A New Better Hypervisor

If you’ve been following the news (and by news I mean the important stuff like technology and virtualization, not that political stuff) then you know that Microsoft just realeased and new virtualization product called Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008. I know what you might be thinking – “Didn’t that already come out months ago?” Well, not…

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Some Easy Active Directory Scripting

I solved a little problem for a customer the other day and I thought I’d share a little about it with you. It involves some VBScript user manipulation in Active Directory, and yes: there will be a code sample. Let’s start with the problem. For whatever reason, some users were missing some home drive information…

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Remote Office Server Consolidation With Hyper-V and BitLocker

Do you remember the days when servers for remote offices were under someone’s desk or in a janitor’s closet? How about in a reconfigured bathroom stall? (Yes, I’ve actually seen these) Are those days still now for you? The problem of securing remote branch office servers is still a common one. I’ve seen broom closets,…

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Upgrading Your SYSVOL to DFS-R Replication

Many papers and KB articles have been posted about the "old-style" SYSVOL replication, or FRS, dealing with the various problems and the difficulty of recovering from an FRS disaster. In light of this, the product group has finally come up with a solution to the "woes of FRS": DFS-R SYSVOL replication. With Windows Server 2008,…

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DNS Client Configuration for Windows DNS Servers

Since we are on the topic of DNS as it relates to Windows and Active Directory, I thought I’d bring up another issue that I have regularly encountered at customer sites. This has to do with the configuration of the DNS client settings on DNS-enabled Domain Controllers. In Windows 2000, there were cases where if…

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DNS Referrals On Client?

I learned something new last week. It has to do with DNS recursive vs. iterative lookups and how the client workstation handles them. First of all, for those who don’t know, a recursive lookup is basically a name request that is forward on until a correct answer is returned [or a "Nobody knows who that…

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Wscript.Network

One of my favorite objects is the Wscript.Network object. It’s a very simple way to access certain environment variables in a VBScript. To invoke this object, this line must be inserted near the top of your script (certainly before you reference properties of this object): Set WshNetwork = CreateObject("Wscript.Network") What you can do with this…

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Brave New World

Sitting in training today, the class topic was scripting. Now, most of you admins out there have done scripting in one form or another – whether it was batch or VBScript or even the new PowerShell. I’ve done it – I’ve done it a lot, but most of the people in the class have not,…

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