• Introducing Microsoft Security Essentials

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    Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

    Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.

    Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

    Learn more at the Microsoft Malware Protection Center

    Find information, definitions, and analyses of all the latest threats that Microsoft Security Essentials can help protect you against in the Microsoft Malware Protection Center

    Need security for your business?
    Protect your computers with Microsoft Forefront Client Security

    *Your PC must run genuine Windows to install Microsoft Security Essentials. Learn more about genuine

    More to read on http://blogs.technet.com/mmpc/archive/2009/09/29/introducing-microsoft-security-essentials.aspx

    Here’s a note from the Microsoft Security Essentials team:

    image Microsoft Security Essentials (formerly codenamed “Morro”) is the newest security product from Microsoft that helps protect consumers against viruses, spyware and other malicious software. The program, using the same technology as the Forefront product family, is designed to protect and take the guess work out of you wondering if you are protected or not.

    If you’re green, you’re good. 

    Red or yellow means there is something that needs to be done to keep your PC secure. A single click and the PC is back to the green protected state. 

    Microsoft Security Essentials is also designed to address cost and other barriers that have prevented many of our customers from running up-to-date security protection on their PCs. Because there are no subscription fees, there is no registration required to collect billing or other personal information.

    It also runs quietly in the background scheduling scans when the PC is most likely idle and interrupting the user only when there is an action required to keep their PC secure. It employs practices like active memory swapping and CPU throttling to limit the impact on your PC performance, even on older or less powerful PCs.

    This isn’t a security suite product that provides rich PC tuning capabilities or backs up your data. But if what you’re looking for is “install and forget” malware protection and solid quality Microsoft Security Essentials may be just what you’ve been waiting for. Plus, as a user of Microsoft Security Essentials you’ll get support from the MMPC.   

    We think you’re gonna like what you get with Microsoft Security Essentials. See for yourself and download it now!

    Microsoft Security Essentials is available now in 8 languages and 19 markets around the world for genuine Windows PCs. 
    Download at:


    Download: Windows XP 32-bit
    Download: Windows Vista/WIN7 32-bit
    Download: Windows Vista/WIN7 64-bit

    Have a secure experience :)

  • Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides—Release Announcement

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    Windows Server Virtualization

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released two updated virtualization guides: Windows Server Virtualization and System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
    These guides, updated to reflect the features and functionalities of Windows Server® 2008 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, outline the critical infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of these virtualization products.

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows Server Virtualization takes the reader through the process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Identification of the Hyper-V™ server hosts required is presented in easy-to-follow steps, helping the reader to design and plan virtual server datacenters.

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager assists readers in the design and implementation of SCVMM architecture, thus enabling centralized administration of physical and virtual machines. Identification of the VMM server instances required is one of the simple, seven-step design processes presented in this guide.

    Download the IPD Guides for Virtualization at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/ee395429.aspx
    Infrastructure Planning and Design streamlines the planning process by:

    • Defining the technical decision flow through the planning process.

    • Listing the decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.

    • Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.

    • Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape.

    Tell your peers about IPD guides! Please forward this mail to anyone who wants to learn more about Infrastructure Planning and Design guides.
    Join the Beta
    Additional Infrastructure Planning and Design guides are available as beta releases on the Connect Web site. They are open beta downloads. If you are not already a member of the IPD beta program, and would like to join, follow these steps:

    1. Go here to join the IPD beta program: https://connect.microsoft.com/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=1587&InvitationID=IPDM-QX6H-7TTV&SiteID=14

    2. If the link does not work for you, copy and paste it into the Web browser address bar.

    3. Sign in using a valid Windows Live ID.

    4. Enter your registration information. Then continue to the IPD beta program page.

    Already a member of the IPD beta program? Go here to get the latest IPD beta downloads: https://connect.microsoft.com/content/content.aspx?ContentID=6556&SiteID=14

    Related Resources
    Check out all the Infrastructure Planning and Design team has to offer! Visit the IPD page on TechNet, http://www.Microsoft.com/IPD, for additional information, including our most recent guides.

  • Join us for the NEW efficiency launch event

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    On September 29th at 9 am (PST) please join us here on www.thenewefficiency.com for a kick-off discussion on “The New Efficiency” live from San Francisco as a part of Microsoft’s Virtual Launch Event.

