Microsoft MVP for another year

I just got done playing Xbox 360 and before I go to bed I thought I would check my email and the hockey scores. Here is what the email said: Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2007 Microsoft® MVP Award! The Microsoft MVP Award is our way of saying thank you and to honor and support the significant contributions you make to communities worldwide. As a recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional award, you join an elite group of technical community leaders from around the world who foster the free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing … Continue reading Microsoft MVP for another year

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 – the good, the bad, and the ugly

By now you are aware that SP2 is out for Windows Server 2003 and R2. I have already seen quite a few posts in the public newsgroups where people are not aware of a few things. The Good It is a really good idea to backup your system before you attempt any major update or service pack. Remember your backup is only as good as your restore. Or as Geoff N. Hiten SQL MVP and SQL God says “Until you test a backup by restoring, you don’t have recovery plan, you have a recovery hope.” Another good idea, read the … Continue reading Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 – the good, the bad, and the ugly

IT Pro Townhall with Steve Ballmer

Microsoft has handpicked 50 IT Professionals from across the United States. These lucky individuals will get to sit down with Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft and his crew to talk about Microsoft. I was lucky enough to be chosen for this opportunity.   Here is what the invitation said:   Microsoft would like to cordially invite you to attend an exclusive, one-day event on Wednesday, April 18th 2007, with Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer, and other Microsoft executives at the Microsoft Corporate Headquarters in Redmond, Washington. You have been identified as one of the influential leaders in the IT Professional … Continue reading IT Pro Townhall with Steve Ballmer

My Tech Ed 2007 Session – Top 10 Microsoft Windows Server Codename "Longhorn" Failover Clustering Enhancements over Windows Server 2003 Clustering, Based on Best Practices

I was chosen again this year to speak at Tech Ed 2007 – http://www.microsoft.com/events/teched2007/default.mspx Here is the abstract: Be the very first to learn about Windows Server codename “Longhorn” Failover Clustering. Are you using Windows Server 2003 Clustering? Are you following best practices? In this session we explore Windows Server codename “Longhorn” Failover Clustering by comparing it to Windows Server 2003 Clustering based on current best practices. The session begins with hardware configuration issues, concerns, and best practices—then and now. Next, we explore operating system configuration issues, concerns, and best practices. Then, we move on to the cluster service, and finally … Continue reading My Tech Ed 2007 Session – Top 10 Microsoft Windows Server Codename "Longhorn" Failover Clustering Enhancements over Windows Server 2003 Clustering, Based on Best Practices

How to install Exchange Server 2007 Schema Extensions within a 32-bit Active Directory environment

As you might know Exchange 2007 only works on 64-bit for Production systems. This might require you to purchase new hardware, but what about before you deploy, like when you want to prepare Active Directory for Exchange 2007? In this post I will explain what we had to go through to get it working.   We have 64-bit machines in our environment, but none loaded for Exchange. All DC’s were 32-bit.   First download or order the eval 32-bit Exchange Server 2007 DVD – http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/eval/exchange/default.mspx, don’t worry it’s free. Or download it directly at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=444C259E-605F-4A82-96D5-A2F448C9D4FF&displaylang=en   Exchange Server 2007 Schema … Continue reading How to install Exchange Server 2007 Schema Extensions within a 32-bit Active Directory environment

I have been tagged…

Last month Ben Curry tagged me and I thought it was a pretty cool idea, so here goes…  5 Things you don’t know about me. 1) I have one leg longer then the other by 1/4 inch. When I was a kid the doctors told me I would never play professional sports (and they were right). 2) I play Frisbee and Hockey left handed, all others sports I play right handed (if you can call my golf game a sport). 3) I just got an Xbox 360 Live (my tag is Enduroman) and I love it. I am addicted, what a … Continue reading I have been tagged…

How to panic a Geek!

Just a normal day, open a browser hoping to see my default web page (Google) and I got this: Oh crap, my heart came out of my chest. Could Google actually be down? What will I do? What is the URL to that Microsoft search engine again? Yahoo? I can't think, I need, no I require Google. 15-50 times a day. HELP! Who can I call? I know, I will IM my entire list and see if Google is really down! No wait, that is probably not a good idea. OK, I will just IM Russ and he will tell … Continue reading How to panic a Geek!

New ClusterHelp dates just announced – including 2007

See http://www.clusterhelp.com/ or the left side of this blog for details. Yes, we are going to do a class in the UK! Very exciting news!  The December 2006 NYC class is almost filled, so book now if you are on the fence. As a bonus you will get to meet and greet Russ and Myself. We will have two rooms filled with students. Russ will be teaching a private class, while I will with the public. Come join us for lots of fun.

Shrink your VMWare, Virtual Server or Virtual PC Virtual Machines (VMs) images

Once in awhile I use a product and like it enough to tell the world. http://www.invirtus.com/ has created one – Invirtus VM Optimizer 2.5. This product is simply amazing. I bring a Virtual Server 2005 R2 Virtual Machine Domain Controller to my ClusterHelp.com classes. Before using this product it was almost 16 GB, after it was "Optimized" it was almost 50% of the size and it was indeed faster, just like the marketing says it should be. Funny that, marketing that works. I sent them an email and told them how much I love the product. They have a referral program and … Continue reading Shrink your VMWare, Virtual Server or Virtual PC Virtual Machines (VMs) images