RPC to Go v.1

The intent of this post is to give TechNet users a quick overview of RPC.  While it is sometimes hard not to delve into separate parts of RPC, I’ll do my best to keep it short.  Developers should use http://msdn.microsoft.com. Let’s begin with a list of terms that will be used. Remote Procedure Call (heretofore,… Read more

How Windows Update Client and NAP Client View Important Updates

If you are configuring Windows Security Heath Validator for Security Update Protection, you have multiple options.  One of these options are ‘Important and above’ as shown below: This being the case, you may think that any Important Update available on the client will force the client to be non complaint. You may see the following… Read more

Ever wanted to quickly check to see if a server or group of servers were registered in WINS?

During the Windows 2000 beta, I worked with the WINS Development group to add the Verify Name Records option to the WINS server. In this post, I will give you a quick overview of how this works, so you can see how it will quickly answer questions in a time of name resolution trouble. Below… Read more

New Networking-related KB articles for October 14 – October 20

956803  MS08-066: Vulnerability in the Microsoft Ancillary Function driver could allow elevation of privilege 957095  MS08-063: Vulnerability in SMB could allow remote code execution 955427  Copy process is very slow when you copy large files from one computer to another computer in a high-bandwidth network environment if both computers are running either Windows Vista or… Read more

New Networking-related KB articles for October 7 – October 13

953835  You cannot perform NetSH commands by using a user account that belongs to the “Network Configuration Operators” security group on a Windows Vista-based computer or on a Windows Server 2008-based computer 957931  A Windows Vista-based or Windows Server 2008-based computer does not response to 802.1X authentication requests for 20 minutes after a failed authentication… Read more

Windows System Health Agent on Windows Vista RTM is only compatible with WSUS

If you are setting up NAP and have your Windows System Health Agent configured to update from Windows Update as shown below: Your Windows Vista RTM clients will be reported as noncompliant and they will get the following error : The Windows update Agent on this computer is not configured to synchronize with Windows Server… Read more

NLB 101: How NLB balances network traffic

I think one of the most common calls we get with customers who have implemented Network Load Balancing (NLB) is when they notice that the servers aren’t 100% balanced. They’ll notice that one node is getting hammered with traffic while the other is sitting idle. I’m hoping that by digging a little into the way… Read more