2008 Server

MCITP: Server Administrator

Today I took 70-646, Windows Server 2008: Server Administrator and PASSED!  I am now an Microsoft Certified IT Professional, Server Administrator. I liked this last test in the bunch.  Instead of just 50 multiple choice questions, it was 22, and had 5 case studies.  The case studies were what I liked.  They gave you a […]

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Re-register Microsoft VSS – Failed Backups

Recently, I had a Windows 2008 R2 server, running Backup Exec, that was constantly failing during snapshot processing backing up the system state. The backups would show the following error: AOFO: Initialization failure on: “System$State”. Advanced Open File Option used: Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). V-79-10000-11226 – VSS Snapshot error. The Microsoft Volume Shadow […]

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Microsft iSCSI Target 3.3 now available for 2008 R2

Microsoft released their iSCSI target software earlier this month for Windows Server 2008 R2.  This used to be only for windows 2008 Storage Server.  This is good news for those who wish to have a Windows 2008 Server host storage for ESX, or Hyper V.  You won’t get the bells and whistle’s like you would […]

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VM’s NIC shows as a removable device

It was pointed out to me by a co-worker that the NIC in a VMware virtual machine shows up as a removable device in the system tray.  While this may not seem like a big deal, it actually can be.  If you choose to ‘eject’ the nic, not only does it disappear from windows; but […]

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Read Only Domain Controller

With Windows Server 2008, there is the option to promote a member server to a RDOC, or Read Only Domain Controller.  Just as the name suggests, it is a domain controller that is non-writable; read-only copy.  The purpose of a RODC is actually simple: Security. Instead of putting a regular DC at a small remote […]

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MCTS: Windows Server 2008 AD Configuration

Today I passed Microsoft test 70-640: Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring.   This test covers quite a large spectrum of information, including: DNS Multi-Site Domains (Sites and Services) Group Policies Auditing Federation Services Rights Management Services Cert Services Windows Backup Authorative & non-authorative restores of Active Directory FSMO Roles Trusts RODC (Read Only Domain Controllers And […]

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Video drivers for a 2008 R2 VM

This week I was installing a 2008 R2 VM again on ESX4.x.  I noticed that the Video driver was the windows based driver, and not a VMware SVGA II driver like I am used to seeing.           …………………. What I did was manually install the driver from c:\program files\common files\vmware\drivers\video\, and […]

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