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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: System Center DPM 2010 RC – now available for download

    Continuous data protection of Windows application and file servers to seamlessly integrated disk, tape, and cloud — with support for a growing list of Microsoft technologies, such as: Windows Server from 2003 through 2008 R2 SQL Server 2000 through 2008 Exchange Server 2003 through 2010 SharePoint Server...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Azure webcast - now available for viewing

    In Q1 we did a number of events in the Central Region of the US on the topic of Azure.  Budgets being what they are these days, we can’t go everywhere but fear not, we recorded the sessions from the Nashville, TN event.  Here are the links to those recordings.  You can watch the streaming...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: IaaS Architecture Guide - now available for download

    This document provides customers with the necessary guidance to develop solutions for a Microsoft private cloud infrastructure in accordance with the IaaS PLA patterns that are identified for use with the Windows Server 2012 operating system. This document provides specific guidance for developing fabric...
  • Blog Post: Server Unleashed

  • Blog Post: Springboard Tour comes to Dallas 5/11 - register now!

    Slate Devices and the Windows Enterprise Slates are among the hottest consumer and enterprise devices today and consumerization of IT has driven lots of discussion and analysis about how and when to leverage these devices in the Enterprise. In this session we will detail Microsoft’s Strategy around Slate...
  • Blog Post: How many applications are you starting with Windows? Here’s 36

    I was on a thread today regarding some issues a user was having with their laptop.  The msinfo32.exe information was requested and received.  I was looking at the usual stuff then expanded the Startup Programs node of information and saw the list below.  OMG.  Folks, don’t let your...
  • 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: 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: Windows Vista Hardware Assessment v2.0 released

    Matt Hester beat me to it. Well, not really. We'll just let him think he did. Matt posted some information about the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment v2.0 release so check out his blog post. I was going to post some information this weekend but backed off because I hit some issues I reported to the...
  • Blog Post: “Talk TechNet” Episode 1 - GPOs with Jeremy Moskowitz - Register Now!

    Next Wednesday we launch the “ Talk TechNet ” show.  Keith Combs and I are the hosts and each week we’ll have a guest on the show that is a subject matter expert on some facet of Microsoft products and technologies.  We are starting off the show with twice weekly episodes on Wednesday and Friday...
  • 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 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: System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) now available for download

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 is a comprehensive solution optimized for the management of Microsoft Windows Server operating systems running in the virtualized data center. Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) enables easy and fast consolidation of physical machines onto virtual machine infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Windows Command-line Reference - now available for download

    The Windows command-line tools are used to perform various tasks related to Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. You can use the command reference to familiarize yourself with new and enhanced command-line tools, to learn about the command shell...
  • Blog Post: microsoft.com availability - 99.83% YTD

    I was checking out a blog post by the IIS team. Apparently the microsoft.com web farm was upgraded to Windows Server 2008 and IIS7. Some of the statistics caught my eye. Check it out at http://blogs.iis.net/bills/archive/2007/06/15/www-microsoft-com-is-live-on-iis7-beta-3-are-you.aspx .
  • 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: 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: Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals - Free Training - Register Now!

    Just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), Microsoft Learning is hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for VMware and Microsoft virtualization technology pros. Registration for “ Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals ” is open and will be delivered...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell – excellent screencast now available

    Jeff Alexander is perfecting the art of screencasting and his latest adventure with Windows PowerShell is certainly well worth watching.  He stole my intro but it’s all good matey.  I think in return he needs to tell us where he snagged that cool spinning globe on his desktop. So what is PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 Management Pack released – download now

    The VMM 2008 Management Pack monitors virtual machines running on Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server, and VMware ESX Server hosts that VMM is managing, as well as the managed virtual machine hosts, library servers, and other VMM components. This management pack is tightly integrated with VMM 2008 to implement...
  • Blog Post: Security Intelligence Report (SIR) Volume 9 - now available for download

    Volume 9 of the Microsoft® Security Intelligence Report provides an in-depth perspective on malicious and potentially unwanted software, software exploits, security breaches and software vulnerabilities (both in Microsoft software and in third-party software). Microsoft developed these perspectives based...