IT Camp–Systems Management Coming to Waltham MA Oct 28th 2011–Must Attend Event

IT Camp – Systems Management – Free Training Friday, October 28, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (ET) Microsoft Office’s – 201 Jones – Road Sixth Floor – Waltham, MA 02451 Register for Free Training@: http://itcamp-waltham.eventbrite.com/ You are not going to want to miss this event. Notice the hands on lab, you can build…


New Jump Start! Microsoft Server Virtualization — Get Certified! Register NOW!

Microsoft Learning is hosting a brand new class in the popular “Jump Start” series. Because we received such rave reviews from the “Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals” Jump Start delivered earlier this year, our latest course is sure to be another smash. Here are the details: Course: Exam 70-659: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization…


How to build a FREE Private Cloud using Microsoft Technologies

Chris Avis is a friend and colleague.  He created a pretty detailed blog post on how to create a private cloud.  I was planning on writing a similar post but found this one and decided to link to his. I hope you find his post helpful.  He goes through … Architecture: Hardware Requirements: Software Requirements:…


The Free Way To Create a Hyper-V and Virtualization Lab Environment–Step-By-Step–Cloud Foundation

In a prior post, Pay Yourself First-Learn How With Passive Learning-Free Training From Microsoft On Just About Any Topic–Virtualization, Cloud, Phone, Server, Client, SharePoint, SQL, Many, Many More, I shared a massive amount of information on where you can get great and FREE training on Microsoft products.  I would like to expand on that by…

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Setting Up Live.com Pop and SMTP Internet Email Account Settings for Outlook 2010

Setting up the POP SMTP settings for your live.com ID is not difficult but it does not use “default” settings so making this post to show you how to do it and give you the details of what the settings should be. This post will walk through all the settings you will need.  I start…

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Pay Yourself First-Learn How With Passive Learning-Free Training From Microsoft On Just About Any Topic–Virtualization, Cloud, Phone, Server, Client, SharePoint, SQL, Many, Many More

Key To Almost Infinite Knowledge – Passive Listening… Do you make the time to keep up with technology?  If you are not expanding your knowledge, you are falling behind.  With the job market the way it is, you would be smart to keep learning.  I know we are all busy and doing more now than…

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Management and Deployment 2011 Firestarter – TechNet Events – Resources

Keynote – Stop putting out fires: Proactive IT infrastructure management Do you feel like you’re always in crisis mode? Do you want to learn what it takes to become a proactive and rationalized IT shop? Are you ready for the cloud? In this session, we will address these issues and more as we explore the…


How To Merge a Chained Differential VHD Disk So It Can Be Extended and Expanded

In my post Out of Disk Space on Drive C–How To Increase Space on Drive C of a Virtual Machine Running Windows Server 2003 I showed how to expand a drive but these instructions do not work if you have a differencing disk or chain of disks.  If you want to expand a disk, you…

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Installing System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 R2 SP1

I am walking through the installation of SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 on a new server that I just setup in my demo environment.  Hope this is helpful.  First lets look at the system requirements.  If you want to setup your environment with multiple servers or you want to do a custom install you can find…

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How To Install IIS 7 on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 For Use With SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1

I am starting with a sysprep’d Windows Server 2008 R2 Server.  I have allocated 2 processors and 512mb memory to the guest using dynamic memory.  Once I get the system up and running, I will bump up the memory to be close to what I actually need but I will leave it dynamic.  I need…

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 R2 SP1- Did You Know You Could Do This

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 is available for download using your MSDN or TechNet Subscription or from http://Connect.Microsoft.com.  You can also download a trial from http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/virtual-machine-manager/vmm-try-it.aspx# Notice you can download the 2012 BETA if you like also.  I hope to checkout 2012 Beta in the next few days and do a blog…


MMS 2011 Keynote (Day 1 and Day 2 Keynote Video Recording)

  For those not lucky enough to go to MMS this year, you can get access to the keynote presentations here.  If you want much more information about System Center make sure you attend one of our TechNet Events on Management and Deployment. Keynote Day 1:   Keynote Day 2:


Tips and Tools for Deploying Windows 7–Part 5- Managing and Securing Your Clients and Critical Server Infrastructure

Tips and Tools for Managing and Securing Your Clients and Critical Server Infrastructure Like everyone else, you love Windows 7 and can’t wait to get it deployed throughout your organization. Let’s take a look at the many tips and tools available today to ease your burden of deployment. I have broken it down into several…

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Upgrading a Windows 2003 Domain to Windows Server 2008 R2 Functional Level Domain

First if you have any domain controllers that are on Windows Server 2000 make sure they have SP4 installed.  You can download from here. I also recommend you have all of your 2003 domain controllers fully patched via WSUS or Windows Update. You will need to login to a domain controller using a user with…

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Upcoming Events Please Join Me If You Can

Upcoming Events:  Scroll Down for abstracts 1) NELeaders: 2/10 http://neleaders.com “Improving YOUR NAME Brand” “Value of Getting Published” 2) Certified Career Conference: Feb 17th online: Registration and more details  (80% discount on the regular fee) Promo code to use: CCDX5CH6MS People and Technology: The Whole World is in Your Hands – Proactively Managing ALL Critical…


Tips and Tools for Deploying Windows 7 Part 4-Desktop Deployment

Like everyone else, you love Windows 7 and can’t wait to get it deployed throughout your organization. Let’s take a look at the many tips and tools available today to ease your burden of deployment. I have broken it down into several steps (or categories of steps). While writing all of this, it became obvious…


Tips and Tools for Deploying Windows 7 Part 3–User State–User Data Migration

Like everyone else, you love Windows 7 and can’t wait to get it deployed throughout your organization. Let’s take a look at the many tips and tools available today to ease your burden of deployment. I have broken it down into several steps (or categories of steps). While writing all of this, it became obvious…