Windows Server 2008

Training Update

I have kind of neglected my IT training these past couple of years. As we all know to keep up to speed you really need to put in a little bit extra effort to make sure you are fully up to speed with the greatest and latest technologies. So I have made some investments in resources and I am going to dedicate myself as much as I can to get myself up to speed and master the new technologies. With Windows 2000/2003 I really feel comfortable. The latest generation of server products I don’t feel as comfortable using.

I have just began setting up my lab which runs on the following hardware:

2008 R2 Running Hyper-V

  • Custom build using Asus Crossfire II motherboard
  • Quad-Core 2.8Ghz AMD Processors
  • 8GB RAM
  • 2 x 750GB Disks Striped
  • Dual NIC’s

HP Proliant ML150 running ESXi Vsphere

  • Quad Core 2.0 GHz AMD Processors
  • 8GB RAM
  • 2 x 500GB Disks
  • Single NIC

I have also invested in a few books as well (my bank balance didn’t like these!!

  1. SAMS Active Directory Domain Services How-to
  2. Windows Powershell 2.0 Administrators Pocket Consultant
  3. O’Reilly Designing, Deploying and Running Active Directory
  4. Sybex Group Policy Fundamentals, Security and Troubleshooting
  5. The Complete Guide to Windows Server 2008
  6. Windows Server 2008 Resource Kit

I also have a MS TechNet subscription which is invaluable for testing software. That lot should keep me busy for a while! Hopefully I’ll be posting more content whilst i am in the progress of trying to read all of these books! My main focus is going to be on Active Directory, Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 & Exchange 2007 (or I may just wait for 2010),

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