Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • Blog Post: The Glass is 10% Full

    Do you ever look to the past to see what the future holds? You should. I cut my computer teeth long before most people. My computer heritage goes back to my diapers. Dear Dad was a career IBMer and I was playing with IBM Selectric typewriters and dictaphones long before most people had ever seen Lotus...
  • 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: VPN Is Dead - here's your new killer app

    One of my favorite features of all time is RPC Over HTTP. Most of you are familiar with it because it allows Outlook to encapsulate RPC calls inside a HTTP packet or frame. That frame must of course travel across the internet to your “Front-End” server or proxy. All of that voodoo just makes...
  • Blog Post: How would you like a complimentary copy of Office Professional 2007?

    Unless you're still partying like it was 1999, you realize it's now the year 2007. A little bit has happened since 1999 and we've been busy producing great products. We're going to give away one of those products at the TechNet events... you might have heard of it... Microsoft® Office Professional 2007...
  • Blog Post: Get your Daylight Savings Time (DST) answers real time

    Join members of the daylight saving time team who will be online to chat with you about your specific questions February 24 - March 13: 06:00 A.M. – 06:00 P.M. Pacific Time. Join the chatroom at: http://www.microsoft.com/businesssolutions/chatroom.aspx . I logged in a little while ago and it appears...
  • 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: 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: 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: People, Process and Technology sometimes collide

    I'm the people part of the equation. Recently the process and technology ran right over me and turned me into IT road kill. So what happened? Could it have been avoided? Definitely... Let's set this up by describing my typical work environment. Like many field employees, I am a mobile worker. When I...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista - group policy settings spreadsheet here

    Here's a nifty spreadsheet for IT Pros. It's the list of all of the Windows Vista Group policy settings. Actually, there are more settings in the spread than for just Windows Vista. Download it. Study it. There will be a test on Friday. Here's the first question: How many GPO settings for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Hook Em Horns !!!

    As you might suspect by now, we signed off the Beta 3 milestone of Windows Server Code Named "Longhorn" today. I downloaded the build a few days ago and am building a new Longhorn Beta 3 virtual machine while I write this. How would you like to do the same? There's only one place you really need to remember...
  • Blog Post: Merry Cluster Christmas !!!

    Are you into big iron?  Well, if you are the heavy metal sort and get your jollies by building clustered server configurations, then we have new tools for your tool belt.  The latest tool you should be checking out is known as Hyper-V.  It's part of the latest shipment of Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: The Face of Windows Server 2008

    Join in the fun at https://www.microsoft.com/servers/faces/ .  This is an interesting new resource area for Windows Server 2008.
  • Blog Post: Watch the Microsoft Management Summit Keynotes

    Learn firsthand how Microsoft management solutions can empower you in your cloud computing journey and help you manage a wide range of different devices in your organization. Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of the Management and Security Division at Microsoft, returns to keynote both days at...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant 2.0 Beta

    Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA) 2.0 Beta can be used by computers running Windows 7 when connecting to internal corporate networks with DirectAccess in Windows 8 Server Beta. It improves the DirectAccess connection experience, supports one-time password (OTP) authentication for DirectAccess...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 IT Pro Tasks Made Easier by Windows Server 2008 R2

    Do more with less. This has been the server manager’s mantra for several years but never moreso than now. Fortunately, Windows Server® 2008 R2 has got your back with numerous and varied features designed specifically to address IT’s current challenges while making day-to-day life a little easier. Here...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2013 Registration Now Open

    The Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) brings together the brightest IT professionals from around the world to increase their technical expertise through deep hands-on training, best-practice sharing, and interaction with innovators in desktop, device, and datacenter management, as well as cloud technologies...
  • Blog Post: Watching the TechED 2006 action poolside

    Get your frozen margarita, dual core laptop and favorite rubber ducky and head to the pool. Might as well since this year you’ll be able to watch and listen to the festivities on the http://VirtualTechEd.com website. It’ll be interesting to see how much of the show, seminars and “social”...
  • Blog Post: Mactopia adds a new IT Pro area

    The Microsoft Mac Business Unit has added a new area to their website to hold IT Pro related information.  I personally think the information belongs at technet.microsoft.com but hey, it’s a start.  See http://www.microsoft.com/mac/itpros/default.mspx or click the pic at right to take you to...
  • Blog Post: ADMX Migration Tool for GPO templates is released

    The ADMX Migrator is a snap-in for the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) that simplifies the process of converting your existing Group Policy ADM Templates to the new ADMX format and provides a graphical user interface for creating and editing Administrative Templates. The new XML-based format includes...
  • Blog Post: New Pre-configured Virtual Machines and Demos now available

    So you have that fancy new terabyte drive all dressed up and no dance partner, right?  Well, our server folks have been busy making plans on how to fill some space.  In fact, here's some killer (yet massive) downloads you should consider: Exchange Server 2007 SP1 VHD - 1.8GB download SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Updated Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guides

    We're getting ready to release Windows Server 2008 so you'll see a steady flow of information around it and Windows Vista SP1.  Here are a bunch of the updated step-by-steps for Windows Server 2008.  Creating_and_Deploying_Active_Directory_Rights_Management_Services_Templates_Step-by-Step_Guide...
  • 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: Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007 Beta 1 - go get it

    As reported on the Windows Vista Team Blog , you can now apply for access to Beta 1 of the Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007 product. To get access to the bits, go to https://connect.microsoft.com/availableconnections.aspx . You will need to signon with your Passport ID. BDD 2007 is the best...
  • Blog Post: Key learning's from last weeks launch events

    As you know, we started our US Windows Vista, Exchange Server 2007 and 2007 Office System launch events last week. If you have not already signed up for one, go to http://www.microsoft.com/business/launch2007/signup/default.mspx and do it fast. Many of the venue locations are already at capacity and...