Kevin Remde's IT Pro Weblog

  • Breaking News: You want PowerShell 2 on XP? Server 2003? You got it!

    I fired up my tweetdeck just a minute ago and saw this tweet from Jeffrey Snover (the architect of PowerShell):

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    “What does it mean?

    It means that the new version of PowerShell (version 2.0) is now RTW (Released to Web).  And not only PowerShell 2.0, but also WinRM 2.0 and BITS 4.0.  It’s called the “Windows Management Framework”.

    “But aren’t those already included in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7?”

    Yes.. but you who are running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, or even Windows XP would like to (or need to) take advantage of this powerful new management platform as well.  And now you can!

    Here’s the link to the PowerShell Blog that Jeff’s tweet mentions above: http://blogs.msdn.com/powershell/archive/2009/10/27/windows-management-framework-is-here.aspx

    And here’s the KB where you can learn more about it, as well as download these tools: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968929

    Oh.. and one more link – this one to the Windows Management Infrastructure team blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/wmi/

  • Best of Questions and Answers for the IT Manager Community Talk with Kevin – Windows 7 “What’s in it for you?” (Part 3 of 3)

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    Attention IT Managers!

    The other day we had a fantastic chat with Venky Chandrasekharan, and nearly 200 live attendees, all about Windows 7 and what it provides you in your IT organization and for your business. 

    (You can listen to that recorded chat session HERE.)

    As I like to do with these, I promised that I would take the Q&A log from the event and expand upon the answers we gave, as well as answer the more technical questions that we didn’t have a chance to get to.  And we had so many wonderful questions that I is taking me quite some time to get through them all.

    So, here is PART THREE of our three parts.

    My apologies if you don’t see your question here.   It’s either coming in a later post, or it simply was too technical (or off-topic) to be worth addressing here.

    I hope you find these question, answers, and resources useful!

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    Questions and Answers (Part 3 of 3)

    “When running Virtual XP on a Windows 7 computer and you connect to a server do you need two licenses? One for Windows 7 and one for Windows XP?”

    My understanding is that, no, your Windows 7 machine CAL will cover you for the XP installation and its access to your server. (Please, if you have heard otherwise, let me know. Like you, I’m finding information on this very hard to find.)

    “The option you were talking about connecting to your PC remotely. You need to have Server 2008 R2, with Windows7 to do this?. So if I have the Server 2003 I cannot do this? & what is the security risk involved?”

    For DirectAccess, you need to have Windows Server 2008 R2 as your DirectAccess Server – the machine that your Windows 7 clients connect to/through to get to your internal network. But that doesn’t restrict what servers or resources you can then connect to on the internal side.

    “You mentioned earlier about ‘capturing’ problems in Windows 7 - do you have a link to info outlining how to do this? I am currently experiencing failures with Word and Excel 2007 trying to print to my Dell network attached printer. I would really like to generate a ‘log’ and get assistance to solve this.”

    The Problem Steps Recorder is really just a simple screen-capture-with-every-action kind of a tool, so it’s not recording anything in the way of items that might be captured in the event log. Which I suppose is also to say – you already have a log. J It’s the Windows event logs. Errors related to application failures or devices can be found using the event viewer.

    “What version of IIS supported by Windows 7?”

    Well.. if you’re asking “What version of IIS is available to add to and run locally on Windows 7, the answer is IIS 7.5 (same as with Windows Server 2008 R2).

    The first and best place for IIS-related information, plus forums where you can ask questions or search on other people’s answers is at www.iis.net.

    “Would you briefly explain how Windows 7 will be easier to deploy? Create and manage images?”

    http://www.microsoft.com/deployment - get the MDT (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit). It has great documentation and step-by-step instructions.

    “Can I use Problem Step Recorder in Vista or XP? If not, can you recommend any tool?”

    No. Unfortunately the Problem Steps Recorder is only available as a part of Windows 7. There may be other tools out there that will work for XP or Vista. Sounds like a good opportunity for someone to develop a useful shareware utility…

    “Anti-Virus that would run are Windows 7 could be find in this link http://www.microsoft.com/windows/antivirus-partners/windows-7.aspx . Windows Anti-Malware Engine improved a lot in Windows 7 and it is different from Windows XP and Windows 7 one. So user encourage to use only anti-malware which are ready for their platform. user should not use compatibility mode to run incompatible antivirus (same apply to other system tools).”

    Thanks for sharing that!

    “Can you give an overview of Problem Steps Recorder and how and when it should be used. Are there any security concerns to be aware of?”

