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May Free E-Book: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Resource Kit

  Disclaimer: Remember that these books are available as a free download for a limited period of time.  Microsoft Press released two new e-books to continue celebrating their 25th anniversary: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Resource Kit On this book you’ll find detailed information about what’s new in Windows Server 2008 regarding Terminal Services and common scenarios to use a Terminal Services ecosystem. As an always requested topic regarding to Terminal Services, you’ll see how the applications publications works within these environments, using Terminal Services RemoteApps (TS RemoteApps). Some of the topics: Planning and installing Terminal Server environment. Creating and maintaining user work environment. Installing and Publishing Applications. Terminal Services ecosystem management. Also, on the devs side again, you can find this another “best practices” book: “The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention”. Techniques to meet the demand for more reliable software. Enjoy and don’t forget to share the links. Cheers!

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GFI WebMonitor 2009: Review and Common Configurations

  For those that never heard about GFI WebMonitor; it’s an ISA Server (2004 or 2006) “add-on” that helps you monitor in real time the network traffic inside your organization, it also complements with ISA Server giving you the chance to directly configure white/black lists, set some access rules to the internet and scan all the traffic for virus and malware. In this post I’ll try to review the functionality, pros and cons, as well as the process of installing and configuring. GFI WebMonitor 2009 Requirements I’m evaluating the GFI UnifiedProtection Edition (that combines WebFilter and WebSecurity) in one package. Hardware Processor: 1.8ghz Memory: 2GB RAM Hard Disk: 10/15 GB free Operating System and Software Windows Server 2000 SP4 / Windows Server 2003 ISA Server 2004 SP3 / ISA Server 2006 Internet Explorer 6 or later .Net Framework 2.0   GFI WebMonitor Installation You can download the trial version for GFI WebMonitor from this link. The installation process it’s simple, you shouldn’t have any problem with this. Access Permissions. Here you can set from which of the IP address the GFI web configuration will be accessible. Take note that you can specify the users that can access it. Mail Settings. Configure it to receive mail notifications about when, for example, a user is trying to infringe a configured policy in WebMonitor. Testing mail notifications. Once the installation is complete, two new access rules are configured in your ISA Server Firewall […]

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Experiencing Lenovo W500 with Windows 7 (RC) – Part II

  No news to you if I tell you that Windows 7 RC has just become available for download to the public (starting May 5th, you can download it from here). So if you had the chance to read my previous review about Windows 7, you would now that having this operating system installed all this time has been a real good experience to me and my Lenovo ThinkPad W500. This time I want to share with you the experience of installing this release candidate on my laptop. So, what’s new on the RC? You are probably wondering what changes have been introduced in this version compared to the previous beta. I won’t lie, nothing much. Did you hear the rumor that said that the RC was going to introduce a significant change in the UI? Didn’t happen. Windows Media Player: Media Streaming. You can now stream music or video using the internet. Sharing the media with other friends and using Windows Live ID. That’s actually quite nice and using a smart technology adapting the streaming to your connection. More icons on Taskbar: You can now place around 30% more icons on taskbar (depending on your resolution). IE8. You can uninstall IE8 from Windows Features. Windows XP Mode (Beta) was also introduced as a feature to download for Windows 7 RC. It is an interesting move to achieve the always controversial application compatibility and motivate people to an early adoption […]

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Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part III

  Check also: Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part I Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part II After reviewing the necessary steps for preparing our environment (Post I) and building a custom image for a thin client (Post II); we’ll prepare the remote boot process as well as the remote boot server that will deploy that image on diskless devices. If you prepared the same environment with the XP Embedded version, the process does not have much differences. 1. Set the Image Ready Even though the building process of the image is complete, we need to run a few steps to set the image ready for deployment. The First Boot Agent (FBA) needs to be executed one time to complete this process. By booting the image one time, the FBA makes a hardware detection and finishing some other tasks like network configuration. Also, these tasks executed by the agent can be customized; check this link about FBA.  The image is already built, so we are going to take those files to a new disk (virtual in my case) and boot a client machine from there. 1.1 Add a second disk to the machine acting as Remote Boot Server. Create a new partition and set it to “Active”.   1.2 Copy the image files to that new logical disk. 1.3 Like I said, I’m using a virtual environment, so my next step would be to create a […]

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Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part II

  Check also: Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part I Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part III After reviewing Post I we’ve set our environment to start building the images. The process it’s practically the same that we executed on XP Embedded (Post I, Post II and Post III). And again, as I mentioned before, this deployment is oriented to Embedded images booting on diskless devices, so there will be steps that are not necessary if you are not looking for a remote boot environment with Windows Embedded Standard 2009 images. Building the Image 1. Get hardware information from your target This step is done with Target Analyzer, that is just an .exe file that compiles all of the hardware necessary information to be included on the image you are building. With the information gathered here, the corresponding drivers will be added to the image. Since I’m using virtual machines in the same physical server, I’m going to collect hardware data in the same machine where I’m going to build the target image. 1.1 Open a cmd and focus on “C:\Program Files\Windows Embedded\utilities”. 1.2 Run “tap.exe”. You’ll see that the program recollects information about your devices, and creates a new file on the same folder called “devices.pmq” containing all that data.  Target analyzer collecting information The files devices.pmq contains all the hardware information 2. Adding the Drivers to the Image The image builder from the Windows […]

