Musings of an IT Pro Evangelist

Random musings of a Microsoft IT Pro Evangelist in Redmond, WA.

Musings of an IT Pro Evangelist

  • So it begins..

    Let me introduce myself.  My name is Joey and after 12 plus years working in various IT roles in both large scale enterprises as well as mid-sized businesses, I have recently joined Microsoft as an IT Pro Evangelist.  I get the opportunity to...
  • Unleash your inner control freak with Group Policy Preferences

    As a tool to manage end user desktops, Group Policy is very powerful, but how many times have you wanted to manage a users printer settings or drive mappings and not been able to do it outside of a script? How about the challenge of copying a set of files...
  • Active Directory Recycle Bin

    Yesterday I posted a link to my Active Directory Recycle Bin demo over on Edge .  Today I thought I would follow that up that post with a few things about the recycle bin feature in R2. The great thing about the AD Recycle Bin is that if you make...
  • Get your Windows 7 Application Compatibility Questions Answered!

    Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable Windows 7 Application Compatibility: Your Questions Answered (Part 1) Date: Thursday, June 18 Time: 11:00am Pacific Time https://ms.istreamplanet.com/springboard Windows 7, is approaching fast and...
  • Changes to the backup utility in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Windows Server Backup has some pretty sweet changes coming in Windows Server 2008 R2 including: The ability to backup System State as a separate job as well as the ability to do incremental System State backups. The ability to exclude specific...
  • Simplify configuration of Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core using SConfig

    While at TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles, I was asked by a couple of different attendees if we had plans to simplify basic configuration of items like networking and machine naming on Server Core. Well the answer to that is a big YES! Take a look at this screencast...
  • Microsoft Surface combined with Business Intelligence

    The Microsoft BI team showcased a very cool application known as Falcon Eye at TechEd which takes data navigation to a new level. Falcon Eye integrates data with Virtual Earth so that you can investigate it hands on through a Microsoft Surface device...
  • Choose Your Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Deployment Strategy

    Like any IT Pro, you have what appears to be million tools and strategies to get your desktops deployed.  A very well written guide was just posted to TechNet that gives in-depth guidance on how to get Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 deployed...
  • Better Experience and Faster Response Times for Your Web Sites!

    Ever wanted to “warm-up” your IIS web site by pre-loading processes at the start of the web server in order to enable faster response times?  Well now you can have the easy-bake oven option !  Today, Microsoft announced the beta release of IIS...
  • Free Windows Server 2008 R2 E-Book

    Hey folks!  Just wanted to remind everyone you can download a FREE Windows Server 2008 R2 E-Book today!  This guide is a 200 page, 9 Chapter get up to speed guide on Windows Server 2008 R2.  If you are a Windows Server Administrator, this...
  • MMS 2010

    As you may know the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS 2010) is in full swing over in Las Vegas starting today. Unfortunatly, I've had to cancell my Instructor Led Lab sessions for the week since I'm caught up in the volcanic ash and am unable to make my...
  • Amazing Robotics Technology

    I realize that I have only been at Microsoft a couple of months, but I am continually amazed by the technologies that are researched and developed here.  There is an amazing technology that is being highlighted on Edge today.  Take a look and...
  • SQL Server Backup Compression

    If you’ve played in the IT Pro playground long enough, I’m sure that you have seen the database that is impossible to backup. This is that database in your organization that continues to grow and grow and your backups take longer and longer...
  • TechEd, Hyper-V, and a geeky game

    WOW!  I didn't realize I've neglected this blog for so long.  I've got no excuses so hopefully I'll make up for it by giving you guys some good stuff today.  I'd like to thank all of the people who attended and especially like to thank...
  • Wow...what a ride!

    TechEd 2008 has come to an end.  I'm over the minor bit of Jet Lag/Timezone shift that I've had and am back in Redmond trying to dig through email.  TechEd was great.  I met some amazing IT Pro's that are doing some REALLY cool things not...
  • Hyper-V Performance Tuning

    Last week I presented three different sessions at TechEd and used my laptop to run at five different Virtual Machines at once in order to demonstrate various Windows Server 2008 technologies.  The performance of Hyper-V was amazing, but I tell you...
  • SQL Server 2008 Auditing

    Once a year you get that email or knock on the door from the auditor. It didn’t used to be this way, but Enron and other scandals have changed the way we track our user’s actions. I still wake up in cold sweats with memories of the audits...
  • It's the last week...

    I am sure you've seen the headlines on the interwebs about this being Bill Gates last full time week at Microsoft.  Bill is still going to hold the post of Chairman and will still be a part of what is going on here, but day to day he's going to focus...
  • Powershell to the rescue

    It's been a couple of weeks since TechEd and I'm finally getting caught up.  A good friend and fellow Geek Gordon Ryan (Gordo) and I were having a chat about Powershell before one of my sessions.  As we were chatting he mentioned some work he...
  • Hyper-V and Bitlocker

    At my sessions at TechEd I tell a fictional story of the domain controller stored underneath the receptionists desk serving not only as a DC, but also as a stand for the water cooler.  I know it's an extreme example of branch office craziness, but...
  • Hyper-V Hits RTM

    Well folks it's here!  The highly anticipated Hyper-V has shipped!  We've got the early scoop with an interview with Mike Neil where he discusses why virtualization is important to Microsoft and the challenges we've had along the creation process...
  • Feature of the Week: URLScan 3.0 for IIS 7.0

    Back in April there were reports that surfaced stating that web sites running on Internet Information Services (IIS) had been compromised by an automated attack that used vulnerabilities in web pages that did not follow security for best practices. These...
  • Windows 7 from the engineers

    There has not been much public information about Windows 7 (code name for the next version of the Windows Operating System).  There is a great blog from the engineering team that anyone with an interest in the behind the scenes of developing an OS...
  • Direct from the PASS Summit

    I've made the trek across the bridge to downtown Seattle to the 2008 Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Community Summit.  For the next three days nearly 3,000 attendees will have their brains filled with the most up-to-date and comprehensive...
  • Web Platform Installer hits RC Milestone

    The folks over in the Web Platform have released a RC (Release Candidate) version of the Web Platform Installer.  What is this Web Platform installer you ask?  Keep reading to find out more! Have you ever wanted to deploy an IIS website and...