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  • IE App Compatibility VHD VPC images update

    So the base Internet Explorer (IE) Virtual PC (VPC) images were due for a refresh and I signed up for the job.  I thought it would be best to not only simply patch the images and place them up on the site, but to also reassess how we could optimize...
  • Bing vs Google vs Yahoo Search

    Want an easy way to know if Bing, Yahoo, or Google search will return better quality results? There is an easy way to do this using this site: http://www.mysearchoff.com . It’s great to get simultaneous results from all three engines in a single page...
  • Silverlight Enterprise Deployment Guide

    This guide is intended for any organization who would like to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot Silverlight in their environment. Some of the things you can find in this guide are installation switches, update behavior, value proposition on why to deploy...
  • Bob Muglia's server room at home

    Ok, when Adam did the Edge interview with Bob Muglia back in January at his office, he talked about having a 9 server infrastructure at home.  Tina Wood actually went to his home and published a video today which shows this.  Bob shows his server...
  • DFSR and Bitlocker work together + performance tests

    As far as I can tell, there isn't anywhere on Microsoft's sites or documentation which state DFS + Bitlocker is supported or works in Windows Server 2008.  The DFSR FAQ mentions DFSR does not work with EFS, but does not mention Bitlocker.  This...
  • Next operating system after Windows: codename Midori

    The Midori I'm talking about is not an alcohol; it's an "incubation software project" at Microsoft research to try and address the upcoming trends with technology and inherent limitations with the current Windows code base.  For instance...
  • ADMX policy missing or blank - bug

    When you create a policy with a custom ADMX template which uses a registry key outside of the standard 4 recommended locations (below) and open up your group policy editor using gpedit.msc, the policy will not be listed and you will get no error. The...
  • FTPS in IIS7 is sweeter

    Yes, I'm not really sure why I chose the word "sweet" the first time around but I figured I might as well stick with it for this post. Microsoft's IIS version 7 is included with Vista and Server 2008. The FTP “windows feature” you install through the...
  • SQL Server 2008 (Katmai) - New features for IT Pros

    SQL Katmai was recently officially branded SQL Server 2008. The June community technology preview (CTP) is the 1 st publicly available release which was announced at TechEd 2007. Microsoft has publicly committed to releasing the product in 2008, but nothing...
  • IIS7 on Server Core

    Server core is a capability included in Server 2008 which installs the bare minimum to have one or more roles function properly. There were 7 roles available for server core and at TechEd IIS7 was announced as an addition to the list. IIS7 in server core...
  • Server 2008 Password Policies - PSOs

    In Server 2003 or R2 one of the major limitations was the ability to only have one password policy per domain. The product team realized this was a major pain point for many customers, so they hooked Server 2008 up with some new password policy functionality...
  • Off to Barcelona

    Ok, I'm officially a geek but I couldn't resist. I'm in business class with Adam Carter on a direct flight from Seattle to Paris writing this post. I'll see you at IT Forum - for those of you who are going.
  • Automatically Imbed the latest TechNet Edge videos on your blog

    So we just released this cool capability on Edge where you can imbed the latest video from the TechNet Edge homepage.  All you need to do is imbed the following code on your website or blog: <iframe src=" http://edge.technet.com/latest/player...
  • Mark Russinovich : the future of Windows, security, sysinternals

    I had the chance to interview Mark about the future.. One thing he answers is - do you think we should or need to just scrap the windows code base and start over?  A breakdown of everything which was covered can be found on Edge. Interview with Mark...
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Released

    Windows Mobile 6.5 launched today, now being referred to in short as “Windows phone” moving forward.  Some of the key benefits I see from the consumer side are listed below.  I posted a detailed text post on TechNet Edge which describes the...
  • Mapple, myPhonies, myPod, myCube, and Steve Mobs

    I'm not an Apple hater, but I couldn't resist posting this up. Hopefully, you'll get a laugh out of this Simpsons episode too. "Who dares question the boss we fired 10 years ago and then brought back?" The full episode can be found here on hulu...
  • IE 8 on Windows 7

    Wonder why you can't independently update Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7? We discuss this and a number of other interesting topics with Jane Maliouta, program manager at Microsoft who is responsible for setup and deployment of IE8. View the detailed...
  • Internet Explorer 8 event for IT Pros and Developers

    Attend the Internet Explorer 8 FireStarter event on Thursday, March 26th and learn the core of what all IT Pros and Developers need to know about IE 8. You will gain a deeper understanding of the new features, security, deployment best practices, compatibility...
  • Why should an IT Pro care about IE 8?

    Below is a list of the top 5 technical reasons why you should care about deploying Internet Explorer 8 now - and also some reasons why IE 8 is better than Firefox/Chrome.  Original article published on Edge here .  More Productivity – Get things...
  • IE 8 ClickJacking and security PM interview

    I interviewed Kymberlee Price, IE security PM responsible for future research with ClickJacking.  She gives us insight into what research the team is doing in this area as well other great insights into IE security. For a complete breakdown of the...
  • Silverlight Installation Switches

    Below is a list of all of the Silverlight 1, 2, and 3 installation switches available and their description. This will be included in the Silverlight Enterprise Deployment guide v2 which I’m writing - to be released soon. In the mean time, here they are...
  • Server 2008 / Vista SP2 CPP released

    Today Windows Server 2008 and Vista released Service Pack 2 (pre-RTM) through the Customer Preview Program (CPP). MSDN and TechNet subscribers can download the SP2 CPP now, everyone else will have access this Thursday 12/14. What’s pretty interesting...
  • Mark Russinovich interview in Berlin

    I interviewed Mark Russinovich again (see my 1st interview with him in his office the future of Sysinternals, Security, Windows ) at TechEd EMEA in Berlin.  This time we chatted about the new tools coming out from Sysinternals like the Disk2VHD tool...
  • IE 8 localized Enterprise and IT Pro Guidance

    Just letting you know there is updated localized guidance for IE 8 in Simplified Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Spanish (Traditional).  Unless noted, you use the “Change Language” pop-up menu in the...
  • IE 8 Reopen Closed Tabs

    In Internet Explorer 8, you might wonder how to reopen/restore your last browsing session – especially when you had multiple tabs opened.  In IE 7, when you closed the browser with multiple tabs, you’d get this window prompt: This is very similar...