Category Archives: Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Regarding Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2

Big drives, Part 1

It's not uncommon to find big drives in new servers. Some people might suggest to format it with one NTFS based C:\ drive, but I suggest you don't listen to them. Not placing dynamic data on your C:\ drive is a best practice. This practice requires you to make other disks, volumes or partitions.


Patch management, a differentiator for small businesses?

Small Novell networks often have a Microsoft Windows server somewhere. This might seem odd, but it actually makes sense when you look at the way businesses tend to cave under the pressure of keeping their networks updated. Most of the times this is why a Windows Server gets introduced and most of the time it's the first of […]


WDS without Active Directory

Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is part of the recently released Service Pack 2. In the last months one question remained unanswered: "Is it possible to use Windows Deployment Services (WDS) in a non-Active Directory environment?" Today I answer it myself, using questions you might have after this short introduction…


Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 is here

Microsoft released Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 today. If you don't know what I'm on about, than please read one of my previous posts.


Active Directory on separate volumes

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!


Be prepared! (Windows Server 2003 SP2 coming)

It's been a long time since we've seen fixes-only service packs to Microsoft Windows. After looking at Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Release Candidate 1 (SP2 RC1) it looks to me that this upcoming service pack will be more like Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2. Not necessarily a bad […]


Exchange Server 2007 and the Active Directory, Part 4

With Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 comes a new security model to publish your servers to the Internet: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 boxes configured with the Edge Transport Server Role. This new model replaces the current Front-End / Back-end model.


Deploying Windows Vista centrally

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)


Active Directory and eDirectory

It's not easy to look objectively to the differences between Microsoft's Active Directory and Novell's eDirectory. It's even harder to choose between them for your identity and security infrastructure needs, when your customer wants you to look at them objectively, especially when most of the information is sales material. From a sales position it's good to […]

Changed permissions on your %windir%

On the second Tuesday of the month Microsoft introduces updates for it's products. As a system administrator you might keep distance from it the first week because of all the bad things that could happen to your systems. When you have changed permissions on the WinNT and Windows directories of your servers and workstations this should […]