• 25Sep

    I would highly recommend checking out the Server 2008 R2 trial, Microsoft is giving a 180 day trial of Server 2008 R2.

    There are so many robust features such as:
    – Active Directory Administrative Center
    – Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell
    – Active Directory Recycle Bin
    – Active Directory Best Practices Analyzer
    – Active Directory Web Services
    – Managed Service Accounts
    – Offline Domain Join

    All these features are huge upgrades to Windows Server 2003 R2, you have 180 days to check out the trial.  It’s worth it!

    Check out the trial here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/try-it.aspx

    – Harry Caskey

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  • 24Sep

    Windows Server 2008 R2 is finally here, and it’s packed full of goodies.  The first thing I noticed was the similarity with Windows 7, the tool bar is designed and operated the same as in Windows 7.  I am very excited about the x64 bit platform, I just setup a New Print Server and even though one of our printers does not have a x64 bit driver the system still accepted the x86 bit driver.  Which is awesome!  Good job Microsoft I am looking forward to the other features that are in this Server OS.  I do plan on working with the new Hyper-V, one thing I am concerned about is the compatibility with Server 2008 (Non-R2).  I tested the beta of R2 and the Virtual Machines were not compatible for R2, I am going to test this out in the near future and see if there is a upgrade path I can take.  Look back for more updates.

    – Harry Caskey

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  • 22Sep

    If you are a hosting environment that is in more than one geographic location you will need to know DNS fail-over. This is a built in feature within DNS. Let’s say you are going to host a website, well you would configure your registrars DNS so that your A-Record’s (i.e. “www”, “@(no address)”) point to your hosting IP address, then from the host IP address you would be redirected to the appropriate header you specified for your domain (i.e. www.yourdomain.com). Now let’s say your company has gone global and you wanted redundancy for your site so that if one node failed your site wouldn’t be down because it would auto redirect to another IP Address. To do this all you would need to do it configure the same record with the different IP Address.

    – Harry Caskey

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