The Windows Server Notebook


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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June 11, 2009  6:10 PM

Will SharePoint Server 2010 be worth the upgrade?

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

The release of SharePoint Server 2010 (formerly SharePoint 14) may seem like a long way off, but with a CTP expected later this year and an official release in the early part of 2010, it’s actually creeping up pretty quickly.

If you had previously been involved with a migration from MOSS 2003 to 2007, than that first paragraph might have just caused your eyes to glaze over. The good news, however, is that it sounds like a migration to 2010 will be a lot less harrowing.
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June 9, 2009  8:16 PM

Change management solution simplifies AD operations

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

I spoke recently with a rep over at Netwrix to get some details on their Change Reporter solution for Active Directory (currently in version 5.0).

For those who don’t know, Netwrix as a company is partly focused on simplifying change management of, well, pretty much everything. This includes separate Change Reporter solutions for Exchange and SQL Server, System Center Virtual Machine Manager and VMware Infrastructure 3, each of which are designed to answer four questions:
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June 3, 2009  7:26 PM

Windows 2008 R2 gets a release date

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Microsoft today anounced the offical release date for Windows Server 2008 R2 – October 22. This coincides with the news out of TechEd last month that the OS would be widely available before the end of the year (it had generally been expected to not be out until early 2010). The company’s much anticipated follow-up to Vista – Windows 7 – will also drop that day.
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