Comparing RPC, WMI and WinRM for remote server management with PowerShell V2

1. Overview In a recent blog post, I was looking at PowerShell V2 remoting in Windows Server 2008 R2. If you haven’t seen it, take a look at http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/archive/2010/03/31/experimenting-with-powershell-v2-remoting.aspx. In that post, I mentioned three different ways to gather information about services on a remove server (throughout this post, I use this task as an…

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Presentations from Storage Developer Conference 2009 (SDC 2009) are now available for download

The presentations from SNIA’s SDC 2009 are now publicly available for download. This SNIA event happened in Santa Clara, CA last September and the decks are now publicly available, after being restricted to conference attendees for a few months. Out of the dozens of presentations, I wanted to highlight a few that were delivered by…


Download for Powershell v2 for Windows 7? No need… It’s already there!

A while back, Microsoft announced the release of PowerShell v2 for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008 (see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=151321). However, it is not clear to everyone that Powershell v2 is already part of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. I have seen people still asking for the link for…

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File Server Capacity Tool (FSCT) 1.0 available for download

Version 1.0 of the File Server Capacity Tool (FSCT) was announced yesterday during a presentation by Jian Yan and  Bartosz Nyczkowski at SNIA’s Storage Developer Conference in Santa Clara, CA. The presentation covered a number of details about FSCT and included a demo running FSCT with the HomeFolders workload. If you are not familiar with…

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SNIA’s Storage Developers Conference 2009 in Santa Clara, CA is coming – Plan to be there on the week of September 14th

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is hosting the 6th Storage Developer Conference (SDC) in the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Santa Clara, CA (Silicon Valley) on the week of September 14th. This event is also co-located with the CIFS/SMB/SMB2 Plugfest. For those working with storage technologies, this event gathers a unique crowd and includes a…


Experimenting with PowerShell v2

Powershell is a command line interface for Windows that offers a very powerful and flexible model.It is now a feature included with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, not an optional download as before.In this post, I show some sample commands that can help you understand some of the basic features and a few more complex ones. …


Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC 09) provides a snapshot of what Microsoft is up to (keynotes available for review)

Earlier this week Microsoft hosted the 2009 edition of the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC 2009) in New Orleans.Thousands of partners joined to understand where Microsoft is going and how they can work together with Microsoft.The keynotes were streamed live (a bit too early on the Pacific side, but it certainly was very interesting).The entire keynotes…


RC for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 released to TechNet Plus and MSDN (includes filenames and sizes)

If you are a TechNet Plus or an MSDN subscriber, you can now download the Release Candidate (RC) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. There are different files for each client architecture (x64, x86) and server architecture (x64, ia64). Additional files include the language packs for each one, plus the WAIK (Windows Automated…

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Can you convert an MBR disk to GPT?

I got a question today: Can you convert an existing MBR disk to GPT? This is about the partitioning style of a disk, with MBR being the older one (limited to 2TB) and GPT being the newer one (going up to 18EB). Keep in mind that the GPT partitioning style is not recognized by all previous…