New Group Policy Settings in Windows Server 2008

As you are all well aware Windows Server 2008 has some really cool new features centered around Virtualization, Terminal Services, and Server Core. I recorded a short segment of video showcasing some of the additions made to group policy settings.  This is by no means a comprehensive treatment of possible additions but rather a showcase…


Amazing TechNet Plus Direct Deal

This is the best deal in the Microsoft World!  TechNet Plus Direct is the subscription of choice for the IT professional. TechNet Plus Direct offers full version non time bombed Microsoft software.  Windows Vista, Office 2007, Exchange 2007,SQL, ISA, Windows Server, and so much more.  Subscribers can download ISO images of the software, burn them…


Tafiti and Silverlight

Tafiti sounds like a new kind of super sugary candy for kids but trust me it’s not.  Instead it is a search engine wrapped in Silverlight, and you really need to check it out.  www.tafiti.com  My good friend and mentor Matt Hestor has posted a recorded video segment to his blog working with some of the…


It’s Official! Virtualization in Windows Server 2008 RC0

 Keith Combs Blog is showcasing what I think is the only screencast currently available demonstrating the latest Virtualization bits to be included with Windows Server 2008.  Want to know what a hypervisor is?  Ever heard of Veridian?  What the difference between a parent VM and a child VM.  If you would like the first look at the…


Windows Server 2008 Quality of Service Settings

 We all wish we could control the network usage patterns of our networks.  Imagine if you could specify which computers could use 10MBsec of a gigabit Ethernet network, and which could use 1MBsec.  Even better would be to be able to set aside or prioritize bandwidth to allocate it to necessary applications.  All of these…


System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Virtualization is upon us.  It is not trivial to think of managing large number of virtual machines.  In response to the obvious need Microsoft introduces System Center Virtual Machine Manager.  My friend and coworker Keith Combs has recorded a great screencast called Everything You Need to Know About SCVMM in 15 Minutes This is a…


Windows Server 2008 Server Manager

As an IT professional I remember the days of having to move from tool to tool inside the Windows Interface in order to successfully manage my servers.  Even with the use of the Microsoft Management Console there was still way to much maneuvering for my liking.  If you are in the same situation then Windows Server…


Windows Server 2008 User Account Controls Video

As you are all aware one of the key changes that was introduced with Windows Vista is the use of User account Controls.  These controls segment the user access token, and then manage access to local resources based on the standard user portion of the token.  When elevated access is necessary User account control kicks in…


Granular Password Policies Video

I love Active Directory! I have loved it since it was introduced to the Microsoft world with Windows 2000 Server.  Active Directory provides so many opportunities to the network administrator.  The control features of Group Policy are so encompassing and emporwering!  There is one question that I hear over and over again.  “So Chris Henley, How…


Windows Vista Calendar Video

When it comes to work I am a calendar junkie.  I use my outlook calendar extensively.  Everything I do goes right to the calendar.  Want to know if I am available on a given day at a given time it is on my calendar.  Meal times, travel dates, training, webcasts, podcasts, even blog postings are on the calendar.  Some…