Keith Combs' Blahg

Ramblings from another nerd on the grid

Keith Combs' Blahg

  • New Windows Server R2 Component Posters - now available

    For you visual creatures, we have some new posters that will help you understand some of the new Windows Server 2012 R2 components, the architecture under the covers, and some key Hyper-V mini posters.  Highly recommended for your reference library. 

    Go get them @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40732.

     

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  • Never Forget

    I posted this to my facebook page, but I thought it was appropriate to share here. Rewind to the week before 9/11. I was in New York and New Jersey the week before calling on customers and talking with them about the Microsoft Trusted Solutions Platform (TSP).  What happened after will forever be etched in my soul. The actual images are too horrific to repost. If you must see, click the image below but they are painful.

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    Keith Combs The place I sat was joyous. Sitting, sipping a glass of wine, eating Italian goodies, watching and listening to some great music on an elevated stage. Vivid. Etched in my mind... It's now a memorial. Customers and friends gone. I cry.”

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 NIC Teaming (LBFO) Deployment and Management Guide now available

    NIC teaming, also known as Load Balancing/Failover (LBFO), allows multiple network adapters to be placed into a team for the purposes of bandwidth aggregation, and/or traffic failover to maintain connectivity in the event of a network component failure. This guide describes how to deploy and manage NIC Teaming with Windows Server 2012 R2.

    Get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40319

  • Operating Your Hybrid Cloud - Health monitoring and Self-service

    In this post we’ll examine two critical aspects of hybrid cloud operations: Health monitoring and self-service, including how to identify and troubleshoot some of the most common maintenance questions and obstacles. To successfully operate your Hybrid Cloud, both of these factors will need to be planned for and actively executed on a regular basis. MORE

  • RSAT for Windows 8.1 now available for download

    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. In limited cases, the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008. Some of the tools work for managing roles and features on Windows Server 2003.

    Go get the bits @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39296

  • Office 2010 Admin Template files (ADM, ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool download

    OfficeThis download includes Group Policy Administrative Template files and Office Customization Tool files for use with Office 2010 applications. It also includes an \Admin folder with an Office Customization Tool, and ADMX, ADML, and ADM versions of Office 2010 system Administrative Template files.

    For administrative template files, you may use the ADM files for any Windows operating system, or the combination of ADMX and language-specific ADML files on computers running at least Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.

    This download version contains updates to support Office 2010 SP2. For the latest information about policy settings, please refer to the updated Microsoft Excel 2010 workbook, Office2010GroupPolicyAndOCTSettings_Reference.xls, which is available in the Files to download section of this download page. The updated workbook, Office2010GroupPolicyAndOCTSettings_Reference.xls, contains settings changes that were made after the download package was built.

    Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=18968.

  • 0 to 62 in under 2.8 seconds, 186 in 16.5

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    Hold on to your butts. http://cars.mclaren.com/p1.html

  • The Black Cat - Just in time for Halloween

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    Black Carbon fiber. Only $3,000,000.00 USD.  I got this.

  • 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, each hosting multiple virtual machines. Updated September 2013 to include forwarding gateway and NAT functionality.

    This is core learning. Read, build and learn at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39284.

  • Lenovo ThinkPad T440s Ordered

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    See http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/t-series/t440s/ for the details and specs.  I ordered the base model with an upgraded CPU.  I will add more memory and storage later.  Looking forward to seeing the new IPS screen.  Did Lenovo finally get a clue?  We’ll see. I should have it around Thanksgiving.  Gobble Gobble.

  • Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server - Technical documentation update

    This download package contains Word and PDF versions of the technical documentation for Windows Azure Pack. The following guides are available:

    • Deploy Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server, updated 10/17/13
    • Plan, Deploy, and Configure Windows Azure Pack: Web Sites, updated 10/17/13
    • Administer Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server, updated 10/17/13

    Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40792

  • My Favorite Time of Year Begins

    It is the holiday season. Cool weather, leather jackets, the sound of the leaves shaking to old man winter.  Then there is the fall parade of cameras, gadgets and computers vying for your hard earned dollars. Today the parade begins.  Windows 8.1 is officially available and our OEM partners are taking the wraps off a slew of devices.

