Frizbits’ Bits

May 28, 2008

Long time, no post

Filed under: Uncategorized — frizbit @ 8:49 am

Ok, so I went a while without posting.  Like 6 months.  One of the reasons I was reluctant to start a blog is how busy I can be at times but I’m going to give this another shot.  I’ve found some of the best technical solutions not in Cisco’s vast online documentation or on Microsoft Technet but more often now in people’s blogs.  If I can post some useful bit of information for someone then that’s all I’m after.  Look forward to more posts in the coming week.

December 13, 2007

Office 2007 (Apps) SP1

Filed under: Office 2007 — Tags: — frizbit @ 7:43 am

AHA!  Of course I was so frustrated yesterday I took the first SP1 with Office in the title, but yes there are two.  One is for the server products, another is for the normal applications.  This one does include fixes for pretty much every program in the package.  The download is over 200Mb.  A few people are reporting increased performance but I haven’t noticed it yet, I’ll get back to work and see how things go.

 2007 Microsoft Office Suite SP1

December 12, 2007

Office 2007 (servers) SP1 released

Filed under: Office 2007 — Tags: — frizbit @ 8:47 am

I just read that Office 2007 SP1 is out now.  I guess it really has been a year already.  I’ve been using it for 6 months and don’t really hate it.  I can’t say its great either, but then again I don’t like office suites in general.  (I’d rather be gaming)  I thought I’d check it out and see what they fixed.  I did a few quick searches, right from the Live Search box on microsoft.com.  Nothing came up.  All kinds of info for Exchange SP1, OneNote and InfoPath pages, etc.  I went over to technet and got about the same results.  I went right to the Office System section on technet, found the download and from there was able to find a page that had a link to a spreadsheet of the list of fixes.  No wonder they hid it so well.   It really only applies to the client/server products like Groove, SharePoint Server, Project, and Project Server.  Not that these aren’t all good products, but they aren’t what 90% of the office users out there use.  I suppose I shouldn’t have been expecting stability fixes (my install has been rock solid), or performace improvements (its probably just slow on Vista anyway 😉  ).  Still, it would have been nice to see something in there that positively impacted my experience using the product.

 Description of the 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 1 and the 2007 Microsoft Office servers Language Pack Service Pack 1

December 3, 2007

New DNS zone fun

Filed under: Windows Server 2008 — Tags: , , — frizbit @ 11:22 am

Continuing on with my Windows Server 2008 studies I came across something new in DNS.  Since pretty much everyone would like WINS to go away we now have a replacement (sort of).  The GlobalNames zone in DNS.  This new zone will hold single label names similar to WINS.  For example if I have the FQDN server1.domain.com in DNS, I can now create a CNAME record in the GlobalNames zone named simply server1.  But how do we resolve these names now?  Well, the order of operations is below….

1. Append the clients primary DNS suffix and try to resolve the name.
2. If that fails, try the other DNS suffixes in the configured search lists.
3. If that still fails, attempt to find name in the Global names zone.
4. Beyond that we can still fail over to WINS if it is still available.

So from this list GlobalNames appears to be the most useful in a multidomain environment.  We will still try all configured DNS suffixes first though, so keep that in mind.  A few other caveats exist for this new zone also.  First of all GlobalNames is forest wide and should be created as an AD integrated zone.  All DNS servers in the forest must be running Server 2008 to get this functionality.  It also doesn’t support dynamic registration of records (although a CNAME can point to a FQDN that is dynamically registered in another zone).  This means its not a total replacement for WINS.  It’s intended for managed records of important resources.

The search order above is very important. If in the example above I had multiple domains, all it would take is for someone to create a server named server1 in a domain in the DNS search order list and their server would resolve instead of my intended global name.

The Deployment guide whitepaper is available here.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1C6B31CD-3DD9-4C3F-8ACD-3201A57194F1&displaylang=en
I also found this extremely helpful in setting it up on a test server.
http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1452875&SiteID=17

November 30, 2007

Great, Someone started another blog.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — frizbit @ 7:55 pm

Greetings all.  I stayed away from blogging for a long time.  I always said I just never had time.  Well I finally started.  Nothing like being the last person to jump on the bandwagon.  After reading lots of blogs over the past years (both good and bad) I thought maybe I have something worthwhile to contribute.

 The topics will probably vary widely with whatever I happen to be interested in at that time.  Most often it will be computer industry related but I could throw a curve in there.  Recently a lot of my work has been related to Microsoft products and certification so initial posts will lean that way.

Expect the layout to change initially since I am the last person in the world to get a blog.  (Seriously my Mom’s dog has been blogging for years)

Brushing up on Server 2008. Roles and Features?

Filed under: Windows Server 2008 — Tags: , , — frizbit @ 3:50 pm

Lately I’ve been digging into Windows Server 2008 with the goal of passing Microsoft’s 70-649 test.  With this in mind I’ll be posting some interesting things I find out along the way.

 The first item I’d like to talk about is Roles and Features.  Windows Server 2008 takes another step down the path of componentizing Windows architecture.  If anyone is familiar with the Exchange 2007 roles the concept will be familiar.  A role is simply a unique function (or service) that the server performs.  Roles are things like DNS server, DHCP server, File server, Active Directory Domain Services (i.e. Domain Controller).  Check here for a complete list of roles. 

 Windows Server 2008 also has something called features.  A feature is a slightly different animal than a role.  A role with provide services for that particular …. role.  A feature provides something not necessarily catigorized as a service provided to others.  It may be management or scripting tools like Powershell, or it could be something to enhance existing roles like Windows Clustering.  So in order to have a clustered file server we install the file server role and the clustering feature.

Confusing?  Maybe.  I think we will all get used to it in the long run.  For the most part the division seems to make sense.  Except… There is always an exception.  DNS server is a role.  WINS server is a feature.  Both services provide name to address network services.  WINS is something Microsoft (and many administrators) have been wanting to get rid of for a long time.  According to this chat transcript thats the only reason WINS is a feature.  Roles stand out as easy to install.  They want WINS slightly buried in order to assist phasing it out.  Seems as good a reason as any i guess.

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