I've been away with the Microsoft Dive Club for 10 days and boy do I have some catching up to do. We were diving off the coast of Tanzania and although we could get a phone signal, there was no data service which meant 10 days out of e-mail contact. The only work related news we heard was the departure of Brian Valentine.

I've got my unread messages down to 266. I also found that when I dialed in to set my voice mail message I said "I'll be away until Wednesday 13th July" instead of "September"  - which created some confusion ....

One bit of news that's worth sharing is that we've recently published 15 step-by-step guides for IT Professionals.

  • Deploying Vista Step by Step Guide.doc
  • Managing Group Policy ADMX Files Step by Step Guide.doc
  • Managing Roaming User Data Deployment Guide.doc
  • Performance Monitoring and Tuning Step by Step Guide.doc
  • Print Management Step by Step Guide.doc
  • Step by Step Guide to Controlling Device Installation and Usage with Group Policy.doc
  • Step by Step Guide to Device Driver Signing and Staging.doc
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Multiple Local Group Policy.doc
  • User Account Control Step by Step Guide.doc
  • Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption Step-by-Step Guide (September 2006).doc
  • Windows Vista Beta 2 Migration Step by Step Guide.doc
  • Windows Vista Beta 2 Trusted Platform Module Services Step by Step Guide (May 2006).doc
  • Windows Vista Multilingual User Interface Step by Step Guide.doc
  • Windows Vista Speech Recognition Step by Step.doc
  • Windows Vista Windows Meeting Space Step by Step Guide.doc

I've skimmed through most of these and they look like a good way to get up to speed quickly.