Vista and Legacy Wireless

Ahh, so the woes of running Vista continue to pile up. As mentioned at the end of my previous post, I bought a laptop designed for Vista-which has proven to be more stable so far in the short run. But another nice little quirk I found with Vista is it just doesn’t like to attach to legacy wireless devices. On a recent trip to Seattle I found out just how bad it can be. [Read more…]

Another Vista Experience…

So this past weekend I decided to fire up my home system on the Vista drive that I configured some time ago. My primary system is a home-built AMD 4800+, 64×2, with 4 GB of RAM on an MSI Neo2 motherboard. I run a PCI-e promise RAID card that allows for my two 500GB SATA data drives to run in a mirror. I also have one 160 GB SATA drive which runs Vista Ultimate and a 250GB ATA drive that runs XP. I do most of my work on the XP drive but really like how UT2004 runs on Vista. [Read more…]

Gain Performance Increase From Vista

Okay, this probably won’t be what you think (I am misleading you just a little by the title here), but if you want to see a significant increase in performance from Vista, I suggest switching to Server 08 as your workstation. Many administrators prefer to use a server based OS as their primary workstation for several reasons, one of which has not been performance. This all changes with the modular design and function of Server 08. [Read more…]

Vista Remote Admin Tools Finally Arrive!

One of my biggest peaves about Vista has been the lack of support for managing existing Server 03 servers. Well, Microsoft finally released the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Vista SP1 yesterday. After almost a year of suffering through unstable beta’s and oddities in release candidates, the RSAT finally appears ready. Though primarily designed to remotely manage Server 08, several core tools for Server 03 management are resolved, such as no longer needing to register the management dll’s, DHCP scopes resolution, and the now infamous Vista SP1 removal of the GPMC.
You can find the requisite versions here:

x64 RSAT

x86 RSAT

Add Patches to WIM Images

Remember the days of slipstreaming the latest security patches from Microsoft directly into your RIS images? Well, the same can be done with WDS. The process is a little different but works like a charm. Unfortunately, this process does not work for WinXP images, only Vista Images. The following process will slipstream patches into Vista WIM images. [Read more…]

How to: Create a Windows Deployment Services Discover Image and CD

First, I have to say that this process is made to look very easy if you follow Microsoft’s documentation, but it will fail if you do. The following howto is the result of several days worth of trial and error, and finally figuring stuff out on my own with some help from posts at technet wds. The resulting CD works in either a non-pxe bootable environment, or if you have NIC’s that are not PXE bootable. The CD also boots you directly into your image store,  bypassing the command prompt screen . [Read more…]

Review: Vista Not Ready for Sys Admins

I recently began running Vista at work and much to my chagrin, discovered some real drawbacks from a systems administrator perspective. The very first thing a typical sysadmin adds to their workstation to work in an active directory (AD) environment are the tools enabled by installing adminpak.msi. I always create a custom Microsoft Management Console (mmc) to manage AD and add things like DHCP, DNS, ADUC, and GPMC because those are the tools I use every day. After adding the adminpak, nothing worked. So after a little research, I found folks had already discovered this and managed to find a script that would re-register all of the .dll files. Re-registering all of the adminpak dll’s is necessary to use the admin tools under Vista. [Read more…]