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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Released!!!!
If you’re in the business of deploying Windows you’ll be pleased to know that the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 has been released!!! Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 is the newest version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment...
9 Sep 2009
Extending Your Activation Grace Period on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2
Most of the content I use for webcasts and live events have virtual machines that have been created either by someone on my team or by someone at Microsoft corporate. The virtual machines are not created with trial versions of the operating system but with fully licensed product. For obvious reasons...
29 Aug 2009
Windows Server 2008: Windows Deployment Services - Can I use DFS for my images?
I was in a Windows Deployment Services (WDS) session the other day at TechEd 2009 and someone in the audience asked a question “Can you use Distributed File System (DFS) to store WDS Images?” Great question, the answer is yes and no. YES – You can install images on another server (not a Windows Deployment...
14 May 2009
TechNet Events presents: Integrate your IT Environment
Is your IT Infrastructure fully dedicated to just one technology solution? Chances are you work in a heterogeneous environment that includes a variety of technologies from Microsoft®, Linux, MySQL and Apple. Integration becomes vital in order for your core business applications to maintain business flow...
17 Mar 2009
Just Released!! Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 RC
On March 4 th the Release Candidate build (16670) was released to our CPP participants for testing. If you have the prior version of Service Pack 2 installed (Beta build 16497) you will need to un-install it before installing the newer RC build(16670) from the links below. Service Pack 2...
6 Mar 2009
Support WebCast: Introduction to Internet Protocol Version 6
While doing some research of IPv6 I ran across this Introduction to Internet Protocol Version 6 webcast that I thought might be of interest to many of you that need to get up-to-speed on IPv6. From the website: This presentation summarizes the content in the Introduction to IPv6 white paper. It...
19 Dec 2008
Just Announced at TechEd in Barcelona, España: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Now Available!!!!
I did a post back in October titled MICROSOFT ASSESSMENT & PLANNING TOOLKIT 3.2 BETA PROGRAM IS NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION . I'm pleased to let you know that last week at TechEd in Barcelona, the RTM release of the Microsoft® Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) was announced. If...
10 Nov 2008
Now Available!!!! Windows Server 2008 Evaluation Virtual Hard Drive Images (for Hyper-V)
Are you working with Hyper-V?? Want to save some time creating virtual machines? Then take a look at the Virtual Machine download site , there are two virtual machines available: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Server CORE installation and Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Server FULL installation. These...
5 Nov 2008
Just Published: Foundation Network Companion Guide: Deploying 802.1X Authenticated Wireless Access with PEAP-MS-CHAP v2
This is a companion guide to the Windows Server® 2008 Foundation Network Guide , which is available for download in two formats: Word format at the Microsoft Download Center HTML format in the Windows Server 2008 Technical Library What's in the Guide? The Windows Server 2008 Foundation...
4 Nov 2008
Just Published: Network Policy Server (NPS) Technical Reference
What is NPS? Network Policy Server (NPS) is a networking component of Windows Server® 2008 that allows you to create and enforce organization-wide network access policies for client health , connection request authentication , and connection request authorization . What Else Can NPS Do? NPS...
29 Oct 2008
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067 – Critical
Overview The security update MS08-067 resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the Server service. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an affected system received a specially crafted RPC request. On Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 systems, an attacker...
23 Oct 2008
US Virtualization Roadshow: Register Now!!!
Get Hands-On With Virtualization—On Us!!! Attend the event that lets you touch, talk about, and experience Microsoft® virtualization solutions. Hear from Microsoft virtualization experts on how Microsoft uses virtualization in its own data centers. Dive into robust hands-on labs and gain a...
20 Oct 2008
Screencast: How-To: Configure the Central ADMX Store
Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 introduce a new format for displaying registry-based policy settings. Registry-based policy settings (located under the Administrative Templates category in the Group Policy Object Editor) are defined using a standards-based, XML file format known as ADMX...
