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  • Blog Post: Guess who's giving away Xbox 360's ???

    Me and my posse , that's who!!! We're going to give away an Xbox 360 to some lucky person at each live TechNet Seminar. I'm still checking on the exact information, but here's what I do know... Starting next week, we'll have one Xbox 360 to give away at each live seminar. You can get a view of all of...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 screencast - User Account Control (UAC)

    I know what you're thinking... Isn't UAC just a Windows Vista thing? Nope. Get all the details at Chris Henley's blog post on the subject. Chris is on a rampage and is cranking out a bunch of Windows Server 2008 screencasts. See this one at : http://blogs.technet.com/chenley/archive/2007/08/30/windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Group Policy Fundamentals - 14 Part Webcast Series

    Windows Group Policy is a topic that is relatively timeless. For those of you looking for some fundamental information, don't forget the fourteen part series we did a while back. It's a good starting place. We are planning an update to the series so hang tight until then. In the mean time, here are the...
  • Blog Post: Server Unleashed

  • Blog Post: VPN Is Dead - here's your new killer app

    One of my favorite features of all time is RPC Over HTTP. Most of you are familiar with it because it allows Outlook to encapsulate RPC calls inside a HTTP packet or frame. That frame must of course travel across the internet to your “Front-End” server or proxy. All of that voodoo just makes...
  • Blog Post: Shhhhhh... let's spy on the CEO's

    Each year Microsoft hosts the CEO Summit in Seattle, WA. Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall? Well, this time around you can listen to Bill Gates live. Hit the 500kbps link at http://metahost.origindigital.com/microsoft/20070516/ceosummit_20070516_500.asx on 5/16/2007 at 08:50am PST. Not 8:45....
  • Blog Post: How would you like a complimentary copy of Office Professional 2007?

    Unless you're still partying like it was 1999, you realize it's now the year 2007. A little bit has happened since 1999 and we've been busy producing great products. We're going to give away one of those products at the TechNet events... you might have heard of it... Microsoft® Office Professional 2007...
  • Blog Post: Get your Daylight Savings Time (DST) answers real time

    Join members of the daylight saving time team who will be online to chat with you about your specific questions February 24 - March 13: 06:00 A.M. – 06:00 P.M. Pacific Time. Join the chatroom at: http://www.microsoft.com/businesssolutions/chatroom.aspx . I logged in a little while ago and it appears...
  • Blog Post: How many applications are you starting with Windows? Here’s 36

    I was on a thread today regarding some issues a user was having with their laptop.  The msinfo32.exe information was requested and received.  I was looking at the usual stuff then expanded the Startup Programs node of information and saw the list below.  OMG.  Folks, don’t let your...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Hardware Assessment v2.0 released

    Matt Hester beat me to it. Well, not really. We'll just let him think he did. Matt posted some information about the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment v2.0 release so check out his blog post. I was going to post some information this weekend but backed off because I hit some issues I reported to the...
  • Blog Post: “Talk TechNet” Episode 1 - GPOs with Jeremy Moskowitz - Register Now!

    Next Wednesday we launch the “ Talk TechNet ” show.  Keith Combs and I are the hosts and each week we’ll have a guest on the show that is a subject matter expert on some facet of Microsoft products and technologies.  We are starting off the show with twice weekly episodes on Wednesday and Friday...
  • Blog Post: Seattle wind storm - webcasts canceled

    FYI, there was a rather serious storm last night in the Pacific Northwest area of the US. As a result, many people are without power and that is having an impact on a variety of services. As I understand it, we won't be delivering the 10 webcasts that were scheduled for today. A lack of power has impacted...
  • Blog Post: Wild west or managed desktops?

    If you read the post I did a couple of days ago, you probably noticed the user is running a number of applications that have no business purpose on a corporate machine. I’ve been following the internal thread and it brought a few questions to my mind and I wondered how you are handling similar issues...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Resource Kit - in the wild

    The astute know the Windows Vista Resource Kit is shipping and in the wild. When I arrived at my house Friday, my copy was sitting on the front door step. I'm surprised UPS didn't charge extra for the weight. The resource kit book is huge. 1500+ pages huge. The microsoft.com/mspress area strangely...
  • Blog Post: The Trifecta is done - Exchange Server 2007 RTMs

    It's an exciting time. First there was Office 2007, then Windows Vista. Now we have released Exchange Server 2007 to our manufacturing process. I'm sure we'll have the RTM bits on the TechNet and MSDN download centers soon for you online subscribers. Hint hint.
  • Blog Post: People, Process and Technology sometimes collide

    I'm the people part of the equation. Recently the process and technology ran right over me and turned me into IT road kill. So what happened? Could it have been avoided? Definitely... Let's set this up by describing my typical work environment. Like many field employees, I am a mobile worker. When I...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show Webcast - live this week on 5/6/2009

    On Wednesday May 6th, we’ll be broadcasting the Interop Road Show .  Actually it’s going to be a bit of a simulcast.  Matt Hester will be in Downers Grove, IL doing a live delivery of the sessions, and we’ll pick up the audio and demonstrations via the magic of Microsoft LiveMeeting. In addition...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Compare Series kicks off next week

    When you get a moment, checkout the webcasts I'll be doing starting next Wednesday. This is all part of the Windows Server Compare series of screencasts and webcasts coming out. TechNet Webcast: Windows Compare (Part 1 of 6): Reliability in Windows and Linux (Level 200) Wednesday, January 23, 2008...
  • Blog Post: Updated IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Security Whitepaper

    Although wireless LAN networks provide freedom of movement, they also require you to address security issues that are not as prevalent on a private cabling system for a wired LAN technology such as Ethernet. The main security issues are the authentication of wireless clients and the encryption and data...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista - group policy settings spreadsheet here

    Here's a nifty spreadsheet for IT Pros. It's the list of all of the Windows Vista Group policy settings. Actually, there are more settings in the spread than for just Windows Vista. Download it. Study it. There will be a test on Friday. Here's the first question: How many GPO settings for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show – Texas events this week

    Don’t forget we just started the Microsoft Interop Road Show and there are events in Dallas and Houston this week. The event in Dallas is actually at our office in Las Colinas, Texas (also known as Irving). Confused? Don’t be. See all of the information at http://www.technetevents.com/interop/index.htm...
  • Blog Post: Pure Microsoft

    I’ve been listening to our customers a lot lately.  I get a lot of good feedback here, but it’s no substitute for the direct frank conversations we’ve had at the live events, launch events and conferences like MMS or TechEd. One of the complaints I’ve been hearing more and more is centered around...
  • Blog Post: Don't "Frost" Kai Axford - UAC revisited

    I've worked with Kai directly for a number of years. He doesn't get all riled up easily. But he does take security very seriously. If you don't know Kai, you should. He's a Microsoft Senior Security Strategist and knows his stuff. He is routinely called upon by the FBI , Secret Service and Jack Bauer...
  • Blog Post: System Center RTM bits break cover - now available for TechNet subscribers

    The astute TechNet Subscriber might have noticed some new downloads on the download center.  Yep, the RTM binaries are available for download ahead of the coming out party at the Microsoft Management Summit . If you have a subscription, go get em .
  • Blog Post: Hook Em Horns !!!

    As you might suspect by now, we signed off the Beta 3 milestone of Windows Server Code Named "Longhorn" today. I downloaded the build a few days ago and am building a new Longhorn Beta 3 virtual machine while I write this. How would you like to do the same? There's only one place you really need to remember...