Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Management Summit 2008 - Day 1

    The Microsoft Management Summit 2008 is off to a stellar start.  I think this is the biggest MMS I’ve ever seen.  The location (Las Vegas) has a lot to do with it.  There are people from all over the world here.  I did notice one thing that was consistent… excitement and...
  • Blog Post: Important Update Released on 8/24 for you Hyper-V laptop users

    First things first.  Hyper-V isn’t supported on laptops.  However, a lot of you run a variety of products that work well enough. Windows Server 2008 R2 of course includes the Hyper-V role and I’ve been running this for years now on the Lenovo ThinkPad T61p.  For those of you that have...
  • Blog Post: Lenovo ThinkPad W500 - mini review

    I recently had the opportunity to take a look at the Lenovo ThinkPad W500 (model 4061-2KU).  This machine is really similar to my ThinkPad T61p in many ways, but there are some improvements that have been made in some key areas.  Click the image at right for a high resolution image of the ThinkPad...
  • 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 Server 2008 Hyper-V Security Guide – beta now available

    For organizations that seek cost-effective operations, the benefits of virtualization are more evident than ever. Microsoft® Hyper-V technology allows consolidation of workloads that are currently spread across multiple underutilized servers onto a smaller number of servers. This capability provides...
  • Blog Post: Thumbs up or down for the new Macs?

    My current MacBook Pro is coming up on it’s one year anniversary.  It’s hardly old and in pristine shape.  I baby all the machines I have.  Scratch free is a good thing if you decide to sell.  But should I sell the one I have? Today Steve Jobs took the wraps of the new machines. ...
  • Blog Post: VMM 2008 R2 documentation – now available

    Haven’t had a chance to download and install System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 yet?  No worries, get a head start by looking at the relevant documentation for the product. File Name: File Size VMM08R2_Deployment.docx 150 KB VMM08R2_OMIntegration.docx 110 KB VMM08R2_Operations.docx 379...
  • Blog Post: Implementing SMB Shares with Hyper-V Replica

    SMB is getting a lot of attention with Windows Server 2012, and we’ve had questions from a few customers regarding the inter-play between SMB shares and Hyper-V Replica. In this post we’ll share our experience around setting up and using various configurations involving SMB shares and Hyper-V Replica...
  • Blog Post: Server Unleashed

  • Blog Post: The Glass House

    What’s that old saying?  People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.  I would imagine by now many of you have heard about the unfortunate problem affecting VMWare virtualization products today.  If not, be sure to see http://kb2.vmware.com/kb/1006716.html at the VMWare Support...
  • Blog Post: Get Hands-on with Virtualization – 8 US Cities Left To Go

    Attend the event that lets you touch, talk about, and experience Microsoft® virtualization solutions. Hear from Microsoft virtualization experts on how Microsoft uses virtualization in its own data centers. Dive into robust hands-on labs and gain a technical understanding of the Microsoft virtualization...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 – RC now available

    VMMSSP (also referred to as the self-service portal) is a fully supported, partner-extensible solution built on top of Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, and System Center VMM. You can use it to pool, allocate, and manage resources to offer infrastructure as a service and to deliver the foundation for...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Events Presents: Real World Azure with Microsoft IT

    TechNet & MSDN Events Present: Real World Azure with Microsoft IT Come spend a day with us to explore Windows Azure, Microsoft’s platform for building and deploying cloud based applications from a real world point of view!  During this event, we’ll review critical lessons Microsoft IT has learned...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Replica Take On Hurricane Sandy

    When the winds and waves of Hurricane Sandy bore down ferociously on New York City, at least two Microsoft SMB customers were ready. Microsoft partner WorkITsafe had just helped these customers upgrade to the Windows Server 2012 operating system with the new built-in Hyper-V Replica feature. As a result...
  • Blog Post: Talk TechNet airs 4/27 at 9am PST - Topic for the day - Virtualization

    This morning we’ll be taking questions live from you.  Join us at 9am PST as we host an episode on the topic of Virtualization.  Our guest this morning is Aidan Finn.  Aidan has many years of experience on this topic so please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to ask a question...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 is now on the TechNet Plus Subscriber downloads

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 is now available on the TechNet Plus Subscriber download center.  All 3.5GB can be had in a variety of languages.  If you aren’t familiar with the product, now’s the time to start trying it our with your Hyper-V, Virtual Server 2005 R2 and ESX servers...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 Configuration Analyzer - now available for download

    The VMMCA is a diagnostic tool you can use to evaluate important configuration settings for computers that either are serving or might serve VMM roles or other VMM functions. The VMMCA scans the hardware and software configurations of the computers you specify, evaluates them against a set of predefined...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Loading a HP 6910p with 8GB of RAM

    As you probably are already aware, I received a couple of 4GB 200pin DDR2 SoDIMMs from Kingston for testing with my ThinkPad T61p. Almost immediately I received requests to borrow those SoDIMMs so they could be tested with other machines. Phat chance. Cold dead hands. But this weekend after getting...
  • 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: The Exchange Team goes on camera

    At TechEd 2008 Harold Wong managed to snag a bunch of the Exchange Team and get some interviews on camera.  Harold does a really good job of interviewing them and as you can see he has now posted some of the videos to the edge.technet.com website. To simplify matters a bit, I grabbed the embedded...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Virtual PC and XP Mode RTM - now available for download

      Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx .