is the “best of” Q&A log from the webcast.  Sincere thanks again to my teammates for doing such a great job helping to answer questions!  I give them the credit for the information in this document.  Outstanding!

    Also I want to make sure also have the link to the Session Resources I posted for Part 7, and the homework assignment also.

    Questions and Answers:

    “Is the Normal BU the same as a Full BU?”

    Yes.  We often use the terms interchangeably.

     

    “Will the backup feature in 2003 server replace 3rd party backup software?”

    Great question. The backup tool is exceptional and works fine in real world networks. There are some additional features and niceties of 3rd party backup programs that may make them desirable over the windows system. It all depends on your specific needs.

     

    “When you say reset the bit, do you mean reset the bit in the original file or in the backup copy?  FYI, I missed the first part of the audio because of the problem with the Live Meeting 2005.”

    There is a bit on the original file that we mark to indicate backup.

     

    “Can you send me the url to get previous PPT's for these livemeetings livemeeting?”

    You have to return to the event page and confirm your registration info to be sent the PowerPoint. Check this link to find all the archived events: http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/windowsserver2003admin.mspx

     

    “When taking a system state backup do you need to backup the window directory as well?”

    System state backup is designed to allow for recovery of directory services and critical network services. It does not backup everything on the machine.

     

    “Is Windows Server 2003 utility still unable to backup an opened SQL Server database?”

    Check out this reference for how to backup SQL Server 2000:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2000/books/c11ppcsq.mspx

     

    “Do the questions and answers get saved during the recorded presentation so that we can view them later?”

    Not during the presentation.  I, however, capture the log and create this document you’re reading now; so at least there’s that.

     

    “Long time ago I tried to use ASR.  During recovery it asked for the ASR diskette but would not recognize it when I put it in and pressed enter. Has that problem been cured now?”

    Interesting problem. I have not seen this. I use ASR regularly and it works very well.

     

    “I have a problem with my 2003 servers and ntbackup scheduler. The backup will error out with "NTbackup error: The requested media failed to mount. The operation was aborted" I have taken the backup command and made a batch file that runs about three minutes after the scheduled job is to run. On two of my servers, scheduling both the ntbackup and the batchfile within 3 minutes of each other, the backup will run. The third server will not back up no matter what I have tried. I can kick it off by running the batchfile, but scheduling the batchfile always errors out with the message above. Help”

    You might want to check out the article http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;555136

     

    “If the backup winds up with corruption in it, do you know of any software packages that will repair / recover some of the data?”

    I don't know of any. There's a great business opportunity.

     

    “Can you backup these up to DAT drives used for backups in your domain?”

    Yes and it works well.

     

    “It sounds like then a full backup consists of two parts a) create a backup using the backup/restore utility, and then b) create an ASR. Is this correct?

    Correct… if you’re going want ALL of the disk contents, a complete normal (full) backup will do that.  The ASR will create a backup that really is just for restoring your system to fully operational state – without backing up documents or other non-essentials. 

     

    “Can you backup directly to a CD-R or do you need to back up to disk and then burn to CD-R?”

    I prefer to backup to disk first and then burn to removable media.

     

    “Can the same floppy be used on different machines if the machines are identical”

    If they are truly identical yes. Same SID and all.  So usually, no.

    “What steps did needed to create a virtual Floppy?”

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/ads/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/ADS/en-us/nbs_vf_overview.asp

     

    “If a 3rd party does the backup, does the archive bit get changed after its done?”

    Yes.  3rd party tools generally carry through the same notion of the types of backups available, and use of the archive bit to support them.

     

    “Kevin said if you delete a catalog, you can re-catalog it. How?”

    For more info, check out: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/ntbackup_delete_catalog.asp

     

    “If you have the backup utility create a system recovery disk and direct it to a CD-R drive, will it create a bootable CD?”

    No.  You will need to add the appropriate files to make it bootable.

    “Can ASR copy to a CD instead of a floppy?”

    Unfortunately not.  Please check out the ASR page at: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/asr_overview.asp

     

    “How often will the ASR disk have to be updated?”

