Server Performance Issues? SPA to the Rescue

Thursday, March 14, 2013

  A lot of causes can make your server to get slow and slaggy, and sometimes finding the cause can be a real headache… That’s where this useful tool comes to the rescue. The Server Performance Advisor, or SPA, helps IT administrators collect metrics to diagnose performance issues for up to 100 servers unobtrusively without adding software agents or reconfiguring production servers.  It generates comprehensive performance reports and historical charts with recommendations. The SPA is composed of two parts: The Console/Dashboard and the Advisor Packs (AP’s). The AP’s are the actual...

Windows Server 2008 R2 Available to Download!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Yesterday, August 14, Microsoft made Windows Server 2008 R2 available to download through TechNet and MSDN. You can find the the announcement at the Windows Server Division Weblog. From the announcement: “TechNet and MSDN subscribers also get access to RTM in the form of full bits. This version requires you to enter a product key for activation, but that key is supplied when you download the code. Just log-in with your account credentials and start downloading. Enjoy the new server!” Windows Server 2008 R2 brings great new and updated technologies. These technologies include Web Application Platform, Virtualization, Scalability and Reliability, Management',...

RSAT for Windows 7 Release Candidate

Thursday, May 7, 2009

On the day Microsoft released Windows 7 RC and Windows Server 2008 R2 RC they also released the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC. “Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows® 7 RC enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server® 2008, or Windows Server® 2003, from a remote computer that is running Windows 7 RC.” Download is available from Microsoft Download Center. Important: Don’t forget to read the system requirements, installation instructions and configuration instructions on the client...

Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate Avaliable for Download!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Microsoft announced today the Release Candidate of Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows Server 2008 R2 is the next version of Windows Server operating system from Microsoft. A Beta version of Windows Server 2008 R2 released exactly 3 month ago, and now it’s already in RC stage. Windows Server 2008 R2 RC can be download from Microsoft Download Center. As published with the beta release, Windows Server 2008 R2 is going to include several improvements from it’s predecessor. These improvements include the following: Improved Web Application Platform “Windows Server 2008 R2 includes...

Windows 2008 Server Core Configurator

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hi, Following my post Windows Server 2008 Core Initial Setup and RODC Installation, I would like to share with you this tool that I found at CodePlex, Microsoft’s open source project hosting web site. Core Configurator, which his first beta version was released in September 2008, now has a stable version (v1.1) and as you can guess, it’s for a Windows Server Core setup.   The tool comes in two formats, ISO and CAB. Regarding the CAB format, you need to extract the CAB, copy the extracted files to your desired location on the Core server, and run the Setup-Core.wsf file which...

Windows Server 2008 Core Initial Setup and RODC Installation

Monday, January 12, 2009

Hi, My first blog post will give you an intro about Windows Server 2008 Core Edition and the required commands needed to configure a Server Core  in your domain and add it as a DC. As from Microsoft, “The Server Core installation option is a new option that you can use for installing Windows Server 2008. A Server Core installation provides a minimal environment for running specific server roles, which reduces the maintenance and management requirements and the attack surface for those server roles”. I think there is no need to further explain.. Windows Server Core does not support all the Windows...
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