Keith Combs' Blahg

Ramblings from another nerd on the grid

Browse by Tags

  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Rocks Screencast Contest – creative types apply here

    Time to have some fun! Once again Matt Hester and Keith Combs would like to invite you to demonstrate your mad skillz in the form of a screencast. This little contest at first brush sounds like it’s going to be pretty easy, but I have a feeling there is going to be some serious competition this time...
  • Blog Post: Dell will begin offering Linux

    Apparently Dell has decided to start offering desktop and laptop machines preinstalled with Linux. The models have not been announced. The Linux distros that will be tested and certified have not been announced. They actually used the word certification at http://www.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx...
  • 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: 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: Pity OS X doesn’t like 8GB of memory in my MacBook Pro

    I received a flurry of questions via email when I posted information the other day that I had 8GB of memory in my Apple MacBook Pro .  At the time of my post, I had only intended to boot the OS and see that it appeared to work correctly, recognize the updated amount of memory and shutdown cleanly...
  • 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: NFS Account Mapping in Windows Server 2008 R2

    This paper covers Network File System (NFS) account mapping and the deployment in Windows Server 2008 R2. NFS is a network file sharing protocol that allows remote access to files over a network. NFS implementations include an NFS server component, which enables the sharing of files for use by other...
  • Blog Post: New Hyper-V Linux Integration Components - now available for download

    When installed in a supported Linux virtual machine running on Hyper-V, the Linux Integration Components provide: Driver support for synthetic devices : The Linux integration components include support for both the synthetic network controller and synthetic storage controller that have been developed...
  • Blog Post: Setting up your laptop to run SCVMM 2008

    Now that System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 has released, I’m sure many of you are wanting to kick the tires.  The good news is that we’ve made that relatively easy to accomplish on a laptop but there are some assumptions to make so let’s discuss a couple of them. First and foremost...
  • Blog Post: Mactopia adds a new IT Pro area

    The Microsoft Mac Business Unit has added a new area to their website to hold IT Pro related information.  I personally think the information belongs at technet.microsoft.com but hey, it’s a start.  See http://www.microsoft.com/mac/itpros/default.mspx or click the pic at right to take you to...
  • Blog Post: Anyone else lose a few VMs this week?

    Holidays are fun, mostly.  It's tinker time.  Nerds get to experiment and build new nerd contraptions.  Or is it geeks?  Anyway, like a lot of you, I had fun with a few nerd projects and still plan to come back to a few topics I explored over the holidays.  Holidays are cool...
  • Blog Post: What is the best developer laptop on the planet, and why?

    I’ve been discussing various aspects of the developer world with Andrew Kass lately and as you know I am not short on opinion. So I thought I would ask you a couple of questions. I know a lot of you are either developers, used to be developers, or know and have to deal with developers. Grin. What is...
  • Blog Post: MVP Screencast Contest Status and Results

    As you might recall, a little over two months ago Matt Hester and I announced a screencast contest. Matt has the official contest announcement and official rules . We limited the contest to the Microsoft MVP community for a couple of reasons. We wanted to test the contest waters and make sure if we made...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready to screencast? Want to win me? Stay Tuned…

  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V wrap up

    Most likely by now you’ve been bombarded with the news. We entered the virtualization market today with a new product called Hyper-V. It’s a downloadable and installable Windows Server 2008 role. It’s pretty simple to install and use and I would advise taking your time learning what is happening under...
  • Blog Post: Linux Indy car crash

    I certainly hope Roberto Moreno is ok after crashing the Linux car on lap 36 of the Indy 500. If the posting at http://www.engadget.com/2007/05/29/linux-car-first-to-crash-at-indianapolis-500/ is any indication, people are having fun at his expense. Bummer. See http://www.indy500.com/stats/ for final...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Core screencast - Installing Open Source Software

    If you are going to run web workloads, you'd be remiss not to evaluate Windows Server 2008 and IIS7. In fact, Windows Server 2008 includes a Core installation option that is an excellent platform for a variety of computing workloads. One thing you might not have thought about is using open source software...
  • Blog Post: http://edge.technet.com launches !!!

    As you can see at http://edge.technet.com , we are launching a new online portal for IT Pros. Expect to see lots of content in the form of podcasts, screencasts and videos. I have some interesting stuff coming. My EDGE id is KingCobra. Head on over and register if you want a cool name, before all of...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show coming soon

    You might have noticed I’ve been a little MIA in the past couple of weeks.  Well, it’s been busy in my world as we are putting the finishing touches on the content demos, slide decks, etc. for the Interop Road Show we start in a few weeks.  It looks like all of the last minute fire drills are...
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows Server 2008 x64 on the Lenovo ThinkPad T400

    If you decide to flatten your Lenovo ThinkPad T400 or W500 and install another operating system, the good news is that all of the core drivers are on the Lenovo Support Downloads and Drivers area .  I installed two different operating systems to check this out.  Windows Server 2008 Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Linux fun on my week off

    I need to come back to work, in order to relax. Ever feel that way? This week actually hasn't been that bad. I took some time off to catch up on honey dues. It's more like spring cleaning. April in Texas is the time to get the yard in shape before it gets hotter than hell. You certainly don't want to...
  • Blog Post: Is the ballot box stuffed?

    I've been watching http://www.dellideastorm.com/ for the past few weeks to see what bubbles to the top and what action Dell would take. As you know, Dell has sold a couple of Windows machines since the company was founded in 1984. I'm interested because the lion share of the ideas are pro Linux and anti...
  • Blog Post: Running LAMP on Windows Server 2008 - webcast and screencasts now available

    I don't know about you, but that title sounds odd to me. Why on earth would you run the LAMP stack on Windows? Well for one thing LAMP commonly refers to Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. So running LAMP on Windows Server 2008 really means running it in a virtual machine and the only supported method for...
  • Blog Post: Imitation is the best form of flattery

    I was heading over to the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 11 forum area at novell.com when I stumbled across a contest link.  I clicked the link and it took me to the webpage at http://howdoyoulinux.com .  Right off the bat I said to myself WTF (well that’s funny)! This looks nearly identical...
  • Blog Post: Linus Torvalds gives Microsoft Windows 7 a thumbs up!

    Linux OS inventor Linus Torvalds takes time to promote his favorite operating system.  ROFL !!!  Sourced from picasaweb .