Kevin Remde's IT Pro Weblog

  • The Donut Theory

    Dunkin' Donuts are awesome! I had to link to this…

    I ran into Michael Kleef (IT Pro Evangelist in Australia) last Wednesday at the TechEd 2006 IT Influencer Party.  He told me about this great picture he took of some American police officers eating donuts.. and was tickled by how it so very well fit the stereotype that is portrayed throughout the world. 

    Here is his post and his picture.  Love it!

    “But.. what’s this ‘theory’ that you have, Kevin?”

    Earlier on that same day I had had a conversation with another friend of mine on the fact that there are so many Dunkin’ Donuts shops in Boston.  They seem to be as commonplace as Starbuck’s in Seattle.  (The phrase “you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting…etc” comes to mind.)  In my home town, we have Dunkin’ Donuts, but they are few and far between.

    And then it occurred to me that there must be a law-enforcement connection or correlation.  So I theorize…

    The number of donut shops is directly proportional to the crime rate in any given city.

    More crime => more Police Officers-per-capita => larger donut consumption potential => more donut shops. 

    And so it follows that cities with more donut shops have higher crime rates.

    I don’t have any hard numbers to suggest that Boston has a higher crime rate than Minneapolis.  I’m just guessing.  I’ll let someone else fill in that blank.  I won’t little things like facts get in the way of my theory.

    I wonder if I were to go to the Dunkin’ Donuts site and find out where all of their stores are located, if that would be a good indication of where NOT to move to…

  • Ever heard of "Machinima"? What about "Captain Microsoft"?

    MachinimaI have been recently introduced to a new form of media.  “Machinima” ( is, basically, using low-end graphics engines to generate a video.  Many of you may have seen the “Red vs. Blue” series of humorous animations that were rendered using the graphic engine from Halo.  That’s “Machinima”.

    Now comes along a guy calling himself “Captain Microsoft” on YouTube, with a video about the importance of patching your software.

    Here’s the Video.

    “Hey Kevin… who really is that Captain Microsoft guy?  Is it a Microsoft employee?”

    Well… actually, yes.  It’s Steve Horne, an Evangelist with Microsoft in the UK.  And apparently, while his boss has been out on the road doing an IT Roadshow, he’s been back at the office creating fun videos. 

    Keep ‘em coming, Steve!

  • Kevin's TechEd 2006 Diaries - Day 4

    Test your TechNet knowledge!Day 4 – Yet ANOTHER TechEd Day

    Are we done yet?  No!  But we’ve passed the half-way point.  And my feet are very glad to know that. 

    My Wednesday of TechEd 2006 was again spent smiling.  Smiling while enjoying talking to people at the Messaging TLC booth and later at the TechNet booth.  And smiling for pictures with old and new friends.

    The evening event was the big “IT Influencer” party held at Ned Devine’s Irish Pub in the Quincy Market building.  The food was good, the drink was flowing, and the fun included drawings for several XBOX 360s. 

    Lucky Winner
    Lucky XBOX 360 Winner

    And here are some of photos with friends.  This is Chris Haaker.  He’s a great guy and a blogger I met at a Geek Dinner he arranged last year at TechEd 2005.
    me and chris

    Jason Bennett is our production lead for TechNet Webcasts.  (UPDATE: Jason corrected me.  He’s our Content Lead.  Janet Nickels is our Production Lead.)
    me and jason

    Here I am with Dean Andrews, Jason again, and Mike Ward (left to right).  Dean is in charge of all TechNet Webcasts – and is the guy whose face is on the TechNet Webcasts blog.  And Mike is a senior manager responsible for innovations in our online community building efforts.  (I hope that’s accurate, Mike.)
    dean, jason, mike, and me

    And I was fortunate to run into Mary Jo Foley yet again.  (Mary Jo – please remember that what I told you is completely hush-hush.  And when I used the phrase “crush all those who oppose us”, I didn’t mean it literally.) 
    mary jo and i

    Of course, the biggest celebrities were easy to spot, too.
    those costumes must be sooo hot!

