Hyper-V Server Now Available!

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 provides a simplified, reliable, and optimized virtualization solution, enabling improved server utilization and reduced costs. Since Hyper-V Server is a dedicated stand-alone product, which contains only the Windows Hypervisor, Windows Server driver model and virtualization components, it provides a small footprint and minimal overhead. It easily plugs into customers’ existing IT environments, leveraging their existing patching, provisioning, management, support tools, processes, and skills.

ich bin schon sehr gespannt, ob sich der reduzierte server durchsetzten kann…

Email Prioritizer

Email Prioritizer
Email Prioritizer

Email Prioritizer is a plug-in for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 (running on Exchange Server) that helps you manage email overload. This concept test provides a “do not disturb” button that temporarily pauses new email arrival, and prioritizes email with a 0-3 star rating system. We hope this prototype helps you focus on the emails that are most important to you.

… manchmal mit sicherheit durchaus brauchbar!

VMware Infrastructure Toolkit

Now it’s easy to automate repetitive tasks in your VMware virtual environment. With the VMware Virtual Infrastructure Toolkit (for Windows), you benefit from an easy-to-use scripting tool that provides a familiar Microsoft PowerShell interface. This new toolkit takes advantage of the existing VMware Infrastructure SDK and translates it into a PowerShell interface. This way, you can easily use powerful APIs to automate standard management tasks like cloning, moving, starting or stopping Virtual Machines and hosts.

… was ich nicht alles auf meiner todo liste habe 😉


Microsoft Office OutlookImage via Wikipediaalso ein wirklich absolut brauchbares tool welches bei mir ab sofort bei keiner outlook installation mehr fehlen darf ist xobni (= “inbox” umgedreht); näheres dazu gibt es hier: “Was kommt raus, wenn man die Outlook “Inbox” umdreht?“.

nur eine kleine ergänzung: momentan gibt es xobni nur für outlook – weitere e-mail clients sind geplant. lotus notes? njet.
lotus notes? gibts nicht...

Server Stress Tools (SQL / Exchange)

Gas StationImage by Volkan OZ via Flickrum die performance des i/o subsystemes eines sql servers zu messen habe ich eben ein wie ich finde gutes ms tool gefunden: SQLIOSim:

You can use this utility to perform tests on disk subsystems. These tests simulate read, write, checkpoint, backup, sort, and read-ahead activities for Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

gibts auch für exchange:
Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Load Simulator (LoadSim):

Use Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Load Simulator (LoadSim) as a benchmarking tool to simulate the performance load of MAPI clients. LoadSim allows you to test how a server running Exchange 2003 responds to e-mail loads. To simulate the delivery of these messaging requests, you run LoadSim tests on client computers. These tests send multiple messaging requests to the Exchange server, thereby causing a mail load. LoadSim is a useful tool for administrators who are sizing servers and validating a deployment plan. Specifically, LoadSim helps you determine if each of your servers can handle the load to which they are intended to carry. Another use for LoadSim is to help validate the overall solution.

und Microsoft Exchange Server Jetstress Tool

Use Jetstress to verify the performance and stability of a disk subsystem prior to putting an Exchange server into production. Jetstress helps verify disk performance by simulating Exchange disk Input/Output (I/O) load. Specifically, Jetstress simulates the Exchange database and log file loads produced by a specific number of users. You use Performance Monitor, Event Viewer, and ESEUTIL in conjunction with Jetstress to verify that your disk subsystem meets or exceeds the performance criteria you establish. After a successful completion of the Jetstress Disk Performance and Stress Tests in a non-production environment, you will have ensured that your Exchange disk subsystem is adequately sized (in terms of performance criteria you establish) for the user count and user profiles you have established. It is highly recommended that the Jetstress user read through the tool documentation before using the tool.

für allgemeine performance-tests gibt es noch das gute alte iometer

Sysinternals Live


Sysinternals Live: We’re excited to announce the beta of Sysinternals Live, a service that enables you to execute Sysinternals tools directly from the Web without hunting for and manually downloading them. Simply enter a tool’s Sysinternals Live path into Windows Explorer or a command prompt as \\live.sysinternals.com\tools\ or view the entire Sysinternals Live tools directory in a browser at http://live.sysinternals.com.

Achtung: /console ist nun /admin

nun, obwohl ich es ja nicht unbedingt wollte habe ich nun doch (früher als notwendig) vista; und zwar mit sp1.
und mit windows vista sp1 muss man an eines denken: “mstsc /console” gibt es nicht mehr, stattdessen muss “mstsc /admin” verwendet werden… dies gilt natürlich auch für windows server 2008, da ja vista mit sp1 auf die codebasis gehoben wurde.

wtf! musste das sein? obwohl es natürlich hintergründe gibt, wie wäre es z.b. mit einer warnung wenn mstsc mit /console aufgerufen wird?