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  • Blog Post: Installing SQL Server 2005 on Windows Server 2008

    I am in the process of installing SQL Server 2005 on a new Windows 2008 Server, and ran into the following warning about missing some required components of IIS: - IIS Feature Requirement (Warning) Messages IIS Feature Requirement Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) is either not installed...
  • Blog Post: TechNet How-to Videos

    The TechNet Events Team has been hard at work recording "How-To" videos covering a wide variety of Microsoft Technologies, and they are now available in a single location up on TechNet. Click here for the main repository of TechNet How-to Videos . Here, you'll find informative "how-to" content aimed...
  • Blog Post: Sometimes the error message means what it says

    I'm in the process of setting up a new Hyper-V server, and for some reason I was unable to connect via Terminal Services to the server... I had properly enabled the "Allow connections from computer running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure) option". However, no matter, what I did, I got the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Command Reference

    If you are a sysadmin, you probably spend more time at the command line than the average user. If you have been looking for a handy reference as to the commands and syntax you can use, the Windows Command Reference will come in handy. Commands are listed alphabetically or by server role (in Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Security within Microsoft's own IT department

    In case you are curious what it is like to be in charge of Security for IT at Microsoft, you get to deal with an environment where there are: Approximately 100,000 intrusion attempts each month. Approximately 1 million infected or malicious e-mail messages received each month. Over 5,000 PCs rebuilt...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Feature Posters

    I know... everyone else has already covered this... These two posters, originally published in the July 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine , provide a strong visual tool to aide in the understanding of various features and components of Windows Server 2008. One poster focuses exclusively on powerful new...
  • Blog Post: MCITPing it with W2K8

    If you are a certification junkie like me, you have been anxiously awaiting information on the last of the Windows 2008 Certification Exams that replace the venerable MCSE. Information on the Technical Specialist exams has been available for a while, but as Trika notes, there is FINALLY INFORMATION posted...
  • Blog Post: April TechNet Magazine is up!

    Internet Explorer: What’s New in Internet Explorer 8 Everyone expects something different from their browser. Some users are most concerned with security and privacy while others are more focused on customizability. Some want full standards compatibility, and others just desire ease of use. Explore the...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Lockdown – The Easy Way

    If you have been tasked with securing SharePoint, there  are a lot of considerations to take into account.  How do users authenticate? Does part of your farm live in an extranet or DMZ? How do you secure user-to-server communications? How do you secure server-to-server communications? ...
  • Blog Post: TechNet and MSDN- Running on Hyper-V

    If you were at MMS 2008 , or if you read executive keynotes in your spare time, you heard Bob Muglia mention that we are running MSDN and TechNet virtualized, in production on Hyper-V . MSDN and TechNet are full virtualized right now with Hyper-V, and we had a dramatic cost savings when we went and did...
  • Blog Post: 2008 Certification Posters

    I was playing around with Trika's skydrive (wait a minute, that sounded better in my head)... and see that she has uploaded three very nice looking posters showing the various courses, tests and certifications available for SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and Windows Server 2008. Apparently she...
  • Blog Post: Inside Windows Server 2008 Kernel Changes

    Great Stuff from SysInternals (and Mark Russinovich): Inside Windows Server 2008 Kernal Changes : Mark goes deep inside the Server 2008 kernel to describe enhancements to memory management and I/O processing, as well as how Server 2008 implements new features like Hyper-V, self-healing NTFS, SMB2, and...
  • Blog Post: Free Security Courses

    I was just browsing the IT Pro course catalog over at http://www.microsoftelearning.com , and noticed that there are a TON of free courses relating to Security. There are some non-security free courses as well (related to SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008, and a few others), but the price is sure...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory in the DMZ

    I’ve been waiting for this guide for a while (‘cause that’s how I roll), but if you are interested in guidance on when/how to use Active Directory in your perimeter network, the AD team has released a guide for that: Active Directory Domain Services in the Perimeter Network (Windows Server 2008) The...
  • Blog Post: Clean up after your server!

    While learning about the changes in Active Directory on Windows Server 2008 at a recent conference, the presenters casually mentioned a new feature as an aside that is actually quite exciting! If you have ever had a Domain Controller stolen or experience catastrophic hardware failure, then you are familiar...
  • Blog Post: Network Shell (Netsh) Technical Reference released

    Aaaaah... to come full circle.  Microsoft's OSs started at the command line, went GUI, and you can now do more from then command-line than ever before.  Between PowerShell , the Windows Command Reference , and now the Netsh Technical Reference , you can script until you are blue in the face...
  • Blog Post: Why can't I manage Hyper-V remotely?

    A few weeks ago, I posted instructions on managing Hyper-V remotely from another Windows Server 2008 box that was not running Hyper-V. As I showed in that post, the "Features" screen should have an option for installing the Hyper-V Tools as you can see here: I heard from reader David (who kindly shared...
  • Blog Post: Masters of the (Reading) Universe.

    Unless you are Uber-l33t, you are probably not working on your Microsoft Certified Master certification.  This is  where the best-of-the-best come visit the better-of-the-best on the Redmond Campus to learn everything there is to know about Active Directory Services , SharePoint , OCS , SQL...
  • Blog Post: Evalu'08

    I just ran into the following contest on a banner ad of all places... It looks like if you try out any of our current line of products (Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, DPM, and the like), you are entered to win some killer prizes! https://www.microsoft.com/Infrastructure/Evalu08/ All you have...
  • Blog Post: Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Hyper-V Released

    Get them while they’re hot!  Download here: Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 .  This version of the integration services for Hyper-V supports Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 / 5.3...
  • Blog Post: The best feature you've never heard of...

    Although the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) has been around since 2005 (it shipped with Windows Server 2003 R2, is present in SBS 2003 R2), I have yet to meet anyone (even hard-core Admins) who have even heard of it. It is an excellent tool to have in your toolbox, especially as hard drives get...
  • Blog Post: Managing Hyper-V remotely

    Just got this from Jeff on the Windows Virtualization Team : Hyper-V Question of the Day: Q: I’d like to install the Hyper-V MMC on Windows Server 2008 to remotely manage another Hyper-V System. How do I do this? Can I do this on Windows Server 2008 x64 and x86 Editions? A: Yes. This solution works for...
  • Blog Post: TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows

    Download the eBook here . There is nothing particularly fundamental about this book, unless you are a CCNP or otherwise live and breathe packets. Surprisingly (to me) however, the book remains quite readable. Written by Joseph Davies (aka The Cable Guy in TechNet Magazine )... he even has an entry on...
  • Blog Post: Performance Tuning Windows Server 2008

    Now that Windows Server 2008 has RTM'd, and you are preparing to roll it out in your environment (even if it is just a lab or test environment), the following guide will help you get the most out of the OS, both as you choose the hardware, and as you tweak the OS to meet your particular workload. This...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V released!!!

    I would normally put up a great post with examples, pictures, personal stories, wit, and humor... but I am in class today and they are making us shut our laptops. Darn. In any case, AWESOME NEWS!!! The Virtualization team just released a version of Windows Server 2008 WITH the beta bits of Hyper-V (formerly...