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Feb 28, 2011

It’s MVP Summit Time Again! 5

I’m attending my eighth annual Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Summit up in Bellevue and on Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. It’s three days of NDA discussions with product teams, executives, and some excellent networking with with other MVPs from around the globe....More
Feb 25, 2011

Technologist in the Trenches

In this blog, I hope to highlight some of my experiences firsthand as they happen in the hopes that if the same should happen to you, you'll know how to deal with it and be able to look like an IT superhero....More
Feb 16, 2011

The year 2011 according to Citrix: iPads and thin clients

Last week Citrix released the results of a recent survey and shared some information about what trends it sees for the coming year....More
Feb 15, 2011

Virtualization FAQs Roundup: XenApp, VDI

We run a lot of FAQs here at Windows IT Pro, so I like to collect some of them that cover a single topic into one place for easier reading sometimes. Here are some recent FAQs...More
Feb 14, 2011

Product Brief: vDesk VDI Edition
Feb 11, 2011

Why we need IT pros: Windows 7 patch breaks VMware View Client

According to a VMware Knowledge Base article, a couple of recent Windows 7 patches stop clients from working in VMware view...More
Feb 2, 2011

Product Brief: ManageEngine Applications Manager adds Hyper-V support

ManageEngine announced on Jan. 18 that its Applications Manager product can now manage Hyper-V, in addition to VMware's products....More
Feb 1, 2011

Keep up with your virtualization specialty and generalize, too

This year, instead of a pro summit, we’re holding Virtualization Connections April 17-20 in Las Vegas, concurrent with Mobile Connections and Cloud Connections. Check out the list of speakers and the list of sessions....More
Jan 31, 2011

Are you ready for Hyper-V? Is it ready for you?

I had a briefing this month with a vendor whose product currently supports VMware ESX and that the company says will soon support Hyper-V. I've heard the same thing from vendors for a long time....More
Jan 28, 2011

Citrix and Amazon announce interoperability, enterprise plans

This week Citrix announced that it’s “providing engineering support to Amazon for the optimization of Citrix products and Windows applications that run on Amazon Web Services (AWS).” As with any corporate communication, it helps to have someone spell things out in plainer language....More
Jan 27, 2011

Why pay $250 for a thin client?

I spoke with an HP rep recently about that company's new line of thin clients. The first thing that struck me about them wasn't the amount of technology crammed into those little boxes. It was how much they cost—they start at $249...More
Jan 26, 2011

IBM is selling VDI for SMBs

Well, sort of. IBM is selling a VDI desktop management system for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) through resellers....More
Jan 5, 2011

Speeding up AD Replication Across Your Forest 1

In my last blog post, I talked about using a REPADMIN command to quickly stop the replication of changes you don’t want to spread around the forest (“The ‘Oops’ Command: Minimizing Object Deletion Damage”). This made me think of a tuning parameter you can use to speed up replication to the far corners of your forest. As with any tuning knob, however, it has its tradeoffs....More
Dec 17, 2010

The “Oops” Command: Minimizing Object Deletion Damage

A common problem associated with administering Active Directory is the “fatfinger” issue, when an account administrator accidentally deletes an important account, computer, group, or (heaven forbid) an OU. (Of course, YOU would never do this.) Much has been written about how to recover from this accidental object deletion situation. What’s rarely mentioned is how to minimize the damage....More
Dec 13, 2010

What Really is a Private Cloud?

Not long ago an attendee came up to me at a conference and asked, “Isn’t Private Cloud just a fancy term for my existing data center?” I had no ready answer for him as it would depend on multiple factors, most of which would require detailed discussion about his IT infrastructure and service delivery model....More
Dec 2, 2010

500 Worst Passwords Poster

Is your user's password on this poster? It'd better not be....More
Nov 30, 2010

Microsoft Says Windows 7 VDI Costs a Little More 1

Today I found this blog entry, which links to this PDF of a whitepaper by Microsoft. (The whitepaper is from May, but I doubt its figures are too out of date.) The whitepaper says it’s 11 percent more expensive to use VDI in a well-managed Windows 7 environment for office workers than to use physical hardware....More
Nov 15, 2010

Virtualization Product Roundup for Nov. 15, 2010

Storage virtualization doesn't seem to get much press, but it can help make complex storage setups simpler. Dot Hill's now marketing virtual storage to smaller companies....More
Nov 12, 2010

Virtualizing SharePoint with VMware

Installing your SharePoint servers on VMware with Virtual Machines (VMs) gives you a lot of flexibility when performing site enhancements, migrations and global site modifications.   It can save you a significant amount of hardware cost and configuration time when installing a new SharePoint Farm or migrating an existing SharePoint Farm to 2010....More
Nov 11, 2010

Microsoft Guiding Customers to Private Clouds

In an upcoming FAQ, John Savill will discuss Microsoft's private cloud initiative. Microsoft's private cloud site is an excellent source for info on making a Microsoft-based private cloud....More
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