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Resources for Top Areas of Support for Windows Server 2008 R2



 


Software Licensing and Product Activation


 



 


How to troubleshoot Volume Activation error codes on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista-based computers (article 938450 in the Microsoft Knowledge Base)
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164728)




 


Windows Volume Activation


 



 


Windows Volume Activation on the Windows Client TechCenter
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=153857)




 


Hyper-V Live Migration


 



 


Hyper-V: Using Live Migration with Cluster Shared Volumes in Windows Server 2008 R2
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164729)




 


Hyper-V and Failover Clustering


 



 


Migrating Settings to a Failover Cluster Running Windows Server 2008 R2
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=142796)




  


 



Hyper-V: Using Hyper-V and Failover Clustering
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=159624)




 


Failover Clusters


 



 


Overview of Failover Clusters
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164730)




  


 



Migrating Settings to a Failover Cluster Running Windows Server 2008 R2
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=142796)




 


Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services)


 



 


Remote Desktop Services team blog (how to set up, configure, and so on)
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164731)




  


 



Performance team blog about Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services)
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164732)




  


 



Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2 (includes how to deploy RD Licensing and RD Gateway)
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164733)




  


 



Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) Health Model
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164734)






 


Operating System Deployment, Migration, and Upgrade education


 



 


Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2008 Update 1
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=150927)




 


Direct Access and Networking education


 



 


Direct Access for Windows Server 2008 R2 on Microsoft TechNet
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164735)




  


 



DirectAccess Early Adopter’s Guide
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=148639)




 


Networking education


 



 


The Cable Guy Column Archives
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=164736)




 


Application Compatibility


 



 


Getting Started with Application Compatibility in a Windows Deployment
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164737)




  


 



Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) Version 5.5
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=159081)




  


 



Application Compatibility and User Account Control Web site
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=150904)




  


 



Windows Server 2008 R2 Supported Applications
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164738)




  


 



ISV Application Readiness and Certification
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164739)




  


 



Application Compatibility Resources for IT Professionals and Developers
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164740)




 


Applocker


 



 


Applocker Step-by-Step Guide
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164741)




 


Public Key Infrastructure and Certificate Services


 



 


Active Directory Certificate Services
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=163168)




  


 



Active Directory Certificate Services: Web Enrollment
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164742)




  


 



Active Directory Certificate Services: Enterprise PKI (PKIView tool)
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164743)




  


 



Windows PKI blog on Microsoft TechNet
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164744)


 

If you are in the Live meeting for SymForm and can’t hear the audio

Call 1-866-553-8146

code 5592528585


Dial into this number


(and sorry for any issues you may be having)

Symform Pizza and me

…when  you call the pizza firm and he says “Susan?  You want the canadian bacon pizza, the combination pizza and the……”


Uh… pretty sad when I’m recognized and he can just reorder the same order.


Tonight is the Fresno SMB partner group night and we’re going to have a presentation on SymForm.  Join in with virtual pizza if you like!


https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/winserver_usergroup/join?id=RQHCT9&role=attend&pw=8%5E-%5CzqX


When: Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 6:30 PM (PDT)

The Official SBS Blog : WSUS Language Settings Could Be Lost After Upgrading to WSUS 3.0 SP2 on Small Business Server 2008:

The Official SBS Blog : WSUS Language Settings Could Be Lost After Upgrading to WSUS 3.0 SP2 on Small Business Server 2008:
http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2009/09/24/wsus-language-settings-could-be-lost-after-upgrading-to-wsus-3-0-sp2-on-small-business-server-2008.aspx


Richard and Greg talk to Dana Epp about the free tools he uses to manage his networks

RunAs Radio:
http://www.runasradio.com/
Richard and Greg talk to Dana Epp about the free tools he uses to manage his networks. The list of tools include nmap (http://www.nmap.org ), Microsoft’s Baseline Security Analyzer (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/cc184923.aspx ), Windows Server Update Services (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/wsus/default.aspx ), the Application Compatibility Toolkit (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd562082(VS.85).aspx ) and of course the SysInternals tools (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx ).


 

Dana Epp, Scorpion Software’s founder and CEO, researches software security and sets the corporate vision in the convergence of information security principles and practices with digital information asset protection. As a computer security software architect, Dana has spent the last 15 years focusing on software development with a particular emphasis on security engineering. His latest research has been on risk-based authentication, focusing on strong two-factor authentication for small business.

