May, 2006

  • Vista:: Extending disks online

    With Vista it is now possible to extend a volume online, it is only a basic version of the well known disk manager tools.

    The next screenshots shows how it’s possible to extend the c:\ volume online.

    Open then Disk Management console (Manage computer)

    I selected the C:\ drive, you can see that the drive is 39,06GB, and choose “Extend Volume” .

    The Disk extension wizard fires up.

    You can choose the amount of space you will assign to the c:\ drive. For this example I took 1024MB.

    Click on finish and the C:\ drive has been extended with 1024MB see the next screenshot.

    This can be a useful feature of Vista although it has limited possibilities, for instance if you have two partitions you can only extend the partition that is before the free space. With the other tools you can move the free space and extend the different partitions.

    Tags: Vista, Disk Management

  • Vista Beta 2 :: Yes it is there

    Maybe you already busy downloading or have the link from another post but if not here it is once again

    Go ahead and play with Vista, let us know if you like it.

    And if you are interested Office 2007 Beta 2 has also been released

    Tags: Office 2007, Vista, Microsoft

  • Project Carmine becomes System Center “Virtual Machine Manager”

    System Center “Virtual Machine Manager” (SCVMM) is the new name for the Project Carmine. The SCVMM is a management application to centrally the virtual machines by administrators and. Administrators and End users will be able to rapidly provision their virtual machines by using a self-service provisioning tool.


    The key features of SCVMM are:

    Integration with Operations Manager and Reporting: Operations Manager will be used to identify what we call the consolidation candidates. The performance data stored in Operations Manager is used to create a consolidation candidates report that takes all of these issues under consideration.

    Operations Manager is the management solution for both physical and virtual machines infrastructure.

    Centralized view of all VMs in the environment and their status, Host/VM groupings scalable to thousands of VMs. Reports on consolidation candidates, utilization trending, optimization opportunities

    Virtual Machine Creation: Wizard-based, Rapid creation of VMs using physical to Virtual or pre-defined templates.

    Virtual Machine placement and Deployment: Recommendation based on host capacity and utilization, manual admin override possible. Movement of VM’s over SAN.

    Self Service Provisioning User Interface: User interface allowing end users to request and place VMs, Admin configures rules and boundaries for provisioning

    Automation: The VMM is completely scriptable.

    This list is a summary of what SCVMM will be capable of.

    What I really like is the self-service provisioning tool, where you will be able to select a machine based on pre-defined templates, you will receive an e-mail with the ready to use Terminal Services connection into it.


    Tags: Virtual Machine Manager, System Center, Carmine

  • PowerShell and Exchange 2007

    I am busy preparing the Belgian Technet Evening where I will give an overview of Exchange 2007. There will be an overview of the new ESM, the new features in Outlook Web Access and last but not least I will demo the power of “PowerShell” within Exchange 2007.

    So after downloading my Exchange 2007 vpc, I started with the “PowerShell” scripting because, for me it is the coolest item in Exchange 2007 not.

    How the heck do you start with this new scripting language? It’s quite simple we have 350 commands, called commandlets for Exchange 2007. This scripting language has been made very simple.

    Let’s get started:

    First I wanted to know which cmdlets there where available for Exchange 2007

    • Get-excommand

    The output is a list with all cmdlets available for Exchange 2007.

    As you can see the command are based on verb-noun principle.

    As an Exchange administrator you want to know which mailboxes there are on my Exchange 2007 environment. If you want to do that with VBscripting, you will have to write quite some lines to get this information.

    In PowerShell it is only one command: get-mailbox

    This command returns us the list of mailboxes available on your exchange servers.

    Let’s take a look at only one user Terry Adams for example: get-mailbox terrya

    As you can see it is the same table but only for Terry Adams, now every object have different properties. If you want to see which properties the get-mailbox command has you can run the same command and pipe the results to a format-list which will return all the properties of the get-mailbox object.

    An example: get-mailbox terrya | format-list

    This screenshot gives only a few of the properties of the get-mailbox object.

    Let’s try something more complex to do, for instance let’s change the quota for all users starting with the letter “t” and give them a mailbox limit to 100MB.

    Now you need to know which command will help us achieving our goal.

    Get-mailbox terrya | fl “*quota*” this command will get all Quota properties for Terry Adams. Yes you can use wildcards so I could also use “*qu*”.

    This is done deal now lets return all the users that start with a “t”:

    Get-mailbox | where {$ –like “*t*”}

    Now the final command and set the quota for the users:

    Get-mailbox | where {$ –like “*t*”} | set-mailbox -StorageQuota 100mb

    The screenshot shows you that we changed the storagequota of all users starting with “t” from unlimited to 100mb with only one command line.

    I will end this “PowerShell scripting” blogpost here. I showed only some of the basics of “PowerShell”.

    Don’t you find this awesome I do.

    By the way I just created this post using Word 2007 – Beta 2 want to know more about blogging with Office 2007 Beta2, read this blogpost

    Tags: Microsoft, Exchange , Monad, PowerShell, Scripting


  • NAP team is blogging

    Remember my previous post about Network Access Protection - NAP which will be available with Longhorn Server somewhere next year.

    Now the NAP team have there own blog and can be found on:

    They have posted a video from the MMS 2006 keynote where they show the NAP integration into "
    System Center Configuration Manager 2007" - SMSv4 for who does not know the new name yet.

    There is also a webcast coming soon:

    TechNet Webcast: Security Matters: Network Access Protection (Level 300)

    Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Elliot Lewis, Network Security Architect, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast, we examine the infrastructure elements and processes that are affected when you deploy the Network Access Protection (NAP) policy enforcement platform that is part of Windows Vista and the next release of Windows Server, code-named "Longhorn". We provide guidance on deploying NAP and present a framework that can help you determine the proper amount of time and resources you need when preparing for NAP operations.

    Check it out its very cool.

    Tags: NAP, Longhorn

  • Upcoming Belux Technet Evenings

    There are two upcoming Technet Evenings in Belgium:

    May 17th - Branch Offices Scenarios in Depth

    With this session Kurt Roggen will expand on one of the most popular sessions at the Developer & IT Pro Days 2006.

    Based on Windows Server 2003 R2, Kurt will demonstrate how to take advantage of ISA Server 2004, MOM 2005 and Exchange Server 2003 to build a fully functional advanced Branch Office.

    Level: 200 - Overview - Register Here

    June 7th - Exchange Server 2007 Technical preview

    During this session I will walk you through a technical preview of the new features in Exchange Server 2007 and the scenarios they enable. Come and learn how Exchange Server 2007 can be the center of all your messaging and communications needs.

    Level: 200 - Overview - Register Here

    Hope to meet you at both sessions.

  • Registration for Tech-Ed - IT Forum is open

    Tech-Ed IT Forum is a conference which will provide the IT professionals with technical training and community resources to help you build, deploy and manage your environment.

    Tech-ED IT Forum is held in Barcelona, Spain from 14-17 November 2006

    Choose from more than 250 technical sessions including: Breakout Sessions, Hands-on Labs, Chalk-&-Talks and much more.

    There are 10 core tracks which you can choose from:

    Beside the 10 tracks there are also many community and networking opportunities.

    Registration is open and there is a  Super Early bird offer which is valid till July 31st