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  • Blog Post: RDP to Windows 2008

    Hi all, I have installed a Windows 2008 server into my Windows 2003 domain, I then enabled RDP on my Windows 2008 server verified that I could connect from my Vista client on the network. While working from home, I quickly found out that I could not RDP onto my Windows 2008 server from my 2003/XP...
  • Blog Post: Fine Grain Password Policies (FGPP)

    Hi, Having played with FGPP's recently at Teched, I figured that it would be good to publish the attributes that are required to create one and their value types. The attributes required for creating a fine grain password policy. msDS-PasswordSettingsPrecendence This is just a number you...
  • Blog Post: Playing with NAP

    Hi all,       I have been playing with Network Access Protection (NAP) recently and have a few pointers that may help you all out :) Event ID 204 on the NAP server is raised when clients do not meet policy requirements Event ID 201 on NAP server is raised when clients do not...
  • Blog Post: Where is the MCSE for Windows 2008?

    Well, this is an interesting subject, as many of you know there is not an MCSE for the Windows 2008 family and it has been replaced with a new exciting qualification. So, L et’s have a look at some of the new details, We have four new(ish) qualifications that we could aim for, namely the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Windows 2008 Page

    This page will contain everything you want to know about Windows 2008 and then some.
  • Blog Post: RODC connection object is goes AWOL

    If the RODC connection object goes Absent With Out Leave (AWOL) then there are some steps to recover it, taken from the Ask the Directory Services Team's Blog site ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2010/10/08/friday-mail-sack-cluedo-edition.aspx) RODCs require a special flag on their connection...
  • Blog Post: The big thick book of Windows 2008

    Microsoft have created a "Book of Longhorn" that covers all the c hanges in functionality from Windows Server 2003 with SP1 to Windows Server 2008. I really recommend having a look at this one... http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=173E6E9B-4D3E-4FD4-A2CF-73684FA46B60&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: ServerManagerCMD.exe - How can you start quickly?

    If you want to use the servermanagerCMD.exe, it just could not be easier. There are only three main switches that you need to know to get started. How do I know what features/Roles I have installed or available? For this, you can use the command ServerManagerCMD.exe -query, this will list all available...
  • Blog Post: Poster Central

    Hi all, Ever wanted a change in decor in your house? rather than boring old patterned wallpaper, what about getting some great posters with core components of specific technologies to put in their place... amaze your friends, impress your spouse.. check out the technical posters from Microsoft. :...
  • Blog Post: MVP Academy - here I come!

    Be prepared all you MVP's of the world! I have been made an MVP trainer for a Windows 2008 course over the month of November. I will be running nightly training sessions and hopefully help as many MVP's as possible.. See you there!
  • Blog Post: Poster Win 8 app, available now

    A new Windows 8 app is now available to enable you to see all the technical spec posters that we used to have to print out on A3. If you’re running Windows 8, you can get it from the Windows Store here: http://aka.ms/sposterpedia thanks Martin (aka the poster guy :) http://blogs...
  • Blog Post: ADPREP Challenges

    I had an interesting challenge last month and figured that this is a great one for my blog. Being based in England, I had never come across this issue before so it was very interesting. I arrived on a customer site to help perform a Windows Server 2008 schema update and make sure that all was well...
  • Blog Post: Snapshot Backups? what is that all about?

    Here is a step-by-step guide for anyone that wants to get started with Active Directory Snapshot Backups In Windows 2008! Active Directory Administrators can now mount a snapshot from any given time, browse the snapshot and then perform restore individual objects if they want. How cool is that!!....
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Core Quick Reference

    This month I have been setting up my first Windows 2008 core server to go into a production environment. It has been a very interesting experience as I was expecting a straight forward process but ran into a few challenges. What with some vendor specific hardware and a bizarre WSUS issue, I have certainly...
  • Blog Post: Userenvlog for Windows Vista/2008/Win7

    If you like the userenvlog from Windows XP, you may want to know how to get more information from the GPSVR service in Windows 2008/Visa/Win 7. If so then try this: How to enable logging in the Gpsvc.log file To enable logging in the Gpsvc.log file, follow these steps. Click Start, click Run, type...
  • Blog Post: Key Firewall ports for Windows server 2008

    Some just might say that security has gone mad these days, gone are the times when we only used firewalls to protect our internal network infrastructure from external attack. Certainly I now see many of our customers deploying internal firewalls to protect their sites but at the same time, cause poor...
  • Blog Post: Some Useful Links for you all!

    News Details Link GPMC Scripts The Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) provides a comprehensive set of COM interfaces that you can use to script many of the operations supported by the console. Included in this download is a set of sample scripts that make use of these interfaces...
  • Blog Post: Virtualising servers

    Hi All, I have started collecting a list of whitepapers based upon virtualisation of domain controllers and services, I just figured that you may find these of use! KB897615 Support policy for Microsoft software running in non-Microsoft hardware virtualization software http://support.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 2008 interesting links

    If you are feeling a little limited in information about Windows 2008, check out the following featured components: · AD DS: Restartable Active Directory Domain Services Windows 2008 introduced new capabilities to start or stop directory services running on a domain controller without having...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2008 upgrade paths

    With the Windows 2008 finally being released to manufacture this past month, we will now be expecting a whole bunch of questions surrounding the Windows 2008 migration process. This part of the newsletter is looking at what you need to know to answer all your questions. The following table lists...