June, 2009

  • Comparing MOF to ITIL and ISO/IEC 20000

    Over on the MOF and Service Management blog, two new guides have been released detailing how the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) complements the ITIL and ISO/IEC 20000 standards and how MOF can be used in concert with them. While oversimplified,...
  • Download the Hypervisor Functional Specification v2.0

    The Hypervisor Functional Specification v2.0 for Windows Server 2008 R2 has been posted to the web and can be found here . The original v1.0 version for Windows Server 2008 RTM was described in this post . Here is the overview of the v2.0 version: This...
  • Head-to-Head: Workflow Studio vs PowerShell for Automation

    Here’s an interesting and slightly amusing mock debate between Brandon Shell and Jason Conger on Citrix’s Workflow Studio vs PowerShell for automation . If you aren’t familiar with it, here is the description of what Workflow Studio is: “Citrix Workflow...
  • Dynamically Provisioning Customized Virtual Machines with VMM

    There’s a good technical post over on Chris Adam’s blog about how to dynamically provision customized virtual machines by using System Center Virtual Machine Manager and unattend.xml. The unattend.xml file is used in combination with a sysprep’d image...
  • Threat Modeling Guide for IT Infrastructure

    Over on the Solution Accelerators Security Blog is a post and link to the IT Infrastructure Threat Modeling Guide . From the guide: The IT Infrastructure Threat Modeling Guide provides an easy-to-understand method for developing threat models that can...
  • Free OCS 2007 R2 eBooks!

    I’m liking this MS Press monthly free ebook program. Especially with my new Kindle DX! Last month it was the Terminal Services Resource Kit , this month it is two for OCS: Be sure to download these now, the offer only lasts for a short time (as in I waited...
  • Published in the Microsoft Architecture Journal

    I was able to get a small commentary on desktop virtualization and VDI published in the Microsoft Architecture Journal . It’s based on the work I’ve been doing around creating a VDI offering to augment Microsoft’s server virtualization offerings. For...
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 to RTM in July!

    The Windows Server Division blog announced that Windows Server 2008 R2 is tracking with Windows 7 and both are planned to RTM in the second half of July with General Availability on Oct 22! That RTM date is earlier than I thought it would be, I was thinking...
  • Networking and Remote Desktop Technical Resources

    The links below lead to a series of technical whitepapers on DirectAccess, BranchCache, and Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2. Networking Resources: DirectAccess and BranchCache Remote Desktop Resources: Kerberos, User Profiles, RemoteApp
  • Excellent Data Center Article in the NY Times Magazine

    The New York Times magazine has a very interesting article by Tom Vanderbilt on datacenters and the infrastructures that power today’s online services. Several Microsoft (and former Microsoft) execs were interviewed including Mike Manos, Debra Chrapaty...
  • White Paper: Comparing the Power Utilization of Native and Virtual Exchange Environments

    The Exchange team has published a whitepaper on TechNet comparing the power utilization of a typical 8 server physical Exchange environment compared to a a virtualized environment using the same number of logical processors but on only two Hyper-V host...
  • Updated: Introducing the Azure Services Platform

    The main introductory whitepaper to the Azure platform written by David Chappell has been updated. The main updates are around SQL Data Services and the move toward a more relational model and the introduction of something code-named the “Huron” data...