The Windows Server Notebook

August 21, 2009  2:13 PM

You can now follow the Windows team on Twitter!

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

A little late to the game? Perhaps. But you can now follow on Twitter @WindowsTT. We’ll be posting news, tips, questions and commentary dealing with Windows servers, desktops – and everything in between.

Database folks can also follow us @SQLServerTT for all the latest from

We follow many of our expert contributors as well, so be sure to check the list and get connected to those in the know.

August 17, 2009  2:06 PM

More on the Active Directory Recycle Bin in R2

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

In this month’s episode of The Windows Report, IT author and consultant Don Jones explained why admins shouldn’t expect Windows Server 2008 R2’s new AD Recycle Bin feature to replace third-party backup tools.

Click the Play button below to hear the rest of our conversation with Don, with details on exactly how the new feature works, and why the term “recycle bin” might be a little misleading.

August 14, 2009  1:32 PM

The Windows Report — Will AD have your back in R2?

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

August is all about Active Directory on The Windows Report.

First, we talk with IT author and consultant Don Jones to find out if the new AD Recycle Bin feature in Windows 2008 R2 is really all it’s cracked up to be. Then Microsoft MVP Gary Olsen returns to demonstrate how to perform a quick Active Directory replication health check.

August 12, 2009  4:13 PM

No Exchange 2007 on Windows 2008 R2 – but why?

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

UPDATE! (06/22/2010)

Good news — Exchange Server 2007 SP3 was finally released this week with full support for Windows Server 2008 R2. See? That didn’t take so long after all.

UPDATE! (11/05/2009)

It looks like the people have spoken and Microsoft has done an about-face on this issue.

ORIGINAL POST (08/12/2009)

News broke a couple weeks ago that Exchange Server 2007 will not be supported on Windows Server 2008 R2 (and by “broke” I mean the Microsoft Exchange Team casually snuck it into a blog about an SP1 update). This means that while R2 will support Exchange 2007 DCs, organizations migrating to the new server OS will also have to upgrade to Exchange Server 2010.

Upon hearing the news, one tech expert’s immediate reaction was, “Well that’s not going to be a very popular decision!”

So what’s the reason behind this? Continued »

August 11, 2009  1:57 PM

Microsoft and VMware go toe-to-toe over server virtualization

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

There has been a LOT of talk lately about the “war between VMware and Microsoft” for virtualization supremacy.

Obviously, this has been a topic of conversation ever since details of Hyper-V began to emerge a couple of years ago. Still, the question of how big a dent Microsoft could make in the virtualization market always seemed – at least on some level – hypothetical.

Now, however, (especially with the addition of Live Migration to Hyper-V) the question has become, if this really is a “war” – can Microsoft actually win?
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August 7, 2009  4:36 PM

Windows 7 now available to subscribers, VL customers

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

For those who didn’t know, this morning Microsoft made Windows 7 available to SA customers, and TechNet and MSDN subscribers were given access on Thursday.

Those looking to make the upgrade from XP or Vista after the October 22 launch date will definitely want to check out the new OS now. As you may recall, Vista hit a few snags in the hardware/software compatibility departments when it was first launched, so as Microsoft blogger Brandon LeBlanc puts it, “Now is the time to work on your applications to make sure they are Windows 7 compatible.”
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August 4, 2009  6:48 PM

Is Windows Server 2008 R2 Microsoft’s best OS to date?

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

ChannelWeb recently posted a review of Windows Server 2008 R2 in which it declared the server operating system “Microsoft’s best-ever.”

The first thought for some might be, “Well DUH! It’s the newest one – it SHOULD be better than the others.” However, they should remember that when it comes to operating systems – or any IT technology, really – newer doesn’t necessarily mean better (cough, Vista, cough).
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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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