    Coolest demo I saw:
    One of the Exchange product team was showing an attendee some of the cool things that the Windows Power Shell (formerly known as “Monad”) can do with Exchange. 

    Funniest thing I heard:
    “See… the badges that the press have on are red, and so are the badge holders.  That’s so we can spot them easier.”

    I think next year they’ll be required to wear little bells, too.

  • "This one goes up to eleven."

    Turn it up!

    This ad is just the best!  Worth sharing here just for the humour value.

    (And it puts me in the mood to watch one of my all-time favourite movies, too.)

    Nigel Tufnel “That’s one more, in’it…”

  • Tune in. Geek out.

    Geek like meNeed something to listen to?

    I am becoming a big fan of podcasts.  No.. I don’t own an iPod or have iTunes installed.  I have an iRiver for when I workout.  I use IE 7’s ability to manage my feeds (with enclosure downloads). And I also have a really cool phone (Windows Mobile 5 rocks!) that also holds lots of music. 

    I also spend a lot of time driving to and from events, or time on or waiting for planes, so it’s nice to be able to listen to something good.  And there’s a lot of good stuff out there.  Not just music.  I’m talking about the technical podcasts with good information.  Stuff that geeks like me like to listen to and learn from.

    “Kevin.. I can just read this stuff.  I don’t need these guys talking in my ear.”

    Sure.. but are you going to read it while you’re driving to work?  Or sweating on the stairmachine or treadmill?  Probably not.  Yes, technical articles online or printed are great learning resources (or sleep aids), and blogcasts/screencasts are wonderful vehicles for “show me how it really works” demo recordings.  But when your hands and/or eyes are otherwise occupied, nothing beats a podcast.

    “Okay Kevin – I’m convinced.  Where do I find these things?”

    There are many of them out there, and many services that make them easy to find.  One that I highly recommend you check out is the TechNet Radio site.  The Architect community might like the ARCast with Ron Jacobs

    “What about video?  Can I subscribe to video feeds also?”

    Absolutely.  Here’s a really good one to start with: The 10 Show (daily)

    “How do I download the files?  What do you use?”

    For automatic downloads of the media, I recommend that you use any RSS reader that supports automatic enclosure downloads.  And as I mentioned, I’m using IE 7.0 (beta), which does that for me.  And then I use Windows Media Player to play them, or to handle the sync to my music player and phone.

    I’m currently listening to Mike Ward’s recordings from TechEd 2006.  Good stuff! 

    Actually.. Mike said he might send me some recording equipment, too.  I might just aspire to become another Michael J. Muphy.

    So… Should I do a podcast?  What kinds of things would you like to hear?  I was thinking of starting a “Full of I.T.” podcast; interviewing IT Pros or other industry folks.  Do you think I should?

  • Kevin's TechEd 2006 Diaries - Day 6

    HallDay 6 – The LAST TechEd Day

    All done.  No more.  My brain is full.  (Of what, though.. that’s debatable.)

    I got in early enough to catch two sessions before working in the TLC again this afternoon.  Pretty quiet.  (Many have already left for the airport.)

    Coolest demo I saw:
    This was a great, very “jaw-dropping” demo.  During the session on “New Backup and Offline File Features in Windows Vista”, Dan Stevenson demonstrated the new CompletePC backup and restore.  To do it, he backed up his PC to an external HD (actually did one more incremental backup – the initial full backup had already been done).  Then he took the HD out of his laptop, put it in a vice, and had a volunteer from the audience CRUSH it. 


    The good news was that the restore to a new blank disk went flawlessly.  He booted his Windows Vista installation disk and used the recovery environment to restore his PC.  It was quick and worked like a charm.  Outstanding!  And the Offline File experiece portion of the session was very good, too.  People who are frustrated with the current file sync and offline experience are going to be very pleased with the new, non-distruptive, high-performing file sync. 

    Funniest thing I heard:
    I’d have to say, that disk-crunching demo was pretty funny, too. 


    I'm afraid that that's going to void the warranty.

  • Windows Live Messenger is.. um... LIVE!

