Karri Alexion-Tiernan Virtualizes The Desktop

In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard and I talk to Karri Alexion-Tiernan, director of Product Management for Desktop Virtualization.

Karri digs into desktop virtualization in general and application virtualization specifically. The conversation digs into some case studies with BMW and others to show the advantages of virtualization on the desktop. Check out the Springboard Series on Desktop Virtualization and the Application Virtualization TechCenter.

Karri Alexion-Tiernan Virtualizes The Desktop

Karri Alexion-Tiernan is the director of Product Management for Desktop Virtualization at Microsoft Corp. Alexion-Tiernan has been working in the enterprise and management space for many years. She has spent time architecting, deploying and managing servers and desktops, including managing software distribution for a large distributed enterprise of 60,000 seats using System Center Configuration Manager. She has been at Microsoft for 10 years and thrives on learning all aspects of the company, including field-facing roles as a technical account manager and operations consultant; engineering roles, such as partner ecosystem program manager and principle program manager for System Center Configuration Manager; and for the past three years as director of Product Management, initially for Microsoft Application Virtualization and now responsible for Microsoft’s Desktop Virtualization offerings.

Alexion-Tiernan has a bachelor of science in computer science from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, Mass. When she’s not thinking about virtualization and enterprise management, she is snowboarding, biking, hiking, or hanging out with her family at soccer and flag football games.

Doug Splinter Talks About Microsoft Lync

In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard and I talk to Doug Splinter from Avtex about Microsoft Lync. Lync is the new name and new version of Office Communications Server. Lync, like OCS before it, pulls together telephone, instant messaging, email and collaboration into a common interface and address book. Check out Lync.

Doug Splinter Lyncs Us Up

Doug Splinter is a Vice President, Technology Strategy at Avtex. In that capacity, Doug works to develop and evangelize products solutions around unified communications and collaboration systems, presents regularly at conferences/seminars on unified communications, and works with enterprise clients on communications solution architecture. Before the acquisition of Convergent by Avtex in November 2010, Doug was the CTO at Convergent, a Microsoft Unified Communications Voice partner, where he built the Microsoft Unified Communications practice and custom software development group.

Prior to his work with Convergent, Doug was employed as an IT Director for a national professional services firm, a Technical Strategist for Novell, and also worked as a System Architect for DataSource Connecting Point, where he specialized in messaging, document management and collaboration solutions. More information about Avtex can be found at its official Web site.

Brian Randell Uses Lab Management For IT Testing

In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard and I talk to Brian Randell about Microsoft Lab Management. Lab Management is a tool aimed at the development crowd, bundled with Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. But as Brian explains, Lab Management is also a powerful tool for IT Pros, making it easy to stand up a group of servers that emulate the production environment and do testing. You can get a copy of Lab Management as part of Visual Studio 2010 Test Professional edition as well. Check out Lab Management here.

Brian Randell Uses Lab Management For IT Testing

Brian A. Randell is a senior consultant with MCW Technologies, LLC. For over 20 years, Brian has been building software solutions and educating his fellow developers. Brian spends his time teaching Microsoft technologies to developers, working with new and emerging technologies like Visual Studio Team System 2008, and consulting worldwide for Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, state and local governments, and small businesses. Brian enjoys helping people get the most out of their software. He does this through training for Pluralsight, and speaking at events such as VSLive!, Tech•Ed, and the PDC. In addition, Brian shares through the written word. Brian currently writes the Team System column for MSDN Magazine. He is the author and lead instructor of Pluralsight’s Applied Team System and Applied Windows SharePoint Services courses. You can reach Brian via his blog.

Pam Lahoud Is Proactive About SQL Server Performance

In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard flies solo to talk to Pam Lahoud about SQL Server performance. Not just fighting slow queries, but planning in advance for poor performance behavior. The conversation digs into techniques to anticipate where performance problems will occur. Pam provides a list of great tools to use for understanding your performance problem in SQL Server, including SQL Nexus and PAL.

Pam Lahoud Is Proactive About SQL Server Performance

Pam has been with Microsoft for 5 years specializing in SQL Server Performance Tuning and optimization in the New York City area. She is a SQL 2008 Microsoft Certified Master with over 12 years of experience working with SQL Server. She started her career as a consultant for Digital Equipment Corporation, and just prior to her time at Microsoft, spent 3 years as the primary SQL Server DBA and ASP.NET developer with a small startup company in Manhattan.

Pam’s background as a .NET application developer and database administrator gives her a broad range of experience which she is passionate about sharing with customers in the field through reactive troubleshooting, proactive services and teaching workshops.

