Excuse me, do you have the time? Well you better if you are a Active Directory administrator. Next to DNS, time synchronization is one of the most important dependency of Active Directory. By default, Active Directory will tolerate a plus or minus of five minutes between the clocks of your network. If the time exceeds five minutes, clients will be unable to authenticate, and replication will not occur between domain controllers.
I spent this past week in Windows Desktop Risk Assesment Program (WDRAP) training which was actually pretty fantastic. If you are a Microsoft Premier customer talk to your TAM about getting one scheduled. A large portion of ours was taught by a Senior PFE Yong Rhee.
Many applications require an SQL Server database, and connection through a TCP/IP port is a common configuration. SQL Server Express Edition uses dynamic ports by default. Dynamic ports are awkward when the application needs to know what port is being used. This article explains how to disable dynamic ports, and how to determine or configure the TCP/IP port that is used by SQL Server 2008 Express Edition.
Is dcpromo gone for good? Well it is in the latest Windows Developer Edition of Microsoft Server 8. The team at AdminNation.com decided to try and install Active Directory Domain. We noticed right away Dcpromo no longer worked. Instead you are greeted with a message stating:
Microsoft has a number of server roles that come in all shapes and sizes. Today however, we will be installing the server role IIS 7.5 on a Windows Server 2008 R2 server. With IIS 7.5, Microsoft has gone modular. Meaning you can add or remove individual modules that are required for a specific function.