Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • 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: Failover Cluster Step-by-Step Guide

    A failover cluster is a group of independent computers that work together to increase the availability of applications and services. The clustered servers (called nodes) are connected by physical cables and by software. If one of the cluster nodes fails, another node begins to provide service (a process...
  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 3.0 – now available for download

    IIS Media Services 3.0 is a set of media-related extensions for Internet Information Services (IIS) 7. IIS Media Services provides an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform, and includes: Smooth Streaming, adaptive streaming of media over HTTP Live Smooth Streaming, for live adaptive streaming...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 RTM – now available for download

    Deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010. MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits: Unified tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Program Results – Anon Company 7

    Public disclosure of your name and company name allowed? (No at present; maybe Yes after PR/Legal verify) Objectives of the project:  What problem did you set out to solve?   We currently use DeepFreeze to protect our Student Desktops however this causes issues with patching, AV updates and...
  • 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: IT Pro Momentum Program Results – Anon Company 2

    Company Location - Pennsylvania Objectives of the Project -  “We need to be preemptive on Evaluating Windows Server 2008 R2   and windows 7 to  address remote access and security concerns.” Are you piloting or deploying the products? “Our organization is behind in the Server space ...
  • 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: Did you miss the PDC this year? Here's another chance!

    Missed the PDC? Catch the content LIVE at the MSDN Developer Conference . Register Today! We’re bringing the PDC to you! For just $99 you’ll get the best of the PDC in your own backyard and hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services Platform and Windows 7. Other sessions...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki Pick for the Week: AD FS 2.0 Config DB Migration to SQL

    The AD FS configuration database stores all the configuration data that represents a single instance of AD FS 2.0 (also known as the Federation Service). You can store this configuration data in either a Microsoft SQL Server® database or using the Windows Internal Database. The Windows Internal Database...
  • Blog Post: New Efficiency Microsoft Launch Event Live from San Diego today !!!

    Experience The New Efficiency Microsoft Launch Event Live from San Diego October 26th Virtually! View and download 18 IT Professional and Developer focused live sessions from San Diego starting at 9am PDT October 26th . Focusing on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange Server 2010, you can...
  • Blog Post: BranchCache Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

    BranchCache is a wide area network (WAN) bandwidth optimization technology that is included in some editions of the Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows® 7 operating systems. To optimize WAN bandwidth, BranchCache copies content from your main office content servers and caches the content at branch office...
  • Blog Post: Security Audit Events for Win7 and R2 – download now available

    You can use Windows security and system logs to record and store collected security events so that you can track key system and network activities to monitor potentially harmful behaviors and to mitigate those risks. You customize system log events by configuring auditing based on categories of security...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server® 2012 Express Release Candidate - now available for download

    The Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 RC0 Express is a powerful and reliable free data management system that delivers a rich set of features, data protection, and performance for embedded applications, lightweight Web Sites , applications, and local data stores. Designed for easy deployment and rapid prototyping...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 - Service Pack 1 Docs Now Available

    Microsoft® continuously collects feedback on Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems from its customers and partners. This feedback results in enhancements that help improve compatibility, reliability, performance, and user experience. These enhancements are typically made available...
  • 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: Windows Server BranchCache Step-by-Step Guides

    BranchCache is a wide area network (WAN) bandwidth optimization technology that is included in some editions of the Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows® 7 operating systems. To optimize WAN bandwidth, BranchCache copies content from your main office content servers and caches the content at branch office...
  • Blog Post: Next DFW IT Pro Users Group Meeting on 1/7 – Windows Server 2008 R2

    Come learn about the great new features in Windows Server 2008 R2 with a focus on the benefits for IT Administrators. This session will cover many new features included in Windows Server 2008 R2 that improve the cost of ownership and IT administrator improvements. This overview session will cover the...
  • Blog Post: Audit and Compliance Reporting for DirectAccess

    I had the pleasure of talking to one of the authors of “ Compliance Reporting: First Step in Controlling Client Cloud Access ”.  Dan Griffin is a Microsoft MVP and Security Software Consultant with JW Secure Incorporated and co-authored this article with Microsoft Architect Lee Walker. The conversation...
  • Blog Post: Windows Automated Install Kit (WAIK) - published again with new languages in WinPE

    The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 helps you to install, customize, and deploy the Microsoft Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 family of operating systems.  The WAIK was re-published to the download center at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2010 Update 1 for Office 2010 – released to the web

    Deploy Windows 7, Office 2010, and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 . MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits: Unified tools and processes, including...
  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 4.0 – now available for download

    IIS Media Services 4.0 is a set of media-related extensions for Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7 and higher.  IIS Media Services provides an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform, and includes: Smooth Streaming . Enables adaptive streaming of on-demand media files for Smooth...
  • Blog Post: Introducing “Point and Click,” Our IT Advisors for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

    REDMOND, Wash. – June 2, 2010 – Matt Hester loves to find cool new technology. Keith Combs loves to find ways technology makes businesses more efficient. Together they are “ Point and Click — The IT Investigators ,” a new Microsoft team whose Internet radio shows are designed to help small- and medium...
  • Blog Post: Viva La Springboard - The Springboard Tour Dates and Cities Announced!!!

    May 2 – Toronto | May 4 – Detroit | May 6 – Chicago | May 9 – Indianapolis | May 11 – Dallas | May 13 - Columbus The Springboard Series Tour is back! This 6 city tour brings the top product teams from Microsoft to you. We understand the questions and issues that IT pros deal with every day. How do I...