Thursday, February 11, 2010

Conversion of Primary DNS Server to an Active Directory Integrated Primary Server

Every website on Internet has a unique URL, which locates the website. The URL consist of the domain name, which is converted into the corresponding IP address with the help of DNS server.

You can also convert your Primary DNS server to an Active Directory Integrated Primary server, instead of adding secondary DNS servers. The concept behind adding secondary DNS server is to avoid any failure. With the following steps you can convert Primary DNS Server to Active Directory Integrated Primary server on Windows Server 2003:

STEP 1: On the current DNS server, start DNS Manager.

STEP 2: Right-click a DNS zone, click Properties, click the General tab, and then note the Type value. This will be Primary zone, Secondary zone or Stub zone.

STEP 3: Click Change.

STEP 4: In the Change Zone Type box, click to select the “Store the zone” in Active Directory check box. When you are prompted to answer whether want this zone to become Active Directory integrated, click Yes, and then click OK.

When you complete all the steps, then in the Domain properties, type will be shown as "Active Directory-Integrated". You can supplement other DNS servers in the domain controller after its replication becomes complete. So, in this way you can supplement other DNS servers, which lead to removal of any point of failure.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Remote Support Services

Remote support services are an array of technical services offered through the Internet. Many technical service providers offer remote support for a range of services. Your system should have an Internet connection in order to utilize remote support services.

Services offered through remote support are enlisted below:

· Software installation

· Virus removal

· Windows upgrades

· System tune-up and routine maintenance to speed up the computer

· Configuring settings for e-mail, or Internet, or Microsoft Office

· Removal of spyware applications

· Troubleshooting

· Internet optimization

· Support for peripheral devices

Along with these services, remote support provides you many benefits. Most important benefit is the availability; you can access remote support from anywhere in the world. You do not have to take your system to any service provider, and no need to call someone at your premises.

You just have to contact any technical service provider, and your issue gets resolved. A technician from your service provider will access your system via remote connection. After that, he will diagnose the issue that is not letting your system perform better and fix it simultaneously.

So, it is viable to say that remote support services are much better than traditional services. You just have to pay once and get access to a wide variety of services through remote support.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Windows Server Support

Microsoft had launched a series of server operating systems under the brand name Windows Server. Some of the server operating systems are, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 Server and others.
Microsoft offers support for all its products including server operating systems. You can visit Microsoft support website, in case you have any technical issues related to Windows Servers.
You can receive a lot of information related to Windows Servers from Microsoft support website. Some of the issues on which you can receive information are, how to configure an authoritative time server in Windows Server 2008 R2, how to troubleshoot shutdown problems in Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 service pack 1 support tools, how to lock down Windows Server 2003, how to configure Internet printing in Windows Server 2003, how to enable Telnet Server in Windows 2000 Server and many others.
Beside this, you can contact a technical service provider for Windows Server support. Technicians at technical service providers make use of remote connection in order to access your system online. After accessing your system, your issues will be analyzed and resolved. So, you do not have to take pain of inviting a technician at your own place because your issues will be resolved through the Internet.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

How to enable DHCP on Windows 7?

DHCP Server for Windows 7
DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server offers information about IP address, subnet mask and default gateway to the clients. DHCP server for Windows 7 has been enhanced in many areas like support for SSID caching, optimization for obtaining IP address and others.
Suppose, your Windows 7 computer is connected to an intranet having multiple subnets and the Internet, but having a default gateway for both adapters. In this situation, you can either communicate with all computers on the intranet or Internet, but not with both of them. In order to solve this problem, you have to configure a default gateway with the adapter connected to the Internet. This is where the role of DHCP server comes into play.
In case, you want to configure a default gateway on Windows 7 PC follow the procedure:
STEP 1: Open Network Connections by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type adapter, and then, under Network and Sharing Center, click View network connections.
STEP 2: Right-click the network adapter that you want to configure a default gateway for, and then click Properties. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
STEP 3: Click the Networking tab.
STEP 4: Under “This connection uses the following items”, click either Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6), and then click Properties.
STEP 5: In the dialog box that appears, select either “Obtain an IP address automatically” or “Use the following IP address”.
a) If you configure the network adapter to obtain an IP address automatically, the default gateway is assigned by the DHCP server.
b) If you manually specify an IP address configuration, the default gateway is the IP address in the Default gateway box on the General tab
After completing this procedure, you can configure a default gateway on your Windows 7 PC.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Benefits of Print Server

