Microsoft: Set Google as default search provider in Internet Explorer 7


Dit kun je doen door het onderstaande registry bestand te importeren.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes]
“DefaultScope”=”{06652DC2-D1BD-4BD1-BACA-EC681D3E6E33}”
“Version”=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{06652DC2-D1BD-4BD1-BACA-EC681D3E6E33}]
“DisplayName”=”Google”
“URL”=”
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q={searchTerms}&meta=”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL]
@=
http://www.google.com/keyword/%s

Je kunt een ook een custom ADM maken om dit via een GPO door te voeren. Hoe dit werkt lees je in KB918238

Microsoft: Server 2008 Server Manager to support WSUS 3.0 SP1


An update for Windows Server 2008 Server Manager (KB940518) has been released to integrate Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 (WSUS 3.0 SP1). This update to Server Manager enables full integration of WSUS 3.0 SP1 into Server Manager, allowing installation, configuration, and management of WSUS 3.0 SP1 using the Server Manager console and wizards.

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How to determine whether the service pack is installed

Look for Update for Windows (KB940518) in the View installed updates item or in the Programs and Features item in Control Panel. If Update for Windows (KB940518) does not appear, the update is not installed.

 

Installation instructions

To avoid restarting the computer, verify that the Initial Configuration Tasks, Server Manager, and the Servermanagercmd.exe process are not running during the installation process. You must also log on to the computer as an administrator to install this update.

 

1. On a computer that is running Windows Server 2008, download the update package from the Microsoft Web site that is listed in the “Update information” section.

2. Double-click the download package to start the Setup wizard. Follow the instructions in the wizard to complete the installation.

3. Use one of the following methods to open Server Manager:

• Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Manage.

• Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

• Click the Quick Launch bar, and then click Server Manager.

Note If WSUS 3.0 SP1 is already installed on your computer, you do not have to complete the remaining steps.

4. On the Server Manager home page, click Add Roles in the Roles Summary section.

5. On the Select Roles page of the Add Roles Wizard, click to select Windows Server Update   Services from the list of available roles.

6. Follow the instructions in the Add Roles Wizard to complete installation.

More information and download locations can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940518

Bron: http://windows2008security.com/windows-server-security/update-for-windows-server-2008-server-manager-to-support-windows/

Scalable Networking Pack Rollup Released


De rollup package vind je hier: KB950224

Meer informatie over SNP vind je hier: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/network/snp/faq.mspx

Verder kwam ik de volgende quote tegen:

As more companies deploy Windows 2008 and Vista, it is crucial, or in my opinion, critical that this hotfix be applied to all Windows 2003 servers that may communicate with these operating systems. One of the main reasons is a new feature called TCP auto-tuning which makes use of RSS to expand and shrink the sizes of your TCP window to increase/decrease throughput based on current network load. This feature greatly increases throughput on your network, but if there is an underlying problem with the network card driver or any of these features between disparate systems, you may experience slower than normal network performance. The good news is that the Chimney feature is disabled by default in Vista/Windows 2008.

Bron: http://blogs.technet.com/mikelag/archive/2008/08/28/scalable-networking-pack-rollup-released.aspx

Whitepaper: VMware and VSS: Application Backup and Recovery


Veeam schrijft het volgende:

More and more organizations are choosing VMware Infrastructure to virtualize their mission‐critical applications (Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server) to create a flexible, easily administered virtual infrastructure.
Virtual machines (VMs) and any applications they contain must be protected against failure. Typically, in the virtual world, this is done by performing an image‐level backup of the whole machine (for instance, using VMware Consolidated Backup). This method results in what is known as a crash‐consistent image. Restoring a crash‐consistent image is essentially equivalent to rebooting a server after a hard reset. For operating systems, this has not been an issue, since they can easily handle this type of activity. For database applications as well as for applications featuring replication, however, such a restore will often result in lost data, data corruption, or application failure.
To illustrate this concept, let’s review the consequences of using different VM disaster recovery methods for one of the most common mission‐critical applications: a Microsoft Active Directory domain controller (DC). Depending on the solution used, the following results will be achieved:

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Download de PDF hier: VMwareandVSS-ApplicationBackupandRecovery.pdf

Windows: Network Access Protection (NAP)


In deze post vind je allerlei informatie over Network Access Protection.

 

De Product website: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/nap-product-home.aspx

De NAP Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/nap/default.aspx

 

Introduction to Network Access Protection

Network Access Protection (NAP) is one of the most desired and highly anticipated features of Windows Server 2008. NAP is a new platform and solution that controls access to network resources based on a client computer’s identity and compliance with corporate governance policy. NAP allows network administrators to define granular levels of network access based on who a client is, the groups to which the client belongs, and the degree to which that client is compliant with corporate governance policy. If a client is not compliant, NAP provides a mechanism to automatically bring the client back into compliance and then dynamically increase its level of network access.

NAP includes an application programming interface (API) for developers and vendors to create complete solutions for health state validation, limitation of network access or communication, and ongoing compliance. This paper describes the scenarios for NAP, the components of NAP, and how NAP works for the different enforcement methods included with Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Service Pack 3.

Included in This Document

•Introduction

•Components of NAP

•How NAP Works

Meer informatie en de whitepaper vind je hier:  http://www.microsoft.com/technet/network/nap/napoverview.mspx

 

Network Access Protection Platform Architecture

Network Access Protection (NAP) is a new platform and solution that controls access to network resources based on a client computer’s identity and compliance with corporate governance policy. NAP allows third-party software vendors and system integrators to create complete solutions for validating and enforcing system health requirements for network access or communication.

This white paper describes the architecture of the NAP platform and the details of how NAP works for enforcement methods that are provided with Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Service Pack 3.

Included in This Document

• Introduction

•NAP Platform Architecture

•NAP Client Architecture

•NAP Server-side Architecture

•How NAP Works

Meer informatie en de whitepaper vind je hier: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/network/nap/naparch.mspx

 

Step by Step Guides for creating demo / test labs

Step-by-Step Guide: Demonstrate IPsec NAP Enforcement in a Test Lab

Step By Step Guide: Demonstrate 802.1X NAP Enforcement in a Test Lab

Step-by-Step Guide: Demonstrate VPN NAP Enforcement in a Test Lab

Step-by-Step Guide: Demonstrate DHCP NAP Enforcement in a Test Lab

VMware: Windows 2008 Guest Customization


Helaas werkt de Guest Customization van een Windows 2008 VM / Template nog steeds niet out of the box in VirtualCenter 2.5.u2.

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Gelukkig heeft Jasemccarty de oplossing in de VMware Communities geplaatst:

If you have a Windows 2008 guest that you wish to customize, it is fairly easy to do in VirtualCenter.

The sysprep.xml file is automatically generated by VirtualCenter, and does not require any additional tools from Microsoft, as they got smart, and included it in the base build of Windows Vista/2008.

Unfortunately, VC won’t customize a Windows 2008 guest… But it will customize a Windows Vista guest. Because they are a similar architecture (if not almost identical), changing the guest type to Vista, will allow you to customize a Windows 2008 guest.

All you have to do, is change the guest you wish to clone, or the template, to be configured as a Windows Vista guest.

You can then customize the guest (2008) the same way you would Windows Vista. When you are done deploying the guest, before you power it on, change it to be configured as a Windows 2008 guest.

 

Converteer je Windows 2008 template weer terug naar een VM en stel de VM daarna in op Microsoft Windows Vista als Guest Operation System Version.

GuestCustomization2008

Daarna converteer je de VM weer terug naar een templat. Vanaf nu kun je de Windows 2008 template ook customizen.

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