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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Q: How often does a NAP client get its health evaluated?

The answer is continuously. When a health changing event occurs, the client notifies its enforcement point. Below is a link to a blog from Joe Davis, Senior Program Manager for NAP at Microsoft.
http://blogs.technet.com/nap/archive/2008/09/05/what-is-the-nap-client-doing.aspx

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Previous Version Client Installation

The Previous Versions Client allows pre Server 2003 and XP clients to utilize the Volume Shadow Copy Service in Server 2003/2008. Using VSS on a network file share allows your users to recover lost or changed content without calling tech support or pulling out backup tapes. I do recommend utilizing an inexpensive USB HD on you server as the store for your VSS. This allows you the full capacity of your primary storage to be utilized and allows for shadow copies to go farther back in time before being overwritten.

More information: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc757854.aspx
Shadow Copy Client Download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=E382358F-33C3-4DE7-ACD8-A33AC92D295E&displaylang=en

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Q: DFS Replication: in a Data collection set, when removing the data from the destination, does it remove data from the source?

Yes it does. The text in the course (6421) is somewhat misleading. 2 way replication is still happening. If you add or delete data from either the source or the destination, that change is reflected on the replication partner.

The difference between Multimaster replication and Data Collection replication in DFS is this:
- Multimaster allows replication between many servers.
- Data Collection allows replication between only 2 servers.
The advantage to this is you can utilize data collection for backing up data at a remote office. DFS is not a replacement for backups, but it is another tool in your arsenal.

Monday, February 16, 2009

New Website!

Today MCTExpert.com got a face lift. Now that I am a independent trainer, I felt a fresh look and my direct contact information would be more appropriate. New site, same high quality trainer.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Q: Is there a way to launch the ICT (Initial Configuration Tasks) without reloading Windows?

You can call up ICT anytime by
· Click Start
· In the Search line type OOBE and press Enter.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Comptia Network +

I'm happy to announce that I passed the Comptia Network + (2009 Edition) yesterday. As the economy continues to struggle, more and more people are retooling themselves for work in the IT field. I look forward to presenting this class and helping more people make a better life for their families.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Q: How do I know if my vendor supports NAP?

Microsoft has a website of partner organizations that are working with Microsoft to make there products compatible with NAP. Click the link below to see a listing of those companies.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/nap-partners.aspx

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New job: Independent Microsoft Certified Trainer

I'm happy to announce that I am no longer exclusively with a CPLS and available for training anywhere. Please referred to my web site at http://www.mctexpert.com/ for my class listings and contact information.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Q: Forefront Licensing: How much is a volume license?

Forefront security is available on a subscription basis. You do not need to purchase a subscription for the entire product. Microsoft allows you to choose which product is right for you. Below is a list of the different Forefront products available for subscription.
· Microsoft Forefront Client Security
· Microsoft Forefront Client Security Management Console
· Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server
· Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint
· Microsoft Forefront Server Security Management Console

Microsoft also offers licensing suites. Forefront Security Suite – Includes all of the forefront products and Exchange Hosted Filtering. Enterprise CAL – All Forefront products, plus the ability to utilize your current CAL investment. Exchange Enterprise CAL – Provides Forefront specifically for the needs of an Exchange environment.
More information on licensing can be obtained at: http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/en/us/pricing-licensing.aspx

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Auto Updates on Server Core and scregedit.wsf

This is somewhat interesting. Auto updates are not running when server core is installed. The command line to do this is a bit different. Not all tasks can be managed on Server Core via the command line or an MMC. For those tasks, Microsoft provided a script called SCRegEdit.WSF. Automatic updates is one of those things this script takes care of. The script also:

· Enable automatic updates
· Enable Remote Desktop for Administration
· Enable Terminal Server clients on previous versions of Windows to connect to a server running a Server Core installation
· Configure DNS SRV record weight and priority
· Manage IPsec Monitor remotely

You will want to add enabling Automatic Updates to your deployment procedure for Server Core.
Below are the command lines for each of these tasks.
Enable automatic updates
· Enable automatic updates
- Cscript c:\Windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /AU 4
· Disable automatic updates
- Cscript c:\Windows\system32\scregedit.esf /AU 1
· Options 2 and 3 are not available because the pop up balloon is not part of Server Core.

Enable Remote Desktop for Administrators
· Enable Remote Deskop from Windows Vista/2008:
o Cscript %windir%\system32\SCRegEdit.wsf /ar 0
· Enable Remote Desktop from Windows XP/2003 and earlier
- Cscript %windir%\system32\SCRegEdit.wsf /ar 0
- Cscript %windir%\system32\SCRegEdit.wsf /cs 0 and press Enter.

Enable Terminal Server clients on previous versions of Windows to connect to a server running a Server Core installation

· Enable
- cscript c:\windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /cs 0
· Disable
- cscript c:\windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /cs 1

Enable Terminal Server clients on Windows Vista/2008 to connect to a server running a Server Core installation

· Enable
- cscript c:\windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /ar 0
· Disable
- cscript c:\windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /ar 1

Configure DNS SRV record priority
· Enable
- cscript c:\windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /dp xxx
- xxx can be 0 through 65535
- Microsoft recommends 200
Configure DNS SRV record weight
· Enable
- cscript c:\windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /dw xxx
- xxx can be 0 through 65535
- Microsoft recommends 200

Manage IPsec Monitor remotely
· Enable
- cscript c:\windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /im 0
· Disable
- cscript c:\windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /im 1

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

How do clients find WDS on a separate DHCP server

In researching this question, I’ve found that there seems to be some debate as to whether or not your DHCP options of 66 and 67 need to be set. In this senerio, Microsoft Support says neither. Your client performing a network boot will proceed thru the normal method of acquiring an address through DHCP. Once that is done, it will start the process over again, this time looking for a PXE server. The WDS server should pick this up (if it is the same subnet) and forward its information on the requesting client.

Reference: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/244036

Monday, February 2, 2009

Q: What is Whale?

Whale is the web application firewall product obtained in the acquisition of Whale Communications by Microsoft in July of 2006. It was added to Internet Security and Acceleration Server help provide remote access, network perimeter defense and endpoint security management.

More information can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/edgesecurity.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

What is Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008?

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 is a scaled back version of Windows Server 2008 with a focus on supporting virtualization with a small footprint print on your hardware. Microsoft recommends using this version for Test and Development, basic server consolidation, branch office consolidation, and hosted desktop virtualization. There are some limitations though. This is not a full blown copy of Windows Server 2008. If you need disaster recovery, business continuity, or more than 32GB of RAM, You need to look at a full copy of Windows Server 2008.

For more information, visit this website: http://www.microsoft.com/servers/hyper-v-server/default.mspx