Posted by November 6, 2012
How do you upgrade from UAG 2010 SP1 to UAG 2010 SP2? Well, it appears that such upgrade is not as trivial as expected.
First, Microsoft UAG is based on another Microsoft product – Microsoft TMG, – which has to be upgraded separately. Besides that, there is no direct upgrade package for the UAG itself. Thus, the correct upgrade path would be as follows: UAG SP1 => UAG SP1 Update 1 => TMG SP2 => UAG SP2. Of course, the whole process is documented in TechNet – but you have to be aware about this upgrade path first…
There is another caveat in this upgrade. In case you have some UAG trunks configured (and I assume you have some, since what do you need UAG for otherwise?), you have to active UAG configuration after each step in the upgrade process, otherwise you’ll end up without configured trunks – they will disappear silently during the process. Thanks to TechNet forums for solving this one for me!
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Posted by March 7, 2012
Microsoft RDP client (aka “Remote Desktop Connection” or “Terminal Services Client”) allows you to connect from your Windows station to other Windows servers. Version 6.1 was released in 2008 and nowadays many popular tools (such as mRemoteNG) state it as a requirement. Unfortunately, this version is available for Windows XP/Vista and Windows Server 2008, but not for Windows Server 2003.
So, how can you install RDP client 6.1 on Windows Server 2003?
It appears that in March 2011 Microsoft released security update for RDP client 6.0 and 6.1 – which can be installed on Windows Server, since the original RDP client 6.0 is supported there. Now, pay attention to this note in the “more information” section:
Bottom line? Take the official RDP client 6.0, download KB 2481109 for Windows Server 2003 (the security update mentioned above) – and you are ready to run with RDP client 6.1 on your Windows Server 2003!
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Posted by January 8, 2012
Microsoft DirectAccess technology provides seamless corporate network connectivity to the clients. Available in Windows 7 Enterprise (client) and Microsoft Server 2008 R2 (server). Implementation mostly relies of mandatory IPsec implementation in IPv6 protocol. For further reading see the list of relevant resources below. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by December 14, 2011
The internet is full of complains that Admin Pack for Windows 2003 cannot be installed due to protected Windows files. I guess that this can happen for various reasons, but I have found a solution for at least one of the cases – when the server where the installation of Windows 2003 Admin Pack fails is virtualized.
So, we have two servers – Windows 2003 Server with Active Directory installed as Domain Controller (server #1) and VM with Windows 2003 Server that is a member of this domain (server #2). The need – administer DNS and DHCP settings of AD remotely, but corresponding MMC snap-ins are not available by default on non-DC machines. The correct way is to install ADMINPACK.MSI, available from Windows 2003 installation CD-ROM or from Microsoft Download Center. (Of course, you can always open an RDP session to a DC – but this does not address the real need.)
However, the installation suddenly shows a message “The Windows Installer service cannot update one or more protected windows files” and rolls back everything that was already installed. The Event Viewer reveals error numbers (“Error 1933. … SPF Error: 1223.”) and the list of protected files – but this does not really help. So, what can we do about that?
In fact, the solution is really simple. Running the same installation via the console RDP session (or in the vSphere console) reveals the real cause for the failure – the Admin Pack install needs Windows 2003 installation CD-ROM, but for some reason does not tell that on non-console sessions. After the requested CD is provided (for VMs, this can be done by mounting the CD image in vSphere or via DaemonTools), the installation was able to complete successfully. Read the rest of this entry »
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