Keith Combs' Blahg

Ramblings from another nerd on the grid

Operating Your Hybrid Cloud - Health monitoring and Self-service

In this post we’ll examine two critical aspects of hybrid cloud operations: Health monitoring and...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 01/10/2014

Lenovo ThinkPad T440s Ordered

See http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/t-series/t440s/ for the details and specs.  I...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 11/04/2013

0 to 62 in under 2.8 seconds, 186 in 16.5

Hold on to your butts. http://cars.mclaren.com/p1.html

Author: Keith Combs Date: 10/22/2013

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro - now available for order

Tis the season to spend money and if you are considering a notebook or slate, you should consider...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 10/22/2013

NOKIA Lumia 1520 Announced

Nokia took the wraps off some new devices today on the other side of the world.  See the press...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 10/22/2013

RSAT for Windows 8.1 now available for download

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 10/22/2013

Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server - Technical documentation update

This download package contains Word and PDF versions of the technical documentation for Windows...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 10/22/2013

Take the Tour - Windows 8.1 Features

Check out the 411 on Windows 8.1 at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/features.

Author: Keith Combs Date: 10/18/2013

The Cloud OS Vision Wave Gets Delivered

I am proud to be part of the team providing information on the innovation Microsoft is delivering to...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 10/18/2013

My Favorite Time of Year Begins

It is the holiday season. Cool weather, leather jackets, the sound of the leaves shaking to old man...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 10/18/2013

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 - training videos now available

The Office for Mac 2011 training downloads include Portable Document Format (.pdf) and PowerPoint...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 10/17/2013

New Windows Server R2 Component Posters - now available

For you visual creatures, we have some new posters that will help you understand some of the new...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 10/17/2013

The Black Cat - Just in time for Halloween

Black Carbon fiber. Only $3,000,000.00 USD.  I got this.

Author: Keith Combs Date: 10/16/2013

Pushing the Boundaries - SQL Server 2014 CTP2

We are pushing the boundaries of our data platform with breakthrough performance, cloud capabilities...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 10/16/2013

Test Lab Guide: R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization with System Center 2012 R2 VMM

This Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) provides you with step-by-step instructions to create the...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 09/25/2013

Microsoft Monitoring Agent 2013 now available for download

Microsoft Monitoring Agent monitors computer infrastructure and application health. It collects...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 09/25/2013

Windows Server 2012 R2 NIC Teaming (LBFO) Deployment and Management Guide now available

NIC teaming, also known as Load Balancing/Failover (LBFO), allows multiple network adapters to be...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 09/25/2013

Surface 2 Ordered !!!

Get the 411 @ http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/pre-order

Author: Keith Combs Date: 09/25/2013

Never Forget

I posted this to my facebook page, but I thought it was appropriate to share here. Rewind to the...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 09/10/2013

Windows Server 2012 R2 Reaches the RTM Milestone !!!

As noted in my earlier post about the availability dates for the 2012 R2 wave, we are counting the...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 08/27/2013

Moving Applications to the Cloud, 3rd Edition - eBook Download

This guide is the third edition of the first volume in a series about Windows Azure. It demonstrates...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 08/07/2013

The Largest JPG I’ve Encountered

It occurs to me that “The Security Realm – A Microsoft Map of the Known World” picture at...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 08/07/2013

Windows Azure Training Kit - updates for August

The August 2013 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes updated versions of Introduction...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 08/07/2013

Microsoft Datacenter TCO Tool - Now Live on the Web

The Microsoft Cloud OS solution provides a modern datacenter with enterprise class virtualization,...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 08/07/2013

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Test Lab Guide - available for download

The Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) provides you with step-by-step instructions to create the Windows...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 07/23/2013

Mail Protection Reports for Office 365 - download now available

This reporting workbook provides you with a detailed view into the email protection data that is...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 07/23/2013

Office 2010 Admin Template files (ADM, ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool download

This download includes Group Policy Administrative Template files and Office Customization Tool...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 07/23/2013

Virtual Fibre Channel Design Guide - Get your I/O On

I still remember the magic of touching my first fibre HBA.  Releasing the server form the...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 07/23/2013

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview now available for download

As we set out to further invest in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, we wanted to build upon the...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 07/01/2013

R2 Wave of Previews Now Available for Download

Welcome to TechEd Europe 2013 being held in Madrid, Spain June 25-28, 2013.  We have a lot of...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 06/25/2013

Art with Excel - Who Knew

Tatsuo Horiuchi said, “Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed on most...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 06/19/2013

Implementing SMB Shares with Hyper-V Replica

SMB is getting a lot of attention with Windows Server 2012, and we’ve had questions from a few...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 06/14/2013

Office Mobile for iPhone Now Available

Today, we're releasing Office Mobile for iPhone available at no extra charge from the Apple App...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 06/14/2013

There Will Be a Test

Make sure you memorize the following if you decide to interview for a technical position here. ...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 06/12/2013

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.3.5 Update - now available for download

This update fixes critical issues and also helps to improve security. It includes fixes for...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 06/12/2013

ASUS Zenbook Infinity Revealed

ASUS took the wraps off the Zenbook Infinity. I may have to get one, along with a matching...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 06/04/2013

Dell Outs XPS 11 Convertible Laptop

Earlier today at Computex, Dell shared some details about a new convertible laptop, the XPS 11....

Author: Keith Combs Date: 06/04/2013

It’s Time for Cloud First

I know there is a flurry of information hitting you from all sides right now, but I wanted to being...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 06/03/2013

A First Look at Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 will advance the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 05/30/2013

Hyper-V: A Platform for Building the Largest Public and Private Clouds

Hyper-V 3.0 in many ways is the crown jewel of our enterprise virtualization and private cloud...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 05/22/2013

Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

REDMOND, Wash. — May 21, 2013 — A new vision for the future comes to life today as Microsoft Corp....

Author: Keith Combs Date: 05/21/2013

It happened again. My condolences

By now you’ve likely heard about the tornado disaster today. Oklahoma City isn’t that...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 05/20/2013

IaaS Architecture Guide - now available for download

This document provides customers with the necessary guidance to develop solutions for a Microsoft...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 05/20/2013

Exchange Server 2013 Management Pack - now available for download

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Management Pack provides comprehensive service health information...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 05/20/2013

Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server - now available for download

Kerberos authentication provides a highly secure method to authenticate client and server entities...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 05/20/2013

System Center 2012 - Live Q&A on May 21, 2013 - Register Now!

Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) has published a series of great courses covering Microsoft System...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 05/20/2013

This is both cool and scary - X-47B Drone Launch from the USS George H.W. Bush

I can see it already.  A remake of the classic “The Final Countdown” with drones instead of...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 05/15/2013

Nokia Announces the Lumia 928 - Available for $99 on May 16th

The Nokia Lumia 928 will be available on May 16th at VerizonWireless.com and at your local Verizon...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 05/10/2013

Calling All Birders - Identify This North Texas Hawk !!!

Last summer Sean Jr. and I witnessed a hawk swooping down and grabbing a Texas Spiny Lizard from the...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 05/07/2013

Windows Azure for IT Professionals Jump Start - free registration now open

Make Windows Azure Your Datacenter! This Jump Start will help you understand how you can use Windows...

Author: Keith Combs Date: 05/06/2013

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