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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What is AdminSDHolder?

AdminSDHolder is a container inside active directory that maintains a master list of permissions for objects that are members of privileged groups in active directory.  Below are some of the groups: Administrators Domain Admins Enterprise Admins Schema Admins Domain Controllers Server Operators etc. Basically, every hour, windows will compare the security permissions of an account […]

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Public Folders not replicating from Exchange 2007 to 2010

I’ve been working on an exchange migration recently, and was at the point that I needed to replicate the public folders to the new 2010 server from 2007.  This particular Exchange Server had only a few public folders, so I went the manual route. On the Exchange 2007 Server, I opened up Public Folder Management […]

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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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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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