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  • Blog Post: Save $87.25 on TechNet Plus

    I have said before and i will say it again, “TechNet Plus direct is the best value for money in the Microsoft World.”  If you are an IT professional or a budding Network guru you need a TechNet Subscription.  Full Version Microsoft Products! (Sorry No Visual Studio)  No time bombs! A ton...
  • Blog Post: It's Official! Virtualization in Windows Server 2008 RC0

    Keith Combs Blog is showcasing what I think is the only screencast currently available demonstrating the latest Virtualization bits to be included with Windows Server 2008. Want to know what a hypervisor is? Ever heard of Veridian? What the difference between a parent VM and a child VM. If you would...
  • Blog Post: How To Build A Private Cloud (Part 2)

    TechNet Webcast: How to Build a Private Cloud (Part 2): Hyper-V, the Backbone of a Private Cloud Download WMV Download | WMA | MP3 In this session, we demonstrate some of the key functionalities of Hyper-V that make it ideally suited to perform IT as a service and private cloud functions. We walk through...
  • Blog Post: “What is Virtualization?”

          It seems that over the course of the last 2 years that the number of questions I receive around virtualization has been consistently on the rise.  Many of the questions center around how to do things with virtualization.  How do I questions are great, and I love answering...
  • Blog Post: See Chris Henley Live at TechNet Events this November. “Hyper V- Virtualization for the Cloud”, and “Private Cloud 201.”

    During the month of November we will be hosting TechNet Events in the western part of the United States the content is focused squarely on the technologies that will be used to make up “The Private Cloud.”  I would love to meet you in person at one of the events in Northern California, Denver Colorado...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Services : The Bet for Microsoft!

    1969 was really an important year, I was born, Woodstock, a man on the moon, and of course the internet.  If there are roots to our current technical opportunities they go all the way back to 1969.  Steve Ballmer spoke to a group of students and faculty (as well as a world wide webcast audience...
  • Blog Post: Video:Virtualization 101 Part 2 of 4

    In part 2 of the Virtualization series we focus in on Type 2 or Hosted Hypervisor solutions.  This would be tools Like Virtual PC and Virtual Server.  These type 2 hypervisor products are hosted on top of an existing Operating System such as Windows 7, or Windows Server.  Because they...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP Mode

    In our last Virtualization 101 discussion we introduced you to Windows Virtual PC and discussed some of the basics of that particular type 2 hypervisor with its associated Virtual Machine Manager (VMM.)  We also introduce the topic of Windows XP Mode.  Today I want to spend some time highlighting...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Microkernelized or Monolithic

    Type 2 Hypervisors (Virtual PC, VMware workstation, Virtual Server 2005R2 etc.) all have one thing in common.  They all have 2 Hardware abstraction Layers (HALs,) which means in a nutshell that they are useless for any kind of infrastructure workload.  When I say infrastructure workload what...
  • Blog Post: Boot from .VHD file

    One of the cool new features that can be utilized in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is the ability to boot from a Virtual Hard Disk.   My friend and co-worker Keith Combs has done a great video of how the process works. He even takes the process up a notch by dual booting the machine...
  • Blog Post: Free Virtualization Solutions E-book

    Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions from Microsoft Press is available as a FREE download.  This 15MB E-Book is over 400 pages long, so it is quite comprehensive. It covers all current Microsoft Virtualization technologies  even the newest, such as the Microsoft Enterprise Desktop...
  • Blog Post: How To Build A Private Cloud (Part 4)

    TechNet Webcast: How to Build a Private Cloud (Part 4): The Self-Service Portal, the Muscles of a Private Cloud Download WMV Download | WMA | MP3 In this session, we discuss the self-service portal and demonstrate how to install, configure, and potentially use it in a private cloud. We demonstrate how...
  • Blog Post: How To Build a Private Cloud (Part 3)

    TechNet Webcast: How to Build a Private Cloud (Part 3): System Center, the Nerve Center of a Private Cloud Download WMV Download | WMA | MP3 In this session, we discuss the key functions of the Microsoft System Center tools as the nerve center for your private cloud. We talk about System Center Operations...
  • Blog Post: Everything you Ever Wanted to Know About Cloud, But Were Afraid to Ask!

    Do you know what today is?  It’s the first Monday in April!  “So What?” The first Monday in April marks the beginning of of what I am calling “The Season of the Cloud.”  I will spend the next 90 days delivering just one message on behalf of Microsoft.  I have talked to thousands of...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Webcast Series

    As you are all well aware one of the hottest topics in the IT world is virtualization.  So what's the big deal?  Why virtualize my workloads?  How do I learn more about what the options are for virtualization?  These and other questions deserve some serious attention.  In consequence...
  • Blog Post: Video: Virtualization 101 Part 4 of 4

    The ultimate end of virtualization is the cloud.  Public cloud, Private Cloud, Dedicated Cloud there is a lot of discussion about what cloud is and is not.  Windows Azure is really virtualization in the cloud.  Listen to this session as we discuss some of the basics of how Microsoft has...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure

    I get questions all the time about Windows Azure.  What is it exactly?  If I am an IT Pro Why should I care about Windows Azure?  What are the components of Windows Azure?  In an attempt to answer these and a host of other Questions I decided I would post some content that I have...
  • Blog Post: How to Build a Private Cloud (Webcast Series)

    I have been getting a whole bunch of questions around Microsoft’s Private Cloud offerings.  The virtualization website has some great information and I still highly recommend that you begin by reading the stuff on that site.  In conjunction with that information I have decided to deliver a...
  • Blog Post: Video: Virtualization 101 Part 3 of 4

    In this session we discuss in detail Microsoft’s True Type 1 hypervisor called Hyper-V.  We will demonstrate the basic operational capacity of A Hyper-V server and discuss the benefits and drawbacks to the different types of Hyper-V installs.  We will show you how to configure Virtual Machines...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Pilot Project- Windows 2008 R2/Windows 7

      Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 are getting a lot of airtime in the media.  I thought it might be interesting to get some insights from some of the folks who are piloting these products in their actual networks.  One sizable US based company who would like to remain anonymous at...
  • Blog Post: Ghost Town Tech

    Have you ever noticed how sometimes sweeping changes can occur without pomp and circumstance right under our noses and we fail to notice that anything has happened because we are so used to doing things the same old way.  Have you been to a ghost town… uhhh.. I mean the local branch of your bank...
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows Home Server 2011 RC as a Virtual Machine in Hyper-V

    Windows Home Server might be the coolest IT product that Microsoft makes for the consumer marketplace.  For those of you that have not used Home Server it’s time to go and get yourself a copy .  Now is a particularly good time to get involved with Home Server because the product team is in...
  • Blog Post: Who Invented Virtualization?

    This is a great question!  And like all really great questions it has a simple and thought provoking answer.  There are some associated questions I would like to also address here.  1.  When was virtualization invented? 2. How did virtualization differ at invention from what we have...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Pilot Project- Windows Server 2008 / Virtualization

    I am hearing great things from the IT Pro Momentum Program.  Today our focus is on a school district who is using the IT Pro Mo0mentum program to pilot Windows Server 2008.  Like the two previous Momentum examples I shared with you I was able to ask some questions to the IT Pros running the...
  • Blog Post: Thrive

      “In tough times, the good will survive, but only the best will Thrive!  Are you thriving?  Visit the Thrive site and learn how to enhance your technical skills, advance your career, and elevate IT as the business leader.  These strategies and skills will not only help you...