Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • 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: 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: Halo 4 Team Uses Agile, Cloud-Based Big Data Solution

    The Halo franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. To date, more than 50 million copies of Halo video games have been sold worldwide. As developers prepared to launch Halo 4, they were tasked with analyzing data to gain insights into...
  • Blog Post: iSCSI Update

    As you'll recall, back in March I did a fairly detailed post about storage management . In that post I demoed via a screencast the String Bean Software WinTarget software we acquired. Lots of questions are starting to surface about this technology. This is probably due to the fact that we are in the...
  • Blog Post: Server Unleashed

  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server has shipped !!!

    "Woo-hoo! We did it. Today we are announcing that Windows Home Server has been released to manufacturing (RTM). We have finalized the software and now handing it off to our OEM partners. The evaluation version (with 120 day evaluation period) and the system builder version are also heading into the distribution...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a poor mans Windows Server 2008 backup

    I am considering moving to Windows Server 2008 as my full time production environment.  One of the hurdles to doing this has been lifted.  I am referring to the fact that up until recently, Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum Edition didn’t run on Windows Server 2008.  The latest version...
  • 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: Is Viridian like Kryptonite to Superman?

    Everyone is familiar with the fictitious element of the planet Krypton. Strangely, this element is poisonous to a native of the planet. But what about Viridian? What is it? Is it powerful? First of all, Viridian isn't a fictitious element. It is in fact a color or city in Pokemon . I find that amusing...
  • Blog Post: PCIe ExpressCard 34/54 - your next laptop killer feature

    Introduction When you start looking at the feature set for your next laptop purchase, look very closely. At first glance, many of the new laptops appear to have two pcmcia card slots. Look more closely because most likely one of those slots is a PCI Express ExpressCard 34/54 slot. My team is getting...
  • 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: Intel announces part of their SSD Strategy - 310 Series

    “SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 29, 2010 – Intel Corporation announced today the Intel® Solid-State Drive (Intel® SSD) 310 Series, an ultra-small solid-state drive (SSD) that delivers Intel® X25-class award-winning SSD performance , but in one-eighth the size. Measuring 51mm-by-30mm and only 5mm thick, the...
  • 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: Intel Series 320 600GB SSD now selling!

    Intel® Solid-State Drives (Intel® SSDs) just got better. The next generation Intel SSD 320 Series offers built-in data protection features, better performance, larger capacities and more value for your money. Available in a wide range of capacities, the Intel SSD 320 Series provides you with the flexibility...
  • Blog Post: Now if I can just get this in a 2.5" model, I'm set

    Let's face it, it's great to be a consumer. What we really need is a hard drive trade in program. Some may say we need a gadget anonymous program. Anyway, for you hard drive filling maniacs, Hitachi just announced their 1.0 Terabyte 3.5" Deskstar offering. Now you might be thinking that's going to...
  • Blog Post: Hitachi 320GB 7200rpm 2.5” laptop drive received

    It’s always Christmas around here.  I ordered and received one of the new Hitachi Travelstar 320GB 2.5” laptop drives and I am in the process of filling it.  It’s scary how fast that can actually happen these days.  This particular drive is for data storage only.  And what is the...
  • 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: Changes in Functionality - Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2

    Windows Server® 2008 R2 adds new features and extends technologies introduced in Windows Server® 2008 to help increase the reliability and flexibility of server infrastructures. This document describes some of the new capabilities and management enhancements in Windows Server 2008 R2 and how they can...
  • Blog Post: High Capacity mSATA SSD devices sneak into the channel

    There is some excitement taking place in the storage market. New high capacity small form factor flash storage devices known as mSATA are entering the retail channel.  Last year it was nearly impossible to find anything above an 80GB mSATA drive from Intel.  This year the ballgame is very different...
  • Blog Post: Lenovo ThinkPad W520 - mini review

    High end portable workstations are a special class of computer.  The Lenovo ThinkPad W520 belongs to that class and in many ways sets the bar.  As a daily user of a ThinkPad W510, I was certainly interested in seeing and testing the new W520 to see what improvements were made. Keep in mind...
  • Blog Post: CES 2011 Day 3 - electrifying stuff

    I’m giggling just a bit because I thought today was going to be a boring product announcement day.  Boy was I wrong. Here’s the perfect toy to liven up any product demonstration or presentation.  Grin.  Behold, the Taser C2 .  Now in a range of attractive colors.  Be sure and...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guide list is getting big

    Every time I go back and review the list of step-by-step guides for Windows Server 2008 I am surprised to see it get bigger and bigger.  This evening is no exception.  Get any of the following guides @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=518d870c-fa3e-4f6a-97f5-acaf31de6dce&DisplayLang...
  • Blog Post: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008

    We're a little less than halfway through the series we started on Windows Server 2008.  So far, nine of the 24 parts are available for on demand viewing.  Here are the links to the on demand parts that are available, and the sign up links for some of the upcoming sessions. On-Demand Webcasts...
  • Blog Post: The Magic eSATAp Cable

    At the MVP Summit a couple of months ago I sat behind Aryeh Goretsky.  He’s a nice fellow with a background in security, Windows, and a number of other passions including Lenovo laptops.  We were showing off our various gadgets and he happened to have a cable similar to the one above. We talked...
  • Blog Post: Does your file system have attitude or altitude?

    During the course of last quarter, we demonstrated the Windows Server R2 quota management, file filters and other storage related technologies. On a few occasions, the question would pop up as to how file requests are processed by virus checking products, file filters, quota management, etc. A file...