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: Server 2008 and Vista SP1 Automated Install Kit (AIK) location - get it here

    Looking for the AIK and came up dry?  No worries, come get it here.  Never heard of the AIK?  Well, time to come out from under the rock and get cooking with some great tools. The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is designed to help corporate IT professionals customize...
  • 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: 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: 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: IT Pro Momentum Program Results – O’Sullivan Consulting – Windows Server 2008

    Your name: William V. O'Sullivan Company name: O'Sullivan Consulting Your geographic location (country): Illinois USA Public disclosure of your name and company name allowed? (Yes or No) Yes Objectives of the project: What problem did you set out to solve? Upgrade servers to Windows Server 2008 R2. Are...
  • 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: 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: Server Unleashed

  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Security Guide - now available

    As an IT professional focused on security, you know firsthand how essential your servers are to keeping your organization up and running. It’s your job to stand guard over these essential assets, and to prevent them from going down. Windows Server 2008 is engineered from the ground up with security...
  • 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: And you think your ThinkPad is fast…

    Lenovo ThinkPad W500 out-of-box experience.   I received a new Lenovo ThinkPad W500 evaluation unit Friday morning and thought you might be interested in the screenshot above.  I’ll be writing more later but until then, suffice it to say that this baby is fast.  I also have another hard...
  • 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: Stuff to do between commercials

    If the big game gets boring this weekend, here are some sites to visit that went online in the past week or two. See this comic site @ http://www.microsoft.com/heroeshappenhere/cool-stuff/comic/default.mspx . And of course there's http://hellosecureworld.com .  You'll need a pretty decent pipe to...
  • 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: 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: SharePoint Server 2007 Whitepapers now available

    Workflow Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 Workflow solution delivers highly flexible tools like InfoPath Forms Services for data collection and workflow interaction and SharePoint® Designer for easy workflow design and customization including robust out of the box features to enable the rapid...
  • 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: microsoft.com availability - 99.83% YTD

    I was checking out a blog post by the IIS team. Apparently the microsoft.com web farm was upgraded to Windows Server 2008 and IIS7. Some of the statistics caught my eye. Check it out at http://blogs.iis.net/bills/archive/2007/06/15/www-microsoft-com-is-live-on-iis7-beta-3-are-you.aspx .
  • Blog Post: If you were in charge of Windows Server 2008 launch events...

    Let's say you had the responsibility for creating the slide decks, demo scripts and demonstrations for the Windows Server 2008 launch events getting ready to happen.  What would you produce for the IT Pro track?  I'm not talking about webcasts or screencasts.  I'm talking about the live...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell – excellent screencast now available

    Jeff Alexander is perfecting the art of screencasting and his latest adventure with Windows PowerShell is certainly well worth watching.  He stole my intro but it’s all good matey.  I think in return he needs to tell us where he snagged that cool spinning globe on his desktop. So what is PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 PHP Training Kit – now available

    The PHP on Windows Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including demos and hands-on labs to help you understand how to build PHP applications using Windows, IIS 7 and SQL Server 2008 . The March RC1 release includes the following: PHP & SQL Server Demos Integrating...
  • 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...