Backing up Windows Sharepoint Services

Although I have a fair few ideas as to mini-projects to complete over the Christmas & New Year holiday, it will probably come as no surprise to many of you that there is always the possibility that family will get in the way 😉 On the assumption that I can find enough excuses, one thing…


Windows Vista December CTP (Build 5270)

So todays plan was to talk all about Windows Vista Build 5270. I managed to upgrade the BIOS of my new Toshiba M3 laptop yesterday and get the build up and running, complete with Aero Glass. Unfortunately, I was running on battery this morning and the machine went into standby which it wouldn’t wake up…


Virtual Server 2005 R2 is now on MSDN

Just noticed this this morning – Virtual Server 2005 R2 is now available on MSDN subscriber downloads (subject to the usual MSDN licensing restrictions). Remember you can download a 180 day trial of Virtual Server 2005 R2 from here. For those of you waiting for channel availability, it really won’t be much longer to wait….


Clarification of Moving Virtual Machines in saved states between hosts

Here’s some useful info if you need to move Virtual Machines between one host and another when they are in a saved state (as opposed to cleanly shutdown). Generally, to do this, you must have identical hardware and versions of Virtual Server meaning: Saved states are not compatible between different products or versions. eg: Virtual Server…


Part 25: Infrastructure essentials Blogcast – RPC/HTTP for Outlook & Exchange – Integrated Auth

Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. The final part to the RPC/HTTPS series shows you how to alter the configuration we have such that Outlook 2003 can move seamlessly between external and internal connectivity through the use of integrated authentication. To do this, we need to change both the ISA server and the Exchange server….


Windows Server 2003 R2 Print Management Console – what can it manage?

A few other queries have been filtering through since Windows Server 2003 R2 went “RTM” last week. One such query relates to whether the Print Management Console in Windows Server 2003 R2 can only manage printers which are on print servers running Windows Server 2003 R2. This is not the case. Only the server(s) running…


Which FSMO role is the most important?

I’ve been doing a few technical interviews in the UK of late, and anyone who mentions Active Directory on their CV usually gets this question – which is the most important FSMO role? In fact, there’s a second part to the question – why? There wasn’t any particular point to the question, however even if…


Exchange 2003 SP2 under Virtual Server 2005 R2

More blogging this for my own reference rather than it being really new information. KB Article 320220 documents the support policy for Exchange Server 2003 running under Virtual Server 2005 R2 – what you can do, and more importantly what you can’t do (such as run an Exchange cluster for example).


Weekend Jobs. I give in, I’ll never make a DBA but at least Virtual Server loves me.

So regular readers will know that I tend to do home sysadmin tasks at the weekend. This one was no exception, apart from it being my birthday on Sat, so I took the day off ;). Sunday, a different matter, apart from the slight hangover. So what started out as a simple yet cunning “spur of the…


Windows Server 2003 R2 and Virtual Server

Common question I’ve seen raised a few times recently. Can you use Windows Server 2003 R2 either as a guest or a host for Virtual Server 2005 R2? Yes, absolutely. Remember Windows Server 2003 R2 is simply Windows Server 2003 SP1 with additional functionality on top. The underlying kernel is unchanged from SP1 and hence…