September, 2008

  • TechEd IT Professional EMEA: Identity and Access Management Top 5

    Previously I shared the Top 5 of the client and the Windows Server track now it’s time to talk about Identity and Access management owned by Gary Williams

    Connecting Active Directory to Microsoft Cloud Services

    Learn how to augment your existing IT infrastructure with Microsoft Services. Manage and secure end user access to cloud services using your existing investment in Active Directory. Enable end users to access cloud services through existing Active Directory accounts, the same way they access your intranet-hosted software today. Enable existing software to use new service capabilities without re-writes. And do it all through the use of open and standard protocols.

    Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Best Practices!

    This session explores experiences and best practices related to Windows Server 2008 Active Directory features such as RODC and fine grained password policies. You may also be wondering how to run your Domain Controllers in light of other Windows Server 2008 features, such as Hyper-V. Can you run your branch offices with an RODC and can it be run as a virtual machine? Should you use Server Core instead? Can you leverage RODCs in the DMZ in addition to branch offices? What are the best practices to achieve this? Active Directory Change Auditing is a compelling feature but it can be difficult to find machines and events across a distributed set of machines. How can Windows Server 2008 help you to address this challenge to better monitor the security activities of Active Directory? We used to be limited to a single password policy per domain but today we can have many! What are the best practices to implement Fine Grained Password Policy? If you have interest in these questions and are looking for practical answers that you can put into practice, attend this session!

    Infrastructure services for SOA security and federation: "Geneva" Security Token Services

    The claims-based identity model enables an easier way to build applications that are identity-driven, support a variety of audiences and authentication mechanisms and can plug into a heterogeneous infrastructure using standards-based protocols, all without requiring application developers to write a lot of code. Key to the model is the Security Token Service (STS) which issues claims for applications to consume and hosts policies that determine what claims a user will get when accessing a specific application. In this session learn about Microsoft Code Name "Geneva", an STS integrated with Active Directory and Windows CardSpace that provides infrastructure services for federation, claims-aware applications and SOA security.

    Using Active Directory Domain Services for Linux-Servers

    If you have to manage a mixed environment and if you have Linux-servers like Apache or Samba running, why not using the ADDS for authentication? This session will show you how to integrate those servers in ADDS using LDAP and Kerberos and will give you the ideas to integrate other services as well.

    Identity Lifecycle Manager 2 (Part 1): Empowering users with self-service identity management solutions

    Learn how to use Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) "2" to bring easy-to-use, intuitive self-service solutions to your end users. This session is focused on showing you how to use ILM "2" to address self-service group management and password management scenarios, with an eye toward planning and deployment guidance for real-world production implementation. We will dive into these popular scenarios and show you how to get started today testing and planning ILM "2" self-service solutions.


  • TechEd IT Professional EMEA: Client Track Top 5

    In my previous post I shared the Top 5 of my track (Windows Server) now it’s time to talk about the Windows Client track which is owned by my colleague Lutz Seidemann. Lutz decided not to add any Windows 7 session to his Top 5 but I’m pretty sure that some of them will be very highly attended and rated.


    The Case of the Unexplained…with Mark Russinovich

    Come hear Mark Russinovich, the master of Windows troubleshooting, walk you through step by step how he has solved seemingly unsolvable system and application problems on Windows. With all new real case studies, Mark shows how to apply the Microsoft Debugging Tools and his own Sysinternals tools, including Process Explorer, Process Monitor, and Autoruns to solve system crashes, process hangs, security vulnerabilities, DLL conflicts, permissions problems, registry misconfiguration, network hangs, and file system issues. These tools are used on a daily basis by Microsoft Product Support and have been used effectively to solve a wide variety of desktop and server issues, so being familiar with their operation and application will assist you in dealing with different problems on Windows.

