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This question was asked at a recent TechNet Event where we discussed Server Migration tools: For those of you not familiar with these, the Server Migration tools are best practices and utilities for moving server roles and data from old servers (Are you still running Windows Server 20...
Dan, at a recent TechNet Event, noticed that although he can get Hyper-V working on his laptop when it’s running Windows Server 2008 R2, he couldn’t get it going when running the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. SLAT (Second Level Address Translation) is a CPU-based memory indexing tech...
Jeanne asked two questions at our TechNet Event a couple of weeks ago: So.. in question #1 you’re asking about the implications of using one particular .VHD (virtual hard disk) disk type; Fixed, Differencing, or Dynamic.  To answer that question, first let me take a minute to d...
Dean attended our TechNet Event recently, and asked this question: No.  A Server Core installation is really not meant to be an application platform for rich applications.  Many Windows applications require components that are not available in the current Windows Server 20...
Bryan W. asked a big question at a TechNet Event a couple of weeks ago: This question brings up a pretty big topic: Hyper-V performance.  And even more fundamentally it’s also a question of VHDs (Virtual Hard Disks) and how they perform based on their type or configuration....
Chris A asked this question at a recent TechNet Event: Thanks for the question, Chris.  Hyper-V is actually available on all versions of Windows Server 2008 R2, and this will be true of foreseeable future versions of Windows Server as well.  There are a few differences in...
I don’t usually like to do this… “..but you’re going to do it anyway.” Shut up.  And get out of my head.  I usually don’t like to do a lot of copying and pasting of other people’s content (OPC™), but the text from this e-mail I received concerning the beta release of the ...
Great question! For those of you who are not familiar with these things called Managed Service Accounts, let’s first talk about the problem that the solve.  But let’s first set the stage with a couple of assumptions: You have some domain accounts being used as the identity ...
I have another question related to the DJOIN command: For those of you who don’t know what an “Offline Domain Join” is or what the DJOIN.EXE command does, please refer to my blog post from the other week on the subject.  In a nutshell, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 conta...
For my 30th posting in this series, I thought I’d tackle a couple of really tough questions posed by John at our Columbus, Ohio TechNet Event: Well, John… this of course would require me to enter an opinion here on my blog.  And I don’t think I’m allowed to give my opinion of ...
At our Columbus, Ohio TechNet Event, Karl asked: Great question, Karl.  And I have seen two ways to do this well. Way #1 – Treat your test network as a subnet that requires routing. Although this method is more complex, I personally prefer it.  It treats the “Internal” n...
Josh is asking what I’m sure a lot of people are also wondering, given the recent excitement around our next version of Windows.. Wow!  A two-parter!      Short answer to your first part: No.  Don’t wait to start the migration.  Longer explanat...
http://bit.ly/24hipc Get yourself 5 of those “5 Hour Energy” drinks, set your alarm clock, and join the WORLD for this amazing opportunity to learn all about the Private Cloud solutions from Microsoft.  Here’s the description from the registration page: Every organization...
Thanks for the request, Howard.  Here are some good ones:  Site: Scripting with PowerShell – videos, guides, wiki articles.. a great starting point. Site: PowerShell.com – “The Community for PowerShell People” Book: Automating Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 wit...
At our TechNet Event in Columbus, OH recently, Andy asked: There is no limitation, Andy.  I think some of the concerns people have are related to licensing.  Can I really take a live virtual machine and move it freely between nodes in a cluster?  The answer is, yes.&#...
“MediaValet Thrives on Microsoft’s Cloud Platform” is the title of this press release.  It’s great to hear about the cases where Windows Azure is being used so effectively, and really taking full advantage of its… well.. advantages.  Things such as global scale and pay-as-you...
Amy asks: This question was in the context of our discussion on “Offline Domain Join” (djoin.exe).  For those of you not familiar with it, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 support the ability to join a machine to a domain, even while there is no network connectivity between...
Yes, I’m back (finally) with another in my series of expanded-answers to questions I have received during TechNet Events and IT Camps I’ve facilitated. But for these next blog posts I’m going to have a little fun by actually showing you the written question. Great question. Windows...
[drumroll, please] Windows Server 2012! I bet you didn’t see that one coming. Download the Beta HERE
Wonderful news!  Today at the Microsoft Management Summit going on in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced the availability of System Center 2012.  You can start your evaluation downloads now: http://aka.ms/PvtCld Pass it on!
