Keith Combs' Blahg

Ramblings from another nerd on the grid

September, 2013

  • Test Lab Guide: R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization with System Center 2012 R2 VMM

    This Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) provides you with step-by-step instructions to create the Windows Server 2012 R2 Network Virtualization with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) test lab, using computers running Windows Server 2012 R2. This test lab is based on four physical computers, each hosting multiple virtual machines. Updated September 2013 to include forwarding gateway and NAT functionality.

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  • Microsoft Monitoring Agent 2013 now available for download

    Microsoft Monitoring Agent monitors computer infrastructure and application health. It collects diagnostic data, such as performance metrics, event logs, and traces. Microsoft Monitoring Agent can be used as a standalone tool or together with System Center Operations Manager. When monitoring .NET applications, you can direct the agent to save application traces in an IntelliTrace log format that can be opened in Visual Studio Ultimate. When connected to System Center Operations Manager, the agent calculates the health state of the monitored computers and objects, and then reports back to the management server. The management servers centrally distribute the configuration to agents and store data received from the monitored computers.

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  • Windows Server 2012 R2 NIC Teaming (LBFO) Deployment and Management Guide now available

    NIC teaming, also known as Load Balancing/Failover (LBFO), allows multiple network adapters to be placed into a team for the purposes of bandwidth aggregation, and/or traffic failover to maintain connectivity in the event of a network component failure. This guide describes how to deploy and manage NIC Teaming with Windows Server 2012 R2.

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  • Surface 2 Ordered !!!


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  • Never Forget

    I posted this to my facebook page, but I thought it was appropriate to share here. Rewind to the week before 9/11. I was in New York and New Jersey the week before calling on customers and talking with them about the Microsoft Trusted Solutions Platform (TSP).  What happened after will forever be etched in my soul. The actual images are too horrific to repost. If you must see, click the image below but they are painful.


    Keith Combs The place I sat was joyous. Sitting, sipping a glass of wine, eating Italian goodies, watching and listening to some great music on an elevated stage. Vivid. Etched in my mind... It's now a memorial. Customers and friends gone. I cry.”