The Windows Server Notebook


July 27, 2009  8:36 PM

The Windows Report — Inside BranchCache for Windows 2008 R2

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

We just launched the first edition of a new feature on the site – The Windows Report. This will be a monthly segment featuring news, expert analysis and admin tips.

July’s video features an in-depth look at Windows Server 2008 R2′s BranchCache feature from Microsoft MVP Gary Olsen, followed by a new tip from Brien Posey on cleaning up your server.

(Note: This was recorded on Wednesday. Since then, both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 have reached RTM.)

July 24, 2009  4:50 PM

News Roundup: Windows 7, R2 hit RTM

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

The folks at Microsoft had said both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 would be released to manufacturing before the end of the month, and they were true to their word, getting both in with just about a week to spare yesterday.
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July 21, 2009  9:46 PM

New SQL Server tools drop in July

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

A couple of new DBA tools were released last week for SQL Server – Idera’s SQL Comparison Toolset and SQL Backup Pro 6 from Red Gate Software. Both products are available for 14-day, fully-functional free trials.
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July 16, 2009  11:27 PM

MVP dishes on DirectAccess, VPN Reconnect in R2

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Gary OlsenI spoke with Gary Olsen earlier to get his thoughts on some of the new features to be included with Windows Server 2008 R2. In addition to being a prolific TechTarget contributor, Gary is also a Microsoft MVP in Directory Services and a systems software engineer with Hewlett-Packard.

Check out the short podcast below to hear what Gary had to say about Microsoft’s new DirectAccess feature. In this segment, he talks about the VPN challenges facing both users and IT folks, and how DirectAccess addresses those issues. He also provides details on VPN Reconnect and how it works.
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July 14, 2009  6:56 PM

Six patch updates released in July

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

This month’s Patch Tuesday saw the release of six new bulletins, two of which address zero-day flaws.
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July 9, 2009  1:40 PM

Will R2′s DirectAccess leave you vulnerable?

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

We’re continuing to drill into the big new Windows Server 2008 R2 features on the site, the latest of which is Microsoft’s new DirectAccess technology. For those who don’t know, the feature is new to R2 and Windows 7, and is designed (as Microsoft puts it) to give “users the experience of being seamlessly connected to their corporate network any time they have Internet access.”

It works, too (by all accounts).

Now from a user standpoint, this is beyond fantastic. From an IT professional’s perspective though, it’s bound to immediately trigger questions about security.
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July 6, 2009  9:03 PM

Details emerge about SQL Server 2008 R2

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

“Kilamanjaro” has now gone the way of the “Katmai”, but the newly dubbed SQL Server 2008 R2 is still creating some chatter among DBAs and other IT pros.

Microsoft announced at TechEd 2009 that a Community Technical Preview (CTP) for the next version of SQL Server will be available later this summer, and with that, details of the new release began to hit the Web.
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June 29, 2009  10:02 PM

R2′s File Classification Infrastructure generates buzz

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Windows Server 2008 R2Of the many new features set to debut in Windows Server 2008 R2, one that has received a steady amount of attention is the File Classification Infrastructure (FCI).

The inclusion of FCI with R2 came as a surprise to a lot of folks in the IT community. The technology, at least in theory, has been talked about since back in the days of Windows XP, but had been put on the backburner until suddenly BOOM – it was here.

So what’s the word on the street?
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June 23, 2009  6:44 PM

New storage optimization tools launch for Hyper-V

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Hyper-V users who are looking to standardize their virtual and non-virtual environments just got a little help. V3.co.uk (formerly Vnunet) is reporting that European firm Diskeeper has just launched a new platform designed to optimize storage for environments running Hyper-V with Windows Server 2008.
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June 16, 2009  2:38 PM

Has the time come to update your Microsoft certification?

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

By now, most in the IT field are aware of the value of Microsoft certification, as being certified can go a long way in proving to employers that you have the right skills for the job. Not all certifications are created equal, however, and as more companies make the move to Windows Server 2008 or even R2, those old MCSA or MCSE certs might begin to look a little dated.
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