Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides released

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario.

Here’s the new one’s available:

  • New! System Center Operations Manager 2007
  • New! System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008
  • New! Internet Information Services 7.0
  • New! Selecting the Right NAP Architecture
  • Here’s the one’s already available:

  • Infrastructure Planning and Design Series Introduction
  • Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization
  • Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology
  • Windows Deployment Services
  • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services
  • Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services
  • Windows Server Virtualization (for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1)

    Here’s the URL to find all of them:

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    Why do they choose to blog at

    There’s a few reasons, but the primary reason is that they get immediate exposure to the largest System Center product and scripting audience in the world.  In reality, people blog to share ideas, experiences, and knowledge, but they also don’t want to feel like they are sending a message in a bottle – they want to make sure their voice is heard.  By blogging at you get the best of both worlds – a place to share and a place to be seen and heard right away.  And, you get to rub elbows with bloggers from some pretty cool places.

    Are there restrictions to what I can post?

    Not at all.  The blog is yours.  We create it for you and just hand over the keys. 

    Do all of my posts have to be technical?

    No.  While we would hope that the majority of posts are technical in nature, we encourage some personal posts.  It helps your audience get to know you and it helps promotes community.


    Is there a quota on my blog posts?

    Nope.  You can post as often or as little as you like.  We have enough bloggers on that post regularly that we’re not worried if you get too busy to blog.  We feel that anything you have time to share is valuable to someone.  And, if you have enough to share that you can outpost me – well, where have you been hiding out sunshine?


    Is blogging hard to do?

    If it was, I wouldn’t be doing it so much.  Applications like Windows Live Writer make it so easy to gather ideas, save drafts, and then post to your blog when you’re ready.  It allows you to work just like you’re used to.


    I’m ready!  How do I get my own blog?

    Drop an email to and ask for the blog.  The blog can be set up in as little as 5 minutes.  After setup, you’ll receive an email that welcomes you to your blog, and gives you all the information you need to get blogging right away.

    Something really neat I did this past week – attended my first-ever Virtual User Conference

    Stephen Wynkoop (remember him?  he’s almost like a big brother to has put together an amazing set of technologies that allow for a real-time virtual user conference.  Stephen has captured the ability to give the the same look and feel as a real-world conference, but you get to attend in the comfort of your office and at your desk.

    Stephen contacted me last week to give me the opportunity to attend the vConference.  I was amazed.  I’m still amazed.

    Here’s a page with a video demo:

    …and, here’s a page with all the rest of the details:

    If you get a chance to attend one of his conferences, I highly recommend it.

    I have a con-call with Stephen this next week to work on putting together a vConference very soon.  I’m really sold on this idea, and particularly how Stephen has put it all together.  The experience is flawless.  You even get to “mingle” with other attendees in the lobby, talk with presenters, and even take a look at vendors’ products in the Expo.  The only things not included is the after-hours get-togethers, the provided meals, the SWAG grab, or the mad rush for the party button.

    We’ll see how it all shakes out, but this has definite possibilities and it will be great to work with Stephen again.

    70-400 Exam Study Notes: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuring

    Looks like the System Center Virtual User Group site has taken the original outline from the Microsoft preparation guide and is beginning to expound on it.

    Great idea!  I hadn’t seen this prior to Troy Martin posting the link to the MOM/OpsMgr email discussion list today.

    Here’s the original preparation guide:

    And, here’s the reposted preparation guide, along with some added links to information to help actually prepare for the exam:

    Looks like there’s a couple live links so far.

    Did you get the Adobe Update?

    I read about the update yesterday, but interestingly enough, you won’t see the update (for the automated updater from Adobe) until you actually have to use Adobe Reader.

    I could go for months without using Adobe – and, frankly wish I never had to use it.  But, I did today and was presented with the update.


    If you want to do it yourself, here’s the info about it…

    It addresses a buffer overflow security vulnerability.