Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • 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: Do IT Virtually Anywhere

    Using the power of virtual machines, you can now quickly evaluate Microsoft and partner solutions through a series of pre-configured Virtual Hard Disks (VHD). You can download the VHDs and evaluate them for free in your own environment without the need for dedicated servers or complex installations....
  • Blog Post: What 64bit machine should I get?

    I need to purchase or lease some 64bit laptops very soon. I'd love to hear your opinions on what to get. They will be used initially for virtualization, high performance and compute cluster testing. However, I'd like to leverage the knowledge around the machines for the next platform refresh for my team...
  • 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: Exchange Server 2007 PowerShell Cmdlets Quick Reference - download here

    Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 introduces a new management platform called the Exchange Management Shell, based on Microsoft Windows® PowerShell, formerly codenamed "Monad". This topic provides a list of many frequently used cmdlets, important conventions, and useful tips. The information is presented...
  • 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: Have you seen the VHD repository lately?

    Using the power of virtualization, you can now quickly evaluate Microsoft and partner solutions through a series of pre-configured Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs). You can download the VHDs and evaluate them for free in your own environment without the need for dedicated servers or complex installations. Start...
  • 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: New Efficiency Microsoft Launch Event Live from San Diego today !!!

    Experience The New Efficiency Microsoft Launch Event Live from San Diego October 26th Virtually! View and download 18 IT Professional and Developer focused live sessions from San Diego starting at 9am PDT October 26th . Focusing on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange Server 2010, you can...
  • 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: 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: 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: Exchange Server 2010 is now available to TechNet subscribers

    For those of you that have TechNet Plus subscriptions, you’ll notice that Exchange Server 2010 is now in the subscriber download area.  If you haven’t looked at some of the new capabilities, here’s an overview of some of the top features. Reduced deployment cost - Exchange Server 2010 helps you...
  • Blog Post: Messaging enhancements are on the way!!!

    FYI, your trusty SST TechNet evangelists are all signed up for the upcoming BETA programs for Exchange Server. Harold Wong has been a leading force on our team in the Exchange arena and is driving technical readiness (for us) to insure you’ll get quality information via webcasts, blog entries, TechNet...
  • 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: New USA Rules of Civil Procedure

    Make sure you take some time looking at Kai Axford's recent blog post . As Kai reminds us, there are some new rules that went into effect on December 1st, 2006 that impact when and how email may be deleted. Kai links to some other articles on the subject. Check it out.
  • Blog Post: Watching the TechED 2006 action poolside

    Get your frozen margarita, dual core laptop and favorite rubber ducky and head to the pool. Might as well since this year you’ll be able to watch and listen to the festivities on the http://VirtualTechEd.com website. It’ll be interesting to see how much of the show, seminars and “social”...
  • Blog Post: If we can't break it, nobody can break it

    Want to generate enough dogfood data to feed the dog pound for the next decade? See Larry's post on the subject at http://blogs.msdn.com/larryosterman/archive/2006/09/18/760981.aspx and a follow-up by KC at http://blogs.technet.com/kclemson/archive/2006/10/18/me-too.aspx . And yes, I'd love to have a...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Texas Technology Summits 2006 featuring Unified Communications and Collaboration

    Annually, the Microsoft South Central District hosts a multi-track event to show off our latest technology. This year, the events are happening on October 3rd in Dallas and October 12th in Houston! This promises to be a great way to get the latest information and direction on our upcoming technologies...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to Apple and at&t !!!

    Regardless of the hiccups today on activation of the Apple iPhone 3G, you have to hand it to Apple and at&t on what appears to be a pretty decent product launch.  I mean after all, how many people played “sick” or “hookie” today in order to stand in line all day and buy an iPhone? Let’s see...
  • Blog Post: Sender ID Framework (SIDF) and Exchange Server 2003 SP2

    You may have started to hear rumblings about the Sender ID Framework (SIDF). The SIDF technology takes another step towards curtailing spam and phishing . If your Inbox is anything like mine, it regularly receives a considerable amount of unwanted and offensive email. So how in the world do you block...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: My SBS server got paved today

    It was a sad day. After a couple of years of non stop service, I flattened my Small Business Server (SBS). I feel so naked without the strength of ISA Server guarding the perimeter. I feel depressed that I'm back to pop3 downloads instead of the rich synchronization of Exchange Server and Outlook 2007...