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Here are some resources relating to part 5 of the SharePoint Server 2007 webcast series I'm presenting, entitled "SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 6 of 6): Keeping Control of Your SharePoint Sites with IT Governance".
I hope you find them useful.
SharePoint Series Landing Page http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/sharepointserver.aspx?tab=webcasts
The SharePoint Guide - Document Download http://download.microsoft.com/download/e/0/6/e06e6d91-7d14-44d0-83fb-2800fcd3a4fb/SharePointGuide.doc
Community Kit for SharePoint: Windows Live ID Authentication (SharePoint Team Blog) http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2007/10/15/announcing-community-kit-for-sharepoint-windows-live-authentication.aspx
Plan for Authentication (Office SharePoint Server) http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/ef5a9ffd-67ba-407b-9d1c-613d9295db8f1033.mspx
Administering records management http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/743e6100-4b9c-4789-a5c1-2a653d4716d51033.mspx
Downloadable Book: Office SharePoint Server Security http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/ef5a9ffd-67ba-407b-9d1c-613d9295db8f1033.mspx?mfr=true
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Technical Library http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/WSS/en/library/700c3d60-f394-4ca9-a6d8-ab597fc3c31b1033.mspx?mfr=true
Get SharePoint Training on your Desktop http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA102488011033.aspx?pid=CL100796281033
Download a Virtual Machine VHD already pre-installed for testing SharePoint Server 2007 http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2007/06/22/microsoft-office-sharepoint-server-2007-vhd-i-e-virtual-machine-now-available-for-download.aspx
Microsoft Office 2007 Online - Home Page http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/default.aspx
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Home http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/FX100492001033.aspx
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Product Guide http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA101680161033.aspx
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Product Overview http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA101656531033.aspx
Download the Trial of Office SharePoint Server 2007 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=2E6E5A9C-EBF6-4F7F-8467-F4DE6BD6B831&displaylang=en
Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointtechnology/FX100503841033.aspx
Download Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/sharepoint/bb400747.aspx
Integration with Office SharePoint Server 2007 (great diagram of the components that make up the whole) http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms454209.aspx
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Below are the best of the questions and answers that occurred during our TechNet Webcast entitled, "SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 5 of 6): SharePoint Server 2007 Security, from Service Accounts to Item-Level Access"
John Weston was kind enough to help out with the questions and answers during the webcast. Much of what you see below is either specifically his answer, or based on the answer he gave during the session. I've expanded upon them, and added answers to questions we didn't get to answer or were answered verbally on the webcast. But basically this was possible as a result of his effort, and I wanted to give him credit here. Thanks, John!
PS - here are the RESOURCES I pulled together for this webcast
Questions and Answers
“A group can be created at the Context level and at the individual level?”
“How can you add users from outside of AD if you are using AD authentication?”
Check this whitepaper for a discussion on security methods http://office.microsoft.com/download/afile.aspx?AssetID=AM101638561033
“We are using windows authentication through AD for all users. What is the easiest/best/cleanest way to add test accounts?”
If you’re using AD for all users, then it's best to create and manage test AD users.
“Is there a way of assigning ‘none’ for a user's permissions? I want to explicitly revoke a user's access to a site, for instance.”
Check this link for permissions discussion http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointtechnology/HA101001491033.aspx#2 If they’re getting permissions through a group membership, then the only way to revoke permissions is to remove them from the group.
“I can import user accounts from LDAP server but cannot use LDAP to authenticate the imported users. Any idea?”
Check this link http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/a38bc5b6-9d65-4c20-811b-484b082d28dd1033.mspx?mfr=true I think it may have the answer youre looking for.
“Are you going to have more advance level wbcast. How to do this type of work through code?”
I won't - But I know that our Dev Evangelists (MSDN events) have done sessions on this kind of thing. You should be able to find them if you go to http://www.microsoft.com/events and search for them. In fact, I did find one available on-demand, delivered by a good friend of mine – Glen Gordon. It’s specifically on SharePoint Custom authentication providers. http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032346257&culture=en-US
“What is the individual level? Is that a particular document?”
Yes. You can apply permissions down to the individual item level - which could be a specific document.
See you on Wednesday for PART 6 - SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 6 of 6): Keeping Control of Your SharePoint Sites with IT Governance
Here are some resources relating to part 5 of the SharePoint Server 2007 webcast series I'm presenting, entitled "SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 5 of 6): SharePoint Server 2007 Security, from Service Accounts to Item-Level Access".
Plan and Design for Security (Windows SharePoint Services and Office SharePoint Server combined) - Document Download http://office.microsoft.com/download/afile.aspx?AssetID=AM101638561033
Plan for and design security (Office SharePoint Server) http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/3df68222-235b-45de-82fa-b89166c5c6bd1033.mspx?mfr=true
Microsoft Patterns & Practices http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/practices/default.aspx
Securing your Database Server http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa302434.aspx
Securing your Network http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa302431.aspx
Deploying Large and Medium Server Farms - Document Download http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sppt/reskit/c1261881x.mspx
Here are some resources relating to part 4 of the SharePoint Server 2007 webcast series I'm presenting, entitled "SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 4 of 6): Compliance and Records Management".
Microsoft Enterprise Content Management http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA101747881033.aspx
Enterprise Content Management from Microsoft http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA102063591033.aspx?pid=CL100796281033
Enterprise Content Management Team Blog http://blogs.msdn.com/ecm/
Below are the best of the questions and answers that occurred during our TechNet Webcast entitled, "SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 3 of 6): Disaster Recovery"
PS - here's the RESOURCES I pulled together for this webcast
“I notice in the bottom right about Microsoft TechNet like a sponsor, My question is there a subscription to the Microsoft TechNet magazine ?”
TechNet is a Microsoft Brand, TechNet subscription is a software subscription. A separate company runs TechNet Magazine. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag for more info.
Note that one of the benefits (among many) of the TechNet Subscription is that you are automatically subscribed to TechNet Magazine. (And right now you can save $100 on it.)
“Any recommendations for third party DR tools?”
Again, as I said in the Q&A from part 2, why would you ever EVER consider something “third party”?! (and again - JUST KIDDING) I’m sure there are many; but I’m not allowed to recommend them here. And anyway, my own answer would be based on a Windows Live Search, which is something you could do as well.
“What is the benefit of an index backup, just the time it saves in rebuilding?”
Yes, that's about it. That could be significant; depending on the amount of information you’re crawling and indexing.
“Search Index is not backed by SQL Server? How do you back it if you can?”
As I said later in the presentation – yes, the indexes are not saved in or backed up by a SQL backup. You would backup the indexes through the SharePoint Backup and Restore (UI or Command-line “stsadm.exe”).
“Can you have the backup and restore just to that single application instead of the whole shared services?”
No. As you may have seen briefly in our demonstrations from Monday and Today, you can select certain items, and certain other items included in that selection are listed (and highlighted) to show you what’s being backed up if you select that level. For Shared Services, the applications are backed up as part of that, but not selectable for backup or restore separately.