    As often as you backup.

     

    “Kevin mentioned last time that XP Home Edition will not recognize Dynamic Volume. Give KB please?”

    There is no article that I know of.  The option to create or convert basic to dynamic is simply not a part of the product.

     

    “Will the ASR boot floppy be able to access external media, such as USB hdds?”

    No, unfortunately not. 

     

    “How is a product like Vertas Back Up Exec the same, different, better or worse than the back up system we're looking at now?”

    Other backup tools will offer additional options for backup, storage libraries, and methods of restoration.

     

    “Do you only have to create an ASR floppy once per system or every time the system state changes... i.e. I perform an ASR backup two months ago and perform full data/system state backups weekly... would I be able to use the same floppy to restore to the latest full backup?”

    You would.  Remember what is on the ASR versus the system state data.

     

    “To perform a full backup that backups SQL Server database - it is not same as creating an image that you can go back to if necessary? To perform a full backup that backups SQL Server database - it is not same as creating an image that you can go back to if necessary?”

    Interesting you should bring this up because it is one of the new features of SQL 2005.

     

    “Does XP Home Edition support Dynamic Volume?”

    XP home does not have the options to convert to or use local dynamic volumes.

     

    “I'm sorry if I missed it: what kinds of system changes necessitate remaking a system recovery disk. If the answer is complicated, please feel free to pass”?

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/ctasks007.asp

     

    “Will VSS work for SQL and Exchange?”

    You will still need to backup Exchange and SQL independently.  SQL 2005 does have a feature like shadow copies.

     

    “So with SQL Server 2005 full back is the same as an image of the server. Whereas you cannot perform a full backup or ADS image with SQL Server 2000 or earlier. Is that correct?”

    Right on the money.

     

    “Can you clarify with the SQL 2005 question? Are you saying that backups are now going to be candidates for VSS?”

    No.  I am saying SQL 2005 has a built-in feature that allows us to take a snapshot of a SQL database for recovery.

     

    “My workstation has been backup everyday by a Network. If I want to create a local schedule backup on only my workstation using ASR method. I wonder to know if my local back up will interrupt the Network backup because both back up will reset the bit on the file it backup. I do not want to mess up the Network backup. What should I do?”

    You might be able to script this out, check the switches at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;814583

     

    “Using VSS, does that mean the users on shared drives do not need to close out of open data bases and docs?”

    Be careful because your results on VSS with open docs will be undetermined. To get a true complete snapshot they would need to be closed.

     

    “You were able to access Floppy because you are using Virtual PC. What if you are Terminal Serving or Remotely connecting to your server. How can you excess the Floppy?”

    You wouldn't.

    “I read the article but there is nothing about restoring from tape, I know that I have an option in my Tivoli backup System that let me take an Image from the server, and I hope that ASR will give me the same option.

    Correct.  This sort of functionality might be supported in various ways by non-Microsoft products.

     

    “Is there a way to shadow copy of a DFS share consisting of local and network drives?”

    For more info, check out: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/techref/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/techref/en-us/w2k3tr_vss_how.asp

     

    “What is the Microsoft best practice for backing up exchange server?”

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/library/disrecopgde.mspx

     

    “How is the SQL 2005 snapshot different than a full backup? I don’t understand the difference.”

    It would only copy delta's or changes to the database versus the entire database.

     

    “Does VSS create a copy of all the files on the volume each time it is set to even if the files have not changes since last VSS copy?”

    For more info on this check out: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/techref/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/techref/en-us/w2k3tr_vss_how.asp

     

    “Ok, so we now have a true incremental backup now in sql 2005 versus the differential?”

    If you used enough snapshots you would. The feature is designed for situations where you might be changing a database and need the ability to quickly go back if corruption should occur.

     

    “I have WS03 Server with Workgroup with Dynamic Volume. does XP Home Edition able to access Dynamic volume on the server.”

    Yes XP home can access files on a dynamic volume if it’s just a share across a network.

