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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: How to Tell if you are in a VM Using Script

    Sometimes you need to identify if something is running inside a virtual machine before you take action. This sample VBScript uses the same logic found in the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to show if a deployment is running in a VM. If IsVM Then     WScript.Quit 1 Else    ...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...