Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: UCLA group discovers massive prime number with Windows XP

    LOS ANGELES - Mathematicians at UCLA have discovered a 13-million-digit prime number, a long-sought milestone that makes them eligible for a $100,000 prize. The group found the 46th known Mersenne prime last month on a network of 75 computers running Windows XP. The number was verified by a different...
  • 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: How about a little crow with that DVD burner dinner?

    Ok, do you want the good news or the bad news first? Well, the good news is that I was right. The bad news is that I was right. Huh? What are you talking about? Ok, remember a few days ago I was whining about my DVD burns not working, then I narrowed things down to Roxio 9.1? Well, that wasn't entirely...
  • Blog Post: Is Viridian like Kryptonite to Superman?

    Everyone is familiar with the fictitious element of the planet Krypton. Strangely, this element is poisonous to a native of the planet. But what about Viridian? What is it? Is it powerful? First of all, Viridian isn't a fictitious element. It is in fact a color or city in Pokemon . I find that amusing...
  • 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: PCIe ExpressCard 34/54 - your next laptop killer feature

    Introduction When you start looking at the feature set for your next laptop purchase, look very closely. At first glance, many of the new laptops appear to have two pcmcia card slots. Look more closely because most likely one of those slots is a PCI Express ExpressCard 34/54 slot. My team is getting...
  • 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: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, no it's Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 !!!

    In case you haven’t noticed, Microsoft launched a whole bunch of really kewl mice and keyboards today. I am really looking forward to the Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 6000 and the full size Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 . I already have them on order via our internal ordering process. After we...
  • 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: Desktop Deployment Tools - one stop shopping

    Each week for the next couple of months, my team will demonstrate a variety of tools that make operating system and application deployment easier. The demos of course show off how to deploy Windows Vista and Office 2007. However, you can also use the new tools to deploy Windows XP and Office 2003 if...
  • 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 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...