    Join in the conversation during this must-see event and see top technology leaders and Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, debate the role of IT during this economic reset. Can cost savings, productivity and innovation come together to drive business growth? Get a closer look at how real companies are justifying IT investments across desktop, server, network and beyond.  You’ll also find sessions related to new releases of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Forefront, Microsoft System Center, and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack.

    Mark your calendars; watch it live; submit questions in advance.  Don’t miss it!

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  • Resources for Top Areas of Support for Windows Server 2008 R2

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    Following guide has list of resources to help you troubleshoot issues with Windows Server 2008 R2.image

    A MUST HAVE resources for every IT Professional working on Windows Server 2008 R2.

    Area of Focus & Link to Resource

    Software Licensing and Product Activation

    How to troubleshoot Volume Activation error codes on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista-based computers (article 938450 in the Microsoft® Knowledge Base)


    Windows Volume Activation

    Windows Volume Activation on the Windows Client TechCenter


    Hyper-V Live Migration

    Hyper-V: Using Live Migration with Cluster Shared Volumes in Windows Server 2008 R2


    Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

    Migrating Settings to a Failover Cluster Running Windows Server 2008 R2


    Hyper-V: Using Hyper-V and Failover Clustering


    Failover Clusters

    Overview of Failover Clusters


    Migrating Settings to a Failover Cluster Running Windows Server 2008 R2


    Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services)

    Remote Desktop Services team blog (how to set up, configure, and so on)


    Performance team blog about Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services)


    Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2 (includes how to deploy RD Licensing and RD Gateway)


    Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) Health Model


    Operating System Deployment, Migration, and Upgrade education

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2008 Update 1


    Direct Access and Networking education

    Direct Access for Windows Server 2008 R2 on Microsoft TechNet


    DirectAccess Early Adopter’s Guide


    Networking education

    The Cable Guy Column Archives


    Application Compatibility

    Getting Started with Application Compatibility in a Windows Deployment


    Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) Version 5.5


    Application Compatibility and User Account Control Web site


    Windows Server 2008 R2 Supported Applications


    ISV Application Readiness and Certification


    Application Compatibility Resources for IT Professionals and Developers



    Applocker Step-by-Step Guide


    Public Key Infrastructure and Certificate Services

    Active Directory Certificate Services


    Active Directory Certificate Services: Web Enrollment


    Active Directory Certificate Services: Enterprise PKI (PKIView tool)


    Windows PKI blog on Microsoft TechNet


    You can get the web version of the same document over here.


    In case you want to download the .docx formatted guide visit the following link.


  • BranchCache Security Guide

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    This document provides guidance to help organizations understand and manage the security of the Microsoft® BranchCache™ feature  imageintroduced in Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Microsoft Windows® 7. BranchCache is a wide area network (WAN) bandwidth optimization technology. To optimize WAN bandwidth, BranchCache copies content from your main office content servers and caches the content at branch office locations, allowing client computers at branch offices to access the content locally rather than over the WAN.

    A must read guide for all of them who are deploying this new feature in their Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 based infrastructure. Often during my better together session covering this particular I get lot of queries around BranchCache Security. This guide covers all the necessary points required for setting up the security for BranchCache based environment.


    Happy Caching

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Multilingual User Interface Language Packs

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    Multilingual User Interface (MUI) Language Packs (Windows Server Language Packs) enable a multilingual user interface in a Windows  Server 2008 R2 environment. Adding one or more language packs to a Windows Server 2008 R2 image enables one or more languages in the installed Windows Server operating system, allowing corporations to deploy the same Windows Server 2008 R2 image worldwide while still providing localized user interfaces.windows-server-2008-r2_2


    NOTE: Itanium based systems require Itanium (ia64) language packs


    Each language pack is available as a specific .exe file. If you require further language packs select the appropriate language in the Quick Details section above.
    x64 Version - Windows6.1-KB974587-x64-en-us.exe
    IA64 Version - Windows6.1-KB974587-ia64-en-us.exe
    If needed, you can download the full Windows Server 2008 R2 Multilingual User Interface Language Pack ISO, containing all 35 language packs (2.3Gb).

    Additional Information

    Additional links to MUI documentation are listed in the "Related Resources" box. Note that MUI technology is shared between Windows client and Windows Server 2008 R2. Therefore the Windows MUI documentation applies to Windows Server 2008 R2 as well.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths

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    This document outlines supported and unsupported upgrade paths for Windows Server® 2008 R2 SKUs.


  • Managing Hyper-V Based Server using Windows 7 Remote Server Administration Tool (RSAT)

    First of all in order to manage the Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 based server from Windows 7 RTM, you need to download and install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7.

