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John Baker's BritBlog
Extending Your Activation Grace Period on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2
Most of the content I use for webcasts and live events have virtual machines that have been created either by someone on my team or by someone at Microsoft corporate. The virtual machines are not created with trial versions of the operating system but with fully licensed product. For obvious reasons...
30 Aug 2009
Just Released!! Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 RC
On March 4 th the Release Candidate build (16670) was released to our CPP participants for testing. If you have the prior version of Service Pack 2 installed (Beta build 16497) you will need to un-install it before installing the newer RC build(16670) from the links below. Service Pack 2...
7 Mar 2009
UPDATE!!!!! UPDATE!!!!! PIN Code Expired Problems after December 31st, 2008
If you attended a TechNet event last year and received a Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 Promotional Kit, the PIN included in that kit EXPIRED as of December 31 st , 2008 . If you registered BEFORE the December 31 st , 2008 expiration date, and ONLY BEFORE the expiration date, AND have not received...
5 Jan 2009
TechNet Webcast Q & A: Advanced Windows PowerShell Scripting - December 15th, 2008
Question 1: Can I download scripts for Exchange 2007 without installing Exchange on a server or Windows Vista? Answer 1: I assume you're asking if you can you get the Exchange PowerShell cmdlets onto your desktop. The only way to do that is to install the Exchange management GUI, which will...
16 Dec 2008
Screencast Series: Step-By-Step Windows Vista "Nibbles" - Part 4 of 12 - Changing Your Desktop Background
In this screencast we're going to take a look at how easy it is to change desktop background in Windows Vista. There are a variety of options available to us including over 20 different wallpapers, sample photographs and solid colors. And if that isn’t enough, you can use your own photographs...
14 Nov 2008
Screencast Series: Step-By-Step Windows Vista "Nibbles" - Part 2 of 12 - Using and Modifying the Start Menu
This is the second screencast in my 12-part series and will look at Using and Modifying the Start Menu . The Start Menu is what links you into all the programs and tasks you can run on your computer. It is very different from the Windows XP start menu as it has much more information and is...
7 Nov 2008
Problems Over The Weekend with Registering Your PIN for Windows Vista Ultimate
I had a few comments and some emails this weekend that many of you were having problems registering the PIN from the Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 Promotional Kit. I have been informed there were some system problems this weekend. If you tried, and failed to register your PIN this weekend, please try again...
28 Oct 2008
TechNet Events: Windows Vista SP1 Promotional Kit - Can I Use The Product Key on 64-Bit Version
Many of you have attended our live TechNet events around the country and received the Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 Promotional Kit, which came with 32-bit media. You may recall I posted some information earlier this month talking about the Expired Pin Problems many of you were experiencing. Since then...
15 Oct 2008
Group Policy Preferences: A Quick Overview
My teammate, Chris Henley , put together this screencast on Group Policy Preferences. So John, What Are Group Policy Preferences? So glad I asked myself that J . Group Policy preferences gives IT professionals, that's you and me, the ability to configure, deploy, and manage operating...
8 Oct 2008
Screencast: Ways to Improve Your Computer's Performance
I decided for my first screencast that I would leverage the Windows Vista Help and How-to website. After reviewing the content available there, I thought it would be useful to do a quick run through of Performance Information and Tools in the control panel. Turns out it wasn't as quick as...
2 Oct 2008
US TechNet - Live Events in November
Join us at a TechNet event for some great sessions on Windows Vista, PowerShell and Group Policy Preferences!! Where Are The Events? COLORADO - Denver - 11/18/2008 CONNECTICUT - Waterbury - 11/5/2008 FLORIDA - Orlando - 11/18/2008 FLORIDA - Tampa - 11/20/2008 IDAHO - Boise- 11/6/2008...
1 Oct 2008
System Slowing Down? Checkout "5 ways to speed up your PC"
Is your system getting sluggish? Here's a useful article, 5 ways to speed up your PC , that gives you some simple tips to help speed it back up. 1. Free up disk space 2. Speed up access to data 3. Detect and repair disk errors 4. Protect your computer against spyware 5. Learn all about ReadyBoost
18 Sep 2008
Enhanced Network Performance with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008: The Next Generation Networking and the New TCP/IP Stack
There are some significant performance enhancements in the Next Generation TCP/IP stack that comes with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 . One of my teammates, Chris Henley , has recorded a great screencast all about how the TCP/IP stack has been improved and how you can benefit from it. ...