Brad McGehee On The Remote IT Administrator

In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard and I talk to Brad McGehee about the challenges of working remotely. The conversation ranges over getting your home office set up right, negotiating with the family over work time, and convincing your boss that you’re actually working.

Brad McGehee On The Remote IT Administrator

Brad M. McGehee is an MCSE+I, MCSD, and MCT (former) with a Bachelors’ degree in Economics and a Masters in Business Administration. Currently the Director of DBA Education for Red Gate Software, Brad is an accomplished Microsoft SQL Server MVP with over 10 years’ SQL Server experience.

Having founded the popular community site SQL-Server-Performance.Com, where he now acts as the technical editor and forum moderator, Brad specializes in SQL Server Administration, Performance Tuning, and High Availability. He regularly consults with multiple clients, helping them to get the most out of SQL Server. Brad is a frequent speaker at SQL PASS, SQLTeach, SQL Connections, SQL Server user groups, and other industry seminars, where he shares his 10 years’ cumulative knowledge. A well-respected and trusted name in SQL Server literature, Brad is the author or co-author of more than 12 technical books and over 100 published articles. His most recent book (as a co-author) is Professional SQL Server 2005 Administration by Wrox Press.

Susan Bradley Digs Into Small Business Server 2011

In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard and I talk to Susan Bradley, the SBS Diva!

Susan Bradley Digs Into Small Business Server 2011

Susan digs into the new features of Small Business Server 2011. Check out the Microsoft SBS site. Susan also talks about the balance between SBS “on-premise” and the cloud offerings of Azure, BPOS and Office 365. Check out the SBS forums. The conversation also explores the kinds of internet connections small businesses are going to need in the connected and cloud-enabled world. Susan is a Small Business Server Specialist, and points to this site to find a specialist in your area if you want help setting up and maintaining Small Business Server.

Susan started her career in computing with IBM 8088 computers and Compaq “luggable” portables. To this day she is convinced that her right arm is longer than her left arm because she lugged those dang “luggables” for an entire summer at an audit job. Now she practically has an RJ45 connection growing out of her body. In addition to blogging at sbsdiva.com, she writes articles for Brian Livingston’s WindowsSecrets.com on the topic of patching. Extremely honored to be the author of the smallbiz chapter in the Windows 2008 Security Resource Kit, she’s also co-author of the upcoming SBS 2008 Unleashed.

Joel Oleson Talks Office 365

In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard and I talk to Joel Oleson from Quest Software about Microsoft Office 365. Office 365 is Microsoft’s cloud based offering for Office, Exchange, Sharepoint and Lync.

Joel Oleson Talks Office 365

Joel Oleson is a Senior Product Architect and SharePoint Evangelist at Quest Software where he is responsible for product direction and strategy. In the SharePoint community, Joel is a well-known, enthusiastic trainer and architect, and he maintains a popular blog. Joel is a frequent speaker at technical conferences and often presents to local SharePoint user groups. Prior to Quest, Joel worked for Microsoft where he was part of the first Microsoft global deployment of SharePoint.

Amit Agarwal Analyzes SQL Traces With Project Lucy

In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard talks to Amit Agarwal from Quest Software about Project Lucy. Projecy Lucy is a free, Azure-based utility that analyzes SQL Traces to find performance bottlenecks and other problems. Check out Project Lucy.

Amit Agarwal has 14 years of professional experience in the enterprise software industry. Over his career, Amit has worked in various business strategy and technical management roles to bring new software products and solutions to market. Amit has engaged extensively with numerous large enterprises in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific and is intimately familiar with the IT-related business issues faced by multi-national enterprises in the banking, insurance and manufacturing sectors.

Amit Agarwal, Project Lucy

Amit is presently the Director of Enterprise Database Products at Quest Software. In this role he leads the product management team that is responsible for database performance monitoring and high availability products. He is based in Toronto, Canada and travels extensively to meet with customers and coordinate the activities of Quest engineering, marketing and sales teams around the world for his diverse product portfolio.

Prior to Quest, Amit worked in product management roles at enterprise software companies including Datamirror (now IBM) and Embarcadero Technologies, where he managed several database solutions. Before that, he worked in senior technical roles with 3d-medical imaging and mobile encryption software at companies in UK and Canada.

Amit holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a Master of Computer Science degree from Dalhousie University. He has also published papers for the IEEE journal.

