The Windows Server Notebook

October 14, 2009  7:45 PM

Troubleshooting tops Windows admins’ most tedious tasks

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

For Windows admins, there’s always something to fix. In a recent survey, over 800 IT administrators and managers named troubleshooting as far and away their most time-consuming task.

Nearly half of respondents ranked it number one (47%), followed by provisioning and configuration (37%), performance tuning (37%), backup and recovery (32%) and migrations (29%).

While these results are far from shocking, it doesn’t make them any less true. Here is a small collection of really great troubleshooting tips for a variety of common issues that will hopefully help speed up the process.
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October 9, 2009  8:08 PM

News Roundup: AD turns heads, Exchange hits RTM

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Lots going on in the world of Windows this month, as you might expect. Here’s a roundup of some of the top news from this past week:

  1. Forget Live Migration; AD is king in R2
    While most of the attention around Windows Server 2008 R2 has been given to Hyper-V enhancements and brand new features like Direct Access, when it comes right down to it, Active Directory is still No. 1 on the priority list for admins.
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October 5, 2009  7:31 PM

Group Policy management gets a boost with MDOP 2009 R2

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 aren’t the only new releases Microsoft has on tap this month. The new Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2009 R2 (usually pronounced emm-DOP) will be out by late October, with enhancements for Group Policy and application virtualization.

The new pack will include Windows 7 support for nearly all of its components, including Advanced Group Policy Management 4.0 (AGPM), which will also support Windows Server 2008 R2.
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September 30, 2009  9:36 PM

Partner products to get the Windows 7 stamp of approval

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

One of the major problems surrounding Windows Vista involved software and hardware compatibility — or rather, incompatibility. Microsoft is looking to avoid those issues this time around with Windows 7.

How? By branding all compatible products with a big Windows 7 thumbs up.
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September 24, 2009  1:41 PM

The Windows Report — Analyzing the IT job market

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

We take a look at the current state of the IT job market in this month’s edition of The Windows Report. Independent consultant and author Kevin Beaver calls in to offer tips for finding a new job (or keeping your current one), and sheds light on what he sees as today’s most in demand specialties.

You’ll also find an overview of Microsoft’s certification roadmap, with details on how things have changed since the release of Windows Server 2008.

September 22, 2009  3:19 PM

Here comes Windows 7 — time to party?

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

The first rule in hosting a Windows 7 launch party? BE PREPARED.I’m sure many of you have seen this by now, but as part of promoting Windows 7, Microsoft is urging folks to host “launch parties” at their homes in honor of the new OS. As reported by Neowin, the company will provide free party packs to the hosts including balloons, Pin the Tail on the Donkey and free copies of Windows 7 (and I only made one of those three things up).

While it’s too late to be one of the official honorary hosts (bummer!), there’s still time to learn how to throw your own Windows 7 party. Microsoft even produced a video providing “tips” on throwing a successful launch party (below). If you can spare six minutes that you don’t mind never getting back again, it’s defintely worth checking out (heh).
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September 16, 2009  9:36 PM

Ready to upgrade yet? Microsoft to end support for Windows 2000

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Will users finally say goodbye to Windows 2000 Server?Microsoft announced this week that public support for Windows 2000 Server will end in July — just another gentle nudge to organizations toward Windows Server 2008 R2.

The company will also be cutting back on Windows Server 2003 support at that time.

Microsoft’s Crissy House announced the news via the Windows Server Division Weblog on September 15. Extended support for Windows 2000 Server will remain available until the July 13, 2010 deadline, after which users will still have access to “Self-Help Online Support.” House noted that on the same day, Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2 will shift from mainstream support to the extended phase.
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September 11, 2009  7:55 PM

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 arrives a little early

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Microsoft released Deployment Toolkit 2010 (MDT) earlier today, somewhat sooner than expected. The set is designed to ease the burden on those getting ready to deploy Windows 7 and/or Windows Server 2008 R2.

The release candidate for MDT 2010 was made available in August, and the official release was expected soon after the October 22 launch of the company’s latest desktop and server operating systems. Continued »

September 8, 2009  7:49 PM

Prepare for System Center Configuration Manager … R3?

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

It looks like Microsoft isn’t ready to let go of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 just yet. Configuration Manager 2007 R3 is on the way – and it’s going green.
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September 3, 2009  8:19 PM

IIS gets patched, SQL Server not so much

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Microsoft is actively working on patching a critical flaw affecting three versions of Internet Information Services (IIS) that was discovered earlier this week. Another vulnerability affecting SQL Server, however, isn’t getting so much love.
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