    You can get it from my previous blog post http://blogs.technet.com/aviraj/archive/2009/08/16/remote-server-administration-tools-for-windows-7.aspx or Click Here

    Assuming that you have download either x86 or x64 version of the RSAT Tools for Windows 7, we will move further. By default when you install the tools, they are not yet available in Administrative Tools. You have to manually enable what are the administrative tools you require.

    Step 1: Download and install the appropriate version of the RSAT Tools. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Programs.

    Step 2: In the Programs and Features area, click Turn Windows features on or off


    Hyper-V Manager

    Step 3: If you are prompted by User Account Control to enable the Windows Features dialog box to open, click Continue

    Step 4: In the Windows Features dialog box, expand Remote Server Administration Tools. Select the remote management tools that you want to install. In this case click on Hyper-V Tools and click on OK.

    Hyper-V Selected

    Step 5: This will install the Hyper-V Manager for Windows 7

    Hyper-V Install

    Step 6: After the installation click on Restart Now or you can click Restart Later.

    Hyper-V Reboot

    Step 7: After the reboot click on Start, Administrative Tools. Click on Hyper-V Manager.

    Hyper-V Launch

    Step 8: This will launch Hyper-V Manager MMC.


    Step 9: In the right hand side Actions pane, click on Connect to Server… In the Select Computer windows click on Another computer.

    Type the Server you want to manage. In this case it is DEMOSERVER03, click on OK.


    Step 10: This will connect to the DEMOSERVER03 server and show the currently Virtual Machines. You can double on any VM to connect.

     Hyper-V Win7 RSAT

    This way we have seen how to manage Hyper-V based environment using Remote Server Administrative Tools for Windows 7.

    Happy Virtualization

  • Microsoft India kicks off with The New Efficiency Launch


    Microsoft India kicks off with THE NEW EFFICIENCY launch events.

    Feel free to join in the launch events and the contests across India.


    Visit the following link to know more about THE NEW EFFICIENCY Launch.


  • Windows Server 2008 R2: Using Active Directory Administrative Center

    Today we will see a quick demo on Active Directory Management. It’s been years and we are still using Active Directory Management Console and over the time as your organization grows the management becomes a real challenge. Windows Server 2008 R2 introduces lot of new features related to Active Directory such as AD Recycle Bin and Active Directory Administrative Center.

    Active Directory Administrative Center is the next generation management tool introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2. This tool is designed to ease the Active Directory management. We will now see how to make use of this Active Directory Administrative Center. By the way this tool powered by PowerShell that means we can make use of PowerShell cmdlets available for our disposal in order to manage the Active Directory.AD Admin Center

    I have a domain controller configured with woodgrovebank.com domain. Let’s start with the Active Directory Administrative Demo. In this demo we will see how we can easily search for the user and configure the account. This is easier than the typical way of managing.

    Step 1: Go to Start menu, click Administrative Tools/Active Directory Administrative Center


    Step 2: In the Reset Password box, in the User name, type Woodgrovebank\aviraj and then press TAB

    Notice you will get the message "The password will be reset for woodgrovebank\aviraj”


    Step 3: Type the new password for this user and click on Apply. You will see the message saying password reset successfully.


    Next, up let’s continue with the other demo for searching through the users’ properties using the Active Directory Administrative Center.

    Step 1: In Active Directory Administrative Center left hand side pane, expand Woodgrovebank (local), click on the arrow and expand the OU and type In, you will see India OU then click on small arrow again and type Mum, you will see the OU starting with Mum and in this case it is Mumbai.


    Step 2: Double click on the Mumbai OU, this will show the user Aviraj Ajgekar, which is currently disabled user account and you can see the brief summary about the same user. And in the right hand side, it will show the Tasks pane where you can perform certain actions related to that particular user.


    Step 3:  Double click on the above user Aviraj Ajgekar and you will be able to see all the properties related to this particular user.

    You will see the properties such as Account, Organization, Member Of, Profile and Extensions details for this user.

    Notice the Red Boxes numbered 1, 2, 3

    Number 1: Sections talking about user details

    Number 2: Close or Expand the certain section

    Number 3: Add the sections as per the requirement


    Step 4: Using the following you can add/remove the sections as per your requirements.


    As we said Active Directory Administrative Center is powered by PowerShell, we will now use built in Active Directory PowerShell module to manage some of the useful tasks with the help of PowerShell cmdlets.

