Tip – Break Server Core registry to disallow processing of Run and RunOnce entries

This article will show you how you can disallow processing of Run and RunOnce registry entries. This article applies to Windows Server 2008 Server Core Edition only!

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Inside Exchange Cluster Setup and Troubleshooting Tips (Part 3)

So far we discussed the setup internal process before the installation of any Exchange Components for both cluster and non-cluster environments. In this section we discuss the Exchange Cluster installation internals and related troubleshooting tips.


    Unlike the SQL Server setup, the Exchange Setup isn’t straight forward. The SQL Setup process is really straight forward. You need to double click on Setup.exe and then follow the on-screen steps to create an SQL Server database instance in the cluster. On the other hand, before you run the Exchange Cluster Setup to install an Exchange virtual Server, you need to perform a couple of steps on Active Directory. Exchange Setup also performs a couple of steps internally to make sure the server on which you are going to install Exchange is ready. These checks are performed by the setup regardless of the installation mode (i.e. whether on a stand-alone server or a cluster).


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    Inside Exchange Cluster Setup and Troubleshooting Tips (Part2)

    In this second part we complete the discussion covering what happens before the cluster installation starts. We look at more functions that verify all necessary requirements are satisfied for the Installation to proceed.

    Exchange Setup First Steps – Validate Server, Get Domain and Exchange-specific information

    In the first article part we introduced a figure showing the internal process taking place before starting the Cluster installation. We will continue discussing this figure further, so here is it again:

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    Tip – A Quick Tip to make sure Adprep /ForestPrep for Windows Server 2008 has run successfully

    Adprep /ForestPrep must be executed to introduce a Windows Server 2008 in an existing Windows 2000 or Windows 2003 domain environment. This will show you how to make sure that it has run successfully.

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    How does Windows Server 2008 resolve Domain Controller Load Balancing problems?

    This article discusses a new Group Policy setting which solves the Load Balancing issues with the domain controllers.

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    Inside Exchange Cluster Setup and Troubleshooting Tips (Part1)

    Just wanted to share this with you guys. I’m in process of writing an article series on Exchange Setup. This article series explains the internal process behind the Exchange Setup.


    The ordinary Exchange setup process is completely different from the cluster setup process. This article doesn’t explain how to install a Single Copy Cluster (Active/Passive) or CCR cluster in Exchange Server 2007. Instead it explains and covers the inside of Exchange Cluster Setup process and what happens before the cluster installation is invoked by the Exchange Setup.

    The main focus of this article series is Exchange 2007. However we will also point out anything specific to Exchange 2003 as we go along.

    The figure below has all the functions executed by the Exchange Setup before it starts to install the Exchange components.



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    Tip – How to break into registry to explore HKLM\SAM and HKLM\SECURITY keys?

    This article explains how you can use Psexec.exe to execute registry editor to explore SAM and SECURITY registry hives.

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    Tip – DynamicSiteName and SiteName – Which site a client computer belongs to?

    If you are troubleshooting a client computer which always communicates to a domain controller in different site, you should look at the two registry entries explained in this article. This article applies to Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

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