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 …


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 …


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 …


Howto: Squid + msnt_auth + Active Directory

I recently rebuilt our main proxy server at work and decided to get some sort of authentication mechanism installed. With Squid version 2.5 and above they have built-in external “helper” programs, one of which is msnt_auth which is far easier to get to work against an active directory domain than ntlm_auth. CAVEAT, this does not …

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