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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 Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part I

Check also: Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part II Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part III I’ve been reviewing, for a while now, the opportunities that Embedded operating systems has to offer. If you take a look to previous posts of mine that I’ve prepared about XP Embedded you’ll find a quick introduction to the platform + the steps for building, preparing and deploying XP Embedded images in your environment, including deploying it on diskless devices (remote boot): Preparing and Installing Windows XP Embedded Images – Part I: Setting up the Environment Preparing and Installing Windows XP Embedded Images – Part II: Building Images Preparing and Installing Windows XP Embedded Images – Part III: Using Remote Boot Windows Embedded 2009 Standard Overview Windows Embedded 2009 Standard is the newest version of the Embedded operating systems released by Microsoft, succeeding Windows XP Embedded. These operating systems are oriented to special devices or computers, where you need a secure, small, reliable and manageable OS. WES 2009 contains the same kernel as Windows XP with a few improvements: Windows XP kernel with SP3 included Internet Explorer 7 Windows Media Player 11 Silverlight 1.0 .Net Framework 3.5 (including also 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0). IPv6 support For more information about Windows Embedded Standard 2009 check the following links: – Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Home – [PDF] Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Overview – [PDF] Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Datasheet – [PDF] Windows […]

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (beta) Released and Testing it Already

SCVMM 2008 R2 Beta has been released last week to the public (to access the bits you have to register on Connect at this link). This new version of the platform comes with a lot of interesting improvements that are worthwhile, specially if you have on your hands a dynamic datacenter with a lot of virtual machines, shared storage and Hyper-V clustering. As you probably know, Live Migration (check this link for more info and documentation) is a new feature that is included within Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (both of them are in Beta right now), that gives you a lot of help making your infrastructure more agile and dynamic by letting you to move a running virtual machines between different Hyper-V hosts without any downtime. With SCVMM 2008 R2 you will be able to execute those migrations directly from the VMM console. You will also be able to hot addition for VHDs; support for new hardware scenarios, etc etc. For more information about new features of SCVMM 2008 R2 check MVUG Blog, and this post: What’s New in VMM 2008 R2 Beta System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (VMM) is a comprehensive management solution for managing virtualized infrastructure running on Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V, Virtual Server 2005 R2 and VMware ESX through Virtual Center.  Recently, Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta was released which included significant feature improvements to Hyper-V—the underlying hypervisor platform.  A […]

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Step-by-Step: Adding Hyper-V Integration Components to Windows PE using WAIK 2.0 Tools

For those that have been using Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) 2.0 released recently (download link here) or using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta 1, that works only with WAIK 2.0 (check these articles of mine about MDT 2010: Post I, Post II and Post III); maybe you’ve noticed that the management tools that were included with WAIK 1.1 (and 1.0) disappeared in this new version. These tools were consolidated by one command-line: DISM.exe (more info on Post I about MDT 2010). Meaning that the Windows PE management (like customizing, adding drivers or inserting Hyper-V integration components to those images) that you executed on previous versions of WAIK, has significant changes. On this post we’ll be reviewing how to add the Hyper-V Integration Components to a Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) image, including the new Windows PE 3.0. Why should I need to add the Hyper-V Integration Components to Windows PE? The Integration Components of Hyper-V are a set of drivers that are a significant performance change that you can apply to virtual machines for them to be able to install synthetic devices instead of emulated devices. Some of the drivers that are installed using the Integration Components are: Video driver, network driver (with this you avoid using Hyper-V’s Legacy Network adapter), storage driver, VMBUS (transport for synthetic devices), time sync (time synchronization with the host), etc. Adding Hyper-V Integration Components  As I mentioned before, I prepared a set of […]

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Free eBook from this Month: Windows Vista Resource Kit

Microsoft Press keeps celebrating their 25th anniversary, that’s why you continue to keep getting this free eBooks all the time. This time you get the chance to get a free book related to desktop environments: Windows Vista Resource Kit, 2nd Edition On this book you’ll find: Windows Vista Deployment Desktop Management Desktop Maintenance All you need to know about Networking on Windows Vista Troubleshooting It’s quite interesting actually, on this book you’ll find several topics that can be quite useful as an IT Pro or a common user: Regarding to Vista Deployment you can find everything you need to know about deployments using Windows Deployment Services (WDS) or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), preparing Windows PE boot environment, etc. Also take a look at the networking section that will explain the improvements that were made on this OS (firewall, IPSec, etc); troubleshooting hardware, devices and common errors. Remember that these free eBooks will be available for a short period of time, so don’t waste any more time and get it! Adding now another free eBook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008. Enjoy! Cheers

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