Windows Server Core configurator

At first look, developing a GUI utility for configuration of Windows Server Core might sound quite absurd. Alas, the whole point of Server Core is a cut down version of Server OS without the overhead of GUI and having some GUI tool to help you configure it would be like walking backwards.

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Validate OS Install Option test may identify Server 2K8 R2 Server Core installation type incorrectly in Win7 or Server 2K8 R2

Recommended exclusions for virusscanner on a Windows Domain Controller with Active Directory or File Replication Service.

The following list is files and folders that do not need to be scanned. These files are not at risk of infection and might cause serious performance issues due to file locking, if included. Where a specific set of files is identified by name, exclude only those files instead of the whole folder. Sometimes the whole folder must be excluded. Do not exclude any of these based on the filename extension. Continue reading “Recommended exclusions for virusscanner on a Windows Domain Controller with Active Directory or File Replication Service.”

Service Pack 1 is on track for release at the end of June.

SP1 releases for both Office client suites and SharePoint server products will be made available. All language versions of SP1 will release simultaneously. Initially, Service Pack 1 will be offered as a manual download from the Download Center and from Microsoft Update, and no sooner than 90 days after release, will be made available as an Automatic Update.

SP1 will include many interesting changes. Across the client suites and server products, SP1 offers a sprinkling of improvements to make a strong 2010 release wave even stronger. During TechEd and beyond, teams on will update their blogs with more specific details of 2010 Service Pack 1 contents. Continue reading “Service Pack 1 is on track for release at the end of June.”

Documenting Active Directory and Group Policies

In most organizations is the documentation of an Active Directory not one of the more favorite items to do for admins.

in this post i’ll try to make it as simple as possible to document your AD and group policies.

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Create failover cluster in SCVMM2012

After the Hyper-V hosts are configured and doing well in the Fabric, it`s time to take another step toward the highly available environment that everyone is demanding in today’s businesses. It`s time for Failover Clustering.
Both of my physical servers was installed with Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise SP1
There are 4 NICs pre-configured on the servers, and both servers are joined to my domain.
Both servers are connected to the iSCSI-target (used for CSV in my lab).
I`ve created a RunAs account in the ‘Host computer’ category for managing my physical servers.
We will still be located in the Fabirc, and creates our cluster from here. Continue reading “Create failover cluster in SCVMM2012”

Provisioning a new SharePoint 2010 farm using powershell

This post will take you down the process of configuring your SharePoint farm while introducing the new administrative functionality shipping in the PowerShell provider.

During the SharePoint Installation, make sure you choose “Server Farm” and then “Complete” install.  This will allow you to create a SharePoint farm rather than a standalone server.

After the install completes, the setup program will ask you if you want to run the SharePoint Technologies Configuration Wizard (default is checked). Uncheck the box to NOT run the wizard. Continue reading “Provisioning a new SharePoint 2010 farm using powershell”

Create networks in SCVMM 2012

So far, I am really impressed by all the improvements in VMM 2012 when it comes to the deepintegrations with hardware resources, hypervisors, and clusters.
The possibility to administer and manage the entire eco system from a single console, is a huge benefit in our day-to-day work.
Another interesting improvement is how you can create logical and virtual networks.
In my last post, I covered the creation process of a Failover Cluster with VMM 2012.
We will now focusing on the creation of both logical and virtual networks. Continue reading “Create networks in SCVMM 2012”

Evolution of SCVMM

This topic is about the evolution of Virtual Machine Manager.

First we used the Microsoft Hyper-V release 1 manager in our datacenter with each virtualmachine it’s own LUN’s (fiberdisk)
In this picture below is a service roll in Windows 2008 Enterprise Server.

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