Reinstalling Exchange 2010 (w/ DAG) After A Server Failure

Well, I learned this the one the hard way. 🙂 I had (operative word…’had’) an a couple of Exchange 2010 VM’s running in my lab – DAG configured and all…until I was re-balancing storage, adding/removing LUN’s, etc… and accidentally deleted the LUN that had the VHD for the 2nd server in my Exchange 2010 DAG…

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First Experience with the SCVMM Self Service Portal 2.0

I finally got a chance to get the SSP 2.0 up and running in my lab.  I had installed the RC but never really spent much time with it.  One interesting thing to note – if you have installed the RC, you need to use START –> PROGRAMS and dig in to the SSP folder…

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Server Core Configurator 2.0

sconfig is a great tool that allows you to get a server core implementation up and running much faster than digging up netsh commands and such to get IP’s configured, etc… If you haven’t seen – Core Configurator 2.0 kicks sconfig up a notch.  This version has been written in PowerShell 2.0 with a reference…

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System Center Operations Manager Cumulative Update 3 Installation

(Important:  As you’ll read in the liner notes, my PRO integration quit working after the installation of this CU and there are a number of folks internally who have experienced the same issue and the issue is currently being looked at.  I’ll keep this thread updated with anything that I find out.  In the meantime,…

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Tweaking CPU Core Parking

I’ve done a lot of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V related presentations over the last two years and this topic always seems to generate a few questions.  It’s a great feature, but a little obscure and reliable information can be hard to find.  One of the new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 is the…

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Booting Hyper-V R2 From USB

Didn’t think you could boot Hyper-V from a USB?  Well, you can. Yeah, kinda snuck up on me too – I knew this was a feature request but it fell off my radar as it’s not something that I’ve had a need for and quite frankly, no one has asked me about it in any…

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Microsoft VDI Reference Architecture Resources

I’ve been getting a number of requests for these types of resources.  So, I thought I’d aggregate everything I know about in a single spot.  If you know of others, please let me know and I’ll include them in this list. RDS Architecture Summary: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=9bc943b7-07c5-4335-9df9-20e77ed5032e Virtualized RDSH guide (including costing): http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=8d454921-72d6-45b4-b6ba-ac1c26d337bd Host Capacity planning  :…

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Microsoft Partners – Check Out the New MPN Transition Tool

With all the changes to the Microsoft Partner Network, the MPN team created the new “Transition Tool” to help you (our Partners) through this process.  This is the tool that you will want to use to better understand what you need to do to prepare for the MSPP to MPN transition. Partner Transition Tool (for…

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ESX vs Hyper-V Footprint War…

I attended a hypervisor compete session at VMWorld this week and saw this topic come up yet again.  Can we please put the ‘footprint war’ to rest already? VMware’s claim was that since the ESX hypervisor is smaller than Hyper-V (it’s not), that means a smaller attack surface and fewer patches which equates to more…

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VMWare’s Creative Marketing…

Someone just pointed me to the new VMWare vSphere 4.1 key features and comparison chart.  They’ve put together a document that is supposed to compare vSphere 4.1 Enterprise Plus with Hyper-V R2, Citrix XenServer 5.5 and RHEV 2.2.  I always find it amusing how VMWare compares their most expensive SKU suite to everyone else’s stand-alone…

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