Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • 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: Early bird gets the RC2 worm...

    Microsoft has these kewl time off days called floating holidays. You get two each year to use as religious holidays, unwind, whatever. I took mine the past couple of days to get caught up on sleep, do some honey dues, run errands, etc. In short, it's a holiday from email. You know, the ole electronic...
  • 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: 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: 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: Laptop Multimon with the Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition

    A few days ago I ordered the Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition .  You are probably wondering what I am talking about.  It's a cool device that allows a laptop, or a regular PC for that matter drive two monitors in one of the Windows Vista  " Multimon " modes.  I've been...
  • 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: 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: Interested in Windows Vista Digital Cable? Check this out!!!

    Ok, so you invested in Windows XP Media Center 2005. You've been using a lovely analog tuner for a while and finally purchased a HD tuner and have endured over-the-air programming (OTA) for the past couple of years. Sure, OTA high definition TV is better than nothing, and it sure beats a 120GB HD DVR...
  • 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: Halo 2 for Windows Vista arrives in 10 days

    In case you haven't been paying attention, Halo 2 for Windows Vista is going to be released on 5/8/2007. Yes, you'll be able to save the world from the luxury of your Lenovo ThinkPad T60p . More details at http://www.gamesforwindows.com/en-US/Games/Pages/Halo2forWindowsVista.aspx on the system requirements...
  • 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: 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: New Halo 3 Trailer - Halo 3 Public Beta Signup information

    Humanity is about to experience another exciting look at the world of Halo® 3 , one of the most anticipated entertainment launches for 2007. Airing in North America, Monday, December 4 on ESPN's Monday Night Football and Xbox.com in Europe, the new 60-second Halo 3 trailer offers an exclusive look at...
  • Blog Post: Shoe Circus Clown Club Platinum

    How does this ad resonate with you? What is your first impression?  I saw it during the NFL game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins.  I have to admit, I did like the slot our marketing org picked to run the ad.  First game of the season and right before the cut to...
  • Blog Post: Marvel Entertainment Halo Graphic Novel due in July

    Fans of the Microsoft Bungie game Halo will get a treat in July. A number og highly talented artists and writers have teamed with Marvel entertainment to produce a new book about the award winning game. From the Marvel website, “Marvel Comics, Bungie Studios, and Microsoft Game Studios are pleased...
  • Blog Post: Guess how many Windows Vista downloads in 24 hours

    If it wasn’t for the size, I would imagine Windows Vista would eclipse all download records. A more interesting number might be the number of gig we served up in the month of June. Or maybe the number of hard drives that fried in the data centers around the world. (Pictures a dude in the data center...
  • Blog Post: Test drive Windows Vista without a seat belt or insurance

    Sick of wearing your seat belt? Tired of the high cost of liability insurance? Well, you can test drive Windows Vista via the magic of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 from the comfort of your couch!!! Ok, put down the Xbox360 controller and head on over to http://www.vistatestdrive.com/ . When you go there...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Product Guide screencast - the Calendar

    Chris Henley is one of the better story tellers on my team. We've been trying to get him to write (via his blog) more but like many of you, he's a busy bee raising a family and working here at Microsoft. Fortunately we were able to convince him to record some screencasts on his favorite features in the...
  • Blog Post: Dell will begin offering Linux

    Apparently Dell has decided to start offering desktop and laptop machines preinstalled with Linux. The models have not been announced. The Linux distros that will be tested and certified have not been announced. They actually used the word certification at http://www.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx...
  • 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: 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: Help my Help

    Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe) is a Help program that has been included with Microsoft Windows versions starting with the Microsoft Windows 3.1 operating system. However, the Windows Help program has not had a major update for many releases and no longer meets Microsoft's standards. Therefore, starting...