Aero Glass on Remote Desktop Services?

As you’ve already read, we’ve renamed Terminal Services to Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in Windows Server 2008 R2. RDS also gives us the ability to leverage Aero Glass from a Remote Desktop Connection.  This is a multi-step process, but there are really two phases.  Phase I is enabling the Desktop Experience functionality on a Server…

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Supported Guest OS’

We have a page that lists our supported OS’ under Hyper-V here.  This is where I need to explain the difference between supported and Yes it works.  Supported means that we will help troubleshoot and maybe even provide fixes if there are issues with a guest OS on Hyper-V.  While Operating Systems like Windows NT…

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Eliminate UAC for Printer Driver installation in a Domain

I’ve already talked about how to eliminate UAC for a stand alone Vista machine, now I am going to show you how to set a domain Group Policy to eliminate UAC for all of your Vista workstations.  My original post is here.  I apologize for the delay in getting this posted, but there were a…

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Fingerprint Readers... Are they all they are cracked up to be?

Almost every mobile computer that is currently shipping has a Fingerprint Reader on it.  How convenient…  I’ve had a lot of customers get excited about the convenience of no more passwords when they think that a finger will do.  Well personally, I give those Fingerprint Readers the finger!.  Honestly, Fingerprint Readers are pretty secure for…

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Microsoft Office 2010 Technology Guarantee Program

Sell Office 2007 today and your customer can download Office 2010 free! How the program works: Purchase Office 2007—Customer buys qualifying Office 2007 product (with or without a new PC) from an authorized reseller between March 5 – September 30, 2010.   Install and Activate Office 2007—Customer installs and activates Office 2007 by September 30,…

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Microsoft Server Virtualization: Advanced Planning, Assessment, Architecture, and Management 3 Day Training Available in Select Locations

  A 400-level, three-day, instructor-led course focused on advanced virtualization design, architecture, project planning, and holistic management. This course will be led by an experienced MCS Senior Consultant who brings real-world experiences and Microsoft Product Group prescriptive guidance to the course. First you’ll learn the virtualization project lifecycle including: engaging with customers, determining business value,…

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How do I make my Server 2008 (or R2) a router?

I met a partner that said he tried to move his Domain Controller from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 and was having problems.  As we talked, it became clear that he was also using this server as a router for his office.  He said that once he replaced his 2003 server with 2008,…

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If you’re using the new Intel CPUs for Hyper-V, get this fix.

I’ve been honored to work with Intel lately on some of their technical trainings they present to their partners.  Part of these events involve ongoing training where Intel provides an afternoon of partner technical training that walks them through building out a newer generation server.  To me, the education I received just by hanging around…

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Schema Extensions

Windows Server 2008 R2 includes new features that require a schema upgrade.  You do not have to upgrade your schema if you want to run Windows Server 2008 R2 in your environment, but you do need to upgrade your schema if you want to leverage the new functionality included in 2008 R2.  What new features…

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Microsoft Essential Business Server product development to be discontinued as of June 2010

In an announcement today regarding the future of our MidMarket Server Suite, Essentials Business Server, the future development of the product will be discontinued as of June 2010.  For those Partners serving the SMB market, your favorite server for the SMB market, SBS, will continue to move forward and I can assure you a new…

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Question about Windows 7 Downgrade

Q: (from Matt) I have a very quick question about the downgrade from Windows 7 Pro to Xp Pro. Would I as an OEM have to take Xp from my stock as well as Windows 7, and give them both to a customer? My client wants to use windows Xp on their network and have…

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Take a Second Shot at Certification and Advance Your Career!

  Microsoft Learning is bringing back Second Shot as part of its new Career Initiative, which is designed to help customers and students to get trained and certified on Microsoft technologies. Certification can help boost your career and Microsoft wants you to be successful when you take an exam. By adding Second Shot to the…

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Windows 7 SKU Lineup – Understanding your options

In the graphic below, you’ll find a total of 6 different SKU’s listed for the new Windows 7 family.  If you are wondering what makes sense for you, let me help you understand your choices.  Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up.  The Windows 7 Starter SKU is designed for an entry…

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Want help setting up Hyper-V for High Availability?

I have a series of screen casts (here) that talk about setting up Hyper-V, but I wanted to let you know that we just released a new Hyper-V: Live Migration Network Configuration Guide here.  I wish I would have had this when I was building out my demos.  This guide does a good job of…

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Windows 7 Downgrade Rights - Your choice Vista or Windows XP - For a Limited Time

(republishing from archived my blog site) Several news articles are out in circulation regarding the recent announcement that Windows XP will be an optional selection for the downgrade rights, which has spurred a lot of questions at the SB2@TS2 events around the reasoning behind this decision.  When this first came to my attention over a…

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SQL Server Licensing in Hyper-V Environment

I received a question a few days ago about how to license SQL (per processor) within a Virtual Machine on a Hyper-V server (or other hypervisor based host).  There has been a lot of confusion on this, at least I’ve been confused, so I wanted to dig into this and see what I could find. …

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Managing Virtual Machines without Domain Administrator Credentials

I received another really good question, so I want to share it. My servers will be running Windows Enterprise running HyperV with 4 VM’s each.   The third server will run Windows Standard 2008 with Microsoft SCVMM.   Is there a way for SCVMM to be installed and manage the Windows Enterprise HyperV hosts and VM’s without…

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How do I change the Disk Witness in Quorum

I received the following question: Hi, I have been following your video on setting up Hyper-V server with the Equallogic SAN which we have. It has been really helpful however I am having a problem getting the CSV to work. After creating the cluster the disk we are planning to use is only shown in…

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How do I get Office Web Apps NOW?

Whenever I get the chance to talk to partners about Office Web Apps, I do! If they are not familiar with Office Web Apps, I generally explain what they are and then show a demo.  After the “Oohs” and “Aahs” they’ll then ask how they can get them right away.  Currently Office Web Apps is…

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Live Meeting Audio

Q: (from Gordon) According to this chart the live meeting service has integrated PSTN and VOIP two way audio with both standard and professional editions.  Does that mean the hosted live meetings can have a dial-in number for users that aren’t located at a computer and want to participate in the audio portion of the…

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