    What’s New for Your Enterprise in Windows Internet Explorer 8

    Learn about the new features in Internet Explorer 8 that will delight your users. See hands on demonstrations of the new features and hear the application compatibility and security and privacy story.  Most importantly, get tips on how to prepare your environment to roll out Internet Explorer 8

    Coming soon:  New features in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2009

    Come examine the new features and capabilities that will be provided in the upcoming Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2009 release.  This release will provide full support for Windows 7 and associated deployment tools, continued support for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, and many other enhancements.

    Vista Security Weirdness:  MIC, UIPI, Protected Mode IE

    Dig into the architecture, purposes, and real-world manifestations of the new technologies in Windows Vista and how they impact application compatibility. This session dives into Mandatory Integrity Control (MIC), User Interface Privilege Isolation (UIPI), Protected Mode Internet Explorer, and why customers should not disable UAC. Learn how PMIE's "virtualization" is completely different from UAC's file and registry virtualization.


    Mitigating Application Issues Using Shims Part 1 and Part 2

    In this first part of a two-part series, explore many of the compatibility issues that the Windows team has experienced at customer sites in the context of what we can fix without updating the application, and how to fix it. The Windows Application Compatibility Infrastructure (Shim Infrastructure) is a powerful tool for resolving compatibility issues and unblocking Windows Vista deployments, but understanding where and how to leverage and configure shims can be daunting until you learn some of the tricks and subtleties, many of which we expose!


  • Interesting Virtualization links

    Whilst preparing for the TechNet Virtualization roadshow I came across some interesting links to help me with the configuration of the integration of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and System Center Operations Manager 2007.

    Opsmgr 2007 Management Pack for Windows Server 2008:

    How to integrate SCVMM and Opsmgr 2007:

    Please follow the following blogposts to integrate both products and have the Pro Tips enabled:

    Hyper-V update for issues that may occur when you manage the Hyper-V role on the 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008 by using SCVMM:

    After the integration services are installed, performance counters for storage devices that are attached to the emulated IDE controller are not reported. For example, the performance counters for storage devices report 0 even though files are being transferred on the related storage devices.

    Virtual machines may stop responding while performance monitor data is being collected.
    The Hyper-V Networking Management Service may stop responding to incoming requests.

  • Hyper-V now supports 24 cores

    We just released a new update for Windows Server 2008 which will allow Hyper-V to support 24 cores on the physical box.

    This update package includes the following improvements:

    • The update package increases the limitation on the number of logical processors to 24. The previous limitation was 16.
    • The update package increases the number of Hyper-V virtual machines that you can run per server to 192. The previous limitation was 128.

    Read more about the KB956710 article

    Download the Update

  • Network Monitor 3.2 is available

    So What's New in Network Monitor 3.2?

    • Process Tracking: Now you can identify rogue applications sending network data! View all the processes on your machine generating network traffic (process name and PID). Use the conversation tree to view frames associated with each process.

    • Capture engine re-architecture to improve capture rate in high-speed networks. Network Monitor 3.2 drops significantly fewer frames that Network Monitor 3.1.
    • Find conversations: You asked for this. Many of our users found conversation tracking to be difficult to use as the view grew hard to manage, and it was difficult to correlate the frames they were seeing with the conversation nodes in the tree. Now, you can quickly isolate frames in the same network conversation. Just right-click on a frame and select a conversation to track, and you will see all the frames in that conversation. View TCP streams, HTTP flows etc.

    Network Monitor 3.2 is available on


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  • TechEd IT Professional EMEA: Windows Server Track

    With the TechEd IT Professional EMEA  coming closer I wanted to start share some of the top sessions in different tracks in this first post I will share with you what I think will be the 5 best rated or attended sessions in my track:


    Windows Server 2008R2 Hyper-V: Feature Dive

    Want to get a sneak peek at what’s new in Hyper-V for Windows Server 2008 R2? This session focuses on the new capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. The session also covers the base architecture of Hyper-V and provides guidance on key areas like storage management, performance and more.

