January, 2009

  • Breaking down Borders – Tbot Translator

    Meet TBOT – a translating robot that is part of Windows Live.  Over the last few weeks I’ve been working with some colleagues in Germany, and found this great set of tools to translate.  Tbot is a robot translator that works on the web by simply...
  • SBS Repair documentation grows today

    Not that you should need it, but…. SBS repair documentation grew today with several new editions to the Technet library. You can find the technet link here , or I’ve listed the current topics below for you. Repair the Windows SBS 2008 Console Repair Forefront...
  • SCVMM: Virtualization Service needs attention

    Over the last few weeks I’ve been testing some scenarios and generally looking at System Center Virtual Machine Manager.  Yesterday however I came across this error “ Virtualization Service needs attention ”.  Even though I had all of the services...
  • Sun announces a virtualized EBS SKU on a SINGLE server

    Recently Sun announced a virtualized EBS SKU that resides on a single server.  What’s even more interesting is that they’ve provided three options to enable you to get the right level of HW to support the scale in your organization. Check out the...
  • Photosynth and the Inauguration

    Miss the Inauguration last week?  Check out these ‘Synth’s’ created using Live Labs Photosynth.  This really is a cool technology and it even allows you to generate your own. Photosynth was original acquired and part of MS Research but now is...
  • Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta – Now Available

    Last week Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta went online for download.  You can download it from here .  Also you should download the beta overview doc and configuration guide .  Hyper-V Server makes a great virtualization host, especially in...
  • Licensing Changes for CALS and HYper-V

    Last week there was an important change in licensing for Windows Server 2008 related to CALs and Virtualization.   The announcement is below; <snip> A number of trends, including consolidation and high availability, are driving more deployments...
  • SBS 2008 BluePrint – hits the shelves

    Congrats to Harry and Philip!  Great to see another SBS book go live today.  Taking a snippet from their website here This ready guide to Microsoft’s Small Business Server 2008 (SBS) product, now part of the Windows Essential Server Solutions...
  • EBS Virtualized – STEP BY STEP – Part 6 – Attaching the Planning data

    Now for the last piece of setup unique to vitualizing EBS.  Adding the Planning Data.  Remember the .iso file we created here , well next you need to attach this iso to your VM.  You wont need to reconnect the Management Server installation...
  • Update Rollup 1 – Released to Windows Update

    Today we released UR1.  Update Rollup 1 addresses the following issues in Windows Small Business Server 2008 Issue 1 The Security tab in the Windows Small Business Server 2008 Console incorrectly reports the spyware and malware status of Windows...
  • EBS Virtualized – STEP BY STEP – Part 5 – Starting Installation – Windows OBE

    Now we can finally start running the VMs.  You have two options to attaching the media.  Either by DVD and changing the DVD each machine or by using .iso’s.  I prefer iso for a couple reasons.  It allows you to take the only shortcut...
  • EBS Virtualized – STEP BY STEP – Part 4 – Setting up the Virtual Machines

    So far we’ve covered, the basics, how to test your HW performance, and how to run the Planning and Preparation Wizard, and create the .iso to attach to your Management Server during setup.  Today, I’m going to cover how to configure your VMs to support...
  • Hazardworks inc: SharedView

    So Roland’s business is growing and he really needs a way to share documents he’s working on with several consultants.  The consultants are located in a neighboring state, but also in Europe and South Pacific.  How to share content in this scenario...
  • SBS 2008 named SMB server of the year by InfoWorld

    It’s great to see SBS getting accolade already!!  InfoWorld just named Windows Small Business Server 2008, SMB server of 2009. They’ve accompanied it with a review they did just before launch too. You can check it out here and for just the SBS page...
  • EBS Virtualized – STEP BY STEP – Part 3 – Planning and Prep Wizard

    The next step is to run the Planning and Preparation Wizard on your network and   enter your configuration settings.  I have a post planned later on going into more detail with this wizard later on, but there are some tricks here you need to...
  • Direct Download Links to WIndows 7 Ultimate Beta 1

    Looking to try the next version of Windows?  Having trouble with Akamai?  Try downloading directly using these links Windows 7 Beta 1 x86 Download Windows 7 Beta 1 x64 Download For those of you running Windows Small Business Server 2008, the...
  • Behind the Scenes – Interview 3 – Planning and Prep wizard

    Charles posted the third edition of his behind the scenes series.  This time he and I discuss the Planning and Preparation Wizards. Check it out here
  • EBS Exam Details

    On Wednesday I posted about the SBS exam details, today I wanted to post the EBS skill set .  As you see there is a lot more detail in this exam, but that comes par for the course being that there is a lot more technology in EBS.  Good luck...
  • Staying Green in the OFFICE - CBS SHOW SBS feature

    You might remember me posting about this late last year.  Well after a few delays with some other global events here is the final show cut.  Enjoy!
  • SBS Exam details

    I know many of you out there right now are considering updating your SBS certification to SBS 2008.  Microsoft Learning have a great resource in the exam catalog ( SBS catalog listing ).  Primarily as they clearly describe what a successful...
  • 5w/50 Series – Migration concepts with SBS 2008

    Check out Jeff Middleton speaking this week on migration concepts he uses when migrating SBS 2008.  Session abstract below: 5W/50 Series - Migration Concepts with SBS 2008 Migration projects pose unique challenges for IT Consultants. The goal is...
  • EBS Virtualized – STEP by STEP – PART 2 – Hardware Sizing

    Here’s where the majority of the virtualization issues I’ve seen to date occur.  To repeat that just to be clear.  If you under-spec the HW for your virtualized environment you will pay the price in performance and stability.  That goes...
  • EBS Virtualized – STEP by STEP – PART 1 – The Disclaimer

    OK, so this is the number one question I get “Nick, how do I set up EBS in production for an EBS site with less than 30  users using Hyper-V on a single server?” Now there is already a ton of documentation already on TechNet , but I have to agree...