This is great… Today Microsoft announced that there will be three (count ‘em.. 3) editions of Windows 8 when it goes on sale – presumably later this year.  “Wait a sec…only three?  Didn’t Windows 7 come in 6.. or more?” Yep.  Three.  Brandon LeBlanc writes on the...
Hot off the newswire: Today Microsoft announced some changes to the certification program for IT Professionals, in order to address the growing need for people being able to prove their expertise in all things cloud-related. “Wait.. you said that “the MCSE is back’.  Huh?!” T...
Immediately after my previous blog post about the new cloud-centric MCSE certifications, I received an instant message and an e-mail from the group responsible for it.  They thanked me, and then asked if I would please share some additional information.  So the following text...
As usual, here is the online version of the event resources I’ll be handing out to my central U.S. IT Camp Event attendees for the next several months.  It is likely that this online version is even better, because A) it contains even more than what I could fit onto one page...
(CTP = Community Technology Preview – which means “earlier than beta”)  Late on Friday the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Blog released a post enthusiastically titled “System Center 2012 CTP for Windows Server ‘8’ Beta support now available!!!”.  It would seem the Sy...
I thought this was pretty interesting.. so for a lighter, geeky-cool post on a Friday afternoon, as I’m busy waiting for large file copies in my home office lab to complete, I thought I’d share it with you.
Are you interested in learning the ins-and-outs of working with Windows Azure?  Wondering how to get started cheaply - as in “for FREE”?  We’re giving you a chance to spend a day with some of the nation’s leading cloud experts and for you to learn how to build a web applicati...
Happy Friday! I thought I’d just take this opportunity to again share my three-part screencast series with you; this time all in one place.  The topic: System Center 2012 Unified Installer The goal: Help you prepare for and use the Unified Installer to build your lab for testi...
Alex M asked several questions about Office 365 at our TechNet Event in Kansas City: “Do we need to purchase Office 365 for resources (for example: conference rooms)?” ”Can the user access Office 365 from work PC as well as his personal PC from home?” ”If we are using cl...
At our TechNet Event in Kansas City a couple of months ago, Travis asked: “How many virtual machines can a single VMM instance manage?” That’s easy: As many as you want, and as your hardware can handle. “But how many are supported?” Ah.. well, that’s simply a matter of how many Mic...
We got this question at our TechNet Event back in January.  The person didn’t give their name, so let’s call him Jooblety-Goop. “Dynamic Memory and Exchange 2010 - What happens in that scenario?” Well JG, I assume you’re asking about how Exchange Server 2010 works as a virtual ...
Whoo boy!  Finally!  Part 3 of 3!  The story so far… In Part 1 we showed you how to download all that you need, and put it in its proper place. In Part 2 we setup and pre-configured the destination servers properly. And today in our final chapter, we actually run the ...
Continuing on where we left off from our part 1 screencast yesterday, when we discussed the downloads and the prerequisites and what you needed in place for the installation; today in part 2 we discuss how to configure your servers. “Is it really all that complicated, Kevin?” Actuall...
I received an e-mail late last night informing me of the release of a new RC (Release Candidate) for the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012.  “MDT 2012?  Does that mean…” Yes.  This version is being built to support the latest-and-greatest solutions and technologies th...
Y’all heard that we released a new preview for consumers of Windows 8, right? Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Like many of you, I’ve been playing with the Release Candidate of System Center 2012.  And also like many of you, I have heard that there is something called the “Unified Installer”, that supposedly will allow a person to install many – or even all – ...
This person at our Saint Louis, MO TechNet Event didn’t share their name, but it’s still a good question: “In snapshots, why is ‘now’ misleading on where you really are w/snapshots?” What Jerry (Let’s just call him or her Jerry) is referring to here is something that I think most of ...
In Saint Louis a few weeks ago at our TechNet Event, John B asked us: “We are only running System Center Configuration Manager 2008 and now want to run SCOM.  Should we install 2008 or 2012?” Well, first off, John.. that’s a pretty cool trick that you have SCCM 2008 while the re...
David U. asked this of us at our Saint Louis TechNet Event:  “Free Hyper-V Server can be installed on bare metal.  Do I need Windows Server 2008 R2 plus Hyper-V running elsewhere to manage the Hyper-V Server, or is there another way I can manage that?” Great question David...
At our TechNet Event in Saint Louis several weeks ago, Aubrey M. asked: “Will there be an option in System Center 2012 Operations Manager to schedule maintenance windows, such as for patch Tuesday?” So.. you’re asking if you’ll have a way to tell Operation...