2 Great Tastes…

In ancient days (back in the 1970s) the Hershey Company ran a series of tv commercials for Reese’s, like this one, that showed what happened when “ You got your chocolate in my peanut butter…” ending with “Two great tastes that taste great together.” Interesting things are happening on the TechNet Wiki (Beta). For example,…

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The Poster Guy Strikes Again

The Poster Guy’s latest, the “Remote Desktop Services Component Architecture” poster, provides a visual reference for understanding key Remote Desktop Services technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2. It explains the functions and roles of Remote Desktop Session Host, Remote Desktop Virtualization Host, Remote Desktop Connection Broker, Remote Desktop Web Access, Remote Desktop Gateway, RemoteFX and…

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Gamerzrul: Why the Wiki Will Win (part two)

The killer app for user-created content is games. Game devotees are invested in the experience to the extent that it allows them to feel “I created this experience.” This helps us somewhat get over some terrible user experience design issues: There are those who feel that any features in social media that smack of competition…

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The Poster Guy Always Rings Twice

You IT Pros have appreciated the posters colleague Martin McClean puts out. He now helps you find them on The Poster Guy blog. Go there. Enjoy.

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Script to Validate Virtual Switch

Do you need a script to validate that a virtual switch is configured correctly? Using WMI you can get the virtual switches like this: $VSwitches = Get-WMIObject -namespace "root\virtualization" -class "Msvm_VirtualSwitch" You can get the adapters like this: $Adapter = Get-WMIObject Win32_NetworkAdapter | Where {$_.NetconnectionID –eq “name”} You can map adapters to ethernet ports like…

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RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory in R2 Sp1 (Beta) Demo

Colleague John Savill has put together a great 20 minute demo showing how (and why) to use  Hyper-V Dynamic Memory and Remote FX (both available now in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta). Click the image to play the video.   At around the 15 minute mark check out Disney World in 3d over RFX:…

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Hyper-V How to: Manage Hyper-V VMs from Windows 7

Here’s how to manage Hyper-V from a Windows 7 system. 1. Download and install the Remove Server Administration (RSAT) tools for Windows 7 from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7D2F6AD7-656B-4313-A005-4E344E43997D&displaylang=en. Install either the 32-bit or 64-bit depending on what version of Windows 7 you’re using. 2. Open Control Panel and click Programs. 3. Click Turn Window features on or off. …

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TechNet Wiki (Beta): Why a Wiki?

One of the things customers asked of us when we met at TechEd 2010 is summarized as: “It would be really useful if you would give me a table of <thing> and how it changes from version to version.” The most frequent request was for <GPO>, but it really applies to a lot of <things>…

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All About Dynamic Memory in Hyper-V

My colleague Kathy Davies has published a quick demo of DM in the SP1 Beta on YT: Principal PM Vijay Tewari also showed DM, and Remote FX (both available in the SP1 Beta) at TechEd2010: The product group has the definitive series of blog posts on Dynamic Memory, now available in Windows Server 2008 R2…

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TechNet Wiki (Beta): The Future is Stubby

On the TechNet Wiki (Beta) we encourage IT Pros and Devs to start a wiki article, even though they may not have all the information required to complete it. Troubleshooting articles, in particular, as well as “link aggregations” can profit greatly from this approach. Check out the How to Create a Stub Page article, and/or…

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