Good afternoon Dayton and Cincinnati!

Thank you for coming to TechNet events and I apologize for the longer than usual delay in getting these posted!

As always it is my pleasure to come to the city and present, I also had the chance to attend a DANPA meeting and had some great fun on Monday. For more information on DANPA take a look here: http://danpa.org/Home.aspx

Also a huge thank you to Brad Green for providing me a great answer in email to one of the questions I got during the week. If you want to look at more of my live events questions and answers take a look here:

Live Events Questions and Answers from prior events

Enjoy and please comment if I missed any or if you need more information!

Q: Where can I learn more about Windows PE and the BDD tools?
A:
Thanks to Keith Combs in pointing me to the correct resources. There are step-by-step walkthroughs in the Windows Vista AIK: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C7D4BC6D-15F3-4284-9123-679830D629F2&displaylang=en

The Win RE scripts are documented in the WAIK User’s Guide and the creation process is documented in the WinPE User’s Guide:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=993c567d-f12c-4676-917f-05d9de73ada4&displaylang=en

The BDD tools can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/desktopdeployment/bdd/2007/default.mspx?WT.mc_id=bddfr

Q: Is there information on Forefront licensing?
A:
Here is the page for the licensing information: http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/howtobuy/default.mspx

Q: Can you convert a Windows Server 2008 core server to a full server and vice-versa?
A:
No, a server core is just a minimal server role. The Server Core installation option of the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 operating system is a new option for installing Windows Server 2008. A Server Core installation provides a minimal environment for running specific server roles that reduces the maintenance and management requirements and the attack surface for those server roles. Also in searching for information I stumbled on a blog dedicated to the server core role: http://blogs.technet.com/server_core/default.aspx

Q: How can an administrator schedule unattended backups using a stand-alone tape library and have identifiable backup names on files and tapes in prior versions of Windows?
A:
A huge thanks to Brad Green for answering this question to me in email and providing me some great examples and resources!

Thanks Brad!

There are two great resources for you take a look at first:

  1. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/239892
  2. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2005/05/NTBackup/default.aspx

With that said here some samples that Brad was kind of enough to share with me:

The first is based directly out of KB239892. It backs up the D: drive (my data volume) each night and renames the tape media by computername with date and time appended to the name.

  • echo off
      rsm.exe refresh /LF"HP C1537A SCSI Sequential Device"
      sleep 30
      for /f "Tokens=1-4 Delims=/ " %%i in ('date /t') do set dt=%%i-%%j-%%k-%%l
      for /f "Tokens=1" %%i in ('time /t') do set tm=-%%i
      set tm=%tm::=-%
      set dtt=%dt%%tm%
      c:\windows\system32\ntbackup.exe backup "@C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data\Nightly D-drive Backup.bks" /n "%computername%-%dtt%" /d "daily %dtt%" /v:yes /r:no /rs:no /hc:on /m normal /j "daily %dtt%" /l:f /p "4mm DDS" /UM 
      rsm.exe eject /PF"%computername%-%dtt% - 1" /astart
      exit

This process also works at the file level.  The following is an example of a script that backs up the SystemState and runs prior to the daily backup of the data volume.  It overwrites each night, so I know that the SystemStateBackup.bkf on each tape is from that day.

  • echo off
      for /f "Tokens=1-4 Delims=/ " %%i in ('date /t') do set dt=%%i-%%j-%%k-%%l
      for /f "Tokens=1" %%i in ('time /t') do set tm=-%%i
      set tm=%tm::=-%
      set dtt=%dt%%tm%
      C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntbackup.exe backup "@C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data\Nightly System State.bks" /n "SystemStateBackup.bkf" /d "Nightly System State %dtt%" /v:no /r:no /rs:no /hc:off /m normal /j "Nightly System State %dtt%" /l:s /f "D:\SYSTEM STATE BACKUP\SystemStateBackup.bkf"
      exit

Q: Are there any enhancements in Windows Server 2008 for Macintosh?
A:
I did some checking and I was hard pressed to find information on any new services for Macintosh. What did I find out is that the services for Macintosh have been removed: Here is a list of the new networking features: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/network/evaluate/new_network.mspx

Q: Is there any more detailed information on Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services?
A:
There is a great website here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/terminal-services/default.mspx

Also there is a great webcast here: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032297519&CountryCode=US