Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • Blog Post: Guess who's giving away Xbox 360's ???

    Me and my posse , that's who!!! We're going to give away an Xbox 360 to some lucky person at each live TechNet Seminar. I'm still checking on the exact information, but here's what I do know... Starting next week, we'll have one Xbox 360 to give away at each live seminar. You can get a view of all of...
  • Blog Post: The Glass is 10% Full

    Do you ever look to the past to see what the future holds? You should. I cut my computer teeth long before most people. My computer heritage goes back to my diapers. Dear Dad was a career IBMer and I was playing with IBM Selectric typewriters and dictaphones long before most people had ever seen Lotus...
  • Blog Post: Harold Wong's Most Excellent Exchange Adventure

    Just before Christmas, Harold Wong went on a “most excellent” adventure, dude. Harold delivered a fourteen part webcast series on Exchange Server 2003 . I had the pleasure of helping field many of the questions. As you know, we record the webcasts for on demand playback. However, in the past...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 screencast - User Account Control (UAC)

    I know what you're thinking... Isn't UAC just a Windows Vista thing? Nope. Get all the details at Chris Henley's blog post on the subject. Chris is on a rampage and is cranking out a bunch of Windows Server 2008 screencasts. See this one at : http://blogs.technet.com/chenley/archive/2007/08/30/windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Group Policy Fundamentals - 14 Part Webcast Series

    Windows Group Policy is a topic that is relatively timeless. For those of you looking for some fundamental information, don't forget the fourteen part series we did a while back. It's a good starting place. We are planning an update to the series so hang tight until then. In the mean time, here are the...
  • Blog Post: Server Unleashed

  • Blog Post: VPN Is Dead - here's your new killer app

    One of my favorite features of all time is RPC Over HTTP. Most of you are familiar with it because it allows Outlook to encapsulate RPC calls inside a HTTP packet or frame. That frame must of course travel across the internet to your “Front-End” server or proxy. All of that voodoo just makes...
  • Blog Post: How would you like a complimentary copy of Office Professional 2007?

    Unless you're still partying like it was 1999, you realize it's now the year 2007. A little bit has happened since 1999 and we've been busy producing great products. We're going to give away one of those products at the TechNet events... you might have heard of it... Microsoft® Office Professional 2007...
  • Blog Post: Get your Daylight Savings Time (DST) answers real time

    Join members of the daylight saving time team who will be online to chat with you about your specific questions February 24 - March 13: 06:00 A.M. – 06:00 P.M. Pacific Time. Join the chatroom at: http://www.microsoft.com/businesssolutions/chatroom.aspx . I logged in a little while ago and it appears...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki Pick for the Week: AD FS 2.0 Config DB Migration to SQL

    The AD FS configuration database stores all the configuration data that represents a single instance of AD FS 2.0 (also known as the Federation Service). You can store this configuration data in either a Microsoft SQL Server® database or using the Windows Internal Database. The Windows Internal Database...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 screencast - Server Manager

    The Windows Server 2008 Server Manager is a portal of sorts to the installation, configuration, management and monitoring of the roles and features. Your initial view of those roles and features will be rather empty because of course, you need to install the ones that are germane to your particular server...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2010 RC – now available for download

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate helps IT Professionals achieve new levels of reliability with greater flexibility, enhanced user experiences, and increased protection for business communications. Flexible and reliable - Exchange Server 2010 gives you the flexibility to tailor your deployment...
  • Blog Post: Seattle wind storm - webcasts canceled

    FYI, there was a rather serious storm last night in the Pacific Northwest area of the US. As a result, many people are without power and that is having an impact on a variety of services. As I understand it, we won't be delivering the 10 webcasts that were scheduled for today. A lack of power has impacted...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 screencast - Core Read Only DC creation

    If you took a look at my previous Windows Server 2008 screencasts, you'll recall we left off with a Core server that had been activated and joined to our test domain. Sorry for the delay, end-of-year happened. Now things get interesting. This time, we're going to take that member server and convert it...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Resource Kit - in the wild

    The astute know the Windows Vista Resource Kit is shipping and in the wild. When I arrived at my house Friday, my copy was sitting on the front door step. I'm surprised UPS didn't charge extra for the weight. The resource kit book is huge. 1500+ pages huge. The microsoft.com/mspress area strangely...
  • Blog Post: Desktop Deployment Tools - one stop shopping

    Each week for the next couple of months, my team will demonstrate a variety of tools that make operating system and application deployment easier. The demos of course show off how to deploy Windows Vista and Office 2007. However, you can also use the new tools to deploy Windows XP and Office 2003 if...
  • Blog Post: Can your data center handle a hurricane? Ours can

    Usually we discuss hurricane or typhoon force winds in the warm tropical climates of the world. Well, unless you haven't been paying attention, Seattle and surrounding areas got hammered about 24 hours ago and a lot of essential services are still being affected. People got killed and the area will take...
  • Blog Post: The Trifecta is done - Exchange Server 2007 RTMs

    It's an exciting time. First there was Office 2007, then Windows Vista. Now we have released Exchange Server 2007 to our manufacturing process. I'm sure we'll have the RTM bits on the TechNet and MSDN download centers soon for you online subscribers. Hint hint.
  • Blog Post: People, Process and Technology sometimes collide

    I'm the people part of the equation. Recently the process and technology ran right over me and turned me into IT road kill. So what happened? Could it have been avoided? Definitely... Let's set this up by describing my typical work environment. Like many field employees, I am a mobile worker. When I...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show Webcast - live this week on 5/6/2009

    On Wednesday May 6th, we’ll be broadcasting the Interop Road Show .  Actually it’s going to be a bit of a simulcast.  Matt Hester will be in Downers Grove, IL doing a live delivery of the sessions, and we’ll pick up the audio and demonstrations via the magic of Microsoft LiveMeeting. In addition...
  • Blog Post: The Exchange Team goes on camera

    At TechEd 2008 Harold Wong managed to snag a bunch of the Exchange Team and get some interviews on camera.  Harold does a really good job of interviewing them and as you can see he has now posted some of the videos to the edge.technet.com website. To simplify matters a bit, I grabbed the embedded...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Hardware Assessment webcast now available

    Yesterday Baldwin Ng delivered a nice webcast on the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment v2.0 release. This webcast is now available for on demand viewing so you can watch it with the Live Meeting wrapper. Or download it and watch/listen later at your leisure. Baldwin did a real good job of describing...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Compare Series kicks off next week

    When you get a moment, checkout the webcasts I'll be doing starting next Wednesday. This is all part of the Windows Server Compare series of screencasts and webcasts coming out. TechNet Webcast: Windows Compare (Part 1 of 6): Reliability in Windows and Linux (Level 200) Wednesday, January 23, 2008...
  • Blog Post: Updated IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Security Whitepaper

    Although wireless LAN networks provide freedom of movement, they also require you to address security issues that are not as prevalent on a private cabling system for a wired LAN technology such as Ethernet. The main security issues are the authentication of wireless clients and the encryption and data...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Webcasts - 4/17 through 5/17

    Monday the TechNet Team kicks off some of the really serious stuff around Windows Vista from an IT Pro perspective . I’m going to lead things off with a look at security changes implemented inside the new client operating system. We’ll discuss group policy objects, Windows BitLocker drive...