April 18, 2010

Swiss IT Pro User Group Event May/Jun 2010 - PowerShell Script Club

PowerShell Mark your calendars for the next Swiss IT Pro User Group events. Taking place on the first Tuesday of every month in Zurich, you are invited to join the PowerShell Script Club on 4 May and 1 Jun 2010. This is moderated by our very own PowerShell MVP.

Registration for this free event and more information here.

Technorati tags: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, PowerShell, Community/User Group, Events

March 31, 2010

Update: OCS 2007 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2

The word is out! Official statements on the topic of deploying Office Communications Server 2007 R2 in an environment with Windows Server 2008 R2 are now publicly available.

Whether you are using Windows Server 2008 R2 as a member server (to run OCS 2007 R2) or have deployed the OS running the AD Directory Services (domain controller / global catalog server roles) in a R2 Active Directory forest and domain, you should consult the knowledge base listed here:

- Office Communications Server 2007 R2, OCS 2007 or LCS 2005 does not work correctly after you upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB982020)

Supportability is available for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 member server role on a Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system (KB982021)

The KB articles comprehensively list the known supportability issues and remedy actions. The steps detail the roles, features, hotfixes, updates and changes to security settings that are necessary to enable OCS R2 server roles* to work correctly with the R2 version of Windows Server 2008. Enjoy!

Thanks to Rick for sharing with us this piece of good news.

Update - see also a fellow MVP’s write out here and KB975858.

* except roles like Group Chat Server

Technorati tags: Windows Server 2008 R2, LCS/OCS, OCS 2007 R2, Exchange Server

March 25, 2010

Windows Update Digest (25.3.10)

Filed under: Windows Server 2012 R2/ 2008 R2, Windows — Desmond Lee @ 11:07 pm

- Windows Server 2008: Planning for Active Directory Forest Recovery (another link)

- Troubleshooting replication with repadmin

- Terminal Services Deployment Guide

- Configuring and Troubleshooting Certification Authority Clustering in Windows Server 2008

- Maintaining High Availability for Microsoft.com

- Configuring Disk Mirroring for Windows Server 2008 R2 (v1.0)

- What’s New in Folder Redirection and User Profiles
- Windows Server Operating System Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 (v6.0.6794.0)

Technorati tags: Windows Server 2008 R2, Remote Desktop Services

February 12, 2010

Exchange 2010 - WMI exception: Call cancelled

To resolve the error encountered below when moving the log folder path in Exchange Server 2010, make sure that sufficient disk space exists on the target disk location.

Summary: 1 item(s). 0 succeeded, 1 failed.
Elapsed time: 00:18:47

Mailbox Database 1111111111

Failed to connect to target server “hostname”. Error: WMI exception occurred on server ‘hostname_fqdn’: Call cancelled

Exchange Management Shell command attempted:
move-DatabasePath -Identity ‘Mailbox Database 1111111111′ -EdbFilePath ‘E:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Mailbox\Mailbox Database 1111111111\Mailbox Database 1111111111.edb’ -LogFolderPath ‘L:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Mailbox\Mailbox Database 1111111111′

Elapsed Time: 00:18:47

To speed things up further on Windows Server 2008 and R2, you can run a backup of Exchange using the built-in Windows Server Backup VSS snap-in (WSB). You must separately install the Windows Server Backup Feature, start WSB, click on the Backup Once link (on right hand Action pane) then use the settings here:

  • Backup option - Different options
  • Backup Configuration - Custom
  • Items for backup - On Windows Server 2008 R2, you must explicitly select items to backup, contrary to the Note described in the TechNet article here*. This should include the System state, the system partition (normally C:) and all volumes containing Exchange data. The logs should automatically be truncated if you choose the option Advanced Settings / VSS Settings / VSS full Backup.

The only visual Q that Exchange 2010 is detected on the system comes after you start the actual backup process:

Status: Running consistency check for application Exchange …

Depending on the size of the data, this can take several minutes to complete. Pass this check will kick start the actual process:

Status: Backup in progress…

* TechNet article reads “Note: By default, volumes that contain operating system components or applications are included in the backup and can’t be excluded.”

Technorati tags: Exchange, PowerShell, Windows Server 2008 R2

December 29, 2009

Microsoft Update Digest Miscellaneous (29.12.09)

- Risk and Health Assessment Program for Active Directory - Scoping Tool v1.3
- Infrastructure Planning and Design v1.0
- Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 Evaluation Version
- Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) Documentation
- Getting to Know Hyper-V: A Walkthrough from Initial Setup to Common Scenarios v1.0
- Code Name Dublin Tutorials (November 2009)

Technorati tags: Windows Server 2008 R2, Forefront, Security, Hyper-V R2

Fix: File Transfer Manager - Active-X Install Error

Filed under: Windows Server 2012 R2/ 2008 R2, Security, Hyper-V — Desmond Lee @ 6:41 pm

On many Microsoft download sites, it it likely that you have to use the Microsoft File Transfer Manager in order to transfer large files, typically over 2GB in size, with Internet Explorer. First time users will see the gold information bar prompting:

This website wants to install the following add-on: ‘Microsoft File Transfer Manager (Build’ from ‘Microsoft Corporation’. If you trust the website and the add-on and want to install it, click here…

Clicking on the gold bar and selecting “Install This Add-on for All Users on This Computer…” will cause the User Account Control (UAC) security prompt to appear. Once you acknowledge it, you may encounter the error message:

VBScript: Microsoft File Transfer Manager
There was an error launching File Transfer Manager.