“If you do only command line backup, how do you deal with transaction log of the DB?”
Command-line stsadm.exe backup (and SharePoint Backup and Restore in the UI) are a point-in-time backup (full or differential). They’re not concerned with the plumbing of SQL or the transaction logs. If you decide instead to use SQL backup (or us it in addition to your SharePoint backups), then yes, transaction log backups may be a part of your backup process. But the two (SharePoint vs. SQL backup choice) aren’t really related.
“Do you have a list of the front-end files that need to be backed up? How often do these files change? What is stored in them?”
I found a document online that describes this, but it isn’t live any longer (not sure why). So from the cached page (thanks again, Windows Live Search) I found this text:
“Web front end server data includes custom assemblies, configuration files, add-in software, custom templates, the IIS metabase, and the Inetpub directory. The size of a WFE server backup depends how much customization is done on the WFEs. An estimate based on a medium server farm consisting of two WFE servers is approximately 50 MB for each server. You can estimate the maximum amount of hard disk space required for front-end Web server backups by using the following formula: The number of WFE servers × 50 MB = estimated disk space required”
“Web front end server data includes custom assemblies, configuration files, add-in software, custom templates, the IIS metabase, and the Inetpub directory. The size of a WFE server backup depends how much customization is done on the WFEs. An estimate based on a medium server farm consisting of two WFE servers is approximately 50 MB for each server. You can estimate the maximum amount of hard disk space required for front-end Web server backups by using the following formula:
The number of WFE servers × 50 MB = estimated disk space required”
“I attended 1,2 and was wondering if an email is sent out to attendees once the webcast is posted with voice and ppt and pdf when it is ready?”
The e-mail will contain a link to where you can go to for a link to the webcast recording, as well as a download of the PowerPoint.
Here are some resources relating to part 3 of the SharePoint Server 2007 webcast series I'm presenting, entitled "SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 3 of 6): Disaster Recovery".
Be Prepared: A Guide to SharePoint Disaster Prevention and Recovery (SPS 2003 focus, but still useful info) http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2005/11/BePrepared/default.aspx
Administering backup and recovery for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Technology http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/WSS/en/library/64171b8c-5608-4e69-881a-67996080b7ff1033.mspx?mfr=true
Administering backup and recovery for Office SharePoint Server 2007 http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/468b8840-258c-42ba-a89e-9d09701a7cda1033.mspx?mfr=true
Bill Baer's Blog - SQL Server 2005 Database Mirroring and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0/Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Part 1 (Introduction, Overview, and basics): http://blogs.technet.com/wbaer/archive/2007/04/23/sql-server-2005-database-mirroring-and-windows-sharepoint-services-3-0-microsoft-office-sharepoint-server-2007-part-1-introduction-overview-and-basics.aspx
Part 2 (Configuration): http://blogs.technet.com/wbaer/archive/2007/05/25/sql-server-2005-database-mirroring-and-windows-sharepoint-services-3-0-microsoft-office-sharepoint-server-2007-part-2-configuration.aspx
Part 3 (Failover): http://blogs.technet.com/wbaer/archive/2007/08/01/sql-server-2005-database-mirroring-and-windows-sharepoint-services-3-0-microsoft-office-sharepoint-server-2007-part-3-failover.aspx
Database Mirroring in SQL Server 2005 http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2005/dbmirror.mspx
Download a Virtual Machine VHD already pre-installed for testing SharePoint Server 2007http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2007/06/22/microsoft-office-sharepoint-server-2007-vhd-i-e-virtual-machine-now-available-for-download.aspx
Below are the best of the questions and answers that occurred during our TechNet Webcast entitled, "SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 2 of 6): Securing Data in Windows SharePoint Server 2007"
Keith Combs (pictured on left ** ) was kind enough to help out with the questions and answers during the webcast. Much of what you see below is either specifically his answer, or based on the answer he gave during the session. I've expanded upon them, and added answers to questions we didn't get to answer or were answered verbally on the webcast. But basically this was possible as a result of his effort, and I wanted to give him credit here. Thanks, Keith!
“Can you provide me with a link to get hardware specific server requirements, ie processor, RAM, etc.”
“I attended part 1 on 1/18 and was wonderng the url to the first part for downloading and does it come with the audio as well as all parts(2 -6 as they become available)?”
When the recording becomes available, it includes audio and video. Check the area for the webcast and it will have a link to the recording.
“I have an internet website that I want our employees to be able to access it from anywhere... using the same url <http://intranet.mycompany.com/> regardless where they are. If they access it from outside the domain using <http://intranet.mycompany.com/> it would change the url to httpS://intranet.mycompany.com <https://intranet.mycompany.com/>, and accessing it from inside the domain, it should not use ssl. Any idea how to configure my aam, isa and dns to do that?”
You have more options than I really could address in the webcast; or even here, for that matter. Let’s forget about ISA 2006 for a minute (though that’s a good option for doing the application publishing for secured access to your internal server). As I said when I answered your question verbally – you’re able to set up the SharePoint so that your external URL is mapped to gain access to the internal one. Personally, I don’t see why you wouldn’t want SSL for both the external AND internal access (it’s not that much overhead; certainly not worth having to do special configuration to make up for it or have separate URLs people use).
“Can you go over what SSP does again?”
The main benefit is that this is the configuration and management of services that are shareable – we broke out the marriage of services from the portals that use them, so that you could have more flexibility and less redundancy. Multiple portals on a farm, or even multiple farms, can use the same Search Indexing (for example), so you define it once, and then use it multiple places. (Can you say “Amazing Scalability”? I knew you could!)
See the SSP information at http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/cce2f987-3949-44be-8057-663b38fc949d1033.mspx?mfr=true
“Can I used ISA and use the same URL for accessing both the internet and Intranet so the user doens't have to remember two URLs.”
Yes. If SSL is set as a requirement for the website, then just use the http protocol and it will automatically use https and SSL.
“I listened to Kevins Webcast on Friday "SharePoint Server 2007 (part 1 of 6) Planning and Deploying Sharepoint Server 2007" He mentioned the recorded version of the webcast was going to be placed on his blog site. I am looking at http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde/archive/2008/01/18/itprodsk101.aspx and don't see the recorded Webcast. Where are you putting his Webcast series ?”
Well.. I never promised I’d put the recording on my blog – but I do have a link to the webcast signup there (and at the top of this page as well) – and that’s the one that you use for watching the recording. It’s the same link that you used to sign up for or join the webcast, and now it should bring you to the recording.
It does typically take 24-48 hours for the recordings to be processed and made available.
“Are there any third party MOSS2007 Anti Virus products? We are using McAfee for our SPS2003 currently.”
Why would you ever want to even look at a “third-party” product?! (Just kidding!)
Of course, Microsoft has Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint.
