Jane Lewis's Weblog

Platforms, Active Directory,Administration, Management,Women in Technology, Random Thoughts

Jane Lewis's Weblog

  • Women in Technology - A busy few weeks but inspiring and fun !

    One of the great things with my job is it gives me the ability to take part in activities outside of my normal job role. An area which I am passionate about is encouraging more girls , young women , returners to the workplace to consider a career in our...
  • Adventures in Education

    Some different things are going to be happening to me over the next few months but I have decided after quite a long hiatus that one of the things i should be doing is blogging again. I don’t know why I have been silent for so long. It is falling out...
  • Calling all Technical Women - We want your C.V.

    World Wide Online Event Hi Ladies, We have an World Wide online event happening very soon here which gives you an opportunity to meet and talk to Technical Women working in in Services at Microsoft and find out what the job is actually like. Plus we are...
  • Optimizing and reducing the noise on Admin Packs Scom

    I have been working with my customer around reducing the noise and also optimising SCOM 2007 R2. The main emphasis of my work has been around the Active Directory Managment pack, but some of the techniques that I have highlighted and the links that I...
  • Floppies 101 uses for plus other Random thoughts

    We have just had Long Bank holiday weekend in the U.K. so I have taken the opportunity to carry out some spring cleaning and have  been clearing out a load of boxes . I came across a long forgotten box of floppy disks. It took be another 20 minutes...
  • Giving Non Administrators permission to read Event Logs Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

    Apologies for not blogging for sometime. I have been away on vacation, out of the country on training plus work commitments so add that up and it equals and enforced hiatus. Plus of course do not forget the Volcano :). Well I am back now and have an interesting...
  • Women in Technology Microsoft Career Webcast

    About the Event Meet up to 12 different women from Microsoft Services and learn how they are helping our customers succeed. We are holding four webcasts to accommodate four different time zones on the three roles below. We hope you will join the one that...
  • Looking for a New Career – How about Premier Field Engineering

    Hi Everyone, I am really excited to tell you that due to our continued success Premier Field Engineering in the U.K. is looking to recruit some more Engineers to join our ranks. If you are interested in joining a dynamic and exciting team, and working...
  • Microsoft Desktop Player This has potential !

    Apologies for not blogging recent weeks. I have been tremendously busy plus working out of the country My good friend Justin Zarb showed me this the other day. Microsoft Desktop Player This is a great utility that gives you a platform to search for technet...
  • Explaining Close_Wait

    I have been working with a customer recently who has a print server that has had its spooler crashing after a 3rd Party service running on it was locking up and freezing and falling over. One of the signs it was about to fall over was running the following...
  • Powershell script to help check WMI setting has been configured

    We all know how powerful Powershell is, so it is great to highlight an example of where it was showed to be very effective and really quick to create a positive result. Recently I highlighted and issue that affected 2003 Domain Controllers which caused...
  • Ladies if you are interested in a Career at Microsoft read on

    8th of March 2010 HI Everyone, I have just come back from a busy week in Amsterdam and my Colleague Charna Westerhold has given me some more details about an exciting event I am taking part in . The event is entitled No Boundaries Only Unlimited Potential...
  • Safer Internet Day 9th February 2010

        Being a Mum of two young boys who avidly use the Facebook, MSN, Online Gaming, Mobile phones I am very aware of the importance of keeping them safe online and clear about what to do if they feel uncomfortable in any way. On the 9th of February...
  • Great Videos to help you learn Cool Stuff

    I was reading an internal Newsletter and I found some great information about some great funky videos to help you learn lots about Windows 7 and Office. These are a little bit different from our normal corporate videos. But I found them cool informative...
  • Enterprise Domain Controllers Group and Group Policies

    Myself and a colleague Mark Empson have been developing a New Service entitled a GPO Health Check that looks at every aspect of the health of your Group Policies. Well one of the tests involved was checking for any Group Policies that had only the Read...
  • Changing you Colour Scheme in Office and Outlook 2010

    Well my friend and Colleague Justin Zarb showed me something funky in Office2010 beta today. He was running his installation with a great “Black” colour scheme in Outlook, similiar to below; The way he set this up was to go into options in word and choose...
  • Busy first day at Bett2010 despite the Snow !

    Well I was busy working at Bett 2010 today at Olympia despite the snow. I left for Olympia at 6.30am this morning and I was quite suprised when I stepped outside my door into 4 inches of snow. Our Stand at Olympia has been very busy all day. See Below;...
  • Lets give Barbie and interesting Career

      Well this is a bit of a fun post . One of my colleagues told me about this website . Where there is a contest going on to choose Barbie’s next career… and computer engineering is one of the options! If you have a moment, go to the link below and...
  • A couple of cool downloads for your Win 7 Platform

    I had a couple of informative emails today bringing my attention to some great new tools and utilities. The first one is the Windows System State Analyzer as blogged about by the  Ask the Performance team. I never realise this functionality existed...
  • A great initiative and offer Home Access

    As part of my training for BETT I learnt about the HOME ACCESS programme. This looks a really fantastic initiative to open up access to computing to children and parents who are less privileged. As I sat at home watching my two boys using Xbox 360...
  • Happy New Year ! from Chilly Britain and looking forward to BETT

    Well I am back to work and have now found some spare time to blog a little. Well we have been in the grips of a snow freeze here in the U.K. with temperatures dropping to –13C yes Celsius not Farenhite. Because we are not used to such weather we have...
  • Merry Xmas Everyone

    Well I Know 2009 has been a busy busy year. And for some of you a tough year too. Therefore I wish you all the best and I am taking a break  for the Christmas Holidays. I would like to wish Everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year...
  • High CPU on Wmiprvse.exe caused by memory leak DNSPROV.DLL Windows 2003

    Certain customers have recently been experiencing an issue which I wanted to bring to your attention. Issue with Domain Controllers Windows 2003 sp2 Wmiprvse.exe consistently consumes a high percentage of CPU on Domain Controllers and svchost.exe...
  • How to modify a system owned object

    Hello, I had an interesting customer request recently that I thought I would share with you. Prior to an upgrade to 2003 they had an account which was used for Remote Desktop Users. On upgrading to 2003 this account became replaced by a System Owned Object...
  • What a day Digigirlz Part Two

        Well once again we had a fantastic day at Microsoft on the 27th of November. We held our second Digigirlz event of the year. We had over 200 girls and teachers who attended our event here in Reading. It was a packed day full of interactive...