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UAG Setup system.exception
Was just building a UAG test server in our lab and came across an error, which was easily resolved and worth posting for others. From the splash screen I clicked install only to receive a “system.exception” error. Even if I ran the .msi file directly, I would get a failure. A search returned one...
12 Apr 2010
Desktop Virtualization Hour
I just want to make sure I have all my bases covered and have invited everyone I can. If you work in Education and have interest in VDI, this will be worth attending. I’ll be scheduling a follow-up webcast specifically for Education, within the next few months. Desktop Virtualization...
17 Mar 2010
RDP7 for XP and Vista
Remote Desktop Protocol 7, the version which shipped with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, is available to install on Windows XP (x86) as well as Windows Vista (x86/x64). This will bring the RDP7 functionality to those platforms including new functional enhancements including multiple monitors...
3 Mar 2010
Documentation – Building or Upgrading a Hyper-V Cluster
As this has been a frequently requested link, I’m posting here. Step by Step Guide to Building a Hyper-V Cluster http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732181(WS.10).aspx Information on upgrading a Hyper-V RTM cluster to R2. http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/archive/2009/10/08/9905089.aspx
2 Nov 2009
Wake On LAN (WOL) – PowerShell style
Working on another project and I needed a way to wake up an offline server from within my PS script. I found this genius blog post and converted it to a script. Genius blog post - The PowerShell Guy : PowerShell Wake-on-lan script I saved the below text as send-wol.ps1 for re-usability. This...
2 Apr 2009
Evacuate! script – move all VMs off cluster node using intelligent placement
Just wanted to share this script I wrote. The idea is I want to do something (anything) to a host and feel it might cause a service interruption so I would prefer to move all VMs off the node. Rather than doing it manually in the cluster or in VMM, or forcing VMs off in a reboot, this script...
9 Mar 2009
Three updates I apply in a Hyper-V/VMM lab
This resolves the Hyper-V status warning message in VMM. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=fd44b4e3-2dcc-4299-b345-bc09a9a37b60&displaylang=en This resolves an issue when using BITS to transfer to/from volumes mounted by GUID. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx...
4 Mar 2009
Microsoft Admins in Higher Education – Technical Conference – Registration Open
Each year we host around 100 IT Pros from universities all around the country (and the world) in Redmond for a three day conference. This is organized by a committee from the Windows HIED listsrv hosted by Stanford University and has a focus on NOT being a sales event, rather a chance for administrators...
23 Feb 2009
Blog Link: Janssen Jones on PowerShell
This is a great blog Janssen. Keep them coming!!! http://janssenjones.typepad.com/janssenjonescom/ The top three posts (as of today) are all related to managing Hyper-V with PowerShell. Especially interesting is the code he has written to provision his SAN on the fly! I guess I should start...
21 Feb 2009
Case Studies – Hyper-V in Education
Indiana University University Improves Service Availability, Reduces IT Workload with Virtualization Indiana University is one of the largest state university systems in the United States, with nine campuses, 100,000 students, 7,000 faculty members, and 11,000 staff members. The university’s Auxiliary...
21 Feb 2009
E-Book on Microsoft Virtualization Solutions from MS Press – Absolutely Free
I caught this in an RSS feed earlier this week and just had a request to share the link in our presentation today. Here you go! http://csna01.libredigital.com/?urmvs17u33 When searching for the link, I discovered additional learning resources: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/virtualization/default...
11 Feb 2009
Hyper-V @ EDU
This morning Microsoft announcied the Release to Manufacturing of the hypervisor for Windows Server 2008, also known as Hyper-V . You’ll also find that some of our existing case studies are in Education!!! I was ecstatic to learn during TechEd that several customers in higher education are already...
26 Jun 2008
Get the scoop on little known Active Directory features in 2008
This is one of the best webcasts I’ve watched in recent memory. Really great information on how machines find domain controllers in 2008. http://searchwincomputing.techtarget.com/generic/0,295582,sid68_gci1317644,00.html?track=NL-119&ad=647382&asrc=EM_USC_3893103&uid=8071835
24 Jun 2008
Hyper-V and WINPE!
Thanks Mike, and great job publishing this info! http://blogs.msdn.com/mikester/archive/2008/05/30/using-the-hyper-v-integration-components-in-winpe.aspx This post details how exactly to build a WinPE disk with the Hyper-V integration components build in. You can bet Kevin and I will be working...
2 Jun 2008
What roles/features require 2008 Forest Functional Level?
… and/or domain functional level? There is a table on the following TechNet page that outlines this info. It has been a re-occuring question in my recent trips! Note that the domain functional level is the important factor for 2008, as that enables new features including fine grained...
28 Apr 2008
What is the quickest/easiest way to open the Network Connections page in Vista/2008
In other words to get to this page. I’ll be honest, having to navigate through the Network and Sharing Center can sometimes be an extra step for me rather than a value-add. At times it can be very helpful, at other times I just want to get to the IP configuration page for a network adapter as quickly...
26 Apr 2008
How to build Server 2008 media that only contains Standard Edition
In order to make installation and distribution a simpler process, the Server 2008 DVD available for download contains all four versions (Web, Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter) with both full and core installations available. Over the last two weeks I have received the same question from several Universities...
26 Mar 2008
NTFS permissions for Redirected Folders (or Home Directories)
Last week a windows admin asked if I knew what the permissions should be for the root level share of home directories or redirected folders. It has been a few years since I looked this up and I wanted to be certain I had all necessary ACLs, so I committed to researching the question and posting...
24 Mar 2008
Hyper-V Release Candidate download link is live
I've been holding back all morning to post anything until the download links actually became available. It looks like the new pages are being published and have started replicating out to the globe. This updates the Windows Hypervisor technology to the latest public release candidate build. ...
19 Mar 2008
Quest webcast on change control for Active Directory
I just signed up for this webcast. Looks interesting so I thought I would share. Reserve your place today
13 Mar 2008
Novel/Microsoft interop info
Linking to a post I just spotted, you can order a bracelet with 2GB of storage pumped with info about how Novell and Microsoft are working together to provide value to customers. There are also a couple of whitepapers for those interested. http://blogs.msdn.com/dotnetinterop/archive/2008/03/05...
5 Mar 2008
Vista SP1 - Standalone Update now on MVLS
Yesterday I promised the stand alone update would be coming soon. I just checked and the 32-bit version is now available on the Microsoft Volume License Services website (MVLS). I am expecting the 64-bit version to follow soon. I'll amend this post when I confirm it is online as well...
5 Mar 2008
Server 2008 in Education, Post-WebCast Info
I promised a few links and have posted them below. I also wanted to make a correction, in the Question Manager one of the attendees asked whether Server Enterprise is licensed per socket similar to DataCenter and I responded "yes". I was incorrect, Web, Standard, and Enterprise are licensed per server...
11 Oct 2007
Reducing application conflicts on unmanaged faculty/staff machines
Yesterday a press release snuck out with several announcements regarding virtualization. For full detail, link to Kevin's post and then to the press announcement after the jump. Kevinsul's Management Blog : Announcing the 'Windows Installer Utility for MSFT Application Virtualization' (and why you should...
12 Sep 2007
Online resource to help school districts learn to use data in Excel
Scott McLeod has posted a great resource over on http://www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org/ The tutorials on the web site highlight many of the Excel skills that are helpful when working with building- and district-level data. The tutorials are targeted at data managers, principals, guidance counselors, teachers...
4 Sep 2007
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