Microsoft Windows

FFmpeg 2.5.3 released

FFmpeg 2.5.3 “Bohr” – is the leading multimedia framework, cross-platform solution that is used to decode, encode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter and play any audio or video files. It includes libavcodec – the leading audio/video codec library. The most important new features are AVFoundation screen-grabbing support, animated WebP decoding support, and Animated PNG support. In addition, many exciting features for video streaming are also implemented, including MPEG-DASH fragmenting muxer, HEVC RTP payload muxer, and UDP Lite support.

XenServer 6.5 officially released

Citrix has announced the release of XenServer 6.5, a virtualization platform based on the open-source Xen Project hypervisor. With this latest update, XenServer now offers a full 64-bit kernel architecture, which allows customers to leverage the latest hardware and OS platforms, and supports enterprise-grade networking, storage and workload management. The new 64-bit kernel architecture features significant improvements in networking and storage performance, providing customers with a virtualization platform for running new and existing workloads in their workspace and datacenter environments.

Install WordPress on Windows Server 2008 R2

I have seen documented steps by step procedure on many sites on how to install WordPress but what strikes my attention is the amount of time and effort been put into documenting the installation of the different prerequisites and components required to complete the installation. The good news is Microsoft have developed a tool which would install all the required prerequisites and components and also complete the installation of WordPress all from a single click :).

Installing Windows Server 2008 (64bit) Domain Controller in an existing Windows Server 2003 (32bit) domain

In this post, I will show us how to install a new Windows Server 2008 R2 (64bit) domain controller in an existing Windows Server 2003 domain (32bit). Sorry that I am not able to provide any screenshots at this point in time but if you simply follow the steps, you won’t miss it 🙂 If this domain controller is the first Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controller in the forest, you must prepare the forest for Windows Server 2008 R2 by extending the schema (that is, by running adprep /forestprep) on the schema operations master if this has not already been done.

Handling Windows Server 2008 R2 Cluster Log

This is a quick tutorial on how to a Windows Server 2008 R2 cluster diagnostic debug logging which captures detailed information about the cluster operations. Recently I came across a cluster resource failure but unfortunately the event logs did not have any useful information that could have aided my investigation. I decided to search through the cluster log file but to my surprise there wasn’t any :(. Apparently, with Windows Server 2008 R2 the cluster.

Configure Active Directory DNS Server 2008R2

Active Directory DNS role by default was installed during the installation of Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory in my earlier post. DNS is comprised of two zones “Forward Lookup Zone – Resolves hostname to IP address” and “Reverse Lookup Zone – Resolves IP address to hostname”. In this post I will configure the Reverse Lookup Zone which isn’t configured by default. Requirements: Ensure Active Directory had been installed. Refer to this post

Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory

The steps detailed below covers the installation process for building and configuring a Windows 2008 or 2008 R2 Active Directory and DNS implementation, and is a prerequisite for any Active Directory implementation as detailed in the Microsoft product service description. The diagram below shows how I have setup my AD network into separate network segments meaning we need to open up the AD ports. Requirements: 1. Ensure that the following services are started and set to Automatic start-up “DHCP Client” and “TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper“ 2.

Setup bootable Windows Server 2008 R2 USB

This post will simple focus on how you can load a Windows Server 2008 or 2008R2 Operating System onto a USB drive and make it bootable. Setup Guide: 1. Insert the USB into your computer 2. Open up the Windows Command Prompt as Administrator 3. From the command prompt, type “Diskpart” and press Enter. This would launch the Microsoft Diskpart console 4. Type “List Disk” and take note of the USB disk number e.

Installing Windows Server 2008 R2

For the purpose of this installation, I will be installing Windows Server 2008R2 Enterprise Edition (64bit). The choice of using the Enterprise Edition is for installation of Clustering services in later posts. Requirement: If your computer has less than the “minimum” requirements, you will not be able to install this product correctly. Please refer to the Microsoft article for more information – Click here Installation Guide: 1. Insert the Windows Server 2008 R2 Operating Systems CD.