    Jeff Woolsey
    Product Manager

    Pushing the Limits of Windows

    Windows manages many resources, both physical (such as RAM and CPUs) and logical (such as virtual memory, files, processes and handles). There are limits to the amount of these resources Windows makes available and when they are exhausted because of application resource leaks or oversubscription the system can operate with reduced functionality. This session explains how Windows manages these resources, each resource's limit, the internal constraints and implementation from which a limit derives and how to monitor resource usage. Demos using resource stressing tools highlight the impact of hitting some of these limits.

    Mark Russinovich
    Technical Fellow

    Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008: Advanced Features

    Get a sneak peek at advanced features of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. This session discusses features such as VMware system management, Windows Server 2008 Cluster integration, Quick Migration, and advanced resource management.

    Edwin Yuen
    Technical Product Manager

    Going Cold Turkey on the GUI: Server Core Setup Step-by-Step

    For years you’ve known it: you’ve just GOT to get more familiar with the command line. You get things done faster, you can create simple batch files for automating many tasks, and, best of all, when you’re working from the GUI, then your boss starts to think, “hey, what IS that thing he/she’s using? We need to pay techie employees like them more money!” Well, Windows 2008 command-line-only Server Core has arrived, so here is your opportunity. Picking up where his popular “Command Windows from C: Level” talk left off, Mark Minasi walks you through the process of building a Server Core server from setup to initial configuration to full-blown DNS, Active Directory, and more. Every step includes the specific commands, options, and working examples to ease the path from "GUI admin" to "command-line ninja!"

    Mark Minasi

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Overview

    This session will provide you an overview of the new technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2, the scenarios, features, benefits and the development philosophy behind the product. We will discuss new Management Technologies, Virtualization Enhancements, Scalability features and enabling the remote workforce.

    Iain McDonald
    General Manager


    Also check out my interview with the Virtual TechEd crew:



  • October Edition of TechNet Magazine Online


    Virtualization: An Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008
    The introduction of Hyper-V makes virtualization an even more compelling solution for IT environments. Get an overview of today’s virtualization market and see how Hyper-V improves the manageability, reliability, and security of virtualization.

    Virtualization: Manage Your Virtual Environments with VMM 2008
    System Center Virtual Machine Manager provides a consolidated interface for managing your virtual infrastructure. The latest version adds support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, as well as for VMware virtual machines. Explore the new features and get an overview of using VMM to centralize your management tasks.

    Virtualization: Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization
    Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) allows you to deliver virtualized desktops to client systems throughout your organization. This simplifies system management and liberates employees from their desktops. Take a close look at how App-V works and discover how you can deploy it in your organization.

    Virtualization: Achieving High Availability for Hyper-V
    Consolidating servers onto fewer physical machines has many advantages, but it is extremely important that you plan for your systems to be highly available. Here’s a guide to using Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering to bring high availability to your Hyper-V virtual machines.

    Virtualization: Backup and Disaster Recovery for Server Virtualization
    Virtualization brings significant changes to disaster recovery. Here’s an introduction to how the Microsoft virtualization platform factors into your disaster recovery plan, as well as a deeper look into backup and restore options and considerations for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.

    Virtualization: Essential Tools for Planning Your Virtual Infrastructure
    Is your infrastructure ready for virtualization? The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit, a network-wide infrastructure assessment tool, can help you better understand your IT infrastructure and determine whether your systems are ready for upgrade or migration to a variety of technologies, including virtualization.

  • Linux Integration Components for Hyper-V

    The Linux Integration Components for Hyper-V are back onto the connect website

    When installed into a virtual machine running a supported Linux operating system, the Linux Integration Components for Hyper-V provide the following functionality:

    • Driver support for synthetic devices: The Linux integration components include support for both the synthetic network controller and synthetic storage controller that have been developed specifically for Hyper-V. These components take advantage of the new high-speed bus, VMBus, which was developed for Hyper-V.
    • Hypercall adapter: The Hypercall adapter is a thin layer of software that translates the Xen-specific virtualization function calls from a Xen-enabled Linux kernel to Microsoft Hyper-V hypercalls. This results in improved performance for the Linux virtual machine.
    • Fastpath Boot Support: Boot devices now take advantage of the storage VSC to provide enhanced performance.