    Samsung has one of the best laptop designs on the planet and the machine they released today is no exception.  The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus NP940X3G-K04US is a crowd pleaser.  Next generation Intel i7 4500U dual core CPU with integrated 4400 GPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, a mind blowing 13.3” 3200x1800 resolution screen, backlit keyboard, and much more.  I had the pleasure of owning the previous generation machine and you literally could not tell it was in my backpack.  Look at the technical specifications carefully.

    If you need a state-of-the-art light weight computer, this should be on your list of candidates.  It isn’t cheap so look for a deal.  Let me know if you have any questions. I have owned both the 13.3” and 15” versions of the previous generation.

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  • Take the Tour - Windows 8.1 Features

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    Check out the 411 on Windows 8.1 at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/features.

  • Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro - now available for order

    Tis the season to spend money and if you are considering a notebook or slate, you should consider the popular Lenovo Yoga.  Lenovo just released the Yoga 2 Pro with the latest generation Intel Haswell processors.  This form factor device works in a variety of configurations from standard notebook mode, to a slate or tent mode.  Very nice.

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    See the features, technical specs, and ordering links at http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/yoga/yoga-2-pro/.

  • The Cloud OS Vision Wave Gets Delivered

    I am proud to be part of the team providing information on the innovation Microsoft is delivering to support our Cloud OS vision.  Today some of the best products in the industry are “generally available” meaning you can download them and start testing them against your unique technical requirements.  Here’s a recap of the blog posts we have written and posted on the Server and Tools Blog Network today:

    We have a ton of technical information coming over the next weeks and months.  Deeply technical “How-To” posts and videos to help you build technical muscle and competencies on the products.

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    In the meantime, be sure and explore the TechNet Evaluation Center to grab some bits.  Windows Server 2012 R2 is at the core, so head on over to the TechNet Windows Server 2012 R2 hub for information and videos on the server roles and technologies.

  • NOKIA Lumia 1520 Announced

    Nokia took the wraps off some new devices today on the other side of the world.  See the press release for details on their new slate form factor computer and smartphones.  I don’t normally dig huge screen smartphones, but the list of features in the Lumia 1520 is rather impressive. 6” IPS 1080p display, 20 megapixel camera, Snapdragon Quad Core 800 processor and much much more. Dig it!

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    More information on this lovely phone at http://www.nokia.com/global/products/phone/lumia1520.

  • Microsoft Monitoring Agent 2013 now available for download

    Microsoft Monitoring Agent monitors computer infrastructure and application health. It collects diagnostic data, such as performance metrics, event logs, and traces. Microsoft Monitoring Agent can be used as a standalone tool or together with System Center Operations Manager. When monitoring .NET applications, you can direct the agent to save application traces in an IntelliTrace log format that can be opened in Visual Studio Ultimate. When connected to System Center Operations Manager, the agent calculates the health state of the monitored computers and objects, and then reports back to the management server. The management servers centrally distribute the configuration to agents and store data received from the monitored computers.

    More information and the download @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40316.

  • Surface 2 Ordered !!!

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    Get the 411 @ http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/pre-order

  • Windows Azure Training Kit - updates for August

    The August 2013 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes updated versions of Introduction to Access Control Service 2.0 to the latest portal experience and MVC 4; Getting Started Windows Azure Storage with two extra exercises that go deeper on each storage abstraction security; and 4 new labs showing brand new portal functionalities.
    Content Updates:

    • New Lab: Going Live with Windows Azure Web Sites
    • New Lab: Automatically Scaling Web Applications on Windows Azure Web Sites
    • New Lab: Creating a Windows Azure Mobile Service with a Custom API
    • New Lab: Introduction to Windows Azure Active Directory
    • Updated Introduction to Windows Azure Access Control Service 2.0
    • New Exercises: Getting Started Windows Azure Storage

    Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8396.

  • The Largest JPG I’ve Encountered

    It occurs to me that “The Security Realm – A Microsoft Map of the Known World” picture at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39706 is quite possibly the largest pic I’ve downloaded.  The detail is impressive and fun.  The picture original size is a massive 13500 x 10800 and the filesize is a whooping 81 MB.  Pretty kewl.

