Windows DNS Queries Failing

I was putting together a PoC late last year and encountered an issue that I've not seen before that was caused by some functionality within Windows 2008 that I did not know existed at the time. In fact, no one who I've mentioned it to since knew about it either. It seemed sufficiently obscure that I thought I should write about it quickly. In the PoC, I had created a Windows domain based on Server 2008 R2. Setting that up was simple enough and I'd done it many times before. What I began to notice though was that DNS queries…

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Windows Server Versions (Requirements)

I often forget half of this stuff so I thought it might be cunning to put some of it into a post. Sorry if it goes on a bit, some of the numbers change depending on your choice of Service Pack and it was easier to split that sort of thing into separate tables. Windows Server 2003 SP1 Requirements and Limits [TABLE=2] Windows Server 2003 SP2 / R2 Requirements and Limits [TABLE=3] Windows Server 2008 Requirements and Limits [TABLE=5] More information about Windows 2008 can be found here.…

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Windows 2003 Cluster failover email

I've lost track of the number of clusters that I have implemented or supported over the last few years. With each edition of Windows server that comes out clustering has improved. It was a bit of a dark art with Windows 2000 and in Windows 2008 it's pretty much all point and click (and not many clicks at that). Most clusters that I encounter at the moment are still 2003. In a lot of organisations the joys of 2008 are still to come. Clustering in 2003 offers few built in options for notifying anybody that a resource group has moved…

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