Ned Pyle Migrates From FRS And DFSR

In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard talks to Ned Pyle from Microsoft Directory Services support. Ned, with his associate Ted Stephens, developed FRS2DFSR, a utility for assisting administrations migrating from File Replication Services (FRS) to Distributed File System Replication (DFSR). Check out Ned’s blog post on the subject, with links to the white paper, the tool, and operations guides on the subject.

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Ned Pyle has been in the IT industry since 1997, now living in North Carolina. He was a technical lead in 3rd tier escalation and critsits for Directory Services. In this role he assisted the escalation engineers that provide technical support to Microsoft’s Active Directory customers. Ned is an instructor for the MS Certified Masters program for Directory Services and is currently working on Windows 8.

RunAs Radio is a weekly Internet Audio Talk Show for IT Professionals working with Microsoft products. The full range of IT topics is covered from a Microsoft-centric viewpoint.

RunAs Radio was launched on April 11, 2007 with a nod from its sister show, .NET Rocks!, which started as a weekly downloadable mp3 in August, 2002! Coincidentally, the first RunAs Radio show featured Patrick Hynds, who was also the first guest on .NET Rocks!

Richard Campbell — the third co-host of .NET Rocks! — hosts RunAs Radio along with Greg Hughes.

Each show promises to be about 30 minutes long and focused on a single topic.

A full range of audio formats and feed options are offered.

Kevin Kline Recaps PASS

There should be an image here!In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard flies solo in a discussion with Kevin Kline about PASS and all things SQL Server. The conversation ranges over business intelligence, OLTP, SSDs, you name it! Check out the upcoming PASS SQLRally.

Kevin Kline is the Technical Strategy Manager for SQL Server Solutions at Quest Software, a leading provider of award winning tools for database management and application monitoring on the SQL Server platform. A Microsoft SQL Server MVP since 2004, Kevin is a founding board member of the international Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) and served as president from 2002-2006. He is the lead author of SQL in a Nutshell, and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives, a co-author of Pro SQL Server 2008 Database Design and Optimization and Database Benchmarking: Practical Methods for Oracle & SQL Server.

Kevin writes monthly columns for SQL Server Magazine and Database Trends & Applications and blogs at SQLBlog.com and SQLMag.com. Kevin is a top rated speaker, appearing at international conferences like Microsoft TechEd, the PASS Community Summit, Microsoft IT Forum, DevTeach,and SQL Connections. When he’s not pulling his hair out over work, he loves spending time with his four kids and in his garden.

Alan Sugano Helps Us Migrate From VMWare ESX To ESXi

In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard and I talk to Alan Sugano about migrating from VMWare ESX to ESXi. VMWare announced that the next version of ESX is the last one; only ESXi will be developed further. ESXi is a far lighter weight version of ESX, lowering the security risk, memory consumption, and a host of other advantages, but in exchange you give up a lot of the tools you’re used to working with in ESX. Regardless, this is the direction that VMWare is going, so give a listen to how Alan has solved these challenges.

There should be an image here!Alan Sugano attended California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and graduated with a double major in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Management Systems Analysis (MSA). After graduation, he worked at Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers) for several years in their Microcomputer Advisory Services Group (MAS) as a consultant. Alan is now the President of ADS Consulting Group, Inc. (ADS). Founded in 1991, ADS specializes in Networking, Server Virtualization, Workstation Virtualization, Application Virtualization, Security, Exchange, Custom Programming, Web Development, SharePoint and SQL Server Development.

Alan has given talks on virtualization, storage, network audits/security, troubleshooting, server selection, network documentation, network management, network design and topologies, SQL databases, and disaster recovery. He speaks twice a year at the WinConnections Conferences sponsored by Windows IT Pro Magazine. Alan is a Contributing Editor for Windows IT Pro and has articles published in the magazine several times a year. He wrote a book titled The Real-World Network Troubleshooting Manual, which is a practical guide to network troubleshooting. Alan has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Connected System Developer from 2004 to 2008.

Here’s some more information on Alan.

Printing From i0S To OS X

I was pretty excited, based on reports in the community in the past about being able to print from my iPad in the new iOS 4.2.1 operating system via my Mac computer. My Wi-Fi laser printer in my home office is a good printer, but it certainly is not AirPrint enabled. So leveraging my MacBook (which is pretty much always up and running) was to be a good option for me.

no airprintBut, alas, iOS 4.2.1 is here, and OS X 10.6.5 is installed and running on my MacBook (after some troublesome issues that finally got resolved)… But it looks like Apple removed the AirPrint capability from the 10.6.5 release of OS X. It was in the beta versions, but not in the version they finally released.