     

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  • Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 - training videos now available

    office_macThe Office for Mac 2011 training downloads include Portable Document Format (.pdf) and PowerPoint (.pptx) versions of all Office 2011 tutorials and videos. I pulled down the Outlook zip file and took a look at a couple of the videos.  These are tastefully done and informative. Short and sweet. 

    Go get them @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=19790.

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Test Lab Guide - available for download

    The Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) provides you with step-by-step instructions to create the Windows Base Configuration test lab, using computers running Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, With the resulting test lab environment, you can build test labs based on other Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview-based TLGs from Microsoft, TLG extensions in the TechNet Wiki, or a test lab of your own design that can include Microsoft or non-Microsoft products.

    For a test lab based on physical computers, you can image the drives for future test labs. For a test lab based on virtual machines, you can create snapshots of the base configuration virtual machines. This enables you to easily return to the base configuration test lab, where most of the routine infrastructure and networking services have already been configured, so that you can focus on building a test lab for the product, technology, or solution of interest.

    Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39638.

  • Mail Protection Reports for Office 365 - download now available

    This reporting workbook provides you with a detailed view into the email protection data that is available in the Office 365 Reporting dashboard. This workbook is available to all Exchange Online and Exchange Online Protection customers. The workbook provides summary graphs for a number of different types of email message filtering. This includes messages identified as spam, malware, or good mail (mail that cleanly passed all filtering). It also shows graphs for messages that were identified by either a transport rule or DLP policy (Exchange Online customers only).

    The data for the summary graphs is pulled locally via a web service call. After loading the summary data into the workbook, you can perform deeper analysis through the use of data slicers. These allow you to change the view of the data in order to identify trends or unusual activity. When such a condition is found, you can click through from the summary to the detail data. Another web service call will be made to pull the detail data that you can use to identify the actual messages that caused the condition seen in the summary graph.

    Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30716. I really need to try this with my accounts.

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Reaches the RTM Milestone !!!

    As noted in my earlier post about the availability dates for the 2012 R2 wave, we are counting the days until our partners and customers can start using these products. Today I am proud to announce a big milestone: Windows Server 2012 R2 has been released to manufacturing! MORE

  • Pushing the Boundaries - SQL Server 2014 CTP2

    We are pushing the boundaries of our data platform with breakthrough performance, cloud capabilities and the pace of delivery to our customers. Last year at PASS Summit, we announced our In-Memory OLTP project “Hekaton” and since then released SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse and public previews of Windows Azure HDInsight and Power BI for Office 365. Today we have SQL Server 2014 CTP2, our public and production-ready release shipping a mere 18 months after SQL Server 2012. MORE

  • 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 Server Essentials team is excited to announce the availability of the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview, and the Windows Server Essentials Experience server role for the Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter editions!  MORE

  • 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 Provider, you can also create advanced hybrid cloud deployment scenarios where seasonal spikes in demand can be easily managed through the public cloud.

    Our web-based tool provides a quick comparison of the TCO and benefits of deploying a Microsoft hybrid cloud vs. a VMware private cloud solution for your new workloads; or migrating your existing VMware workloads.  Check it out!

  • Moving Applications to the Cloud, 3rd Edition - eBook Download

    This guide is the third edition of the first volume in a series about Windows Azure. It demonstrates how you can adapt an existing on-premises ASP.NET application to one that operates in the cloud by introducing a fictitious company named Adatum that modifies its expense tracking and reimbursement system, aExpense, so that it can be deployed to Windows Azure. To illustrate the wide range of options and features in Windows Azure, this guide and the code examples available for it show a step-by-step migration process that includes using Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, Cloud Services, and SQL Database. Together with useful information on developing, deploying, managing, and costing cloud-hosted applications, this guide provides you with a comprehensive resource for moving your applications to Window Azure.

    Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29252.

  • Virtual Fibre Channel Design Guide - Get your I/O On

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    I still remember the magic of touching my first fibre HBA.  Releasing the server form the shackles of SCSI chaining and throughput issues.  It seems like a long time ago, but improvement continues to march on and one of our teams just released a nice article called the “Hyper-V Virtual Fibre Channel Design Guide” written by Microsoft Consulting Services Senior Consultant, Jason Dinwiddie.  Be sure to check it out.  Definitely worth the short read.  See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831531.aspx for other articles on Hyper-V.

