How to Restore a Backup using the Windows Server Backup feature in Windows Server 2008 Enterprise R2

Open up the Windows Server Backup (Click on Start and type backup, click on Windows Server Backup on the top).  Select Recover on the right navigation pane.

In the Getting Started page, select ‘A backup stored on another location’ and click on Next to continue.

In the Specify Location Type page, select Remote shared folder, you may wish to choose another location type and click on Next to continue.

In the Specify Remote Folder page type the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) to the remote folder then provide the credentials, click on Next to continue.

In the Select Server page, select which server’s data that you wish to recover, click on Next to continue.

In the Select Backup Date, select the backup date to be used for recovery and click on Next to continue.

In the Select Recovery Type select which want you wish to recover. In this Tutorial we’ll be selecting Files and folders and click Next to continue.

In the Select Items to Recovery page, locate the items that you wish to recover. In this Tutorial please click on Recovery and click on Next to continue.

In the Specify Recovery Options page, choose Another location, click on Browse and select the location, click on Next to continue.

In the Confirmation and final page of the recovery wizard, click on Recover, this conclude your backup restore.

Note: You may also use this Tutorial in SBS 2011.

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How to use Windows Server 2008 Backup

To begin…..Make sure that Windows Server Backup server feature is installed. You may confirm this by going into the Server Manager and locate Features. If it’s not installed please follow this guide. Open up the Server Manager and click on Add Features and Run the Add Features Wizard to add the Windows Server Backup.

You will see this page when the Add Features Wizard has been successfully completed.

Open up the Windows Server Backup (Click on Start and type backup, click on Windows Server Backup on the top). Select the Backup Schedule on the right navigation pane.

In the Getting Started page, click on Next to continue.

In the Select Backup Configuration page, you may either select Full Server (recommended) or Custom, click on Next to continue.

In the Select Items for Backup page, you may select what you want to backup, click on Next to continue.

In the Specify Backup Time page, choose the appropriate backup – how often and what time you want your backup to start, click on Next to continue.

In the Specify the Destination Type page, choose the location where you want to store your backup, click on Next to continue. You may choose a remote backup and opt out to back up to an external hard drive, we will use a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device in this Tutorial, click on Next to continue.

In the Specify Remote Shared Folder page, type the location of the NAS, click on Next to continue.

You will have to provide the User Name and Password of the NAS or the remote backup location, click on Next to continue.

In the Confirmation page, click on Finish to conclude the backup wizard.

Note: You may also use this Tutorial in SBS 2011.

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How to Find and Install an Emulator Printer Driver to Work in Your Network

In this Tutorial you will learn how to use a Windows native 32-bit printer driver so that you may use a printer in your network that’s connected to a computer running a 64-bit Windows Operating System.

Are you having a hard time finding the correct printer driver? This has always been an issue, from my own experience. I have also struggled looking for printer drivers that would work and able to utilize the Windows native printer driver and I have succeeded when experimenting on finding the correct printer driver, this is also known as driver emulator.

The Process: We will be experimenting an Okidata 420 Microline (OKI 420 ML) impact or dot matrix printer that is connected thru a USB cable into a Windows 7 Professional 64-bit computer and it is shared on the network. Begin with the ‘Welcome to the Add Printer Wizard’ from a Windows XP computer and locate a compatible driver to emulate the OKI 420 ML using the XP native printer driver.

To begin: You will need to be an Administrator or a Member of Administrator Group. From a Windows XP computer, click on Start then Printers and Faxes then click on Add Printer to start the Welcome to the Add Printer Wizard, click on Next to continue.

In the Local or Network Printer page, choose ‘Local printer attached to this computer’, uncheck the box next to ‘A network printer, or a printer attached to the other computer’, click on Next to continue.

In the ‘Select a Printer Port’ page, choose Create a new port: type of port is Local Port.  In the Enter a Port Name dialog box, type the path of the printer by using the following syntax:  \\ComputerName\printer name then click on Next to continue.

Note: the ComputerName is also known as the ServerName

You will now see the Local Port that you have created, click on Next to continue.

In the Install Printer Software page, select the printer driver that you are going to use, in this Tutorial we will select the Oki ML 321 Elite (IBM) because this driver is compatible with  OKI 420 ML printer, click on Next to continue.

In the Use Existing Driver page, select Keep existing driver (recommended), click on Next to continue.

In the Name Your Printer page, type a printer name that you wish, click Next, then Next again to continue.

In the Completing the Add Printer Wizard page click on Finish.

You have successfully completed adding a Local printer port and utilized a windows native printer driver (emulator) called OKI 321 Elite(IBM) that’s compatible with an OKI 420 ML printer . You may use this procedure to any Deskjet or Laserjet Printers, feel free to do a little research and then experiment what other Windows native printer driver that you may use, this will save you plenty of time to browse online and search for the printer drivers.

Editing Information Store’s Cache thru ADSIEDIT.msc

Issue: In the Processes Tab of Task Manager, store.exe’s physical memory is allocating too much memory.

Resolution: You may tweak the cache size of the Exchange Server’s Information Store to prevent the store.exe’s physical memory size to increase. To do this process, click on Start button and type ADSIEDIT.msc, press enter.

Navigate to the Configuration> CN=Services> CN=Microsoft Exchange> CN= First Organization> CN=Administrative Groups> CN=Exchange Administrative Groups> CN=Servers [SERVERNAME]> > InformationStore

Right click Information Store and set the following to 72000 then Click OK to save the setting.
MsExchESEParamCacheSizeMax
MsExchESEParamCacheSizeMin

If adjusting the cache size didn’t help to resolve the issue, verify that the Exchange Server has the latest Service Packs and Window Updates.