    Supported Operating systems

    The Linux integration components support the following guest operating systems:

    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2 x86
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2 x64

  • Hyper-V Server For Free

    If you need to do some basic server virtualization scenarios then Hyper-V server will be the perfect fit for you. This version of Hyper-V will be delivered as a free download very soon. I’ve added the table which outlines the differences between the different versions of Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V and the Hyper-V Server 2008.

    The following table outlines which Hyper-V–enabled product would suit your needs:


    Read more about this Hyper-V server here:

  • “Get Virtual Now” Launch event with Demo of “Live Migration”

    Later tonight we will officially launch our new virtualization products with the “Get Virtual Now” campaign but the news is on the web now. Now you can virtualize from the data center to the desktop, and manage with the same tools you're already using for your physical infrastructure.

    Here are some excerpt of the press release:

    Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, a new hypervisor-based server virtualization product, will be released within 30 days and be available at no cost via the Web. Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 provides a simplified, reliable, and optimized virtualization solution that allows customers to consolidate Windows or Linux workloads onto a single physical server. Hyper-V Server 2008 allows customers to leverage their existing patching, provisioning, management and support tools, processes and skills.

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 will be released within 30 days. System Center Virtual Machine Manager enables customers to configure and deploy new virtual machines and centrally manage their virtualized infrastructure, whether running on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 or VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3. System Center Virtual Machine Manager is part of the System Center suite of products, which provides centralized, enterprise-class management of physical and virtual resources across desktops and datacenters.

    Microsoft demonstrated for the first time a live migration feature of Windows Server 2008 R2. Live migration utilizes the integrated hypervisor technology and high-availability features of the server operating system so that customers can move running applications between servers to accommodate changing, dynamic computing needs across a datacenter. In addition to other features, the next version of Microsoft Hyper-V Server will have live migration capabilities.

    Watch the live keynote to see the Live Migration features from Windows Server 2008 R2 in action:

    Last week Microsoft released Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, which gives desktop users a boost in fully harnessing the power of Windows Vista by streaming resource-heavy applications to the desktop. This helps eliminate potential software conflicts driving desktop stability and performance, while simultaneously enabling IT managers to centrally control key applications and their use. Application Virtualization 4.5 will be included as part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2008 R2, which is due for general availability in the coming weeks.

    The Full press release


  • TechDays are coming to Luxembourg

    The “TechDays 08” are coming to Luxembourg on Sept 30th, the registration for this event is open.


    It’s a free event organized by the MS Belux team so be quick to register as places are limited.
    During this event you will have the possibility to choose between two tracks one track for developers and one for IT Pro’s.

    In the IT Pro track we will have Vista SP1 Deployment, Group Policy Preferences and a SQL 2008 session. We will finish the day with three Virtualization sessions which will help you to understand the Microsoft Virtualization offering from the desktop to the datacenter.

    Check out the agenda here:

  • Robot translator for Messenger

    y1pcWddo2uS6wOEbUe_JrQ7DxlTvXWcFAyBRPqrxm2mHwcBvOctj-01V0OQVyMvRmJNThis afternoon I was reading a document and I needed to translate a word from that document of course I navigated to by using the IE8 accelerator. On this page I came across the TBot which is a Messenger bot that will help you with your translations from within Messenger. Simply add TBot to your contacts:

    Once you added the TBot you can select which language is your native language and the select the target language by using the TBot Change command.