 

Dana has been twice awarded the Community Spirit Award for Business in recognition of his ongoing initiatives in promoting high technology industries in his community, and won the 2001 Chamber of Commerce “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award. In 2006 and 2007 Mr. Epp has been honored with the award and distinction of “Microsoft Windows Security MVP” for his work and expertise in Windows security. Mr. Epp is the author of “Computer Security Concepts: Managing Business Threats in a Wired World”, a book written to explain at an executive level how to handle the threats of online risk as companies move to the new digital economy, and is the author of the popular security blog “Dana Epp’s Rambling at the Sanctuary”.

Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable

Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable


Windows 7 Application Compatibility Part 2: Virtualization


 


Date:  Thursday, September 24


Time:  9:00am Pacific Time


 


https://ms.istreamplanet.com/springboard


 


Hear from a panel of experts how virtualization tools can help you with application compatibility concerns whether you’re migrating from Windows Vista or Windows XP. Join us to discuss how presentation virtualization, desktop virtualization and application virtualization can reduce testing times, expedite deployment and ultimately help you streamline PC management. We’ll cover the latest desktop virtualization technologies from Microsoft, including App-V, MED-V and XP Mode for Windows 7. Plus we share tips and tricks and demonstrate free tools to analyze and fix applications while answering your questions live during the event. Join live on Thursday, September 24th, 2009, 9:00am Pacific Time. Missed Part 1? Watch the replay.


 


For IT Pro tips, tricks and resources for Windows 7, visit the Springboard Series.


 


As part of the “virtual” experience, you may submit your questions about Windows 7 Application Compatibility to the panel live during the event—or submit questions in advance to vrtable@microsoft.com.



Springboard Series: The resource for Windows desktop IT professionals

Log files for Pop connector in SBS 2008

Now while I’m not a fan of popconnector… sometimes for testing purposes you set one up…and did you know that there’s log files on the box so you can see what it’s doing?


For the actual pull of the emails the logs are located in  C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Logs\pop3connector\



And you can see the raw details of the connection made.  If the server does a normal scheduled pop pull it will log basic stuff.  If you kick a manualy pop pull it will be an automatic verbose logging.


There’s also a SBS specific event log



Open up the event log, drill down under Applications and Service logs, drill down under Windows Small Business Server 2008, and then drill down under Microsoft Windows Small Business Server/Operational.  Review the details in there for what’s what.

The Official SBS Blog : How to Move WSUS Content and Database Files to a Different Volume:

The Official SBS Blog : How to Move WSUS Content and Database Files to a Different Volume:
http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2009/09/23/how-to-move-wsus-content-and-database-files-to-a-different-partition.aspx


Oh, by the way, one side effect is…..

http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/archive/2009/09/21/some-of-the-more-unusual-but-fortunately-uncommon-error-messages-and-issues-you-might-see-in-patching-on-the-2k8-platform.aspx In the comments to that post someone asked me if 2k8 was worth it given the potential for patching issues in that post.


First off that post is similar to those prescription ads you see on television.  “This drug cures the common cold, side effects could include death, dismemberment, living a life of poverty, or bad breath”.  You know the ones I mean where the goodness of the drugs sound so good and at the very end the voice over speeds up as they rattle through all of the known side effects that sound so horrific to make you wonder why someone would want to even take the drug in the first place?


The reality is that I’ve never had a workstation hit with this.  Nor a server.  Nor have I personally seen the “black screen of death” with Vista.  Nor have I seen personally the stuck on “stage 3 of 3″.  But I’ve seen people impacted.  I personally know a few folks that have gotten hit with the issue where a Server 2008 asks for a SP1 (which is impossible).  But then again, I see people just as impacted with normal security patch issues on the 2k3 platform.  I cringe at a SQL patch.  I wince at a .NET patch. 


The reality is that vast majority of us patchers go through the month of patching just fine. 


So please remember these issues you see are like those drug commercials.  A few of you just might die as a slight side effect.  The vast majority of patchers are just fine and live a long and very healthy life.

The time for 64 bit

While I applaud the Microsoft partner program for mailing physical copies of Windows 7 to their Action pack recipients, they shipped the 32bit version of Windows 7.  I think this is the time to start moving folks to 64 bit.  Server 2008 R2 only ships in 64bit version.  Lauren’s HP laptop special is a 64 bit system. So why is Microsoft still pushing 32 bit on the folks that should be pushing the envelope?  Okay so I know that we’re also cheap, so that’s one reason to do 32 bit, but truly this is the time to start inventorying if you can move to 64bit.


Do the applications work in 64bit?  Does the hardware support XP Mode?  All of these topics (and more) will be discussed next week in Las Vegas at SMBnation.