There is McAfee PortalShield for Microsoft SharePoint. And a search on the Norton/Symantec site didn’t come up with a single hit on “SharePoint”.
“Does the virus program need to be sharepoint aware?”
For performance and reliability – Yes. (And do I hope you meant ANTI-virus…)
“Does the content deployment path topic also apply to developers creating content for MOSS? ie from a developers machine to the Production server?”
As I mentioned during the webcast – yes, you can use content deployment as a way to keep any content (source code in this case, I assume) synchronized. And also as I mentioned, you might want to look into employing workflows for digitizing any approval or other work-related process. Click HERE for more information on what workflows are in SharePoint Server 2007.
“What about stsadm with the export/import commands, that will work for subsites right?”
I wasn’t 100% sure of the answer to this, so I did some digging and found a very interesting blog post by one of Microsoft’s MVPs, Gary Lapointe. His post here talks about the trials and tribulations of automating a move from sub-sites to site collections using STSADM. He even wrote a script that automates the process. Pretty smart!
“Hi. Does the integrated backup also backup the config database?
Hi yerself. Yes, it does. Hopefully you’ll be attending (or will view later) the webcast I’m presenting on 1/23/08, which is a deeper-dive into Disaster Recovery technologies you can use to protect and recover SharePoint installations.
“Can we not use Microsoft SSO if we are using forms authentication for the portal?“
I have to confess that I’m not an authentication expert. But I have found some resources that I’m sure have the answer for you:
Plan Authentication Methods (SharePoint Server) http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/40117fda-70a0-4e3d-8cd3-0def768da16c1033.mspx?mfr=true
About Data Connections, Authentication, and Alternate Access Mapping http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms771995.aspx
And Jeff Schroeder does an excellent job summarizing the options (yes, including forms authentication) on his blog, with links to even more resources: http://blogs.interknowlogy.com/jeffschroeder/archive/2007/02/08/11331.aspx
“Can we backup/restore SSO key on ANY drive or just floppy drive (like in SPS2K3)?”
SharePoint now lets you restore to any removable media; not just a floppy (thank goodness).
“Do you have any resources for using psconfig? I only found one page on Microsoft.”
Doing a Windows Live Search on psconfig, I found several references on the web (and my blog post here, of course, will be another. <grin>). This is probably the one you found – but in case it’s not, here it is again: http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/a59c4e8f-9b7f-4127-8199-1b9ab76991501033.mspx?mfr=true
“Can you use Content Deployment from MOSS Admin site with WSS 3.0 site in order to deploy, for instance, content from a WSS 3.0 site to a MOSS Site ?”
The Content Deployment mechanism that we demonstrated isn’t a part of WSS 3.0, so it’s not going to be the tool you’ll use for moving content from WSS to MOSS.
You can do an in-place upgrade of WSS to MOSS without losing any of the sites you’ve created, so that’s one option. It’s basically the install, followed by the initial configuration wizard. http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/3f8fc632-4493-430b-baca-49f60e5508cd1033.mspx?mfr=true
Or you can use stsadm.exe and the export / import commands to move site collections.
“Can SSO be used as a solution in our .NET applications via some MOSS web services? Would be nice if all our enterprise desktop apps and websites used the same auth/auth.”
Yes, you can. Check out the question and resources I posted further up on this post around authentication methods available.
“What does Content Deployment does? Does in copy file to Document library or Index documents?”
Content deployment do do just what I described – it copies documents or items from one place to another, and keeps the destination looking like the source. If you want to set up indexing for both locations, then you’d want to make sure that search has been configured to do that. So, this is not really related to setting up search or changing indexing settings.
“How does recovery works if a server is recovered to a differ server how will users credential work since they did not have access on the new server?”
This sounds just like the migration scenarios and the sorts of questions described and answered in this “Migrate Office SharePoint Server 2007 by using Central Administration” technical document: http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/391fd37a-daf0-47e3-810b-5cd8c2a4fc341033.mspx?mfr=true
**Just kidding. Keith's much better looking.
Here are some resources relating to part 2 of the SharePoint Server 2007 webcast series I'm presenting, entitled "SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 2 of 6): Securing Data in SharePoint Server 2007".
SharePoint Security Highlights http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2006/04/07/570939.aspx
Microsoft Business Intelligence Product Guide http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/solutions/bi/guide.mspx
SharePoint Portal Server Architecture http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sppt/reskit/c0561881x.mspx
Below are the best of the questions and answers that occurred during our TechNet Webcast entitled, "SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 1 of 6): Planning and Deploying SharePoint Server 2007"
John Weston was kind enough to help out with the questions and answers during the webcast. Much of what you see below is either specifically his answer, or based on the answer he gave during the session. I've expanded upon them some - but basically this was possible as a result of his effort, and I wanted to give him credit here. Thanks, John!
“So how did you hide the product key in LiveMeeting? We (at <our company>) present to LOB people and would like to do that! (or is this a pre-recording?)”
There isn’t a way to do that magically. The webcast is live. But the demos for these sessions have been pre-recorded, and I talk through the steps. I suspect that they edited that part to show you X's instead of the key.
Many of the steps that we take to install and configure SharePoint take a lot of time, and we certainly don’t want to wait for these during a webcast so showing a recording of the process works a lot better. And it allows me to speak to many more important points relating to each demo, while the demo steps are being carried out. This is something that I wouldn’t be able to do if I were concentrating on “click here”, and “scroll there”.
“Why is the speaker still running/installing MOSS 2007 beta code?”
See the previous answer.. And now consider that there has been a great deal of time between when the recordings were made and the present day.
“How many users will a single server install support?”
There isn’t any specific max number of users listed in the evaluation or deployment guides, however there is a whitepaper available on the SharePoint Product and Technologies Team Blog that contains recommendations for optimizing your server farms. Get it HERE.
“What kind of installation was selected?”
We did an advanced install, complete – meaning we installed everything on the one server, with the assumption that we have A) an already-installed SQL server, and B) the desire to expand and add servers to the farm at some later time (as opposed to the "basic" install)
“ Which security config is the most secure NTLM or Keberos?”
NTLM is for backward compatibility with NT 4.0. Kerberos is the current one used with Windows 2003 AD. You can find a good description of the what-and-why of Kerberos HERE.
“Why wasn't this included in the scope of the presentation? Security is still important....”
There are many security-specific events and webcasts available. This webcast wasn’t just about security. The webcast I’m doing (part 5 of 6 in this series) on January 28th is more specifically about Security in SharePoint Server 2007.
“Will this be available after this LiveMeeting is complete? Some others on my team would be interested in watching this”
Yes, you get an email follow-up after attending the live webcast. That will have information on how to view the recording. You can also follow the same link you did to sign up for this webcast originally. (CLICK HERE) It usually takes 24-48 hours to get the recording processed and available for download.
