A bit of self-promotion... :)

Happy 11111011010 (2010 for the rest of us) :)

Hello there So U're Networking followers,

I have been off for a few weeks due to the holiday season kicking in like crazy! So as my first address to you all, I wanna wish you the best in the new year.
I hope many of you that are on a path to IT certification and learning will make your goal and be the best you can be.

I need to gloat a bit... Well, now I only have ONE exam left to go till I get my MCITP: Enterprise Administrators Certificate. WooHoo :) Thank you, thank you.

I hope that in this year I acquire a CCNA certificate and get a decent job (anyone?).
For the rest of you ... Well we all have our individual goals wee follow, and life would be worthless without goals, so hip hip hooray for goals :)

'till next time,

Darko

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Folder Redirection in Windows Server 2008

Ok another treat for you,


So, you wanna setup folder redirection (Desktop, Documents ... etc Folder) to your user using GPO.
Here is a video I made, that will get you doing this in a few steps.

Without any further talk (helps me save my keyboard key-stroke life :) ), I present you my video guide, the first one in many upcoming from So U're Networking


Darko


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THE Microsoft Virtual Business Cards

*Tamda da daaaaa* *Fanfare*


Ladies and gentlemen, I'm proud to present, the long awaited ... Microsoft VIRTUAL BUSINESS CARD !!! *Crowd goes wild* *Applause*

Ok, enough dramatization.
Yes you got it right, the Microsoft VBC are at last available. MCT's and Loyal borntolearn blog fans got the heads-up on this one. So I am using this opportunity to give a shout to any MCP out there to check this out : MCPVBCWebsite

You can already see that my VBC is setup at the top of the blog page. A nice looking thingy, pretty customizable (not fully, but ok).
Also you generate a profile page which seems ok, simple but good.

The borntolearn blog community has followed this event thoroughly, and in despite of last minute problems this tool was online with just 35 minutes lag ... Great Debuggers! :)

Well it's late, so I'm off ... Just waiting for the professional responses.

Se ya later

Darko

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MS Virtual Business Cards ...We'll see !

*Born To learn Blog*


Yes, right on that link there ^, are a lot of people who are anxious to hear about the upcoming MCP Virtual Business Cads. We just gonna have to wait and see what happens...
So, 03:30 PM Pacific Time (00:30 CET), comes the truth!
I really hope they will introduce this AND bring back the Wallet card ( a real handy thingy).

That much from me... Se ya later!

Darko

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Microsoft exam 83-640

I've started my MCITP: Enterprise Administrator course in September this year... Easily passing my exams I was happy.

Then November came, time to take the MCTS: Active Directory, Configuring exam. Typical, just listen carefully on the course practice at home a bit and it will all be just fine and dandy.
So, that day (let's just say its November 17th) i go to prometric.com to schedule and pay for my exam. Browsing trough the site i pick MCTS 70-640, when all of a sudden ... No English language to pick (?!)
Hmmm ?! What is this... After consulting some blogs and forums I have found out that there is NO MORE 70-640, but now it's 83-640... Yep you guessed it, it comes with Virtual (freakin') labs.
Ok, nothing else to do but to schedule that one.
On the 18th of November i came to the testing center ("CET" in Belgrade, Serbia. Which is the one of the two testing centers in Serbia, and probably the best one), and to figure out that I am the first dude in Serbia to take this exam. Hmm, sounds interesting. Even the test administrator was eager to see the 83-640 in action.
Test starts ...
After two Virtual Labs, which are slow as Economic reforms are in Serbia, i got 30 questions. Typical. Hour and a half per Virtual lab and only an hour for the questions.
The main thing was, that the Virtual Labs DIDN'T crash!!! Weee ^_^
Fearing for the worst, that I didn't pass, I was eager to see the results.
When it Struck me ... "Test results cannot be displayed at this moment" WHAT!!?!
Ah c*ap!!! Well I quickly went over to the Test Admin, he was confused as well as I was, only he wasn't as pissed off.
After several attempts to receive any good info from the ProMetric support. I went home...
I was so angry that I will have to wait few days to find out whether I have passed or NOT.

A friend, suggested that I check the prometric website, and look into "Candidate History", so lookey here... I HAVE PASSED! Weeeee ^_^
But no test score, heh, who gives a rats ass about a score. I passed!
So, that is the story of the First Serbia 83-640 Exam!

Any comments, what are your experiences with this exam?

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Deploying Windows Server or Vista over network With Windows Deployment Services

So, you have a netbook or a computer w/o an optical drive, and your USB DVD/RW is at your neighbor’s house. Or you are a Network administrator that just wants his life to be much easier when it comes to windows deployment.

Well we have a (Microsoft) solution!

