Need help on Help?

For the record, I think Microsoft is brilliant! Brilliant as a star in another Galaxy… The key point being that sometimes they are in another galaxy. I cannot open Help files that require the Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe) program. On computers that are running Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2, you may be unable to open Help files that require the Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe) program. This article contains information about a download that helps you fix this problem. Microsoft stopped including the 32-bit Help file viewer in Windows releases beginning with Windows Vista and Windows … Continue reading Need help on Help?

Windows 2008 – Windows Performance Analyzer (WPA)

Over the years I have created a number of presentations and performed a number of architectural engagements where we have used various tools to track and establish performance baselines, determine constant expectations and build out formulas for scaling. Microsoft has new tools which help in the process. The Windows Performance Analyzer (WPA) is a set of performance monitoring tools which can establish in-depth performance profiles of Microsoft Windows operating systems and applications. Although these tools cannot discover, quantify or otherwise adapt to your essential hardware flaws, they do allow you to understand the limits within a classification of hardware. This … Continue reading Windows 2008 – Windows Performance Analyzer (WPA)

Branch Office: 5 Ways Server 2008 Improves WAN Utilization.

Bandwidth utilization, latency, and the reliability of the Wide Area Network are three major concerns when administering a branch office environment. Windows Server 2008 helps to address these concerns through the following 5 technologies. RODC Since the RODC does not accept changes, writable domain controllers that are replication partners do not have to pull changes from the RODC. This reduces the workload of bridgehead servers in the main site and the effort required to monitor replication. RODC unidirectional replication applies to both AD DS and distributed file system (DFS) replication. The RODC performs normal inbound replication for AD DS and DFS … Continue reading Branch Office: 5 Ways Server 2008 Improves WAN Utilization.

Read Only Domain Controllers – Features and Benefits

The folowing is a list of features and benefits for read only domain controllers. Features: The deployment of RODC major features : Unattended installation and DCPROMO changes. You install an RODC by selecting Additional Options in the DCPROMO wizard. Read-Only Active Directory database. This prevents changes to the directory. Unidirectional replication. Since the directory is read-only, replication only occurs to the RODC. This reduces WAN traffic. Credential caching. The RODC does not store accounts but caches credentials for accounts that use it to log on. You can configure the caching policy using DCPROMO. Benefits: Here are the benefits of deploying … Continue reading Read Only Domain Controllers – Features and Benefits