“Are there any guidelines about the number of users or amount of traffic that would be appropriate for each scenario?”
http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/f/?en-us/library/9985f2fa-421d-4342-a17e-286055273c371033.mspx is a great guide to start from
“I haven't been able to find such a presentation or a training class in the Dallas or Houston area, it appears many people are taking the easy way out and not covering this, any suggestions?”
I come to Dallas and Houston for TechNet Events quite often. Watch the www.technetevents.com site for information on our schedule and topics.
“How do I get a copy of the slides?”
During the LiveMeeting, you can right-click on your screen and select Print To PDF. You can also use the "Printer" icon at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
“Can you integrate moss's content management capabilities with SourceSafe?”
I don’t believe so; but that would be nice.
“Compatibility with Windows Server 2008?”
Windows Server 2008 is not shipping yet, so 'nothing' is officially supported on it yet until the product ships. However, it’s a safe assumption that it will be a fully supported platform for both WSS and MOSS.
“If we want to limit the scope of searches from pulling unathorized data, do we have to use seperate SSPs?”
Actually, no. That’s a huge improvement in MOSS 2007 over the old Portal Server search. All search results are “security trimmed”, so the user will only see results that they have access to. No longer will they have a page come up in the results that is then inaccessible to them after they click the link.
“Love this presentation! Recommend not scrolling because the refresh rate is too low. Jumping would be better...thanks!”
Thank you for letting us know. Good to know you are enjoying the presentation. The jumpiness you see is a bandwidth limitation on sharing the screen for the demos. Hopefully you were still able to get the majority of the good stuff.
“Is there someone I can contact that would know about Microsoft Visual SourceSafe and whether it can be integrated with SharePoint?”
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa718670.aspx or www.msdnevents.com to find your local MSDN contact in the US. They know about this product.
“Is there a VM with SharePoint 2007 already set up as a single server?”
I know we have made these available for other products, but I can’t find one that has SharePoint 2007. If you’d like to play with either SharePoint Services or Office SharePoint Server 2007 in a hosted virtual lab, you can find those HERE.
“If I do set an incremental crawl to run say every 2min, what impact would that have on the database?”
I’d say the impact on the database would be minimal.. but I’d be more concerned about the processing overhead on the server doing the crawl, and on the
“What of the concepts viewed here does not apply to WSS 3.0?”
Most everything related to basic document library management applies. Check here for a description/side-by-side comparison of WSS with MOSS.
“What are the MS course numbers which apply to setting up and administering a Sharepoint 2007 farm?”
There are many courses available. Check HERE for a list of the courses. And don’t forget to check out the other options as well.
“We are planning a farm that will replace a SPS2003. Is there anything that needs to be installed on the other servers that are part of the farm, ie. SQL?”
For information on the planning and steps required to move from SPS to MOSS, check HERE. This documents the entire process. There is a section specifically about database migration (HERE).
“Are the Accounts that are needed for Index and Searching need to be domain or local accounts?”
I would recommend they be domain accounts that you set up specifically for the task at hand. Give them rights to access any/all the content locations that you will want to crawl and then index. Lock it down with a very VERY long, ultra-secure password.
“My organization is evaluating SharePoint for Document Managment initially. As we move forward we anticipate expanding to provide business inteligence.”
Fantastic. Yeah.. a big benefit of this product is that you can roll out and expand it as you go and grow into the functionality available. And SharePoint Search will even help you with your speling. (Sorry.. I couldn’t resist.)
“When you choose "Windows Authentication" what account does it use across the farm, The machine account? the domain admin account? What SQL login account is used to access the DB? Can I send you a spreadsheet (I creted) to reveiw of the MS permissions recommended by using the ‘Least Security’ principle for a server farm? if so what email would you like me to send it to ?”
Let’s do it this way: Make sure you attend or view the recording for part 5 of this series, which is all about security in SharePoint Server 2007. Also, you should be able to find the answers to your security questions HERE at the TechNet TechCenter. (There’s even a downloadable book all about Office SharePoint Server Security)
“Upgrading from SPPS 2003 and migrating to new hardware-single server-what do you suggest?”
For information on the planning and steps required to move from SPS to MOSS, check HERE.
Can a Document library be migrated to a departmental site at a later time, if we deploy just the library in the beginning?”
“HOW CAN I SECURE PDF'S FILES ALLOCATED IN DOCUMENT LIBRARIES? TO PREVENT SAVE ITS TO USER LOCAL DISK”
I’m not entirely sure what you’re asking (or WHY YOU’RE SHOUTING), but I think you’re asking me about something that is provided by information rights management (IRM). Not only can you protect content with-in file shares and now document libraries, but you can also associate rights with the file itself – so that, as you ask in your example, some documents may be viewable but NOT allowed to be saved or forwarded in e-mail.
Read more about IRM in Office 2007 HERE
“What elements of different topologies can be virtualized?”
It all can be virtualized.. but as I said in the webcast; what you virtualize depend greatly on the performance requirements matched with the available performance of your virtualization host server(s). Some aspects are easier to virtualize. Web front end apps are good candidates. SQL Servers are less likely to run well virtualized due to the processing and the fast access you’ll want – but again, with a beefy virtualization host and not-so-heavy-use, you’ll be fine there as well. So… “it depends”.
Here are some resources relating to part 1 of the SharePoint Server 2007 webcast series I'm presenting, entitled "SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 1 of 6): Planning and Deploying SharePoint Server 2007".
Below are the questions I pulled out of the Q&A log from the TechNet Webcast: "Internet Information Services 7.0 (Part 3 of 4): Performance Optimization", along with extended answers (especially to those I didn't get to answer verbally).
Hope you find them useful!
PS: Here is my resource page for this webcast.
“Can you show how to configure host name?”
This question was in reference to the new feature in IIS7 to be able to host multiple FTP servers on the same address using different virtual hostnames.
I found a good article on that here at IIS.NET: http://www.iis.net/articles/view.aspx/IIS7/Managing-IIS7/Using-FTP-Server-in-IIS7/Using-virtual-host-names
“Can you show, if not in this web cast, step by in IIS7 or Vista on using Membership so that like you said bypass IIS?”
I’m going to direct you to the IIS.NET site and their set of webcasts and resources. I see several webcasts linked to there that are all around security and authentication, and go into detail about that very subject.
“Can changes made directly to the applicationhost.config file trash the iis manager gui?”
I tried this just now, and it doesn’t appear to impact it at all. A refresh simply adjusts to what is or isn’t loaded. Pretty amazingly slick, in my opinion.
“Automatic Failed Request Tracing - Allows us to configure error condition. Please show how.”
Automatic Failed Request Tracing will be covered and demonstrated in Part 4 on 11/30/2007.
"Where can I find parts 1 and 2 of this series?"
Here. I'll just give you a list to all 4 parts in one place:
“Thanks for the info :)”
Here are some resources relating to the webcast I presented on November 16, 2007, entitled “Internet Information Services 7.0 (Part 3 of 4): Performance Optimization”.
PS - The landing page for this entire series is here. Check out the other parts of the series!
