Latest Multipoint Server 2011 build


Continuing with my project to use direct attached graphics in my multipoint builds to replace multiple boxes in ict suites here you can see my latest.

I’ve had to change the motherboard to a Maximus III Gene due to the unavailability of my previous one.

They still have the same i7-870 2.93GHz cpu, 16gb ram and dual firepro 2460 quad mini dp graphics cards.

The other change I’ve made is to use the antec gamer 300 case with a 440w truepower psu instead of the antec atlas.

The new case is about the same size but around half the cost however due to it’s bottom mount psu layout brought its own problems as the 12v lead from the psu to the motherboars wasn’t long enough and I had to order some extensions.

The connection from each mini display port socket on the graphics card goes like this:

mini displayport to displayport adaptor – displayport 2m or 5m cable – Sapphire single link dp to dvi active converter, sometimes the dp cable can be left out and the Sapphire converter plugged straight into the mini displayport to displayport adaptor.

Each client station also has a D-Link 7 Port powered usb hub connected back to the multipoint server host.

All of the cabling is secured in 75m x 50mm white pvc trunking with holes cut where needed to keep it all neat and tidy.


Temporary ICT Training Pods

I’ve been looking heavily into Windows Multipoint Server recently and today used it in a new configuration.

I needed to supply a couple of computers temporarily for the day to facilitiate some training so I used my test MPS 2011 machine which is an old 64Bit Amd powered HP desktop and an Axel M80 WMS thin client.

One desktop was provided by a direct connection to the MPS itself and the other was via the M80 connected to the MPS using a small 8 port hub the beauty of the M80 RDP clients is that they could be anywhere I was just using it locally as it was what was available.

This gave me the ability to rapidly setup a couple of temporary machines.

In the future this idea could be used coupled with some of the USB access devices which are available in order to rapidly deploy a pod of 4 – 6 computers.

Accessing old backup files

If you’ve migrated your systems to Server 2008 (R2) you may have noticed that NTBackup is no longer available and it’s been replaced with the “windows server backup” feature.

Well that’s all fine and dandy and you have a tool to use to backup your new server without having to purchase additional software but what about those old ntbackup files you have stored you cannot access the data using this new fangled backup solution.

The answer is here basically a version of NTBackup that only allows restores.

I used it yesterday to recover some data from a backup created on a now defunct server 2000 box and it worked perfectly.