For this solution I am using Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1.

What you need:

Windows Server 2008 (I guess you have one already, if you Googled this)

And of course a Windows Server/Vista installation media (DVD or .iso)

Ok, the first thing you need is a Windows Server 2008 setup as follows:

- Windows Server with an static IP address

- An Active Directory Domain Services Setup ( Windows Deployment Services need the server to be a part of a domain, which is the biggest con)

- DHCP server to assign IP addresses to installation clients. The DHCP address range needs to be in the same subnet as is the Server.

- The Server needs to be on a NTFS partition

My Settings are like this:

Domain name: Contoso.com

Full computer name: Server01.Contoso.com

IP address: 192.168.10.1 255.255.255.0

DHCP pool range: 192.168.10.2 – 192.168.10.10 with subnet mask 255.255.255.0

Now after that is all setup, run the Add Roles Wizard and select Windows Deployment Services go Next, when it asks you to select Role Services, choose Both the Deployment Server and the Transport server, finally hit next ‘till you

reach the finish. Wow, you’re done installing this role. Phew!

Ok, let’s configure this so called WDS. From Administrative tools start Windows Deployment Services, you’ll get WDS window like in fig.1. So, right click on the Server (in my case it’s Server01.Conoso.com and select configure server. Use this wizard to configure WDS on this server.

Fig. 1

Let’s go through some of the points in the Wizard:

Remote Installation Folder Location – Name says it all, just choose a path where will the installation images reside. For some performance issues you can choose a different partition, just remember that it has to be NTFS formatted and that it has enough free space.

DHCP Option 60 –Wow, sounds though! If you have a Microsoft DHCP server installed on the same server where is WDS you need to check both of these options.

PXE Server initial settings – Ok, let’s setup the PXE server. Here you configure what does the server respond to.

“Do Not Respond To Any Client Computer” –this is a fascist option, you just ignore every computer that tries to contact your PXE server. Don’t see the point here.

“Respond To Only Known Client Computers” – When You have Active Directory setup, you can pre-stage computer accounts (add computer objects to Active Directory, with AD Users and Computers tool). If this option is selected PXE server will respond only to pre-staged computers.

“Respond To All (Known Or Unknown) Client Computer” – This will make the PXE server respond to all client computers, you can mark the checkbox “For unknown clients notify administrator and respond after approval” this will add an option for the Administrator to approve unknown clients to receive a response from the PXE server.

When the Wizard reaches the end, you just have to decide whether to leave the checkbox “Add images to Windows Deployment Services now” or not. This opens a dialogue to add .wim files (Images of OS install, they are found on OS installation media).

Ok suggesting you left the checkbox checked (Which is default), from the Add Image Wizard dialogue browse to your Windows Vista or Windows server 2008 installation media. And select folder x:/sources (x: being your optical/virtual drive). Fig. 2.

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Fig. 2.

Next step takes you to an image group creation. Just enter a name for a new image group and click next.

It will take some time to the wizard to add images. Depending on your Version of Windows it could take a while.

Now, this adds both boot images (boot.wim) and Windows installation images. As you can see my Windows Server 2008 contains multiple editions. Fig.3

Fig. 3

Startup your client computer and be sure it can do a network boot (PXE network card has to be present), that shouldn’t be a problem with most modern computers. When the client computer receive it’s IP address from DHCP hit F12 to confirm loading. Fig 4.

Fig. 4

Later on you’ll need to enter domain/user information to continue the installation process. Fig 5

Fig. 5

That would be it! Now you can boot of your server and install a clean copy of Windows. With no Optical device needed.

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It's been a while

Hello current and future followers of this here blog,


As you can see from the posting dates IT HAS BEEN a while since I last posted something on my blog. And I have even switched to another blog that is more oriented to my expertise. So NO MORE "Darko's Blog", meet the "So U're Networking Blog" *insert fanfare here* TADA DA DAAAAA!!!

So what has happened to poor ol' me that I wasn't able to blog... Well, I am currently attending the MCITP: Enterprise Administrator course in Belgrade (the capital of my country), and since it last from September to February I haven't been able to find some decent time to give into my blogging.

How is the course going you ask? Why my dear readers ... I thought you would never ask!

To this date I have passed three out of six exams needed for my MCITP: EA certificate. So three down, three to go!

I later posts I will share my experiences with the certification tests to the world!

Yeah, and wish me luck in finding a job after this certification is over, because I quit my boring "130 computer workgroup windows/linux/9x administrator" job ... For 250 euros a month it was just to much to handle ...

Well, it's getting late, and this magic potion they call coffee is starting to wear off. So I guess I'm gonna hit the sack.
Bye bye and see ya in a later post.

Darko

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