    Happy Live Messengers

    “They look so happy!”

    Probably because they’re using the new Windows Live Messenger.

    I tried it during the beta period, and I’m glad to see it’s finally been released. 

    I haven’t tried out the voice capabilities of it, yet, but we appear to be going for the crowd that likes Skype and other services that make it easy to make voice calls either to another PC (free) or to someone’s phone (for an “affordable” fee). 

    Camera support is there, of course. 

    And now you also have the ability to “share stuff”. 

    “Huh?  Share my deepest thoughts and desires?”

    No.  I mean.. well, yeah.. you’ve always had that ability.  I’m but I’m talking about being able to set up a folder that is like a repository of “stuff” that your friends will also see and share.  So.. you’ll essentially each have synchronized copies of a folder and all of the “stuff” you put therein.

    Sharing is good. 

    “I learned that in Kindergarten!”


    “That too!”

    Shut up. 

  • IE 7: Third time's the charm?

    IE7Beta 3 is now available

    You may be thinking to yourself..

    “So what?  A few bug fixes…”


    “Beta 2 is good enough for me.  I’ll just wait until the final release.”

    Well.. that was my initial reaction, too.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: IE 7 ROCKS.  But after hearing about this new beta being available, I checked the IE Team’s blog to find the real story.  It looks like they’ve made a few nice cosmetic changes, as well as some functional changes.  I won’t go into the details here (you can read their blog for more details and pictures), but things such as easy re-ordering of  tabs (drag-n-drop!) have been added, as well as fixing the support for authenticated FTP sites.   They also announce the return of the “Read Mail” button (apparently its disappearance caused a few anxious support calls.)

    And a link from the IE team blog lead me to the Team RSS Blog, where details on how they’ve improved RSS support are described. 

    “I sure hope they allow me to easily refresh all of my feeds under a specific folder.”

    Your wish is granted!  I wanted that one, too.

    “What about letting me NOT automatically mark a feed as read, if I don’t have time to read all of it?”

    Yep.  That too!  Details on how these new features work are in this post on the Team RSS blog.


    “Yes!  But do I need to un-install my previous beta installs first?”

    Yes, you do.  Here’s a post on the IE 7 Team Blog on how to do that.

    And that’s what I’m going to do right now.  Here is the IE home page.


  • Kevin's TechEd 2006 Diaries - Day 7

    HOL MachinesDay 7 – The TechEd Post Mortem

    I’m typing this sitting in seat 3D (First class!  Yeah!) on the flight home.  It’s Saturday.  I’m tired.  I really want to be home.  Yesterday was my daughter Laura’s 9th birthday, and I’m thinking about the long talk I had with her on the phone.  She had a great day, and was excited telling me all about it.  But I have missed too many of my kid’s birthdays, unfortunately.  TechEd usually happens during this same time of year, so it’s either my son Joe or my daughter Laura who have to get a phone call from Dad on their birthday, rather than a hug and a kiss.  <sigh>

    But on a much brighter note, it’s been an amazing week.  I’ve met/made some new friends, touched base with old ones, and learned a LOT about what’s new and coming up from Microsoft.  And next month I get to do even more of that (because this time I won’t also be working) at Microsoft’s “TechReady” conference.  TechReady is an internal-only training conference for us “technical-sales” folks in “the field”.

    So as I sit here considering whether or not I should have a coffee (or another Bloody Mary), I am excited to be going home.  Maybe today, weather permitting, we’ll all go to the beach.  I’ll let Laura tackle her Daddy into the water.  Kids need to wrestle their Daddy and win now and then.  And Daddy’s need to laugh with their kids.  This Daddy sure does, anyway.

    Heck.. maybe I’ll invite my Dad along, too.

    See you at TechEd 2007 - New Orleans!

  • Kevin's TechEd 2006 Diaries - Day 3

    Collect them all!Day 3 – Another TechEd Day

    Didn’t get in as early as I should have, but still managed to get a lot accomplished.  After a bit of morning blogging, I made it over to the TechEd Store to buy a couple of goodies for my kids.  (They come to expect SOMETHING from Dad every time I go away to TechEd, and I never dissappoint.) 

    The afternoon was spent again working in the Exchange TLC. 

    One thing I love about TechEd every year is making new acquaintences, and seeing old ones from TechEd’s past.  I also ran into (not literally) an old friend and coworker who I haven’t seen in years. 

    And today I shook Mary Jo Foley’s hand.  I hope I don’t get in trouble.  I hear she can suck company confidential information out of you that way. 

    Now she’s probably wondering just what the heck “Microsoft Fruit Pie 2007” is going to be.  It’s a good thing they keep me ignorant (and hungry) at this show.

    The night was a good one for parties.  I was fortunate to have several to choose from.  The Windows Mobile folks had a party at the Boston Harbor Hotel.  And following that we (Harold Wong and I) went to the Microsoft Exchange Staff Party.  And to top it off we went to the TechNet Magazine party, where I played some pool with John Alexander and Jeff Julian – the guys who run “Geeks with Blogs”.  They also are the moderators for and

    The picture of communication

    Coolest demo I saw:
    Saw (and video taped) a very well done demo of the benefits and workings of Microsoft Live Communication Server 2005.

    Funniest thing I heard:
    Actually, I don’t remember hearing anything funny  – though I know I did laugh quite a bit yesterday.  As I hear them, I’ll have to immediately write down two for tomorrow. 

    I actually did SEE something funny.  At least I thought it was.  Take a look at this picture of something with a (Microsoft Logo on it) we’re selling in the TechEd Store.  It’s a little caddie for carrying things in your car.  That alone isn’t funny.  But check out the example pictured on the page next to them…

    Interesting Choice

    And I leave you with a couple of other photos I took on Day 3:

    Hands On Labs


  • Resources for Webcast - Overview of New and Improved Reliability Features in Windows Vista (June 19, 2006)

    Windows Vista Start ButtonWebcast Resources:

    Overview of New and Improved Reliability Features in Windows Vista

    Here are some resources relating to webcast I presented on June 19, 2006, entitled “Overview of New and Improved Reliability Features in Windows Vista”.

    I hope you find them useful.



    Windows Vista Home Page:


    Windows Vista Product Overview for IT Professionals


    Windows Vista Reliability and Performance Features


    Windows Vista Security


    Windows Vista Deployment


    For IT Pros: Key reasons to upgrade to Windows Vista

    Recorded Live PDC Session “What’s New In Software Installation for Windows Vista: Exploring The Windows Installer (MSI) and ClickOnce Options”


    This session’s resource page:


    Microsoft TechNet


    Live TechNet Events


    Microsoft Events page:

  • WinFS: Living? Dead? Living-Dead?

    Night of the Living DeadWinFS: What’s up?

    Readers who follow Microsoft news and blogs already have probably seen the buzz in the blogosphere concerning the fate of WinFS; the “file system as (or in a) relational database”.  Apparently rumors of it’s death are based on the fact that members of the product team said it was dead.  But not really.  I mean.. they say it will live on in other forms and projects.  Scary, eh?

    I completely understand some of the frustration out there.  We’ve been talking about, demonstrating, and giving out samples of the cool things that it will do.  Originally it seemed to be the reason that the next version of the workstation – the future “Longhorn” client (now Windows Vista) even existed.  Then it was pulled from that release, but Microsoft said we would release it as a separate add-in feature/service/update/six-pack download-thing.  And even as early as TechEd last week we were demonstrating it and talking it up.

    “What really happened to it?”

    Well.. not being on those teams, I will have to trust, just like all of you, what the blog posts from the people who know it best are saying.  And for that, rather than going to the press or other blog speculators, I have to trust the source: the WinFS Team Blog.  And even though the writer of the original post was raked over the coals for the WAY he delivered the message originally (and rightly so, in my opinion), you should still check out this blog for the full story.  (The post following the original one spells it out quite nicely.)

    “But Kevin, what do you really think happened?”

    Oh c’mon.. you really want me to add to the hundreds of speculatory, “reading between the lines” posts that are already out there?


