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 good deal of information about what the client’s needs, and requirements are – and what you were implementing.  Then, you had 5 – 7 questions about designing a solution. I think this is a good[…]

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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 Copy Service (VSS) snapshot provider selected returned: “Unexpected provider error”. Ensure that all provider services are enabled and can be started. Check the Windows Event Viewer for details. Also, the service “Volume Shadow Copy”, which[…]

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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 with a EqualLogic or EMC SAN, and you won’t get the performance either; what you will get, is cheap, easy storage with a feature or two. Luckily (for the blog), my Openfiler SAN died yesterday,[…]

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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 it will also no longer be in the hardware list of the VM’s settings.  A new nic would have to be added, and then windows would see a new mac address, and it’s static IP[…]

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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 branch office, where the server sits in a closet with the cleaning supplies, consider making that DC read-only.  In a perfect world, ever server would be behind locked doors, with restricted access – but that[…]

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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 more….. The test was harder than other Microsoft tests I have taken, and study material seems lacking, only because most study material is pre R2, and the test has been updated to include quite a[…]

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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 then after the reboot, it would show like the picture on the right, with the VMware SVGA II driver.  After doing some digging, I found out this was not supported, at least not in 2008[…]

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