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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...
  • How do I make my Server 2008 (or R2) a router?

    I met a partner that said he tried to move his Domain Controller from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 and was having problems. As we talked, it became clear that he was also using this server as a router for his office. He said that once he...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths

    I ran across this article today while I was looking for something else :) and thought I would share it with you. Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths A couple things to note. You cannot upgrade from a Server 2008 Core installation to a Server 2008...
  • 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...
  • How does the End-of-Life for Windows Server 2000 impact Small Business Server 2000?

    By now you’ve probably seen my post about the End-of-Life for Windows Server 2000. If you still have SBS 2000 in production, this change raises questions with regard to the support lifecycle of SBS 2000 as well. Let’s talk through that. Here’s the support...
  • 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...
  • Other Forms of Encryption You Need to Consider...

    We've already talked about BitLocker, but I wanted to provide an overview of the other encryption solutions for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Server 2003 / 2008. If there's interest, I'll drill into more detail on any / all of these, so please let me...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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 &...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...