Events and Errors Message Center

When one of the systems that you manage fails one the best ideas for troubleshooting islooking at the logs. If the OS you are using is from Microsoft the main location for logs is the event viewer. The only problem with logs is that at times they provide very cryptic messages. In order to figureout what the entry in the log means or what remedies can be used I personally use the followingwebsite:http://www.eventid.netA couple of day ago I have noticed a KB article announcing that an “Events and Errors Message Center”has been opened. This center will enable you to search for specific … Continue reading Events and Errors Message Center

Gold iPod…

If your hearts wish is an iPod made of gold,well then you got it! A company that goes by the name of XEXOO provide iPods made of gold:

Simplicity at the price of obscurity

Buying a new computer is a happy event. Faster processing times, smoother running graphicsa general feel of joy. You start planning the installation, you customize the environment and thenbad things start to happen. As we enter the age of simple computing, most applications can be easily installed by runninga setup file then pressing a couple of next buttons and you are done(well there is a short wait while staring at a progress bar). Now this is very simple if everything succeeds-yet what happenswhen the application fails to install?Specifically what happens if the application fails to install and this happens during … Continue reading Simplicity at the price of obscurity

Windows 2008 Impressions: Post installation configuration

As I mentioned in my previous post on the subject, the installation process for Windows 2008 has changed.It no longer includes the portion that enables you to set the initial configuration for the system.The following defaults are set: Administrator password: blankComputer name: Randomly generatedDomain membership: WorkgroupWindows Update: OffNetwork Connections: Obtain IP from DHCPWindows Firewall: OnRoles Installed (more about these later): None So, after the installation process completes (or in other words the files are copied to the system) you are giventhe chance of setting the initial configuration. The process itself starts out at the logon screen: you are asked toset … Continue reading Windows 2008 Impressions: Post installation configuration

Windows 2008 Impressions: Attended Installation

The attended installation process of Windows 2008 has been simplified. Until Windows 2008, the process of installing a Windows system included the basic configuration of the system.In other words the installer was asked a bunch of question he had to answer and once he was done he had a runningsystem. The system still needed to be configured but a basic system was up and running. Windows 2008 changes this, (the installation no longer provides a running system) in order to simplify the installation process almost all configurative questions have been removed and we are left with the bare necessities. The installationprocess … Continue reading Windows 2008 Impressions: Attended Installation

Windows Server 2008 to be launced in February

On July the 10th Microsoft has announced that it will release (officially) Windows Server 2008,Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. This has also been mentioned on the then Windows Server Division blog: If all goes well, I am hoping to start testing Windows Server 2008. I will be blogging about it, providingdetails and reviews of different functions. As an early disclaimer, please keep in mind that the subjectsI will be writing about may change(since I am not using a finalized product) and in addition to thatI will be expressing my personal opinions that may be incorrect or may differ from … Continue reading Windows Server 2008 to be launced in February

Active Directory Explorer

This tool (from Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell) is basically ADSI Edit on steroids.It allows you to connect to your AD environment directly thus providing you a “raw” viewof your directory and in turn the ability to change the directory directly(which might cause a lotof pain since you are working without the net provided by the traditional AD tools). A feature of this tool that seems extremely useful to me is it’s ability to take a snapshotof a directory (and then another snapshot) and eventually to compare the two snapshotsproviding you with a list of what has changed.The tools ability … Continue reading Active Directory Explorer