Question of the day: What are they doing for Bill Gates last day?

Now, seriously, what are they going to do for him? In some companies, they have a luncheon party, in others, they take up a collection and buy a parting gift. So, what are they doing for Bill? Does he get a cake? Does he get a watch? A plaque? A handshake from Steve? A hug? A letter of appreciation? A fishing pole? I really want to know.

Cluster Class in Pittsburgh

We have scheduled a class in Pittsburgh, PA. It is tentative at this point. What does that mean? Well, it means that there is no actual contract yet, but it looks like it will be a go. If you are interested, please contact RiverHead Training in Pittsburgh by calling them at 412-224-2345 or by sending email to Philip Anderson is the point of contact.

Blog was Down

I am sorry, but this blog, as well as many others hosted on, was down for a considerable amount of time. I really wasn’t happy about it, but I also really can’t complain because this server is supported by a couple of voluteers, and they do it out of the goodness of their hearts. I will continue to host my blog here, for now. However, if there are continued issues, I will do my best to move to a new location. In the meantime, keep in mind that I copy many of my posts (not all) to another blog … Continue reading Blog was Down

Should I Deploy Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003 for Exchange Server 2007?

This is another question that came up many times during TechEd. It was usually phrased, “Why would I go with Windows Server 2008 over Windows Server 2003 when deploying my Exchange Server 2007 environment next month?” Sometimes they also threw in that they were going to to CCR. My point, which actually seemed to please some of the people is that we, as administrators, should try to avoid NT 4.0 situations that we are still paying for today. What does that mean? Well, think about it, in 2000, we were deploying new servers. The options were to deploy NT 4.0 … Continue reading Should I Deploy Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003 for Exchange Server 2007?

Exchange Server 2007 and Virtualization

During my booth duty at the Failover Clustering booth, I must have heard questions regarding this topic about once per hour if not more. The official stance: Microsoft does not support the virtualization of Exchange Server 2007 roles at this time. Why not? Well, Microsoft does not have a virtualization platform capable of supporting 64-bit virtual machines at this time. Hyper-V is not an RTM product. Whether Microsoft will change the stance once Hyper-V RTMs is another question, and I don’t have an answer. Also, keep in mind, Microsoft is not about to support a third party’s virtualization platform because … Continue reading Exchange Server 2007 and Virtualization

Tech-Ed and the High Availability Pre-Conference Session

I have learned over the years that a successful presentation depends on solid planning, good input from many sources, and preparation. So, what do you do when things go wrong despite all prepartions going right? What do you do when: Three computers fail during the presentation and one of the three catches fire The computer used for displaying the PowerPoints reboots five times during the presentation The rack holding demonstration equipment makes tons of clacking noises as power spikes hit the PDU and force it to reset continuously The spot lights flicker on and off continuously There are seven to … Continue reading Tech-Ed and the High Availability Pre-Conference Session