Archive for the ‘windows server 2008’ Category


Transferring Shares to a new Server

August 8, 2007

I just came across a great way to transfer the shares from an old server to the new one.  It handles printers as well as folder shares.  NOTE: You may have to go through the shares and update the paths as the drive letters may be different on the new server.  Even with having to do that it will save tons of time which would have been spent creating the shares by hand.

Here is a link to the MS KB:


Let users update their own AD information with the Active Directory Update tool

July 4, 2007

Serdar Yegulalp

Active Directory Update is a .NET Web application written by Active Directory and Exchange Server maven Jim McBee that allows individual end users to update their own Active Directory attributes via a Web page.

Windows and Exchange Server administrators who rely on the GALMOD utility to modify user data in Active Directory should welcome the convenience of the Active Directory Update tool. Users just have to log in to a Web interface to modify Active Directory attributes for which they have been granted update permissions.

The program has a number of customizations that can be applied:

  • Fields like city, state, department, and office can be constrained to dropdown list selection only to prevent mistakes or invalid submissions.
  • Any part of the interface can be hidden to simplify the presentation.
  • All of the help/attribute strings and labels in the interface can be customized.

The program comes with its own installer and requires only that Internet Information Services (IIS) be installed and running, and that ASP.NET and the .NET 1.1 Framework be present. Connections to the program can optionally be made over an SSL connection for added security.

If you want to try out the program, a 10-day evaluation version is available that works without any functionality restrictions and can be easily upgraded to the full version with little effort. The cost to license the full version is U.S. $299 per Active Directory domain.


Examining Disk Space on Servers

June 16, 2007

Need some nice free tools to see exactly what’s taking up all that space on the server your working on? Well… here you go! Here are some free tools that can help.


Very flashy but also very useful.  Those blocks represent single files, so the larger the block, the larger the file.  I found a whole season of Thomas the Tank Engine on one my client’s user shares with this.  Sorry Thomas is no longer available.


DFolder – (

It’s a shell extension for when you hit the properties of any folder or hard drive. DFolder’s been sitting at this website for years.  Apparently it was made by someone in France somewhere along the line.  It’s reliable nonetheless and it’s a feature that really should have been in Windows at some point.  When you fire it up go to Options and check “By Size” and then Check “Descending”.


Grand Perspective – (For the Mac)

It’s like WinDirStat but better because it’s on the Mac.


Evaluate Micorosft Windows Server 2008

May 19, 2007

I haven’t had time to do this; obviously with the move and all. But perhaps next week when I get some time (sha, right) I’ll have a brief chance to perhaps check this out.

The next generation of the Windows Server operating system gives you more control, greater flexibility, and increased protection for your server infrastructure while reducing time and costs. And when you download or order the beta software, you’re automatically registered to access valuable beta resources assembled in one convenient Beta Central location.

Please review Windows Server 2008 system requirements and compare editions before you proceed. Actual requirements and product functionality may vary based on your system configuration.

Visit the Technet page to get the eval.