Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Licensing –What’s New?

Microsoft has recently announced how the licensing will work around their latest server operating system (OS) offering, Microsoft Windows Server 2012. Along with some licensing model changes they have also indicated that the number of Windows Server editions being offered is to decrease, with there now only being two mainstream editions: Datacenter: Intended for highly virtualized private cloud environments. Standard: For non-virtualized or smaller virtualized environments. The Enterprise … [Read more...]

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Maximum Memory Limits

With Windows Server 2008 R2 being the first x64 only version of Microsoft’s popular server operating system the maximum memory configurations are much simpler to remember.  It will likely be a while yet before the x32 version of Windows Server 2008 is stopped being deployed fully in production environments meaning that you’ll have to keep tabs on how much memory each version and build type can take. Although it being relatively straight forward to remember here’s a table outlining the … [Read more...]

Unattended Windows Server 2008 Install

I've been doing some work around creating an HP Rapid Deployment Pack Windows Server 2008 automated install.  In my travels I came across this well documented and informative blog posting by Elan Shudnow that takes you through step by step, the process of creating a unattended Windows Server 2008 base build. As the unattended build process differs from that of previous versions of Windows Server it's well worth checking out. Also, here's another useful Microsoft link: Windows … [Read more...]

Windows Server 2003 Network Load Balancing (NLB) Error: "No interfaces are available for installing a new cluster"

After imaging a server and then trying to add it to a Windows Server 2003 Network Load Balancing (NLB) configuration with the original machine you will get this error message: "no interfaces are available for installing a new cluster". This is due to the network GUID's in the registry being the same. Even re-SID'ing the server using a product such as SysInternals 'newsid' does not resolve this issue. Do not fear - it is infact easy to resolve. What you want to do is give the network adapter … [Read more...]

Windows Server 2003 – Useful Links

Here are a handful of useful Microsoft links that could help get you out of that sticky situation: How to disable the requirement that a global catalog server be available to validate user logons  How To Remove Orphaned Domains from Active Directory How to delete a failed Domain Controller (DC) object from Active Directory The Sysvol and Netlogon Shares Are Missing After You Restore a Domain Controller from Backup How can I transfer some or all of the FSMO Roles from one DC to another? … [Read more...]

Bits & Bobs

This post is just for miscellaneous stuff that I may want to reference every 10 years: Ports used in Windows Server 2003: 389 - LDAP read/write operations 3268 - Global Catalogue search operations (for more info see: … [Read more...]

Differences between the various Windows Server 2003 Versions

  Here is a breakdown of the differences between the various Windows Server 2003 editions.  This information is from the Parameg site - I decided to include it due to it's nice clear explanations. Windows Server 2003 Web Edition Windows Server 2003, Web Edition is mainly for building and hosting Web applications, Web pages, and XML Web Services. It is designed to be used primarily as an IIS 6.0 Web server and provides a platform for rapidly developing and deploying XML Web … [Read more...]