Musings of an IT Pro Evangelist

Random musings of a Microsoft IT Pro Evangelist in Redmond, WA.

Musings of an IT Pro Evangelist

  • It's the last week...

    I am sure you've seen the headlines on the interwebs about this being Bill Gates last full time week at Microsoft.  Bill is still going to hold the post of Chairman and will still be a part of what is going on here, but day to day he's going to focus...
  • SQL Server 2008 Auditing

    Once a year you get that email or knock on the door from the auditor. It didn’t used to be this way, but Enron and other scandals have changed the way we track our user’s actions. I still wake up in cold sweats with memories of the audits...
  • Hyper-V Performance Tuning

    Last week I presented three different sessions at TechEd and used my laptop to run at five different Virtual Machines at once in order to demonstrate various Windows Server 2008 technologies.  The performance of Hyper-V was amazing, but I tell you...
  • Wow...what a ride!

    TechEd 2008 has come to an end.  I'm over the minor bit of Jet Lag/Timezone shift that I've had and am back in Redmond trying to dig through email.  TechEd was great.  I met some amazing IT Pro's that are doing some REALLY cool things not...
  • TechEd, Hyper-V, and a geeky game

    WOW!  I didn't realize I've neglected this blog for so long.  I've got no excuses so hopefully I'll make up for it by giving you guys some good stuff today.  I'd like to thank all of the people who attended and especially like to thank...
  • SQL Server Backup Compression

    If you’ve played in the IT Pro playground long enough, I’m sure that you have seen the database that is impossible to backup. This is that database in your organization that continues to grow and grow and your backups take longer and longer...
  • Amazing Robotics Technology

    I realize that I have only been at Microsoft a couple of months, but I am continually amazed by the technologies that are researched and developed here.  There is an amazing technology that is being highlighted on Edge today.  Take a look and...
  • Unleash your inner control freak with Group Policy Preferences

    As a tool to manage end user desktops, Group Policy is very powerful, but how many times have you wanted to manage a users printer settings or drive mappings and not been able to do it outside of a script? How about the challenge of copying a set of files...
  • Upgrading Active Directory to Windows Server 2008

    Back when I was supporting a large enterprise Active Directory environment, I was tasked with upgrading our Domain environment from Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003.  The project was made much easier with the great documentation from the AD team...
  • Remote Server management from Vista for REAL!

    Another crazy week, but we have some seriously good stuff coming out of Redmond today.  We have officially released to the web the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT).  So what the heck is RSAT?  Well basically it's the next version...
  • Edge Survey Coming Soon!

    Being the complete professionals that we are in the Edge team, we have created a special public awareness video about an upcoming survey that our Edge viewers will be asked to participate in.  Please take the time to watch this video and if you are...
  • Windows Deployment

    Today's post on Edge is an interview I did recently with Michael Niehaus and Jeremy Chapman regarding Vista deployment .  These guys have done a TON of work around making deployment (not just Vista) much easier to handle.  Check out the interview...
  • SQL debut on Edge

    So my first video post on Edge is up and it is the start of a series of posts on various SQL Server 2008 topics.  The first talks about the new backup compression and high availability features in SQL Server 2008.  If you have suggestions about...
  • Active Directory Migration and Windows Server 2008

    About two years ago I was the lead on an Active Directory migration/consolidation project where we collapsed several domains and restructured two others.  It was a monster of a project and I don't know that we would have had the success that we had...
  • Catching up

    Okay I've been very bad at keeping this blog updated over the past three weeks, but it's been a bit hectic with the Windows Server Launch , an internal conference, and getting settled into the new home here in the pacific northwest.  We've got a...
  • Server Manager Command Line

    I have posted my first entry over on Edge about Server Manager Command Line .  A great tool in Windows Server 2008 that allows for command line based installation of roles and features on a Windows Server 2008 Server.  Give it a look and as...
  • An attempt to cure the Superbowl hangover

    WOW!  An amazing game to watch, even though the Pats fell short of making history.  So I've been noticeably absent the last few days as I've just gathered up the wife, kids, and dog and made the big move from Houston, Texas to Redmond, Washington...
  • Solution Accelerators for Virtualization announced!

    The guys over at the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Team (MAP) Blog have a great post today regarding the announcement of the availability of Solution Accelerators for Virtualization and the launch of Windows Server 2008.  What exactly are Solution...
  • iSCSI and WDS

    Hey gang.  More good stuff from Adam on Edge today.  We've got a cool feature entry on iSCSI.  Don't know what it is or what it does?  Check out his entry on TechNet Edge and don't forget to leave comments. Next item of the day, we...
  • Deploy Silverlight with Windows Server Update Services!

    So you want to deploy Silverlight ?  Well, David Tesar wrote in his blog a few months ago about an enterprise deployment guide that he worked on.  That's some good stuff, but we've got even better news: Starting January 22 nd   - You can...
  • It's time to start...

    WOW where did the time go? It's time to start preparing for the big launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, and Visual Studio 2008! Registration is now open for launch events all over the country. I LOVE launch events! I remember the first one...
  • Easy transfer and cool stuff on EDGE!

    I missed yesterdays entry because I was busy setting up the new laptop.  Yeah... I'm bragging, but don't tell me you don't do the same when you get a new toy!  The only pain is making sure you got ALL of the files from the old laptop. ...
  • Windows Server 2008 Security Guide - Beta now available

    One of my favorite documents for Windows Server 2003 is now available in beta form for Windows Server 2008.  If you have never reviewed these guides I strongly recommend them.  The guide makes it easy to tailor the security configuration to...
  • Mommy, why is there a server in the house?

    I have heard quite a bit of buzz from those who attended CES about how this book was one of the highlights of CES.  Now the inner IT Pro geek in me sees this as a great whitepaper to give to the wife to justify buying a Home Server .  What do...
  • So it begins..

    Let me introduce myself.  My name is Joey and after 12 plus years working in various IT roles in both large scale enterprises as well as mid-sized businesses, I have recently joined Microsoft as an IT Pro Evangelist.  I get the opportunity to...