    As we discussed in the live chat, the only security concerns I could see would involve the fact that the PSR is taking screenshots, which could potentially include confidential information that is somewhere on the desktop or within the applications visibly running at the time. You’d be wise to include that warning when instructing your users on using this tool.

    “I set up Virtual XP on Win 7 and ran into a NAT issue, similar to ICS. I could not add the virtual PC to the domain. Was I doing something wrong?”

    By default XP mode does indeed do NAT for the sake of the XP running virtually on Windows 7. You can change it and essentially let the XP machine connect directly to the network through the Windows 7 machine’s NIC.

    See this excellent blog post on working with networking in Windows XP Mode.

    “I am finding that win7 don't like some of my newer network dirve and can become very un stable i and wil just sit and do noting and have to be rebooted before it will work with the app you trying to load. is this to be addressed”

    That's a little hard to troubleshoot in a live chat, I'm afraid. :) My advice would be (if you haven't already) to look at the event logs and see if there are any clues there. It also could be a network issue - timeouts on connections that aren't able to be maintained.

    “Can you name two or three of the specific positive comments made by the business community for the deployment of Windows 7?”

    You can find those all at http://www.microsoft.com/windows - and go more specifically down to any items "for business".

    “Can Windows 7 be installed on an Intel Mac at this time?”

    Yes. http://www.bing.com/search?q=install+windows+7+on+mac&src=IE-SearchBox&FORM=IE8SRC

     

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    Good stuff?  Hopefully you saw PART ONE and PART TWO also.

  • Best of Questions and Answers for the IT Manager Community Talk with Kevin – Windows 7 “What’s in it for you?” (Part 2 of 3)

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    Attention IT Managers!

    The other day we had a fantastic chat with Venky Chandrasekharan, and nearly 200 live attendees, all about Windows 7 and what it provides you in your IT organization and for your business. 

    (You can listen to that recorded chat session HERE.)

    As I like to do with these, I promised that I would take the Q&A log from the event and expand upon the answers we gave, as well as answer the more technical questions that we didn’t have a chance to get to.  And we had so many wonderful questions that I is taking me quite some time to get through them all.

    So, here is PART TWO of our three parts.

    My apologies if you don’t see your question here.   It’s either coming in a later post, or it simply was too technical (or off-topic) to be worth addressing here.

    I hope you find these question, answers, and resources useful!

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    Questions and Answers (Part 2 of 3)

    “Will Win 7 integrate well with XP in the environment until a full implementation is completed in the environment?”

    Yes.. everything you might be doing as far as XP systems relating to one another is supported in a mixed XP/Windows7/Vista environment as well.

    “Are there any thoughts going around to make XP Mode 64 bit to take advantage of more memory?”

    Great question. And as we mentioned in the live chat, we’re not aware of any plans to create a XP-Mode 64-bit virtual machine. You can run XP-Mode on top of 64-bit Windows 7 (so you can have more memory on the host to work with), but the XP itself is 32- bit.

    “The real time response of windows, xp, vista is very poor. Many seconds can elapse before a mouse click is recognized or a switch to another application is acknowledged. Has that changed significantly in W7?”

    I don’t know if your particular situation is specifically related to XP or Vista, so I’m certainly not able to say for sure that your issue will be fixed with Windows 7. However, I do know that a lot of low-level optimizing has taken place in Windows 7, so that might improve things for you. Practically everyone I’ve talked to about their early experiences with Windows 7 have said that they noticed a dramatic improvement in responsiveness.

    “I have just installed Win 7 Pro today. I was able to get it installed with no errors and it worked fine the first time. I was also able to get my HP k550dn printer setup and working without any software installation. That was very impressive.”

    Cool! Thanks for sharing that.

    “What versions of Windows 7 will run Virtual XP? Does it require special hardware?”

    The free (no additional cost) XP OS is only for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions. Yes, it does require that your CPU be the newer Intel or AMD ones that have built-in support for virtualization. And keep in mind that memory will also be important, because your virtualized XP is configured to use real memory while it’s running.

    “Can you talk about the HighDPI feature in Win7?”

    You can get more detail from the “Engineering Windows 7” blog.

    “Do you have a list of search connectors available for download?”

    I found this list (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/742-windows-7-search-federation-providers.html ), but of course this is going to hopefully be an ever-expanding list.

    “XP mode is amazing. i am running ms dyamics nav into xp mode and he works great !!!”

    Excellent! Thanks for sharing that!

    “We are currently running a Windows Server 2008 domain controller. What additional options will we see moving to the 2008 R2 (in regards to the Windows 7 clients)?”

