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  • Blog Post: Save $87.25 on TechNet Plus

    I have said before and i will say it again, “TechNet Plus direct is the best value for money in the Microsoft World.”  If you are an IT professional or a budding Network guru you need a TechNet Subscription.  Full Version Microsoft Products! (Sorry No Visual Studio)  No time bombs! A ton...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Burns .iso images!

    Yes! Finally!
  • Blog Post: Windows XP Mode

    In our last Virtualization 101 discussion we introduced you to Windows Virtual PC and discussed some of the basics of that particular type 2 hypervisor with its associated Virtual Machine Manager (VMM.)  We also introduce the topic of Windows XP Mode.  Today I want to spend some time highlighting...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Launch Events

      It's official!  Microsoft has scheduled a series of launch events around the United States to showcase Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange 2010.  You can register for the event in your area at the following link. http://www.microsoft.com/business/thenewefficiency/default...
  • Blog Post: Boot from .VHD file

    One of the cool new features that can be utilized in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is the ability to boot from a Virtual Hard Disk.   My friend and co-worker Keith Combs has done a great video of how the process works. He even takes the process up a notch by dual booting the machine...
  • Blog Post: Netflix Watch Instantly and Windows 7RC1

    Let's begin with the fact that I am a huge fan of Netflix!  I love that this company has had the vision to see the future of movie distribution channels and the guts to stand in the face of the Blockbusters and Hollywood videos of the world and move ahead with technology.  I love that Netflix...
  • Blog Post: How to Build a Bootable USB Drive? or How to Install an Operating System from a USB Device?

    It seems that I hear this question at least once a week.  I heard the question at a user group meeting on Tuesday evening and promised that I would provide Detailed Step By Step instructions on how EXACTLY one might go about building a bootable USB device that can then be used to install an operating...
  • Blog Post: How to Burn Disks with Windows Server 2008 R2

    I believe that Windows Server 2008 R2 is the best Server operating system on the planet by a pretty wide margin over every other competitor in the marketplace.  Its just a rock solid amazing server platform!  Now that you know exactly where I stand on this topic let me also say that there are...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Available for Download

    I have purposefully put off writing this post because I wanted to see the initial reaction to Internet Explorer 9.  Guess what?  There hasn’t been one.  It is amazing to me that when a product hits the market it takes very little time to find the bugs, and when the bugs come out the backlash...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

    Today on the TechNet download center there are 5 new items.  Two of those Items are Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with integrated SP1.  Of course as you can see if you choose either Windows 7 of Windows Server 2008 R2 from the new downloads menu you can also download the service pack...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Rocks Contest

    I really enjoy video when it is used to convey concepts in technology.   Matt Hester and Keith Combs are hosting a contest sponsored by Microsoft and the prizes are pretty incredible.  A New Laptop.  XBOX360 . Zune .  If you have any repressed creativity that is lurking inside...
  • Blog Post: The Next Windows (and how you can get them.)

    Last week Steve Ballmer announced the availability of Windows 7 beta 1 to the general public.  There seems to be a very large level of public interest in Windows 7, and I would imagine that we will see a significant level of public testing with Beta 1.  I was so excited to get going with Windows...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Pilot Project- Windows 2008 R2/Windows 7

      Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 are getting a lot of airtime in the media.  I thought it might be interesting to get some insights from some of the folks who are piloting these products in their actual networks.  One sizable US based company who would like to remain anonymous at...
  • Blog Post: Bitlocker To Go

      I have been thinking about an idea for a video around Bitlocker To Go for a while now.  I finally got around to actually making it.  Hope you enjoy the video!
  • Blog Post: Thrive

      “In tough times, the good will survive, but only the best will Thrive!  Are you thriving?  Visit the Thrive site and learn how to enhance your technical skills, advance your career, and elevate IT as the business leader.  These strategies and skills will not only help you...
  • Blog Post: How to Stop All of Those Unwanted Programs that Automatically Run at Startup!

      Download AutoRuns here. One of the things about being an IT guy is that everyone asks for technical support.  I have worked out a general understanding with my neighbors and friends that I will gladly help them with their technical support challenges, even making house calls, as long as they...
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows 7 RC1 Using a bootable USB Drive

    My wife uses a Dell Inspiron 1520.  It has the Intel Core 2 duo processor and 3 GB of Ram. She has been running Windows Vista since she got the Laptop about 18 months ago with no real issues.  Recently she has expressed an interest in Windows 7.  I offered to swap the hard drive for a...
  • Blog Post: Using the Display Color Calibration Tool (DCCW.exe) in Windows 7 to Get the Most From your Display. You Would Tweek the Settings on Your 50 Inch LCD Why Not Tweek Your Laptop LCD Monitor Too?

    I like to watch DVD’s on my laptop!  I can’t possibly work all of the time, and so when I need a break a good DVD is often the way to go.  I was watching a DVD on a recent flight when the man sitting next to me asked where I got a laptop with such an amazing picture quality.   I smiled...
  • Blog Post: How To disable the Shutdown Tracker in Windows Server 2008 R2

    I use a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine that is installed on my Lenovo W510 laptop to do demonstrations almost every day.  Normally I would recommend that you leave your servers running all the time, however in this case I have a limitation of battery life that does not allow that practice and so...
  • Blog Post: 3 Things to Know Before You Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7

    Yesterday we talked about Type 2 hypervisors and why you might want to actually use them.  I told you then that the main reason you use a type 2 hypervisor is to ease the transitionary pain of moving from one operating system to another.  No sooner did I print those words that one of my co...
  • Blog Post: Memories Longer than the Road that Stretches Out Ahead.

    Yesterday I made some comments about Apple that some of you have taken to mean that I hate them.  It just isn’t the case.   Apple is one of the driving factors to innovation in the world of the PC.  What I dislike is the petty games that Apple and Microsoft often play with and against...
  • Blog Post: "I'm just not cool enough to be a Mac person"

    Last night while watching an amazing basketball game between Memphis and Missouri I saw the commercial I have been dreaming about making for a long long time.  So here's the deal, I hear all the time how "cool" Apple is, and no one seems to bat an eye at the outlandish cost of Apple hardware...