    “Are the backup/restore tools cluster aware?”

    Yes and no. The following article talks about how to backup a cluster in Exchange but generally speaking the backup tool assumes you are backing up a single machine. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/chats/trans/exchange/exch1203.mspx

     

    “Is it possible to control how many versions are saved in VSS? Our organization would only want a few versions saved that would be available to users to restore.”

    For more info check out: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/techref/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/techref/en-us/w2k3tr_vss_how.asp

     

    “For ASR, what if you don't have a floppy on your server?”

    Without a floppy drive ASR is not an option currently. I expect this to be remedied soon.

     

    Thank you guys for answering the Q/A!”

     

    You're welcome!

     

    Cheers! 

    Kevin

  • Huh? I could get FIRED?!

    Why do we do it? 

    Should we do it?

    Can we get *gasp* FIRED for doing it?

    This has been a hot topic for a few weeks now, with just a couple of highly publicized news stories about employees who screwed up by sharing Company Confidential information on their blogs.  Do I think they should have been fired?  Yes.  Was it newsworthy?  In my opinion, no. 

    Even though I’m a relative newbie to blogging, a recent excellent posting by T. Bray (a blogger who works at Sun) I was directed to pretty much sums up how I feel about Blogs. 

    In a nutshell: Blogging = Good.

  • Resource Page for Windows Server 2003 Administration Series Webcast (Part 5 of 12)

    Resource Page for

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 5 of 12): Storage Management (Level 200)
    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 5 of 12): Storage Management (Level 200)

    Wednesday, March 9, 2005
    1:00–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time, United States and Canada (UTC-8)

    Here are some resources relating to the webcast topic presented.  I hope you find them useful.

     

    Kevin

     

     

     Windows Server 2003 Online Documentation

    “Basic Disks and Volumes”

     

    Planning Server Deployments

    “Reviewing Storage Limits”

     

    Windows 2000 Resource Kit – Server Operations Guide – File Systems – Features built on Reparse Points

    “Volume Mount Points”

     

    Windows XP Documentation

    Disk Management

    “Best Practices”

     

    Command-line Documentation

    CHKDSK

     

    Windows Server 2003 Online Documentation

    “Disk Defragmentor Tools and Settings” 

     

    Windows XP Resource Kits

    “Running Autochk When the Computer Restarts”

     

    Windows Server 2003 Online Documentation

    DISKPART

     

    Microsoft TechNet
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet

    Official Series Resource Page
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/tnt4–04

    Free Windows Server 2003 Virtual Labs:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/windowsserver2003.mspx 

    Windows Server 2003 Evaluation kit:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/trial/evalkit.mspx 

    Windows Server 2003 Training and Events:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/training/default.mspx

     

    ..and here is the link to use to register for or view Series Webcast Part 6:

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 6 of 12): Managing and Administering Printers (Level 200)
    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 6 of 12): Managing and Administering Printers (Level 200)

    Wednesday, March 16, 2005
    1:00–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time, United States and Canada (UTC-8)

    We will cover installation of printers, configuration of clients, integrating printers into the Active Directory, configuring printer pools and especially, troubleshooting printers.

  • Resource Page for Windows Server 2003 Administration Series Webcast (Part 8 of 12, DNS)

    Resource Page for

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 8 of 12): Domain Name System (DNS) (Level 200)
    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 8 of 12): Domain Name System (DNS) (Level 200)

    Wednesday, March 30, 2005
    1:00–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time, United States and Canada (UTC-8)

    Tune in for an overview of the Domain Name System (DNS) and the associated terminology. We’ll also cover topics

    Here are some resources relating to the webcast topic presented.  I hope you find them useful.