Next Generation TCP/IP Stack http://www.microsoft.com/technet/network/tcpip/default.mspx
IIS 6 Technical Reference http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/69a58513-141a-4adb-b6bc-2aaad4ea77b8.mspx
High Performance Network Adapters and Drivers http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/network/NetAdapters-Drvs.mspx
Enterprise Networking with Windows Vista http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/aa905086.aspx
Document Download: Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2003 http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/0/2800a518-7ac6-4aac-bd85-74d2c52e1ec6/tuning.doc
Performance Tuning IIS 6.0 http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/71490aae-f444-443c-8b2a-520c2961408e.mspx
ASP.NET Integration with IIS 7 http://www.iis.net/articles/view.aspx/IIS7/Hosting-Web-Applications/ASP-NET/ASP-NET-Integration-with-IIS7
Enabling HTTP Compression http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/502ef631-3695-4616-b268-cbe7cf1351ce.mspx?mfr=true
Improving ASP.NET Performance http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms998549.aspx#scalenetchapt06_topic19
Shared Hosting on IIS 7 http://www.iis.net/articles/view.aspx/IIS7/Deploy-an-IIS7-Server/Deployment-for-Web-Hosters/Shared-Hosting-on-IIS7?Page=1
Live TechNet Events
Microsoft Events pagehttp://www.microsoft.com/events
Here are some resources relating to the webcast I presented on September 21, 2007, entitled “An In-Depth Look into Web Application Administration with Internet Information Services 7.0”.
IIS 7.0 Technical Library
IIS 7 web site: IIS.NET
This session’s resource page:
Microsoft Events page: http://www.microsoft.com/events —
Microsoft Events page:
Below are the questions I pulled out of the Q&A log from the TechNet Webcast: "Windows Vista Reliability Improvements", along with extended answers (especially to those I answered verbally).
"Did Microsoft send out some reliability updates last months? My Vista systems were crashing all the time and large network transfers were taking forever and then a couple of weeks ago things cleared up?"
Yes indeed; there were updates made available that improved these situations. As I mentioned in the webcast, you have the option of installing "recommended" updates as well as the critical updates now using Windows Update or Microsoft Update. And yes, there were reports that some people were having issues with large file transfers (fortunately I never experienced this) that have been fixed with recent updates.
"I am a power user. Does Home Premium edition allow access to GPOs?"
Yes and no. <smile> Home editions do not have the ability to join domains, so "Group Policy" doesn't actually exist. Still.. all PCs (including home machines) have LOCAL policy, which can indeed be edited if you have administrative permissions.
Check out this TechNet Magazine Article which describes the improvements in, and how to work with, local policy in Windows Vista
"How is my reliability with Vista if I do have Virtual PC 2007 running and have more 02 guest system on the same computer?"
Vista will just treat Virtual PC as another application - so you shouldn't have any reliability issues directly related to it. However, as I mentioned on the webcast, there are sometimes issues (though fewer and further between these days) with Virtual machines going to full-screen and back; depending on your video hardware and drivers.
"Is that Reliability Monitor running all the time or is it something that needs to be configured to begin logging?"
It's logging by default; because it's just recording more information to the eventing system by default. You can disable parts of it if you choose.
NOTE: During the webcast I misunderstood your question. I answered thinking you were asking about the performance monitor. The performance monitor counters are not collecting data by default. You have to enable and then turn on that kind of logging. Sorry if I mislead anyone with my answer.
You can find details on the Reliability and Performance Monitor here.
"Can you manage through group policy whether the system can send information to Microsoft? Can you turn that option off in GPO?"
See this page: "Windows Error Reporting and Problem Reports and Solutions Feature in Windows Vista" for a good description of these features, as well as how to manage them via Group Policy.
"On a domain-joined system, can the built-in diagnostic tools notify IT in some manner?"
Yes. A couple of ways. You could set up Task Scheduler tasks triggered by the events you are interested in either from the Event Viewer or from the Task Scheduler. Or you could set up an Event Subscription to send the events to your local workstation, and launch the task from there.
For a good description of the Task Scheduler, look here.
And for details on setting up Event Subscriptions, click here.
"I have had to re-load Vista 9-10 times since January because of frequent fatal crashes, usually after installing a Microsoft update, and the new built in startup repair functions, while good, have only worked 1-2 times. When the startup repair wizard wont work and system restore doesn't work (which it never has on the startup repair mode), what else can I do before I consider reloading Vista?"
Well.. if you're having these kinds of issues, I'd guess the problem was related to faulty hardware or drivers that are causing such bad corruption. (Even though Vista is better at detecting such things, you may have a hard drive that is failing.) I really recommend contacting Microsoft's support folks to see if they have any suggestions on what you could log for them in order to find the problem.
"Can the Reliability Monitor be remotely connected from a Helpdesk computer to review the failure/installation information?"
Absolutely. Just Right-Click on the top level item on the left, and select "Connect to another computer..."
"Can the Event Viewer triggers be exported for backing up or, use on another computer or, must I set them up manually for each system (non-domain-joined)?"
Yes. Look at this article on managing tasks. Click on the "Export a Task" link there for the specifics.
"What do you know about the problems regarding windows update? There are a lot of reports of failed updates. For example if 1 out of 10 updates fails, the whole batch will sometimes fail."
It's hard to say what your problem might be. I've seen it (though not as often as you say you have) in cases where system resources were otherwise being used up by other applications. Usually just shutting down rogue processes using the Task Manager (or, worst-case, a restart of the OS) has cleared this up and allowed me to install the updates.
"The exception for updates occurring monthly would include emergency\critical security updates?"
Right. The key word there is "emergency". If there is some virus or worm or very malicious thing that is out in the wild, and is something taking advantage of a vulnerability that wouldn't require someone to mis-configure or otherwise click on and run something to install it - then yes, you'd see an update immediately. But fortunately these are becoming more and more rare.
"Can the reliability reports be retrieved remotely (ex: sms or some online reporting tool)"
The tools you should start looking at for doing this in a business would definitely be the System Center tools - specifically Operations Manager (the new version of what was called MOM). Operations Manager 2007 now supports rich DESKTOP (as well as Server) monitoring and reporting.
"You said the memory diag tool runs in very little memory. What if the memory location it is running in is corrupt?"
Ooo... I don't know. In that case you're probably not going to be able to run it at all - which would probably mean you've got such corruption that wouldn't even boot an OS. Not even Linux.
(DOH! Was that out loud?! I'm gonna get in trouble now! <chuckle>)
"That person that left was me, got an error in live meeting, no OS Crash! (Running Vista) :-P Thank you for an awesome WebCast"
You're welcome! Thanks for coming back! :)
Here are some resources relating to webcast I presented on September 14, 2007, entitled “Windows Vista Reliability Improvements”.
I hope you find them useful.