  • R2 Wave of Previews Now Available for Download

    Welcome to TechEd Europe 2013 being held in Madrid, Spain June 25-28, 2013.  We have a lot of information to share this week on Microsoft products and services that comprise our Cloud OS vision. In addition to the great session content, we also have announcements as well as partner and customer information we think you will find valuable.  It’s going to be a busy week with a lot of great information.

    See http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2013/06/25/teched-europe-2013-launches-with-cloud-os-product-previews-partner-announcements-and-customer-case-studies.aspx for the 411 on the announcements, downloads and on-demand viewing.

  • Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.3.5 Update - now available for download

    OfficeThis update fixes critical issues and also helps to improve security. It includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code. For more information about this update, please visit the Microsoft Web site.

    Applies to: Office 2011, Office 2011 Home and Business Edition, Word 2011, Excel 2011, PowerPoint 2011, Outlook 2011, Office for Mac Standard 2011 Edition, Microsoft Office for Mac Home & Student 2011, and Microsoft Office for Mac Academic 2011.

    Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39142.

  • There Will Be a Test

    Make sure you memorize the following if you decide to interview for a technical position here.  Ok, I’m half joking.  If you were going to interview for something that doesn’t involve Exchange Server, then you can save a few brain cells.  If however you are interviewing for a Support, TS or MCS position that involves Exchanger server, you’d better be intimate with this poster.

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    Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39102.

  • Dual Boot from VHD Using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

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    Executive Summary

    Boot from VHD is a new technique for installing and maintaining operating system environments.  Unlike virtual machines, the operating system that is running from a “boot from VHD” environment is using the actual hardware instead of emulated hardware.  This means a developer could easily use WPF and the full GPU processing power of a high end graphics card.  In another scenario, this technology makes it easy to setup and run Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Hyper-V role, thus supporting 64 bit virtualization workloads.

    The Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) is the container for the installed operating system.  Because everything is inside a single file, there are a number of benefits that can be realized for data center server environments, as well as managed desktop environments.  The following article dives into the technical details of implementing two operating systems.  Both are installed in a VHD file and can easily be booted by selecting the preferred environment at power on.  This could easily be scripted and automated.

    The Installation Foundation – Windows PE

    The Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) has been updated for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  One of those improvements is the ability to use a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) file as the target for an installation of the operating system (OS).

    This has some interesting implications.  Booting from a .VHD file that contains an entire OS seems rather magical.  I mean think about it.  You go to look at a hard drive and there’s a single file but Windows Server 2008 R2 is installed inside it.  This would certainly simplify the ability to boot your servers on a completely new environment with little effort.  This is going to turn change management on its ear.

    The same is true for the desktop OS, Windows 7.  You can install Windows 7 inside a .VHD file.  Again, the OS is installed inside a single file and thus makes it rather easy to move or change out and bring up a completely different version of the environment.  This will make test environments for developers super easy to construct and test discrete sets of applications or components.

    One thing that is not well known is how easy it is to create the initial .VHD file and install the operating system into it.  The supported and documented ways are geared towards very well defined support scenarios.  You can see the supported scenarios in the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK).  Most people have been reluctant to take the time to learn this because it involves the use of imagex captures and applies.

    What if you could install with just the DVD?

    You can.  All you need is a hard drive with disk space and the DVD for Windows 7 RC or Windows Server 2008 R2 RC.  In fact, when I was investigating the tools for this article I used a brand spanking new Hitachi 2.5” 320GB 7200rpm hard drive and both DVDs to create a dual boot environment.  Nothing more.  And it’s much simpler than I thought.  The key is WinPE and DISKPART.  Here is the screencast demonstration of the tools in action.

