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Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Active Directory Time Sync (broken by default)

Written on September 10, 2010 at 11:03 AM, by

Active Directory relies on accurate time for a number of reasons. One of this reasons is Kerberos authentication, which by nature can only cope with a difference in time (time skew) of five minutes between the Kerberos server and client. Now, don’t get me wrong. I think the time skew limitation and the overall Kerberos […]

CoreConfigurator brought back to life by Smart-X

Written on December 20, 2008 at 2:22 AM, by

I remember pretty well when Guy Teverovsky shared his CoreConfigurator tool, to help Server Core Systems Administrators perform everyday tasks through a Graphical User Interface (GUI). I still remember the buzz it generated throughout the blogosphere, I still remember the amount of kudos to Guy for building and sharing this tool, I still remember the […]

Active Directory in Hyper-V environments, Part 4

Written on November 21, 2008 at 7:33 AM, by

Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Datacenter Edition offers the ability to make virtual machines highly available by leveraging failover clustering. This however is not a good idea in the case of Active Directory Domain Controllers. In this post I’ll explain why Hyper-V High Availability for Domain Controllers is not a good idea and […]

Making HVConfig work on a normal Server Core installation

Written on October 3, 2008 at 5:13 AM, by

Microsoft’s Hyper-V Server 2008 product comes with a wizard, that allows easy configuration of the Server Core-based subsystem.

Setting the Record Straight One Post at a Time

Written on September 30, 2008 at 11:53 PM, by

Setting the Record Straight One Post at a Time … That’s the tagline of the Virtual Reality VMWare blog, but I don’t think Eric Horschman did a good job in his blogpost where he compared VMWare’s ESXi 3.5 and a Hyper-V enabled installation of Windows Server 2008 Server Core.

The importance of Server Core

Written on September 8, 2008 at 10:42 PM, by

Server Core is an important piece of technology advancement for Microsoft. Although people tend to look at MinWin, Singularity and Midori for future versions of Windows, it’s actually Server Core that will play an important role in Microsoft’s infrastructure products for the coming couple of years.

(Manually) Updating Server Core

Written on August 1, 2008 at 11:46 AM, by

Last year I wrote on automatically updating your Server Core. While a lot of people valued the information in that post, the information was rather unsatisfactory on the subject of manually updating Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008. Now is the time to correct this apparent omission. Read on!

Remotely managing your Server Core using SSH

Written on July 27, 2008 at 2:17 AM, by

In the last few months I used my blog to post information on remotely managing your Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008 with numerous tools, including the Computer Management MMC Snap-Ins (compmgmt.msc), the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), Remote Desktop Connection (using RDP) and Windows Remote Shell. Now it’s time to go a little […]

4 methods to add Server Core RODCs to your environment

Written on July 13, 2008 at 10:54 PM, by

The Read-only Domain Controller is one of the new and most existing features of Windows Server 2008. So is Server Core. Combining these two features opens up a whole new world of possibilities for your Active Directory environment.

Deadlines and the sound they make (Hyper-V)

Written on June 26, 2008 at 9:03 AM, by

Douglas Adams once said: I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. Microsoft has been scrutinized by many for not delivering on time, but this time it’s the other way around. Microsoft promised to release Hyper-V within 180 days from the Windows Server 2008 release. Since Windows Server 2008 […]