• Mark Russinovich talkin' Windows Intune Technology Tune-Up

    Here's a word of advice. If you ever get a chance to see Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich talk - in person or online - go see him. I haven't missed one of his talks over the last 6 years whenever he was speaking at an internal technical audience or even when I spoke last year at TechEd (he beat me by 0.01 points in "presenter skills, but I digress). Mark has the kind of insight on systems...
  • Microsoft Virtual Academy–Resources, Free Training, OneStopShop

    After all the product announcements, betas and sneak peaks at all things management related at MMS last week, one thing crept out out of the Las Vegas haze that might have gone unnoticed. We’ve launched an online Virtual Academy called the MVA (Microsoft Virtual Academy).   Picture it as a single place to go for free training online on a variety of hot topics (private cloud, IaaS, Paas, Saas,...
  • VMWare Admins–Cut your chops on some free Hyper-V training

    I posted an article a couple of weeks back and I wanted to remind by Virtualization brethren of the VMware faith that there are some free online JumpStart courses coming next week just for you! With all the stuff announced at the Microsoft Management Summit this past week and with the essential skills of working with multiple Hypervisors in top demand – you should take some time for a crash course...
  • Dynamic Memory and Remote FX support now in SCVMM 2008 w/ SP1

    A quick note to say that SP1 of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 is now released and available to download. We announced the availability of the BETA of SCVMM 2012 earlier this week – but this brings some important support of our newest Hyper-V technologies that were included with SP1 for Hyper-V into the “managed” fold. With the advent of Dynamic Memory, Hyper-V hosts now have a CONSERVATIVE...
  • Windows Intune Now Available–PC Management in the cloud

    Yet another cool announcement from MMS 2011 – Windows Intune is now RTM and available for a free 30 day trial or purchase. It’s a very interesting service that provides a one stop shop for keeping your PCs running at their best, no matter where they are – WITHOUT a local server infrastructure. I said it – No Servers Required – just a license on a per PC/Per Month basis. That’s a now a predictable Operational...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta (SCVMM 2012)

    Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Available in a Beta release RIGHT NOW – the next generation of System Center Virtual Machine Manager is now available for download in both 180 Day Eval install or pre-configured VHD install. This gives you a fantastic toolset to manage your virtualization infrastructure (From MULTIPLE vendors – VMWare, Hyper-V and Xen) and start to think and provision like...
  • Upgrading Hyper-V R2 to SP1

    With Service Pack 1 now released for Hyper-V R2 it is about time to start deploying it and updating your VMs.  As with anything there is a process to follow to ensure that everything goes smoothly and that the virtual machines can take advantage of all the features available in SP1.  We’ve already covered these new features in articles on Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX so lets look at what you...
  • A follow up to IE9–the IEAK is now live

    As a follow up to my IE9 Release To Web post on Tuesday , I just got word that the Internet Explorer Administration Kit for IE9 is now available for download! Here’s the direct link. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=671b9cf6-546c-4889-8a6d-eeaa56c76deb In case you don’t know what IEAK is – it’s the most efficient way to deploy IE9 in your organization and manage web based...
  • Scripter? Like Automation? Powershell Scripting Games are for YOU!

    “…Sweat pours from your brow, your muscles tighten as you hammer away the Cmdlets into the Windows Powershell console.   A bead drips onto the keyboard revealing the smell of Ozone in the air. That last line poured out of your soul onto the page, and it felt so right.  One more task automated.  The systems bow down to the scripter…” Is this you?  Are you an ITPro with that...
  • Have you gotten your IE9 Download yet?

    What’s holding you back? Here is the main download page with links to all the versions you need. While it’s downloading – here are three quick things I believe should help encourage you to try out IE9. It’s freakin’ fast. Really – it’s just sick how fast it is! We’re talking JavaScript performance as well as it being the only browser with full hardware acceleration support. Check out some of these...
  • Analyzing Candidates for Virtualization

    Almost all workloads are now supported on one virtual platform or another.  There is a knowledge base article from Microsoft that outlines the support policy of it’s products that will help you determine what level of host OS, guest OS and application version you need to be at to obtain support but how do you determine if a machine should be virtualized or if it should stay a physical machine...
  • Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy–# 28, March 2011

    Over pints Pierre Roman, Bruce Cowper and Rick Claus decided they would put together a concise and timely podcast each “Update Tuesday”. The object is to keep it simple by letting you know in plain non technical language what the updates are, what they resolve and why you should care. As always - if you have suggestions on making it better - please pass on your comments. Mail Rick directly...
  • Virtualization Certification–with benefits

    I am a big advocate of certification – putting your money where your mouth is – and have been for years. Heck, my first certification exam was “windows 3.11 and dos 6.22 for support professionals”. I’m not joking – it was my first cert and first course I took what seems like EONS ago. When I saw this announcement come in – I had to quickly blog about it. From now until June 30th 2011 - if you pre-register...
  • VMware Admins take note–Hyper-V skills jumpstart

    I kicked off a new podcast called CareerBytes for the Regular IT Guy yesterday. In the premiere episode, Jeff Woolsey and I talked about the importance of building your skills by knowing how to work in a heterogeneous Hypervisor environment. It is a matter of fact that virtualization is here to stay and you need to know how to manage Multiple hypervisors. This was even backed up this week with VMware...
  • Virtualization and Private Cloud - CareerBytes for the Regular IT Guy

    Following the success for “ Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy ”, I’ve been toying with the idea of expanding on the concept of frank and matter of fact talks on a variety of subjects that are relevant to Technical Professionals across the board. When I was in Seattle recently, I decided to get off my butt and actually record something that fits the bill. I completed some audio...