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March, 2010

  • What is BitLocker? What does it do? What does it not do?

    What is BitLocker? BitLocker lets you encrypt the hard drive(s) on your Windows 7 and Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 and Vista Ultimate or Windows Server 2008 and R2. BitLocker will not encrypt hard drives for Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows 2003. Only...
  • What is the Windows Server 2008 R2 / Windows 7 System Reserved Partition?

    When you install Server 2008 R2 (or Windows 7) to a fresh partition, sometimes you’ll receive the following message: Then, after installation, when you inspect the disk configuration in Disk Management, you see this partition named System Reserved...
  • Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP) Licensing

    Q: (from Mandi) I was reviewing the EAP licensing slide deck and I need to understand exactly how the program works to make sure that we are capturing the correct licensing capabilities and are giving the customer accurate license usage counts and consumptions...
  • Microsoft Essential Business Server product development to be discontinued as of June 2010

    In an announcement today regarding the future of our MidMarket Server Suite, Essentials Business Server, the future development of the product will be discontinued as of June 2010. For those Partners serving the SMB market, your favorite server for the...
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Schema Extensions

    Windows Server 2008 R2 includes new features that require a schema upgrade. You do not have to upgrade your schema if you want to run Windows Server 2008 R2 in your environment, but you do need to upgrade your schema if you want to leverage the new functionality...
  • Eliminate UAC for Printer Driver installation in a Domain

    I've already talked about how to eliminate UAC for a stand alone Vista machine, now I am going to show you how to set a domain Group Policy to eliminate UAC for all of your Vista workstations. My original post is here . I apologize for the delay in getting...
  • Social Media Marketing

    Q: (from Alysia) I met you when you spoke at an event for the Chamber of Commerce late last year.  I briefly announced that we planned to host a Social Media series this year and you were kind enough to mention that a former colleague of yours was...
  • Hosting a Virtualization Event

    Q: (from Michael) I am a gold partner with the Virtualization Solutions competency. We are working on several server consolidation opportunities and want to enhance our profile in the area as an infrastructure solutions provider by putting together an...
  • XP Mode No Longer Requires Hardware Assisted Virtualization

    This is great news for people that do not have Hardware Assisted Virtualization (HAV) available in their machines. When we released XP Mode, we said that it required HAV, we’ve now released an update that provides XP Mode functionality on non-HAV ready...
  • Marketing your Windows 7 or Office Event

    Q: (from Barbara) Our company is planning to host a Window 7 Seminar for clients in April. The first need I have is for postcard that we can send out about our event. I have found one on the MS  website but it is a PDF copy and needs to modified...
  • Package Services: Exchange Deployment Planning Services

    Q: (from Stacey) We have a customer who has an Exchange migration project coming up.  He has (2) Software Assurance vouchers, each for 1 day.  I looked on the Microsoft site & it looks like you have to be a Packaged Service Provider &...
  • SA Benefits

    Q: (from Gail) Do you know what the specific vouchers are that a partner gets with SA? A: There are two types of vouchers: training and deployment planning. My starting point for details on those benefits is the SA Benefits PDF: Software Assurance Benefits...
  • Answering the question: “Does Microsoft Look for Vulnerabilities in Their Own Products?”

    This is a repeat of one of my posts from January on the old TS2 blog, but I thought it was worthy of a re-post.  And you know platform security is one of my favorite subjects. Does Microsoft Look For Vulnerabilities in Their Own Products? Well, if...
  • Which Server is Right for SOHO or Micro-biz customers?

    Technorati Tags: Windows Foundation Server , SBS As most of you know, I seldom do the standard “cut-paste” thing for this blog and like to at least put my own spin around things, but this is something I ran across (the Q&A section below) that I think...
  • Windows Essential Business Server Discontinued

    Q: (from Suzanne) With discontinuing this product, do we have a factsheet or something we can give to partners who have actively been selling this product? A: http://www.microsoft.com/ebs/en/us/faq.aspx One of the REALLY important tid bits… “Beginning...
  • Free Windows Phone Developer Kit

    Windows Phone 7 Series holds a promise to be an amazing personal mobile phone with new innovative user interface and functionality , as well as a great development platform on which you can quickly and easily build games and applications. With a myriad...
  • Here’s some food for thought the next time someone complains about “buggy” Microsoft software, also please check out the recommended reads listed toward the end

    Most of you already know that in this age of the Secure Computing Initiative (aka Secure Development Lifecycle) at Microsoft that we actually have made tremendous strides in providing not only more secure software but more robust software as well. ...
  • Second shot at Second shot

    For those of you who are Microsoft technology certified already, or for those who are thinking about the value of adding technology certifications to your portfolio of industry acumen, there WILL be exams (to use a variation on the movie title phrase...
  • Microsoft Wave, it’s not what you think, but I think you’ll be interested

    Microsoft Wave No this isn’t our “Wave 14” 2010 products but in it’s own way it’s just as cool.  Also, you hear about some other companies that seem to get all the “innovation” credit and buzz, but Microsoft spent over $9b last year on research and...
  • Out of Band Security Fix, Please Take Action Now

    Today we released an Out of Band security fix for Internet Explorer. This fix covers IE 6, 7 & 8 and it is a critical fix . We don’t release normal fixes Out of Band and we recognize how difficult it is for our partners and customers to react to a...
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Supported Guest OS’

    We have a page that lists our supported OS’ under Hyper-V here . This is where I need to explain the difference between supported and Yes it works . Supported means that we will help troubleshoot and maybe even provide fixes if there are issues with a...
  • Aero Glass on Remote Desktop Services?

    As you’ve already read , we’ve renamed Terminal Services to Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in Windows Server 2008 R2. RDS also gives us the ability to leverage Aero Glass from a Remote Desktop Connection. This is a multi-step process, but there are really...
  • What is CLUSTER-INVARIANT??

    I’ve been using SCVMM for a couple of years now and I really appreciate all of the time and effort it has saved me, but it has this annoying quirk and it recently annoyed me enough that I started looking for answers. What has really gotten under my skin...
  • Windows 2000 Support ends on July 13, 2010

    What does End-of-Support really mean? It means that there will not be any new fixes for Windows 2000. For the last few years, security fixes have been the only fixes provided; after July 13, 2010, there will not be any more fixes released. We have the...
  • If you’re using the new Intel CPUs for Hyper-V, get this fix.

    I’ve been honored to work with Intel lately on some of their technical trainings they present to their partners. Part of these events involve ongoing training where Intel provides an afternoon of partner technical training that walks them through building...