Windows Tips & Tricks UPDATE, December 6, 2004, —brought to you by the Windows IT Pro Network and the Windows 2000 FAQ site
Make sure your copy of Windows Tips & Tricks UPDATE isn't mistakenly blocked by antispam software! Be sure to add Windows_TipsandTricks_UPDATE@list.windowsitpro.com to your list of allowed senders and contacts.
This email newsletter comes to you free and is supported by the following advertisers, which offer products and services in which you might be interested. Please take a moment to visit these advertisers' Web sites and show your support for Windows Tips & Tricks UPDATE.
Download a Tool that will Benefit any Sys Admin
Symantec: Taking Remote Management to the next level!
Sponsor: Download a Tool that will Benefit any Sys Admin
Are you searching for an affordable real-time monitoring toolset that will support your proactive system management objectives? Start NOW and download ELM Enterprise Manger from TNT Software. Within an hour, you will experience for yourself why ELM is recognized as the tool that will benefit any System Administrator. Before the 30 Day
full feature trial is completed, the Monitoring, Alerting, and Reporting will have saved you time and provided you the data for prompt corrective action. Be Proactive; and download ELM Enterprise Manager from the link below:
- Q. How can I install Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM)?1
- Q. How can I configure Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM)?
- Q. What type of resource capping does Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM) use?
- Q. How can I add the Windows XP Tweak UI PowerToy to the Control Panel?
- Q. What's the Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool?
by John Savill, FAQ Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, I tell you how to install and configure Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM) and explain what type of resource capping WSRM uses. I also tell you how to add the Windows XP Tweak UI PowerToy to the Control Panel and discuss the Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool.
IT Prolympics Update: Congratulations to the Winners of the Windows IT Prolympics!
Contestants in the Windows IT Pro IT Prolympics tested and showed off their Active Directory (AD) prowess by taking a written exam and participating in a virtual-lab skills test. The three winners are:
- Gold medal: Steven Schullo, Hixson, Tennessee, who wins a trip to TechEd, a subscription to Windows IT Pro, and an AD t-shirt.
- Silver medal: Michael Royer, West Hollywood, California, who wins an iPod, a subscription to Windows IT Pro, and an AD t-shirt.
- Bronze medal: Nathan Casey, Santa Rosa, California, who wins an xBox, a subscription to Windows IT Pro, and an AD t-shirt.
You'll be able to read more about these IT Prolympians in the January 2005 issue of Windows IT Pro.
Although the contest is over, you can still test your AD knowledge and see how you stack up against your peers. Simply go to http://www.windowsitpro.com/itprolympics, download the study guide, then take the written and virtual-lab exams. Challenge yourself and learn at the same time.
Sponsor: Symantec: Taking Remote Management to the next level!
Symantec Ghost(TM) Solution Suite is the industry's most widely used enterprise imaging and deployment solution with ease-of-use for managing the entire PC lifecycle including OS deployment, software distribution, PC migration, and retirement. It reduces IT costs by streamlining networked desktop and laptop management in an enterprise environment. Providing both file- and sector-based imaging technology, hardware and software inventory, a Client Staging Area, multicast file transfer to enable fast and easy PC management and secure data disposal.
Q. How can I install Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM)?
A. You can install WSRM on a system running Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition or Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition. After you've downloaded WSRM at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/downloads/wsrm.mspx (the downloaded file is in International Organization for Standardization--ISO--image format), you'll need to either burn the file to a CD-ROM or open it in a virtual CD-ROM drive by using special software (such as Virtual CD).
To install WSRM, perform the following steps:
- Start the setup.exe program (<cdrom>:\setup\x86).
- At the installation dialog box's welcome screen, click Next.
- Select "I accept the license agreement" and click Next.
- Click Next to install the server and client components.
- Accept the default of "accounting enabled" and click Next. The installation files will be copied and services will be installed.
- When the installation is completed, click Finish; by default, the WSRM server management component starts.
Q. How can I configure Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM)?
A. When WSRM is installed, it adds the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Windows System Resource Manager snap-in to the Start menu's Administrative Tools folder. After the snap-in is started, it displays a dashboard view that simplifies WSRM configuration. The configuration process consists of these basic steps:
- Use the Process Matching Criteria component to identify all the processes that WSRM should manage.
- Use the Resource Allocation Policies component to create a resource-allocation policy that allocates resources to processes you identified in step 1.