Windows Vista Home Page:http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista
Windows Vista Product Overview for IT Professionalshttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/evaluate/overvw.mspx
Windows Vista Reliability and Performance Featureshttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/evaluate/feat/relperf.mspx
Windows Vista Securityhttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/evaluate/feat/secfeat.mspx
Windows Vista Deploymenthttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/deploy/default.mspx
For IT Pros: Key reasons to upgrade to Windows Vista http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/evaluate/keyreas.mspx
This session’s resource page:http://www.microsoft.com/technet/DSK-04
Live TechNet Eventshttp://www.technetevents.com
Microsoft Events page:http://www.microsoft.com/events
Below are the questions I pulled out of the Q&A log from the TechNet Webcast: "Disaster Recovery in Exchange Server 2007", along with extended answers (especially to those I answered verbally).
Questions and Answers:
"Will you cover Standby continuous replication (SCR)?"
First off - let me apologize for my webcast answer. SCR is something I was not aware of yet, so I didn't catch on to what you were talking about.
Now.. after searching-it-out - I see that It's a new technology that is a part of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Exchange Server 2007. It's a wicked-cool extension of LCR and CCR-type log shipping; but much more.
Rather than restating the details on SCR here, you can get them all from the very folks that created it - The Exchange Team - on their blog, "You had me at EHLO", at their post about it here: http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2007/06/28/445538.aspx
"What is the best method of recovering a single email if the user deleted it from his mailbox?"
First, have them get it from Deleted Items. (grin)
If they've already cleared those, then they could still recover it if they are within the deleted item retention period
"Do you have to have to create a recovery storage group in order to restore exchange 2007?"
I didn't want to say this during the Q&A session on the live webcast... but... Weren't you paying attention?!
No.. you don't. As we talked about - you can restore storage groups to pretty much anywhere... as long as you've defined that mailbox database on a server, you can copy the files over or restore them there, and mount it. Truly portable databases.
"Can all of the roles reside on a single server?"
All but the Edge and any clustered Mailbox servers. In a cluster, the Mailbox Role needs to be the only one.. and at the Edge, the Edge Transport Role has to be alone as well. But otherwise you could have Mailbox, Client Access, Hub Transport, and Unified Messaging Roles all on the same server if you choose. Or mix and match. :)
Here's a good description of the Exchange Server 2007 Roles: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996031.aspx
"With 03 a workaround allowed the front end on the same server. Is there a similar workaround even if not supported? Is an Edge required?"
Edge isn't strictly required, though the functionality is a "very good idea" to have. There is a script that will enable the anti-spam capabilities on a Hub Transport server to take that part over.. but I really recommend either having some screening outside your firewall on premise, or through a hosted service like the Exchange Hosted Services I talked about.
Here are some resources relating to the webcast I presented on August 31, 2007, entitled "Disaster Recovery in Exchange Server 2007"
Exchange Server Home Pagehttp://www.microsoft.com/exchange/default.mspx
Disaster Recovery Strategieshttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123579.aspx
High Availability and Recovery (MSExchange.org)http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Configuring-Exchange-Server-2007-Preview-Chapter9-Disaster-Recovery-Exchange-Server-2007.html
Exchange Server Disaster Recovery Studies (blog)http://exchangeserverdisasterrecovery.blogspot.com/
Exchange Server Disaster Recovery Studies (blog) - Hard Drive Recovery
TechNet Magazine Article: Data Protection and Disaster Recovery for Exchange Server 2007http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2007/07/Exchange/default.aspx
My TechNet Radio Podcast interview with Ayla Kol on Exchange 2007 Disaster Recoveryhttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/tnradio/archive/exchangequestions.mspx
This session’s resource page:
Microsoft Events page:
Here are some resources relating to the webcast I presented on August 1st 2007, entitled "System Center Operations Manager 2007: Install and Management Pack Migration".
Microsoft System Center Homepagehttp://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/
System Center Operations Manager 2007http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/opsmgr/default.mspx
System Center Operations Manager 2007 - Evaluationhttp://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/opsmgr/evaluation/default.mspx
Product Overview (pdf file)http://download.microsoft.com/download/a/0/a/a0a7e90b-d20d-4052-8930-53edac404fe0/Whitepaper-System_Center_Operations_Manager_2007_Overview.pdf
System Center Capacity Planner 2007 Beta 1http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/sccp/default.mspx
System Center Operations Manager 2007 - Eval Downloadhttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/eval/opsmgr/default.mspx
System Center Operations Manager 2007 - Pricing and Licensinghttp://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/opsmgr/howtobuy/default.mspx
System Center Operations Manager 2007 - TechCenter http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/default.aspx
Operations Manager 2007 Operations Guide
Operations Manager 2007 Design Guide
TechNet Virtual Labs - System Center
Below are the questions I pulled out of the Q&A log from the TechNet Webcast: "Recipient Management, Policies, and Permissions in Exchange 2007", along with the answers.
“What is the command to give a user mailbox permissions to a mailbox?”
In one of the last demos I did in the webcast, I used the add-mailboxpermission command to give add full-access permissions to Andy to another users Mailbox. That would be a good way to, say, grant someone rights on the mailbox for a resource that the user will be responsible for.
The command I entered was
add-mailboxpermission –identity “andy teal” –user “Anton Kirilov” –accessrights fullaccess
add-mailboxpermission –identity “andy teal” –user “Anton Kirilov” –accessrights fullaccess
“If I convert a security group to universal group, all permissions will be gone? Or they will be inherited?”
They will remain. There are caveats on what can be converted, based on membership restrictions… but if there are none of those, then the conversion should work fine.
Here is a page that describes all the ways conversions can happen:http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/79d93e46-ecab-4165-8001-7adc3c9f804e1033.mspx?mfr=true
“I have heard that spaces are no longer allowed in aliases. Is that correct, and why? What are "aliases" actually used for?”
Aliases are also what is (by default) used as the part of your e-mail address to the left of the "@" sign - so it makes sense that they do not have a space. They are also really the main unique way of identifying a mail-enabled entity in your Exchange org.
“Is there a migration toolkit/Document for moving from 2003 to 2007 available?”
Here is a good starting point for your migration planning:http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/a313c016-0e51-466e-a3de-953e1e0d347d.aspx
Here are the "Best Of" the questions and answers from today's TechNet Webcast: Next-Generation Networking with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
Big thanks to Chris Avis for assisting on the webcast by answering questions. It's his efforts that this represents.
And especially - thank you to all who attended!
“Can you explain the Connection Security Rules?”
A connection security rule determines the type of authentication that is required between machines. Client to Client, Client to Server, Server to Server. It can be used to request or require a specific type and level of authentication before any further communications takes places. This provides protection against man-in-the-middle attacks, and secures communications end to end to prevent modification of the payload (data integrity).
“What is the hot fix that has been referenced in a number of blogs that is needed to address problems transfering large files in VISTA where the transfer slows or even stops?”
