New Infrastructure Planning & Design guides issued

SOLUTIONACCELERATORS – Act faster. Go further.   Infrastructure Planning & Design Release Announcement www.microsoft.com/IPD   I repeatedly forget to mention these in my talks – and that’s bad because these documents are excellent.  For each topic you get a ppt and doc. Here’s the approach behind each document: This guide is one in a series…

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Save money – Decommission your RAS architecture!

Ok, so I’m exaggerating but I have been using a Microsoft implementation of Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services a *lot* recently. It’s effectively meant that I don’t need to remote into the Microsoft Corporate network when working away from the office anymore. The functionality and implementation are documented here. There is full documentation on the…

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Out of Band Security Bulletin released

Folks, just in case you’ve not picked this up elsewhere you should know that we have released an out of band security update. As you know this isn’t usual and therefore you should carefully review the information here. It’s worth noting that for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 this is a Critical level patch,…

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Watch This: Windows Vista Performance…under the hood

Vista performance is something that I often discuss with customers that I meet. Therefore, let me recommend good use of one hour and suggest that you watch this webcast from the Springboard series of Vista Resources. Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable Under the Hood: Windows Vista Performance…Need Answers? Join Mark Russinovich and a panel of industry…

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Technet Magazine for November is published online

As reported HERE Novembers Technet magazine is available. And as you can see below there’s quit a few interesting articles to read. FEATURE ARTICLES                                                                  Monitoring Windows Server 2008 with OpsMgr 2007 As you deploy Windows Server 2008 into your environment, you’ll need a way to manage and monitor its health, performance, and availability. Fortunately, you…

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Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 RTW – Download Now

As Keith writes – Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server 2008 is a stand-alone product that provides a simplified, reliable, cost-effective and optimized virtualization solution enabling organizations to improve server utilization and reduce costs. It allows organizations to consolidate workloads onto a single physical server and is a good solution for organizations who want a basic and simplified…

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WebCast: Securing Branch Office User Accounts

I came across this webcast recently and thought that it might be useful to you. The Webcast is basically a 12 minute demonstration of technologies such as Read only domain controller, BitLocker and fine Grained Password Policies in Windows Server 2008. Something that’s often of interest to those of you I meet.   View the…

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Core Infrastructure Optimisation – Introduction and Overview

[Supporting materials for this post can be found here ]   In the spirit of writing in this blog about subjects that I often get asked about, an overview of Core IO is well overdue! Infrastructure Optimisation is a maturity model based upon some work done by ‘a well known analyst’ (sorry legal reasons mean…

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