Virtualisation – A few notes

The last week we had some interesting notes related with the Virtualisation topic that I thought it would be worth sharing. First Microsoft IT Showcase has published its Guide to select loads candidates for virtualisation Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Identifying Server Candidates for Virtualization, which discusses how Microsoft IT…


ILM "2" Beta 3 is now available for download

ILM "2" Beta 3 has recently been posted for download on the connect website. This beta release is a major milestone in the release roadmap for the product and contains most of the features of the product that a lot of people have been waiting to get a play with. Crucially, you can download a…

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Configuration Manager 2007 – 32-bit or 64-bit OS?

As I’m sure most of you are already aware, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 is a 32-bit application. Installing SCCM SP1 on 64-bit Windows 2003 and 64-bit Windows Server 2008, is of course fully supported. However, given that SCCM is still a 32-bit application, performance will not be as great on 64-bit hardware as…

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PXE Boot Problems with Configuration Manager 2007

One of the most impressive features of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 is Operating System Deployment (OSD) which began life as a feature pack for SMS 2003. An integral component of OSD is a new site role in SCCM called the PXE service point that responds to PXE requests from computers that have been…

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OCS 2007 Enterprise Edition – Certificate & DNS Requirements

Having just deployed Office Communication Server (OCS) 2007 into a customer site, I thought I would share some of my experiences, specifically around DNS and Certificate requirements. OCS Features Installed Audio & video conferencing Web conferencing NO federation or external user access OCS Infrastructure Components Software – OCS OCS 2007 Enterprise Edition Hardware 2 x…

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Today’s the day for the second Springboard Live! virtual roundtable: The topic? Windows Vista Security

Let’s talk Windows Vista security begins 17:00 GMT. Microsoft Technical Fellow and desktop guru Mark Russinovich will again be hosting a live, interactive Springboard Series virtual roundtable—this time on the topic of Windows Vista security. As with the March roundtable on deployment, Microsoft will be taking questions from those tuning in for the live event….


Windows Vista Deployment – Part 4 – End User Experience

One of the most important things of a Windows Vista deployment is managing change. The end users will at the end of the day have a new operating system with a massive amount of new features they will have to discover in order to take full advantage of the productivity increases they bring. But how…


Using Key Management Services (KMS) Across Domains

In some environments it may be necessary to implement Key Management Services (KMS) activation across domains. An example of this can be illustrated by the requirements of a recent project that I was working on. The customer in question is in the process of consolidating a number of legacy domains into a new pristine AD…

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Using Key Management Services (KMS) for Vista Activation

I have been working recently on a large Vista deployment project for an Enterprise customer. An integral component of the project required the installation and configuration of Key Management Services (KMS) to activate all newly deployed Vista computers. Typically, an Enterprise customer will choose KMS as the preferred method of activation as the number of…


Microsoft’s Identity Life Cycle Management Strategy And Roadmap Part 3: ILM "2"

Identity Lifecycle Manager “2” builds on Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 to provide solutions for management of users, credentials, access, and policies that automate identity lifecycle tasks and balance the load between IT professionals, developers, and information workers. IT will be able to put controls in place that will enable them to securely delegate management of…