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    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: 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...
  • 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: Love Me, Love My OS

    There is an interesting IT Pro content development over  in KBs. When I go to a KB that does not apply to my current OS, I get this: This is frequent scenario for IT Pros because security best practice is to NOT browse the web from your server. So, if there is a problem on a server, many IT Pros...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Content Joins the ‘Sphere

    Twitter. IT Pros. Seems like vinegar and oil? Perhaps not. We’ve started a twitter feed to notify you when new stuff publishes into the IT Pro Library on TechNet for Windows Server . Come check it out at http://twitter.com/WinSrv Tell them Professor Windows sent you. “Friend” us or “Follow” us or subscribe...
  • 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: Happy IT Pro Holidays: Microsoft gives free-as-in-beer tech support

    The new www.answerdesk.com service offers free support 24/7/365 with the option to upgrade to paid support right there if the free session does not suffice. * *Currently for English-speaking customers, however some Answer Techs do speak other languages, and you can filter/select those ones if you...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows XM Mode Video

    Check out the Win7 How to videos at: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/videos I like this one showing how to use Windows XP Mode, just click the image to watch.
  • Blog Post: How To: Deploy Windows XP Mode

    There’s a new video showing How to Deploy Windows XP Mode . Requisite see alsos: Others who downloaded Window XP Mode IT Pro Deployment Video also downloaded: Deploying Windows XP Mode white paper and scripts Windows XP Mode IT Professional Deployment Overview Installation instructions and Release Notes...
  • Blog Post: Free-as-in-beer Security Baselines for Win7, BL and IE8

    The Security Compliance Management Toolkit Series provides organizations with an end-to-end solution to help them plan, deploy, and monitor security baselines of Windows operating systems and 2007 Microsoft Office applications. Recent updates include new security baselines for Windows® 7, BitLocker Drive...
  • Blog Post: Books are the way the dead talk to the living.

    I was a ha-yuge Laurie Anderson fan in the 80s. I’ve seen her perform live more than I’ve seen any other artist, United Sates a couple of times, and Mister Heartbreak twice. Think that defines me as a fan. “Holy smokes, looks like some kind of guest/host relationship to me…” “Let X = X, ya know?” The...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Plan Performance

    Customers often ask “Given a hardware load-out X, how many Ys can I get/run/host?” The frustrating answer always starts with “…it depends…”. We caveat this way not because we want to frustrate, but because it is true. Many teams will go on to say “We have tested the following in our labs and gotten the...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V TV: Deploying a virtualized server with WDS

    James has posted a video demo on the Edge of how to use Windows Deployment Services to deploy a server onto a virtualization host in a data center .  
  • Blog Post: Forget the Whopper, Win 7 is Wheedonesque

    There is a fascinating new time-waster at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/social/ , including this gem for Firefly fans… I’ll be in my bunk…
  • Blog Post: I Want My, I Want My, I Want My Hyper-V TV

    We’ve published a new topic in the TN Library that lists new Hyper-V videos in LIFO order. Check it out at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee731912(WS.10).aspx If you are interested in sorting these by number of views as of today: Hyper-V Architecture Demonstration Video Getting...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell PowerBoots

    The good folks at Codeplex, the folks who bring you the free-as-in-beer Hyper-V PowerShell SnapIn also bring you the PowerShell PowerBoots . “ PowerBoots makes it easier for scripters to create graphical user interfaces in PowerShell, exposing much of the power of WPF to PowerShell in a simple syntax...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Do a VM Config-only Export in Hyper-V R2

    Ben’s blog post lays out all the background and details on import/export of VMs in Windows Server 2008 R2 . Soumya’s blog post gives a couple of scripts showing how to do a config-only export,a nd a script for importing it.
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Backup Hyper-V with Windows

    John Kelbley’s blog has a recent series of posts (including helpful screenies) explaining everything you need to do a Hyper-V backup is included in Windows Server. Highly recommended. Best Part of Hyper-V Backup and Recovery Is Windows! The Wonder of Volume Shadow Copy and Hyper-V   DiskShadow ...
  • Blog Post: Free-as-in-beer VHD Test Drive Updates

    The Appliance Test Drive — VHD Test Drive Program page has some updates: Including a link to the free Microsoft Windows 7 90-Day Eval VHD and the Run IT on a Virtual Hard Disk – Test Drive Program , where you can download Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise This download lets you evaluate Windows 7. Windows...