David Ziembicki on Infrastructure Architecture

  • Microsoft.com is running on IIS7 at 99.83% Availability

    Interesting post and stats over on www.iss.net www.iis.net . Microsoft.com has now migrated all but one server over to IIS7. 99% of apps worked unchanged. Most folks don't realize this but Microsoft.com has the 4th widest audience in the US and the 5th...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager Beta 1 is Released!

    Beta 1 of System Center Virtual Machine Manager is up on the connect.microsoft.com site. More information and details can be found here and here . I'll be installing it today and will post some details once I've run it through a bunch of scenarios.
  • New VDI content on Microsoft.com

    There is updated desktop virtualization content at www.microsoft.com/vdi There are a couple of whitepapers and guides to help understand the various approaches and components of a virtualized desktop. Over the last few months VDI is an area I have been...
  • Running Windows Server 2008 R2 on a Laptop?

    Robert has a good post up for folks wanting to run Windows Server 2008 R2 on their laptops. A lot of us do that so that we can run Hyper-V for demos or development purposes. If you enable the Desktop Experience feature along with Wireless LAN and a few...
  • Facebook, Twitter, and FriendFeed in One Client with .NET!

    So I’ve been using Seesmic Desktop as a Twitter and Facebook client for the last week or two. Very cool app built on Adobe Air. Today via @EverythingMS I heard about sobees , a .NET app that aggregates Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed (yeah!), and many other...
  • Finding the Hidden Costs of VDI

    Brian Madden has an excellent post up today called The hidden costs of VDI . I’ve been working nearly full time the last two months helping to put together a Microsoft Services offering around desktop virtualization in general and VDI in particular so...
  • Marc Andreessen on Personal Productivity

    Marc Andreessen (of Netscape fame), started blogging recently at http://blog.pmarca.com/ . So far his posts are very interesting and several have great depth, particularly his series " the truth about venture capitalists ". My favorite though is his post...
  • Virtualization Books from Microsoft Insiders

    Two new books on Hyper-V have been released or coming soon. These are written by some of the most active members of the virtualization team and extended community inside Microsoft. Some of the authors I know personally and some I know by reputation from...
  • Windows 7 RC Available: What a day for my MSDN to expire!

    By now you’ve probably heard that the Windows 7 RC is available for download for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Unfortunately for me, my MSDN subscription expired in the last couple days #%$! and won’t be renewed for another day or two. Fortunately, with...
  • Facebook for Windows Mobile

    Microsoft has released Facebook for Windows Mobile . The application provides the following features: Send messages to any of the people in your Friends list. Take pictures and videos on your phone, then upload them right to Facebook. Send messages or...
  • Is the CMDB just a dream?

    Glenn O'Donnell over at Forrester had a great post titled “ Is a CMDB even possible? ” that I just came across. As you may know, CMDB stands for Configuration Management Database and is typically defined as a single repository holding all configuration...
  • Longhorn and Microsoft Certification

    Over on one of the more creatively named Microsoft blogs: "So, a booth babe and a geek walk in to a bar..." there is information and a link to a LiveMeeting about certification paths and plans for MCSAs and MCSEs when Longhorn server comes out.
  • Thoughts on the Windows Server Virtualization Announcement

    By now most readers of this blog will have heard that some of the planned Windows Server Virtualization (Viridian) features have been deferred. The details were posted here . Dan Kusnetzky over on ZDnet has a blog post with good analysis of the options...
  • 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,...
  • Vista RC1 is Available on MSDN

    Just logged in to MSDN and saw that Vista has been posted for download. RC1 build 5600 is available for x86 in English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, and Arabic. There is an x64 English build as well. Enjoy and please provide feedback if you run...
  • Longhorn August CTP available on MSDN

    From the Windows Server Division Weblog , the August CTP of Longhorn is available on MSDN. They say the build doesn't include new features over Beta 2 but does include a lot of the core OS fixes, performance, and stability improvements coming from Vista...
  • Clustering SQL Server Virtual Machines

    When planning server consolidation initiatives, particularly if using a structured offering and tools like SVAM and MAP , underutilized database servers are a frequent consolidation candidate. Similarly, if you have already widely implemented virtualization...
  • New Remote Desktop Services VDI Step-by-Step Guides Released

    New step-by-step guides have been posted for the new Remote Desktop Services (RDS) found in Windows Server 2008 R2 including the new VDI scenarios. These replace the original step-by-step guide from a couple months ago that was basically too big since...
  • Exchange 2007 Processor and Memory Guidance

    Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I've been extremely busy on a really great project. I'll be posting at length on that in the near future. For this post, I just wanted to point you to an article over on the Exchange team's blog about processor an memory...
  • RedmondMag.com Reviews Longhorn Server Core

    RedmonMag.com has a good article on Windows Server Core which will be a version of Longhorn server stripped down to the bare essentials for certain infrastructure roles such as domain controller and file/print servers. Server Core has no GUI, a much reduced...
  • Significant Desktop Deployment and Management Announcements

    Over on the Windows Vista Team Blog they link to an article and a Web site detailing our announcement today of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance. While the name leaves a lot to be desired as usual, the content is potentially...
  • Active Directory Certificate Server Enhancements in Longhorn

    Fairly detailed article just published this week on TechNet. Dowload the article here .
  • Microsoft and Novell Announce Partnership

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/nov06/11-02NewsConferenceMA.mspx More later after the webcast...
  • More Info on the Microsoft and Novell Announcement

    Jason Matusow has a detailed post on his blog about the announcement. Here's the announcement . I'm still reading through the details but it definitely looks like a win/win for both companies but more importantly customers. Most of the early commentary...
  • Microsoft Architect Journal 9

    Sorry it's been so long since I posted, I've been very busy with projects, vacation, and the holidays. Below is a link to the Microsoft Architect Journal vol 9. The theme of this issue is Software Factories. I'd also call your attention to the article...