    Okay.  It all started with a really really cool idea.  Put database power behind a file system, so that you have all the flexibility of fast search, organization, reporting, backup, whatever, that you have with a database, but for the sake of your files, folders.. pretty much any information at all.  “Brilliant!”  Now wouldn’t it be cool if we could do this for the next release of our flagship OS?  Absolutely!

    So while developing on this great idea, decide to start selling it as well.  Hey.. we’re proud of what we’re working on, and excited at what people will be able to do, so it’s natural that we should want to excite the world about this new functionality. 

    Along the way, though, many things happen.  And here is where I really don’t know enough to say very much… but I imagine that things such as feature-creep were an issue.  Also, there were benefits of what we expected in WinFS (such as the completely indexed and quickly search-able file system) that were now available by other means anyway.  Eventually some of the functionality may not have seemed as important or pressing – or perhaps what was left really didn’t make sense as just one product, but rather as parts and new technology improvements in other products or processes. 

    “So, WinFS is dead?”

    Well.. as one writer on an internal blogging email discussion said (and I’m paraphrasing), “No.  WinFS is not really dead.  She will live on in our memories and in our hearts.”  But all joking aside, as a “ship vehicle”, that which we knew of the packaged “WinFS” is “passed on”.  Nails are in the coffin.  But the flowers growing at the grave represent the new functionalities we will see in later product releases.

    And hopefully it will NOT turn up again as a flesh eating zombie-thing trying to break down your door.

    What do you think?  Do you have any speculations, complaints, “it’s about time”s you’d like to add?

  • Kevin's TechEd 2006 Diaries - Day 0

    Boston Baggage Claim

    Day 0 – Travel to Boston

    Yes!  I’m here!  Bean town!  TechEd 2006!

    As you can see from the photo, even the baggage claim at Logan is welcoming us to TechEd.

    My room is nice (I’m at the Cambridge Marriott), and I’m just relaxing after a nice burger and beer at the bar downstairs.  (They have my current favorite, on tap!)  Things are looking up!  Room has a big plasma TV, too.  Sweeet!  (Or is that, “Suite!” ?)

    Tomorrow is Sunday – the true “Day 1” of TechEd (hence the header above).  I’m heading over to the Convention Center nice and early to register, and then I will be spending most of my day in 258ABC, helping out as a lab proctor during the instructor lead Exchange 2007 pre-conference labs.  And then, of course, the big keynotes are tomorrow night.

    Stay tuned… I’ll be posting pictures and commentary here.  I also have my video camera along again this year, so expect some videos from TechEd here soon.

  • Kevin's TechEd 2006 Diaries - Day 2

    Kevin and ???Day 2 – A Proper TechEd Day

    Finally got into the typical TechEd routine.  Breakfast, Breakouts, and [insert something else here that starts with B that you’d find at TechEd]

    I had another chance to witness an incredible presenter work his magic yet again.  Steve Riley did a great presentation on what’s new and cool in ISA Server 2006

    Here are a couple of his comments that delighted the audience:

    "If you want to let me know that you disagree with me, that's fine!  …I'll just let you know where you're wrong and then we'll move on."

    “Of course you’ll first install this in your lab.  And as everyone knows, ‘Lab’ is just a synonym for ‘Pre-Production’."

    "NLB does unnatural acts with Network Switches"

    “I don’t DO demos.  Demos have zero risk; they ALWAYS fail.”

    "The DMZ is dead.  Get over it.  Get out your trumpet and play taps.  It is a solution to a problem that existed 10 years ago."

