May 2008

Introducing a Windows 2008 Domain Controller

May 29, 2008 // 0 Comments

I installed a new W2008 x64 DC at work in our W2003 native (single domain) forest.  I’m happy to report that: It was easy. It went flawlessly. I’m planning on wiping out the W2003 presence on our DC’s to have a native W2008 domain.  Right now, there’s no support for [...]

SCCM 2007: W2008 and Vista Support

May 27, 2008 // 0 Comments

Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for System Center Comfiguration Manager 2007.  This adds support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.  The details of the release are: Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 now offers full support for management with Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008, [...]

HP Proliant Servers and SCOM 2007

May 26, 2008 // 0 Comments

As you’ve probably guessed based on my recent posts, I’m doing a SCOM 2007 deployment.  The servers are a mix of IBM (managed by IBM Director) and HP (managed by HP Insight Manager Agents supplied by the PSP V8.0). On deploying agents to the HP servers I started getting inundated by [...]

Windows Network Load Balancing and NIC Teaming

May 25, 2008 // 0 Comments

I’m going to do this all using HP Proliants … Here’s the scenario.  There’s going to be a number of web servers running Windows Server 2003.  They’ll work cooperatively and share files somehow.  They must be load balanced using Windows NLB.  This means using the [...]


May 25, 2008 // 0 Comments

I’m doing some manual installation of agents in un-trusted domains and this includes domain controllers.  I just found that once I did this, I’d get inundated with errors from agents on domain controllers (first time I’ve installed on un-trusted DC’s): AD Replication [...]

Free Online Storage With SkyDrive

May 24, 2008 // 3 Comments

I’ve just started using MS Live Skydrive.  It’s integrated with the other Live services so you use your passport to sign in.  Irish users just got access to it.  With it you get 5GB of free storage.  You can store documents privately, you can share just with friends or you can share [...]

Troubleshooting MSI Installations

May 24, 2008 // 0 Comments

I was recently having some trouble with a software package installation and had to get MS PSS involved.  The engineer asked me to run the setup.msi as: setup.msi /Lvoicewormup C:log.txt What the heck?  That first parameter instructs the MSI to create a log of the installation.  The second tells [...]

WSUS Failure

May 23, 2008 // 1 Comment

Part of the fun of inheriting a network is discovering what your predecessors have done.  It’s even worse when some "expert" consultants (IT Terrorists) have had their way. I installed a new WSUS server today.  All was well for hours.  Managed servers were discovered and [...]

Windows 2008/Vista Activation Issues

May 23, 2008 // 0 Comments

I’ve been setting up our first production Windows Server 2008 (x64 naturally!) domain controller and I had some issues with the activation.  The first problem I had was the the OS wanted activation almost immediately.  I had no GUI to do anything other than activate or log out.  Bummer!  [...]

Laptop Security: Will They Ever Learn?

May 10, 2008 // 0 Comments

I just read on ENN that the Bank of Ireland has been rather slow at reporting the theft of 4 laptops during the course of last year that contained personal information of 30,000 customers across numerous branches. HELLO! Is there anyone there? Hasn’t the subject of full disk encryption not [...]
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