Print server can be a computer or any device which is capable of connecting with one or more printers along with the client computers over a network.
Print server has many benefits because it lowers the administrative and management workload. A print server enables an administrator to manage and control access to each printer. Three level of printer permissions are available, print, manage documents and manage printer. Print permission is granted to everyone in the group. It allows a user to print documents, pause, resume, start and cancel his documents.
Manage documents permission is allocated by administrator to some selected users for controlling job settings for all documents. Manage printer permission enables the user to pause and restart the printer, share a printer, adjust printer permissions, modify printer properties and modify spooler settings.
Client computer jobs are quickly spooled to print server when compared to printer. The main point to be noted is that while printing large jobs from an own printer, resources of client computer are used and he may have to leave his computer running until printing task gets completed. But with the use of print server, if any job has been spooled to it, then user can shutdown his system without any harm.
Print server can also work according to priority of documents. The document with the highest priority will be printed first.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Windows Server 2008 - Top 5 Extraordinary Features

Server 2008 is one of Microsoft Windows' server series of operating systems. It is the successor to Windows Server 2003. Like Windows Vista and Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 is built on Windows NT 6.x. In this blog we’ll discuss some of its extraordinary features.
NTFS - Windows’s server 2008 used an improved version of NTFS, a new system service works in the background that can identify a file system error, and perform an automatic healing process without anyone taking the server down.
Address Space Load Randomization (ASLR) - Probably one of the most divisive included features already, especially since it’s introduced with Vista, ASLR makes sure that no two subsequent instances of an operating system load the same system drivers in the same location in memory each time.
Powershell - It's a part of the shipping operating system: the completely new command line tool that can either supplement or completely replace GUI-based administration.
Server-Core - Windows Server 2008 introduces a variation of installation called Server Core. Server Core is a radically scaled-back installation where no Windows Explorer shell is installed. All configuration and maintenance is performed completely through command line interface windows, or by connecting to the machine remotely using Microsoft Management Console. However, Notepad and some control panel applets, such as Regional Settings, are available.
Windows System Resource Manager - It offers resource management and can be very handy to control the amount of resources a process or a user can use based on business priorities. Process Matching Criteria, which is defined by the name, type or owner of the process, imposes restrictions on the resource usage by a process that matches the criteria. CPU time, bandwidth that it can use, number of processors it can be run on, and allocated to a process can be restricted. Restrictions can be set to be imposed only on certain dates as well.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Windows 7 DHCP Server - Steps for better networking

The concept of Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is an important aspect for better network in regards with security, reliability, manageability and usability. It also avoids conflict between similar IP addresses, which are often caused due to human error. Moreover, it has simplified the job of administrator where they don’t need to assign IP address again and again.
When this technology is implemented with Windows 7 user can gain excellent internet experience over their mobile network.
Key advantage of DHCP server along with Windows 7
• Easy to locate the client with the distinct IP address
• Easy to manage the client computer
• Least resource consumption, which attributes for enhance network performance
Hence, DHCP server along with Windows 7 will be very useful for the businesses and enterprises to manage their business from remote places over the laptop and PDAs mobile. This will increase the pace of communication with utmost security.
Let’s see how we can configure DHCP server for Windows 7.
STEP 1. Click Start, Control Panel, and then click Add Or Remove Programs
STEP 2. Select “Add/Remove Windows Components”
STEP 3. It will initiate Windows Components Wizard
STEP 4. From the Components list box, select Networking Services, and then click the Details button
STEP 5. The Networking Services dialog box opens
STEP 6. In the Subcomponents Of Networking Services list box, check the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol checkbox
STEP 7. Click OK
STEP 8. Click Next
STEP 9. On the Windows Components Wizard page you will get the prompt of Complete process. Click “Finish”
Hope, you will find this blog extremely useful.
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