    Then in the afternoon I enjoyed browsing through the TLCs (Technical Learning Centers) and the Exhibit Hall.  From 5–9PM I worked answering questions in the Messaging TLC, answering (or attempting to answer) Exchange Server questions.  Actually, and honestly, I think I did more learning than answering.  But I helped a few people and enjoyed talking with everyone I met.  Also finally met MVP, fellow blogger, and good friend of the SBS community in Florida, Vlad Mazek.  (Vlad – I need your email so I can send you a larger copy of this picture of us!)

    kevin and vlad

    Then after getting back to the hotel and changing, I hopped the shuttle to the TechEd “Jam Session” and managed to belt out a couple of tunes with many talented folks there.  (Pictures and proof are forthcoming.  A couple friends were there taking photos – so as soon as I get a good one from them I’ll post it here.  In the meantime, here’s one of the folks on stage.

    jam session 06

    Coolest demo I saw:
    Well, it wasn’t a demo, because he doens’t DO demos.  But Steve Riley described how ISA Server 2006 can actually provide the load-balancing mechanism for a web server farm.  It lets you manage the servers, mark them as Active, Removed, or about to be removed (called “Draining”, so it can finish up processing current requests before you remove it from the farm), and ISA 2006 will handle distributing the load appropriately.  Awesome!

    Funniest thing I heard:
    Another from Steve Riley –
    "Do the criminals login before they attack your web server?  No.  We have a special name for those kinds of attackers:  ‘Employees’."

    I didn’t get to bed ‘til 2:00am, so I missed the first sessions of the morning (don’t tell my boss).   Time to head in now!

  • Resources for Webcast - Getting Started with Group Policy in Windows Vista (June 28, 2006)

    WindowsVistaStartButtonWebcast Resources:

    Getting Started with Group Policy in Windows Vista

    Here are some resources relating to webcast I presented on June 28, 2006, entitled “Getting Started with Group Policy in Windows Vista”.

    I hope you find them useful.



    Windows Vista Home Page:


    Windows Vista Product Overview for IT Professionals


    Windows Vista Reliability and Performance Features


    Windows Vista Security


    Windows Vista Deployment


    Windows Vista Networking Updates


    Vista Wireless-Wired and Schema Update


    For IT Pros: Key reasons to upgrade to Windows Vista


    Group Policy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


    What’s New in Group Policy in Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn”


    Recommendations for managing Group Policy administrative template (.adm) files


    Administering SYSVOL


    User Account Control Overview


    Windows Vista Security – For Everyone


    Network Access Protection (NAP)


    Server and Domain Isolation


    Improving Security with Domain Isolation


    The Cable Guy – October 2005: Changes to IPv6 in Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn”


    The Cable Guy – March 2006: Vista and QOS


    Windows Vista Step-By-Step Guides


    Step-By-Step Guide to Controlling Device Installation Using Group Policy


    Document Download: Quality of Service in Windows Server "Longhorn" and Windows Vista


    This session’s resource page:


    Microsoft TechNet


    Live TechNet Events


    Microsoft Events page:

  • Kevin's TechEd 2006 Diaries - Day 1

    Bob Muglia delivering the KeynoteDay 1 – Exchange Server 2007 Pre-Conference Session and Keynotes

    Today I worked as a proctor in the pre-conference instructor-lead session on Exchange Server 2007.  My time was spent learning more than helping, but I managed to answer a few questions.  My team mate and partner here at TechEd, Harold Wong, answered many more. 

    Chloe O'BrianThe evening really represented the kick-off to TechEd, with the big Keynote talks given by Bob Muglia, Ray Ozzie, and Chris Capossela.  A fun twist on the evening was the appearance of the Fox television show “24” cast member Mary Lynn Rajskub really playing up her role as everybody’s favorite ultra-geek, Chloe O’Brian. 

    Coolest demo I saw today:

    Example of the Virtualized Server re-provisioning via MOM (or SCOM).


    Funniest thing I heard today:

    “…and in Exchange 2007, you will no longer need WINS for anything.”
    “No.. I mean, REALLY?”
    “Really REALLY.”

    Tomorrow I’m going to attend a few sessions, play with a few HOLs, visit the Exhibit Hall, and tomorrow night I have a shift in the TLC (Messaging Area) from 5–9pm. 

  • Best of Questions and Answers from Webcast: Getting Started with Group Policy in Windows Vista (June 28, 2006)

    Windows Vista Start Button

    Webcast Q&A

    Below I’ve pasted an edited and cleaned up copy of most of the Q&A from today’s webcast entitled “Getting Started with Group Policy in Windows Vista

    HUGE thank you to Mark Lawrence for handling the Q&A on the back-end, and who’s work this really represents.


