Rob’s TechNet Ragg…. Tech Talk & Cool Toys for Grown up Boys & Girls

  • Now, what am I going to do with this hardware?

    As you saw from my earlier post , I've been loaned some new hardware and I have a plan for it as follows: I can now demonstrate a cluster larger than three servers. In fact, I’ve already created a five node cluster and it’s pretty cool! The only downside...
  • Which version of Hyper-V should I choose?

    I’ve talked to a lot of partners about Hyper-V, and the same question always comes up. Which version of Hyper-V should I choose? We have a page that lays out the differences between the different versions of Windows Server 2008 R2 and the Microsoft Hyper...
  • How do I change the Disk Witness in Quorum

    I received the following question: Hi, I have been following your video on setting up Hyper-V server with the Equallogic SAN which we have. It has been really helpful however I am having a problem getting the CSV to work. After creating the cluster the...
  • Part 13 - The Hyper-V NIC teaming debate

    I’ve seen a lot of back and forth on the NIC teaming discussion and I decided to check it first hand. We have this stated policy here , but seeing is believing so I decided to take a look. I have two dual port Intel NICs so I slapped them both into the...
  • How big Should PageFile.sys be on a Server 2008 Hyper-V Server?

    I received the following question: Thanks for the article. What do you do about your host system's pagefile? I'm thinking more about size. Do you leave the default? I have a 16GB system and 12GB of that is allocated to VMs. Do I size the host pagefile...
  • Improve your Virtual Machine Performance

    One of my peers just purchased a very impressive server class machine. He's really proud of it, and he should be! He has 2 quad core CPUs, 16GB RAM, and 2 TB of Disk space. He built this machine to be a virtualization monster, so once he got it up and...
  • Extend your Server 2003 Active Directory Schema for Windows Vista and Server 2008

    Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 include additional group policy settings that give the administrator more granular management of their user's workstations. To leverage these new configuration items, the schema of a Server 2003 Active Directory forest...
  • Why is our Licensing so Complicated?

    I often ask myself why our licensing has to be so hard to figure out. I heard a great quote this week while I’ve been in our semi-annual training and I thought I’d share it. We don’t have anyone that wakes up and says “How can I make <insert item here>...
  • Windows 7 Template Creation Error

    I tried to create a Windows 7 template in SCVMM and it kept failing, but it would not give me an error message, it would just fail. I did some digging around and found that sysprep was failing with an error –2147024864 . I kept digging and found that...
  • Windows Intune Beta 2, How Do You Sign Up?

    We just released Beta 2 of Windows Intune, so I wanted to take a few minutes to show you how to sign up and manage clients. In this session we will walk through how to sign up for Intune and then how to install the management agent on a client. There...
  • More about Windows Intune…

    I had this great idea to create a number of videos on Windows Intune so that I could show you how to setup and manage your customers computers.  Windows Intune even lets you manage computers from multiple customers from a single pane of glass. ...
  • Is Microsoft eating lunch?

    I saw this headline today and I just had to take a look.  Microsoft hungry to eat VMWare's lunch http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20015123-56.html?tag=mncol Sometimes titles like this make me take a look, but as I read the article, they have a few...
  • What is BitLocker? What does it do? What does it not do?

    What is BitLocker? BitLocker lets you encrypt the hard drive(s) on your Windows 7 and Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 and Vista Ultimate or Windows Server 2008 and R2. BitLocker will not encrypt hard drives for Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows 2003. Only...
  • We are Running out of IP Addresses!

    I read the following article today and it made me think. Hmmm… Available IPv4 addresses dwindle below 10% http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/011910-ipv4-addresses-dwindle.html?hpg1=bn The article was a good read, I’ve been watching this thing...
  • Managing Virtual Machines without Domain Administrator Credentials

    I received another really good question, so I want to share it. My servers will be running Windows Enterprise running HyperV with 4 VM's each. The third server will run Windows Standard 2008 with Microsoft SCVMM. Is there a way for SCVMM to be installed...
  • Eliminate UAC for Printer Driver installation in a Domain

    I've already talked about how to eliminate UAC for a stand alone Vista machine, now I am going to show you how to set a domain Group Policy to eliminate UAC for all of your Vista workstations. My original post is here . I apologize for the delay in getting...
  • Want help setting up Hyper-V for High Availability?

    I have a series of screen casts ( here ) that talk about setting up Hyper-V, but I wanted to let you know that we just released a new Hyper-V: Live Migration Network Configuration Guide here . I wish I would have had this when I was building out my demos...
  • What is Best of Breed??

    I don't have an answer here, but this question has bounced around in my head for years, so I thought I would share the question. When someone says that they are going to only purchase "best of breed" products in each area, how do you decide what is, or...
  • Other Forms of Encryption You Need to Consider...

    We've already talked about BitLocker, but I wanted to provide an overview of the other encryption solutions for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Server 2003 / 2008. If there's interest, I'll drill into more detail on any / all of these, so please let me...
  • Let's answer a few questions...

    I saw this post: http://ts2blogs.com/forums/p/2624/81847.aspx#81847 and thought I would take a shot a few of the questions. Is forefront compatible with vista? If you are talking about Forefront Client Security, yet is works great with Windows Vista Where...
  • Eliminate UAC for Printer Driver installation

    During the IT Pro Conference, someone asked if they could eliminate the UAC (and the local administrator requirements) just for printer driver installations on Windows Vista machines. Printer Drivers are the most difficult issue when it comes to removing...
  • Part 1 - So you want to get started with Hyper-V? Start here!

    Configuring the BIOS for Hyper-V How many times have you said “I’d love to learn how to use Hyper-V, but where do I start?” Start here! I’ve started a series on Hyper-V that begins with how to configure your server , and then moves step by step all the...
  • Part 2 - So you want to get started with Hyper-V? Start here!

    Installing the Hyper-V Role This is part 2 of our discussion on setting up the Hyper-V role on your Server 2008 server. Keep in mind that Hyper-V shipped after after Server 2008 RTM’d, so you need to install the Hyper-V RTM update. I recommend you let...
  • Part 3 - So you want to get started with Hyper-V? Start here!

    Setting up a Virtual Machine Network I’ve already created one screencast to talk about setting up a Virtual Machine on Hyper-V here , so I’m going to spend this session on Hyper-V networking. There have been a lot of questions around the networking in...
  • Part 4 - How to Setup a Virtual Machine in Windows Server 2008

    I was talking to one of my partners that has spent a lot of time with VMWare and I was showing him some of the capabilities Hyper-V had to offer. When I showed him how easy it was to setup a virtual machine in Hyper-V and he was impressed. He told me...