- Use the Calendar component to schedule when the various resource-allocation policies take effect.
Other WSRM components include Resource Monitor, which shows the current resource usage (similar to Performance Monitor) and Accounting, which you can use to generate reports of resource usage on a per-process basis.
Q. What type of resource capping does Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM) use?
A. Traditionally, two types of resource capping exist: hard and soft. Hard caps set a resource limit that can't be exceeded; for example, setting a hard cap of 20 percent of CPU means that the process never can use more than 20 percent of CPU resources. A soft cap sets a limit that can be exceeded if no other processes are competing for the resource. For example, in the previous example, the process can use more than 20 percent of CPU if other processes on the system aren't using their allocations.
WSRM uses soft capping, which is the most efficient method and lets processes use hardware as much as possible while allocating resources efficiently to competing processes. When hard caps are used, a resource is limited to its allocation although the CPU has spare resources. With soft caps, the CPU is more efficiently utilized because a cap can be exceeded if necessary, as long as processes aren't competing for resources.
Q. How can I add the Windows XP Tweak UI PowerToy to the Control Panel?
A. After you download TweakUI at the Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP Web page (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx) and install it, tweakui.exe will be located in the \%systemroot%\system32 folder. To add tweakui.exe to the Control Panel folder, paste the following listing into a text file (name it tweakui.reg) or download tweakui.reg at http://www.windowsitpro.com/content/content/44704/tweakui_reg.zip, then execute it by double-clicking the file. When you open the Control Panel, you'll have a TweakUI link.
"InfoTip"="Starts TweakUI for Windows XP"
@="Tweakui for Control Panel"
Q. What's the Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool?
A. Microsoft recently released this tool, which you can download at http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/downloads/2003/exbpa/default.asp and which you can use to scan an Exchange Server organization and compare it with Microsoft's best practices. The tool reports suboptimal configuration settings, provides an overview of your Exchange Server system's health, and helps fix specific problems. Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer works on Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange 2000 Server systems (and also on Exchange Server 5.5 systems that are part of a mixed-mode Exchange organization). I recommend that you check out a Microsoft TechNet Webcast about how to get the most from the tool at http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/webcasteventdetails.aspx?culture=en-us&eventid=1032259582&countrycode=us.
Hot Release (advertisement)
Do you have legacy applications running on NT4? Did you know that Microsoft will no longer support the platform with security hotfixes, leaving many organizations without a credible protection strategy? Download this free white paper to learn how to protect the Windows platform without relying on patching.
(from Windows IT Pro and its partners)
Windows Scripting Solutions is the monthly newsletter that shows you how to automate time-consuming, administrative tasks by using our simple downloadable code and scripting techniques. Sign up for a sample issue right now, and find out how you can save both time and money. Plus, get online access to our popular "Shell Scripting 101" series--click here!
Mark your calendar for the Windows Connections spring 2005 conference, April 17-20, 2005, at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, California. Attend sessions jam-packed with tips and techniques you need to know to ensure success in today's enterprise deployments. Call 203-268-3204 or 800-505-1201 for more info and check our Web sites for updates.
Migrating from Novell NDS to Windows Server 2003 means moving from an established directory service to the latest version of Active Directory. Missing a step in the migrating process could mean real problems. Use our quick reference guide as a cheat-sheet to help you manage each step of the migration process. Download the guide now.
You are if you have an Internet connection faster than 384Kbps. In this free, live Web seminar on December 14, Alan Sugano will examine two attacks (an SMTP Auth Attack and a SQL Attack) that let spammers get into the network and relay spam. Find out how to keep the hackers out of your network, and what to do if your mail server is blacklisted as an open relay. Attend and you could win an Xbox. Register now!
(A complete Web and live events directory brought to you by Windows IT Pro: http://www.windowsitpro.com/events )
Come and join us for this free event and find out how a more strategic and holistic approach to IT planning helps organizations increase operational efficiency and facilitate the implementation of new technology. Attend and get a free 6-month digital Windows IT Pro subscription. Plus, you could win an iPod! Sign up today.
Here's how to reach us with your comments and questions:
- About the newsletter — email@example.com
- About technical questions — http://www.windowsitpro.com/forums
- About product news — firstname.lastname@example.org
- About your subscription — email@example.com
- About sponsoring UPDATE — firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekly email newsletter is brought to you by Windows IT Pro, the leading publication for Windows professionals who want to learn more and perform better. Subscribe today.