Musings of an IT Pro Evangelist

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

Musings of an IT Pro Evangelist

  • RSAT for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    Wow what a crazy winter!  I've been traveling around speaking to folks about Windows Server 2008 R2.  Let me tell you all Prague is an amazing city, but winter there is COLD!  *Shudder*.  When I was in Prague speaking to all of the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Free Windows Server 2008 R2 E-Book

    Hey folks!  Just wanted to remind everyone you can download a FREE Windows Server 2008 R2 E-Book today!  This guide is a 200 page, 9 Chapter get up to speed guide on Windows Server 2008 R2.  If you are a Windows Server Administrator, this...
  • Active Directory Recycle Bin

    Yesterday I posted a link to my Active Directory Recycle Bin demo over on Edge .  Today I thought I would follow that up that post with a few things about the recycle bin feature in R2. The great thing about the AD Recycle Bin is that if you make...
  • The future of the Data Center

    Running out of room in your data center?  Want to be greener in you data center? Why not just back up a big old container stuffed full of servers, attach it to some UPS and cooling gear and be done with it?  Mike Manos has published an amazing...
  • Power Management and Windows Server 2008

    Green IT is a a phrase that's buzzing all around the various publications and being uttered by those executives who help determine the direction of your IT department.  Well what can you REALLY do to improve the power efficiency of your data center...
  • Changes to the backup utility in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Windows Server Backup has some pretty sweet changes coming in Windows Server 2008 R2 including: The ability to backup System State as a separate job as well as the ability to do incremental System State backups. The ability to exclude specific...
  • 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...
  • SP2 Customer Preview for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista now available.

      Customer Preview Program (CPP) availability for Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista was announced today over at the Windows Client Springboard TechCenter .  MSDN and TechNet subscribers can download the SP2 CPP now, the...
  • Feature of the Week: URLScan 3.0 for IIS 7.0

    Back in April there were reports that surfaced stating that web sites running on Internet Information Services (IIS) had been compromised by an automated attack that used vulnerabilities in web pages that did not follow security for best practices. These...
  • MMS 2010

    As you may know the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS 2010) is in full swing over in Las Vegas starting today. Unfortunatly, I've had to cancell my Instructor Led Lab sessions for the week since I'm caught up in the volcanic ash and am unable to make my...
  • Microsoft Surface combined with Business Intelligence

    The Microsoft BI team showcased a very cool application known as Falcon Eye at TechEd which takes data navigation to a new level. Falcon Eye integrates data with Virtual Earth so that you can investigate it hands on through a Microsoft Surface device...
  • Choose Your Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Deployment Strategy

    Like any IT Pro, you have what appears to be million tools and strategies to get your desktops deployed.  A very well written guide was just posted to TechNet that gives in-depth guidance on how to get Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 deployed...
  • Virtualization and ROI

    You only need to work in IT about five minutes before someone comes in and asks you to cut costs and find ways to make things work more efficiently.  Virtualization is an easy way to achieve those goals.  Just like everything else in IT there...
  • Powershell to the rescue

    It's been a couple of weeks since TechEd and I'm finally getting caught up.  A good friend and fellow Geek Gordon Ryan (Gordo) and I were having a chat about Powershell before one of my sessions.  As we were chatting he mentioned some work he...
  • Web Platform Installer hits RC Milestone

    The folks over in the Web Platform have released a RC (Release Candidate) version of the Web Platform Installer.  What is this Web Platform installer you ask?  Keep reading to find out more! Have you ever wanted to deploy an IIS website and...
  • Get your Windows 7 Application Compatibility Questions Answered!

    Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable Windows 7 Application Compatibility: Your Questions Answered (Part 1) Date: Thursday, June 18 Time: 11:00am Pacific Time https://ms.istreamplanet.com/springboard Windows 7, is approaching fast and...
  • 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...
  • Simplify configuration of Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core using SConfig

    While at TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles, I was asked by a couple of different attendees if we had plans to simplify basic configuration of items like networking and machine naming on Server Core. Well the answer to that is a big YES! Take a look at this screencast...
  • Better Experience and Faster Response Times for Your Web Sites!

    Ever wanted to “warm-up” your IIS web site by pre-loading processes at the start of the web server in order to enable faster response times?  Well now you can have the easy-bake oven option !  Today, Microsoft announced the beta release of IIS...
  • More on Hyper-V and SQL Server

      Last week I posted this video interview with Joe Yong talking about virtualization of SQL Server using Hyper-V.  Today I follow that up with a link to a great white paper that details out things such as system resource overhead that is imposed...
  • I'm going to Disneyland!

    While I do feel that this weeks Texans win over the Packers on the "Frozen Tundra" of Lambau field is Superbowl like... it's not the reason I'm heading to So. Cal for a week. Apparently there is this thing called vacation that people take to get away...
  • Direct from the PASS Summit

    I've made the trek across the bridge to downtown Seattle to the 2008 Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Community Summit.  For the next three days nearly 3,000 attendees will have their brains filled with the most up-to-date and comprehensive...
  • Virtualization and SQL Server

    I had a chance to sit down and talk with Joe Yong from Scalability Experts regarding SQL Server and Virtualization.  This short 7 minute video is jam packed with great information.  Head on over to Edge and check it out .