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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7.0

    Looks like Microsoft have been listening to our customers (IIS wasn't planned to be a role on a Core installation): Microsoft Takes Web Hosting to a New Level with Internet Information Services 7.0 Q&A: What Microsoft’s decision to add Internet Information Services 7.0 to the Server Core Installation...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts from the field on Windows Server 2008 – Setup

    Larry Doyle, a local IT Pro, works for Netforce in Dublin (one of our local Certified Partners).  Larry has been attending my Longhorn Academy (deep-dive technical training on Windows Server 2008) for the last six months or so and has been actively testing and evaluating Windows Server 2008. ...
  • Blog Post: O2 and Windows Server 2008 (again)

    I've been working with Michael Maher (a Principal Infrastructure Specialist working for O 2 Ireland) for over a year now.  I figured he must be getting close to deploying Windows Server 2008 by now, so I asked him how he was getting on.  He had this to say: "There are many powerful new...
  • Blog Post: Building my Demo Laptop (Part 3)

    In this post I’ll talk you through how I have created a Hyper-V Failover Cluster on my single laptop. To build a Failover Cluster you need a SAN.  I use the Microsoft iSCSI target software that ships with Windows Storage Server.  Being a Microsoft employee I have access to the bits, so I have...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Code Name 'Longhorn' - Beta3, Now What?

    Windows Server Code Name ‘ Longhorn ’ reached the Beta 3 stage in its development on the 25 th April (which means that we’ve finished adding features; we’re feature complete). Longhorn will be given an official name soon (I know it, but cannot tell you – an educated guess would probably be correct)....
  • Blog Post: One of these words is not like the other..

    The 'normal' behavior inside Microsoft is for a product to start with a really cool code name (e.g. Longhorn), that gets replaced with a pretty boring, mundane product name (e.g. Windows Server 2008). Last week all that went out of the Windows (no pun intended) - Viridian, which became Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: My Launch Demos - Failover Clusters

    This short (five and a half minute) Silverlight demo guides you through Failover Clustering with Windows Server 2008 - from Validating your own hardware (no more Hardware Compatibility Lists just for Clusters), through creating a cluster and a highly available File Server. Click to start, double click...
  • Blog Post: My Launch Demos - Server Manager

    This short (two and a half minute) Silverlight demo guides you through Server Manager (our new "one stop shop" for managing Windows Server 2008). Click to start, double click anywhere to play it in Full Screen or move your mouse over it to get the Player Controls to pop up. Dave
  • Blog Post: Last Friday's Virtualisation talk

    Last Friday I spoke at an event run by MJ Flood (a local partner). The format was something new to me (and something that I really enjoyed). There was around fifty of us in the room and we all got to listen to the main presentation (PowerPoint slides for half an hour or so explaining Microsoft's Core...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 (Longhorn) Academy

    Yesterday Darren Dillon and I presented the first of Microsoft Ireland's 'Longhorn Academy'. The Longhorn Academy is a select group of 120 Irish IT Professionals attend (mostly certified Microsoft professionals in Enterprise/UMM accounts). Here's most of us:
  • Blog Post: My Launch Demos - NAP

    This short (four minute) Silverlight demo guides you through Network Access Protection (NAP) - a new platform and solution that controls access to network resources based on a client computer’s identity and compliance with corporate governance. Click to start, double click anywhere to play it in Full...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Laptop

    There's been a lot of talk recently about our new "Windows Server 2008 Workstation" (Windows Server 2008 with the Desktop Experience features switched on - plus a bunch of hacks). There's been suggestions that it out-performs Vista - I'm not going to enter that can of worms, but I can see a need to run...
  • Blog Post: CDsoft and Windows Server 2008

    I was chatting to Rob Davies, the Technical Director of CDSoft Limited the other day - he attended some Windows Server 2008 training I ran last year.  Basically, I was seeing how he was getting on with the new OS.  He had this to say: "CDsoft have been using Server 2008 for the last 7...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts from the field on Windows Server 2008 - Terminal Services and SoftGrid

    I've been doing a bit of "remote assistance" for Victor Olaoya (a local IT Pro working in Dublin). Victor has been deploying a Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services and SoftGrid Proof of Concept (POC) for one of his clients. Now, he does comment on the lack of the 6.1 Remote Desktop Protocol (RPD...
  • Blog Post: Hurry, Hurry, Hurry..

    If you're quick, you can register for our Mark Minasi Windows Server 2008 event, part of Microsoft Ireland’s ongoing Launch Programme and in conjunction with the Windows Server 2008 User Group - before we even open it for registration. On the 30th May Mark Minasi is going to treat us to three 75...
  • Blog Post: Irish Cement and Windows Server 2008

    I've been working with Shane McDonald, from Irish Cement Ltd on and off for nearly a year. I was asking him how he's been getting along with Windows Server 2008 the other day. He had this to say: “I had high hopes for Windows Server 2008, and after three months running the OS in a test environment...
  • Blog Post: iSCSI

    Anytime I do a demo that requires a SAN, I use the Microsoft iSCSI Target software.  I'm lucky, I get to install it onto my demo machines.  If you want it, you need to ask your OEM (the one that sold you your Windows Storage Server) - it's just an add-on. I'm frequently asked how I use it and...
  • Blog Post: Meath County Council and Windows Server 2008

    I've been working with Gavin Fitzpatrick from Meath County Council for over a year now (he is one of the few people who attended every single one of my Longhorn Academy sessions).  As you might be able to tell, I'm on a mission to get local people to talk about their personal experiences with Windows...
  • Blog Post: Friday's Security Nugget.

    So today I'm trying something a bit different. Working in the Developer and Platform Group, I'm surrounded by developers - and they really like Silverlight (a framework for developing high-quality, cross-platform, cross-browser, media-enabled rich interactive web applications). If you like this format...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 - The best thing since sliced bread?

    I've been helping Geraldine Nix, from Stryker Orthopaedics get up to speed with Windows Server 2008 since last May.  I was talking to her recently and she said this (which I just had to share): " I’ve been learning about Windows Server 2008 for the last year or so.  The other day...
  • Blog Post: My Launch Demos - Server Core

    This short (two and a half minute) Silverlight demo guides you through the installation and configuration of Windows Server 2008 (Server Core). Click to start, double click anywhere to play it in Full Screen or move your mouse over it to get the Player Controls to pop up. Dave
  • Blog Post: Prodata and Windows Server 2008

    I know Carmel Gunn from Prodata pretty well by now, I was asking her how she's been getting on with Windows Server 2008 - she had this to say: “We saw the demonstrations of Windows Server 2008 and clustering at the community previews and at the launch. It was hard to believe, so we put it into...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts from the field on Windows Server 2008 - NAP

    Denys Kovalenko works for A1 Computers in Cabinteely (just south of Dublin). He's been evaluating Network Access Protection for a while now, and wanted to share his experiences with you. "I have been testing a great feature of Windows 2008 Server, called Network Access Protection (NAP). I have been testing...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Server Core

    This post describes the best/easiest method to configure and manage Server Core. There are numerous posts and articles explaining how to enable a particular feature on Server Core and there are even more on how to configure Server Core so that it can be managed remotely.  Well, this is the best...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 RC0

    So, yesterday at the re-delivery of August's Longhorn Academy (and at lest weeks session) I mentioned that we'd be shipping Release Candidate Zero (RC0) of Windows Server 2008 soon. Well soon=today. You can all download RC0 from here. Enjoy, Dave.