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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Remove Active Partition

    I couldn't find any good search results on how to remove an active partition on a Windows system (and this is not in the disk management GUI) and eventually figured this out on my own, so I thought I'd share. Of course, this is only useful if you have...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Moved to a new Blog

    You can follow my current blog at: http://www.itproguy.com More information about me can be found at: http://about.me/davidtesar
  • Save TechNet Library content offline

    Ever wanted to not have to scroll through endless expansions of bite-sized content on the TechNet library and just download a document of only the content you want instead? I know this has been frustrating for me in the past and when I brought it up to...
  • 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...
  • IE 9 Tracking Protection Video

    I interviewed the program manager responsible for the privacy features in IE 9, such as the IE 9 Tracking protection feature and we get into how it works, why you need it, etc. This is the updated feature to IE 8’s Filtering protection feature....
  • FEP 2012 and SCCM 2012 features

    At TechEd NorthAmerica I interviewed Mike Chan about the next version of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 and System Center Configuration Manager 2012.  He let us know about some of the technical details of what’s coming and gave insight into the...
  • Silverlight 4 Deployment Guide

    A few days ago the new version of the Silverlight 4 Deployment Guide was made available for download. This guide is great for any enterprise who wants to deploy, manage, or troubleshoot Silverlight version 1-4 in their corporation. I led this effort in...
  • Windows Phone Mango Enterprise comparison

    I did an interview with Paul Bryan on the Windows Phone product team at TechEd North America about the productivity features such as Lync integration, server search, conversation view, and pinnable email folders. After covering the productivity features...
  • Forefront IAG ISA Client Antigen Exchange Edge Security

    Confused yet? I know that I was when I first started hearing this term Forefront... Is "Forefront" just a client/server security product or something else? Forefront simply is a name that MS is branding onto our security related products. Forefront...
  • Windows Server 2008 - Self-healing NTFS

    Self-healing NTFS is a feature which is currently present in Vista and is also included with Windows Server 2008. There’s a good chance you haven’t heard of it until now with WS2008, so I’m assuming this is because it isn’t really...
  • XP-Mode vs App-V vs Med-V vs VDI

    There are so many virtualization options available from Microsoft, which one do you use when? We cleared this up in a short interview and addressed how these options might help you remediate your legacy applications over to Windows 7. Also, we just launched...
  • Delivering applications to any device

    There are a couple of videos I created and released recently which all relate to this concept – how can your organization effectively deliver applications to various devices like iPads, Android devices, Windows PCs (even “bring your own”...
  • Silverlight Enterprise Deployment Guide v2 available

    I finished creating the Silverlight deployment guide awhile ago, but after a number of reviews, revisions, and updates it is finally available for download.  This guide is applicable to all versions of Silverlight, including Silverlight 3. ...
  • Forefront Protection (vs Online) for Exchange – FPE vs FOPE

    In this interview with Mike Chan, I help clarify when you might want to utilize Forefront Protection for Exchange versus Forefront Online Protection for Exchange – or use both. Most of the video is spent white boarding out how things work between FPE...
  • Why run IE9 and Firefox or Chrome?

    It’s clearer now IMO that undisputedly Internet Explorer is the only real browser for Enterprises now that Firefox is on such a short release cycle like Google Chrome. I mentioned the support lifecycle and patching as one of the major reasons in...
  • Microsoft Consumerization of IT Content

    The Consumerization of IT content links listed below are to help educate you on how Microsoft can help you enable various aspects of the overall consumerization of IT shift in the industry of people bringing your own device (BYOD) to get work done. ...
  • Natural user Interfaces at Microsoft

    Recently, I interviewed Microsoft storyteller Steve Clayton about all of the natural user interfaces currently available and some of the natural user interfaces we can coming in the future. There is lots of very cool things coming from Microsoft which...
  • Windows Server 2008 - DNS enhancement nuggets

    There are a number of enhancements to DNS in Windows Server 2008. There are already some lengthy articles on the features, so in this post I hope to give a quick “why you care” on each of the features and some nuggets of wisdom / insight. Here we go…...
  • Lync 2010 video demos

    In this video episode of The Consumerization of IT Show (subset of Edge Show), we demo quite a few ways how Lync will help you “consumerize” your IT inside your organization.  Watch the video: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/edge-show-12...
  • IE 8 security video interview

    When I say IE 8 is the most secure browser out of the box, the natural inclination most people have is marketing FUD.  I do truly believe in the statement and tell this to my own family as one of, if not the, main reason they should be using IE 8...