Why Do You Buy Storage? Capacity, Performance, or Both…

At home I typically purchase storage based on my requirements for storage capacity.  For a laptop or desktop, the question might be, “ will the 250GB drive be enough for all my kids stuff, or do they need something larger?”…or,” How large a USB disk do I need to backup all my pictures?” I spent…

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I’m Back, and Thinking About Storage

I took a BUNCH off time off from blogging…but I’m back now and intend to share some cool new stuff around Windows Server 2012 R2 (preview at this point), starting with my experiments with Storage Spaces and Tiered storage. First let me say that I hadn’t worked much with Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012. …

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Pumping Video Into Lync

The capabilities of Microsoft Lync (IM, presence, voice, video, web conferencing, other) are such that it eliminates the need for some overlapping technologies.  With Lync I don’t (for example) need to use a separate web conferencing infrastructure like LiveMeeting / WebEx / GoToMeeting – because this capability is built right in. When I used LiveMeeting…

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Disabling IM in the Lync Client

What?  You want to disable IM in Lync?  Why on Earth would you want to do that! It turns out there are a number of reasons that some organizations might want to, including: compliance – don’t want IMs to be archived/discoverable…so don’t have them! productivity – perception that IM hurts productivity… I believe exactly the…

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I Have a New Phone (and it’s just a phone!)

I mentioned in my last post that I’m now focused on Unified Communications at Microsoft.  I’ll go deep on what Unified Communications (UC) is later  – should you care.  The BIG news is that as part of my new gig, I get to use lots of cool phones and devices that integrate with Office Communication…

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New News … New Gig!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a LONG time, but I was super busy getting “all in”.  I changed gears at Microsoft this Summer after my presentation at the Red Hat Summit – Microsoft has lots of credibility (and customers) in virtualization now, and I thought I was ready for new challenges. I’m focusing once again…

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Linux on Hyper-V @ TechEd

TechEd North America was a blast this year in New Orleans! I co-presented two sessions (one with Brett and another with Larry) and both went well. I got to pitch in and help with a few other sessions (with Michael Greene, Nick Smith, Bob, and Soumya Das Bhaumik). I ate too well – got to…

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TechEd 2010 Sessions

I’ve been heads down on all sorts of things, including preparing for two sessions at TechEd next week. If you’re heading to New Orleans, be sure to check out these two sessions next week at TechEd in New Orleans covering mixed environments: Code Session Room Day Time WSV318 Living in a Mixed Environment: Integrating Your Heterogeneous…

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We’ve Been Kindled!

I just got a copy of the second edition of our book in the mail (starts shipping next week!) and found out that there’s a Kindle version!  That’s cool!   In case you hadn’t noticed, Microsoft has upgraded our blog platform (lots of changes!).  This is kind of my test post for the updated backend….

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Linux P2V With DD and VHDTool – EASY and CHEAP!

So I’ve been busy the last two week getting ready for TechEd (WAHOO!) where I’m co-presenting two sessions this year.  One of the sessions is all about Linux on Hyper-V.  To get ready, I’ve been working though lots of the common operational tasks including (as you know P2V) migrations. I mentioned to my buddy Alexander…

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