The BranchCache Design Guide is published

Hey everybody, just wanted to let you know that the BranchCache Design Guide is now live on the Web at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=169618. The guide provides information about the differences between the two modes in which you can deploy BranchCache – distributed cache mode and hosted cache mode.  In the near future I am also hoping to…


DirectAccess presentation at the Seattle Windows Networking Users Group

On Wednesday, I presented DirectAccess to the Seattle Windows Networking User Group. This was essentially an updated version of the DirectAccess information that I presented at the TechNet Firestarter Event. Thanks to copious amounts of Mountain Dew and pizza, it was a good presentation with lots of great questions and discussion. Here is my slide deck. See the TechNet…


Networking topics updated in October 2009 based on your feedback

In this blog post, I described how you can provide us with ratings and comments for our topics on TechNet and MSDN through the Click to Rate and Give Feedback facility. In October 2009, the following Windows networking topics have been updated based on your comments: ·          Link-Local Multicast Name Resolution Updated to fix broken…


Spotlight on Wireless Hosted Network in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Hello, Windows Networking Developer folks and interested parties!   The wireless Hosted Network is a new WLAN feature supported on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Wireless LAN Service installed. This feature implements two major functions:   ·         The virtualization of a physical wireless adapter into more than one virtual wireless adapter…


The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for DirectAccess is now available

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for DirectAccess is now publically available. In a previous blog post, I reported on the beta version. This new IPD guide provides actionable guidance for designing a DirectAccess infrastructure using Windows Server 2008 R2. The guide’s easy-to-follow, four-step process gives a straightforward explanation of the infrastructure required for DirectAccess clients…


Birds do it, Bees do it: Why IT Pros should do it too!

In a previous, long ago post, I told you I would talk about: “Birds do it, Bees do it: Why IT Pros should do it too!” You’ve waited long enough and I know the suspense is killing you by now. So, what do the birds and the bees do that you should do too?  The…


The BranchCache Deployment Guide is published

I mentioned in my last blog post, “Spotlight on BranchCache,” that I have a BranchCache deployment guide and a design guide in progress – well the good news is that the BranchCache Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 is now completed and published on the Web and in the Microsoft Download Center….


DirectAccess Deployment Guide is now available!

The DirectAccess Deployment Guide is now available. This guide provides checklists and step-by-step procedures for deploying DirectAccess servers and DirectAccess client settings. Use this guide to answer the “How” questions a deployment team might ask before implementing a DirectAccess design.    Joe DaviesPrincipal Technical WriterThe Windows Server Networking Documentation Team


Early version of the DirectAccess Troubleshooting Guide is now available

An early version of the DirectAccess Troubleshooting Guide is now available. This version was designed to describe the following: ·         The troubleshooting tools to use when diagnosing DirectAccess problems. ·         A step-by-step methodology for troubleshooting DirectAccess connections. A later update to this guide will add content on how to solve specific problems with DirectAccess. Take…


From SneakerNet to Windows Server: An interview with Senior Technical Writer Dave Bishop

I recently talked with my teammate and office neighbor Dave Bishop about his background as an IT administrator and trainer and his passion as a technical writer of networking technologies in Windows. Click here, and then click on the musical note graphic to open, download, and then play the audio file. Enjoy!   Joe DaviesPrincipal…