If you are running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1, this installation may have been blocked.  If the gold IE Information Bar is present above, please click the bar and select the option to ‘Install ActiveX’.

For additional assistance, please visit the web site https://transfers.ds.microsoft.com, or contact your help provider.

To resolve this, make sure that you are running the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer 8 and not the 64-bit Edition that is separately available as part of the Windows Seven or Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 operating system.

Technorati tags: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

December 28, 2009

OCS 2007 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Update: OCS 2007 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (31.03.2010)

A very commonly asked question in the OCS TechNet Forums is the deployment of Windows Server 2008 R2 with Office Communications Server 2007 R2. This latest operating system is NOT yet supported as a domain controller, global catalog or base operating system to run OCS itself. Additionally, the supported domain and forest functional levels (DFL, FFL) are Windows Server 2003 / 2008 only.

Similarly, support of Exchange Server 2007 running on Windows Server 2008 R2 is planned for the next release of Exchange service pack (SP3). Note that Exchange 2007 SP2 is already compatible in an environment with Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers today.

See also:
- Supported Active Directory Environments by Office Communications Server Version
- Microsoft Server Applications Supported on Windows Server 2008 R2
- Exchange Server 2007 SP2 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Technorati tags: Windows Server 2008 R2, LCS/OCS, OCS 2007 R2, Exchange Server

December 27, 2009

Windows Server 2008 R2 Backup - What You Should Know

Filed under: Windows Server 2012 R2/ 2008 R2, Security — Desmond Lee @ 6:30 pm

Windows Server 2008 R2 has a revamped Windows Server Backup Feature that improves on the version delivered in RTM. In particular, it is now possible to run customized backup targeting volumes, files or folders. The Backup Once / “Custom” backup configuration enables backup in the following categories:

- Bare metal recovery
- System state
- individual files or folders on local drives

Unlike the good old NT Backup application, no network drives (UNC or networked mapped ones) is available for backup using the Custom option via the Wizard. You can define backup exclusions as well as VSS Settings - Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) full Backup or VSS copy Backup where the latter is the default.

As a backup destination, you have a choice of “Local drives” or “Remote shared folder”. Local drives include direct attached storage (DAS), externally attached disk, iSCSI Targets or optical media. You must explicitly exclude any of these volumes if they are selected as the backup destination; else:

Windows Server Backup
The selected volume is also included in the list of items to back up.

Do you want to exclude this volume from the backup items?
OK   Cancel

Only full volume recovery is supported if the backup destination is stored on a DVD i.e. restoration of individual files, folders or application data is not possible with Windows Server Backup.

On the other hand, if the destination type is “Remote shared folder”, you have to specify a UNC path pointing to an existing NT share, else:

Windows Server Backup
Windows Server Backup is unable to access the remote shared folder.
The backup destination specified by the remote shared folder does not exist.

A new folder “WindowsImageBackup” will be automatically created on the remote shared folder to save the backup data. You can control access to the backup by choosing “Do not inherit” instead of the pre-selected “Inherit” access control option. The former will mark the backup with the credentials you need to specify when prompted by the Wizard.

If you start off with the “Full server (recommended)” backup option instead, your experience will be almost the same. The exception is that you are not asked to pick any files or folders as source for backup with the advanced option already set to VSS Copy Backup (not configurable in the GUI). The backup items automatically selected include bare metal recovery, system state and all local disk drives.

See also:
Windows Server Backup Overview (R2)
New Backup Features in Windows Server 2008 R2 (TechNet Edge)
Backup and Recovery

Technorati tags: Windows Server 2008 R2, Security

December 4, 2009

Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Components Poster

Filed under: Windows Server 2012 R2/ 2008 R2 — Desmond Lee @ 12:57 am

Understanding key technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2 is made simpler with this visual reference. This poster focuses on Active Directory Domain Services, Hyper-V, Internet Information Services, Remote Desktop Services*, BranchCache and DirectAccess technologies. Illustrations are also updated to include core file services and server management. The poster can be used as a companion with the previously published Windows Server 2008 Component Posters. Download it here today.

From Charlie Russel and Craig Zucker, “Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2″ is now available as a downloadable free e-book from Microsoft Press. Do not forget to get your own copy!

* including Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Technorati tags: Windows Server 2008 R2

November 1, 2009

PowerShell v2 for XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003 and 2008

Filed under: Windows Server 2012 R2/ 2008 R2, Windows 8/ Windows 7, PowerShell — Desmond Lee @ 11:15 pm

PowerShell v2 Shipped as part of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, PowerShell 2.0 has recently been released for Windows XP SP3 / Vista SP1 and SP2 / Server 2003 SP2 and 2008 SP2 on supported x86 or x64 editions.

Known as Windows Management Framework, it consists of:

- Windows Remote Management (WinRM) 2.0
- Windows PowerShell 2.0
- Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) 4.0

Do not hesitate further. Find out more and download this must-have IT Pro Administrator’s tool set here (KB968929).

Technorati tags: PowerShell