NEW UK Windows Server User Group

I received this email today … from Mark Parris who run the UK Active Directory User  Group

Towards the end of last year Mark Wilson and I had a conversation around combining the Active Directory User Group with the Windows Server Team user group that Mark had been looking after in Scotty McLeod’s absence.

The reasoning behind our conversation is that Active Directory touches almost every component of Windows Server and the division between Windows Server content and Active Directory content was becoming very blurred – so we agreed to merge the two user groups and become collectively known as the Windows Server User Group.

I have set up what is by no means perfect, a WordPress website and forums at:

The website and forums share credentials and support normal user authentication and OpenID credentials.

The Active Directory User Group will still exist – but will now be found at the WSUG website.

Please let me know what you would like to see on the forums and if you would like to get more involved, please drop me a line at

for the community.

Mark Parris

Mark Wilson

Support changes coming July 2010 for Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003

Saw this email …

Windows 2000 Server

Extended Support for Windows 2000 Server will end on July 13, 2010. At this time, Windows 2000 Server will no longer be publicly supported.  You will be able to continue using “Self-Help Online Support”*

Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2

Also on July 13, 2010, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 (at a supported service pack level) will move from the Mainstream Support phase to the Extended Support phase.  During the Extended Support phase:

  • Microsoft will continue to provide security updates and paid support (Example: Premier and Essential support, per-incident telephone/web support, etc.)
  • Customers will continue to have access to all security updates and Self-Help Online Support options (Example: Knowledge Base articles, online product information etc.)
  • Non-security hotfixes developed during the Extended Support phase will be provided ONLY to customers who enroll in Extended Hotfix Support (EHS).

Windows 7

Go get it guys, it’s up on technet

  • Windows 7 Enterprise (x64) – DVD (English) 2,976.62 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Enterprise (x86) – DVD (English) 2,289.20 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Home Basic (x86) – DVD (English)  2,385.99 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) – DVD (English) 3,075.30 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (x86) – DVD (English) 2,385.99 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Professional (x64) – DVD (English) 3,075.30 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Professional (x86) – DVD (English) 2,385.99 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Starter (x86) – DVD (English) 2,385.99 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) – DVD (English) 3,075.30 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (x86) – DVD (English) 2,385.99 (MB)

Microsoft Proposal to European Commission

So this is quite funny, in Europe we will get a version of Windows 7 that has no web browser!  Question, how do you get firefox if this ur only PC?  The only way I can see is, you use Windows Update, that will give you IE8, then you download firefox and remove IE8.!  What a farse!

So check this, it does make sense.

REDMOND, Wash. – July 24, 2009 – As the European Commission has just announced in a statement, Microsoft has made a new proposal in an effort to address competition law issues related to Internet Explorer and interoperability.

Under our new proposal, among other things, European consumers who buy a new Windows PC with Internet Explorer set as their default browser would be shown a ‘ballot screen’ from which they could, if they wished, easily install competing browsers from the Web. If this proposal is ultimately accepted, Microsoft will ship Windows in Europe with the full functionality available in the rest of the world. As requested by the Commission, we will be publishing our proposal in full here on our website as soon as possible.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

The wait is finally over ;-)

REDMOND, Wash. — July 22, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the next versions of its flagship desktop and server operating systems. With the completion of this development phase, industry partners are readying products in time for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 worldwide general launches. Windows 7 will be generally available to customers around the world on October 22, and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be generally available on or before that date


Developers with MSDN Subscriptions, IT Professionals with TechNet Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th and remaining languages by October 1st.

If you are a Volume License (VL) customer with an existing Software Assurance (SA) license you will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 7th via the Volume License Service Center (VLSC). The rest of the languages for Windows 7 RTM should be available within a couple of weeks after that. Volume License customers without a SA license will be able to purchase Windows 7 through Volume Licensing on September 1st as we announced last week at WPC09. Mark these dates on your calendar and start making your deployment plans!

Missing Disk Partition Tables on Windows 2003

This is interesting .. have seen this on a number virtual and physical windows 2003 servers, with NetApp or EMC storage.

For some reason, external storage is goes missing after a reboot.  I does appear in disk management, but as an initialized disk. 

So far we have found that if you use testdisk, you can recover the disk partition from the backup and get the data back, but it’s damm weird .

Anyone else seen this?