    The Screencast Video – 23 minutes – Win7 and R2 Dual Boot via VHD

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    The Command Sequence Used in the Video

    1. Boot your machine with a blank hard drive using the Windows 7 DVD.
    2. Click next on the language screen if English is appropriate.
    3. SHIFT+F10 to launch a WinPE command console.  Although the commands below are in upper case, the commands are not case sensitive.  I am only using upper case for readability here.
    4. Enter DISKPART to run the utility.
    5. LIST DISK to see the available disks in your system.  I am assuming a single raw disk.
    6. SEL DISK 0
    7. CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
    8. FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK
    9. LIST VOL
    10. ASSIGN
    11. LIST VOL
    12. CREATE VDISK FILE=c:\windows7rc.vhd MAXIMUM=200000 TYPE=EXPANDABLE
    13. SELECT VDISK FILE=c:\windows7rc.vhd
    14. ATTACH VDISK
    15. CRE PART PRI
    16. FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK
    17. ASSIGN LETTER=V:
    18. LIST VOL
    19. LIST VDISK
    20. exit DISPART
    21. exit WinPE command console
    22. Install to the newly created 200GB (fuzzy math) virtual hard disk which looks just like a partition to Windows Setup
    23. Repeat steps 11-18 for the Windows Server 2008 R2 VHD but with the obvious changes for the vdisk filename, size, etc.

    Other References and Articles

    Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 RC – get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=60a07e71-0acb-453a-8035-d30ead27ef72.  This is the bible for the supported methods of using “Boot from VHD”. 

    Windows Virtualization Blog – see their VHD boot post at http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2009/05/14/native-vhd-support-in-windows-7.aspx.  Particularly interesting is the performance area of the post.

    Knom’s Developer Corner – another nice post at http://blogs.msdn.com/knom/archive/2009/04/07/windows-7-vhd-boot-setup-guideline.aspx.

    So What’s Next ???

    Tomorrow I am going to backup my existing Windows 7 production hard drive.  Windows 7 is installed in the traditional fashion on a 200GB drive right now.  I am going to restore the backup to a larger disk then install Windows Server 2008 R2 RC into a .VHD and test mixing them.  That’s a bit of a hybrid and one I think a lot of developers might be interested in.  It would certainly demonstrate you can have a traditional implementation of your production OS, but flip to any other Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 testbed very easily.  I’ll follow-up here or another post when I get that implemented.  Enjoy.

    [UPDATE for 5/23/2009] As I indicated just above, I wanted to run an extension of the test I recorded.  I backed up my 200GB Windows 7 RC environment then restored it to a 320GB drive.  After that, I booted from the Windows Server 2008 R2 RC DVD and created a bootable VHD with R2 inside.  The VHD is stored in a folder at the root of my 320GB disk.  The R2 setup program fixed up the bcdstore area and I now have a dual boot hybrid.  Windows 7 is installed in the traditional manner.  R2 is booting from the VHD.  Both are available on the selection menu at power up. Interesting stuff for sure.

    [UPDATE for 5/25/2009] Since I received a couple of questions out of band on how I captured the demo, let me explain.  The demo was captured using Camtasia v6.0.2.  The demo was a Hyper-V virtual machine, not native hardware.  I had mentioned that in some of the preliminary takes but I guess I didn't make that clear in the final take.  Therefore, the booted OS in the screencast is actually using the emulated hardware of the virtual machine.  Everything you see in the demo works on my native hardware, a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p.

    One other thing, the VHD that is being booted from will expand to the maximum size specified at creation.  It will revert to the used size when you shut it down.  Keep this in mind because that buffer must exist at boot time or else.

    [UPDATE for 6/14/2009]  Although this article was originally written using a blank hard drive, I have received a few suggestions for adds, so here they are. 

    1. Backup your machine first.  Yep, this is a good idea as always if you are messing with a drive you care about.
    2. Decrypt the drive if using BitLocker.
  • Art with Excel - Who Knew

    Tatsuo Horiuchi said, “Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed on most computers. And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint”.

    See the amazing article at http://twistedsifter.com/2013/06/excel-art-by-tatsuo-horiuchi/ for more information.

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    Artwork by Tatsuo Horiuchi.

  • Implementing SMB Shares with Hyper-V Replica

    SMB_Hyper-VSMB 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. The issue we were expecting to run into is the apparent lack of authorization to use the SMB share, when using remote management.

    See the full post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/virtualization/archive/2013/06/14/using-smb-shares-with-hyper-v-replica.aspx.

