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  • Blog Post: I Don't Wanna...

    That's a great line from one of my favorite television shows, Scrubs.   Elliott, one of the main characters whines that in response to some request made of her.  Maybe you've heard that in your own organization?  The truth is that sometimes, bringing technology in-house doesn't make any...
  • Blog Post: I LOVE this company!

    I've always loved this company.  I've only worked here two years, but the love affair began long, long ago (although it was in this galaxy).  I remember, back in the 80s, thinking how Microsoft had changed the world of software forever.  In fact, when I told my parents I got hired at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Groovy

    I can't help but conjure up images of King Arthur, chainsaws, demons, witches, and Bruce Campbell playing Ash in Army of Darkness anytime I say that word.  Unfortunately, this post isn't about Army of Darkness.  Instead, I want to discuss Microsoft Groove.  Recently, I've heard some questions...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hyper-V Server Goes Live!

    If you aren't familiar with Hyper-V Server 2008 (which is not the same as Microsoft Hyper-V), you can find out more about the actual product here .  In a nutshell, this is the standalone virtualization server that Microsoft announced a few weeks ago.  The reason I am bringing it back up? ...
  • Blog Post: So You've Gone Virtual.... Now What?

    One of the main things that separates Microsoft's efforts in virtualization from those of our competitors comes down to what happens after you get your virtual machines created.  It becomes all about the management of those machines.  The question I hear a lot is, "How do I manage my machines...
  • Blog Post: Podcast Updated.... (An Update)

    If you attempted to listen to all of my podcasts on SharePoint, what you may have noticed is that the second podcast sounded exactly like the first. This is, in fact, because it was the same. (Remember that old Herman's Hermits' song, "I'm Henery The Eighth I Am"? One of the lines is, "Second verse....
  • Blog Post: Arrrr...... I Be a PC, Me Hearties!

    It be that time of year again.... time to be talkin' like a pirate .  Arrrr......  I be havin' a blog post waitin' in the aft, but after I be seein' the new "I Be a PC" ad, I be changin' my post to talk about this great, grand ad!  If you want to be seein' the ad, ye can visit...
  • Blog Post: Windows Code-Name Mojave

    In honor of the Blue Monster (and keeping true to the reason I started this blog), I want to talk about Windows Mojave today.  You might not know what that is.  I didn't.  I read about it online .  What is it?  Is it the latest version of Microsoft Windows (code named Windows...
  • Blog Post: Which Virtualization Solution is Right for Me? (continued) -- Hyper-V

    In the past two posts, I have covered Virtual PC and Virtual Server 2005 R2.  Now, it's time to explore the Microsoft Flagship Virtualization product -- Hyper-V.  Hyper-V is a part of Windows Server 2008.  It is a role that is installed just like DHCP or DNS.  This means that no software...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista? (Volume 7 -- Shadow Copies)

    Did you know there's a time machine included with every copy of Windows Vista Enterprise, Business, and Ultimate?  It is not, unfortunately, the DeLorean from Back to the Future .  Of course, you don't need to be going 88 miles per hour to use it, nor does it require plutonium and a flux capacitor...
  • Blog Post: A New Choice in Virtualization

    In previous posts, I've discussed Hyper-V. We have a new product out now, offering yet another option for your virtualization needs -- it's called Hyper-V Server 2008. How, you may wonder, is this product different from the Hyper-V I discussed here ? Hyper-V is Microsoft's hypervisor -- the layer of...
  • Blog Post: Are You Certifiable?

    Hmmm... did I mean to say, "Are you planning on getting certified?"  Guess that isn't the same thing, is it?  If you're planning on taking any of the Microsoft certification exams, now is a GREAT time to do so!  A program has been in place for awhile now called "Second Shot...
  • Blog Post: Which Virtualization Solution is Right for Me? (continued) -- Virtual Server 2005 R2

    In yesterday's post , I talked about Virtual PC .  While this product absolutely has a place in most organizations, it's not always the ideal choice for your virtual machine needs.  It is, as I said, a great end-user tool.  It's good for demos, training, and a better solution for running...
  • Blog Post: What Happens in Vegas.... Gets Blogged About!

    I'm sitting on an airplane as I type this. An airplane bound for Vegas. We're headed out for a team meeting. Imagine that many geeks all in one place. Then, imagine the place is Las Vegas. :) It really is nice to get together with all my co-workers, since I rarely see more than a handful of them the...
  • Blog Post: Monday Fun (Friday Fun Revisited)

    On Friday, I wrote a quick post about a new look for Microsoft's search engine, Live.com.  The background was no longer the blah, humdrum background that every other search engine uses.  Instead, it was a picture of a man in a boat out on a marsh of some kind.  Good to know that the team...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista? (Volume 6 -- CompletePC Backup)

    In past versions of Windows, backing up your computer could be a chore.  Deciding which files to backup, then finding a good way to back them up often meant third party applications.  In Windows Vista, however, backing up your PC is a snap!  But before we get too far into the improvements...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization gets bigger....

    We announced this week that our own virtualization product, Microsoft Hyper-V, is now capable of scaling to an entirely new level. Hyper-V now supports 24 logical processors to take advantage of the latest processors (six core). In addition, the maximum number of virtual machines running on a Hyper-V...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista? (Volume 3 -- Volume Mixer)

    I am the first to admit -- all of the items in this series are not stand-alone reasons to upgrade to Vista.  It is, for instance, hard for me to imagine some business setting where the volume mixer would be the be-all and end-all solution that has so much business value that Vista is deployed without...
  • Blog Post: Photosynth on CSI

    I was watching a re-run of CSI: Miami last night and finally saw what I'd heard about awhile ago...  They used Photosynth to help solve the crime.  Essentially, the scenario was a crime committed during a speech at a high school gymnasium.  The CSIs were trying to see the movements of...
  • Blog Post: Who Took My Teeth Out of the Freezer?

    You've probably already seen it, but if not, feel free to check out the second commercial in the Seinfeld/Gates saga. You can see all of them online here . I laughed pretty hard at this one the first time I saw it. And it's worth the time spent watching just to see Bill do the robot. And, just in time...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Puts Their Collage Degrees to Work...

    No, that's not a typo.  Microsoft Research is always working on cool new projects.  One of the latest is a new imaging tool called Auto Collage 2008 .  This tool lets you take a group of photographs and turn them into an artistic collage.  Let me show you how it works.  I'm going...
  • Blog Post: Friday Fun!

    You may (or may not) have noticed something new on the Internet yesterday.  In an effort to stand out and be a bit more appealing than our search competitor, Live.com got a facelift.  Well, it actually got a background picture.  I have to admit, after checking it out, that I do enjoy something...
  • Blog Post: Who's Minding the Store?

    Wish there was a place you could go to find all the latest Microsoft hardware and software products?  Well, you can stop rubbing your lamp, because I am ready to grant your wish.  Are you ready? *poof*  (that was my "genie" sound effect) http://store.microsoft.com From Age of...
  • Blog Post: It is with Great Sadness....

    If you haven't heard by now, then I will tell you -- last week, Microsoft laid off 1,400 employees . I was one of those 1,400. I'm not telling you this because I am looking for sympathy, but rather because I want to extend my sincere appreciation. While I loved every aspect of my job and miss it for...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista -- Interrupted -- CodeName Mojave

    We interrupt this blogpost to bring you a breaking announcement... I started this whole series with a post about Windows Codename Mojave.   I interrupted my "Why Vista" series to let you know that Microsoft has launched a Mojave site .  You can find out more about the experiment there...