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Microsoft is looking for a few good IT Pros. It’s for you!!!

 

 Microsoft is building a worldwide community of IT Pros who want to share their frank opinions about our products (primarily Windows Server, Microsoft System Center, and Microsoft Forefront). We call it the International Customer Advisory Board (ICAB), and by the end of this year, we will be 1000 IT Pros strong.

 The ICAB discusses Microsoft technology, troubleshoots one another’s technical issues, and weighs in on innovations in content and community—on a public blog, a Connect page (coming soon)m and/or a private, invitation-only Facebook group.¹ (Facebook participation is not required to be a member of the ICAB.)

 Members may be invited to exclusive events at conferences like Tech Ed, the MVP Summit, and Management Summit and during customer visits in their home cities.

Interested? 

If so, email icabnom@microsoft.com with your name and business card details

Visit : http://msicab.com/   for more info

Categories: Microsoft

Windows Aero and also rich media support including Silverlight and 3D graphics, remotely ? Yes. Will be possible with 2008 R2 SP1

 
Microsoft RemoteFX, a platform feature being developed for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will bring a rich, connected user experience to the virtual desktop market
 
The experience will includes full-fidelity video with 100% coverage for all media types and highly-synchronized audio, rich media support including Silverlight and 3D graphics, and of course Windows Aero. The technologies are based on the IP that Microsoft acquired and continued to develop since acquiring Calista Technologies, two years ago.
 
With Microsoft RemoteFX, users will be able to work remotely in a Windows Aero desktop environment, watch full-motion video, enjoy Silverlight animations, and run 3D applications – all with the fidelity of a local-like performance when connecting over the LAN. Their desktops are actually hosted in the data center as part of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) or a session virtualization environment (formerly known as Terminal Services). With RemoteFX, these users will be able to access their workspace via a standard RDP connection from a broad range of client devices – rich PCs, thin clients and very simple, low-cost devices.
 

Also Microsoft announced a collaboration agreement with Citrix, which will enable Citrix to integrate and use Microsoft RemoteFX within its XenDesktop suite of products and HDX.

Categories: Microsoft

Hyper-V and Dynamic Memory

 

With the release of the SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft will be releasing the new feature for Hyper-V : Dynamic Memory.

But what Dynamic Memory will do?

Dynamic memory is an enhancement to Hyper-V in R2 and allows IT administrators to pool all the memory available on a physical host and dynamically distribute it to virtual machines running on that host as necessary. That means based on changes in workload, your VMs will be able to receive new memory allocations without a service interruption.

At a high level, Hyper-V Dynamic Memory is a memory management enhancement for Hyper-V designed for production use that enables customers to achieve higher consolidation/VM density ratios

To be Clear : Dynamic memory is allocating ram automatically among guest depending on usage. You still can’t allocate more RAM than what you have physically

Categories: Virtualization

The Last Mile: Pilot and Deploy Windows® 7

Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable

The Last Mile: Pilot and Deploy Windows® 7

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On April 29th, join Microsoft Technical Fellow, Mark Russinovich, as he will be leading a discussion around the process of planning, testing, assessing and rolling out Windows 7 in an enterprise organization.

Mark will be joined by a panel of IT professionals who are currently in the piloting and deployment process, along with Microsoft subject matter experts who can speak in depth about the technologies. The event will be broadcast live over the web at 9:00 am PDT, and will be available for on-demand viewing following the broadcast. The discussion will be open and candid, with the panel sharing insights, dispelling myths and getting down to the real story around technical adoption of Windows technologies. Specific topics will include the role of the pilot and the critical information it provides, best practices and tips & tricks for ensuring a successful effort, tools and technologies that will help automate the pilot and deployment processes, and conducting a frank post-pilot assessment. During the event, Mark will field questions coming in via the web from viewers across the globe.

Missed a previous Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable? Gain insight, tips, and tricks from Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich, industry experts, and IT professionals from around the world from these recordings:
http://technet.microsoft.com/windows/dd421882.aspx

Categories: Windows 7

Technology Preview: future release of System Center Virtual Machine Manager V-next

 

During the MMS 2010, Microsoft demonstrated the Preview of System Center Virtual Machine Manager V-next, and System Center Operations Manager V-next both of which are planned to be available in 2011. Check out the demos.