10 Sep 2008
Are you a Small Business and Need Help Deploying Vista?: Introducing Windows Vista Small Business Assurance
If you're a small business and thinking about upgrading to Windows Vista and you're stuck and need some help where do you turn? The place to go for help is the Windows Vista Small Business Assurance website!! From the Website: "Taking risks is a part of every small business, but making...
9 Sep 2008
Do You Need To Create A Custom Install of Vista? Use WinPE!!!
One of my co-workers Chris Henley just did a great video/screencast on WinPE. What Exactly Is WinPE? Have you ever done custom setups of Windows? Have you ever needed a small version of the OS to boot a box and troubleshoot hardware issues? WinPE, Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows...
28 Aug 2008
MSPress - Windows Vista Resource Kit
Just published a few weeks ago, the Windows Vista Resource Kit is a must have book if you're responsible for deploying Windows Vista!! I always try and keep my resource kit library up-to-date as they put so much information at your finger tips. Another recent addition to my library is the...
13 Aug 2008
MS Press Self-Paced Training Kits to help you get your MCTS and MCITP Certifications
I did a post last week about the NEW MCTS and MCITP Certifications. It occurred to me that you might want to know what MS Press books are available to help you prepare for the tests. Just click on the book icons below to get on the specific training kit. And the big daddy of them all, the complete...
3 Aug 2008
Time to Upgrade your MCSE to the new MCITP Certifications
If you're currently an MCSE on Windows Server 2003 and like to keep up-to-date on your certification you should look at the NEW certifications available from Microsoft. If you're already an MCSE 2003 you only need to take this exam: Upgrading Your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 ....
2 Aug 2008
What Changes Does Windows Vista SP1 Bring?
I was asked during a webcast today what changes in IIS 7.0 did Windows Vista SP1 bring. If found this link that has some information about some key overall changes, and there is some specific IIS info near the middle/bottom. Click here to see the Notable Changes in Windows Vista Service Pack 1
2 Apr 2008
Vista: Still on the fence about deploying it????
Now that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 has been released will that trigger an increase in Vista deployments? In the past many IT Pros have waited for the first service pack to release. Is that still a valid practice? Please check this article out http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/cc185656...
4 Mar 2008
I've already installed Windows Vista on a single partition and now i want to enable BitLocker, can I???
I was asked this by an attendee the other day at an event in Stratford, CT. I wasn't sure about the answer and off the top of my head said I didnt think it was possible. Oh, how wrong can I be! I received an email from one o f my attendees with a link to a KB article that talks specifically about a tool...
17 Jan 2008
Announcing the release of the Microsoft Deployment Solution Accelerator (formerly BDD)!
Just released!!! The latest Microsoft Deployment Solution Accelerator (formerly BDD) is now available for download. If you want to reduce deployment time, standardize your desktop and server images, limit service disruption reduce post-deployment help desk costs and improve security and ongoing configuration...
11 Nov 2007
Hotel Networks and Windows Vista
I'm on the road this week visiting New Jersey and staying at a hotel which has free wireless Internet connection. (I hate paying $9.95 a day at full-service hotels) I boot up my laptop, actually I bring it out of hibernation, and proceed to make my connection to their wireless network. All works fine...
25 Sep 2007
JUST ADDED!!!!! MSDN and TechNet events in Charlotte on June 21st, 2007
Well folks, we didn't want Charlotte to miss out on all the fun in June so we've added an ad-hoc MSDN and TechNet event at the Microsoft Office in Charlotte. At the TechNet event you’ll get an information packed morning on topics such as Security and Reliability Enhancements with Windows Vista, Forefront...
16 May 2007
TechNet Events in Atlanta and Raleigh
Sign up for the TechNet events in Atlanta and Raleigh: Atlanta: Tuesday, June 19, 2007 8:00 AM at AMC Phipps Plaza 14 Raleigh, NC: Thursday, May 24, 2007 8:00 AM at Regal Brier Creek Stadium 14 High-Octane Solutions for Critical Systems with TechNet Events APRIL – JUNE EVENTS ...
24 Mar 2007
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