     

    Kevin

     

     

    “Deploying DNS”

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/deployguide/en-us/dnsbd_dns_overview.asp

    “How DNS Works”
    http://www.microsoft.com/Resources/Documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/techref/en-us/w2k3tr_dns_how.asp

    “How DNS Query Works”
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_DNS_und_HowDnsWorks.asp

    “DNS Domain Names”
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_DNS_und_DomainNames.asp

    “DNS Requirements for Installing Active Directory”
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_dns_und_dcpromo_requirements.asp

    “Understanding Zones and Zone Transfers”
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_DNS_und_ZoneTransfers.asp

     

    “Active Directory Integration”

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_DNS_und_ActiveDirIntegration.asp

     

    “DNS Overview – Server Features”

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_DNS_ovr_ServerFeatures.asp

     

    MSDN – Platform SDK – Active Directory Partitions

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/ad/ad/application_directory_partitions.asp

    “Delegating Zones”

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_DNS_imp_DelegatingZones.asp

     

    “Dynamic Updates”

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_DNS_und_DynamicUpdates.asp

    “Understanding Aging and Scavenging”
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/enterprise/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/windowsserv/2003/enterprise/proddocs/en-us/sag_DNS_und_AgingScavenging.asp

     

    “Using Server Debug Logging Options”

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_DNS_imp_UsingLoggingOptions.asp

     

    Microsoft TechNet
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet

    Official Series Resource Page
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/tnt4–04

    Free Windows Server 2003 Virtual Labs:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/windowsserver2003.mspx 

    Windows Server 2003 Evaluation kit:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/trial/evalkit.mspx 

    Windows Server 2003 Training and Events:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/training/default.mspx

    New and improved Microsoft Events page:

    http://www.microsoft.com/events

    And here is the information and link to signup for or view Part 9:

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 9 of 12): Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) (Level 200)
    Wednesday, April 6, 2005
    1:00–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time, United States and Canada (UTC-7)

  • Just when I get done preaching ACT 3.0.. they go and UPDATE it!

    If you’ve been to one of our live TechNet Briefings this quarter, you probably learned about the Application Compatibility Toolkit.  Well… they just released a new version 4.0 of the tool.

    Download it here.

    “The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) version 4.0 for Windows XP, including Service Pack 2, and Windows Server 2003 contains the tools and documentation you need to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying on these platforms. Tools include the latest versions of the Microsoft Application Analyzer that simplifies application inventory and compatibility reporting, the Internet Explorer Compatibility Evaluator that assists testers in locating compatibility issues with Internet Explorer on Windows XP Service Pack 2, and the Compatibility Administrator that provides access to the necessary compatibility fixes to support legacy applications in Windows.”

  • Resource Page for Windows Server 2003 Administration Series Webcast (Part 7 of 12)

    Resource Page for

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 7 of 12): Backup/Restore and Recover (Level 200)
    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 7 of 12): Backup/Restore and Recover (Level 200)

    Wednesday, March 23, 2005
    1:00–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time, United States and Canada (UTC-8)

    Join us for this webcast as we discuss backup strategies, backup types and backup software available from third parties.

    Here are some resources relating to the webcast topic presented.  I hope you find them useful.

     

    Kevin

     

    Windows Server System online Documentation: “What is Backup?”

    http://www.microsoft.com/Resources/Documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/techref/en-us/W2K3TR_back_what.asp

     

    Windows Server System online Documentation: “How Backup Works”

    http://www.microsoft.com/Resources/Documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/techref/en-us/W2K3TR_back_how.asp

    Windows Server System online Documentation: “What is Volume Shadow Copy?”

    http://www.microsoft.com/Resources/Documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/techref/en-us/W2K3TR_vss_what.asp

     

    Windows Server System online Documentation: “How the Volume Shadow Copy Service Works”

    http://www.microsoft.com/Resources/Documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/techref/en-us/W2K3TR_vss_how.asp

     

    Windows Server System online Documentation: “How Shadow Copies for Shared Folders Works”

    http://www.microsoft.com/Resources/Documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/techref/en-us/W2K3TR_scopy_how.asp

     

    Microsoft TechNet
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet

    Official Series Resource Page
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/tnt4–04

    Free Windows Server 2003 Virtual Labs:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/windowsserver2003.mspx 

    Windows Server 2003 Evaluation kit:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/trial/evalkit.mspx 

    Windows Server 2003 Training and Events:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/training/default.mspx

    New and improved Microsoft Events page:

    http://www.microsoft.com/events

    And here is the information and link to signup for or view Part 8:

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 8 of 12): Domain Name System (DNS) (Level 200)
    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 8 of 12): Domain Name System (DNS) (Level 200)

    Wednesday, March 30, 2005
    1:00–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time, United States and Canada (UTC-8)

    Tune in for an overview of the Domain Name System (DNS) and the associated terminology. We’ll also cover topics such as name resolution, zones, caches and TTL and installing and configuring a single DNS server.

