Deploying Hyper-V Server 2008 using WDS

Hyper-V Server 2008 is Microsoft's free server hardware virtualization product. You can  deploy this Microsoft product  like a Windows product with your favorite deployment suite. When you use Windows Deployment Services (WDS) or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)to deploy Microsoft's Hyper-V Server 2008 however, you are prompted to provide a product key.

Disk Operations in Server Core

Sometimes a Windows disk encounters an error. Luckily it doesn't happen a lot. A Windows-equipped hard disk is bound to become fragmented. Bits and bytes are placed, deleted and moved across the drive and is in the end effectively bringing your beloved Server Core box to a standstill. In fact: after installation the drive is … Continue reading "Disk Operations in Server Core"

Active Directory Design Considerations Series

In the recent days I've been enjoying seeing Mark Wilson slinging good information on Active Directory design online on his (we)blog, based on the MCS Talks: Active Directory design considerations, part 1: Introduction Active Directory design considerations, part 2: Forest and domain design Active Directory design considerations, part 3: Organizational Units Active Directory design considerations, … Continue reading "Active Directory Design Considerations Series"

Domain Controller Stickiness Prevention

Domain Controller Stickiness is a problem which prevents Active Directory clients to be connected to the best Domain Controller they can be. The root cause of this problem is once an Active Directory client found a Domain Controller (using DNS) it would store the name of that Domain Controller in its DC Locator cache and … Continue reading "Domain Controller Stickiness Prevention"

Activating Server Core

For years now Microsoft is using Windows Product Activation to protect its intellectual property from piracy. Windows Vista en Windows Server 2008 both sport Volume Activation 2.0. Although Server Core does not sport a full fledged Graphical User Interface, it doesn't escape the claws of Windows Product Activation. In this post I'll try to explain: