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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...
13 Nov 2009
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...
22 Sep 2009
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 ...
13 May 2010
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...
4 Aug 2009
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...
4 Aug 2009
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...
13 Sep 2009
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...
26 Mar 2012
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...
4 Aug 2009
IT Pro’s Pal - BGinfo
My gear-fixation probably started when I was a Boy Scout. There was a tool called the Woodsman’s Pal that I *had* to have. It just looked, well, way more Ninja than the puny “hatchet” I used for years. Turns out, the hatchet worked just fine, still does today. And as an adult...
15 Feb 2011
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...
17 Sep 2009
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...
16 Nov 2009
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?
1 Feb 2010
Hyper-V Common Criteria Certification
Q: Is Hyper-V Common Criteria Certified (Common Criteria level EAL4 augmented by ALC_FLR.3)? A: Heck ya: : http://www.bsi.de/zertifiz/zert/reporte.htm#Midsize_Systems :-) Congrats to the Hyper-V team.
7 Aug 2009
Hyper-V How To: Get Intrinsic KVPS using Script
Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for getting an intrinsic KVPS: # Get Intrinsic KVPs (Included Guest machine name, IC Version, OS Version, etc) param( [string]$vmName = $(throw "Must specify virtual machine name") ) $vm = gwmi -namespace root\virtualization...
21 Aug 2009
Hyper-V How To: Understand Hyper-V Architecture
Understanding the Hyper-V architecture can help you understand how to better secure Hyper-V. This excerpt from the Hyper-V Security Guide helps to explain: “After you install the Hyper-V role, all of the operating system instances on the physical computer run as virtual machines. Even the instance of...
3 Apr 2009
The IT Pro future is Cloud-y and S.A.D
You’ve already heard lots about the cloud, and about how you need to start getting ready. Are you prepping for Service Automation Design (SAD)? Also called IT Process Automation (ITPA), this is the stuff you will be doing with Opalis. If it is not on your radar, tap the console hard…Looks like a fantastic...
22 Apr 2010
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...
8 Oct 2009
TechNet Wiki: What They Are Reading?
Here are the top 10 most-read TechNet Wiki articles from last week, in order: social.technet:/wiki/contents/articles/windows-server-appfabric.aspx social.technet:/wiki/contents/articles/windows-powershell-survival-guide.aspx social.technet:/wiki/contents/articles/active-directory-overview.aspx social...
11 May 2010
Hyper-V How to: Configure Server Core using SCONFIG
On a Windows Server 2008 R2 server core deployment, you can use SCONFIG to get the server on the network in minutes so you can manage it remotely . After that you can use another system, such as a Windows 7 client, to enable roles, run PowerShell scripts, manage it using System Center, manage it using...
13 May 2010
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...
11 Nov 2009
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;...
22 Sep 2009
Impatient IT Pros Guide to the New Stuff in Windows Server 8 Hyper-V
Ned Pyle has a comprehensive blog post that guides you through the important new stuff revealed at BUILD for IT Pros in Windows Server 8. Go read his blog post Windows 8 for the IT Pro: The New Plumbing . If, like me, you want to start your reading with the Hyper-V stuff, here is the clip from his post...
22 Sep 2011
Hyper-V Cmdlets in Windows Server 8 Demo Video
Hyper-V PM Eric Bahna recently recorded a video demo of the new Hyper-V Windows PowerShell cmdlets in Windows Server "8* Beta . The complete demo is about 21 minutes long. Windows Server 8 Hyper-V PowerShell Demo Uncut For convenience, I also made three shorter versions currently available...
6 Mar 2012
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 .
23 Oct 2009
Cloud is to Datacenter as HAL is to PC
Something really big for the IT Pro just happened. Jeffrey Snover introduces it this way " Many years ago, Microsoft joined with other companies to define the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), a set of standards to abstract the devices on a PC (and later, a server) for the OS. The HAL is the unsung...
29 Jun 2012
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