Free Microsoft iSCSI Target

The iSCSI Target solution from MS is now free! We can use it to setup a environment to test fail-over clustering! Here are more information about this: More info: The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target has been available for production use as part of Windows Storage Server since early 2007. It has also been available for development and test use by MSDN and TechNet subscribers starting in May 2009. However, until now, there was no way to use the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target in production on a regular server running Windows Server 2008 R2. This new download offers exactly that. Now … Continue reading Free Microsoft iSCSI Target

Latest version of WSIM

The latest version of WSIM. Please download it from the following site: and also download the update for SP1:

Exchange 2007 and Windows Server 2008

The release to manufacturing (RTM) version of Exchange 2007 cannot be installed on Windows Server 2008. However, Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 will be supported for installation on Windows Server 2008. While you cannot install Exchange 2007 RTM on Windows Server 2008, Exchange 2007 RTM will be supported with Windows Server 2008 RTM domain controllers. Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 will be similarly supported: Exchange 2003 cannot be installed on Windows Server 2008, but will be supported with Windows Server 2008 domain controllers. Please see below for more details and for information about support for  Windows Server 2008 with Exchange. … Continue reading Exchange 2007 and Windows Server 2008

How can I install Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 to a virtual hard disk (VHD) file?

 Many of my students asked how to create a “Windows VHD ” in order to use the boot from VHD feature in Winows 7, after some searching, I found the following steps: Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 add the ability for an OS to be installed onto a virtual hard disk (VHD) file to boot physical hardware. To do this, perform the following steps: Boot from the Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 media. Select language options and click Next. At the Install Now screen, press Shift and F10 simultaneously to open a command prompt window. You’ll partition the … Continue reading How can I install Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 to a virtual hard disk (VHD) file?

Multiple WDS server on the same network?

A student asked whether he can have multiple WDS server on the same network, actually: You can have multiple Windows Server 2008 WDS servers on the network. However, you will not have an option to choose which WDS server you would like to connect. When PXE booting from a client, The first WDS server who responds to it will server this client. If you would like to manually set which WDS server will serve a client, you can prestage the client, update IP helper or use DHCP options. For more information, you can refer to the following articles: Windows Deployment … Continue reading Multiple WDS server on the same network?

Finding WDS deployed client?

A student asked how can he know which machines were deployed with WDS, after some searching, I found this: If you use WDS to deploy OS, after you install a computer via the WDS server (you may need to configure the policy so that computers can be automatically joined into your domain),the computer account will contain an attribute indicating that it is installed via a WDS server, the netbootGUID. If this attribute is not empty, this usually means that, this machine is installed via the network (and in your environment it is the WDS server). So, you can write a script … Continue reading Finding WDS deployed client?

Troubleshooting WDS Multicast performance issue.

If the multicasting is very slow, you can check the following two settings to see which impacts the performance:  1.    Network Profile on the Network Settings tab of the WDS server properties. However, this relates to the physical network adapters and cables. 2.    The lowest client machine. If you have more than one client machines joined in the multicast session, and if these machines have different hardware configurations, the speed will be impacted by the slowest one. You can take a look at the following article for more detailed information on this: If these methods don’t change the performance, … Continue reading Troubleshooting WDS Multicast performance issue.

Controlling WDS to listen on specific NIC

If you want to control your WDS server to respond to specific NIC card, you can: use WDSUTIL commands as follows: 1.    Open an elevated command prompt.2.    Run WDSUTIL /Set-Server /BindPolicy /Add /Address:<IP or MAC address> /AddressType:{IP|MAC} This adds the specified network interface to the list in the Registry. 3.    Run WDSUTIL /Set-Server /BindPolicy /Policy:Include This forces PXE provider to listen on these interfaces listed in the list. If you use “/Policy:Exlude” instead of “/Policy:Include “, then the interfaces in the list will be excluded. For more details about this, please refer to: How to Manage Your Server:

Configure Windows Server 2008 System Policy without the use of GPO

Microsoft have an article about how to automatically import a customized security template into a computer. Windows XP Security Guide: Those steps work on Windows Server 2008! So you can just follow it. Here are the main steps for your reference: 1.    Create a custom template using the MMC Security Templates snap-in, and save it to a folder.2.    Create a new security database associated with the security template you created in step 1, and save it to the same folder.3.    You can put this folder in the $OEM$\$1 on the WDS server, so that this folder can be copied to … Continue reading Configure Windows Server 2008 System Policy without the use of GPO