Improve Virtual Server Networking

Check out the Microsoft Scalable Networking Pack (KB912222) for ways to improve the networking performance of certain workloads and configurations in your virtual server environment. Caveats: 1) you must have supported HW – the KB states “This feature pack requires hardware that is capable of supporting offload technologies as specified in this article. Without the appropriate…

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Trouble installing .NET Framework 2.0

Virtual Machine Manager requires .NET Framework 2.0. If you have trouble installing .NFW 2.0, you may find this KB Article helpful: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/908077/en-us?spid=8291&sid=global The most common fix BTW is: Unregister and then reregister Windows Installer This action corrects most situations. Additionally, this action does not affect any currently installed programs that use the Windows Installer. 1….

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Download Links to Windows PowerShell 1.0 RC2

There is a new page that has links and a FAQ explaining different language versions that are available. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/management/powershell/download.mspx   Windows PowerShell 1.0 Release Candidate 2 currently supports Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2003. The .NET Framework 2.0 is required in order to install Windows PowerShell. Remember to download the Windows PowerShell…

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Search as Entertainment

The business model for www.msdewey.com seems to be…uh, I’ll have to get back to you on that. Wait, it involves something about watching an attractive actress like Janina Gavankar do pythonesque sketches before returning your search query. For example, try these: the Fool Earthquake preparedness Schrodinger’s Cat Windows Vista Camelot Algebra What is your favorite…

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Blogs Have "Tipped"?

A few months ago, internal discussion revolved around IT Pro customer perception of the information in blogs (specifically blogs.technet.com and blogs.msdn.com) in relation to KB and other “official” sources. Was it “valuable”? Was it “authoritative”? Could it be “trusted”? Looking over the IE7 release notes here, what do I see? A product release notes page…

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Using the RDP Console session

My team has access to a Windows Server 2003 server in the test organization that is built daily/weekly by script with the new product bits.  In order to meet our content deadlines, we need to run the GUI as it changes during product development and try to stay current. Well, as deadlines get closer, more…

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Ronma moves to STB, Microsoft has a new CIO

My old boss Ron Markezich has moved into the same group as my new boss, Bob Muglia. According to this CRN.COM article today: “Ron Markezich, vice president of managed solutions and co-CIO at Microsoft, is relinquishing the CIO role and, along with 500 Microsoft IT people focuses on managed services, is moving into the company’s…

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Tonyso Blogjuice

Kevin pointed out a new service that lets you check the “juiciness” of your blog at http://www.text-link-ads.com/blog_juice/ . According to them my blog is 4.7 juicy. So, like, what does that mean? Well, it compares to a juice score for all technet blogs of 8.2, or eileen’s blogjuice of 6.6. Hrm, do I need to do…

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How to Handle 0 Day Response

The Microsoft.com operations blog has a fantastic post here describing how they put together a VBscript to check servers for the MyDoom.B Virus when it first came out. This is a case study on things you can do in the ops room to put out the fire. Worth the read for both Ops types and…

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Message Received and Understood

My manager attended a conference for technical content creators last week and brought back some interesting insights on tools, techniques and people issues. Her observations dovetail with some other recent conversations and reflections. For example, I sometimes struggle to explain to upper management why blogs are important to IT Pros. I decided this week to think…

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