  • Dell Outs XPS 11 Convertible Laptop

    Earlier today at Computex, Dell shared some details about a new convertible laptop, the XPS 11. Though it’s the smallest convertible Windows 8 machine they have designed, it brings a lot of power. It features a gorgeous Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display and the latest hardware from Intel.

    See more details at http://en.community.dell.com/dell-blogs/direct2dell/b/direct2dell/archive/2013/06/03/dell-s-xps-11-makes-appearance-at-computex-2013.aspx.

  • Hyper-V: A Platform for Building the Largest Public and Private Clouds

    Hyper-V 3.0 in many ways is the crown jewel of our enterprise virtualization and private cloud strategy and is the heart of where many of the improvements in our flagship Server OS reside. So we should probably talk about what has improved since our previous Hyper-V releases, and what you can do with our hypervisor technology out of the box in Windows Server 2012 today.

    See the start of this series and the full post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2013/05/22/cloud-broiler-hyper-v-a-platform-the-scales-out-for-building-the-largest-public-and-private-clouds.aspx.

  • ASUS Zenbook Infinity Revealed

    ASUS took the wraps off the Zenbook Infinity. I may have to get one, along with a matching G37.  Until ASUS posts the details on their website, we’ll just have to drool over the new slick blue notebook.  Looks like it has mini DisplayPort in the pic.  There’s a move in the right direction if true.

  • RichCopy bulk file copy tool released – get it here

    People have been asking me for years in my presentations what that icon on my desktop called “RichCopy” was.  I would of course tell them all about it.  That was always followed by a request for the utility.  Well, it only took nine years to fulfill that request, but it’s finally here.

    I didn’t even know we were going to release it, so I was pleasantly surprised to see it prominently displayed right at the top of the April TechNet Magazine.  The cover pic on the website is too small for you to see the box next to the TechNet name, but fear not.  Head on over to the column from Joshua Hoffman called, “Utility Spotlight: RichCopy

    Joshua gives you some of the background, history, and other information in the column.  But you’ll want to head right to the download link and grab one of my favorite utilities. Here’s a screenshot of this bad boy in action.  In the job below, I am uploading the content for the Interop Road Show to a server in Seattle.  RichCopy has ten upload threads going and as you can see, I am uploading the very beginning of the self extracting archive.

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    This brings me to an important point.  If you are supplying people a big fat .ISO image or zip file, please rethink your strategy.  WinRAR from RARLabs is a great archive utility and when combined with a tool like RichCopy, it’s a match made in heaven.  With WinRAR, I took the entire set of content and archived it into 100MB chunks.  People that use multi threaded download tools like RichCopy are going to love me for that. 

    My team standard for FTP is the wonderful FileZilla.  Like RichCopy, FileZilla is also multi threaded.  I have never used RichCopy for FTP because until the public release, you were required to be connected to our corporate AD forest to use it.  And the last thing I want is a FTP client that is running across the VPN connection.  That has all changed now, so I need to run some tests with both of them and see if there’s a clear winner.  Today I am using RichCopy for SMB and FileZilla for FTP.  Using a single util for both may make more sense now.

    Get RichCopy @ http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/d/0/fd05def7-68a1-4f71-8546-25c359cc0842/HoffmanUtilitySpotlight2009_04.exe.

    [UPDATE for 5/1] Ken Tamaru was/is doing development and maintenance of RichCopy.  He recently started a blog at http://blogs.technet.com/ken/.  There is the place to ask RichCopy questions.  Keep in mind however he has a day job and it’s completely different than being a developer for the RichCopy utility.

  • It’s Time for Cloud First

    imageI know there is a flurry of information hitting you from all sides right now, but I wanted to being some important links and information to your attention.  First up is a blog post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2013/06/03/microsoft-is-cloud-first-at-teched-north-america-2013-day-1-highlights.aspx penned by yours truly. 

    This post has a number of links to announcements from the Presidents and VP’s at Microsoft for Windows Server, System Center, Azure, Visual Studio, etc.  There are links to important videos and other sessions happening today at TechEd North America 2013 in New Orleans.

    Second, we have a fabulous new set of web pages at http://microsoft.com/server-cloud to give you keen insight into Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision.  At the same time we launched a new YouTube channels at http://www.youtube.com/mscloudos

    That should keep you plenty busy for a few minutes. Enjoy!!