I’m back baby, and I’ve brought the HP Mini 1000 (or The Minzilla Project, Part Uno)

After many months away from the blog, I’m finally back.  You guys/gals in EDU have powned my calendar since Hyper-V went RTM.  I’ve decided to let all the stale Email in my inbox get staler (turns out that’s a word?) and get back to blogging, an activity I have been missing in my routine.  I’ve…


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Hyper-V @ EDU

This morning Microsoft announcied the Release to Manufacturing of the hypervisor for Windows Server 2008, also known as Hyper-V.  You’ll also find that some of our existing case studies are in Education!!! I was ecstatic to learn during TechEd that several customers in higher education are already running Hyper-V RC1 in production.  I met one…


Get the scoop on little known Active Directory features in 2008

This is one of the best webcasts I’ve watched in recent memory.  Really great information on how machines find domain controllers in 2008. http://searchwincomputing.techtarget.com/generic/0,295582,sid68_gci1317644,00.html?track=NL-119&ad=647382&asrc=EM_USC_3893103&uid=8071835

Hyper-V and WINPE!

Thanks Mike, and great job publishing this info! http://blogs.msdn.com/mikester/archive/2008/05/30/using-the-hyper-v-integration-components-in-winpe.aspx This post details how exactly to build a WinPE disk with the Hyper-V integration components build in.  You can bet Kevin and I will be working over the next couple of days to build this in to our deployment labs.

Uninstall applications from Server Core

There is no add/remove programs or programs and features dialogue, so how do you remove applications? Start by opening regedit and expanding to the section where all applications should publish their installation data (according to the Windows Application Compatibility Guidelines).  If the application does not store data here, you will need to seek out additional…


MMS 2008 – are you an admin in Education?

If so I would love to chat with you, have coffee, or setup a discussion with someone from a product team. Just send an Email to me using the form on my blog or stop by one of the Intro to Powershell hands-on-labs. I will be proctoring M, T, W, & F. I am here…

What roles/features require 2008 Forest Functional Level?

… and/or domain functional level?  There is a table on the following TechNet page that outlines this info.  It has been a re-occuring question in my recent trips!  Note that the domain functional level is the important factor for 2008, as that enables new features including fine grained password policy. http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/34678199-98f1-465f-9156-c600f723b31f1033.mspx?mfr=true

What is the quickest/easiest way to open the Network Connections page in Vista/2008

In other words to get to this page. I’ll be honest, having to navigate through the Network and Sharing Center can sometimes be an extra step for me rather than a value-add.  At times it can be very helpful, at other times I just want to get to the IP configuration page for a network…


What is the simplest command line to dcpromo *down* a Server Core machine?

In my test environment I just discovered an issue and need to remove the Domain Controller role from one of my Hyper-V hosts which happens to be running Server Core.  This brought a question to mind, if I want to demote a DC running Core, what is the path of least resistance? I found that…