    Go to start menu, click on Windows PowerShell ISE. This will launch PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment for running PowerShell scripts.


    Step 1: Type the following command to load the Active Directory Module for PowerShell

    Import-Module ActiveDirectory


    Step 2: Type the following command to List available Modules, this will show available module name: ActiveDirectory



    Step 3: Type the following command to Display the commands related to Active Directory.

    Get-Command –Module ActiveDirectory


    Well, that’s all you need to kick off. Next command you can try on your own depending upon how and which commands you want to use.

    Few examples,





    Note: In this command you have to provide filter to get the user list. In this case Filter samAccountName –like “Aviraj”




    That’s all from Active Directory Administrative Center using the built in MMC & using PowerShell ISE. You can make you of these cmdlets to easier your and managing your AD environment much more easily. For more info, scripts keep visiting Hey Scripting Guy’s blog.

    Happy Scripting

  • Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial


    Welcome to the Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial. It is designed specifically for IT Professionals, so that you can test your software and hardware on a final version of the product. In addition, it provides the opportunity for you to become more familiar with the key improvements over previous versions of the Windows operating system, and experience firsthand how Windows 7 can make your PC environment more productive, secure, and manageable.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    This is trial software designed for IT Professionals interested in experiencing the Windows 7 Enterprise on behalf of their organization so please read the following to get an idea of the risks and key things you need to know before you install.

    We do not recommend that you install this if you are a not an IT Professional or not professionally managing corporate networks.

    Guidelines on usage:

    • Protect your PC and data. Be sure to back up your data and please don’t test Windows 7 on your primary home or business PC.
    • You have 10 days to activate the product. If not activated within 10 days, the system will shut down once every hour until activated. Unsure on how to activate? Visit our FAQ.
    • The 90-day Trial is the full working version of the Windows 7 Enterprise, the version most of you will be working with in your corporate environment. It will not require a product key (it is embedded with the download).
    • The 90-day Trial will shut down once every hour when you have reached the end of the 90-day evaluation period.
    • The 90-day Trial is offered for a limited time and in limited quantity. The download will be available through March 31, 2010, while supplies last.
    • After the 90-day Trial expires, if you wish to continue to use Windows 7 Enterprise, please note that you will be required to purchase and perform a clean installation of Windows 7, including drivers and applications. Please keep this in mind; Windows 7 Enterprise is not available through retail channels.
    • Technical details/updates/questions: Please review our FAQ or visit the Windows 7 support forum.
    • Stay informed. You can keep up with general technical information and news by following the Springboard Series blog. Want technical guidance, tips, and tools? Visit the Springboard Series on TechNet.
    • Keep your PC updated: Be sure to turn on automatic updates in Windows Update in case we publish updates for the 90-day Trial.
    • Microsoft Partners-: Learn more about Windows 7 on the Microsoft Partner Portal.

    Feel free to download and test the Windows 7 Enterprise edition for IT Professionals.

    Visit the TechNet Evalcenter to download http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/cc442495.aspx?ITPID=sprblog

  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 is released !!!

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    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 is the newest version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. MDT 2010 supports deployment of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in addition to deployment of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP.

    For more updated resources visit Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog at http://blogs.technet.com/msdeployment/default.aspx


    Deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010. MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits:

    • Unified tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment in a common deployment console and collection of guidance.
    • Reduced deployment time and standardized desktop and server images, along with improved security and ongoing configuration management.
    • Fully automated Zero Touch Installation deployments by leveraging System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 Release Candidate and Windows deployment tools. For those without a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 infrastructure, MDT leverages Windows deployment tools for Lite Touch Installation deployments.

    What’s New in MDT 2010
    Improvements to the newest version of MDT allow you to:
    • Access deployment shares from anywhere on the network and replicate files and settings across organizational boundaries or sites.
    • Organize and manage drivers, operating systems, applications, packages, and task sequences with an improved UI.
    • Automate UI functionality using the Windows PowerShell command line interface.

