Shadow Copies to the rescue – DFS-R killed my data

Yesterday, I finally got round to plugging the new disks I bought back from Seattle into one of my servers which is destined to become a main file server at home. I have one share containing around 60GB of data and used the new DFS-N and DFS-R capability in Windows Server 2003 R2 to copy…

FSRM (File Server Resource Manager) in Windows Server 2003 R2 FAQ

Thought this was worth sharing as it came up on an internal discussion a few days ago. To find out more about FSRM in Windows Server 2003 R2, take a look here. Questions were being asked like, if a user kicked of a robocopy, for example, copying thousands of files all of which fail screening/quotas etc….

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…


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…


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…


DFS Namespace Active Directory blob size in Server 2003 R2

Another question asked on Wednesday evening’s Intro to R2 event was about the blob size limitation in Domain Based (ie Active Directory integrated) DFS-Namespaces. Has it changed since Windows Server 2003 SP1? The answer is no, the same limits apply. The recommendation is for around 5,000 links and the wizard in the DFS Namespace wizard reminds…


Where can I get hold of Windows Server 2003 R2

I’ve had several emails today following last nights TechNet event – an Introduction to Windows Server 2003 R2. The most popular question by far is how can people get hold of it? The answer is on, where you can either register to receive an evaluation CD set or register to download (but bear in…


Windows Server 2003 R2 Event – Tomorrow in Reading

Just realised I hadn’t posted up info about this one before. With Windows Server 2003 R2 “RTM’ing” (Releasing To Manufacture) today, I’ll be co-presenting a TechNet event, “An Introduction to Windows Server 2003 R2” with Samm DiStasio, Director of Windows Server Product Marketing Group based in Redmond tomorrow evening at the Microsoft Campus in Reading, starting 18:30. Click here…