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Author: Jeff Gilbert

How to Configure an NLB in Hyper-V (Part 2)

OK, so you’ve got all the prerequisites out of the way now right? If not, go back and peruse the first part of this series and come back (I’ll wait here for you): How to Configure an NLB in Hyper-V (Part 1). Welcome back, now let’s jump right in and get busy with configuring this NLB stuff. Get the VMs talking the same language, TCP/IP-wise anyway. Remember those TCP/IP settings that you planned f...

How to Configure an NLB in Hyper-V (Part 1)

So, I’ve recently revamped my Hyper-V lab server to run pretty much everything MDOP and have been doing a little digging around to become more familiar with the portfolio. One of the things that I wanted to check out was MBAM and its varied deployment topologies. Depending on the amount of clients that you need to support you can use anywhere from one to five computers (more info on that here: htt...

Jeff’s New Toys

Its been a while since I’ve done any real blogging. There are lots of reasons for that, not the least being that they keep me pretty busy as a manager at Microsoft in general, but it’s also hard to get technically deep (and come up with interesting tidbits that make blog posts worth reading) when I now work with a whole portfolio of MDOP technologies rather than just one like I used to...

How to query physical memory chips using ConfigMgr hardware inventory

The question about how to inventory physical RAM chips installed on SMS clients seems to come up a lot. I’ve created this blog post to create a centralized location for the answer to this question. Anyway, the MOF edit I use for this is below. If you modify this extension be sure to take note of the compound key (Tag and CreationClassName) and array designator [] for DeviceLocator–leav...

Querying Windows event logs using ConfigMgr hardware inventory

The View Provider can be used to perform simple WQL queries during client hardware inventories. The below mof edit was created to demonstrate this for my inventory lab at MMS 2007, and I figured it would be a handy example to others when modifying their inventory for specific information. Any valid WQL query using a simple select statement can be used in the ViewSources line, but remember to test ...

Configuration Manager pre-RTM setup switch

If you find yourself blocked by a required prerequisite when you’re running setup to evaluate Configuration Manager 2007 Beta 2 in your lab environment (or TAP production environment) there is a setup switch than can come to your rescue: Setup /NoPrereq. Using this setup switch will cause setup to run and skip the prerequisite checking process. This means that none of the prerequisite check ...

Taking your Remote Desktops MMC to Task

OK, on to the third part of creating a remote desktops MMC console to manage small Windows Virtual PC labs. I’ve already covered the loopback adapter, creating the basic Remote Desktops MMC console for your VM connections, and in this post I’ll dig into what makes the MMC more than just a pretty face to organize some remote desktop connections. The first thing you probably thought when I said, “MM...

Creating a Custom Remote Desktops MMC Console for Your Lab

If you read my last blog post Sometimes ya gotta get loopy with labs, then you might have been wondering why I’d need TCP/IP connectivity to my Windows Virtual PC virtual machines. Well, this post talks about something cool that you can do with that connectivity—create a custom Remote Desktops MMC Console. Sure, managing and connecting to Windows Virtual PC VMs is pretty straightforward using stan...

Sometimes Ya Gotta Get Loopy With Labs

I use Hyper-V at work for running virtual labs in my office, but I also like to use my laptop to host smaller labs for demos and things. For that I use Windows Virtual PC a lot. I always use the Windows Virtual PC integration features which enable you to share devices and resources (audio, clipboard, printer, smart cards, and local host drives), but sometimes I need good old fashioned TCP/IP conne...

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