Windows Server 2008 Protection from Accidental Deletion

By Richard Siddaway, Microsoft Practice Leader, Centiq Ltd With each new version of the Windows Server Operating System there are new possibilities for automation to help make the administrator’s job easier.  Automation brings increased efficiencies but also brings the possibility of bigger mistakes.  Additionally no amount of automation can protect us against human error.  This…

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Migrating WSUS to a new server without downloading all the updates

Mark Wilson I’ve spent the last day or so decommissioning my old domain controller, which also doubled up as a DNS, WINS, DHCP, print, RIS, anti-virus and WSUS server (okay… so a bit more than doubled up then!). Migrating Active Directory/DNS/WINS services was straightforward – it just involved setting up the new server, replicating the…

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Migrating WSUS to a new server without downloading updates

Mark Wilson has written an interesting and comprehensive article on his blog which he’s kindly given me permission to reproduce here.  It not only talks about migrating the content and configuration from one WSUS server to another, but also includes a script to switch the modes of the server from replica to standalone mode.  Mark…

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Free Microsoft Support resources

Blake has compiled an amazing collection of all of the support resources, newsgroups, how to articles, team blogs and tips and published it here…  This must have taken an amazing amount of time to review and research and is just about the most comprehensive collection of resources on one page that I’ve ever seen. Read,…

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A fresh approach to a technology refresh

Mark did some work for a local authority in the UK when they were going through their technology refresh recently.  His article briefly summarises what would normally be a multi page case study of how a customer brought technology to bear in order to reduce the total cost of IT ownership, achieving more through a…

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MOM - a solution for the SME Managed Service Provider

Microsoft Operations Manager A Solution for the SME Managed Service Provider Background   The expansion of broadband availability in the UK is having a significant impact on the complexity and penetration of IT systems and technology in the Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) and Small Corporate sectors.   Broadband technology such as ADSL and Cable provides…

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Why do we test?

Andy Taylor   A few years ago I was working for a major UK outsourcing company and I was involved with a key account within large UK organisations.  I was given a project to upgrade a customers McAfee virus scanner to CA’s eTrust version 6 (like I said it was a few years back J…

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