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  • E-mail Prioritizer

    Do you have the same e-mail problem as I often have? I’m getting easily distracted from the things I’m doing when a mail comes in and I can assure you I get

    quite some mails per day. But know I found a possible solution it’s called “Email Prioritizer” and is a tool developed by the officelabs team


    With this tool you and basically do two things, one is that you enable the “Do Not Disturb Setting’” during the chosen period you won’t get any e-mail besides the mails rated with 3*. The mail rating is the second thing you can do with this tool. The “Email Prioritizer” will assign ratings to your mails, you can change it and the longer you use the tool the better it get’s in rating mails.

    Here is a screencast on how to use it.

    Interested to try this tool? Download it from the officelabs site

  • Internet Explorer 8

    Last week I installed Internet Explorer 8 and I like the new features like the accelerators. Let  me give you an example, now if you select a word that you want to search, you do a copy of that word and then paste it into the search input box. With the accelerators in IE8 you get the accelerator icon where you can then select which accelerator you want to use, in this case it’s the “Live Search”.


    The good thing about the accelerators is that the community can write their own accelerators. One of my colleagues Tim Heuer wrote a TinyUrl accelerator, according to him it took  less then 5 min to create this accelerator.  (TinyUrl Accelerator)

    Next to that there some more improvements that I really like:

    Web Slices: Keep up with changes to the sites you care about most. Add a Web Slice and you won't have to go back to the same website again and again for updates on news, stock quotes, online auctions, weather, or even sports scores.

    Search suggestions: Search smarter with detailed suggestions from your favorite search providers and browsing history. See visual previews and get suggested content topics while you type in the enhanced Instant Search Box.

    Also watch the following three screencasts to learn more about IE8:

    Faster -

    Secure -

    Reliable -

    Download IE8 Beta 2

    We released the Internet Explorer 8 Admin kit Beta (IEAK) which is a tool that make it easy for you yo deploy IE8 and customize the package.

    Download IEAK 8 Beta

    IEAK Documentation

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  • Some interesting Hyper-V KB Articles

    While learning more about Hyper-v I came across some interesting KB articles:

    • KB 957006 – This article discusses the support policy for running Microsoft server software in the supported virtualization environments.
    • KB 953828 – Hotfix to run NLB (Network Load Balancing) inside Hyper-V Virtual Machines.
    • KB 950792 – Issues enabling the Hyper-V role on HP Proliant Servers

    if you are thinking about deploying Hyper-V I’ve included the link to the Hyper-V planning and deployment guide

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  • Winsec – 23 Sept: Introduction to Active Directory Federation Services


    More and more Identity & Access Management crosses the borders of the company, because of the increasing need of interaction between companies, partners, customers and end-users, … One of the ways to provide in this need is using federation. In an practical event we introduce you to ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services).

    After a general introduction and an overview, we demonstrate ADFS.
    Within AFDS the application side has an important impact, for example using claims-aware applications and AZMan (Authorization Manager).
    In the last part of the session, we focus on the application side.

    This session is not solely targeted to IT Pro’s, but also to developer professionals.

    This event will be organized at the new offices of Microsoft Belgium in Zaventem, Da Vincilaan 3, 1935 Zaventem.

    Route description:

    Doors will open at 18h00. Sessions start at 19h. We will wrap up around 21h00.

    To subscribe to the event, send an email to


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  • SQLUG – 25 Sept: What’s new in SSIS 2008 and SSIS Performance

    Session 1: what's new in SSIS 2008 by Nico Verheire


    • Integrating data with ADO.NET
    • Scripting with VSTA
    • Introducing the new lookup transformation (including caching)
    • Managing change in a data warehouse: how to use Change Data Capture (CDC) and use of the MERGE statement
    • Dealing with data quality: the Data Profiling Task

    Level: 200

    Session 2: Deep-dive session about improving SSIS performance given by Geert Vanhove

    This session will address some problems that might occur when a SSIS solution needs to scale because DB and data volumes to load are getting larger. This session is not only a statement of how you can improve your SSIS performance; the impact of each optimization step is shown in action throughout the demo package that will be the red wire of this presentation...

    Level: 300

    Date: Thu September 25, 2008

    Registration is needed and is open.

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