mcs.ireland.blog/infrastructure

Welcome to the blog of the Microsoft Consulting Services infrastructure team in Ireland

June, 2007

  • Windows Server 2008 Roles, what are they?

    A role is logical grouping of a set of components based on user scenarios, typical server workloads and dependencies. There are no roles installed by default. The available roles in Server 2008 are: Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS...
  • Windows Server 2008 New Features in Setup

    One of the significant changes you will find in the new version of Windows Server is the new setup mechanism. This table shows what changes from Server 2003 to 2008: Windows Server 2003 Windows Server 2008 •Windows Server 2003...
  • Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003

    Microsoft has supported fault-tolerant and high-availability clustering for many years, but with Compute Cluster Server, Microsoft brings the supercomputing power of high-performance computing (HPC) to the personal and workgroup level. The solution...
  • System Center Service Manager Beta Available for Download

    The new offering from the System Center line is already on the connect site for you to download and try. Formerly code-named "service desk" System Center Service Manager will include: •Deep integration with existing Microsoft technologies from System...
  • www.microsoft.com runs on Longhorn Beta 3

    Microsoft.com is the world's 5th most heavily accessed website based on number of unique visits. And it's running on Longhorn. See here for more details.
  • Operations Manager 2007 - Design Guide now released

    It's available for download at http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/4/d/74deff5e-449f-4a6b-91dd-ffbc117869a2/OpsMgr2007_DesignGuid.doc
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1, it's here, its free and it is packed with great stuff!

    Isn't it great when we get new features for free for our already implemented products? Well guess what, there are many new and FANTASTIC features, some of these are: Volume Shadow Services <- snapshot backups with no downtime! Hardware assisted Virtualization...
  • Windows Home Server Release Candidate, Be creative and win Some Cash

    The release candidate of WHS is now available through the connect site. Be sure to download it and start testing and developing add-ins. If you think you are up to the challenge go to the Code2Fame website and see the FANTASTIC prizes you can win. Home...
  • Getting Smart with Logon Scripts

    I’m sure anyone who administers an Active Directory infrastructure will have had some experience working with logon scripts. Logon scripts can either be deployed on a user by user basis or, more commonly, through Group Policy. Logon scripts can be written...
  • Virtual labs now available for Windows Server 2008

    Virtual labs for Windows Server 2008 are now available on the TechNet Site. These labs are a great way to get to grips with some of the new technology that's coming. They can be accessed via the following links: Managing Windows Server 2008 and Windows...
  • Powershell hits the million mark

    From the Powershell team blog: PowerShell Hits a Million Downloads in the First Six Months . = An interesting excerpt: We keep hearing about customers moving beyond evaluation and deploying PowerShell in production environments. The flagship deployment...
  • Up comingTechNet Webcast: High Availability in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1

    If you are responsible for a highly available Exchange 2007 environment this is the one to watch to learn the new SP1 features. 8 June 2007: TechNet Webcast: High Availability in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack...
  • Security Management Tips for Aspiring IT Managers

    In today's fast-changing and often risky business environment, it is critical for IT to effectively secure systems -- a process that's both costly and time-consuming. At the same time, IT managers are expected to enhance worker productivity and implement...
  • Microsoft Security Intelligence Report

    The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report provides a comprehensive understanding of the types of threats Windows customers face today so they can take appropriate action to help ensure they are better protected. The report highlights trends observed...
  • Windows Server 2008 Beta Is Now Available for Download

    The next generation of the Windows Server operating system gives you more control, greater flexibility, and increased protection for your server infrastructure while reducing time and costs. And when you download or order the beta software, you're automatically...
  • Data Protection Manager (DPM) v2 - Beta 2 now released

    Data Protection Manager 2007 Beta 2 is now available for download. DPM 2007 Beta 2 is designed to provide a best-of-breed protection and the most robust, reliable recovery experience for Exchange Server, SQL Server, and SharePoint. Try out the new standard...
  • Using AD and Exchange as a routing and re-branding solution

    Recently one of my customers came to me with a requirement that looked pretty daunting. Basically they had 14 separate e-mail infrastructures, not all of them Microsoft Exchange, and what they wanted to do was to re-brand incoming and outgoing e-mail...
  • ADAM: A powerful and flexible directory solution

    Many of you will no doubt be aware that Microsoft released Active Directory Application Mode, otherwise known as ADAM, along with the release of Windows Server 2003 R2. ADAM is essentially an LDAP directory service specifically designed for directory...
  • Powershell - videos and utilities

    The Channel9 guys have posted an interesting video where the Powershell team discuss the goals of Powershell, where it is going in the future, and showing off the environment in action - check it out at http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=309510...