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  • How To Turn Off Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration

    I love my Lenovo W510 Laptop ! I use it to run Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V. I run all kinds of Virtual Machines on the W510 because it has 16GB of physical RAM. There are however a few hiccups in the process of using a Windows Server Machine to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Exporting/Cloning Virtual Machines on Hyper-V with Windows Server 2008 R2

    Hyper-V has some amazing features that make working with virtual machines just so easy. One of these features is the ability to make and export a clone of a virtual machine.  This exported virtual machine can then be imported and run on another Hyper...
  • Legacy Network Adapter in Hyper-V

    I spent a few hours this week at the New Horizons Computer Learning Center in Salt Lake City.  They had asked if I would come and spend some time talking to some of their local techies about virtualization, and specifically about Hyper-V.  We...
  • Provide Feedback to Microsoft

    I love working with technology, and I believe in my heart that I have one of the greatest jobs on the planet.  I am unabashedly bought in to working as an employee of Microsoft.  I have the opportunity to act as an interface between the great...
  • 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...
  • Disabling the Local Adminstrators Account

    Yesterday on my Advanced Security for Server and Clients Webcast there was a question about local administrator accounts and I promised to address it here. Question : How can I disable all of the local Administrator accounts on the various client machines...
  • Hyper-V: Microkernelized or Monolithic

    Type 2 Hypervisors (Virtual PC, VMware workstation, Virtual Server 2005R2 etc.) all have one thing in common.  They all have 2 Hardware abstraction Layers (HALs,) which means in a nutshell that they are useless for any kind of infrastructure workload...
  • Website Spark : Free Software and Resources for Independent Web Development

    WebsiteSpark is designed for independent web developers and web development companies that build web applications and web sites on behalf of others.  It enables you to get software, support and business resources from Microsoft at no cost for three...
  • Ethernet Driver Fix for Windows Server 2008 R2 on the Lenovo W510

    10 days ago now I showed you how to install Windows Home Server 2011 RC as a virtual machine running in Hyper-V .  If you recall I installed Windows Server 2008 R2 on my Lenovo W510 laptop.  I had set aside some time today to do some testing...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ghost Town Tech

    Have you ever noticed how sometimes sweeping changes can occur without pomp and circumstance right under our noses and we fail to notice that anything has happened because we are so used to doing things the same old way.  Have you been to a ghost...
  • Vista Voice Recognition Podcast

    The long night of waiting is over. Windows Vista is deep into the Beta and CTP programs. Some of the features are recognizable from Windows XP, while others are so absolutely amazing they will knock your socks off. One of the new features is the built...
  • Windows 8 : Creating a Virtual Switch in Hyper-V Using a Wireless (Wi-Fi) Network Adapter Card

    I am very excited for Windows 8!  Last Wednesday Steven Sinofsky wrote a post entitled “Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8””   It is a must read for the IT Professionals of the world.  In this post we talk about how we will support virtualization...
  • 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...
  • Installing Windows Home Server 2011 RC as a Virtual Machine in Hyper-V

    Windows Home Server might be the coolest IT product that Microsoft makes for the consumer marketplace.  For those of you that have not used Home Server it’s time to go and get yourself a copy .  Now is a particularly good time to get involved...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hypervisors

    Yesterday we talked about the fact that IBM had single handedly created the world of virtualization.  The single biggest innovation that drove virtualization was the creation of the hypervisor.  Recall that when IBM wanted to run additional...
  • Download Free New Releases of System Center 2012 Products

      Today Microsoft released new evaluation versions of the System Center 2012 family of products.  It is your opportunity to download and enjoy the amazing experience of using System Center.  When I think of System Center I immediately think...
  • 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...
  • Clustering Windows Server2008

    I am delivering a webcast on High Availability with virtual machines as part of the Virtualization webcast series.  It is a good overview of server clustering for Windows Server 2008 and an introduction to using a virtual machine as a clustered resource...
  • Clustered Virtual Machine

    There are three main options for integrating server virtualization and high availability: •Failover clustering of virtual machines. Hyper-V enables the option to create a failover cluster, and then configure a virtual machine as a clustered application...