Hyper-V: Disk2vhd Free Physical Disk Conversion tool

Well dual boot just went obsolete. At least installing to two different directories it did. Now you can achieve true isolation. Mark Rusinovich wizard extraordinaire and the Microsoft Sysinternals team launched a great new tool. Disk2VHD excerpted from the Sysinternals site:  Download Disk2vhd (704 KB) Introduction Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows’ … Continue reading Hyper-V: Disk2vhd Free Physical Disk Conversion tool

Windows Server 2008 R2 Branch Office: Features to Empower the Cloud

If you are involved at all with Microsoft on a professional level, you could not miss the fact that Microsoft is lugging the Juggernaut that it is toward Cloud computing. Branch Office is a logical intermediary step in the strategy since technology that Microsoft develops here will be leveraged to connect to a platform in the cloud like Windows Azure. Over the remainder of the month I am going to deep dive on new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Win7 as they relate to Branch Offices. I will talk about strategies for mitigating common problems and provide an in … Continue reading Windows Server 2008 R2 Branch Office: Features to Empower the Cloud

Hyper-V 2008 R2 – Gotcha #1 – How to install Windows Server 2003 SP2 without a network card

Well I am deep into using Hyper-V R2 and I have probably forgotten a dozen things that caught me off guard at the beginning. I have resolved to just blog about them as they come up rather that put them in order of importance. In order for Hyper-V 2008 R2 Integration services to be installed on Windows Server 2003, SP2 needs to be installed. Now in most circustances this would not be a problem because you could use slipstreamimng to make another ISO image with the SP2 or SP3 install files. For more information on slip streamimng look here: How … Continue reading Hyper-V 2008 R2 – Gotcha #1 – How to install Windows Server 2003 SP2 without a network card

The Windows 8 Task Manager? – GPU Usage monitoring becomes a requirement

Over the past 2 weeks I have been conducting performance testing on Autodesk Inventor using three different Operating Systems. Essentially the results of the testing revealed that unless applications are optimized for specific hardware much of the horse power we buy goes unused and wasted. One has to wonder if the inherent monitoring tools we see in Windows are really giving us the full picture. Perhaps the easiest thing to point at is Windows 7 current lack of GPU monitoring. Diagram of a possible Windows 8 Task Manager. Essentially the next Windows version after Windows 7 will be tackling new hurdles … Continue reading The Windows 8 Task Manager? – GPU Usage monitoring becomes a requirement

Powershell Short Cuts

Up Arrow Moves backward through the command history, beginning with the last command typed and working back towards the first command typed. For example, if the last command you typed was clear-host (as in our sample command history) then pressing the Up arrow key one time will display clear-host at the command prompt; you can then run this command by pressing ENTER. Pressing the Up arrow key a second time will display the command get-childitem *.dll. Pressing the key a third time displays cd c:\windows, and so on. Down Arrow Moves forward through the command history. Continuing with the Up … Continue reading Powershell Short Cuts

EBS Fix GAL address lookup TMG

When using OWA (internally or externally in this situation), when one either chooses to search the Global Address List or pages forward from the first 50 members of the list, OWA searches for a few moments and then returns the error: “Could not connect to a directory server.  If the problem continues, contact technical support for your organization.”  This is a known issue and can be resolved using the following method. To resolve this issue, either use Outlook lite (I did not actually try this) or, in the TMG Firewall Outlook Web Access publishing rule, go to the Link Translation … Continue reading EBS Fix GAL address lookup TMG

Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 is the newest Windows Server operating system from Microsoft. Designed to help organizations reduce operating costs and increase efficiencies, Windows Server 2008 R2 provides enhanced management control over resources across the enterprise. It is designed to provide better energy efficiency and performance by reducing power consumption and lowering overhead costs. It also helps provide improved branch office capabilities, exciting new remote access experiences, streamlined server management, and expands the Microsoft virtualization strategy for both client and server computers. Powerful Hardware and Scaling FeaturesWindows Server 2008 R2 was designed to perform as well or better for the … Continue reading Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

This blog post outlines supported and unsupported upgrade paths for editions of the Windows® 7 operating system. Unsupported Upgrade Scenarios   ·      Upgrades to Windows 7 from the following operating systems are not supported:  ·      Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP, Windows Vista® RTM, Windows Vista Starter, Windows 7 M3, Windows 7 Beta, Windows 7 RC, or Windows 7 IDS ·      Windows NT® Server 4.0, Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server® 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2 ·      Cross-architecture in-place upgrades (for example, x86 to x64) are not supported. ·      Cross-language in-place upgrades (for example, en-us to de-de) are not supported. ·      Cross-SKU upgrades (for example, Windows 7 N to Windows 7 K) are not supported. ·      … Continue reading Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths

Supported Upgrade Scenarios From Windows Server 2003 (SP2, R2) Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Datacenter Enterprise Enterprise, Datacenter Standard Standard, Enterprise From Windows Server 2008 (RTM, SP2) Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Datacenter Datacenter Core Datacenter Core Enterprise Enterprise, Datacenter Enterprise Core Enterprise Core, Datacenter Core Foundation (SP2 only) Standard Standard Standard, Enterprise Standard Core Standard Core, Enterprise Core Web Standard, Web Web Core Standard Core, Web Core From Windows Server 2008 (RC, IDS, RTM) Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Datacenter Datacenter Core Datacenter Core Enterprise Enterprise, Datacenter Enterprise Core Enterprise Core, Datacenter Core … Continue reading Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths