February, 2010

  • Download the PowerShell Management module for Hyper-V

    The PowerShell management module for Hyper-V contains about 100 cmdlets that will let you manage your Hyper-V infrastructure by using scripts. Out of the box you can only manage this through WMI and we all know that WMI is not so user friendly.

    The PowerShell module is available onto codeplex

    Get Microsoft Silverlight

  • My second Passion

    Next to IT I have another passion which is scuba diving. For the next couple of days I won’t be able to blog because I will spend my days underwater somewhere in the Maldives

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    Expect new blog posts after March 4th.

  • We are listening to customer feedback

    One of the shortcomings in Windows Server Core is the possibility to change the network order or bindings in an easy way. The only way to do it is through the registry key. After we received some feedback from our customers one of the Hyper-V team members decided to write a tool called NVSPBind.

    NVSPBind also has the ability to enable bindings, bind or unbind the Hyper-V network switch protocol from a NIC and repair bindings on a NIC.

    Read more about this tool http://blogs.technet.com/jhoward/archive/2010/01/25/announcing-nvspbind.aspx#comments

  • Do you want to know how Microsoft IT does Virtualization?

    Come to the TechDays 2010 and attend the following session:

    Virtualization in Microsoft IT

    Lessons learned in 5 years of implementing Microsoft’s virtualization platform and System Center Virtual Machine Manager, driving from 5 pilot Virtual Server 2005 hosts to 1100 virtualization hosts with 7000 Hyper-V guests. The changes in the computing hardware, storage solutions and Networking implementations. And what we envision for the next two years.

  • Hoe kan je Windows7 en Windows 2008 R2 installaties automatiseren?

    Tijdens deze sessie zullen we u tonen hoe u aan de hand van onze bestaande tools zoals "Microsoft Deployment toolkit" en de "Windows Deployment Services" heel snel Windows 7 en Windows Server 2008 R2 kan installeren. Verder gaan we dieper in op de "boot from VHD" functionaliteit.
    U zal ook merken dat we in Windows 7 en Windows Server 2008 R2 nieuwe mogelijkheden hebben om de installatie te vergemakkelijken en automatiseren.

    Video Deel 1:

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    Video Deel 2:

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  • A not to miss IT Pro Event in March

    Despite what many IT Pro’s think the TechDays is not a Developer only event it’s definitely an IT PRO event as well.  There are 43 IT Pro sessions during the 3 days.

    We will cover different Infrastructure topics including

    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Server and Client Virtualization technology
    • Deployment techniques to deploy Windows 7 in your organization
    • In depth training on Exchange 2010
    • What’s new and how to manage and migrate SharePoint 2010
    • How to troubleshoot Windows Server and Client
    • How to virtualize your workloads

    We will also disclose some upcoming changes in certain technology. Sorry can’t say more about that right now.

    Still not convinced? Check out the well known speakers we have invited and how the agenda looks like.

    If you have never been to the TechDays before and you are wondering what you can expect. Watch this compilation video of the TechDays 2009:

    Read what others have to say about the TechDays:

    Did you know that:

  • 95% of the attendees wrote that their time at TechDays was (very) well spent;

  • TechNet live meeting: SQL Server Data Management

    As promised during the live meeting I’m posting some interesting resources:

    · SQL Server 2005 Performance Tuning Waits & Queues: http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/7/a/47a548b9-249e-484c-abd7-29f31282b04d/Performance_Tuning_Waits_Queues.doc

    · Troubleshooting Performance Problems in SQL Server 2005: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2005/tsprfprb.mspx

    · SQL Server I/O Basics Chapter 2: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2005/iobasics.mspx

    · Batch Compilation, Recompilation, and Plan Caching Issues in SQL Server 2005: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc966425.aspx

    · Troubleshooting SQL Server 2005/2008 Performance and Scalability Flowchart: http://sqlcat.com/presentations/archive/2008/04/18/troubleshooting-sql-server-2005-2008-performance-and-scalability-flowchart.aspx

    Troubleshooting Performance Problems in SQL Server 2008: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd672789.aspx

    Download the slide deck.

  • Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant

    Help customers lower the costs of supporting DirectAccess users!

    The Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA) is designed to help DirectAccess customers reduce the costs of supporting mobile users, and significantly improves mobile users’ connectivity experience.  

    The DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant informs DirectAccess users of their connection status with the organization’s intranet; provides tools to help them reconnect on their own if problems arise; and creates diagnostics to help users provide IT staff with key information if necessary—all to help customers operate with more efficiency, and at a lower cost.  Learn more about DCA.

    DCA is the newest addition to the Windows® Optimized Desktop Toolkit 2010, which helps IT pros plan, deliver, and operate the right desktop technologies for users across their organization.

  • TechNet Livemeeting tenue en Avril

     

    What's new in SQL Server 2008 R2?  - English Session
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 expands SQL Server 2008 with a wide range of new features and possibilities of which your whole organisation can benefit. This release improves the efficiency of IT with new management possibilities and motivates professional users to gather, integrate, analyze and share information, while using the well-known business intelligence tools. During this session Frederik will present the new features of SQL Server 2008 R2, while using some demos.

     

       image_thumb1  20 Avril – 10:00  Inscription


    TechNet Live Meeting - Haute disponibilité dans Exchange 2010
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    Présentation du Database Availability Group et initiation à la manière dont Exchange 2010 permet de profiter d’une haute disponibilité en ne déployant que deux serveurs.

     

       image_thumb1  22 Avril – 10:00  Inscription

     
  • TechNet Livemeetings – April & Mei

    Wat is er nieuw in SQL Server 2008 R2?
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 breidt SQL Server 2008 uit met een reeks nieuwe features en mogelijkheden waar je volledige organisatie voordeel uit kan halen. Deze release verbetert de efficiëntie van IT met nieuwe managementmogelijkheden en zet professionele gebruikers ertoe aan om informatie op te halen, te integreren, te analyseren en te delen gebruikmakend van reeds gekende business intelligence tools. In deze sessie zal Frederik, aan de hand van een aantal demo’s, de nieuwe features van SQL Server 2008 R2 presenteren.”

       image_thumb3 20 April – 14:00  Inschrijven

     

     

    TechNet Live Meeting - Hoge beschikbaarheid in Exchange 2010
    image_thumb1 Introductie tot de Database Availability Group en de manier waarop Exchange 2010 hoge beschikbaarheid mogelijk maakt door slechts twee servers uit te rollen.
     

    image_thumb3 22 April – 14:00   Inschrijven

     

     

    TechNet Live Meeting - Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Enterprise Voice
    image_thumb1 Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Enterprise Voice is de software gebaseerde Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) component van Office Communications Server 2007 R2. Hij integreert gesproken communicaties met e-mail, agenda, instant messaging en conferencing om de gebruikers één geïntegreerde ervaring en administrators geïntegreerd beheer te bieden. Deze sessie focust op alle aspecten van de geïntegreerde communicatie-ervaring en behandelt ook de integratie van Voice in uw OCS-omgeving, meer bepaald met of zonder een bestaande PBX.
     

    image_thumb3 27 April – 14:00   Inschrijven

     

     

    TechNet Live Meeting – Netwerkconnectiviteit met TMG
    image_thumb1 In deze sessie bekijken we wat er is veranderd op het niveau van het netwerk en de connectiviteit van TMG. We nemen linkredundantie, verbeterd NAT, SSTP en andere boeiende nieuwe features onder de loep.
     

    image_thumb3 20 Mei – 14:00   Inschrijven

  • TechDays: Belgian MVP sessions in IT Pro Track

    During the TechDays 2010 we will have at least 2 Belgian MVP’s that will share their experiences with you.

