July, 2006

  • Controlling Printer Mappings via Group Policy & Scripts

    A question came up this morning from a customer who wants to create a GPO that applies to a group of machines and maps specific printers to those machines and does not allow logged on users to map additional printers to those machines or remove the already...
  • TechReady Day 1 - RMS, ADFS, and Longhorn

    Day 1 at TechReady was great. There were several keynotes in the morning ending with one by Steve Ballmer who always revs up the audience. As for technical content, that started in earnest in the afternoon sessions. I attended sessions on RMS, ADFS, and...
  • Russinovich: "On my way to Microsoft!"

    Over on his blog Mark Russinovich has a post about yesterday's news that Microsoft is acquiring WinInternals. Very exciting news, Bob Muglia called Mark one of the top 5-10 people in the world when it comes to deep Windows architecture. That's really...
  • Vista Steadily Improving

    Reviews of the most recent Vista interim build 5472 have been pretty positive. Computerworld has a good review here . I'm downloading it now as I write this post. I've been running a post-Beta2 internal build. These more recent builds are much more stable...
  • We need more power, Scotty! (and other data center news)

    Power is increasingly a critical design factor for large data centers. Few are larger than those powering the big web properties such as MSN, Yahoo, and Google. The article below was interesing in that it shows just how far (east) companies are willing...
  • VirtualPC is FREE!

    Hot off the presses from the Microsoft Worldwide Partners Conference: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2006/jul06/07-12wpclicensing.mspx http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx Or if you don't want to read about and...
  • Resources for Infrastructure Architects

    There are some valuable resources for infrastructure architects that I wanted to highlight for you. I’m referring to the Windows Server System Reference Architecture (WSSRA) and the Branch Office Infrastructure Solution. Many have probably looked at these...
  • Server Consolidation and Virtualization

    There lots of questions and opinions on how to leverage virtualization to achieve server consolidation. You may hear statements like: never virtualize product X or Product Y should always run on dedicated hardware. I am admittedly a big proponent of virtualization...
  • Microsoft and Xen to Develop Interoperability

    Today we announced an agreement with XenSource to develop interoperability between Xen-enabled Linux and Microsoft's upcoming Windows Server Virtualization, the hypervisor technology due in the Longhorn timeframe. Press Release This is great news...
  • Improve Security - Run Windows XP SP2 on Legacy Hardware

    With Vista approaching in the not too distant future, the links below describe a version of Windows XP Embedded SP2 designed to run on older PCs. It acts as a thin client allowing you to run a limited set of applications like the browser, RDP client,...
  • TechReady - Longhorn, Exchange 2007, and more

    TechReady is an internal conference for Microsoft employees that packs a huge amount of presentations, training, labs, and a few parties into a single week. It's similar to TechEd except that it focuses primarily on future products instead of what is...
  • TechReady Day 3 - MS Research, Active Directory, SMS

    Day 3 turned out to be even more interesting than I thought. There were keynotes again this morning, but they were very demo heavy which is always good. The first was Kevin Schofield from Microsoft Research. After some great stats about Microsoft being...
  • Improve OS Install Time on Virtual Server

    New users of Virtual Server sometimes encounter very slow performance when installing an OS into a virtual machine using a SCSI .vhd disk. If you want to use SCSI vhd’s, there is a virtual floppy that ships with Virtual Server. It can be found in...
  • Nortel and Microsoft to Form Strategic Alliance for Unified Communications

    Microsoft is announcing a strategic alliance with Nortel today in the Unified Communications space. This area is evolving almost as rapidly as virtualization. Exchange 2007 and Office Communication Server 2007 are really going to surprise people. With...
  • TechReady Day 4 & 5 - Virtualization, Microsoft.com, and Mars Rover

    The last two days kind of blend together so I'll cover in one post. I went to several sessions on virtualization that were outstanding. The first dealt with Microsoft's recently closed acquisition of Softricity. This technology is very interesting in...
  • TechReady Day 2 - Unified Communication, Identity Management

    Day 2 at TechReady lived up to expectations. Today I attended several sessions on Unified Communication (UC), and Identity Management. While there has been a fair amount of press lately on our UC efforts, I don't think it has sunk in yet how much Microsoft...
  • New Infrastructure Architecture Blog!

    Welcome to my new blog! I hope to use this space to both provide and solicit insight on the art and science of large scale IT infrastructure architecture. In my work at Fortune 500 companies and large Federal Agencies, I've seen projects both succeed...