Some Notes :

  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, which includes power management capabilities that could reduce your power bills by tens of dollars per PC, per year – a capability we’re already using internally at Microsoft.
  • The RTM versions of System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, System Center Service Manager and the new Compliance Pack for Service Manager—all designed to enable you to manage your complete IT environment in a more cost-effective way.
  • Windows Intune, a new desktop infrastructure solution that delivers security and management from the cloud. This is the evolution of the System Center Online concept I shared at last year’s MMS. Using Windows cloud services and Windows 7, Intune is designed for mid-sized businesses, who want to operate at great performance, from anywhere.

 

Categories: Virtualization

SCDPM 2010: Backup Machines in a Workgroup/DMZ. How to protect your Hyper-V Servers that are not domain joined

 

One of the greatest features of SCDPM 2010 is the ability to backup machines that are in a workgroup/DMZ/untrusted domain. This is good for example because some of my Hyper-V serveres are in the workgroup mode.

1.  Install the DPM agent on the server you want to protect. Copy the agent folder to that server and double click the EXE and wait for the message to tell you that the agent was installed successfully.  You then might need to reboot.  

    • x86 : <installation drive>Program FilesMicrosoft DPMDPMProtectionAgentsRA3.0.7558.0i386DPMAgentInstaller_x86.exe
    • x64 : <installation drive>Program FilesMicrosoft DPMDPMProtectionAgentsRA3.0.7558.0amd64DPMAgentInstaller_x64.exe

Also, copy the SetDPMServer.exe from <installation drive>Program FilesMicrosoft Data Protection ManagerDPMbin

Once the agent is installed it needs to be configured.  This is done using SetDPMServer.exe 

2. Run SetDPMServer.exe with following arguments, you need to specify the DPM server name and a user name for a new local account to be created.

SetDPMServer.exe -DPMServerName <DPMServerName> -IsNonDomainServer -UserName <NewUserName>

You will be prompted to give a password for the new user account and to confirm it, once done the agent is configured and the relevant changes have been made to the Windows firewall.

 

3. Now the agent needs to be attached to the DPM server.  Attaching DPM agents to a DPM server can be done through the DPM GUI .  

  • To attach a non-domain server agent:
  • Open the DPM console 
  • Select the Management Pane
  • on the Actions menu, Click Install   
  • Select Attach agents,  when the Protection Agent Installation Wizard opens.
  • Type the name of the untrusted computer that the DPM agent is installed on
  • Type the user name and password specified when running SetDPMServer.exe.  
  • Click "Add >" to add the computer to the selected computers list.
  • Click Attach

 

Now, you can create a protection group to protect the data on the machine. To do that, click on Protection Pane and select Create Proection Group, as usual

Categories: Virtualization

SCOM 2007 R2 : The System Center Management service terminated with service-specific error 2147500037 (0x80004005).

 
When upgrading from System Center 2007 R1 to SCOM R2, after removing the old agent and installing the new one inone of the servers, I got this error : The System Center Management service terminated with service-specific error 2147500037 (0x80004005).
I checked the status of the System Center Management Service and was stopped. I tried to start it fail.
 
 
Here how I fixed it :
 
1. Enable ETL Verbose Logging from the Program FilesSystem Center Operations Manager 2007Tools  directory. At the command prompt, run: 
StartTracing.cmd Verbose
2. Attempt to start the System Center Management Service. Let it fail.
3. Turn off ETL Verbose Logging from the Program FilesSystem Center Operations Manager 2007Tools directory.At the command prompt, run: 
StopTracing.cmd
4. Evaluate the ETL Logs for HealthServiceCommon
5. Open the register Key and look for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesHealthServiceParametersState Directory
6. Verify the value that it contains. It should point to the location in which the agent is installed and the Health Service State subdirectory (Program FilesSystem Center Operations Manager 2007Health Service State), change the value to correct location if
incorrect or create a new String Value (Reg_SZ) if missing and set it to the correct path
7. Check for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesHealthServiceParametersManagement Group<YOUR Management Group Name Here> being invalid or non-present. The easiest way to resolve the issue with the Windows AccountLockDownSD key is to export this specific registry key from another working server and then import it in to the registry of the server experiencing the problem. 
Once this is complete the System Center Management Service should start successfully
Categories: Microsoft