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  • Blog Post: New Hyper-V Content Posted

    Check out the newest content in the TechNet library for Hyper-V: Live Migration Step by Step Guide: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd446679.aspx What’s New for Hyper-V in R2: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd446676.aspx Hyper-V Virtual Machine Snapshots: Frequently...
  • Blog Post: Reskit - Get Yer Red Hot Reskit

    Such a deal - Pre-order the 6586 page Windows Server 2003 Reskit on Amazon and save US$74 plus free shipping. Cha-ching. Update 6/6 Get 30 Percent Off Introductory Price for Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Visit any Borders store between May 30 and July 31 to save an additional 30 percent off...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Webinars in June

    How to Virtualize Infrastructure Workloads (Level 200) Thursday, June 08, 2006, 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada ) In this webcast we focus on virtualization technology and we offer an introduction to Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2. We also outline Microsoft's vision for the technology over...
  • Blog Post: Job Templates for HPC

    Josh Barnard on the High Performance Computing team at Microsoft has a new video out explaining Job Templates in HPC. Click the image to watch the video on msn video . You can read the white paper at Windows HPC Server 2008 Job Templates .
  • 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: Virtualization Nation: Free_as_in_beer VS2K5R2 Reskit Chapters

    Rob Larson has posted some free sample chapters to the Virtual Server 2005 R2 Reskit, inlcuding: Chapter 4 - Installing Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Chapter 5 - Virtual Server 2005 R2 Advanced Features Chapter 7 - Best Practices for Configuration and Performance Tuning Chapter 10 - Virtual...
  • Blog Post: VMM: Son of FAQ - including "what is offline P2V?"

    More FAQs: Q: Is there a way I can tell if a machine in my inventory is virtual? A: If the registry key -- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Virtual Machine is present, the machine is a VM. Q: What are the best cost/performance hard drives for hosts? SATA, SAS, or SCISI? How to configure...
  • Blog Post: What Makes a Good IT Pro Video?

    My team is investigating the use of video as a content type for IT Pros. We are compiling best practices and tips/tricks for creating this kind of content, but we need your feedback. Thoughts/comments? DO Have some lighting. It should be good enough to distinguish what’s important (for example, a person...
  • Blog Post: Vote for a Better TechNet Design

    The Office SharePoint Server 2007 folks think they have a better TechNet TechCenter design. You can see it here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/sharepointserver/default.aspx Go check it out and give them some feedback, or leave comments here and I will forward them on. What I really like about...
  • Blog Post: Goodbye Blue Sky - Hello MOF

    Left rainy Seattle 5 am yesterday morning, and haven't seen the sunny LV desert skies since. This venue is so huge that there are birds (the chirpy, tweet-tweet kind) flying around inside it. Great preso at MMS: Improving Operational Efficiency with MOF "Running your IT systems the most effectively...
  • 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: We Are Here To Help

    In this article about a recent change to Small Business Server ship date , an un-named Microsoft spokesperson is caught revealing some usually internal-only Microspeak: "This routine check of the initial software on the manufacturing line found that it contained portions of code deemed "non-final...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Pick SAN Storage

    You can find the list of supported iSCSI and Fibre Channel storage arrays at: http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/results.aspx?&bCatID=1511&cpID=0&avc=10&ava=0&avq=0&OR=1&PGS=25&ready=0 http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/results.aspx?&bCatID=1354&cpID=0&avc...
  • 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: SCVMM Beta 2: What's new in Beta 2?

    Register for Beta 2 What’s new in Virtual Machine Manager Beta 2? Console Enhancements in Virtual Machine Manager · The Administgrator Console has been divided into different areas for managing hosts, virtual machines, library servers, and jobs, exposing only the actions required for the task...
  • Blog Post: Tester Community

    There is a new community site for Test open today over on MSDN at: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/testing/default.aspx "At the Tester Center, our goal is to provide a community where software testers can share knowledge and learn from each other about testing, our day-to-day job functions, processes...
  • 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: Find What You Need

    Find what you need on TechNet with the new Microsoft.com search - powered by MSN Search. Go to search.microsoft.com and check it out. Try your next TN search headsup - once with an alternate engine, and once with search.microsoft.com and compare. Here are the rules that the search engine follows when...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Server Sizing: How Much Memory for the Host?

    The Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 has been updated to include perf guidelines for virtualization servers. To calculate the host RAM = (VMRamRequirementMB x #ofVMs) + (#of VMs x 32MBVMOverhead ) + (512MBHost), The guide says: ...the root partition must have sufficient memory (leave...
  • Blog Post: Patch Tuesday Aftermath: Do You Know Where Your VMs Are?

    It is a security best practice recommendation to ensure that all your VMs are fully patched before they are turned on in production. One way you can do this is to create a designated " maintenance host " that is off the production network, but has access to the needed software updates. Migrate your...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone Released

    Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone Released Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an update to Windows Vista that addresses feedback from our customers. In addition to previously released updates, SP1 contains changes focused on addressing specific reliability, performance, and...
  • 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: Learn SQL 2005 Free

    E-Learn SQL Server 2005 with free Microsoft Learning courses till November 1, 2006. Online training, skills assessments, books, and classroom training all contribute to help you make a smooth transition to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. Whether you are interested in database...
  • Blog Post: Spot the Sucker - Don't be a Fish

    The Professional Poker Dealer's Handbook by Dan Paymar, Donna Harris, and Mason Malmuth defines fish as: a poker player who lacks many poker skills. Skilled poker players look for these "soft targets". In the poker movie Rounders the character Mike McDermott says : "Listen, here's the thing. If you...
  • Blog Post: Cut your admin time 50% with R2 FSRM

    The IT group inside Microsoft uses File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) as a centralized tool for managing file servers located in branch offices and data centers around the world. FSRM, which is found in the Windows Server 2003 R2 system , helps Microsoft IT staff to better monitor, control, and manage...