Yes, there have been reports that there is a bug in how Windows Vista Auto Tuning works… and the temporary solution is that you could turn off that functionality using netsh at a command prompt:
netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
And when the fix has been made available in the windows update sources, and you’re ready to turn it back on again:
netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal
netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal
Both of these will require the machine to be restarted.
You could also call Microsoft support and get the hotfix. Here’s the KB (931770) about the bug, and how to contact support.
(Props to Alpesh for this answer.)
“The features of NAP look great, however is it still possible for an employee to come in the office with their own laptop (running vista or xp home) and access files and emails (same with VPN connection) - you dont HAVE to be a member of the domain do you???”
Check out the Introduction section of this document -- http://www.microsoft.com/technet/network/nap/napoverview.mspx -- NAP can work again managed and unmanaged client machines. This makes NAP very flexible.
“If I do a network bridge between two network cards on the same server, then am I bypassing any security?”
Not if you are configuring IPSec Policies correctly. You can also use Group or Local Polices to deny the creation of bridges, and of course, remove network adapters from machines that might open up security issues.
“What was the name of that TCP fairness algorithm?”
“Fair Queue Model” technology.
“Does Longhorn beta3 fully support IPV6 (DHCP,DNS)?”
“Where can we find more information about DNS6 implementation in Longhorn server?”
“Is anyone really deploying IPV6 ???”
“How do you determine routers on the WAN use (ECN?).”
Check with your vendor. They should be able to tell you if it supported, and if you need to upgrade or update the firmware or software to support it.
“If deploying only Windows 2008 Server OR Vista for workstations, which would you suggest be done first?”
I don’t know of any reason to install one or the other first. Windows Vista can be first – not only because it’s already available, but because you can take full advantage of the new native functionality, and even use Group Policy to manage it (yes, even on older Domain environments). So.. I would do Vista now, and Windows Server 2008 when it’s available early next year.
Most importantly, though… start evaluating NOW. Download the trials / betas / release candidates when they’re available, and try out scenarios that match what you’re doing in your business. Use virtualization (Virtual PC 2007 or Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1) to build virtual machine environments rather than dedicating physical machines to this process.
“Could you supply me a link for that download for vista please? Thanks”
I have to apologize. I was wrong about the availability of just anybody to download Windows Vista. It is available for evaluation download for TechNet Plus subscribers, but you have to buy it to download it otherwise.
The good news is (and thanks for this link, Chris) that you can download a virtual machine .VHD file that is an installation of Windows Vista that you can use. It’s a 30-day evaluation.
You’ll find that virtual machine here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c2c27337-d4d1-4b9b-926d-86493c7da1aa&displaylang=en&tm
If you simply want information on evaluating Windows Vista (great links on “things to try”, etc), check it out here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/aa905059.aspx
And if you’re ready to buy it, I would recommend you start here and navigate into the "Ready to buy?" Windows Marketplace Links. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/default.mspx?wt_svl=20211a&mg_id=20211b
“What was that link that Kevin added to the summary slide?”http://www.microsoft.com/technet/itsolutions/network/tcpip/default.mspx
“Thanks for the info, very useful :)”You're quite welcome. Use it well!
Here are the "Best Of" the questions and answers from today's TechNet Webcast: "Exchange Server 2007 Client Access and Web Services".
Big thanks to John Weston and Harold Wong for assisting on the webcast by answering questions. It's their effort that this all represents.
PS - Here is my resource page for this webcast
“Can we download this webcast later just like the 24 hours exchange 2007 webcasts before?”Yes. It will be available here within 24 hours: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032341208&Culture=en-US
“how to build high available CAS solution, which methods do we have?”Please take a look at this “High Availability” article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb124721.aspx.
“Good morning, I'm looking for suggested guidelines for setting up OWA using CAS in a internal and perimeter (Internet-facing) scenario. How best to approximate an Exchange 2003 Front-End/Back-End setup?”http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb232184.aspx is the good “Planning for Client Access Servers” article. It’s a good place to start.
“Orlando has an event this next week? Regal Cinemas? Can't locate in on the Live Events site; not listed as a city for Florida.”There are TechNet Events taking place in Miami (6/5) and Tampa (6/7) this coming week. Tech Ed 2007 is taking place in Orlando this coming week (6/4 - 6/8). (Plug: http://www.technetevents.com)
“I clicked the TechEd link, and the web page came up as a #404. Can't get to it.”I'm not sure what link you are referring to, but the Tech Ed 2007 Home Page is here: http://www.microsoft.com/events/teched2007/default.mspxFor TechNet Events go here: http://www.technetevents.com.
“When we can get Russian language for unified messaging?”Unfortunately, Russian is not one of the languages we support via UM today: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2007/evaluate/languages.mspx. I also don’t see it on the list for SP1. Sorry.
“Is the user experience better with Windows Mobile 6 Outlook than with Windows Mobile 5 and if the hardware vendor HP refuses to provide an upgrade can the user get an upgrade directly from Microsoft?”Harold Wong Says: “In my personal opinion, the WM6 experience is better than WM5. I've been using WM6 for the last year and don't know how I would get along without some of the features that did not exist in WM5. In terms of WM6 OS upgrades directly from Microsoft, that will not happen. We do not provide these directly to the consumer / public. If you know where to search, you may find ‘bootleg’ copies that you can flash yourself. If you do this though, you will void any warranties and may render your device unusable.”
“Great presentation, but I think maybe I was expecting a little more along the lines of installation and configuration as opposed to exploring features and enhancements. Will there be another webcast for this?”
Have you looked at the “24 Hours of Exchange 2007” Webcast Series? http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/tnexchangeserver.mspx#24HoursofExchangeServer2007Harold Wong did a few sessions on Installing and Configuring Exchange 2007 along with the specific role configuration.
“Great, thanks Harold. That's what I was looking for. Kevin, again, great presentation.”You're welcome!
“When is Harold coming back to Los Angeles to present more features of Exchange 2007?”Harold Says: “I don't have anything planned currently. I will be in Reno in 2 weeks though. :-)”
“What is the recommended ratio of front-end (CAS) Processor Cores v's Back-end mailbox Cores?”Please look here: http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2007/01/16/432222.aspx
“Is there a list of 3rd party vendors to connect legacy PBX to Exchange 2007 for UM?”The two we have worked with the most are AudioCodes and Dialogic. Here is the link: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/telephony-advisor.mspx.
Here are some resources relating to the webcast I presented on June 1st, 2007, entitled “TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 Client Access and Web Services”.
I hope you find them useful.
