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Microsoft Security Essentials: FREE anti-virus Software Download From Microsoft
Some of you may have missed the announcement for Microsoft Security Essentials a few weeks ago, but now you know about it there is no excuse not to have anti-virus software on your home PC. What is Microsoft Security Essentials? Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your...
12 Oct 2009
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Released!!!!
If you’re in the business of deploying Windows you’ll be pleased to know that the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 has been released!!! Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 is the newest version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment...
9 Sep 2009
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...
29 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...
6 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
PIN Expired Problems - Unable to get Product Key after December 31st 2008
Many of you have emailed me about having trouble getting your product key and receiving a message that the PIN code has expired. I believe the ability to obtain a product code at the www.registerwindowsvistasp1.com site expired at the end of December, and currently that website is NOT available and will...
3 Jan 2009
Support WebCast: Introduction to Internet Protocol Version 6
While doing some research of IPv6 I ran across this Introduction to Internet Protocol Version 6 webcast that I thought might be of interest to many of you that need to get up-to-speed on IPv6. From the website: This presentation summarizes the content in the Introduction to IPv6 white paper. It...
19 Dec 2008
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...
15 Dec 2008
Connecting to WMI Remotely
One of the comments on yesterdays PowerShell webcast asked how remote clients should be configured in order to allow PowerShell to make WMI calls to the remote computer. You can find a detailed explanation by going to the links below: Connecting to WMI on a Remote Computer WMI can be used...
10 Dec 2008
PowerShell Webcasts Coming Up!!!!
I have three PowerShell Webcasts coming up in the next few weeks. Click on the links below to register!!!! TechNet Webcast: Introduction to Windows PowerShell - Monday, December 08, 2008 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) In this webcast, we provide an introduction to Windows PowerShell...
5 Dec 2008
Windows FireStarter event: Deep Dive into Windows!
On December the 12th (Friday) we are hosting a Windows FireStarter! If you are a Developer or an IT Pro you’d definitely not want to miss this event!!! Just like all other FireStarter Events, we will be recording and making the entire content available for download post event. All the sessions in...
1 Dec 2008
PowerShell Demo Files
Many of you at the Orlando Event on Tuesday asked about the demo files I used during the PowerShell session. My colleague Kevin Remde zipped all the files up and made them available here -->> Demo Files Zip . Also, here's a link to my post on the Free Self-Paced Windows PowerShell...
19 Nov 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...
13 Nov 2008
Technical Chat with Chris Jackson on Windows Vista: Thursday, Nov. 20th – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
We would like to invite you to a special chat with Chris Jackson to talk about Windows Vista. What's the Chat About? In this one-hour session you will have the opportunity to hear from him on Application Compatibility, Performance, Security, Driver Issues and other topics you have seen in the press....
12 Nov 2008
Screencast Series: Step-By-Step Windows Vista "Nibbles" - Part 3 of 12 - Viewing Folders and Files in Different Ways
The Windows Explorer window is dynamic and changes to reflect the content you are viewing. In this screencast we'll look the new layout of Windows Explorer and how we can customize our view. The core elements of Windows Explorer are: Back and Forward buttons - works in the the same way as Internet...
11 Nov 2008
Just Announced at TechEd in Barcelona, España: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Now Available!!!!
I did a post back in October titled MICROSOFT ASSESSMENT & PLANNING TOOLKIT 3.2 BETA PROGRAM IS NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION . I'm pleased to let you know that last week at TechEd in Barcelona, the RTM release of the Microsoft® Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) was announced. If...
10 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...
6 Nov 2008
Screencast Series: Step-By-Step Windows Vista "Nibbles" - Part 1 of 12 - Updating Windows System Files
I have put together a 12-part screencast series on Windows Vista with content taken from the MSPress book: Windows Vista™ Step by Step . Each part in the series excerpts a section from a chapter. I'm calling each of these excerpts a "nibble", hence the series title: ...
3 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
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067 – Critical
Overview The security update MS08-067 resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the Server service. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an affected system received a specially crafted RPC request. On Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 systems, an attacker...
23 Oct 2008
Screencast: How To: Network Your Workgroup Computers
Whether you're configuring a home or a small office workgroup, if you have Windows XP and Windows Vista machines in the workgroup you might have had problems getting them to see each other and access shared resources. This short screencast will explain some of the main networking related...
20 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
MICROSOFT ASSESSMENT & PLANNING TOOLKIT 3.2 BETA PROGRAM IS NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION
The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an integrated platform with tools and guidance that make it easier for you to assess your current IT infrastructure and determine the right Microsoft technologies for your IT needs. It offers easy inventory, powerful assessment and actionable recommendations...
14 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
Windows Vista Zero Touch Deployment: A Customer's Story
This is a great interview with Alan McBurney of New Horizons in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He discusses how and why they used System Center Configuration Manager to deploy Windows Vista SP1 in their environment. Its about 10 minutes, but well worth the time if you're looking at better ways to do you...
6 Oct 2008
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