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Microsoft Exchange, AD and 2008 posters

I saw this poster the other day about Exchange 2007 from TechNet turns out they published them. If your a m$ person this is worth downloading and printing (or trying to print and jamming up your printer buffer)

ExchangeServer 2007 Component Architecture
ActiveDirectory Component Jigsaw Poster
WindowsServer 2008 Component Poster

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a windows CVS ‘how-to’

I recently was working with some shared code and didnt like the regulations or the publicity of SourceFourge, so I set up a home CVS server to distro the code. Like another individual I googled out and found a bunch of documentation from linux users, no offence but I dont have time to read 30 pages to edit a password file. so I duplicated notes from here - in case its ever removed and added my own commentary and edited some things for the new version of cvsnt.

Wih the server I also just checked out TortoiseCVS (formallyI used wincvs) I dont like how much its lockedinto explorer but its so easy that I dumped wincvs and only use the turtle.


The installation turns out to be quite straight forward. Starting the installer takescare of the entire installation.
The default installation installs two windowsservices: the cvsnt service (named CVSNT) and the cvsnt lock (namedCVSNT Locking Service) service. Additionally, it also installs a default certificate.
The cvs.exe was installed into C:\Program Files\cvsnt. Installalso adds to your path statment.

Creating a repository

A repository needsa root directory under which both the files under version control and auxiliary filesfor use by CVS server are stored. I created this directory manually:
C:> mkdir c:\CVSSERVER
However, this is not a CVS repository by itself; the CVS server needs to be told touse this directory as a repository. The CVS server (or service, respectively) is administeredthrough a service control panel that can be invoked in the dos prompt likeso: (or via start menu)
C:\> cvsnt.cpl 
Now, with cvsnt.cpl, one can go to the Repositories tab and add the created repository.I chose /test for the name of the repository.

A dialog informed me: C:/CVSSERVER, but is not a valid CVS repository.
Do you want to initialise it?

And yes, of course, that's what I wanted.
Then I pressed apply.
The initialization basically created a CVSROOT directory beneath c:\CVSSERVERand put some 55 files and yet another directory into CVSROOT.

Adding a user

After creating the repository, I needed to create a user that can access (that isstore and retrieve files) the repository.
C:\>cvs -d:sspi:localhost:/test passwd -asome_user
Adding user some_user@localhost
New password: ******
Verify password: ******
cvs server: *WARNING* CVS user 'some_user' will not be able to log in until they arealiased to a valid system user.
The password that I have specified (and is hidden in the console) was password.
This command created \CVSSERVER\CVSROOT\passwd with the following content:
Now, some_user needs to be aliased (according to the warning returned by cvs) to avalid NT system user:
C:\>cvs -d:sspi:localhost:/test passwd -r SYSTEM\administrator some_user
Changing repository password for some_user@localhost
New password: ******
Verify password: ******
Although this seems a bit redundant, it looks like one has to give the password again.This is the password for the CVS user not the system account. The SYSTEM\administratoris the NT-FQ name of the local admin in this example.

Creating a module

Now, it was time to create a module which I named test_module:
C:\CVSSERVER\>mkdir test_module
C:\CVSSERVER\>cd test_module
For the beginning, I only stored one file, README.txt, into this module. (one fileis required to start the module)
C:\CVSSERVER\test_module\>notepad README.txt
Here's the content of README.txt:
This is some dummy text.
C:\CVSSERVER\test_module\>cvs -d:pserver:some_user:password@localhost:/test import TestModuleno-vendor initial-release
I didn't specify the -m flag, so CVS opened the default editor likely notepad (asthe environment variable CVSEDITOR is not set) to enter a message. 
CVS: ----------------------------------------------------------------------
CVS: Enter Log. Lines beginning with `CVS:' are removed automatically
CVS: ----------------------------------------------------------------------

just say C for continue
.. and CVS answered with:
N tm/README.txt

No conflicts created by this import
The N obviously indicates that tm/README.txt is a new file.
Now, let's see what happened in C:\CVSSERVER>.
C:\CVSSERVER\test_module\>cd \..

Directory of C:\CVSSERVER
02.11.2004 23:35 <DIR> .
02.11.2004 23:35 <DIR> ..
02.11.2004 15:53 <DIR> CVSROOT
02.11.2004 23:35 <DIR> TestModule
Indeed, it added a new directory called TestModule What's in there?
Directory of C:\test_repository\tm

02.11.2004 23:35 <DIR> .
02.11.2004 23:35 <DIR> ..
02.11.2004 23:35 <DIR> CVS
02.11.2004 23:35 506 README.txt,v
It contains a CVS directory (again, used for CVS use) and the README.txt (with a ,vsuffix)
Now, the repository is ready to be used.

so in the end to connect
cvs -d:pserver:some_user:password@localhost:/test /TestModule

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