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Windows 2008 R2 Server Setup

Last week, I had to rush setup a Windows Server 2008 R2 with MS SQL Server 2008 R2, IIS, .Net and other software's, as a staging server run into issues.

Even though I have come to understand what is involved in Windows Server setup and other software's, I never quite feel comfortable that I have the know how of all the configurations. I am after all a programmer and not a network administrator, so for me, I have very little knowledge of how to secure the network with Watch Guard or Juniper solutions, they are there but I don't know and what is needed, how to secure them and/or any of my doing are responsible for any of the crises that arise on the network. Others are setup or updates of bios, trying to retrieve data from crashed hard drives, or testing out motherboards.

Some times I feel good that I am able to learn and implement an almost same configurations as production, but in reality I know that I will never work as a Windows Administrator. So what I have learned or implemented is almost certainly not something which will place me at the top of the list.

I am happy though that I have some what knowledge of the server workings which may or may not be helpful to me in the future.


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