Using Disk2vhd to Build Virtual Hard Disks from Online Physical Machines

I spend a lot of my time talking and writing about Hyper V and virtual machines.  Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper V version 2.0 provide a platform to do some great things in your network.  The virtual hard disk (VHD) that Hyper V, Virtual Server, and Virtual PC all use as the base component…

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Is Bitlocker FIPS 140-2 compliant?

So I was at one of my live events here a few weeks ago and we were talking about bitlocker drive encryption.  The question arose as to whether Bitlocker was FIPS 140-2 compliant.  At the time I was not sure that it was approved in FIPS 140-2.  I went back and did a little searching…

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The Dodgers in the Postseason

There is something magical for me about the major league baseball postseason playoffs.  The players are playing for more than the money. (Yes, I realize they get huge bonuses for making it further into the playoffs.) There is a pressure to perform at your peak, and every game counts!  If you hit a slump in…

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Windows 7 Launch Events

  It’s official!  Microsoft has scheduled a series of launch events around the United States to showcase Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange 2010.  You can register for the event in your area at the following link. http://www.microsoft.com/business/thenewefficiency/default.aspx  Based on the image on the launch site there are some pretty cool incentives for…

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How to Do an Offline Defragmentation of Active Directory in Windows Server 2008 R2

This last week I received an interesting question via email. "I occasionally do offline defragmentation of Active Directory of my Windows server 2003 and 2008 boxes,  the process is painful with the shut downs and restarts.  Do you really need to do Offline Defrag? How do you do an offline defragmentation of the Active Directory…

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IT Pro Momentum Windows Server 2008 R2 – Exchange 2010

I get so excited about the IT Pro Momentum projects I thought I would share just one more with you.  Actually in this case it is more like 2 projects that are being set up in a single organization.  I met Rob at one of my live speaking engagements and he mentioned he was interested…

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IT Pro Momentum Pilot Project- Windows Server 2008 / Virtualization

I am hearing great things from the IT Pro Momentum Program.  Today our focus is on a school district who is using the IT Pro Mo0mentum program to pilot Windows Server 2008.  Like the two previous Momentum examples I shared with you I was able to ask some questions to the IT Pros running the…

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IT Pro Momentum Pilot Project- Windows 2008 R2/Windows 7

  Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 are getting a lot of airtime in the media.  I thought it might be interesting to get some insights from some of the folks who are piloting these products in their actual networks.  One sizable US based company who would like to remain anonymous at this point…

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IT Pro Momentum Pilot Project – System Center

One of the best things about my role as an IT Evangelist is being able to assist organizations with resources and expertise to help them find solutions to their  network challenges.  One of the ways that Microsoft has facilitated this process is through the use of the IT Pro Momentum Program.  As we work with…

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New Features of Windows Server 2008 File Services

I have been working with Windows Servers for going on 15 years.  We have come a long way since Windows NT 3.x.  Many of the changes have been glamorous like Active Directory, or very slow and deliberate like the move to IPV6 (can you believe it was supported in Windows NT 4.) One thing has…

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