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May, 2008

  • Virtualisation Candidates – How to identify

    In my post yesterday I spoke about virtualisation candidates (amongst other things) and how we now know what loads and systems are viable.  Have a look at the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) tool.  Its the tool for identifying candidates...
  • Network Access Protection (NAP) and my switches

    I recently gave an overview of NAP at a Windows Server 2008 event.  For the purposes of the event I focused and demo’d DHCP enforcement.  From some customers DHCP enforcement was not enough.  What about 802.1x enforcement ?  Our pals...
  • Vista UAC can protect against Root Kits

    Since Vista RTM’d people have complained to me about UAC (User Account Control) and how often they get warnings and popup’s.  They just never seemed to get the point of it.  I leave it on for all my Vista machines, even the VMs and even during...
  • MSDN and TechNet now run on Hyper-V

    I’ve had a lot of interest in Hyper-V from customers and quite a few questions too. One of the most common being, “Who is using it in a production environment?”. Up until now I didn't have an answer. … but now I do. Microsoft are now running the MSDN...
  • Hyper-V RC1 is out!!!

    Check out the posting on the Windows Virtualization Team blog here for more details. As usual its a one way upgrade process. Once you go forward there is no coming back! :) Hyper-V RC0 to RC1 Upgrade Considerations *Saved-state files are not supported...
  • Step-by-Step Guide for Testing Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

    I blogged recently on “How to create a Windows Server 2008 Cluster within Hyper-V using simulated iSCSI storage”.  This is enough to get you familiar with how clusters work in Windows Server 2008.  The next logical step is to understand the...
  • How to create a Windows Server 2008 Cluster within Hyper-V using simulated iSCSI storage

    [Updated May’09: Windows Storage Server 2008 now available to MSDN/TechNet subscribers. Checkout Jose Barreto's Blog for details.] Familiar with Virtual Server 2005 and shared disks for creating virtual clusters?  Well its different with Hyper-V...
  • Hyper-V: Where do I start?

    There are plenty of docs and blogs out there digging deep into Hyper-V.  However, a few customers have asked a simple question: “What do I need to think about before I start testing Hyper-V?" Well, first things first.  The product still...
  • Microsoft Premier Support: Windows Server 2008 Technology Event

    We are running a Deep Dive event in Ireland for Premier customers later this month. Premier Field Engineers from Ireland and the UK (including David and I) will present the event. - A Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 –May 22 nd /23 rd Dublin ...
  • Scripting: How to edit an INI file from a script

    I was asked how to modify an INI from a script.  Its quite straight forward.  Firstly have a read of the Scripting Guy article here .  It explains the process quite well actually.  However, I wanted to go a step further and setup arguments...
  • Batch Files : Date Stamp in a filename

    Ive been asked this a number of times this past month.... How do I get the date into a filename in a batch file? Most people try using the %date% variable. Which will not work as you cannot have /'s in the filename. So, try this: for /f "tokens...
  • Virtual Domain Controllers and Time Synchronisation

    The question of how to handle virtual Domain Controllers has been around for quite some time. The answer really depends on what product you have decided to use as your virtualisation platform: Microsoft or VMWare. Regardless of the product you have choosen...
  • Windows 2000 Terminal Server : Modify RDP-tcp permissions via script

    I was recently asked how to modify the rdp permissions on a large number of Windows 2000 SP4 servers running in Remote Admin mode.  Well, normally Id make use of WMI and make the changes using Win32_TSPermissionsSetting class.  Unfortunatly...
  • Expensive Hypervisors - a bad idea even if you can afford them

    Here is a great post from James O'Neill. http://blogs.technet.com/jamesone/archive/2008/03/13/expensive-hypervisors-a-bad-idea-even-if-you-can-afford-them.asp As Microsoft get ready with Hyper-V, VMware are beginingg their marketing blitz in an attempt...