Monthly Archives: September 2007

Performing AD Schema Updates in a safe way

Updating from 2003 to 2003 R2 & implementing Exchange are 2 common administrative tasks which both require a schema update. Since I’ve mentioned "updating from 2003 to 2003 R2", I’ll take the opportunity to add some "notes from the field" to this blog post, which will increase success rate of the update and limit the […]

How to backup VMWare ESX virtual machines

Today, I will try to explain 2 techniques that will allow you to backup your vmdk files (virtual machines) on a VMWare ESX 3.0.x server. My lab runs on 3.0.2, but this will work on 3.0.1 (and maybe earlier versions) as well. Before continuing, let’s make a couple of assumptions : I will explain how […]

Exchange 2007 : Indexing and searching mailboxes

The Exchange 2007 search engine has much improved over the index/search engines that were available in Exchange 2000/2003. The new search is less resource-hungry, fast, searched inside attachments, and is enabled out of the box. Enable/Disable search To enable or disable Exchange search, open the Exchange Management Shell Run the following command to see if […]

How to restore a Windows 2003 DC using ASR and VMWare

The following procedure should work for any type of hardware, but I’ve used VMWare (so this procedure is also valid if you want to convert a physical Domain Controller to VMWare). Additionally, the procedure works for Windows 2003 server, but also for Windows XP (professional) Prerequisites : ASR backup .bkf file and the ASR floppy […]

AD 2003 DC Restore Technique using VMWare (without having to grant local DC/Domain Admin rights)

In certain distributed AD scenario’s, Domain Admins group membership or local DC admin privileges are restricted to certain people only. This is a good thing to do, but it requires you to think about certain issues before they happen. One of these issues is backup and restore. Yes, you can schedule a system state backup […]

Moving VMWare server/workstation .vmdk to ESX Server

While finishing the setup of my VMWare ESX infrastructure, I needed to move a couple of virtual machines from a VMWare Server (running on Windows XP) to my ESX server. Migrating most of those machines was relatively easy : I booted the virtual machine using the VMWare convertor cd and used the convertor to move […]

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