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 馃檪

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.

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!  

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: 路         I believe the Anti-Virus companies write all the viruses. 路         I believe most software is way over priced. 路         I believe we now alpha test software for vendors 路         I believe we beta test when service pack 1 comes out. 路         I believe 1.0 is not the standard to avoid, RTM (release to manufacturing/gold code) is. 路         I believe we get the final, ready for the world product when service pack 2 … Continue reading Observations about the software industry today

Exchange Server 2007 MCP Exams 鈥 Notes from the field

I love taking Microsoft exams because I learn so much. I learn what Microsoft feels are the important product features that everyone show know. I learn different ways to do common tasks within the product, let鈥檚 face it sometime we only know as much as our peers. I also learn exactly where I stand on the product, and what I really need to work on. As I get older though I am either getting smarter or lazier, take your pick. I simply don鈥檛 study for the exams anymore. Sorry, but I don鈥檛. I take the exam to learn the question … Continue reading Exchange Server 2007 MCP Exams 鈥 Notes from the field

ClusterHelp dates for 2008 and Copenhagen update

Russ and I will be in Copenhagen, Denmark September 3-6, 2007 (yes just a week away) and we still have a few spots open in the course. If you would like to attend use the link the left (under ClusterHelp). I am really looking forward to it. Russ will be lecturing and I will assist in the labs, thus both of us supporting what we wrote 馃檪 If you can’t make Denmark, we have courses in NYC scheduled through 2008 now, just added today: Jan. 21-24, 2008 May 12-15, 2008 Oct 13-16, 2008 Come on out and enjoy one of … Continue reading ClusterHelp dates for 2008 and Copenhagen update

15 Rules of IT

1) If a computer or system is working on Monday, something has gone wrong and you just don’t know about it. 2) When you don’t know what you’re doing, document it. 3) Computer errors must be reproduce-able, they should fail the same way each time. 4) First call tech support, then panic. 5) Experience is directly proportional to the number of systems/computers ruined. 6) Always keep a backup of your data, and hope everyone else does the same. 7) To write a program really well, have your wife/husband/Mother/Father test it. 8) If you can’t get the system to match the … Continue reading 15 Rules of IT