Posts Tagged Server 2008R2

Direct Access and Schools

DirectAccess-Overview With the release of Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, the “better together” scenario has many songs to be singing.  One of the biggest for schools is Direct Access.  How frequently do we see Instructors being given access remotely to the school network either via VPN or via Citrix.  This is all well and good, but as instructors commonly point out, they want it idiot proof, simple and easy and whilst Citrix and VPN are good technologies, they aren’t necessarily easy nor idiot proof (especially if you have to do two-factor authentication with VPN!).

Recently Microsoft UK Schools as well as Microsoft UK Higher Education have written – ok, they stole the articles from each other 😉 – blog postings on DirectAccess and it’s benefits to the school environment…

Here’s the UK Schools article (posted 24/12/09):

Here’s the Higher Ed article (posted 05/01/10):

The point to get across though is definitely that DirectAccess is a useful technology and should you be in a school environment, it is something definitely to look in to, especially if you have upgrade rights – as it will get you big kudos with your boss, the teachers, and going forward possibly students – being able to do work from home!

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Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 – Better Together

On October 22, 2009 Microsoft released Windows 7 and also Windows Server 2008 R2. When coupling these technologies together, you gain more benefits than a server and desktop OS have ever seen before. Listen to this tech talk to find out how Microsoft’s new Server Operating System combined with its new flagship desktop operating system complement each other in ways never thought of before.

Watch the video here!

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More IPD Guides – Server 2008 R2

With 2008 R2 coming up (it was RTM’d if you missed that post), the guys over at Microsoft have updated the Infrastructure Planning and Design guides to reflect some of the new features:

  • Active Directory Domain Services
  • Internet Information Services 7.5
  • File Services
  • Print Services

in Server 2008R2 or some of the modified features. 

Click here to go and download the guides now.

These guides outline the critical infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of Windows Server 2008 R2. The reader is guided through the multi-step process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Following the steps in these guides will result in a design that is sized, configured, and appropriately placed to deliver the stated business benefits, while also considering the performance, capacity, and fault tolerance of the system.

Further, here are some other resources on Server 2008R2 which might be of interest:

Windows Server 2008 R2 Solution Accelerators

Active Directory Domain Services on TechNet

Internet Information Services 7.5 on TechNet

Windows Server File Services on TechNet

Windows Server Print Services on TechNet

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TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Group Policy Changes (Level 300)

This session will explore Group Policy enhancements in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. We will show you how Administrative template improvements make it easier to configure and Group Policy preference improvements to configure defaults for non-Group Policy-aware Windows components.  Then we will discuss Starter GPO improvements and scripting Group Policy Objects using Windows Powershell Group Policy cmdlets.           

Presenter: John Baker, Senior IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

John Baker started in Microsoft Consulting Services as an infrastructure consultant. He has logged more than 100 TechNet Events and given presentations for the launch of the Microsoft Office System. John has also delivered a variety of webcasts and live events that tackle Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Group Policy, Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003, and Microsoft SQL Server 2005. As an IT professional, John loves how new products and technologies are always lurking around the corner. That is also a major challenge, which is why he recently completed the Windows Server 2003 MCSE upgrade certification and two security exams. 

July 14, 2009 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Duration:60 Minutes

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HP & Server 2008 R2


With the wave of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 coming at us, HP have released what they call an “integration note” detailing “Implementing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta on HP Servers”.  It goes through software drivers, storag options, NICS and tasks and procedures to install and test 2008 R2 on their kit.  A good read I’d definitely suggest:

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Server 2008 R2 Changes

recycle-bin While a lot of us are focusing on Windows 7 coming out, there is also another thing to keep in the back of our minds…Its the R2 version of Windows Server 2008.  The folks over at TechNet have a great site on the new features that are coming out (and the changes) in R2.  Shoot over there and check it out!

My favourite has to be the Recycle Bin for Active Directory…Cool!!  Here’s what they’ve got to say about it:

Information technology (IT) professionals can use Active Directory Recycle Bin to undo an accidental deletion of an Active Directory object. Accidental object deletion causes business downtime. Deleted users cannot log on or access corporate resources. This is the number one cause of Active Directory recovery scenarios. Active Directory Recycle Bin works for both AD DS and Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) objects. This feature is enabled in AD DS at the Windows Server 2008 R2 forest functional level. For AD LDS, all replicas must be running in a new "application mode." For more information, see What’s New in AD DS: Active Directory Recycle Bin.

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2008R2 versus Windows 7 – First Impressions

So, the core code between Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008R2 is to be shared, similar to Windows Server 2008 and Vista Service Pack 1, which upon installation looks like that…When you booth both of them for installation you get:


along with the flashy Windows icon that puts itself together.  However what is strange is after installation and configuration, Windows 7 still boots like the aforementioned screen, but Windows Server 2008R2 boots like Windows Vista does:


That was the first thing I noticed.  Another strange one, when you get the OS up and running, one of the things I quite like about W7 is the snipping tool.  I thought in Windows 2008R2 this would be a good tool to make documentation with…nope, not there.

Another strange thing, the show desktop button (dubiously hidden on the far right of the task bar) is different between the two.  On Server 2008R2 you get a flashy little desktop icon with a shortcut type icon over it wherein W7 you get a little transparent/opaque little box.  Seems a bit backwards as the typical user would much prefer the little arrow denoting what it does whereas the server/power user doesn’t need that, do they?

They both attach .vhd files, they both boot faster…and I’m sure there are a few more "subtle differences" but at first glance just a few things to share with you…

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