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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 release candidate available for download now.

    The Virtualization team is pleased to announce the availability of the Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate for download. Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, our free standalone hypervisor, represents our continued commitment to providing high performance, hypervisor based virtualization for everyone...
  • Blog Post: How to ensure reliable performance data from VM's when using multiple virtual CPU's.

    If you're running Windows Server 2003 in a Hyper-V VM and have the VM configured to use multiple virtual CPU's you may have noticed that performance counters seem to be reporting odd results. To work around this you may need to run bootcfg and set the /usepmtimer switch. More information on this and...
  • Blog Post: Overview of Hyper-V features available with the Server 2008 R2 Beta

    If you're a MSDN customer you can download the ISO's now and begin testing. If you don't subscribe to MSDN then you can go here for more information. Please note that this page will likely go live tomorrow around 9AM PST. Live migration of Virtual machines Enhanced virtualization capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Information on Downloading and Installing Windows 7 Beta

    Yesterday Steve Ballmer announced the public availability of the Windows 7 Beta. Customers with access to MSDN can begin downloading now and using ImgBurn to burn the .ISO to start installing. For those that don't have access to MSDN, head over to the Windows Team Blog for information on downloading...
  • Blog Post: The space bar is the new F8 when it comes to Vista and Server 2008 boot options.

    In Windows Vista or Server 2008 you now have an alternative and more options than just pressing F8 while booting. Next time you restart your system, right after the BIOS POST screen and just before you see the Windows boot screen, try pressing the space bar. If you timed it right or hit the space bar...
  • Blog Post: Preserving power configuration settings during SysPrep.

    Manufacturers and system administrators might want to disable the automatic customization of power policy for mobile PCs if they are providing manufacturer-specific or corporation-specific updates to power policy. The Specialize configuration phase of Windows Setup typically occurs when the system...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting and resolving memory leaks faster with UMDH and other debugging tools.

    "You probably can’t avoid tech support problems entirely, but by using tools that Microsoft’s Global Escalation Services support team uses, you can obtain detailed Windows system and application information that can shorten a support call or even avoid it. In this first What Would Microsoft Support Do...
  • Blog Post: Associating WinDbg with .DMP files and other tips.

    During a discussion here about debugging in Windows we got onto the topic of extensions and tricks to speed things up and cut out extra steps. One super simple tip is to associate the .DMP memory dump files with WinDbg, this was previously posted by another Escalation Engineer who herself got it from...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 and other WHS resources.

    Via the Windows Home Server Team: The team is pleased to announce that Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) and is now available on the Microsoft Download Center ! German, Spanish and French versions will be available on the Download Center the first week...
  • Blog Post: Resources to help get you started with Hyper-V RTM on Server 2008.

    As you're probably already aware, Hyper-V was released not too long ago. There are a number of resources available to help you with your adoption and support of these new virtualization features in Windows Server 2008. One piece of advice, when doing a clean install of Server 2008 we'd highly recommend...
  • Blog Post: Setting up dynamic partition mirroring on GPT disks in Server 2008.

    In this helpful how to KB from our very own Doug Iman, he decribes at great length what is required to set up dynamic boot partition mirroring on GUID partition table (GPT) disks in Windows Server 2008. This will be increasing helpful in the future as GPT begins to replace the aging Master Boot Record...
  • Blog Post: BreakOnSysRq applies to USB (kbdhid) keyboards as well...

    If you happen to be debugging and hit the PrtScn / SysRq key on the debugee you may have noticed that this caused the debugger to break in. In certain situations this may not be the desired, thankfully it can be changed. This behavior and the modification is described in the following MSDN article, http...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 == Windows Vista Service Pack 1

    As is probably well known, Microsoft spends a tremendous amount of time and resources on marketing and education both internally and externally. At times it seems as if only word of mouth and a few more people saying the same thing will drive the message home. To that effect we'd just like to reiterate...
  • Blog Post: Part 1: Using SysInternals Process Explorer to solve issues when trying to clean up files and folders...

    This is a fairly common problem which leaves a lot of users scratching their heads as to how to just make things work. There are a couple reasons one would encounter this. The most common is because an application or process still has the file open (technically it's called a 'handle to the file'). Another...
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