Is Microsoft eating lunch?

I saw this headline today and I just had to take a look.  Microsoft hungry to eat VMWare’s lunch http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20015123-56.html?tag=mncol Sometimes titles like this make me take a look, but as I read the article, they have a few very interesting points… "VMware is asking many of you to sign three-year license agreements for your…

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More about Windows Intune…

I had this great idea to create a number of videos on Windows Intune so that I could show you how to setup and manage your customers computers.  Windows Intune even lets you manage computers from multiple customers from a single pane of glass.  No more logging into one customer, then out of their account…

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Windows Intune Beta 2, How Do You Sign Up?

We just released Beta 2 of Windows Intune, so I wanted to take a few minutes to show you how to sign up and manage clients.  In this session we will walk through how to sign up for Intune and then how to install the management agent on a client.  There are two URLs I…

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Windows 7 Template Creation Error

I tried to create a Windows 7 template in SCVMM and it kept failing, but it would not give me an error message, it would just fail.  I did some digging around and found that sysprep was failing with an error –2147024864.  I kept digging and found that in the RC of Windows 7, this…

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Why is our Licensing so Complicated?

I often ask myself why our licensing has to be so hard to figure out.  I heard a great quote this week while I’ve been in our semi-annual training and I thought I’d share it. We don’t have anyone that wakes up and says “How can I make <insert item here> more complicated”. I got…

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Extend your Server 2003 Active Directory Schema for Windows Vista and Server 2008

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 include additional group policy settings that give the administrator more granular management of their user’s workstations.  To leverage these new configuration items, the schema of a Server 2003 Active Directory forest must be upgraded to a Server 2008 schema.  You can upgrade your schema without installing Server 2008.  We…

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Improve your Virtual Machine Performance

One of my peers just purchased a very impressive server class machine.  He’s really proud of it, and he should be!  He has 2 quad core CPUs, 16GB RAM, and 2 TB of Disk space.  He built this machine to be a virtualization monster, so once he got it up and running, he created an…

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What is BitLocker? What does it do? What does it not do?

What is BitLocker? BitLocker lets you encrypt the hard drive(s) on your Windows 7 and Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 and Vista Ultimate or Windows Server 2008 and R2.  BitLocker will not encrypt hard drives for Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows 2003.  Only Windows 7, Vista and Server 2008 include BitLocker.  BitLocker drives can be…

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How big Should PageFile.sys be on a Server 2008 Hyper-V Server?

I received the following question: Thanks for the article.  What do you do about your host system’s pagefile?  I’m thinking more about size.  Do you leave the default?  I have a 16GB system and 12GB of that is allocated to VMs.  Do I size the host pagefile for the whole 16GB or just for the…

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Eliminate UAC for Printer Driver installation

  During the IT Pro Conference, someone asked if they could eliminate the UAC (and the local administrator requirements) just for printer driver installations on Windows Vista machines.  Printer Drivers are the most difficult issue when it comes to removing the requirement for local administrator access to a machine.  I’ve monkeyed with  this a little,…

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