    Questions and Answers

    “Which ADPREP do I run? ADPREP comes with Vista?”

    I extended the schema to the Windows Server "Longhorn" version – but using the ADPREP and .LDIF files that are included on the Windows Vista installation disk.

    You could even use the version of ADPREP command you have on your current Win2000 or Win2003 domain controllers, but use new LDIF files from Longhorn


    “When we run adprep off of the vista dvd will it add/enable all of the Vista group policies to our current windows 2003 servers?”

    ADPREP is not required to use most new Group Policy settings available in Windows Vista --- all that is required is to use the GPEDIT and GPMC tools in Windows Vista to create GPOs for Windows Vista systems.  A few feature areas (such as new wireless settings in Vista and Longhorn Server) do require a schema update to Win2000 and Win2003 AD environments - and there are papers on with details.


    “SO to run Vista I don't really need to run the ADPREP at this time I can wait?”

    No.  You don’t need to do it.  ADPREP is not required to deploy Windows Vista systems, and to use Group Policy.  All that is needed is to use the GPEDIT and GPMC tools in Windows Vista, IF you would like to use some of the 800+ new Windows Vista settings to make new GPOs.  Existing GPOs will apply as expected to Windows Vista systems.

    I was just showing this (and thought I was clear about it) as a preparatory step to when you introduce Windows Server “Longhorn” Domain Controllers into your domain.


    “How and when is the central store for GPO's setup?”

    I demonstrated that later in the webcast.

    You may create the Central Store at any time; it is a manual file copy process. The details are described in this paper:


    “Can I do this even if I don't have any Vista or Longhorn machines yet?”

    Yes, you can create the Central Store now, but why?  It is only useful to Windows Vista (and later OS) Group Policy settings templates.  Older ADM files are not currently hosted/saved to the Central Store.


    “Is there a central website to get documentation/white papers/etc on administering group policy with Vista?”

    YES - a "Book Of Group Policy" is in development, and targeted for release later this year; there is a series of papers available today on TechNet (see; there is an excellent pre-Vista MS-PRESS Book titled "Microsoft Windows Group Policy Guide" for general GP Administration guidance.


    “Will I have to create a central store for every domain that I might have in a forest or will this one store be replicated throughout the forest?”

    The central store will be replicated throughout the domain only (as are policies).  So yes, you’ll add those files and all language-specific versions you need once on a domain controller for each domain in your forest.


    “Where can you add adm files to new vista GPO?”

    GPEDIT in Windows Vista allows adding any custom or 3rd-party ADM files using the Add/Remove Template Files function, similar to pre-Vista GPEDIT.


    “Will I have to create a central store for every domain that I might have in a forest or will this one store be replicated throughout the forest?”

    The Central Store is created on SYSVOL on a per-domain basis.


    “RC1 of Vista will include more group policy features or is it safe to say that Beta2 has them all? Example: that new ActiveX installer service that can be administered through group policy?”

    Beta 2 of Windows Vista contained most (approx 800+) new settings ... a very few settings may be added or adjusted Vista RC1, and of course customer feedback is always valued and considered.  We do anticipate much increase in Explain (Help) text in pre-release versions along the way to RC1 and Release.


    “Will Windows Longhorn have GPO Auditing and Work Flow Process features?”

    I’ll answer this in two responses:

    1.       The Windows Vista Group Policy functionality does not provide new GPO Auditing or Administrative Work Flow features, and both are very well understood customer requests.  

    2.       In the Longhorn Server release timeframe, new Group Policy functionality will improve Group Policy identification and settings "collections" by scenario.  A comprehensive Group Policy Auditing and Workflow solution, similar to existing 3rd party solutions, has not been defined.


    “Unrelated: Is there a product matrix that details the different features of the many flavors of Vista?”

