The Base Configuration Test Lab: Wanna Make Something of IT?

The new Base Configuration test lab guide (TLG) provides instructions on how to configure the Base Configuration test lab, a simplified test lab network that emulates the Internet and a private intranet. Four server computers provide the networking, Active Directory, and Web infrastructure and a client computer that can attach to either network. The following…

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New DirectAccess with Network Access Protection (NAP) solution available

The DirectAccess with Network Access Protection (NAP) solution is a pilot for a new type of content that provides technical information and deployment guidance for larger solutions or scenarios that require multiple Windows Server technologies or Microsoft products. The deployment guidance provides recommended phases of deployment of the overall solution and links to existing design…

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Windows Server 2008 R2 migration guides for networking roles and features now available

The Migrate Server Roles to Windows Server 2008 R2 is a TechNet page with links to guides that describe how to migrate Windows roles and features. Check out the following guides for networking roles and features:   ·         Active Directory Domain Services and Domain Name System (DNS) Server Migration Guide ·         Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol…

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Birds do it, Bees do it: Why IT Pros should do it too!

In a previous, long ago post, I told you I would talk about: “Birds do it, Bees do it: Why IT Pros should do it too!” You’ve waited long enough and I know the suspense is killing you by now. So, what do the birds and the bees do that you should do too?  The…


What the Heck Are The Windows Server 2008 R2 Core Network Guide and Companion Guides Anyway?

Back in the Windows Server 2008 timeframe, Brit Weston, a buddy and teammate of mine on the Windows Server Documentation team, came to me with a terrific suggestion — what if we could write a modular documentation set that Microsoft networking customers can use to set up an Active Directory domain and network, and then…

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The Learning Roadmap for Windows Firewall with Advanced Security is live!

In this WSUAN blog post, Dave Bishop and I presented a prototype for a new content type known as a learning roadmap. This content type guides novice or new-to-technology IT Pros through the prerequisite knowledge and the body of published content for a specific technology or end-to-end scenario using the 100 (introductory)/200 (intermediate)/300 (advanced) level…

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New "Learning Roadmap" content type and prototype for your review

To help novice or new-to-technology IT Pros, the Windows Server User Assistance Networking Writing team is investigating the use of a new type of topic known as a learning roadmap. The learning roadmap steps a novice or new-to-technology IT Pro through the sets of technologies that are associated with understanding and successfully deploying a Windows technology or end-to-end scenario….


Health Models: What the Health?

Following on the car theme of my last post, “This Ain’t Your Grandaddy’s Windows Server,” I’d like to describe to you how Health Models can make maintaining Windows Server easier. “What’s a Health Model,” you ask? A well founded question, considering you won’t find it listed as a feature of Windows Server or any other…


This ain’t your granddaddy’s Windows Server

It used to be that cars were relatively easy to diagnose and repair. I’m no mechanic, but I know that troubleshooting, diagnosing and repairing a ‘53 Chevy was much different than doing the same for a Toyota Prius. As the systems in cars have become more complex and interdependent, so too has Microsoft networking software….