Retired!

No, not me 😛 , this blog, my personal blog, is being retired as all my blogging energy will now be pouring like a firehose into my newest creation… the Private Cloud TechNet Blog http://blogs.technet.com/b/privatecloud This probably won’t be beaking any hearts as I’ve not posted here in over a year, but trust me, that’s no…


Hyper-V VLANs part II

In my first post on Hyper-V VLANs, I talked about the most common scenario for VLANs with Hyper-V, which is using VLAD IDs on the Virtual Machines or the Hyper-V Virtual Switch. Now that I’ve been around the block a few times working with enterprise customers on some more sophisticated scenarios, I think it’s time…


Microsoft Server Virtualization Resources

Here’s my obscenely vast list of resources that I actually do reference and send to customers on a very regular basis. Hopefully it’s at least catagorized in a reasonable enough manner to make it useful to you! Assessment / Downloads / Tools Microsoft Virtualization ROI Tool (calculate the total return on investment) Microsoft Hyper-Green Tool…

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Understanding Hyper-V VLANs

(please note part II to this post which covers other advanced scenarios)    If you are interested in this feature, it’s assumed you are familiar with the basic concept of a VLAN. Therefore I’ll focus just on using VLAN IDs with Hyper-V here. A VLAN ID is the integer which uniquely identifies a node as…

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December 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine dedicated to … Mac & Linux?

Ok, at this point I’m honestly impressed with the dedication Microsoft has shown for interop in the past couple years. Ever wonder how to get Macs working on your Windows network? Ever want to have your *nix boxes authenticating with Active Directory? This is for you. The December 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available…

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TechNet Magazine, October issue is 100% Virtualization

Since it’s October 1st, I thought this may be a timely post. Not-so-coincidentally, I’m one of the authors in this issue. 🙂  (please forgive the shameless self-promotion) Virtualization: An Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 The introduction of Hyper-V makes virtualization an even more compelling solution for IT environments. Get an overview of today’s virtualization market…

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Hyper-V’s readiness for primetime

I was browsing the blogoshpere today and ran across some posts that erked me. So I emailed the below to Bink over at HyperVoria and he posted it, and I figured I may as well post it too. The Virtualization RDP (Microsoft Rapid Deployment Program) has over 100 customers running Hyper-V & SCVMM 2008 in production. Some…


Hey Exchange 2007, move the mailboxes, email me the log when you’re done!

Here’s a simple script for moving mailboxes, I talked about how to schedule an Exchange 2007 script in the last post. Here’s what it does: Reads user aliases from a text file in the local directory (MoveMbx1.txt) Moves the mailboxes to a specified Server & Mailbox Store using 10 threads and suppressing the annoying “are…

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Exchange 2007 Script: how to run as a scheduled task?

Because this information was so unbelievably hard to track down I thought I’d post this. This is so strange to me, I mean, isn’t the idea of most scripting to run jobs unattended at specific times? Whew! Basically, the process is you have to call powershell.exe, then load the Exchange extensions, then pass it the command…

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Adam’s unofficial Exchange 2003 troubleshooting tips

Adam’s unofficial Exchange 2003 troubleshooting tips   All items are listed in the order in which I usually reference/perform them. This is general guidance based on my 8 years working with Exchange, not prescriptive Microsoft Guidance.   As always, for the fastest, most methodical approach to fixing a problem and finding the cause, call Premier…