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: 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 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 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: 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: 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: 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 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: Windows Server 2008 screencast - Password policies

    Before too long you'll be able to get your hands on another build of Windows Server 2008. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy a screencast fellow team member Chris Henley created on password policies. Head on over to: http://blogs.technet.com/chenley/archive/2007/08/23/granular-password-policies-video...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Core screencast series - watch all eight parts here

    Windows Server 2008 includes an installation option we call Core. Core is a stripped down version of Windows Server 2008. It does not have a graphical shell like you've seen in Windows for years. But don't let that fool you. Core is very powerful and allows you to create a server that does what servers...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 screencast - Setup

    If you don't have the resources to install and begin using Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 , you have other training options. Over the course of the next few weeks, I'll be rolling out a bunch of screencasts to give you a great Technical Overview of the product. The number of "casts" in this series will be...
  • 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: 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: We are giving away a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p

    Right now I am installing Windows Vista Ultimate x64 on a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p. I’ll add all of the drivers, service packs and fixes, verify it works properly on my network, etc. Then we are going to give it away on or about December 19th, 2008. Just call me Keith “Santa Claus” Combs. Matt's the Elf...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 screencast - Initial Configuration Tasks

    Setting up Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 is pretty easy but there are a couple of initial configuration tasks that you should pay attention to. Fortunately, like most of the recent product developments, we give you a nice checklist on what to do in a step-by-step manner. Initial Configuration Task Screen...
  • Blog Post: Everything you need to know about SCVMM in 15 minutes !!!

    Today Microsoft ushered in a new era of virtualization management. Want to know more? Take a 15 minute video tour with me as we take a look at System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2007 , System Center Operation Manager (SCOM) 2007 and the Virtual Machine Management pack. Over the past few...
  • Blog Post: Backing up Hyper-V with DPM 2007 SP1 - screencast now available

    If you weren't already aware, Data Protection Manager Service Pack 1 released last week and is now available.  Senior Program Manager, Jason Buffington , is cranking out the information on his blog and via the screencasts he is recording.  Jason tells me has about four of five other screencasts...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Interop with Linux and OS X

    We’re a little over halfway done with the Interop Road Show I helped create. Last week Matt Hester did a simulcast of the live event from Chicago. Although he did a great job, I wanted to capture the demos with Camtasia v6.0.2 and provide some high quality audio and video of the demos, so here they are...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 screencast – Bitlocker

    My good friend Chris Henley has put together a very innovative look at Bitlocker.  It’s unfortunate Chris missed the disco years at the Cat’s Meow in San Marcos, Texas.  He would have really enjoyed it.  However, those years are recorded vinyl history so you’ll have to...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio - SCVMM 2008 with Edwin Yuen

    Here's the latest installment of the popular TechNet Radio program.  In this audio only episode, I had the chance to catch up with friend and colleague Edwin Yuen.  Edwin is a Senior Program Manager in the System Center Virtual Machine Manager development team. Download the audio - l ength...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 screencast - Core installation and initial configuration

    Core to any server is the ability to service networks requests. In some cases, raw I/O is the goal. In other cases, simultaneous streams might be the goal. Windows Server 2008 Core is the engine for many of those cases. Do you need a graphical user interface to run a server? Not really so lets see what...
  • Blog Post: Scope creep

    Anyone who has ever developed a software product knows the term.  Nearly anyone who has ever been responsible for project planning understands the term.  People who work with other people to define a set of requirements for a contract understand it's extremely difficult to have the magic crystal...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V 10 Minute Tour - Redux

    Windows Server 2008 is in the RTM process so for all practical purposes, it's shipped. Inside is a beta of Hyper-V. Hyper-V 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 screencast video I created. I actually...