Free eBook: Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator’s Companion

Again, Microsoft Press is releasing a brand new book for you to download it completely free: Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator’s Companion But you should know that this book is going to be available for download for a short period of time: April 15 to April 22. So you better hurry up and get yourself a copy! The SBS platform that was introduced with Windows Server 2003 is oriented to small-medium organizations (between 5 and 75 computers) and gives you all the possibilities and solutions that you may need to use on your organization within a single server: Active Directory, Exchange Server, Internet Information Services (IIS), Sharepoint, SQL, Terminal Services, etc. Avoiding, this way, to consider the implementation of several servers and their hardware and licensing costs. Also, on the devs side, you can find this book also available: Microsoft® Visual Basic® 2008 Express Edition: Build a Program Now! Enjoy!

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Live Migration: “Overview & Architecture” and “Step-by-Step Guide” Documents Released

Microsoft released in the last days two new more documents about one of the most expected technologies on Windows Server 2008 R2: Live Migration. This new technology will allow you to move any running virtual machine using Hyper-V from Windows Server 2008 R2 or Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (the free hypervisor offered by Microsoft) to another machine with any of those operating systems, without any downtime or disruption of the service. Here are the two links for the new articles: Windows Server 2008 R2 & Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 – Hyper-V Live Migration Overview & Architecture Step-by-Step Guide to Using Live Migration in Windows Server 2008 R2 Here’s an example graphic of how Live Migration setup handles Configuration Files of the virtual machines: It is important for you to notice that Live Migration requires Failover Clustering to be configured on all hosts, access to a shared storage (like in NAS or SAN environments) and a special network configured between them to be used only for Live Migration feature. For more information about Hyper-V Failover Clustering check this guide:Hyper-V Step-by-Step Guide: Hyper-V and Failover Clustering Complete list of requirements for Live Migration: Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Enterprise Edition Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Datacenter Edition Live migration is also supported on Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server 2008 R2. Microsoft Failover Clustering must be configured on all physical hosts that will use live migration Failover Clustering supports up to 16 nodes per […]

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More Free eBooks: Windows Server 2008 Server Core and SQL Server 2005 Integration Services

Two more new and completely free eBooks from MS Press are available for download: Windows Server 2008 Server Core Administrator’s Pocket Consultant On this book you’ll find: Introduction to Server Core Deploying Server Core Initial Configurations Installing Roles and Features Local and Remote Management Detailed description of all roles available: Active Directory and DNS Hyper-V DHCP File and Print Services Web Server Others Maintaining Server Core Did you give Windows Server Core a chance already? On the obvious security reasons that you can find to install it; you’ll see other benefits like having a small footprint operating system, licensing price, great performance to take advantage all the features on the mentioned roles, including Hyper-V clustering. You can start on this book to get a nice introduction and to know all the possibilities with Server Core. And again, on the devs side (but it is also quite useful for IT guys) you’ll find a SQL Server 2005 book: SQL Server 2005 Integration Services Step-by-Step For another free eBook (“Virtualization Solutions”) still available, click here. Enjoy! Cheers!

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Hyper-V Server: Installing, configuring and troubleshooting

It’s been a few weeks since its release but I finally managed to put my hands on to Hyper-V Server. I was very curious about it: A free operating system released by Microsoft working only as an HyperVisor it makes wonder about a lot of things. Also recently I’ve been working with VMWare ESX Server 3i, that is also the hypervisor working directly on the machine, and I had a good experience (I really loved the monitoring and reporting features that you can use). From the moment I started using Hyper-V Server few troubleshooting tasks needed to be done. Installing Hyper-V Server If you ever installed any operating system, ever, you should not have any problem with this. You’ll of course see that the process is identical from Vista and Windows 2008. To get started with Hyper-V Server there’s available the Hyper-V Server 2008 Configuration Guide. If you want to avoid almost any command line to be executed from now on, Hyper-V Server has a simple tool where you’ll load a menu to access most of the configurations you will need. You can access it using this cmd: C:windowssystem32hvconfig.cmd But I’ll execute the next steps using the command line features, so this procedure will apply as well for Windows 2008 Server Core. Managing Remotely To start using Hyper-V Server you will need Hyper-V Console on your Vista SP1 (remember: there’s no other option for an Hyper-V Server to be managed […]

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Windows Server 2008: Creating and Maintaining System State Backups on Your Domain Controller

I was very excited when I started to play around with the first beta versions of Windows Server 2008 and experiment with the latest security improvements. At first, I wanted to start with one of the more basics and important things on this new server: Active Directory. Several improvements were made on security matters that we can find it related to Active Directory: Read-Only DCs, more group policies, auditing enhancements, etc. After installing a small lab to check all these features, I finally arrive to another important Active Directory matter: Backing up and Restoring Data from a Domain Controller. I was pretty disappointed at first when I realized that there was no easy way to backup a system state from a Domain Controller. Even more disappointed when I couldn’t find out the way to schedule a system state backup! Well on this post I want to review the way to simply schedule a system state backup on a Domain Controller and maintain those backups by removing the old ones from the backup catalog. Requirements a. A secondary hard drive on the domain controller. It cannot be a network drive.The only storage point possible for backing up your server is using a secondary hard drive that can only be attached locally. b. Having the Windows Server Backup feature installed. The first thing that you must know to start backing up data from Windows Server 2008 is that the backup tool is […]

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Configuring different password policies on Windows Server 2008 domains

Recently I found out that there was no way to implement different password policies on domains running on Windows Server 2003. It didnt sound right to me, why I cannot keep different password complexity, for example, in different OUs for different users? You can actually link to separate OUs with different policies with different values on passwords options, but theyll be ignored by Default Domain Policy. It seems that there’s a way to accomplish this (not an easy way, but anyhow) running domains with Windows Server 2008 and of course in the highest domain functional level. The tools involved: GPMC (included with Windows Server 2008) and ADSI Edit. Here’s the solution: http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Configuring-Granular-Password-Settings-Windows-Server-2008-Part-1.html http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Configuring-Granular-Password-Settings-Windows-Server-2008-Part2.html Cheers!

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Windows Server 2008 Exams

On the Orlando Tech-Ed that took place on the first days of June, one of the things that were official announced and presented were the Windows Server 2008 exams for Microsoft’s certification. Here’s some of the things you should now if you are planning to get or upgrade to this certification: – This will be a new stage for certification, the names will be: MCTS (three exams) and MCITP (2 exams). – MCSA and MCSE there’ll be still certifications available. – On 2008 the Windows 2000 exams will be retired (the exams but not the certification, of course). – MCTS exams will be availabe one moth after the RTM version of Windows Server 2008. MCITP will be available two months after. – There’ll be a upgrade exam from 2003 certification to 2008. – There will be NOT an upgrade from Windows 2000 to 2008. – MCSA and MCSE professionals will have a 40% discount on the price of the Windows 2008 exams. Taking a look to some of the sites that talked about these new exams, I found out some of the topics that will be on these tests. Peak to Windows 2008 exam: Terminal Services – the different roles, the new features, etc IIS 7 – the new command line tools, new features, etc Server Core – of course, know your way with all the cmdline tooling that you can use Virtualization – be sure to study on how […]

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Windows Server 2008: the last server of 32-bits

Well as they predicted, the 32bits versions of operating systems it’s getting to the end. Windows Server 2008 (wich it will be realeased in late october or november in this year) will be the last operating system to use an 32 bit arquitecture. Windows Server 2008 R2 (that it’s expected on 2009) will be exclusively on 64bit editions. On the other hand, it’s also expected that at least one more client operating system (meaning Windows 7) will appear again as x32. Cheers!

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