  • Webcast Series HOMEWORK - Week 7 (Backup, Restore, and Recovery)

    Windows Server Administration Webcast Series Homework
    BACKUP, RESTORE, and RECOVERY
    Homework Assignment #7

    1. http://blogs.msdn.com/kevinremde

    • Go to my blog , click on the category “TechNet Webcasts”, and view the “Resource Page” for part 7 of 12 of this series.  I’ve included several links relating to this topic, so take a look through those resources.  I really want this to be the vehicle we use to share information and open up discussions.
    • I am also posting the homework here now (duh!) as well as an edited Q&A BEST OF summary for each week’s webcast.

    2.  Windows Server 2003 Virtual Lab: File, Storage, and Print

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/vlab

    VLab Overview:
    “New to Microsoft Windows Server 2003, the Manage Your Server Wizard consolidates configuration tools and features into one place, enabling administrators to set up and manage profiles called server roles for one or more servers. Server roles can be set with the Configure Your Server Wizard, and the changes are then reflected in the Manage Your Server console so that administrators can change profiles as a server's role changes.
    Using shadow copies, a Windows Server 2003-based file server will efficiently and transparently maintain a set of previous versions of all files on the file server. Clients use a separate add-on program which integrates seamlessly with the client machine, to view and restore previous versions of files and folders.
    By providing print services through a Windows print server, administrators can control the availability of print devices by using appropriate change control management, high-availability practices, and so on. Windows point-and-print provides seamless distribution of drivers and settings to a wide range of clients.”

    On that Virtual Lab homepage, click on the Windows Server 2003 section.

    • Then click on the “Step into the Windows Server 2003 Virtual Lab for Free”
    • It might take a minute for this page to come up, depending on how busy the demoservers are.  (You will have better luck getting onto these in the early morning or late evening, US-time.) 
    • Follow the logon/signup instructions, and choose the “File, Storage, and Print” lab.

     

  • March-April TechNet Webcast Calendar

    This is cool…

    Webcast Calendar downloadable in a MS Word doc.

  • Webcast Series HOMEWORK - Week 8 (DNS)

    Windows Server Administration Webcast Series Homework
    DNS
    Homework Assignment #8

    1. http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde

    • Go to my blog, click on the category “TechNet Webcasts”, and view the “Resource Page” for part 8 of 12 of this series.  I’ve included several links relating to this topic, so take a look through those resources.  I really want this to be the vehicle we use to share information and open up discussions.
    • I am also posting the homework here now (duh!) as well as an edited Q&A BEST OF summary for each week’s webcast.

    2.  Try out the Microsoft Events website (www.microsoft.com/events)

    • Click “Find Events and Webcasts”
    • Search by Audience, Product, and Event Type – 
      For example, I searched on IT Professional Audience, Product of “Active Directory”, and Event Type of “On Demand Webcasts” and found the “Active Directory Fundamentals” Webcast demos – one of which was specifically on how AD uses DNS.

  • Gimme a "Do-Over"

    Just saw this offer in the MCP Flash newsletter…

    Certified Do-Over: Retake a Microsoft Exam for Free  
    Your chances to pass any Microsoft IT Pro or Developer exam just doubled. Register for this offer by May 31 before taking your exam. If you do not pass on the first attempt, you can retake the same exam at no charge.
    Sweet!

