Microsoft Support Terms Defined

Several terms that come up almost daily with my customers. Defined here for you: Supported – We have a wide range of support options. When we (Microsoft) state we support something, it really means we have tested that scenario and that is works as we programmed it to. Best Effort – As defined here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926172. PSS support for hardware-related/network-related/third party software issues is limited to a commercially reasonable effort. If PSS determines that the issue is related to the hardware/network/third party software, you must obtain support directly from the vendor of the computer or from the hardware manufacturer. Unsupported – … Continue reading Microsoft Support Terms Defined

NTBackup Script Procedure

1)      Copy robocopy.exe from the Resource Kit to something like c:\backup\tools. This is used in step 5 below. 2)      Create a backup list using the GUI version. Save a system state only as night.bks, save all the drives and system state as night-all.bks. Make sure you use the backup directory path listed below in the script or modify to a SAN location. 3)      Use the follow for the required .bat file C:\backup\tools\nightlybackup.bat:             *** BEGIN BAT FILE *** @ECHO OFF REM REM  Build Date String yyyymmddhhmm REM for /F “usebackq tokens=2” %%i IN (`DATE /T`) DO Set TIMESTR=%%i% for /F … Continue reading NTBackup Script Procedure

Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering Microsoft Official Curriculum is out!!!!

The Windows Server Failover Clustering Product Group is proud to announce the release of the first ever Windows Server 2008 Microsoft Official Curriculum course Course 6423A: Implementing and Managing Windows Server 2008 Clustering   The course will be available in the channel May 15th, 2008.   Special thanks go to the following to make this happen:  Elden Christensen Ahmed Bisht Chuck Timon Mike Briggs   I have seen it, excellent work gang, this is truly an exciting day for Failover Clustering!!!    

Life at Microsoft

As you might we aware of I recently joined Microsoft as a Senior Premier Field Engineer. While I don’t work out of the Redmond campus, I have been there numerous times. Here is a great humorous look at life here at Microsoft:   http://on10.net/blogs/tina/Life-At-Microsoft/   Enjoy 🙂

New Clustering Blog from Microsoft

Ok, it is not new, but now it gets new posts weekly.  http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/  They even mentioned this blog today http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/archive/2008/01/10/7063069.aspx Look to it for tons of great information.

How to migrate (not upgrade) from Windows Server 2003 Server Clustering to Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering

The 2008 articles are just starting to hit the web. This one deals with migration, not upgrading. You can’t upgrade to 2008 Failover Clustering. I am actually glad you can’t upgrade, I really don’t like that word.  Here is the article: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/6820ae3f-1ecc-43fd-8a76-fe8c2125cfe61033.mspx?mfr=true

114 Days until Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008…

Are you ready for another OS version? February 27th, 2008 is the public launch date. Microsoft has a Vista sidebar gadget to help you remember the date – http://www.wedsg.com/winclient/vistasidebargadget/download.htm They seem to love this date, the end of February as they have done it before. Could it be they know by wives birthday is Feb 28? Free E-Learning for 2008 – https://www.microsoftelearning.com/eLearning/offerDetail.aspx?offerPriceId=127516 (requires Microsoft Passport login to get the free stuff). Links to everything: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/2008/default.aspx Nice overview: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/evaluation/overview.mspx 2008 Learning Portal: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/windowsserver2008/default.mspx Clustering: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/13c0a922-6097-4f34-ac64-18820094128b1033.mspx?mfr=true File Server Clustering: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/40bdcbc9-ce96-4477-8df3-7a20d4bc42a51033.mspx?mfr=true Print Server Clustering: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/40bdcbc9-ce96-4477-8df3-7a20d4bc42a51033.mspx?mfr=true NLB: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/40bdcbc9-ce96-4477-8df3-7a20d4bc42a51033.mspx?mfr=true  I love new OS releases and 2008 looks to be an excellent one!  

Exchange Server 2007 & CluAdmin/Cluster.exe Bad Things can Happen?

My good buddy Scott Schnoll attempts to clear up some confusion on when and where to use Cluster.exe/CluAdmin to move a CMS. Find his post here:  http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2007/10/22/447317.aspx Here is the comment I left:  The samples you sited are for creating or managing a cluster, none of them are for moving a CMS. Using CluAdmin/Cluster.exe vs. EMC/EMS with SP1 require different security levels by default and may not be the same individual. Now we will have to give Cluster Administrator Exchagne rights to avoid “Bad things Happening”… Thankfully SQL and other Microsoft produts don’t have an issue with CluAdmin/Cluster.exe. Nor do … Continue reading Exchange Server 2007 & CluAdmin/Cluster.exe Bad Things can Happen?

Exchange Server 2007 SCC/CCR lessons learned

This past weekend I ran into a few issues with Exchange Server 2007 and wanted to share, so anyone with them won’t have to call Microsoft PSS and go through the fun (ok, not really fun…) that I went through. Partition in Time with CCRYou have a partition in time, but what does that mean. You lost a node or the witness, and while that was happening the remaining node/witness thought a change was made. When the down node/witness came back it detected that a change has occurred and killed the entire cluster. This is by design. Now, how do … Continue reading Exchange Server 2007 SCC/CCR lessons learned

Observations about the software industry today

Sometimes I think that the movie Conspiracy Theory should have been about the software industry today. What has become of it lately? Here is what I believe: ·         I believe the Anti-Virus companies write all the viruses. ·         I believe most software is way over priced. ·         I believe we now alpha test software for vendors ·         I believe we beta test when service pack 1 comes out. ·         I believe 1.0 is not the standard to avoid, RTM (release to manufacturing/gold code) is. ·         I believe we get the final, ready for the world product when service pack 2 … Continue reading Observations about the software industry today