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  • Blog Post: IIS 7 PowerShell Provider

    I always wondered why the IIS team didn't have any PowerShell provider or Cmdlets to manage the IIS platform through PowerShell, I know they had the AppCmd commandline tool to manage IIS from the commandline. But now the IIS team released their PowerShell provider to manage IIS servers. Here is what...
  • Blog Post: Screencast series on Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0

    One of my colleagues created a 6 part screencast on how to use MAP. The MAP toolkit has been around for years.  MAP is a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely run in small or large IT environments without requiring the installation of agent software on any computers...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 - Server Core - Change Default Prompt

    If you are planning to deploy Windows Server 2008 - Server Core installations in your network I would strongly advise you to use the following tip. In all my Server core installations I change the default prompt to something like this: Imagine you have more than one Server core box and you are connecting...
  • Blog Post: December Edition of TechNet Magazine Online

    Interop: Authenticate Linux Clients with Active Directory Many IT shops are divided into two camps—the Windows team and the Linux team—but we all have the same ultimate goal of providing high-quality and cost-effective IT services. One way you can do this is by sharing core software infrastructure. Think...
  • Blog Post: How-to Upgrade to Hyper-V Release Candidate

    A few weeks ago we've released Hyper-V Release Candidate we've made quite some improvements read them on the virtualization blog , the one I want to focus on are the additional guest OS support and how to upgrade your beta environment. Additional Guest OS support : Hyper-V RC now includes support for...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Shortcuts

    A while ago someone sent me a mail with all the shortcuts I needed to know to use Windows 8. Below is an extensive list of shortcuts but in reality I use only a couple of them on a daily bases: Windows key + C: Access the charms bar Windows key + L: Lock computer Windows key + start typing to find app...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid Application Virtualization Trial Guide

    This trial guide will help you to quickly setup a Microsoft SoftGrid Application virtualization environment. This guide outlines steps necessary to: Install System Center Virtual Application Server components Install SoftGrid Client for Windows Desktops and Terminal Servers Publish the shortcuts of sequenced...
  • Blog Post: Link multiple Live ID's together

    I have multiple live ID's one I use for personal matters and another one for work. Up till now it was always painful to switch between the ID's. This is not true anymore :). I linked my two live ID's together and I can now switch from one account to the other without the hassle of signing out and in...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Live Meeting - Forefront Threat Management Gateway - Technisch overzicht – Q & A

    I’m cleaning up my mailbox and I came across this Q&A from one of the TechNet livemeetings. (It’s in Dutch)   URL categorisatie ook voor Belgische (Europese) sites ? Ja, je kunt dit nagaan op http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/mrs/ Zijn er quota's mogelijk voor bandbreedte en/of voor data...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Chopsticks latest Community updates

    Here are the latest TechNet Chopsticks additions: Import / export GPPE settings "office 2007 browserflags" In this session we will illustrate how you can use the new import export feature in group policy preferences, how you can use this to change the default behavior of office 2007 opening...
  • Blog Post: Performance Point Server 2007 Training Recourses

    Walter Stiers a colleague of mine points to some online training resources for Performance Point server. Building a planning budgeting or forecasting application Module 1: Business integration video | workbook Module 2: Architecting a PerformancePoint Server2007 planning application video | workbook...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Virtual Machine Bus cannot find enough resources

    A few weeks ago my colleague installed Hyper-V onto her laptop and she copied one of her Virtual Machines onto this server. When she booted the server there where some issues with the virtual machine, the main issue was that the vmbus technology was not available. After a bit of troubleshooting I find...
  • Blog Post: Dev & IT Pro Days: Building End-to-End Infrastructure Security

    During the Dev & IT Pro days we had the opportunity to host the following sessions from John Craddock and Sally. Note that the recordings where not done during our event but the content was the same. Is Your IT Infrastructure Secure? John Craddock, Principle Infrastructure & Security Architect...
  • Blog Post: Find drivers for an unknown device

    This weekend I had to reinstall a Windows XP machine for my daughter, she got her first PC :). So she couldn't wait and it had to be installed right away. So I had to put in a new disk because the old one crashed and died. Installed Windows XP SP2 (Dutch Version) onto the box. And guess what everything...
  • Blog Post: Building a Failover Cluster with Server Core Part 3

    In the two previous parts of this topic we created the Server Core Machines, connected them to the storage and added the Failover Clustering Feature. In this last part we are going to configure the Windows Failover Clustering feature and form a 2 Node cluster. For doing this you have two options one...
  • Blog Post: Free iSCSI Target Software

    Recently during one of my Windows Failover clustering presentation I received the question how to emulate iSCSI shared disks to build a failover cluster without having to buy an expensive storage environment. In my case I'm using our own iSCSI target software but there are some other vendors that let...
  • Blog Post: Fine-Grained Password Policies

    Remember a previous blog post where I talked about the fact that with Windows Server 2008 you will now be able to define different password account lockout policies within the same domain. Previously this was not possible and this was also one of the reasons many of our customers implemented multiple...
  • Blog Post: Presentation Techniques

    Going through my blogs that I read I encountered this blogpost about Paul’s Painless Process for Preparing a Presentation and it's so true. So what is it? One month away: Blog about it, generate as much hype as possible, invite everyone I know to the talk. Three weeks away: Promise myself to start preparing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Now Available

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is an agentless tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. This Solution Accelerator performs an inventory of heterogeneous...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista - Virtual Roundtable

    A few weeks ago I blogged about a virtual roundtable event around Windows Vista with some industry experts, Mark Russinovich led the discussion with industry experts and invited IT Pro's. The discussion was all about adopting and deploying Windows Vista into a desktop infrastructure and the panel talked...
  • Blog Post: June edition of TechNet Magazine Online

    Security: The Great Debate: Security by Obscurity Security by obscurity involves taking measures that don't remove an attack vector but instead conceal it. Some argue that this is a bad practice while others claim that as part of a larger strategy, every bit counts. The debate is quite heated, and some...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links

    Going through the blogs I'm reading I wanted to share the following links with you. Windows Mobile: Version 2 of Windows Live Search for Mobile was released . There are versions for Windows Mobile 2003, Windows Mobile 5 and above, J2ME, and Blackberry. Windows Vista: According to Mary Jo Foley a preview...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Solution Accelerators

    Here is a list of the different Virtualization Solution Accelerators we have at Microsoft: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1 for Hyper-V and App-V - http://www.microsoft.com/MAP Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Hyper-V, App-V and SCVMM 2008 http://www.microsoft.com/IPD Offline...
  • Blog Post: November Edition of TechNet Magazine

    Windows Administration Offline files allow users to be productive when disconnected. In Windows Vista, new Offline Files features make working off the network better than ever. Desktop Deployment BDD 2007 contains best practices, configuration files, scripts, and templates. All together they make desktop...
  • Blog Post: 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...