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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: Your Hyper-V Blog Post Here

    Think of it as a contest. Have a Hyper-V blog post you want to share with the world, but no place to post it? Send it to me, I'll post the best ones here and send the lucky blogger a prize from the vast pool of Microsoft swag we keep in a room on the second floor. Send your post to tonyso@microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Server 2008 Deployment Planning Tool

    If you liked the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment , you will love the free Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator . Free, agent-less deskotp and server assessment, including hardware and device inventory, compatibility analysis, and readiness pre-fab reports that'll make you look like...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Shrink a VHD File

    Our first guest post ( http://blogs.technet.com/tonyso/archive/2008/10/07/your-hyper-v-blog-post-here.aspx ) comes from Jeremy Hagan . Thanks Jeremy! Background: One problem I have had when trying to do my first round of P2Vs for my Hyper-V implementation that I didn’t notice in testing is that...
  • Blog Post: Agent-less *Free* Network Scanner Tells Your Vista-readiness

    The *free-as-in-beer* Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 1.0 is a tool you can run to find computers on your network (detailed WMI inventory) and tell you whether the computers can run Windows Vista, where to find drivers for devices on the computers, and lists hardware upgrade recommendations. "The Windows...
  • Blog Post: NAP and Microsoft IT

    TechNet edge has a good new video chat with the PM for NAP and the Microsoft IT guy who ran all of Microsoft;s internal deployment (ww) on 2 NAP servers! It's a little over 33 mins long - which is longer than many of the vids. Check it out at: http://edge.technet.com/Media/Network-Access-Protection-with...
  • Blog Post: Terminal Services Free Webcasts

    I have just joined the WS08 Terminal Services team, and there are a ton of webcasts I just missed. I'll be checking these out to ramp up, you might find them useful too: TechNet Webcast: The Significance of the Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Release to Market (Level 200) TechNet...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Nation: How to Find Good Virtualization Candidates

    My customer is asking if we have a way to identify what servers are good candidates for virtualization. Do we have a way (does SCVMM?) to identify good candidates?
  • Blog Post: Edgey: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Overview

    You already knew that *IT Pros have their own " Channel 9" now, right? It is out on the Edge . Check out Matt's Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Overview . Actually, the Edge is not C9, and it is not Facebook for IT, but it IS the place IT Pros can build to be their Microsoft-sponsored community...
  • Blog Post: Improve Virtual Server Networking

    Check out the Microsoft Scalable Networking Pack (KB912222) for ways to improve the networking performance of certain workloads and configurations in your virtual server environment. Caveats: 1) you must have supported HW - the KB states "This feature pack requires hardware that is capable of supporting...
  • Blog Post: R2 makes *NIX Interop Easier - SUA, MSNFS, IdMU

    Fabrice has a great post detailing R2 interop features you want to check out first. Here is the interop detail: R2 also comes with three components designed to simplify Unix/Linux interoperability by letting a Windows system pretend to be a *nix system by donning a variety of masks: Identity...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization Strategy

    Mike Neil's blog post on the Microsoft Virtualization Strategy is an important read if you are in this space. If you think you are not in this space, you will be soon. Sooner than you think. He identifies 5 "things" that make up the strategy: 1) platform 2) management 3) applications 4) interoperability...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization: And Oracle Makes Three

    Is it just me, or is it getting crowded in here? According to this story : "Customers can download "Oracle VM" for free starting on Wednesday , the company said. Oracle will sell service contracts for the product ranging from $499 to $999 per year." According to www.oracle.com/virtualization :...
  • Blog Post: Happy Holidays from the Scripting Guys

    For grins: Hey Scripting Guy blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/ Watch the blog for a holiday special series staring 12/19/10.
  • Blog Post: The Short (euphemism) Course on Writing Secure Web Apps

    The Staysafe blog has some great resources, including my fav: " Why Social Engineering Always Works". If you want to know the Microsoft way to write secure web apps, check out this post with an extensive list of Microsoft resources .
  • Blog Post: VMM: How to Upgrade from Beta 2

    You can find the full instructions in the upgrade guide, and the upgrade.exe on the Microsoft Connect site (Windows Live ID required) at: https://connect.microsoft.com/vmm/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=8384 Before you upgrade, you must: 1. Back up the VMM database. 2. Uninstall the...
  • Blog Post: Why Wiki? Case Study #2 AD Domain Svcs Event ID Map

    Wouldn’t it be great if you had a visual representation of all the event IDs for a service, let’s say for example the Microsoft Windows Active Directory Domain Service, and when you clicked on one of the IDs, you could “drill down” into more info on that event? Let me wiki that for you . Kudos to colleague...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Nation: Microsoft IT is Citizen ID-01

    Microsoft IT's Devin Murray is interviewed here on the use of VMM inside Microsoft during the beta. Microsoft IT runs the compute utliity on more than 17,000 servers that provide computing power to 550 buildings across 98 countries from the data center. They use the SPEC benchmark as the raw computing...
  • Blog Post: Download Windows XP Mode

    Windows XP Mode is ready for download. Read about Windows XP Mode modes of operation over on the VPC blog: http://blogs.technet.com/windows_vpc/archive/2009/08/27/three-modes-of-windows-xp-mode.aspx
  • Blog Post: traduttore, traditore!

    This phrase is sometimes translated as "translator, traitor!" Too many times in the past, a new version of a product not only does not care about the previous version, to the extent that it considers itself as "innovating", wants new users to put the hate on the old product. Love it, hate it, Office...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Manager: How to Copy Files from VM to Host or VM to VM

    A reader sent me an e-mail asking how to copy/paste between VMs. It depends on how much material you are trying to copy/paste. Seems like most people connect the VM to a virtual network that has external access and establish a network mapping. Then copy the file to the shared network folder, and access...
  • Blog Post: Who Moved my IAS?

    If you used RADIUS servers to provide centralized authentication, authorization, and accounting of your clients connecting to network resources, you know that in Windows Server 2003 this was called Internet Authentication Service (IAS). Look for IAS in Windows Server 2008 and you might spin your wheels...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Nation: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About P2V But Were Afraid to Ask

    Q: Does SCVMM replace VSMT? A: Pretty much yes. VSMT still works, but is not going to get an update. Now is a good time to switch to SCVMM :-) Q: Is P2V in SCVMM "fire and forget"? A: Most Beta customers found that the convert-physical-server wizard yielded VMs that didn't need any "fixup" and did...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki

    Keith Combs has broken the news on his blog that TechNet Wiki is coming: http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2010/02/23/technet-2-0-episode-6-wiki.aspx Co-created content – Microsoft and IT Pro/Dev customers together in community. What do you think? Leave comments.
  • Blog Post: RC1 of Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 Released

    The Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 RC has released on Microsoft Connect. Once you sign in with Passport, you can download the SDK and two labs as well. Support is provided through newsgroups. Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 is an integrated, standards-based compute clustering platform...