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  • 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: How Miscosoft IT Uses Windows Sever 2008 Terminal Services

    Microsfot employees have enjoyed the benefits of Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008 since long before it was shipped. See how in the webcast: How Microsoft IT Deployed Windows Terminal Services 2008 and Terminal Server Gateway Technologies , scheduled Tuesday, March 18, 2008. You can also read...
  • Blog Post: New Virtualization TechCenter Launches

    There is a new TechCenter on TechNet for virtualization, check it out . You can find resources on: Application Virtualization : (formally SoftGrid) is the only virtualization solution that delivers applications that are never installed and dynamically delivered, on demand. Whether deployed on desktops...
  • 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: Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services

    Terminal Services RemoteApp applications appear no different than local applications, tightly integrated with the task bar and new Windows Vista features like 3-D flip. Terminal Services RemoteApp helps improve the end user experience and reduce training requirements. Terminal Services Gateway...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 TS Gateway Troubleshooting

    Check out the new troubleshooting information on TechNet, we think you'll like it. F'rinstance, the tshooter for TS Gateway : Name Description TS Gateway Server Availability The Terminal Services Gateway (TS Gateway) server must be available on the network and...
  • 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: 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: Ever Wanted to Help Write a KB?

    Ever wanted to help write a KB? Perhaps get the info a little faster? Now you can on the TechNet Wiki (Beta). Here’s an interesting ground-breaking example: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/biztalk-server-backup-job-does-not-delete-backup-files.aspx
  • Blog Post: TS: /console is dead, long live /admin

    The Terminal Services Team blog has a great explanatory post on the changes to remote administration using mstsc.exe with the release of RDC/RDP 6.1. Bottom line: going forward, you won't be able to use the /console switch on mstsc.exe, you'll use /admin instead. The good news: you won't need /console...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Gateway Setup Troubleshooter

    If you have an issue after your initial setup of Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services, you can make use of the troubleshooting section on TechNet . Here are some additional things to check, and steps to consider: Check that the TS server role is installed using Server Manager tool - you should...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 New Features/Required Editions Grid

    Microsoft.com has posted a nifty grid at https://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/compare-features.aspx that shows you which versions of Windows Server 2008 are required for the new features: New and Updated Features in Windows Server 2008 KEY: = Not Available...
  • 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: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Server Best Practices from Microsoft IT

    Microsoft IT recently published a paper detailing their early-adopter experience with TS in Windows Server 2008 . They share some server sizing best practice recommendations, viz: Best Practices By deploying Terminal Services 2008 in both small and large environments worldwide, the deployment team developed...
  • Blog Post: Error in TS Gateway ISA Server Setup

    FYI we are fixing an error on page 60 of the Windows Server 2008 TS Gateway Server Step-By-Step Setup Guide as follows: 14. On the Authentication Delegation page, click No delegation, and client cannot authenticate directly, and then click Next. Change to: 14. On the Authentication Delegation page, click...
  • Blog Post: Terminal Services 2008 IPD Video on the Edge

    There's an interesting new video on TechNet edge . This one shows background on the folks creating the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides, with focus on the Server 2008 terminal services infrastructure planning & design guide (IPD) .
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Check if ICs are Current using Script

    Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for checking the integration services/integration components to see if they are current in your VMs: # Test if the IC version is up to date param( [string]$vmName = $(throw "Must specify virtual machine name") ) $vm = gwmi...
  • Blog Post: DaRT to the Heart - In anticipation of Valentine's day

    Apologies to you Bruce Cockburn fans, I have a condition that lowers my resistance to puns and obscure 90's culture references...this blog headline is a two-fer. The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset is probably the best known secret weapon in the Software Assurance Desktop Optimization Pack...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Gets 1st Class TechNet Citizenship

    Virtualization is all growed up, TechCenter of its own and everthang. Check out the new Virtualization TechCenter at: http://technet.microsoft.com/virtualization .
  • Blog Post: Find the Terminal Services Client

    The new "Silverlight" version of the TechNet download center (now in Beta) makes it a *little easier to find the version of the terminal service client you need for the OS you are installing it on. For example: Remote Desktop Web Connection : XPSP2 [5,1,2600,2180] Remote Desktop Web Connection...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Online Services TechCenter Launches

    There is a new TechCenter today, check out the Microsoft Online Services TechCenter . Is this the future of IT? The intro information includes: "Microsoft Online Beta services provide your company or organization with key communication and collaboration services over the Internet. By subscribing...
  • Blog Post: How to Harden Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services

    Chapter 11 of the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide: Hardening Terminal Services is now live on TechNet. The details of the attack surface for the Terminal Services role(s) are included in the Windows Server 2008 Attack Surface Reference workbook included in the Guide. The Terminal Services role...