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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: 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: 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: Server Unleashed

  • 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: SCVMM 2008 Configuration Analyzer - now available for download

    The VMMCA is a diagnostic tool you can use to evaluate important configuration settings for computers that either are serving or might serve VMM roles or other VMM functions. The VMMCA scans the hardware and software configurations of the computers you specify, evaluates them against a set of predefined...
  • 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: Loading a HP 6910p with 8GB of RAM

    As you probably are already aware, I received a couple of 4GB 200pin DDR2 SoDIMMs from Kingston for testing with my ThinkPad T61p. Almost immediately I received requests to borrow those SoDIMMs so they could be tested with other machines. Phat chance. Cold dead hands. But this weekend after getting...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Compare Series kicks off next week

    When you get a moment, checkout the webcasts I'll be doing starting next Wednesday. This is all part of the Windows Server Compare series of screencasts and webcasts coming out. TechNet Webcast: Windows Compare (Part 1 of 6): Reliability in Windows and Linux (Level 200) Wednesday, January 23, 2008...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading Windows XP machines?

    During the conference call my team had on Friday, we were discussing the upcoming content we are planning for the August-December timeframe.  One of my team members who shall remain nameless stated that most of the customers he has talked to aren't upgrading existing Windows XP machines to Windows...
  • Blog Post: Pity OS X doesn’t like 8GB of memory in my MacBook Pro

    I received a flurry of questions via email when I posted information the other day that I had 8GB of memory in my Apple MacBook Pro .  At the time of my post, I had only intended to boot the OS and see that it appeared to work correctly, recognize the updated amount of memory and shutdown cleanly...
  • Blog Post: The bases are loaded and it's a full count

    Like many of you, I'm the forgiving sort of person.  I use a "three strikes" rule when I spend my money on products, services, food, etc.  If you aren't familiar with the terms, they are from the world of American baseball.  Basically, when it's your turn to hit the ball, you...
  • Blog Post: Merry Cluster Christmas !!!

    Are you into big iron?  Well, if you are the heavy metal sort and get your jollies by building clustered server configurations, then we have new tools for your tool belt.  The latest tool you should be checking out is known as Hyper-V.  It's part of the latest shipment of Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: HP 6910p notebook received - first impressions

    Santa keeps bringing me toys and it isn't even Christmas yet.  This time I received the long awaited HP 6910p notebook computer.  I like to do first impression posts pretty quickly on new hardware because first impressions count, and I forget about the out of box experience later. In the spirit...
  • Blog Post: Setting up your laptop to run SCVMM 2008

    Now that System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 has released, I’m sure many of you are wanting to kick the tires.  The good news is that we’ve made that relatively easy to accomplish on a laptop but there are some assumptions to make so let’s discuss a couple of them. First and foremost...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 Beta now available for download

    This morning at the Microsoft Management Summit we demonstrated a number of new technologies we’ve had under wraps for a while. See the press release for more information on Bob Muglia’s keynote. One of the products I really dig is System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 .  No, that...
  • Blog Post: Anyone can write an article these days…

    Everyone has a blog, including my dog .  For the past few years the debate on whether blogs are journalism has been discussed.  Are they?  What’s the difference in writing for a magazine or online publication and a blog?  Someone checks the facts?  There’s an editor...
  • Blog Post: Dell XPS 420 six month report

    I've had my Dell XPS 420 six months now so I thought I'd give you an update on my impressions of the machine and changes I'm made to it since the initial purchase.  In reality, it just now does everything I want correctly.  Windows Vista SP1 fixed the last issue I had with the machine. ...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 IT Pro Tasks Made Easier by Windows Server 2008 R2

    Do more with less. This has been the server manager’s mantra for several years but never moreso than now. Fortunately, Windows Server® 2008 R2 has got your back with numerous and varied features designed specifically to address IT’s current challenges while making day-to-day life a little easier. Here...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Ultimate x64 Installation Notes for the HP 6910p

    Here are the notes I took during my Windows Vista Ultimate x64 installation on my HP 6910p notebook .  The notes below were written primarily for my team but I like to share. In case you were wondering, the HP 6910p has performed remarkably well with Windows Vista Ultimate x64 and Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 now available for download

    The Release Candidate 1 (RC1) update to the Hyper-V role provides improvements to security, stability, performance, user experience, forward compatibility of configurations, and the programming model. All users of the Hyper-V role are encouraged to apply this upgrade. After you install this item, you...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 R2 – now available for download to TechNet subscribers

    It took a while, but the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 released bits are now on the TechNet Direct Plus subscriber download area.  Looks like it’s right at 3.4GB so expect it to take at least twenty minutes to download.  Grin.  This is the 64 bit download and here are the...
  • Blog Post: Glass on Glass – Coding in the Virtualized World with a ThinkPad W700

    Today I trekked down to the Microsoft Developers Conference (MDC) being held in the Dallas Westin Galleria. For this particular event I decided to bring along some Lenovo ThinkPad W700 bling. I wanted to see if a 17” laptop running the latest and greatest operating systems on the planet would attract...
  • Blog Post: The 4GB Maximum Laptop Myth

    One of my blog readers just sent me a message about a recommendation for a machine. Let’s talk about the current state of the market.  It’s a pretty interesting time to be buying a machine.  Here’s the message I received: how is it going..Love your webcasts by the way..I was wondering if you...