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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2008 Hyper-V Released today!!!

    If you’ve be testing Hyper-V in your environment the last few months, then you’ll be please to know that Microsoft announced today the release of Hyper-V. ( To get the full details go here .) Click here to download or if you already have it deployed it will be available from Windows Update as of July...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Network Access Protection

    For several months now, our team has been doing live events around the US demonstrating the value of Windows Server 2008 Network Access Protection. Network Access Protection is one of the new features that comes built-in to Windows Server 2008 that helps enforce health policies on machines connecting...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the release of the Microsoft Deployment Solution Accelerator (formerly BDD)!‏

    Just released!!! The latest Microsoft Deployment Solution Accelerator (formerly BDD) is now available for download. If you want to reduce deployment time, standardize your desktop and server images, limit service disruption reduce post-deployment help desk costs and improve security and ongoing configuration...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: MSPress - Windows Vista Resource Kit

    Just published a few weeks ago, the Windows Vista Resource Kit is a must have book if you're responsible for deploying Windows Vista!!  I always try and keep my resource kit library up-to-date as they put so much information at your finger tips.  Another recent addition to my library is the...
  • Blog Post: Q/A from Webcast: TechNet Webcast: Efficient Data Mining with Log Parser 2.2 (Level 300) October 15th, 2007

    Which version of SQL has Log parser 2.2? Log Parser doesn't come with SQL it's a free download. Can logparser be used to analyze performance monitor logs stored in CSV format? Yes, CSV formatted files are supported for input, click here for details on Input Formats . Can you provide a com example Check...
  • Blog Post: Central Store Creation

    I was asked the question, at a recent TechNet event, whether the Central Store for the new ADMX admin template files requires Windows Server 2008. I said it did not and that I would post some info in my blog to show how the Central Store is created. From the FAQ at : http://technet2.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: Time to Upgrade your MCSE to the new MCITP Certifications

    If you're currently an MCSE on Windows Server 2003 and like to keep up-to-date on your certification you should look at the NEW certifications available from Microsoft. If you're already an MCSE 2003 you only need to take this exam: Upgrading Your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 ....
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008: Want to win a Windows Home Server? Want to learn about Windows Server 2008?

    Win a Windows Home Server! (Sorry, MS FTEs are not eligible.) Evalu’08 and you could win! Download a free trial or take a Virtual Lab of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 or other Microsoft Server products and be entered for a chance to win an HP MediaSmart Server powered by...
  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: I've already installed Windows Vista on a single partition and now i want to enable BitLocker, can I???

    I was asked this by an attendee the other day at an event in Stratford, CT. I wasn't sure about the answer and off the top of my head said I didnt think it was possible. Oh, how wrong can I be! I received an email from one o f my attendees with a link to a KB article that talks specifically about a tool...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: FREE e-Learning for Windows Server 2008!!!

    Yes its time to get up to speed on Windows Server 2008. And what better way to start that with a few FREE, yes FREE, online e-Learning classes!!!! Official Microsoft E-Learning Courses for Windows Server 2008 provide a simple and effective way to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Security Guide

    For those of you attending TechEd 2008, I will be presenting the session MGT56-TLC - Hardening Windows Server 2008 Deployments with the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide It will cover the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide as well as the GPOAccelerator v3 . If you can’t make it don’t worry, I’ll be...
  • Blog Post: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 Webcast Series

    Get a head start on your Windows Server 2008 training. We are nearly half-way through the series already. You can watch the first 10 Parts On-Demand or you can register for the remaining sessions. See below for dates and times of the live webcasts!!! 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 On-Demand Webcasts...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Geo-Clustering (Multi Site Clustering)

    A few of you that attended the launch event in Washington, DC asked if there was a whitepaper that detailed geo-clustering in Windows Server 2008. Click the link to download the WS2008 Multi Site Clustering
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...