I had and have seen numerous discussions with people on the benefits and drawbacks of putting Active Directory files and folders on a separate volume or even on several separate volumes. Time to makes some things clear!
Although Active Directory can be considered as a heavenly product by administrators and is likely to be referred to as "the hand of god" by users it is actually stored on physical drives. Nothing new-age about that, so let's look at the files that make up our Active Directories…
Some of the people that managed to stay awake while listening to Bill Gates CES Keynote speech heard him unveiling Microsoft plans for Windows Home Server. I've been digging into this product, which many people referred to as "Quattro" and more recently as "Q", because to me it means one thing: Active Directory benefits at home!
Treehugger magazine has a very clear statement on Microsoft Windows XP and its "high-performance" yet "energy-consuming" default settings this week. They boldly state Microsoft Windows XP wasted $25 billion of Energy with the help of Foreign Policy.
The Group Policy Settings Reference for Microsoft Windows Vista is available here (as the SBS diva pointed out). Now we can finally look at the Group Policies that will be available for administrators instead of guessing on the information that was available for Beta 2 and RC 1.
Microsoft Windows Vista has been designed from the ground up to be easy to deploy. The guys introduced a couple of new technologies to help you accomplish an organization wide deployment. Along with the technologies that we already had to our disposal, these are bundled in the Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment. (BDD for short)
Microsoft made version 1.0 of the Microsoft Windows Vista Security Guide available on the same day the product went Release to Manufacturing. The guide provides instructions and recommendations to help strengthen the security of desktop and laptop computers running Microsoft Windows Vista in an Active Directory domain.
As some of you might already have read Microsoft will stop delivering updates to SUS servers on wednesday December 6, 2006 This effectively gives it's administrators exactly six days to get their act together for patch tuesday on December 12, 2006.
In Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Microsoft introduced a feature called Deploying Printers with Group Policy from within the new and improved Print Management Console. I like the new feature, but I’m not using it, because it’s not a 100% solution to the printing problems many organizations face today.