    Choosing the Right Version
    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 is offered in two versions to support Solution Accelerator component installation on x64 or x86 hosts. Select the version that corresponds with your host hardware type. Both versions of MDT 2010 support deployment of x86 and x64 Windows operating systems.
    The What’s New in MDT 2010 guide and Release Notes are available as separate downloads on this page for those who want to quickly evaluate MDT 2010. The full package of guidance is available in .chm format as part of the toolkit. For those who want it in Word format, a separate download is available in the Files in this Download list.
    Send questions or feedback about MDT 2010 directly to us at SATfdbk@microsoft.com

    System Requirements
    • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition (32-Bit x86); Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Vista Service Pack 1
    • MMC 3.0 is required to run the Workbench and view the documentation on Windows Server 2003.
      Note MMC 3.0 is included in Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows 7, and Windows Vista.
    • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 relies on several Windows deployment tools. After installation of the .msi package and startup of the Deployment Workbench, the user can choose to automatically download and install the following major tools from the Components:
      • Windows Automated Installation Kit
      • Application Compatibility Toolkit
      • MSXML 6.0
    • Microsoft Office Word or Word Viewer (available as a free download) can be used to view Word documents
    Additional Information

    Solution Accelerators are free, scenario-based guides and automations designed to help IT Professionals who are proactively planning, deploying, and operating IT systems using Microsoft products and technologies. Solution Accelerator scenarios focus on security and compliance, management and infrastructure, and communication and collaboration.
    Get the Solution Accelerator Notifications Newsletter
    Subscribe to the Solution Accelerator Notifications newsletter so that you can stay informed about new Solution Accelerator releases and updates. The newsletter covers such areas of interest as

    • Communication & Collaboration
    • Security, Data Protection, & Recovery
    • Deployment
    • Operations & Management

    You may also receive invitations to participate in accelerator development via beta programs and customer surveys. Solution Accelerator Notifications is currently available in English only.

    Happy Deploying :)

  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 RTM – 180 Days Evaluation Available Now


    Announcing the availability the of VMM 2008 R2 RTM.  Take full advantage of platform enhancements in Windows Server 2008 R2 including Live Migration, Clustered Shared Volumes (CSV), hot add/remove of storage, network optimization, and remote desktop services (RDS). VMM 2008 R2 also adds functionality to migrate storage for running VMs, SAN-based migration across clusters, template based rapid provisioning, maintenance mode to automate the evacuation of VMs off hosts, and Live Migration host compatibility checks.

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (VMM) is a comprehensive management solution for the virtualized data center. It enables increased physical server utilization, centralized management of virtual machine infrastructure, and rapid provisioning of new virtual machines by the administrator, delegated administrator, and authorized end users.
    VMM 2008 R2 can manage all the platforms managed by VMM 2008 and adds support for Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V.
    Windows Server 2008 R2 includes significant feature improvements to Hyper-V. VMM 2008 R2 leverages these new platform enhancements and extends the feature set of VMM 2008.
    Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Host Management

    • VMM 2008 R2 creates and manages virtual machines running on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V hosts. When you add a host that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 that does not have Hyper-V enabled, VMM 2008 R2 automatically enables the Hyper-V role on the host.
    • VMM 2008 R2 supports the following new features of Windows Server 2008 R2:
      • Live migration between Windows Server 2008 R2 clustered hosts. With live migration, you can migrate a virtual machine from one node of a Windows Server 2008 R2 failover cluster to another node in the same cluster without any downtime. Because the virtual machine does not experience any downtime, the move is completely transparent to the users that are connected to the virtual machine.
      • Network optimization detection during virtual machine placement. VMM 2008 R2 supports both Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ) and TCP Chimney, which are Windows Server 2008 R2 features that improve network performance for virtual machines.
      • Network adapters that support the VMQ feature are able to create a unique network queue for each virtual network adapter and then connect that queue directly to the virtual machine’s memory. This connection routes packets directly from the hypervisor to the virtual machine, bypassing much of the processing in the virtualization stack.
      • Network adapters that support the TCP Chimney feature are able to offload the processing of network traffic from the networking stack. Both of these features increase network performance and reduce CPU utilization.
      • Hot addition and removal of virtual hard disks (VHDs). In Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V allows users to add and remove VHDs from a virtual machine while it is running.

    Feature Bullet Summary:
    • Live migration
    • Clustered Shared Volume (CSV) support that enables multiple Highly Available Virtual Machines (HAVM) per LUN.
    • Hot add of storage
    • Support for VMware vSphere 4 (VMware VI3 feature parity only)
    • SAN Migration into and out of clustered hosts
    • Processor flexibility
    • Network optimization
    • Quick storage migration
    • Maintenance mode for hosts
    • Support for third party cluster file system, Sanbolic Melio FS
    • Support for third party storage class resource, Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows
    • Expanded support for iSCSI SANs
    • Support for VMware port groups for virtual switches
    • Support for Virtual Machine permissions assigned in Hyper-V
    • Dynamic policy based load balancing

    Download the 180-day evaluation software and explore the latest features for consolidating your physical servers, rapidly provisioning virtual machines, and managing Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V through one console.


  • Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide

    This guide describes the considerations you should take into account when planning to deploy the Hyper-V™ technology, and provides installation and configuration details that will help you deploy Hyper-V. This guide provides Requirements, installation, and configuration Windows Server Hyper-V Logoinformation for Hyper-V.

    About this guide

    The Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide is intended to help you understand the considerations you should take into account when planning to deploy Hyper-V™, and to provide installation and configuration details that will help you deploy Hyper-V.

    · Overview of Hyper-V

    · Before You Install Hyper-V

    · Installing Hyper-V

    · Configuring Virtual Networks

    · Implementing Disks and Storage

    · Appendix A: Example Authorization Manager Tasks and Operations

    · Appendix B: Authorization Manager Terminology

    Basically this guide covers all the general queries and questions asked related to Hyper-V Role. For example in the following sessions you will find some of the basic topics covered related to Hyper-V Roles and Requirements.

    • Overview of Hyper-V
      What does Hyper-V do?
      Who will be interested in this role?   
      What are the key features of Hyper-V?   
    • Before You Install Hyper-V   
    • Hardware Considerations   
      Hardware requirements   
      Other hardware components


    Happy Virtualization :)

  • Deploying VPN Connections by Using Windows Powershell and Group Policy

    This article describes how to use Group Policy, Powershell and the Remote Access Service (RAS) application programming interfaces  image(APIs) to configure and deploy VPN connection settings to client computers ready for use by users. The solution also describes how the Task Scheduler service can be used to configure scripts or programs that are run whenever a VPN connection is made to the VPN server. The advantage of this solution is that it is not platform specific, and can be used on all of the currently supported versions of Windows.

    This guide discusses one technique that can be used. Its primary purpose is to illustrate how a remote access connection can be created programmatically. Another technique often used is to use the Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK) to create a Connection Manager profile that can be deployed to your clients. For more information about CMAK, see Connection Manager Administration Kit (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=55986) in the Windows Server Technical Library.

    Amazing documentation for configuring & deploying VPN connections with the help of APIs available.


  • Documentation for Certificate Enrollment with Windows Server 2008 R2 now available

    Microsoft made available the new documentation windows-server-2008-r2_2for Certification Enrollment with Windows Server 2008 R2.

    In these documentation you will get the detailed information about the following types of Certificate Enrollment process.

    • Cross-forest Certificate Enrollment with Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Certificate Enrollment Web Services in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Cross-forest Certificate Enrollment with Windows Server 2008 R2

    This paper explains how cross-forest certificate enrollment works. It also provides deployment guidance for cross-forest certificate enrollment in new and existing Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) deployments.

    Windows Server 2008 R2 enables enterprise Certification Authorities (CA) to issue digital certificates to clients that are members of a different Active Directory (AD) forest. This process is called cross-forest certificate enrollment. This paper explains how cross-forest certificate enrollment works. It provides deployment guidance for cross-forest certificate enrollment in new and existing Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) deployments. It provides strategies for consolidating existing certificate templates and presents choices for ongoing management of a cross-forest certificates deployment. A PowerShell script is provided to facilitate management tasks related to setting up and maintaining cross-forest certificate enrollment environments.



    Certificate Enrollment Web Services in Windows Server 2008 R2

    This paper explains how certificate enrollment Web services work in Windows Server 2008 R2. It also provides deployment guidance for certificate enrollment Web services in new and existing Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) deployments.

    To provide certificate enrollment in a broader set of deployment scenarios, Microsoft developed a new enrollment protocol based on WS-Trust and two new role services in Windows Server 2008 R2 based on this protocol. The new services use HTTP based messaging over a TLS encrypted transport and do not depend solely on Kerberos for authentication. This enables automatic enrollment from Windows 7 clients to be used across forest boundaries and over the web. The two new role services are called Certificate Enrollment Policy Web Service (the policy service) and Certificate Enrollment Web Service (the enrollment service). These Web services, respectively, enable certificate policy retrieval and certificate enrollment over HTTPS. This guide explains the deployment scenarios, requirements, and recommended configurations, and offers step by step procedures to help you install and configure the new role services.