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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
Video: How to Deploy BranchCache Server in Hosted Cache Mode
James McIllece has posted two new TN Edge videos demonstrate how to deploy a BranchCache server in hosted cache mode . Part 1 , which is six minutes long, demonstrates how to install the BranchCache feature, configure the BranchCache service mode, and create a self-signed certificate using Internet Information...
15 Dec 2010
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
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
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: 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
Hyper-V How To: Set a Custom KVP using Script
Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for setting custom KVPs: # Set a Custom KVP param( [string]$vmName = $(throw "Must specify virtual machine name"), [string]$Key = $(throw "Must specify a key"), [string]$Value = $(throw "Must specify a value") ) $vm = gwmi...
21 Aug 2009
Hyper-V How To: Create a VM using Script
Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for creating a VM: # Create a VM param( [string]$vmName = $(throw "Must supply a virtual machine name") ) # Get a new instance of Msvm_VirtualSystemGlobalSettingData $vsgsdClass = [wmiclass]"root\virtualization:Msvm_VirtualSystemGlobalSettingData...
20 Aug 2009
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
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: R2 Edge Videos
Technet Edge has a new series of Matt McSpirit video demos showing you R2 Hyper-V goodies: 1. Hyper-V R2: Initial Installation & Configuration 2. Hyper-V R2: Dynamic Storage 3. Hyper-V R2: Building a Hyper-V R2 Cluster 4. Hyper-V R2: Making Highly Available VMs 5. Hyper-V R2: Introducing Cluster...
5 Jun 2009
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...
26 Mar 2009
New Hyper-V Content Posted
Check out the newest content in the TechNet library for Hyper-V: Live Migration Step by Step Guide: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd446679.aspx What’s New for Hyper-V in R2: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd446676.aspx Hyper-V Virtual Machine Snapshots: Frequently...
20 Mar 2009
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...
4 Feb 2009
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...
26 Jan 2009
Cure for IT Pro Anti-Social Behavior
Watch Chris Slemp's video* for an overview of TN/MSDN's "social platform" that includes: Social Bookmarking Community Content (ak.a. "wiki") - for example see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753637.aspx Forums - for example, did you know the Scripting Guys have a forum ? Blogs Code Gallery...
10 Oct 2008
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...
10 Oct 2008
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...
12 Aug 2008
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...
9 Jul 2008
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: ...
1 Jul 2008
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...
29 Apr 2008
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...
20 Mar 2008
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...
14 Mar 2008
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