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More Free eBooks: Windows Server 2008 Server Core and SQL Server 2005 Integration Services

Two more new and completely free eBooks from MS Press are available for download: Windows Server 2008 Server Core Administrator’s Pocket Consultant On this book you’ll find: Introduction to Server Core Deploying Server Core Initial Configurations Installing Roles and Features Local and Remote Management Detailed description of all roles available: Active Directory and DNS Hyper-V DHCP File and Print Services Web Server Others Maintaining Server Core Did you give Windows Server Core a chance already? On the obvious security reasons that you can find to install it; you’ll see other benefits like having a small footprint operating system, licensing price, great performance to take advantage all the features on the mentioned roles, including Hyper-V clustering. You can start on this book to get a nice introduction and to know all the possibilities with Server Core. And again, on the devs side (but it is also quite useful for IT guys) you’ll find a SQL Server 2005 book: SQL Server 2005 Integration Services Step-by-Step For another free eBook (“Virtualization Solutions”) still available, click here. Enjoy! Cheers!

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Experiencing Lenovo W500 with Windows 7

  Also check the updated post using Windows 7 RC: Experiencing Lenovo W500 with Windows 7 (RC) – Part II   Well finally my wait was over on the last week, I could finally get my self a fresh new laptop with all the horse power that I was wanting for :) This new toy of mine is the Lenovo ThinkPad W500. This fine solid piece of machine it’s not actually a brand new model (around 6 moths older now on their firsts models). My own model (4063-33Y) fits perfectly on most of power users looking for a nice laptop with a better performance. A few highlights of this notebook (full hardware review at this CNET link): Core 2 Duo T9400 (2.53 GHz) VPro Technology 4GB RAM DDR3 160GB 7200rpm HD 15.4in 1680×1050 LCD ATI™ Mobility FireGL™ V5700 512MB Before I even received this notebook I knew that Windows 7 was going to be the first operating system to be installed. So, I want to tell you about my experience so far working with Windows 7 inside this laptop. Installation No problems here, the installation process executed without any problem. The version selected was the 64 bits. Note: This is a cool link about why to use Windows 7 with a 64bits architecture. Drivers After the Windows 7 installation, almost every “important” device was automatically configured: Video, wireless, Ethernet card and audio. But if you check the Device Manager, you’ll […]

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Infrastructure Planning and Design: Complete Package

This is, no doubt, one great link to share with the community. Whenever you are planning to implement any kind of technology or solution on your company regarding to Windows Server, you’ll need to take a look at these documents. Infrastructure Planning and Design The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides will help and guide you among the design process giving you all the tools and scenarios needed for a correct design. The new document available is the complete planning and design for System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1. Another interesting thing about it, is that the download also includes for each technology not only the document of IPD but also a great PowerPoint that can help you around with maybe a small presentation for your team or management in your company.   Overview Infrastructure Planning and Design guides share a common structure, including: Definition of the technical decision flow through the planning process. Listing of decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations. Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics. Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape. These guides complement product documentation by focusing on infrastructure design options. Each guide leads the reader through critical infrastructure design decisions, in the appropriate order, evaluating the available options for each decision against its impact on […]

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Troubleshooting WDS: Event ID 257 – 258 – 266 – 513

Windows Deployment Services depends and works directly with Active Directory and DHCP, meaning that if any of those two servers are significantly modified, then probably you will not be able to start the WDS service and get the events ID: Event Viewer from WDS Server Event 257: An error occurred trying to start the Windows Deployment Services server. Event 258: An error occurred trying to start the Windows Deployment Services image server. Event 266: An error occurred while to refreshing settings. Event 513: An error occurred trying to initialize provider WDSImgSrv from C:\Windows\system32\WdsImgSrv.dll. Windows Deployment Services server will be shutdown. Disclaimer Please note that the following possible reasons, are related when all those events appear simultaneously and with the same descriptions. Event ID 513 can also appear regarding to a PXE provider error: “An error occurred while trying to initialize provider WDSPXE from C:\Windows\system32\wdspxe.dll. Windows Deployment Services server will be shutdown”. This particular error could happen for several reasons, like installing on the same server a System Center Configuration Manager PXE provider that replaces the WDS. Possible Reasons Those particular errors appeared when there were changes on Active Directory that did not were performed smoothly: – Changing a Global Catalog from Domain Controller. – Shutting down an active Domain Controller. Solution To solve this, you need to insert manually the FQDN of the domain controller working as a Global Catalog. 1 – Open the WDS snap-in and access server properties. […]

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Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) released for Windows 7

Well, with the Windows 7 Beta 1 released to the public recently, you now have one less excuse to try on Windows 7. You can now completely have full management of your servers using Remote Server Administration Tools. The RSAT suite is now available for Windows 7 and you can download it from here. Remember to install and start using these tools, you must use the same procedure as in Windows Vista: Install the downloaded package. Access “Turn Windows Features on or off “.  Scroll down Remote Server Administration Tools.  Select the tools you would like to add Windows 7 and click OK. RSAT installed on Windows 7 Enjoy! Cheers

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Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta Available for Download!

Did you get the chance to try on the free Hyper-Visor released by Microsoft a few months ago, Hyper-V Server 2008?. Don’t get confused, this is not a version of Windows Server 2008, it’s just the hyper-visor released as a "bare-metal" operating system, based significantly on remote administration (nothing much to do locally), but the great feature is that is completely free. Now they’ve also released the R2 version of this operating system, and you can download it from here (~1.2gb). The main improvements from the previous versions: Hyper-V clustering supported! Live Migration. Processor and memory upgrades (up to 32 cores and 1TB of RAM). Includes an Hyper-V configuration utility. I had the chance to work with the first version and it’s been a great experience. Since it’s just an hyper-visor with a really small footprint, has an awesome performance on their virtual machines, including a small attack surface design. One of the significant drawbacks that I found on the first version is that Hyper-V clustering/failover was not supported, but this new release sounded like a great news when I saw that is going to support this feature. Making this free operating system with a great performance, high-available and scalable design. Give this one a chance to test it, you won’t regret it. Check a previous guide I’ve made regarding Hyper-V Server 2008 (applies as well for the R2 version): “Hyper-V Server: Installing, Configuring and Troubleshooting” Cheers!

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Free eBooks: "Understanding IPv6" and "Writing Secure Code for Windows Vista"

THESE BOOKS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR A FREE DOWNLOAD. You can still access the “Virtualization Solutions” free eBook from MS Press on this link. I’ll keep you updated whenever this offers appears!   More very interesting reading MS Press books available for free. On the IT side, you can find "Understanding IPv6". Great book to get to know this (still not commonly used) networking and security protocol. IPv6 Protocol for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 IPv6 addressing and headers Neighbor Discovery Address Autoconfiguration IPv6 name resolution ISATAP Teredo Deploying IPv6 Setting up a lab with IPv6 On the devs side, "Best Practices Writing Secure Code for Windows Vista". Enjoy. Cheers!

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