Lifehacker has a brief article describing how to manually enable AirPrint support in 10.6.5, so you can share your non-AirPrint printers with your iOS 4.2 devices via your Mac.

In a nutshell, you just do this:

  • Download a few files (which are pulled from the OS X beta)
  • Copy them to a couple of specific locations (described in the linked site, above)
  • Remove your printer from the system
  • Restart your Mac
  • and re-add your printer, and share it

Of course, this is not a supported configuration and undoubtedly there is some very real reason why it was not included in 10.6.5, so your mileage may vary should you decide to try it.

For those who may not want to break open the Terminal app in OS X, someone also built a quick Mac App called AirPrint Hacktivator that you can run, which will allow you to automagically install the proper files and configure the OS.

Again, your mileage may vary. But I can tell you, it worked for me! I used the Hacktivator app and didn’t even have to restart my computer. I ran it, removed the old shared printer and re-added it, and instantly my iPad “saw” it and was able to print.

So, I’m now printing from my iPad, via my MacBook Air on the WLAN, to my office laser printer. Pretty slick, and a nice feature to have. No more emailing links and copy/paste content to one of my other computers in order to print things I find or need from the iPad.

If you’re interested in what else is available in iOS 4.2 for the iPad, I suggest you check out the Lifehacker review and video.

To read more about this sort of thing, converting HD DVDs to Blu-ray, exchanging water-damaged iPhones, network security, Easter eggs, or whatever else Greg Hughes feels like talking about, you should drop by his blog. He may not update daily, but the wait’s always worth it!

Jeremy Moskowitz Troubleshoots Group Policy

While at DevConnections, Richard talked to Jeremy Moskowitz about what every IT person needs to know about troubleshooting group policy in this RunAs Radio podcast.

Jeremy Moskowitz is a Group Policy MVP who runs Moskowitz, Inc., a company specializing in Microsoft consulting and education. Since becoming one of the world’s first MCSEs in Windows NT and Windows 2000, Jeremy has performed Active Directory, Group Policy and Windows management planning and implementation for some of the world’s largest organizations. He has been seen at some of the world’s largest conferences including Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft MMS, MCP Magazine’s TechMentor, and Windows Connections.

He is the noted author of multiple books on Windows. His most popular book is Group Policy: Management, Troubleshooting and Security, the flagship title in the “Mark Minasi Windows Administration Series.” He also has a book about Windows & Linux integration, entitled Windows & Linux Integration: Hands On Solutions for a Mixed Environment.

Jeremy is a frequent contributor to Microsoft Technet Magazine, REDMOND Magazine, Windows IT Pro Magazine and others. Jeremy runs GPanswers.com and WinLinAnswers.com, two Web sites to help people get their tough Group Policy and Windows / Linux questions answered.

David Mills On System Center Essentials

In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard and I talk to David Mills about System Center Essentials (SCE). SCE is the core part of the System Center suite aimed at small to medium businesses. David digs into how SCE fits into your organization, how it works with existing infrastructure, and the path to grow beyond it.

David Mills is a Senior Product Manager at the Management and Security Division of Microsoft.

Clint Huffman Announces PAL 2.0

In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard and I talk to Clint Huffman about Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) 2.0. PAL makes the performance counters in perfmon far more manageable – by providing a breakdown of important counters and reasonable values. With PAL you turn on perfmon, collect a log and use the tool to find important numbers. Check out PAL here. You can find Clint’s blog here.

Originally from Dayton, OH, Clint joined Microsoft in 1999 supporting Web technologies, Microsoft load testing tools, and later worked as a testing consultant helping people with load testing at the Microsoft Services Labs. There he found a passion for solving Windows performance issues. In 2006, he joined Microsoft Premier Field Engineering (PFE) to take on BizTalk performance issues only to find that most issues could be diagnosed by analyzing operating system resources.

Some may say that performance analysis of Windows is more of an art than a science. Well, Clint strives to make it as much of a science as possible and to bring it to the masses. Clint is probably best known for the Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) tool, which simplifies the analysis of performance monitor logs. He is an author of many of the recent BizTalk performance guides on MSDN and recently spoke at Tech Ed 2008 on BizTalk performance analysis. If you would like to use Microsoft Premier Field Engineering (PFE) resources (onsite problem solving, training, risk assessments, etc.) and if you have a Microsoft Premier Support Agreement, then contact your Microsoft Technical Account Manager (TAM). If you do not have a Microsoft Premier Support Agreement, then go here for more info.

Listen to Show #184 | 11/3/2010 (37 minutes)
Clint Huffman Announces PAL 2.0