Hit the ground running

A little piece of the pie from my eyes

Hit the ground running

  • Long strides – Essential Business Server

    So I got my hands on an Intel Modular Server MFSYS25 and had the initial joyous task of updating all the firmware and BIOS, which to be fair went of without a hitch, except for the fact it was like having a small turbine engine under my desk.   So...
  • Running in style – Pimp your presentation

    Some of you will have seen my presentations and will have also seen the cool add-in that I use. If you haven’t heard of pptplex go find it: www.officelabs.com It will make presentations in powerpoint a whole lot less linear and more interactive! However...
  • Less Hide more Seek – Get yourself found!

    Solution Finder is being phased out and to be replaced by Microsoft Pinpoint. Find a Partner near you. Chip chop :D Full blog post by our very own Matt McSpirit: http://blogs.technet.com/mattmcspirit/archive/2009/09/01/are-you-on-pinpoint.aspx
  • Licensing SBS 08

    So a number of people have brought to my attention the licensing around SBS 08. So baring in mind that SBS is designed for small businesses where users are often changing, and often use temps, but don’t have an onsite IT guy to manage licenses, SBS 08...
  • Shake it like a desktop window

    Another feature built into win7 is shake. You got a busy desktop? Shake the window (by clicking on the title bar and moving it rapidly up and down) Voila - Everything else behind the window minimises. Repeat the process to get everything back :)
  • Lights, Camera, Action : Road to Windows 7 videos GO LIVE!

    In case you hadn’t worked out from the title the ‘Road to Windows 7’ videos have finally gone live. James O’Neil and myself cover various aspects of Windows 7 that you guys (Partners, consumers and IT Pros) will be interested in and have a heap of questions...
  • Tray tables in their upright positions

      After training (death by powerpoint) and learning paths I have now not only a direction, but also some goals too....already, WOW, I KNOW....plus did i mention that I get to attend a black tie dinner and hold the pod/stand for Windows Essential...
  • Google Apps Vs BPOS – You decide – Day 1, stage 1 – THE FACTS

    Ok so the battle has been building up and…. there are many options a business can take when looking to deploy Core technology, especially starting from scratch. The main concern in this discussion is the hosted options. This means there is no need for...
  • Google Apps Vs BPOS – You decide – Day 1, stage 2 – THE SIGN UP

    The next stage was to test out both trials. The ease of sign-up and basic out of box configuration was something I wanted to get to grips with as well as later test the full functionality. However as this section states, this is the sign up phase. The...
  • As much info for you as possible ….. as promised

    Apologies for the delay in getting this information up and available, but with the launches of late it has been a little manic to say the least…… So here is a shed load of information for you guys from the New Microsoft Partner Network: Core Infrastru...
  • Windows 7

    Well Hello…….There are so many screenshots and blog posts out there that covering windows 7 would be overkill. So I’m going to simply give you to the msdn Win7 blog link: http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/ I have to say apart from being very rapid in installing...
  • Autobots assemble : AWESOME!

    Check this out: Thanks to Peacer for uploading this to the tube! :) and Great video guys!
  • Google Apps Vs BPOS – You decide – Day 1, stage 3 – CONFIG

    So the domains are verified and I am now going to configure them to get the full functionality. The first stage is to note the set up you get ‘out-of'-box’. On completion of the GApps signup & Verification you are presented with a step by step guide...
  • Flying with Win 7

    Ta dah! Win 7 beta 1 is available! Oh yes! hello to all the things in vista that you thought wouldnt it be awesome if you could..... Now call me old fashion but one thing that has been phased out over the years are manuals (not that we would ever read...
  • THE book to have on SBS 2008 – Mr David Overton goes public

    Small Business Server 2008 – Installation, Migration, and Configuration David Overton Set up and run your small business server making it deliver big business impact Step-by-step guidance through the installation and configuration process with numerous...
  • Bing and the Search is Done

    Microsoft have done it, they have come up with not only a competitor to Google, but a product that over the first few months has more unique visitors than Google. Bing isn’t JUST a search engine!!! Its a solution finder! For example, search for a flight...
  • The Pathway to the Solution

    I thought I would blog about this as I personally found it quite complex to begin with. The Solutions Pathway is a way of saving money if you are migrating from a previous version of a product in the Windows Essential Server Solutions umbrella to a newer...
  • Roll up Roll up – Windows 7 – Give it a try!

    So, hopefully, most of you will have seen the hype around Windows 7 lately, and those of you that haven’t are either living with your head in the sand, or don’t own a TV/PC/or radio :p. So with all this positive hubub around a Microsoft operating system...
  • Permission to Dock

    Want to compare 2 windows? You may or may not know about the dock feature. Simply drag the window to the extreme left or right of the screen and it will dock to half the screen (NO MORE WASTED TIME RESIZING). However even more simply press:   +                                   ...
  • Running from one box to another

    As most of you aware there is migration documentation out there for going from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008. Transition Pack Migration Guide The migration in a virtual environment is essentially the same as real world. However the things to remember...
  • I didn't run away - but I'm back :-)

    Hey Sports fans I am currently in Seattle experiencing the phenomenon of Tech Ready 2009. All I can say is its day 1 and .. WOW I have been in Norm Judah's Welcoming Keynote, and also not only attended the Kevin Turner opener, but also had a small breakout...
  • Mac Vs PC v2.0

    Check out the trailer & take the poll, who do you pledge your allegiance to? http://www.mycomputerisalive.com/poll.html
  • Incase you missed it :D IE8 is here……yeah baby!

    Download IE8 here and really start to have more fun with the internet not to mention how much easier everything is. Web Slices, isolated tabs (one tab crashes and the browser doesn’t die), coloured tabs, and the Accelerators are COOL; Simply highlight...
  • http://connect –> 2 local users on one machine…now what?

    After the http://connect is run, the user has the option of selecting a local user profile to copy across. But what if there are more than one local user on that machine....IE a PA and Director. Will one be locked out and the other gain access to the...
  • Brand new core i7 MACs - DOA

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/24/core-i7-imacs-showing-up-doa-including-ours/ “Apple's new Core i7-based iMac might be a performance monster, but it looks like the whole family's having some problems getting out of the gate : in addition to the previously...