Getting to Know Microsoft Exchange Server 2007http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/preview/default.mspx
Exchange Server 2007 Overviewhttp://www.microsoft.com/exchange/preview/evaluation/overview.mspx
Exchange Server TechCenterhttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/default.mspx
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Technical Resourceshttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2007/default.mspx
Exchange Server 2007 Server Roles: Client Accesshttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/bb330840.aspx?wt.svl=2007resources
Exchange Server 2007 Server Roles: Unified Messaginghttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/bb288464.aspx?wt.svl=2007resources
How to Connect a Unified Messaging Server to a Supported IP/VOIP Gatewayhttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb124360.aspx
Telephony Advisor for Exchange Server 2007http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/telephony-advisor.mspx
"Explore New Mobile Messaging Capabilities with Exchange 2007" - TechNet Magazinehttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2007/05/mobility/default.aspx?wt.svl=featured
Exchange Server 2007 Learning Resources (FREE e-Learning for a limited time!)http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exchange2007/default.mspx
Exchange Server In-Depth – Webcast Serieshttp://www.microsoft.com/events/series/tnexchangeserver.mspx
Exchange Team Blog – “You Had Me At ELHO”http://msexchangeteam.com/
Unified Communications Group Team Bloghttp://blogs.technet.com/uc/
Here are some resources relating to the webcast I presented on May 16, 2007, entitled “TechNet Webcast: Windows Vista Reliability Improvements”.
Windows Vista Home Pagehttp://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista
Startup Repair: Frequently Asked Questionshttp://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/5c59f8c1-b0d1-4f1a-af55-74f3922f3f351033.mspx
Selected Scenarios for Evaluating Reliability Diagnostics in Windows Vistahttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/library/c3175f8c-0025-4293-9f4d-8bb660f04016.mspx
Windows Reliability and Performance Monitorhttps://www.microsoft.com/technet/WindowsVista/library/ops/53582ab0-24a0-411c-9c7a-7b2466741699.mspx?mfr=true
Windows Vista Deploymenthttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/deploy/default.mspx
Recorded Live PDC Session “What’s New In Software Installation for Windows Vista: Exploring The Windows Installer (MSI) and ClickOnce Options”http://microsoft.sitestream.com/PDC05/FUN/FUN222_files/Default.htm#nopreload=1&autostart=1
Here are the "Best Of" the questions and answers from today's TechNet Webcast: "Windows Deployment Services Technical Overview.
Thanks to all who attended!
“Will WDS let you boot using floppy instead of PXE NIC?”
Yes. That’s essentially what I was doing during the demos today. I was running a virtual machine that thought I had a bootable floppy disk in the drive (really it was a virtual floppy disk). Windows Deployment Services has the option for you to create a “Discovery Boot Image”, which can be saved to removable media and used as a substitute for the PXE boot support; in case your NIC is older and doesn’t do PXE boot.
“What is pixie? Is it PE?”
No! PXE is not PE. Windows PE is the Windows Pre-installation Environment. PXE is the Pre-boot eXecutable Environment.
“Is the ISO image a RIS image, or the straight-from-MS ISO setup disk?”
The ISO Image I was using was not a RIS image. To the Machine, it saw it as if I had put the Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition installation disk into the drive.
“Kevin, Can you brief explain the differences between BDD and WDS?”
Excellent question! It’s a little confusing, because BDD and WDS both have tools that allow you to make installable images available.
I found a brief but accurate description of this relationship on Ben Hunter’s blog. Number 3 in his list of top BDD issues, “Trying to deploy [BDD] images with WDS”…
This is a common misunderstanding about the relationship between BDD and WDS. Let me assure the relationship is not a close one, BDD is just using WDS! Simply put uses WDS as a mechanism to boot the Lite Touch WIM which connects to the BDD deployment point. Once this has happened it has nothing more to WDS, nothing! So my advice here is DO NOT try to load an image captured with BDD into WDS.
“Where is sysprep found in Windows Vista?”
By default, it’s found in the C:\windows\system32\sysprep folder. (if you’ve got Windows Vista running on your C: drive, that is.)
“If I only have XP clients, how will I perform a Capture Image?”
The same way. You can indeed create a “Capture Boot Image” and boot to it from a sysprepped-and-ready-to-duplicate XP machine, and it will launch the same capture process we launched in the webcast. You’ll end up with a .wim that contains a Windows XP image that can be rolled out using WDS.
“How do you edit a .wim file (e.g. add new drivers, add updates, etc.)?”
Get the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) and use the ImageX tool.
“Can a virtual PC be installed using ReadyBoost on a flash drive? The reason I ask is because Virtual PC drains system resources.”
I think what you’re asking is “Can Windows Readyboost™ improve the performance of my Virtual Machines.
Yes, it can. Now… remember, it’s going to benefit the host machine only. Vista running within a virtual machine can’t use the USB drive for it’s own performance improvements. But the machine that is hosting Virtual PC can benefit from it.
NOTE: That doesn’t mean that you can suddenly run VPCs with more memory than what you still physically have in your PC. It doesn’t work that way. But it can improve performance overall because of how the application cache is expanded.
“With multiple WDS servers, how can I set/change their priority for client access?”
I don’t think you’re going to have multiple WDS servers answering on the same subnet. Like DHCP, you’re going to have one server answering to the information that DHCP initially tells the client.
“You choose not to listen on port 67 because you are using one machine for both services. In production you would use two.”
Right. We were using 1 machine with both DHCP and WDS, and by default they would have been listening on the same port. We had to set that switch so that on the same machine it would work. However, usually they would be on two separate machines. Thanks!
“Is there a way to deploy 1 XP or W2k image to multiple computers with different hardware?”
With XP and Win2K3 or 2K you still have the HAL limitation. Sysprep in Windows VISTA makes the machine hardware agnostic. But it still isn't able to do that for XP or earlier because the OS isn't "componentized" enough.
“Any suggestions/ for procedures creating the USB boot key?”
I assume you’re asking about how you can create a Windows PE installation and boot from a USB drive…
Start out by looking in the Windows PE Users Guide, which is a part of the Windows Automated Installation Kit.
And I see that Josh has posted the steps on his blog.
“In win. sys image manager; If x86_Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\OOBE\skipmachineoobe is set to true, the validation section says "setting skipmachineoobe is depreciated in the win image. Why does it say that? what does that mean?”
That setting was apparently for testing only. Check out the description on this TechNet page:http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsVista/en/library/103d9a07-6017-4558-9585-b91c7ea99e3e1033.mspx?mfr=true
“Did you say that the full version of WinPE is available in WAIK and is fully customizable?”
Yes indeed! It’s not just for OEMs, System Builders, or Customers with SA on their OS purchases. WAIK, baby!
Here are some resources relating to the webcast I presented on April 30, 2007, entitled “TechNet Webcast: Windows Deployment Services Overview”.
How Unattended Installation Workshttp://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/Library/d24c91f2-80cd-4a60-98c0-4b9ad28f678a1033.mspx
Remote Operating System Installation (Windows 2000 and RIS)http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/deploy/depopt/remoteos.mspx
Choosing Between ADS and RIS for Bare-Metal Deployments and Re-Deploymentshttp://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/risvsads.mspx
ImageX and WIM Image Format
Windows Deployment Services Update Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Server 2003
How Remote Installation Services Work
Windows PE 2.0 for Windows Vista Overview