    There is a segmented listing available by product at this site:

  • Kevin's TechEd 2006 Diaries - Day 5

    Kev at FenwayDay 5 – AGAIN Yet Another TechEd Day

    Thursday?  Already?  Wow.  I can’t believe the week is almost over.  And yet I feel like I could use a week of sleep to catch up.

    Today I worked the TLC booth again.  Had some fun conversations and video taped a few good questions and answers.  (I expect to have time to edit them sometime next week, so please be patient.)

    The highlight of the day, of course, was the all-attendee party that Microsoft threw at Fenway park.  After some good hotdogs, fries, and a coke, I took a shot at hitting a ball in a batting cage (I did manage to hit the ball once or twice). 
    Hey batter batter batter... Sa-WING!

    And then Chris Haaker and I walked up to the stands to settle in for the evening’s entertainment: Train


    Coolest demo I saw:
    Mobility features and improvements coming in Microsoft Exchange 2007 and the next generation of mobile devices.  HUGE improvements in management, security, and just useful and really cool features.

    Funniest thing I heard:
    Protest outside of Fenway as we were lined up to walk in – put on by nVidia:

    “What do we want?!”  “Lower TCO!”  “When do we want it?!”  “NOW!”… etc.

    Tomorrow I’ll get up nice and early so I can check in (hopefully getting first class upgrade) for my flight home – which is Saturday morning.  And then it’s back to the show!

  • Cool. It's in the bag.

    I hear that Windows Vista Beta 2 is in the bag that all attendees are getting at TechEd.  That’s great news for the many who have been trying to download it and not having much luck.

    (It’s hard for any company to have the bandwidth to allow the whole world to download that stuff!)

    I’m heading over to register right now. 

  • Test Drive a Webcast

    WebcastEver wonder what a webcast looks like?

    This is great.  The TechNet Webcast folks have put together a really useful test-drive of webcasts.  So.. if you don’t have time to view a whole webcast, or maybe you’re looking for a quick taste of what a webcast looks like, you can check out this site.

    Click HERE to check it out.

    The idea is that they’ll post a new set of clips from recent “best of” webcasts (highly rated based on evaluation scores), and you’ll get to see tidbits – or click on links that can bring you to the full webcast.

    And dig this… I was thrilled to see that they picked one of my recent webcasts on Exchange Server “Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts” to include their inaugural compilation of webcasts.  Made my day!  (Thanks Dean!)

  • June 9, 2006 - User Group Road Show Event Resources

    Kevin’s TechNet “Fuel”
    Event Resources – June 9, 2006


    E-mail Technical Questions: Kevin Remde –


    Kevin’s Blog “Full of I.T.” – Additional Resources and Discussion


    Feedback E-mail to my boss: Melanie


    Next Tentatively Scheduled Chicago Area “Microsoft Across America” Events:

    Chicago – Sep 14, 2006

    Downer’s Grove – Oct 12, 2006

    Chicago – Nov 11, 2006

    Chicago – Feb 1, 2007

    Chicago – Jun 14, 2007
    WATCH THIS SITE for the events to be scheduled:

    Microsoft Across America:


    TechNet Events Bloggers -

    (Add your blog, or subscribe to IT Pro focused blog postings)


    Microsoft Learning - Training Resources


    Microsoft TechNet


    TechNet Community Site


    Exchange Server 2007 – A Brief Technical Overview


    Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Preview Site


    Exchange Team Blog Site: “You Had Me at EHLO”


    Very cool LCR (Local Continuous Replication) Demo Video


    Microsoft Exchange Security Solutions


    Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services


    Exchange 2007 Public Beta – “Technical Beta Central”


    Monad Scripting book – O’Reilly Media


    Training Courses and Resources

    3910 – Getting Started with Exchange Server 2007: Clinic

    3911 – Getting Started with Exchange Server 2007: Hands-on-Lab

    Info and availability at


    The 2007 Office System Story


    2007 Office System Preview Site (information, videos, and download)


    A Day in the Life of Windows Vista Productivity


    Windows Vista Home Page:


    Windows Vista Reliability and Performance Features


    Windows Vista Security