Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • Blog Post: Matt Makes the Homepage of Edge

    Matt Hester is one of the subject matter experts on my team in the Search and Sharepoint product mix.  Recently Matt recorded a screencast on installing Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server (MOSS) 2007 on Windows Server 2008.  Specifically, he talks about how to slipstream the service packs into...
  • Blog Post: Storage Management with SMfS, iSCSI Targets, iSCSI Initiators and iSNS Server

    Microsoft has made some recent bets on storage management. That is good news for me for a variety of reasons. First, it offers a glimpse of my HDTV future. What? Yes, you read that correctly. I’ll get to the explanation in a little bit. Second, it means our customers will have a broader range of...
  • 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 Vista Product Guide screencast - Security Center

    Windows Security Center (WSC) helps make your PC more secure by alerting you when your security software is not up-to-date or when your security settings have potential weaknesses that should be corrected. For example, WSC shows you the status of your firewall settings and tells you whether your PC is...
  • 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 Performance and Reliability Tools screencast

    If you haven't had a chance to look at Windows Vista and it's instrumentation, eventing and monitoring toolset's, you really should grab a copy when the "release candidate" code becomes available. You'll be pleased with the improvements we've made to the amount of information that is available, and the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Flip and Flip3D Screencast

    This month my team kicked off a series of free live seminars. We are doing a Windows Vista Technical Overview in the first couple of hours, and Exchange Server 2003 and 2007 in the second couple of hours. So far, the Windows Vista interest has been huge. In the next few days, I'll be recording all of...
  • 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: Brush your teeth and shave – LifeCam Cinema HD on the way?

    I have not seen an official announcement so I have no idea if it’s real or a mock-up. But if it’s real, I want it. Especially if it works with Camtasia, Expression Encoder 3 and Vegas Movie Studio Platinum Edition 9 and above. My screencasts will never be the same and it’s looking like it’s time to buy...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Screencast – Hyper-V Remote Management

    By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the Remote Server Administration Toolkit (RSAT) that released and your ability to run those tools on Windows Vista SP1.  Around the same timeframe, we shipped Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC0.  A week after that, we shipped the RC0 tools that allow...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 screencast - Virtualization 10 Minute Tour

    Windows Server 2008 is going to ship its next public release candidate very soon. Inside that release will be a CTP of Windows Server virtualization (WSv). WSv will be setting the stage for a whole new wave of technologies so with that in mind, I thought I'd give you a quick peek at the product via a...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 screencasts �� Faster, More Secure, More Reliable

    Matt Hester has done it again.  He has produced some nice screencasts that discuss and demonstrate the improvements being made to the Internet Explorer 8 Beta.  Like many of you, I am particularly interested in the new privacy technologies (InPrivate™) going into the product.  Here are...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Trip Wires

    A number of changes and improvements have been made to SQL Server 2005. Did I really need to state that? One of the big improvements is in the management and security area. The SQL Management Object (SMO) infrastructure replaces much of what used to be accomplished using SQL-DMO. SMO is tightly integrated...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Product Guide - Shadow Copy screencast

    Matt Hester, resident TechNet Search guru has posted another screencast from our Windows Vista Product Guide screencast series. Head on over to http://blogs.technet.com/matthewms/archive/2007/07/23/windows-vista-product-guide-screencast-shadow-copy.aspx for an excellent article on Shadow Copy complete...
  • Blog Post: How do you learn?

    A recent Wall Street Journal article, " The New Workplace Rules: No Video-Watching " written by Bobby White highlights the fact that many people are watching videos at work. It's even more interesting that the heaviest consumption of those videos takes place during the lunch hours. I worry about this...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope – screencast now available

    Early this morning I downloaded the new WorldWide Telescope application from Microsoft Research. After exploring the galaxies, I decided this would be a cool screencast to demo the application for those of you that might not otherwise download, install and begin exploring. Your children are going to...
  • Blog Post: More Windows Vista screencasts are getting published

    Remember Windows Vista?  You know, that cool operating system we shipped nearly a year ago?  Well, Matt Hester is publishing some of the screencasts he created a few months ago (finally) and as always, Matt is doing a great job of demonstrating some of the features. Check out his latest on...
  • Blog Post: Throttle Your Users

    Catchy title eh? We are of course talking about networking. I knew you were thinking that. So how do you control the bandwidth users are consuming on your network? Well, Chris Henley demonstrates network QoS policies in his latest Windows Server 2008 screencast on the subject. Head on over to http...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Screencast – Problem Steps Recorder (PSR)

    Are you the “Computer Guy” ???  You know, the Saturday Night Live character Nick Burns played by Jimmy Fallon ?  Well, one of the reasons computer users bring out the “Nick Burns” in many of us is the disconnect in communications and lingo between computer experts and computer users. Thankfully...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Aero Glass and Usability screencast

    Surely by now you've heard of Windows Vista Aero Glass. It's the sexy new transparency stuff you see in the operating system. It's very noticeable in a variety of the core applications. However, transparency isn't the only user interface improvement you see in Windows Vista. Of course the most visible...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Data Encryption

    SQL Server 2005 includes new encryption capabilities that all administrators, programmers and database analyst should be aware of. Key and Certificate creation and management functions are now an integral part of SQL Server 2005. You have the flexibility to create your own X.509 certificates, use Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista 30, Rootkits 0

    I’m glad to see some positive press on Windows Vista. Security is a tough business and when you’re on the desktops of millions of computers, everything is magnified to the Nth degree. A couple of recent articles and postings are getting a lot of attention. See “ Vista's Despised UAC Nails Rootkits, Tests...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 screencast - NAP VLANs with a Cisco Switch

    Michael Kleef has been doing some incredible demonstrations down in Australia and New Zealand. I'd like to watch them in person, but it's pretty far from Texas. But you and I can see him in action because like many of us, he's doing screencasts directly off his blog. He calls them blogcasts . Must be...
  • Blog Post: Firefox Loves Silverlight

    One of the questions I get asked all of the time when I demo something in IE is, "Will this work in Firefox ?" It's a really good question especially when using technologies like OWA, web access to admin tools, etc. Recently we shipped a new set of visualization technologies on Silverlight. Matt Hester...
  • Blog Post: Before you buy, know your WEI

    Burn that little saying in your brain. Have you ever purchased something you never were completely satisfied with? I made my first major mistake on a Chevy truck. Not because it was a Chevy, but because I cut corners and instead of getting the V8 I wanted, I opted for the V6 to save a few bucks. The...