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  • Blog Post: Video: How to Deploy BranchCache Server in Hosted Cache Mode

    James McIllece has posted two new TN Edge videos demonstrate how to deploy a BranchCache server in hosted cache mode . Part 1 , which is six minutes long, demonstrates how to install the BranchCache feature, configure the BranchCache service mode, and create a self-signed certificate using Internet Information...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Download Perf Analysis and Load Sim Tools

    The Enterprise Proving Ground blog http://www.microsoft.com/eec compiled some useful Perf and Load tools for virtualization: NTTCP ( http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/network/TCP_tool.mspx ) is is a multithreaded, asynchronous application that sends and receives data between two or more endpoints...
  • Blog Post: Son of What Has They Gots In Their Pocketses?

    More and more I’m concluding that the SEO advice currently peddled on the interwebs is snake oil, sold to you by those with a financial interest in you following their advice. Last month I posted a quick TechNet Wiki status update with the completely un-SEO, lacking-in—helpful-keywords, title “ What...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Student TV Launches

    If you are a dev you have Channel 9, if you are an IT Pro you have the Edge . If you are a student who might become a dev or an IT Pro, you now have http://www.microsoft.com/student/tv/  
  • Blog Post: “Everything is Going Extremely Well..”

    The TechNet Wiki (Beta) continues to grow. Today, the article count exceeded 800.   If you get the title reference, find more juicy tidbits here . I use the well.wav for my appointment reminders – it definitely gets my attention!
  • Blog Post: Help Train the IT Pros of Tomorrow: Free (as-in-beer) SW

    Think of it as an high-schooler stimulus package. DreamSpark High School Provides High School Students with Free Software Today at the Government Leaders Forum, in Washington D.C. Bill Gates announced the expansion of the DreamSpark program to include high school students worldwide.  DreamSpark...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Set Up Multi-site Clustering

    Courtesy of a colleague, here are some handy resources for reading up on how to set up a multi-site cluster: Clustering Forum: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverClustering/threads Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/archive/2008/05/10/8483427.aspx KB: Deployment Considerations...
  • Blog Post: Forum Greatest Hits: Call Now, Operators Are On Duty

    Markus, the moderator over on the ILM forum, has created an interesting new content form: Forum Greatest Hit .   GHs are technical articles that are developed to address the following three key areas: Discoverability – For common questions, you should be able to find your answer quickly and easily...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V TV: Wallace and Gromit Demo Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Live Migration

    Well, it’s not actually the beloved start of the WnG movies (show below)…. it is two servers named Wallace and Gromit used by UKDPE  in their 5 minute video that shows how to setup and LM in R2. Not only does this video show how easy/quick it is to set up LM, it shows the filecopy operation on the...
  • Blog Post: Server News - Free-as-in-beer App You Should Install Today

    Wouldn't it be great if there was an App that you could run on your Win8CP or Windows Phone 7 that "pushed" you important Windows Server news? Do you read blogs like Ben Armstrong , Virtualization Team , Mark Russinovich ? Well colleagues Martin McClean (Poster Guy) and Brian Lich (Awesome Guy...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Set a Custom KVP using Script

    Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for setting custom KVPs: # Set a Custom KVP param( [string]$vmName = $(throw "Must specify virtual machine name"), [string]$Key = $(throw "Must specify a key"), [string]$Value = $(throw "Must specify a value") ) $vm = gwmi...
  • Blog Post: This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    Scientists in Switzerland map the human brain on hallucinogens. Measured this way, all tripper’s brains look the same, yet internally, each drug-takers experience is different and personal… Warning : clicking the link subjects you to a short commercial before vid plays. Can anyone tell me how to skip...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: R2 Edge Videos

    Technet Edge has a new series of Matt McSpirit video demos showing you R2 Hyper-V goodies: 1. Hyper-V R2: Initial Installation & Configuration   2. Hyper-V R2: Dynamic Storage 3. Hyper-V R2: Building a Hyper-V R2 Cluster 4. Hyper-V R2: Making Highly Available VMs 5. Hyper-V R2: Introducing Cluster...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Create a VM using Script

    Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for creating a VM: # Create a VM param( [string]$vmName = $(throw "Must supply a virtual machine name") ) # Get a new instance of Msvm_VirtualSystemGlobalSettingData $vsgsdClass = [wmiclass]"root\virtualization:Msvm_VirtualSystemGlobalSettingData...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V R2 How To: Move a VM + storage + snapshots

    Want to move a VM from server A to server B along with its associated storage and snapshots in R2? Snapshots are associated with the VMs and not the VHD files. You should explore import/export. Soumya’s written a series of blogposts to get you started: http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro’s Pal - BGinfo

    My gear-fixation probably started when I was a Boy Scout. There was a tool called the Woodsman’s Pal that I *had* to have. It just looked, well, way more Ninja than the puny “hatchet” I used for years. Turns out, the hatchet worked just fine, still does today. And as an adult...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Manage MAC Address Conflicts

    A colleague recently shared some good advice for managing  MAC address conflicts on your VMs: Best Practice = Prevent. There is a standard for MAC addressing whereby OEMs get prefixes (i.e. the first couple pairs of the MAC address range) registered to them. The help file in VMM R2 for " How...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Get HP Hyper-V Best Practices

    HP has the following Hyper-V BP guidance: HP configurations and best practices for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Exchange Server 2007 (White Paper/4AA2- ... Microsoft Hyper-V Server Virtualization - Solutions components list Best practices for deploying Microsoft Office SharePoint Server...
  • Blog Post: New SuperFlow for Troubleshooting Forefront TMG Installation

    SuperFlows are new content types for Microsoft, here’s a new one for troubleshooting TMG installs . In a SuperfFlow, we can filter information to that is it more relevant. For example, in a branching tree, we can show you just the procedures that apply to your resultant set of choices. Check it out and...
  • Blog Post: This is Your Brain on Twitter

    The interwebs quote “studies” that claim we humans have ~70K thoughts a day. That’s about .81 thoughts per second if you are awake every second of the 24 hour day (86400 seconds per day/70,000 thoughts). I can’t seem to find the underlying “studies” to determine if they are using an 18 or 12 hour “work...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How-To: Convert VM Memory Contents to a Dump File

    Released today for free-as-in-beer on MSDN Code Gallery: Microsoft Hyper-V VM State to Memory Dump Converter Check out this great troubleshooting tool. Did I mention it is free?
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Connect Virtual Switch to Host using Script

    Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for connecting your virtual switches to the management partition (parent partition): # Connect a Virtual Switch to the management partition param( [string]$vsName = $(throw "Must specify virtual switch name"), [string]$intEthName...
  • Blog Post: Resources to Assist Windows Server Customers in Japan

    Some folks on the TechNet Wiki have started a wiki topic to assist IT Pros in Japan who may have to do some unplanned server take-downs. Check out http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/windows-server-emergency-management-resources.aspx and add your useful links for: Backup/restore...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Modify VLAN Settings using Script

    Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for modifying hte VLAN settings on your VMs: # Modify VLAN setting for VM param( $vmName = $(throw "Must supply a virtual machine name"), $vlanId = $(throw "Must supply vlan id"), $computer = "." ) $ns = "root\virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V: Insiders Guide to Microsoft's Hypervisor

    Top-seller at TecEd this year: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V: Insiders Guide to Microsoft's Hypervisor . Amazon’s blub: “Leveraging server virtualization has never been easier. Not only does Hyper-V come in the box with Microsoft Windows Server 2008, now you can get up and running in no time with expert...