Keith Combs' Blahg

Ramblings from another nerd on the grid

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  • Blog Post: Windows 8 BIOS Keys - embedded goodness

    A couple of weeks ago I purchased the Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D-A02US notebook.  It came with Windows 8 Professional pre-loaded.  I’ve been wanting a Series 9 machine for quite some time, but I waited until the Ivy Bridge based silver model landed on USA shores.  When I saw that mwave...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Consumer Preview - now available for download

    First of all, see the Windows 8 Consumer Preview blog post on the official Windows 8 product group blog.  The Windows team blog also has a great introduction to the Preview.  After you’ve had a chance to read through some of that information, go get the bits @ http://preview.windows.com . ...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Compat Cookbook - now available for download

    Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 introduce the latest operating system technology and software development platforms for use by app developers and enterprises worldwide. As part of further enhancing the security, reliability, performance, and user experience of Windows, Microsoft has introduced many...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Enterprise 90-day Evaluation - now available

    Go get it @ http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh699156.aspx
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer - now available for download

    Attack Surface Analyzer is developed by the Trustworthy Computing Security group. It is the same tool used by Microsoft's internal product groups to catalogue changes made to operating system attack surface by the installation of new software. Attack Surface Analyzer takes a snapshot of your system state...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business

    The Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business provides a detailed look at the many new and improved features in Windows 8. The guide is designed as an accurate source of information that can help businesses understand how Windows 8 enables users to be ready and productive practically anywhere...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Secured Boot Architecture explained

    The Windows engineering team has published several articles about the new boot possibilities for Windows 8.  Here’s an excerpt from the most recent post on the subject: There have been some comments about how Microsoft implemented secure boot and unfortunately these seemed to synthesize scenarios...
  • Blog Post: Yea, baby!!! Mark your calendar for October 26, 2012

    The Windows 8 general availability date is October 26, 2012.
  • Blog Post: Creating a Windows To Go Flash drive

    Windows To Go is a new feature in Windows 8 Enterprise Edition that enables you to provision a USB drive with a complete, managed Windows 8 system image. You can insert the USB drive (known as a Windows To Go workspace) into any Windows 7 or Windows 8 host computer to boot and run a managed Windows 8...
  • Blog Post: Surface Pro Announced

    Today we announced the Microsoft Surface Pro. See the Surface Pro website for more information. See the specifications for the details on the hardware. See the press release at Microsoft.com.  Save your pennies.  It is for sale on February 9, 2013.
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 and Windows Media Center - details from the product development group

    I have been a Windows Media Center fan for nearly a decade now so I was certainly interested to see what the product group had in store for Windows 8.  Yesterday afternoon they disclosed the plan in more detail.  Here’s an excerpt from the beginning: “In this post we wanted to update you on...
  • Blog Post: Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 8 CP

    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Consumer Preview includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server "8" Beta. In limited...
  • Blog Post: Watch the Microsoft Management Summit Keynotes

    Learn firsthand how Microsoft management solutions can empower you in your cloud computing journey and help you manage a wide range of different devices in your organization. Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of the Management and Security Division at Microsoft, returns to keynote both days at...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant 2.0 Beta

    Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA) 2.0 Beta can be used by computers running Windows 7 when connecting to internal corporate networks with DirectAccess in Windows 8 Server Beta. It improves the DirectAccess connection experience, supports one-time password (OTP) authentication for DirectAccess...
  • Blog Post: Bring Your Own Corporate VM

    Raise your hand if you are getting a little sick of the phrase “consumerization of IT”.  I know I am.  But the concepts around it are interesting and they pose some interesting challenges for IT organizations as they are increasingly forced to support connections to the corporate network from...
  • Blog Post: Surface with Windows 8 Pro – Pricing

    See the official post @ http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2012/11/29/next-up-for-the-surface-family-surface-with-windows-8-pro-pricing.aspx .
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2013 Registration Now Open

    The Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) brings together the brightest IT professionals from around the world to increase their technical expertise through deep hands-on training, best-practice sharing, and interaction with innovators in desktop, device, and datacenter management, as well as cloud technologies...
  • Blog Post: Windows disk space explained - “Where Did My Space Go?” by Robert Mitchell

    “I have a 250GB hard drive. When I look at the properties of the drive, it tells me that I have 75GB free and that 175GB are in use. However, when I add all my files together, I only see 150GB in use. That is a difference of 25GB. Where did my space go?” Ever have a similar question in your mind? ...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Server Beta - now available for download

    Windows Server is the leading server operating system that powers many of the worlds' largest datacenters, enables small businesses around the world, and delivers value to organizations of all sizes in between. Building on this legacy, Windows Server "8" delivers hundreds of new features and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 - now available for download

    Deploy Windows 7, Office 2010 and 365, and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012. MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits: Unified tools and processes, including a...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 CP Product Guide for Business v1.1 available for download

    The Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business provides a detailed look at the many new and improved features in Windows 8. The guide is designed as an accurate source of information that can help businesses understand how Windows 8 enables users to be ready and productive practically anywhere...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) v8.0 - now ready for download

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information...
  • Blog Post: Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 8 - now available for download

    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012. In limited cases, the tools can be used to...
  • Blog Post: A First Look at Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 will advance the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of PCs, tablets, and a range of industry devices, and the experiences customers — both consumers and businesses alike — need and will just expect moving forward. It’s Windows 8 even better. Not only will...
  • Blog Post: New engineering blog for Windows 8 goes live

    In case you haven’t noticed, Steven Sinofsky created a new blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/b8 where they are discussing and disclosing features in the coming Windows 8 operating system.  For instance, see the team introduction at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/08/17/introducing-the-team.aspx...