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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 TV: Import/Export in Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

    We’ve published a new video on import/export in Hyper-V R2 on MSN Showcase (which has changed it’s URL and redirect, so, kinda hard to find if you go to the old URL video.msn.com). There’s much more detail in the blog posts series Soumya wrote:   Hyper-V R2 Import/Export – Part 1 – The Case for...
  • 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: 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: P2V A Running Computer

    Need to convert a running computer to a .VHD? Use Disk2Vhd , released yesterday. Disk2vhd is a free-as-in-beer Sysinternals utility you can use to create VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks. You can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. “Disk2vhd...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V R2 How To: Find What’s New in R2

    Jeff's blog post explains what's new in R2 Hyper-V. Kudos to the Hyper-V team for rolling out R2, and some of my favorites, like sconfig ( http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2009/07/07/windows-server-2008-r2-core-introducing-sconfig.aspx ) SCONFIG and Live Migration: http://blogs.technet...
  • Blog Post: Using ConfigMgr to install software updates in an offline (disconnected/isolated) environment

    Aaron Czechowski’s blog: ConfigMgr Software Updates on an Isolated Network Jeff Gilbert’s blog: http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jgilbert/archive/2008/10/19/synchronizing-non-internet-connected-software-update-points.aspx http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jgilbert/archive/2008/10/28/getting-required-updates...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Download the MP for Windows Server 2008 R2

    The download for the Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack for Windows Server 2008 (and 2003) is available at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3529d233-5e3e-4b51-8f66-5d6f27005ec3 NOTE: System Requirements Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000 Server;...
  • Blog Post: DIY Zune Speakers – the IT Pro Way

    John shares how to hack your 12V drill to power you Zune speakers . He also tells How to Detect The Virtualization Layer From Within A Guest .
  • Blog Post: “Plus sa change”… TS is dead, long live RDS

    The perf team blog this morning has an excellent summation of What’s New in Remote Desktop Services
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Fix Hyper-V Top Issue - Unknown Devices

    Update 11_20_09: Not everyone will need to reinstall the Guest OS, if you are confident the OS in your VM is supported (probably most of you) , skip to install integration services .  Also, because we have more than 1 releases version of Hyper-V now, it is possible for the integration services on...
  • Blog Post: Duck, Duck, Goose: Can Non_Humans Participate in Community?

    There’s an interesting experiment in community just started over at TechNet/MSDN called the Community Machine Translation Pilot . The first member of the community is the machine translation (MT) service (thanks Microsoft research!). The MT service (not HAL 9000, I just like the image as a referent to...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Understand Security Auditing

    Read the Windows Server 2008 R2 security auditing resources below – and you’ll be up to speed: Advanced Security Audit Policy Step-by-Step Guide This step-by-step guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 demonstrates the process of setting up an advanced audit policies infrastructure in a test...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V TV: Virtualized SLES 10.2 on Hyper-V v2

    There’s a new video from Shai Ofek on screencast.com showing installation of Virtualized SLES 10.2 on Hyper-V v2 . Just click on the image to check it out!
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V R2 How To: Check CSV Free Disk Space

    1. Open CluAdmin.msc 2. Click “Cluster Shared Volumes 4. Click the Volume (Cluster Disk also identified by C:\ClusterStorage\Volume…), right click and select “Properties” Both “Capacity” and “Free Space” are shown. If you use PowerShell you can use the command-line, for example: Get...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Test Hosts for Proc Compatibility for VM Migration

    In Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V R2, when a running or a saved state virtual machine is migrated to another virtualization server (also called “host”), the destination server may have a processor with a different set of features. An operating system or application that attempts to execute CPU features...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: PowerShell Cmdlet Reference

    Check out the newly released PowerShell cmdlet reference material at: Getting Started Guide for IT Pros Best Practice Analyzer (BPA) Failover Clustering Group Policy Active Directory Active Directory Rights Management Services AppLocker Power Shell Administration Guide for Active Directory . Next up...
  • 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: Gone in 60 minutes…Hyper-V R2 LM

    Matt’s new video on TN Edge shows R2 bare metal install to LM in about an hour… Salty goodness. From the site: “In this one-off video, Matt McSpirit, Partner Technology Specialist at Microsoft UK, walks through a bare-metal installation of Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (RC) on 2 physical nodes, hooks them up...
  • 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: Hyper-V How To: Upgrade Hyper-V to Hyper-V R2

    KB957256 describes the options that are available for upgrading or migrating from a Windows Server 2008 installation with the Hyper-V role enabled to Windows Server 2008 R2. For Windows Server 2008 Failover Clusters that are running virtual machines, see the "Upgrade guidance for virtual machines...