Installing SQL Server 2005 on Windows Server 2008

Just a reference to my me as I have forgotten it too many times ;-) and

If you want to install SQL bits, including reporting services you need some IIS 7.0 components that maybe missing if you just all the web server role.

Component Folder
Static Content Common HTTP Features
Default Document Common HTTP Features
HTTP Redirection Common HTTP Features
Directory Browsing Common HTTP Features
ASP.Net Application Development
ISAPI Extension Application Development
ISAPI Filters Application Development
Windows Authentication Security
IIS Metabase Management Tools
IIS 6 WMI Management Tools

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2

oooooooooooohh Thanks Ari for the tip off ;-)

Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista (SP2) is an update to Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 that supports new kinds of hardware and emerging hardware standards, and includes all updates delivered since SP1. SP2 simplifies administration by enabling IT administrators to deploy and support a single service pack for clients and servers. Please see the Windows Server SP2/Windows Vista SP2 page on TechNet/MSDN for additional details and documentation.
Windows Vista SP2 TechNet
Windows Server 2008 SP2 TechNet

Microsoft iSCSI Target Software available to the public!



Windows Storage Server 2008 (WSS 2008) with the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.2 is now available to all MSDN and TechNet Plus subscribers. A version for evaluation (TechNet Plus or MSDN), demonstration (MSDN), development (MSDN) or test (MSDN) is now being provided to MSDN and TechNet Plus subscribers for the first time. Rather than using expensive shared storage you simply run Storage Server on another machine. All communication is done over regular Ethernet cables, so HBAs or an expensive SAN are not needed. With just any three computers (2 cluster nodes and 1 iSCSI Target / DC) and a hub you can have your own Failover Cluster! Now there are no excuses for not trying out clustering.

Windows 7 RC

This is now available for download for anyone on who has access to:

TechNet Plus SA Media; TechNet Plus (Retail); TechNet Direct (Retail); TechNet Plus (VL); TechNet Plus Direct (VL); TechNet Cert Partner; TechNet Gold Cert Partner; T1;

x64 is 3,119.30 (MB), while x86 is 2,413.73 (MB)

Windows 7 RC will expire June 1, 2010, and the bi-hourly shutdowns will begin on March 1, 2010.

Also check out:

Windows Vista SP2 RTM

Cant find the download just yet … Source:

Today we are announcing the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. SP2 represents the latest step in Microsoft’s commitment to continuous improvement. It includes all updates that have been delivered since SP1, as well as support for new types of hardware and emerging hardware standards.

Hyper-V, SCVMM and Windows 2008

this is kinda interesting, migrated from a VmWare Server Proof of Concept to Hyper-V (by rebuild it from scratch).  As part of this we used System Centre Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) templates.

So everything is going fine, but since the tail end of last week strange things started to happen.  Nothing was logged in any event log, but it started with weird authentication issues and general strange behaviour of Windows 2008.

After using netmon and turning on debug logging for netlogon, it looked like kerberos problem, so Neil done some digging.  First he created a 64bit Windows 2008 server from media and it all worked okay.  So then Neil templated it, and built another server from the template and it had the same problems as before :-|  He tried a few more and they all had the old problems, whereas a clean media build worked?

Don’t ask me, dunno what the hell is going on with SCVMM but it looks like some kind of undocumented feature or a step that is required before you template.

So note to self, if your using SCVMM dont template Windows 2008, just build it from media

Backing up Exchange 2007 on Windows 2008

Yeah, yeah I know it’s not supported and doesn’t work out of the box, but hey just got it to work, and it was dead simple.

Basically get hold of the 64bit versions of ntbackup.exe, ntmsapi.dll, and vssapi.dll from a Windows 2003 server.

Now create folder on a Windows 2008 server that has the mailbox role installed and copy the files to it.

Now just run ntbackup.exe … sweeeeeeeeeet it works and can see the Information Stores!

Check out these two links for any more info:–Exchange-Server-2007–NO-SUPPORTED.aspx