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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Exchange 2010 Demo Environment

Q: (from Stephanie) We would like to do a March briefing around Exchange 2010’s Impact on Business E-mail. Unfortunately, we’re not fully prepared to handle demo capabilities after the fact. We’re looking for access to an Exchange 2010 environment that we can drive on our side. Is this possible? A: Microsoft sponsors a free trial…

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Licensing Virtual Desktops

Q: (from Josh) Here are the questions my customer has: Does an existing WinXP VLK work with View? Is there an upgrade/purchase option for Win7 that works with View that does not require a subscription? Same questions for an Office 2k3 VLK and upgrade paths. A: So to answer your questions: Does an existing WinXP…

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Windows 7 & Office 2010 Presentations

Q: (from Mike & Lisa) We were approached by a group of healthcare office managers that are interested in a 1hr talk at their users group meeting.  They would like an overview on Windows 7 and the new Office products. A: Windows 7 Ready-to-Go Campaign materials Found at https://partner.microsoft.com under the Sales & Marketing tab…

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Windows 7 Dual Boot works without Hardware Assisted Virtualization (HAV)

I received a question about one of my old screen casts, and I thought I should share it, and the answer, with you: Rob, I have viewed you video on dual boot xp and win 7 beta. My question is will the same procedure work with xp and the newly released windows 7? I had…

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Looking for a tool to help efficiently manage the security and compliance process for the most widely used Microsoft technologies?

Hardening operating systems and applications, implementing security settings, and enforcing compliance standards can be resource intensive—but it doesn’t have to be. Take advantage of a free new tool from the Microsoft security experts on the Solution Accelerators team. The Security Compliance Manager will enable you to plan, deploy, operate, and manage your organization’s security baselines…

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Part 16 – Hyper-V Server – How to setup a High Availability Cluster with just one copy of Windows Server 2008 Part II

This is the second part of setting up the Microsoft Hyper-V Server Cluster.  This time I will cover the remote management, shared storage, the failover cluster configuration and Live Migration between Hyper-V Servers.  Remember, you can download your free copy of the Microsoft Hyper-V Server here. If the Video Playback window does not appear below,…

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Hyper-V Live Migration between Processor Generations

I’ve talked before about the fact that we cannot Live Migrate from an AMD CPU to an Intel CPU or vice-versa, but what about Live Migrating from an older Intel CPU to a newer Intel CPU?  I’m going to show you a Live Migration from a three year old Intel Xeon 5050 CPU to a…

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Part 14 – Live Migration doesn’t work (from an Intel to AMD CPU or AMD to Intel)

I’ve mentioned this before, but I wanted to show you the error you receive when you try to Live Migrate from an Intel CPU to an AMD CPU.     Of course, it isn’t any better if you try to Live Migrate from an AMD CPU to an Intel CPU.  Here’s that error message: As…

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Part 13 – The Hyper-V NIC teaming debate

I’ve seen a lot of back and forth on the NIC teaming discussion and I decided to check it first hand.  We have this stated policy here, but seeing is believing so I decided to take a look.  I have two dual port Intel NICs so I slapped them both into the same machine, installed…

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Part 12 – SCVMM 2008 R2 and the Power of Templates

As you’ve read, I’ve been using SCVMM for a while and I still learn new things about it.  I mentioned templates in my first screen cast and told you that I would talk more about them, so here they are.  Templates let you create a standard virtual machine image and store it in your SCVMM…

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