  • Resource Page for Windows Server 2003 Administration Series Webcast (Part 6 of 12)

    Resource Page for

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 6 of 12): Managing and Administering Printers (Level 200)
    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 6 of 12): Managing and Administering Printers (Level 200)

    Wednesday, March 16, 2005
    1:00–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time, United States and Canada (UTC-8)

    Here are some resources relating to the webcast topic presented.  I hope you find them useful.

     

    Kevin

     

     

    Windows 2000 Resource Kits Documentation – Network Printing

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/Windows/2000/server/reskit/en-us/core/fnbe_prn_zpli.asp

     

    Windows Server 2003 Online Documentation – Printing Overview

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_PRINTconcepts_01.asp

     

    Windows Server 2003 Online Documentation – The Printing Process

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_PRINTconcepts_printing_process.asp

     

    Windows Server 2003 Online Documentation – Printer Properties Overview

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_printconcepts_11.asp

    Windows Server 2003 Online Documentation – Enabling Printer Location Tracking

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_PRINTconcepts_locationlite_enable.asp

     

    Windows Server 2003 Online Documentation – Internet Printing

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_PRINTconcepts_Internet_printing.asp

     

    Windows Server 2003 Online Documentation – General Troubleshooting Information

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_PRINTtrouble_common.asp

    Windows Server 2003 Online Documentation – Troubleshooting common printing problems

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_PRINTtrouble_FAQ.asp

     

    Microsoft TechNet
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet

    Official Series Resource Page
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/tnt4–04

    Free Windows Server 2003 Virtual Labs:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/windowsserver2003.mspx 

    Windows Server 2003 Evaluation kit:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/trial/evalkit.mspx 

    Windows Server 2003 Training and Events:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/training/default.mspx

    And here’s how you can sign up for Part 7:

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 7 of 12): Backup/Restore and Recover (Level 200)
    Wednesday, March 23, 2005
    1:00–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time, United States and Canada (UTC-8)

  • How many hats to you wear?

    How many hats do you wear?

     

    Are you working in a small-to-mid-sized business?  As an IT Pro or as a Developer in a smaller-sized business, do you find that you’re wearing a lot of hats?

     

    Well then.. I’d love to talk to you!  The folks who develop and deliver our live events (TechNet and MSDN briefings and webcasts) sincerely want to learn more about you and your needs.  We’re all about giving you what you need to succeed, and we sincerely want to shape our content so that it is better suited for you, in all that you do.

     

    If you have some time, even it’s only 5 minutes for a quick phone call (on my dime); I’d love to have a quick conversation with you to find out more about you.  If you wish, your input will be kept completely anonymous.  We’re not interested in collecting detailed demographics, here… just the big-picture “Here’s what my role is, and here are the challenges I face every day” stories. 

     

    Send me an e-mail**, or enter feedback to this blog entry (it won’t be published) and include your email address to let me know you’re interested.  I’ll follow up with you via e-mail, and we can discuss the details.

     

    Thanks!  I look forward to talking with you!

     

    Kevin

     

    **NOTE – I’m not collecting e-mail addresses for my employer (Microsoft).  Your e-mail to me will ONLY imply that you’re interested in this discussion and nothing further.

     

  • Unlucky 7

    Part 7 of the Windows Server 2003 Administration Webcast Series has had more than its share of problems.  Very bad live audio during the event, Print-to-PDF not functioning during the session, and now the recording of the webcast may be corrupted.

    The folks who handle such things are working hard to make the recording of Part 7 available as soon as possible, but if they’re not able to, I’ll be re-recording this session for your listening/viewing/learning pleasure.

    I’ll let you know here on my blog when I know more.  Thanks for your patience!

    Kevin

  • Fingerprint Security

    I have to echo some thoughts that Paul Murphy shared recently about his new fingerprint reader.  He bought the stand alone unit, while I purchased the USB Keyboard with the reader integrated into it.

    FingerprintReader

    Paul gives a really good review of his experiences with it HERE.

