Clint Schroeder's Blog

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Clint Schroeder's Blog

  • Try out Windows Phone 7 on your PC today

    Ok...I know I am a bad blogger. Hopefully this will make up for it. You can now try out Windows Phone 7 on your PC . Check it out. From the link: Anticipation has been building for the new Windows Phone 7 Series ever since Microsoft unveiled...
  • Hyper-V Guest Clustering Step-by-Step Guide

    My good buddy, Mark Ghazai, has added an new entry to his blog that talks about clustering inside of Virtual Machines. Mark's Hyper-V Guest Clustering Step-by-Step Guide is a great read. Enjoy! Clint
  • Hyper-V Technical Information and Resources

    I am teaching the Implementing Hyper-V Workshop at EMC in Duluth, GA this week (Hi, guys). I just happened to run across this new resource while looking up some documention. Go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/dd565807.aspx and find a TON of technical...
  • Mark Russinovich on MinWin, the new core of Windows

    Not much more needs to be said. Mark Russinovich. MinWin. Read it. http://www.betanews.com/article/Mark-Russinovich-on-MinWin-the-new-core-of-Windows/1259792850 Sounds very cool. Clint
  • Core Configurator 2.0

    Core Configurator is a GREAT tool. If you haven't checked it out, please do. It has now been updated to work with Windows Server 2008 R2! From the Core Configurator 2.0 homepage : Core Configuration tasks include: Product Licensing Networking...
  • Job Aids for Server Core Installations of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    Since a lot of my focus and time is spent on Directory Services and Virtualization, I work with Server Core quite a bit. I just came across some job aids that cover a lot of the common tasks that you perform on Server Core, and the associated commands...
  • "Pausing" a PowerShell Script

    I can't actually remember who showed this to me in the past. So, I cannot give credit where it is due. However, I recently was in a situation where I needed to write a PowerShell script (.ps1) that included some pauses while I demonstrated some results...
  • ServerManagerCMD is deprecated

    Ok. I'll be honest. I wasn't aware of this one. I was bulilding out a new Windows Server 2008 R2 lab machine today. Instead of using an answer file like I normally do, I decided to enable the ADDS Role post-install using servermanagercmd. I was...
  • A computer stops responding during shutdown if BitLocker is enabled on the system drive on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

    I have been playing with various builds of Windows 7 for the past year. However, a particular issue I have been dealing with did not appear until just recently. My laptop is of course running Windows 7 RTM and is running BitLocker per a corporate requirement...
  • Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

    Something that I have always had to work with, and always found a work-around for, was getting my downloaded .ISO file of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 onto a USB key and use that as the installation source. Well, this new tool is going to make...
  • Remote Desktop Load Simulation Tools

    I know that I have had customers in the past request this type of tool. Well, we finally have something for you. You can now download the Remote Desktop Load Simulation Tools . From the link above: The Remote Desktop Load Simulation toolset...
  • Create VHD versions of physical disks with new Sysinternals utility

    Mitch Irsfeld posted a blog entry talking about a new tool called Disk2vhd from Sysinternals. From the Disk2vhd page : Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2 Documentation

    Our latest and greatest version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager RTMed a while back. But, this is the first collection of documents that I have seen that provide information about Deployment, Operations, and Security. Please check out the System...
  • NM3EventCap - Check this out!

    Ok...I'll be honest. I am not a hardcore networking guy. And...it doesn't take much to impress me (think of me like Homer Simpson). That being said, I ran across this post over at the Microsoft Enterprise Networking Team blog. I had never seen this...
  • SYSVOL Replication Migration Guide: FRS to DFS Replication

    Migrating SYSVOL from FRS to DFSR is not something that I have gone through with a customer in a production environment (yet). But, it is something that I have covered time and time again in our Windows Server 2008 Directory Services Workshop. I am...
  • Group Policy Settings References for Windows and Windows Server

    I think that one of the more challenging things that we as I/T Admins do is keep track of Group Policies. There are literally hundreds (thousands?) of different settings depending on your operating system and applications. With that in mind, I strongly...
  • Infrastructure Planning and Design Documents Updated

    First, please allow me to apologize for being a bad blog host. It's funny how time slips away from you. I was busy with work in July. I got sick and took some vacation in August. Now, here we are in September already! I hope to do better in the near future...
  • Deploying Server Core in Windows Server 2008 R2? SCONFIG is your friend.

    Jeff Woolsey over at the Virtualization Team Blog just made a post about a great new tool to assist with deploying Server Core in Windows Server 2008 R2. SCONFIG actually came from the HVCONFIG tool from Hyper-V Server. With SCONFIG, you can join a...
  • Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner

    Hello, everyone! I ran across an interesting download this morning that I thought I would share. It is called the Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner . The following description is from the link above: The Microsoft IT Environment Health...
  • The Death of Replmon

    Ned Pyle has created a great post over at the Ask DS blog about replacing Replmon with Repadmin. Great read for those Directory Services Administrators that need a primer on this great tool.
  • Guidance for Sizing your Page File

    Hello, again! One of the questions I frequently get asked by customers is, "How large should my page file be?". Are you ready for the answer? *drum roll* Answer: It depends. One of the more helpful blog posts that I have read regarding this...
  • Infrastructure Planning and Design

    One of the things that I enjoy most about my job is getting to talk to customers about their infrastructure planning and design. A key reference that I give to all of my customers is the link to the Infrastructure Planning and Design documents on Microsoft...
  • Security Audit Events for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    Hello, everyone! One of the new features in Windows Server 2008 was the new Active Directory® Domain Services (AD DS) auditing. This gave us a new audit subcategory to log old and new values when changes are made to objects and their attributes. ...
  • Managing Active Directory with PowerShell

    With the upcoming release of Windows Server 2008 R2, more and more information about this exciting product is being posted. One of the new key changes in regards to Active Directory is the built-in PowerShell cmdlets. A valuable resource that I...
  • RAP Scoping Tools Available Online

    I am pleased to announce that the RAP (Risk Assessment Program) Scoping Tools are now available via Microsoft Downloads. Risk and Health Assessment Program for Active Directory – Scoping Tools v1.1 Risk and Health Assessment Program for Microsoft...