May, 2010

  • TechNet Magazine–May 2010 Edition

    magazinemay2010Editor’s Note: Keeping Tabs on Remote Offices

    With the myriad challenges you face every day as an IT manager, keeping a corporate network running that supports all sorts of remote offices has got to rank somewhere near the top. You have all the standard challenges—providing the right applications, ensuring certain performance and service levels, maintaining bandwidth and capacity planning, ensuring a rock-solid backup and disaster recovery plan—and now you have to do it from miles away. And there’s often no one at the remote office who “speaks IT.” Read more...

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controllers: Plan Carefully for RODCs

    Read-only domain controllers are new features of the Active Directory Domain Services in the Windows Server 2008 R2 and they represent a fundamental change to how you’d typically use domain controllers.

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core: Securing the Branch Office Connection

    Windows Server 2008 R2 allows you to make fundamental changes to how you can deploy and leverage domain controllers (DCs) in remote environments.

  • ProExchange: Using TMG 2010 and DPM 2010 in an Exchange infrastructure

    We will provide you with an overview Data Protection Manager 2010 and Thread Management Gateway 2010 including some real-life demos.

    Note that we won't be exploring these products in all their glory but instead we focus on the requirements when deploying Exchange 2010.

    Configuring DPM 2010:

    We will go through a quick overview of the new features of DPM 2010 and what you need to be aware off when deploying DPM for Exchange. But more importantly we will show you in a demo how to perform backups of Exchange 2010 Databases and how to restore Database, Mailbox and Items.

    Configuring TMG 2010:

    Again we will go through a quick overview of the new featues of TMG 2010 and what you need to be aware off when deploying Exchange 2010. A demo will show you how easy it is to publish Exchange services such as Outlook Web Access, Autodiscover, Activesync, Exchange Control Panel, etc.

    In addition if you have any questions you would like the speaker to address during the sessions please don't hesitate to submit them to


           18:00   Reception (there will be sandwiches and drinks)

           18:45   Session 1: Configuring DPM 2010

           19:45   Session 2: Configuring TMG 2010

           20:30   Closing with Q&A and drinks


    Monday the 7th of June 2010


    We will be hosting this meeting at the offices of Avanade in Medialaan 38, 1800 Vilvoorde

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  • Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 – Now in Beta Release!

    VMST 3.0 helps customers more effectively—and safely—manage the workflow of updating their offline virtualization environment. Using VMST 3.0, customers can now service:

    · Offline virtual machines in a SCVMM library.

    · Stopped and saved state virtual machines on a host.

    · Virtual machine templates.

    · Offline virtual hard disks in a SCVMM library by injecting update packages.

    · Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host clusters.


    Join the Beta Program
  • Deploy Microsoft Silverlight in a controlled network environment

    One of mu colleagues David Tesar wrote a guide how you can deploy Microsoft Silverlight in a controlled newtork environment. The guide will document the different options and processes involved deploying Silverlight in a networked environment.

    The guide has been updated wit some major new additions like:

    • Deploying and managing Silverlight out of browser (OOB) applications
    • Links to the Updated Group policies and template (ADMX/L files) which includes new capabilities to lockdown:
      • Silverlight Trusted Applications — allows users to install out-of-browser applications via the Install dialog
      • WebCam and Microphone — allows webpages and applications to access the microphone and webcam
    • UDP Multicast Networking — allows webpages and applications to do UDP multicast networking

    Download the guide

  • Can you manage your Windows Datacenter Edition servers with System Center Essentials 2010

    One of our partners build a 4 node Hyper-V cluster with Datacenter Edition and wants to use System Center Essentials 2010 to manage the Virtualization layer. As SCE 2010 can manage up to 50 Machines it is the ideal solution for his environment.

    However According to the TechNet article ( we only support Windows Server Standard and Enterprise Edition.

    Our Product team confirmed to me that you can manage the Windows Datacenter Edition with SCE. The reason why it’s not on the supported list yet is because we are still finalizing the test. But they confirmed that there is no technical reason not to do it.