    The main thing I love is having all of those WebSite passwords entered for me auto-magically…

  • Webcast Series HOMEWORK - Week 5 (Disk Management)

    Windows Server Administration Webcast Series
    Homework Assignment #5

    1. http://blogs.msdn.com/kevinremde

    • Go to my blog , click on the category “TechNet Webcasts”, and view the “Resource Page” for part 5 of 12 of this series.  I’ve included several links relating to this topic, so take a look through those resources.  I really want this to be the vehicle we use to share information and open up discussions.
    • I am also posting the homework here now (duh!) as well as an edited “best of” Q&A summary for each week’s webcast.

    2.  Windows Server 2003 Online Documentation – Disk Management Chapters

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/dm_overview.asp

    Go through this for additional details on Disk Management. 

    **Extra Credit**
    Share something new you learned there and how you’ll use it.  Click the feedback link for this post and share it with the rest of the world!


     

     

  • Going just next door!

    Greetings!

    Next week I’m going to be in Appleton and Madison, Wisconsin, doing our free, live TechNet Briefings for IT Professionals at the following locations:

    April 5 – Appleton, WI
    Theater- Regal College Avenue 16
    W3091 Van Roy Rd
    Appleton Wisconsin 54915
    Phone: 920 831-0973

    April 7 – Madison, WI
    Alliant
    Energy Center
    1919 Alliant Energy Center
    Madison ,  WISCONSIN 55713
    Phone: 608-267-3976

    We’ve got some great stuff coming your way this quarter:

    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Is Evolving
    With the recent release of Windows Server 2003 SP1, now is the best time to see the benefits of these significant updates.  Are you prepared for the changes this upgrade will have on your network system?  This is a great opportunity to see how SP1 may change your entire network infrastructure for the better.  Join our experts at this technical briefing.

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is coming
    It has been 5 years since a major Microsoft SQL Server release. In a technology timeline, that could be considered a lifetime!  Attending this session is your first step in preparing for a change that could give you a technical knowledge advantage over all the other IT Professionals working with corporate data.  Get prepared for the change coming soon.

    Click the links above to register, or visit the TechNet Briefings site (www.technetbriefings.com) for session topics and links to registration and additional resources. 

    Tell your friends!  Invite your user groups!

    See you there!

  • Webcast Series HOMEWORK - Week 7 (Backup, Restore, and Recovery)

    Windows Server Administration Webcast Series Homework
    BACKUP, RESTORE, and RECOVERY
    Homework Assignment #7

    1. http://blogs.msdn.com/kevinremde

    • Go to my blog , click on the category “TechNet Webcasts”, and view the “Resource Page” for part 7 of 12 of this series.  I’ve included several links relating to this topic, so take a look through those resources.  I really want this to be the vehicle we use to share information and open up discussions.
    • I am also posting the homework here now (duh!) as well as an edited Q&A BEST OF summary for each week’s webcast.

    2.  Windows Server 2003 Virtual Lab: File, Storage, and Print

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/vlab

    VLab Overview:
    “New to Microsoft Windows Server 2003, the Manage Your Server Wizard consolidates configuration tools and features into one place, enabling administrators to set up and manage profiles called server roles for one or more servers. Server roles can be set with the Configure Your Server Wizard, and the changes are then reflected in the Manage Your Server console so that administrators can change profiles as a server's role changes.
    Using shadow copies, a Windows Server 2003-based file server will efficiently and transparently maintain a set of previous versions of all files on the file server. Clients use a separate add-on program which integrates seamlessly with the client machine, to view and restore previous versions of files and folders.
    By providing print services through a Windows print server, administrators can control the availability of print devices by using appropriate change control management, high-availability practices, and so on. Windows point-and-print provides seamless distribution of drivers and settings to a wide range of clients.”

    On that Virtual Lab homepage, click on the Windows Server 2003 section.

    • Then click on the “Step into the Windows Server 2003 Virtual Lab for Free”
    • It might take a minute for this page to come up, depending on how busy the demoservers are.  (You will have better luck getting onto these in the early morning or late evening, US-time.) 
    • Follow the logon/signup instructions, and choose the “File, Storage, and Print” lab.