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All Kinds of Technical

So lets get technical in this update.

 The first is this presentation on virtualization, cloning virtual disks  and Active Directory:

 This is a highly technical presentation, the speaker gives that warning before he begins. However the information is very good and it relates well to what I’m doing in my classes. It also helps to explain some of the issues I had in previous classes with students duplicating Virtual Disks. With the problems I had in the past, I moved away from recommending duplicating virtual disks and caution against it. Now I have more information that allows me to speak to the process and the pitfalls. It never hurts to pick up new info on AD as well. 

 So I’ve got a massive issue to address and I’ve yet to come up with a GOOD solution.

The problem: Transitioning the networking classes to Server 2008 R2.

 Normally transitioning to a new operating system is monumental task. It’s generally challenging to coordinate, finding a new book, updating course materials, etc. However, R2 is different. This is the first operation system that has a definitive hardware requirement. R2 will only run on 64-bit hardware.

 Most systems (Desktop or Laptop) purchased in the last year or so will be running  64-bit hardware.  Which should make me feel better about the migration, however!?! The next major roadblock to a transition to R2: the virtualization requirement for the class. Just because a machine is running 64-bit hardware doesn’t mean it support 64-bit virtualization. In some systems there is a BIOS change that must be made in order to support 64-bit virtual machines.

 When I went looking for a new laptop, I had to do a decent amount of research to verify that my machine would run 64-bit VMs. And of course when I got the laptop the first thing I did…. Build 64-bit VMs.

 So any student that purchased a 64-bit machine in the past year, still might not be able to complete the class. Most students that are taking the class distance are taking it that way for a reason.

 I have NO idea how I’m gonna address this issue. What ever solution I consider it has to accommodate 30 or so students.

 Here’s a link talking about 64-bit hardware & VMWare:

  In Winter 2011 term a student posted the following link for a discussion question:

 Technical Interview Questions – Windows Server 2008/R2 Active Directory –

 What an awesome list, so I decided that one thing I could for this blog is actually answer some of this questions. So lets start with the very first question:
What is Active Directory (AD)?  “An Extensible directory service that enables centralized management of network resources”

  • Extensible – expandable/editable
  • Directory Service – a database that stores all the information needed to managed resources
  • Network resource – users, computers, groups, services, (file sharing, etc)

 I’ll be using a variety of sources to answers these question:

Active Directory Administrator’s Pocket Consultant [Paperback]

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (January 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626485

 Active Directory Cookbook, 3rd Edition [Paperback]

  • Paperback: 1088 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media; Third Edition edition (December 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596521103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596521103

 Active Directory: Designing, Deploying, and Running Active Directory, Fourth Edition [Paperback]

  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media; Fourth Edition edition (November 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780596520595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596520595

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