Keith Combs' Blahg

Ramblings from another nerd on the grid

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Private Cloud Summit - registration open and seats still available

    Join us at the Microsoft Private Cloud Summit with the “Best of Microsoft Management Summit”! Learn about how the new System Center 2012 can help you manage nearly everything in your infrastructure – from the desktop, to devices, to datacenter and the cloud. At this one-day event, you...
  • Blog Post: Guess who's giving away Xbox 360's ???

    Me and my posse , that's who!!! We're going to give away an Xbox 360 to some lucky person at each live TechNet Seminar. I'm still checking on the exact information, but here's what I do know... Starting next week, we'll have one Xbox 360 to give away at each live seminar. You can get a view of all of...
  • 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: Lync Server 2010 Protocol Workloads Poster - now available

    This is only one section of the poster, but if you are trying to learn all about Lync, you’ll probably want this poster.  Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=ad8ff3fb-014e-4fd7-8003-436d896ab0c6 .  There will be a pop quiz on Friday.
  • Blog Post: We Share Your Pain (WSYP) v1.0

    Who says the British have a dry sense of humor? I’ve been playing a funny video at my live seminars and people are constantly asking me where to get a copy. Ok folks, head over to http://www.microsoft.com/uk/technet/itsshowtime/sessionh.aspx?videoid=9999 and check it out. Rumor has it that v1...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview now available for download

    As we set out to further invest in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, we wanted to build upon the great primary server experience that exists today with Windows Server 2012 Essentials, while at the same time providing a new level of flexibility in terms of how your server can be deployed. The Windows...
  • Blog Post: Do IT Virtually Anywhere

    Using the power of virtual machines, you can now quickly evaluate Microsoft and partner solutions through a series of pre-configured Virtual Hard Disks (VHD). You can download the VHDs and evaluate them for free in your own environment without the need for dedicated servers or complex installations....
  • Blog Post: What 64bit machine should I get?

    I need to purchase or lease some 64bit laptops very soon. I'd love to hear your opinions on what to get. They will be used initially for virtualization, high performance and compute cluster testing. However, I'd like to leverage the knowledge around the machines for the next platform refresh for my team...
  • 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: Harold Wong's Most Excellent Exchange Adventure

    Just before Christmas, Harold Wong went on a “most excellent” adventure, dude. Harold delivered a fourteen part webcast series on Exchange Server 2003 . I had the pleasure of helping field many of the questions. As you know, we record the webcasts for on demand playback. However, in the past...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Datacenter TCO Tool - Now Live on the Web

    The Microsoft Cloud OS solution provides a modern datacenter with enterprise class virtualization, greater resource utilization, end-to-end service management and deep insight into applications so organizations can focus on delivering business value. Together with Windows Azure or a Microsoft Service...
  • 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: Test Lab Guide: R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization with System Center 2012 R2 VMM

    This Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) provides you with step-by-step instructions to create the Windows Server 2012 R2 Network Virtualization with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) test lab, using computers running Windows Server 2012 R2. This test lab is based on four physical computers...
  • 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: 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: Windows PowerShell 3.0 and Server Mgr Quick Ref Guides

    The PDF files in this download are short-form Quick Reference (also called "cheat sheet") guides for IT professionals and scripting enthusiasts who want to learn tips, shortcuts, common operations, limitations, and proper syntax for using Windows PowerShell 3.0 and Server Manager in Windows...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2007 PowerShell Cmdlets Quick Reference - download here

    Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 introduces a new management platform called the Exchange Management Shell, based on Microsoft Windows® PowerShell, formerly codenamed "Monad". This topic provides a list of many frequently used cmdlets, important conventions, and useful tips. The information is presented...
  • Blog Post: Lets ride the "Santa Rosa" wave

    Yesterday Intel and nearly every major OEM announced the initial wave of new laptops based on the "Santa Rosa" chipset's. The laptop world as you know it just changed, big time. Faster processors, more addressable memory, next generation video support, etc. In short, power users hungry for a portable...
  • Blog Post: A Cray Supercomputer In Every Home

    I think everyone should have sixteen Quad Core Xeon processors in their personal supercomputer, don’t you?  I mean come on, think of the lunar rover simulations you could run.  And don’t worry about memory starvation in the middle of your oil explorations.  This baby handles 512GB of memory...
  • 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: Cool Windows vs Walls Wallpapers

    See http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsexperience/archive/2008/09/18/life-without-walls-wallpapers-for-your-pc.aspx for some cool wallpapers to cover your desktop. Seems a bit ironic to me.
  • 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 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: 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...