WindowsNetworking.com Newsletter of January 2008

WindowsNetworking.com Monthly Newsletter of January 2008 Sponsored by: ScriptLogic

Welcome to the WindowsNetworking.com newsletter by Thomas W Shinder MD, MVP. Each month we will bring you interesting and helpful information on the world of Windows Networking. We want to know what all *you* are interested in hearing about. Please send your suggestions for future newsletter content to: tshinder@windowsnetworking.com

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1. Welcome to the New WindowsNetworking Newsletter

Welcome to the new WindowsNetworking.com newsletter! My name is Tom Shinder and I have been working with and writing about Windows and Windows Networking for over a decade. I am an MVP in Microsoft ISA Firewalls and have my MCSE. I have written thousands of articles about Windows and Windows networking over the last decade and about 30 books on these topics.

Of all the features offered in Windows operating systems, I have always enjoyed the networking aspects the most. There is nothing like the thrill of getting two or more computers to communicate with one another. It does not matter if they are on the same LAN, or two or more LANs, or over the Internet. The joy of getting two or more computers "talking" to each other and have their services work within one another is beat only by winning the pick 6 at Santa Anita Park :-).

There is so much to Windows networking to write about. There is the basic TCP/IP stack, which now supports IPv4 and IPv6. There are the new networking services in Vista, such as the Network Projector and the new discovery protocols. Windows Server is a rich environment for networking services, such as IPSec, NAP, DHCP, DNS, WINS, Certificate Services, Network Policy Server, Routing and Remote Access, VPNs, SSL VPNs, Terminal Services and Terminal Services Gateway, new command line tools for networking and much more.

So I would like to ask your help. What would you like to know about Windows Networking? What Windows networking problems have you been trying to solve but have not quite got it working yet? Are there Windows Networking concepts that you would like to know more about? Do you sort of understand how things work, but need a strong step-by-step guide to push you into the success zone? It does not matter how simple or complex the problem might seem to you, I want to know! Based on your suggestions, I will guide content in future newsletters and on the www.windowsnetworking.com Web to provide you with what you need.

Send your idea and questions to me at tshinder@windowsnetworking.com and I will get right to work at providing you the Windows networking answers and solutions you need.

Thanks!

Tom

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3. WindowsNetworking.com Articles of Interest

4. KB Articles of the Month

5. Windows Networking Tip of the Month

A great tip from the message boards this month from Adnan Douglas on how to install the anti-spam feature on the Exchange 2007 Hub Transport Server:

"When you configure the Hub Transport server as internet facing server you can install the Exchange 2007 AntiSpam feature on this role.

To install AntiSpam follow this steps:

  1. Log on the server that holds the Hub Transport role.
  2. Run the Microsoft Exchange Power shell.
  3. Type cd Program files\Microsoft\Exchange server\Scripts and press ENTER.
  4. Run the install-AntispamAgents.ps1 script.
  5. After the installation is completed restart the Hub Transport Service using the services console or using this Power Shell "PS" command Restart-Service MSExchangeTransport.

Now in Exchange management console point to organization configuration under the Hub Transport node new tap called AntiSpam is appear."

Great tip Adnan! Thanks!

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6. Helpful Links

7. Ask Dr. Tom

QUESTION: I am curious about how to put a Web server on my private network at home. I would like to host my own Web server and FTP server. However, I am not sure about DNS. It looks like the domain registrars want you to include two DNS servers. Do I need to hire an ISP to host my DNS?

ANSWER: Not necessarily. If you have a permanent IP address assigned to your Internet Service Provider account, you can use a single DNS server. You do not have to have two DNS servers. You would then configure your DNS server with your domain Registrar to point to that public (WAN) IP address and configure your router (NAT device or firewall) to forward the DNS connections to your DNS server. You should dedicate a single DNS server for public DNS entries and not mix your private DNS with your public DNS.

Perhaps a better solution for your scenario is to use a dynamic DDNS, which will work if your IP address changes over time (that is to say, you are using DHCP to get your WAN address). In this case, your public IP address DNS entries will change when your IP address changes, which is quite convenient. In this scenario, you do not have to host your own DNS - the dynamic DNS provider does the work for you. If you want to use a DDNS provider, you might want to register your domain with them, this gets around the problem of trying to figure out what DNS to configure with your Registrar as the authoritative DNS server. If you are looking for a good DDNS provider, I can tell you that I have been using TZO for years and have been very happy with them. There are others, so if you are price sensitive, you should do an Internet search and compare the services.

QUESTION: I have a Windows Media Center PC and would like to watch my recorded and live TV shows over the Internet on my laptop and on my Windows Mobile phone. Is there a way I can do this for a reasonable price?

ANSWER: How about free? You can use a free add-on called ORB that allows you to stream any content on your Windows Media Center computer for free. Not only can you stream your recorded TV, but you can also stream any music you have, and pull down your playlists over the Internet, so you do not need to create new playlists just for ORB, it will use the ones you have already created on your Media Center PC. In addition, to recorded and live TV and music, you can also stream any TV or movies you might have ripped using DivX or Xvid codecs. ORB is one of the best, free Windows network utilities available today. Check it out at www.orb.com

Got a question for Dr. Tom? Send it to tshinder@windowsnetworking.com.

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Security Explorer is a powerful solution for real-time, interactive management of access controls and Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista security on file servers and workstations across the enterprise.

Download Security Explorer & get the ebook now.

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