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  • 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: Printer Operators Permissions

    I went to a neighborhood picnic this week. After a delicious T-bone steak and some home made chocolate ice cream I had some time to talk with a friend that I have know for a number of years. Brian works in IT and manages a fairly sizeable piece of an enormous network. He asked about the printer operators...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Games and Parental Controls

    Have you had this experience? You are sitting in your cubicle with 5 minutes left in your lunch hour. It’s not really enough time to do anything productive so you open the games folder on your PC and stare at your limited options wishing Microsoft had included more than the old stand by’s...
  • 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: ADMX Central Store

    We have talked before about some of the cool new features of Active Directory in Windows Server 2008.  John Baker has recorded a great video on how to configure the central store for ADMX files.  He actually walks through step by step the process of creating and populating the store. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Product Guide Released

    As many of you know I love Windows Vista! This operating system marks a significant leap in the way we work with a client operating system. The Beta releases and CTP’s have been enjoyable to work with however much is left to the users devices to figure out what is new, and more importantly how...
  • Blog Post: ImageX Demo

    Since I published the video on creating custom WinPE images I have received a whole bunch of questions centered around deployment tools.  Many of you have asked how to customize the contents of the actual .wim image.  I recorded a quick video segment on using Image X to mount and customize...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 User Account Controls Video

    As you are all aware one of the key changes that was introduced with Windows Vista is the use of User account Controls . These controls segment the user access token, and then manage access to local resources based on the standard user portion of the token. When elevated access is necessary User account...
  • Blog Post: Windows Deployment Service Part 1

    One of the best things about my role here at Microsoft is that I have access to some great training materials with a lot of really good technical details. I have been getting so many great questions lately about Operating system Deployments with Windows Vista I thought I would try something new with...
  • 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: Amazing TechNet Plus Direct Deal

    This is the best deal in the Microsoft World! TechNet Plus Direct is the subscription of choice for the IT professional. TechNet Plus Direct offers full version non time bombed Microsoft software. Windows Vista, Office 2007, Exchange 2007,SQL, ISA, Windows Server, and so much more. Subscribers can...
  • Blog Post: Custom Win PE Images

    Ever since the release of Windows Vista folks have been asking me about the details of creating custom Windows Pre Installation Environment (Win PE) images.  There is some great information on the subject that is available at the TechNet web site, and to the Windows Automated Installation Kit guide...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Calendar Video

    When it comes to work I am a calendar junkie. I use my outlook calendar extensively. Everything I do goes right to the calendar. Want to know if I am available on a given day at a given time it is on my calendar . Meal times, travel dates, training, webcasts, podcasts, even blog postings are on the calendar...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Interface TV

    About a year ago I had this great idea for a television show. I wanted to show how technology changes peoples lives for the better. I also wanted to show some of the just fun and cool things that technology can do. I found the right people who were just crazy enough to give me the budget to do the project...