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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Beta of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Available

    The beta of the next version of VMM (SCVMM 2008), which includes support for Hyper-V, and requires the RC version of Hyper-V, is available today on http://www.connect.microsoft.com/ (requires Windows LiveID sign in and beta program participation). New stuff includes: Supports WS2K8 RC version of Hyper...
  • Blog Post: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About GP Settings for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 But Were Afraid to Ask

    Somtimes you just need the comprehensive list of things to reverse-lookup something. Some folks just like to read every page of the manual. For both groups, and IT Pros with a strong CYA sensibility, there is the Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 . splogscreen...
  • Blog Post: Vista SP1 IT Pro Early Release

    Vista SP1 RTM was 2/4/08. All your users can get it in mid-March via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center. IT Pros can get it today if they are TechNet subscribers. Just log on to your TN subscription home page and check the "Top Subscriber Downloads" section. Basta. Content thee.
  • Blog Post: IPSEC - No Joke

    So this guy goes into the doctor's office and says " Doctor, IPSec..." <sound of phonograph needle dragging across a record> "we interrupt this off-color, potentially UN-PC so-called comedy offering to bring you information on IPsec that is actually valuable" If you are not evaluating IPSec...
  • 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 Security How to: Use BitLocker to Protect Your VMs

    Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and BitLocker Drive Encryption was recently published to the download center, but some folks are having trouble accessing it (it seems there is a lot of interest in all things Hyper-V). Here are the procedures in the doc to tide you over till your download comes through: ...
  • 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: 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: To "SIR", With Love

    The third volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) is now available. SIR Volume 3 (January through June 2007) and Key Findings Summary: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=103122&clcid=0x409 The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) provides an in-depth perspective...
  • Blog Post: Real IT Pros Hunt in Packs

    ...or at least, they might if they could. Soon, they will be able to search the Internet as a team. Imagine if you and N members of your crack team could all cooperate on the internet search portion of your incident response or troubleshooting task? **Ann Coulter End Note: If you like what you are...