14 Oct 2008
Hyper-V Server 2008 Setup and Configuration Tool Guide
If you're doing any kind of virtualization work with Hyper-V Server 2008, then you might be interested in downloading the Hyper-V Server 2008 Setup and Configuration Tool Guide . The guide has all the information you need to setup and configure Hyper-V Server 2008. It covers everything from setting...
9 Oct 2008
New Virtual Lab based Exam 70-113: TS: Windows® Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring - Registration open till October 25th for testing!!!!
Want to help us out with the new Virtual Lab based exams!!! This is NOT a normal beta exam and so make sure you read the information in BLUE below. This is a pilot to test the exam experience only. Still interested? Then read on below!! Responding to a ton of positive and productive feedback and...
8 Oct 2008
Group Policy Preferences: A Quick Overview
My teammate, Chris Henley , put together this screencast on Group Policy Preferences. So John, What Are Group Policy Preferences? So glad I asked myself that J . Group Policy preferences gives IT professionals, that's you and me, the ability to configure, deploy, and manage operating...
8 Oct 2008
ADMT v3.1 Tool and Guide: Migrating and Restructuring Active Directory Domains
If you're doing any kind of Active Directory® directory service or Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) upgrade, you might want to look at restructuring your environment. And if you do, the tool you need is the Active Directory Migration Tool v3.1 as well as the Active Directory Migration Tool v3...
8 Oct 2008
Follow-up: Microsoft Virtualization Launch
I did a post back in August about the Virtualization launch. At the time the full city schedule wasn't there. Well now it is!!! Find out how Microsoft Windows Server 2008® with Hyper-V™, Microsoft System Center--including Virtual Machine Manager 2008—and Microsoft Desktop and Application Virtualization...
29 Sep 2008
Windows Hyper-V: Now supports up to 24 Processors!!!
JUST RELEASED!!! This is an update to enhance the Hyper-V role's support for processors and virtual machines. Hyper-V will now support support up to 24 logical processors and 192 virtual machines !!! Where Do I get the Update? It's on the Microsoft Download Center and can be downloaded from...
26 Sep 2008
JUST RELEASED: Server Virtualization Certification Exams 70-652!!!!
Are you using Microsoft virtualization technologies in your environment? Do you need/want to get certified on those technologies? Then take a look at the just released ( August 25, 2008) certification exam 70-652 TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring . We also have a single...
12 Sep 2008
Enhanced Network Performance with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008: The Next Generation Networking and the New TCP/IP Stack
There are some significant performance enhancements in the Next Generation TCP/IP stack that comes with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 . One of my teammates, Chris Henley , has recorded a great screencast all about how the TCP/IP stack has been improved and how you can benefit from it. ...
10 Sep 2008
Stand-alone Hyper-V is FREE!!!!
On Monday Microsoft pulled the $28 price tag from the stand-alone version of Hyper-V Server 2008, and will now be making it available FREE!!! That's right F-R-E-E!!! This will surely help with your deployment of virtualized systems. Check out this NetworkWorld: Microsoft offers free Hyper...
9 Sep 2008
TechNet Event Resources August-December, 2008
TechNet Resources Below is a list of links to a variety of resources related to the content the US TechNet event team is delivering between now and December 2008. This resource list comes courtesy of my teammate Kevin Remde . Thanks Kevin!! Click here to download the session PowerPoint decks...
27 Aug 2008
Free Self-Paced Windows PowerShell Scripting Workshop
Our US TechNet events team is back on the road presenting at various locations around the country. One of the sessions we're delivering is on Managing Windows Vista with Windows PowerShell . Microsoft.com has some great PowerShell resources including a PowerShell workshop authored by Frank Koch of Microsoft...
27 Aug 2008
AITP User Group Meeting, Charleston, SC - August 21st, 2008
Just wanted to thank the Association of Information Technology Professionals in Charleston, SC for inviting me down for their monthly meeting. Also wanted to call out the evenings sponsor: ECPI College of Technology . I had a great time, and enjoyed a nice Outba ck steak!!! This month I did...
22 Aug 2008
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