    Let’s see which sessions are planned so far:

    WMI for the SCCM Admin:
    Since its first debut System Center Configuration manager and its predecessors have been relying heavily on the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) architecture. WMI is omni-present is System Center Configuration Manager, from queries over dynamic collections, through hardware inventory and storing client and Management Point settings and policies, under the hood you will find WMI just about anywhere. Given this omni-presence it should come as no surprise that the stability of WMI at your Site Systems and clients is crucial to a stable System Center Configuration Manager implementation. Knowing WMI, by consequence, is a great asset to any System Center Configuration Administrator. In this session you will learn the ins-and-outs of the WMI architecture in general and how it applies to System Center Configuration Manager. You’ll learn about the available namespaces and classes and the extended WMI Query language (WQL) that is specific to System Center Configuration Manager. This session will cover the tools available to have a peak at WMI yourself as well as to the WMI-related tool called policy spy that comes with the System Center Configuration Manager toolkit. By the end of this session you’ll know what the WMI architecture looks like, how System Center Configuration Manager uses it, and how you can use that knowledge to your advantage, be it to be able to better troubleshoot System Center Configuration Manager issues, better understand the product, or to automate tasks through scripting or programming. In the end this session will make you a better System Center Configuration Manager administrator.

    Speaker: Kim Oppalfens – MVP SCCM

    Deep dive into Forefront Threat Management Gateway’s Network Inspection System (NIS)
    NIS is a new technology created by Microsoft Research to help protect corporate networks from the ever growing threat of 0-day vulnerabilities. The technology gives you as an administrator the power to protect your valuable infrastructure from malicious attacks much sooner than Microsoft can releases patches in the normal patch life cycle without the need to deploying anything to your backend server infrastructure.
    During this session we will look at how to configure, monitor and troubleshoot NIS in TMG 2010.

    Speaker: Tom Decaluwe – MVP Forefront

    Next to these two Belgian MVP’s we will also have different sessions from MVP’s from the US and the Netherlands.

    Monitoring and capacity planning for SQL Server and IIS
    How do I properly plan for capacity for SQL and IIS? How do I monitor SQL and IIS? In this session OpsMgr MVP Maarten Goet and cross-platform expert Michael Gutrie will show you how to use Operations Manager 2007 R2 to provide monitoring and capacity planning (trending and forecasting) for  SQL server and  IIS.  Maarten  will also show how to use Sharepoint to provide the necessary information for the management persona.

    Speaker: Maarten Goet – MVP

    Manage your Images with the Rock Star of the deployment tools: Deployment Image Servicing and  Managment (DISM)
    Managing your images is easier than ever with DISM! Whether your images are stored in the .wim or .vhd format DISM is the tool you’ll want to use when it comes time to make changes to your images. DISM allows you to add, remove and enumerate packages and drivers, enable or disable Windows features, configure international settings, upgrade a Windows image to a different edition, provide better logging capabilities, service all platforms 32-bit, and 64-bit. If you have ever struggled with Package Manager (pkgmgr), Windows Preinstallation Environment (PE) command-line tool PEimg or the International Configuration tools (Intlcfg) – DISM replaces them all. Plus DISM is great for helping to document exactly what is in an image so you won’t have to!

    Windows Deployment Made Easier: Meet WAIK 2.0 and Volume Activation 2.0
    Still paying for your Windows image deployment tools?  Microsoft’s free deployment tools are better than ever with the new Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) 2.0. WAIK 2.0 makes scripting Windows installs vastly simpler through its Windows System Image Manager (WSIM), a GUI tool that writes detailed answer files that enables unattended installations.  WAIK also includes the Windows Pre-Installation Environment (WinPE) 3.0, a simplified version of Windows 7 that provides the foundation of many deployment scenarios (and is also a great platform for Windows troubleshooting).  ImageX creates and deploys Ghost-like system images ready for deployment, and WAIK 3.0 allows you to support and update those images with the all-new Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) utility, replacing both the old peimg, pkgmgr and International Configuration tools.  If you are planning on deploying 5 or 50,000 Windows 7 or Server 2008 machines this session is a the quickest way to learn what has changed from WAIK 1.1 to 2.0. Once you have new Windows machines built you will need to activate them and it’s a snap with Microsoft’s volume activation Key Management Service (KMS) – join Microsoft Setup and Deployment MVP and Desktop Deployment Product Specialist Rhonda Layfield in an informative, entertaining, in-depth look at what’s new in Windows deployment! 

    Speaker: Rhonda Layfield – MVP Deployment