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…

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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…

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Migration paths from 2003 – 2008 Clustering

Due to feature changes between Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008, there is no support for a rolling in-place upgrade.  There is support for an in-place migration.  During a discussion last week on Server 2008, a question came up regarding the process. The difference is in a migration there is some down time.  You…


Manage Hyper-V from a workgroup machine

Great post from Nicola Delfino: http://blogs.msdn.com/nicold/archive/2008/04/16/how-to-access-hyper-v-rc0-machine-workgroup-from-vista-sp1-joined-to-a-domain.aspx


Isolation of Virtual Machine bus

Good information from the Virtualization team blog: "Each VM has a separate instance of VMBus.  VMBus is a bus only in the sense that multiple VSCs inside a VM share the same instance of VMBus.  This means that a local, kernel mode compromise of a VM will not reveal any data from other VMs.  That…


Console connect to a VM without opening the Hyper-V mmc

It is possible open the Hyper-V console for an individual VM without opening the full mmc.  You can do this either using the cmdlet that was just published by James O’Neill, or by creating a custom shortcut. PowerShell method See the recent post from James on his TechNet blog: http://blogs.technet.com/jamesone/archive/2008/04/19/more-on-the-accessing-the-hyper-v-api-from-powershell.aspx Shortcut method Create a shortcut…


Config tool for Server Core posted to community site

I received a link to this site from one of our field resources.  Very nice GUI tool to kick off the command lines that are needed to manage server core.  Could be handy.  See the link below for details. Features: Product Activation Configuration of display resolution Clock and time zone configuration Remote Desktop configuration Management…


Manage Hyper-V from MMC in Vista SP1

The Virtualization team has announced the MMC snap-in to manage Hyper-V from Vista SP1 is now available for download.  This is a nice compliment to the recent release of RSAT! Vista x64 Edition: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=450931F5-EBEC-4C0B-95BD-E3BA19D296B1&displaylang=en Vista x86 Edition: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=BC3D09CC-3752-4934-B84C-905E78BE50A1&displaylang=en Windows Virtualization Team Blog : Hyper-V manager mmc now available!

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VAMT 1.1 is now available

Thanks to Paul for following up to the comments thread. The Volume Activation Management Tool 1.1 is now available for download from Microsoft downloads: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=12044dd8-1b2c-4da4-a530-80f26f0f9a99&DisplayLang=en This 1.1 version of the tool will allow you to manage Server 2008 Multiple Activation Keys (MAK) to view the activation status of remote machines and push keys to them,…


How to build Server 2008 media that only contains Standard Edition

In order to make installation and distribution a simpler process, the Server 2008 DVD available for download contains all four versions (Web, Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter) with both full and core installations available.  Over the last two weeks I have received the same question from several Universities – is there any way to provide media…

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