Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • Blog Post: Server 2008 and Vista SP1 Automated Install Kit (AIK) location - get it here

    Looking for the AIK and came up dry?  No worries, come get it here.  Never heard of the AIK?  Well, time to come out from under the rock and get cooking with some great tools. The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is designed to help corporate IT professionals customize...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 RTM – now available for download

    Deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010. MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits: Unified tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment...
  • Blog Post: Server Unleashed

  • Blog Post: TechNet Events Presents: Real World Azure with Microsoft IT

    TechNet & MSDN Events Present: Real World Azure with Microsoft IT Come spend a day with us to explore Windows Azure, Microsoft’s platform for building and deploying cloud based applications from a real world point of view!  During this event, we’ll review critical lessons Microsoft IT has learned...
  • Blog Post: Phone updates: process and timing

    Eric Hautala, General Manager of Windows Phone Customer Experience Engineering posted a blog post today about the Windows Phone 7 update.  Here’s and excerpt: “Who doesn’t love presents? Luckily, my new job at Microsoft is to deliver them to you. My name’s Eric, and I run the team responsible for...
  • Blog Post: BranchCache Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

    BranchCache is a wide area network (WAN) bandwidth optimization technology that is included in some editions of the Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows® 7 operating systems. To optimize WAN bandwidth, BranchCache copies content from your main office content servers and caches the content at branch office...
  • 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: Wild west or managed desktops?

    If you read the post I did a couple of days ago, you probably noticed the user is running a number of applications that have no business purpose on a corporate machine. I’ve been following the internal thread and it brought a few questions to my mind and I wondered how you are handling similar issues...
  • 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: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 - Service Pack 1 Docs Now Available

    Microsoft® continuously collects feedback on Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems from its customers and partners. This feedback results in enhancements that help improve compatibility, reliability, performance, and user experience. These enhancements are typically made available...
  • 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: Windows Automated Install Kit (WAIK) - published again with new languages in WinPE

    The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 helps you to install, customize, and deploy the Microsoft Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 family of operating systems.  The WAIK was re-published to the download center at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID...
  • 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: MDT 2010 Update 1 for Office 2010 – released to the web

    Deploy Windows 7, Office 2010, and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 . MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits: Unified tools and processes, including...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show – Texas events this week

    Don’t forget we just started the Microsoft Interop Road Show and there are events in Dallas and Houston this week. The event in Dallas is actually at our office in Las Colinas, Texas (also known as Irving). Confused? Don’t be. See all of the information at http://www.technetevents.com/interop/index.htm...
  • Blog Post: Pure Microsoft

    I’ve been listening to our customers a lot lately.  I get a lot of good feedback here, but it’s no substitute for the direct frank conversations we’ve had at the live events, launch events and conferences like MMS or TechEd. One of the complaints I’ve been hearing more and more is centered around...
  • Blog Post: Hook Em Horns !!!

    As you might suspect by now, we signed off the Beta 3 milestone of Windows Server Code Named "Longhorn" today. I downloaded the build a few days ago and am building a new Longhorn Beta 3 virtual machine while I write this. How would you like to do the same? There's only one place you really need to remember...
  • Blog Post: A Guide to GPO Preferences for Users of PolicyMaker Standard Edition

    To help prepare Group Policy administrators who are familiar with PolicyMaker Standard Edition to upgrade to Group Policy preferences, this document provides a guide to the differences between Group Policy preferences and PolicyMaker Standard Edition. These differences include the following: New folders...
  • Blog Post: The Face of Windows Server 2008

    Join in the fun at https://www.microsoft.com/servers/faces/ .  This is an interesting new resource area for Windows Server 2008.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2013 Registration Now Open

    The Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) brings together the brightest IT professionals from around the world to increase their technical expertise through deep hands-on training, best-practice sharing, and interaction with innovators in desktop, device, and datacenter management, as well as cloud technologies...
  • Blog Post: Going from Vista RTM to SP1 without stopping at update.microsoft.com

    There has been a lot of discussion about Windows Vista SP1 slipstreaming.  I understand why people want to do that with their corporate desktops.  For those of you that are individual users and only have the original Windows Vista RTM disk, what do you do?  Can you flatten a machine with...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 App Compatibility List for IT Professionals

    The Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals is a Microsoft Office Excel-based spreadsheet listing software applications which have met Windows 7 Logo Program testing requirements for compatibility with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7, and have thereby earned the right to display the...
  • Blog Post: Closing the books on Fiscal Year 2007

    First of all, I want to say thank you personally and on the behalf of my company!!! Microsoft appreciates your business and the opportunity to help you solve problems, make money and have fun. FY07 has been a blast for me. Let's rewind a bit and see what happened. Back in July of 2006, the beginning...