Archive for May, 2008

Introducing a W2008 DC to a W2003 Domain

May 29, 2008 1 comment

Aidan Finn has blogged about his experience in adding a new Windows Server 2008 x64 domain controller to an existing Windows Server 2003 single-forest domain.

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W2008 Activation Issues

May 23, 2008 55 comments

Aidan Finn has blogged about how to solve two issues regarding W2008 activation:

  • You have restricted functionality, your network settings are invalid and you can’t activate.
  • You get an 0x80072328 error when you attempt to activate.
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W2008 TechNet Audio Webcasts

May 21, 2008 2 comments

Microsoft has released a couple of webcasts to illustrate how they deploy certain aspects of Windows Server 2008:

  • How Microsoft IT Deploys Windows 2008 Clusters for File Services (Level 300): Join this webcast to find out how Microsoft IT leverages clustering included in Windows 2008 Server to support users worldwide. The solution is easy to plan, deploy and migrate from previous releases of Microsoft Cluster Server to Windows 2008 clustering technologies, leveraging built-in migration tools to quickly and simply upgrade. The result is a set of Windows 2008 clusters deployed worldwide that support more users through increased reliability and features.
  • How Microsoft IT Managed Windows Server 2008 Network Security (Level 300): Discover the networking advancements and policy-driven network security features in Windows Server 2008. In this webcast, Microsoft IT explains the next generation of networking features in Windows Server 2008 and describes the network security solution scenarios these features enable.
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Windows Server 2008 High Performance Computing

May 21, 2008 2 comments

Windows Server 2008 HPC edition is aimed at those solutions that require clusters of processing oriented servers that work together to process batch or SOA workloads.  At first, it sounds like something that might only exist in an underground nuclear testing facility.  You’d be surprised; I’m working on a solution now that may move towards it, I know a banking solution that could benefit with it and the 2003 version was TAP tested in Northern Ireland.

MS has released on overview data sheet on the product.  TechNet is also hosting an audio webcast on W2008 HPC edition:

Get an inside look at the new management, monitoring, and deployment features of Window HPC Server 2008 by way of demos and screencasts rather than just a Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentation. Learn about new management UI features, at-a-glance cluster health monitoring and management, and more. To understand cluster status and make timely management decisions, it is critical for administrators to easily access health metrics of the cluster and identify any deviance. With Windows HPC Server 2008, the successor to Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, you can improve your cluster’s health–easily. Join us for a deep dive in monitoring and diagnostic tools, a review of the heat map and template-based deployment, and much more. This deep dive enables you to get a closer look at Beta 2 with demos and screencasts of the new management and monitoring features built in to Windows HPC Server 2008

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Hyper-V RC1 Released

May 21, 2008 2 comments

The much anticipated Release Candidate 1 release of Hyper-V hit the Internet yesterday.  You can now download the x64 and the x86 versions of this update.  Microsoft has also made some release notes available that you should read before deploying this update.

There is also an update required if you want to manage the RC1 release of Hyper-V using a Windows Vista x64 or x86 PC.

Kurt Roggen also reports some changes in this build of Hyper-V based on customer feedback@

  • Integration Components for Windows Server 2008 guest’s included in Integration Services Setup Disk
  • New icons/graphics for Hyper-V Manager and Virtual Machine Connection – including a “Now” icon in the snapshot pane
  • IPv4 Address Migration – when creating a new Virtual Network bound to an adapter with a static IPv4 address the IPv4 settings are migrated to the new virtual adapter

We don’t have long to wait until RTM!

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Migrate to W2008 Certificate Services

May 16, 2008 2 comments

Microsoft has released a guide on how to migrate your public key infrastructure (PKI) to Windows Server 2008.

This document discusses the planning and implementation of a Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) upgrade and migration from an existing Windows public key infrastructure (PKI), including scenarios and step-by-step instruction.

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More on W2008 Printing

May 16, 2008 1 comment

Kurt Roggen has continued his thread on printing with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.  This time he talks about the Driver Store and how you can restrict users to accessing only authorised print servers using "point and print".

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