    As we discussed in the chat, there are a couple of new features/capabilities that do require both Windows 7 as the client and Windows Server 2008 R2 as the solution. Check out this good “better together” page: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/R2-Better-Together.aspx

    “Is there a network equivalent of OneCare (that I have at home)?”
    “Is the free anti virus tool from Microsoft will be installed by default? What is the memory limit? Will there be 64 of Windows 7?”

    Microsoft just recently released a free antivirus product for home users called Microsoft Security Essentials. http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials

    For AV in business, you should consider the solutions in the Microsoft ForeFront set of products. http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/en/us/default.aspx

    “With the virtual options in Win7, can I make a virtual machine of a user's old computer and then run it on their new Win7 computer? (A sort of backup feature)”

    I suppose this could be done. Taking an image and then installing the image into a virtual machine is one way to accomplish it. Or if you have System Center Virtual Machine Manager you could do a “P2V” (physical to virtual) migration in order to create the VHD (though the resulting machine will be built for Hyper-V).

    Remember, though, that the “XP Mode” capability is not really supposed to be a backup of a previous machine. The main goal is to give people a platform as a last resort for application compatibility. The effort to build and maintain the old desktop within the new is, in my opinion, more work than it’s worth.

    “Are there any differences between Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise?”

    Functionally, with the exception of some features that are not enabled (but can be) by default (such as games in Enterprise), the two are the same. Where they differ is with regard to licensing benefits that you get with Enterprise, because it is only through Volume Licensing and with Software Assurance that you can have Enterprise Edition. Products such as MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack) become available to you to add to your license as well.

    “How will Windows 7 improve my user's ability to search for files on our network?”

    Yes. As we discussed in the live chat, we want to provide (because people want) a common platform to launch a search. Adding the ability to plug into other search services and launch them from within the Windows Explorer window (a feature called “Federated Search”) is how we make this happen.

    “Is Windows Defender still available in Windows 7?”

    Yes.

    “Windows XP would often lock up and just wait for some internal time out on a resource. There was no straight forward way to release the resource or even know what application or resource was, that caused the lock up. This often led to restores to earlier working points, loosing desktop changes and other app changes: a lot of work was lost. What does windows 7 have that allows a user to know what is wrong with the OS and what to do about it without having a Systems Admin IT professional diagnose the system?”

    Windows 7 has built-in Troubleshooting now that goes above and beyond even what we did in Windows Vista. I use Vista as the example all the time, because when it came to trying to solve networking issues, Vista really had the right idea. Instead of just tearing down and re-building the connection and hoping it works (ala XP), Vista had a top-down, decision-tree approach to trying to solve the problem. Sometimes the troubleshooter will solve the issue, and other times at the very least it will give the end-user better, more useful information that they can pass on to their administrator.

    Windows 7 takes it several steps beyond that to not only let the end user troubleshoot networking, but also application compatibility issues or errors, hardware/device issues, display issues, and system and security issues.

    Check out this Channel 9 video that goes into the details on how this new troubleshooting and diagnostics functionality works.

    “What are the upgrade paths to Windows 7? Can you upgrade from XP?”

    From XP, no, you cannot do an in-place upgrade. There are tools that can help with the migration of your files and settings. There are also tools that can automate the process for business IT people who need to do this for many machines.

    Here’s a good “Upgrading to Windows 7” page: http://windows.microsoft.com/upgrade?os=other

    And even a step-by-step tutorial here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-xp-to-windows-7

    “Are you going to go over Windows 7 and Direct Access more?”

    No, we really didn’t have time to go deep into any particular technology area in the live chat. However, here is a good “Executive Overview” of DirectAccess in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

    And not too long ago I recorded a screencast demonstrating how to configure DirectAccess.

    “Does Windows 7 require Windows Server 2008 R2 to effectively manage the desktop?”

    No.

    “What version of PowerShell comes with Windows 7?”

    PowerShell 2.0 In fact, it’s installed by default now, rather than having to download or add it.

    “How do I go about using Windows 7 Compatible logo for my application?”

    Here is the Windows 7 Software Logo Program

    “Would you briefly explain how Windows 7 will be easier to deploy? Create and manage images?”

    That is a big topic. I recommend you start here: http://www.microsoft.com/deployment.

    Look for information about and download tools such as the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK).

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    Good stuff?  Hopefully you saw PART ONE also. 

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  • Best of Questions and Answers for the IT Manager Community Talk with Kevin – Windows 7 “What’s in it for you?” (Part 1 of 3)

    Click to listen to the recorded chat session. Attention IT Managers!

    The other day we had a fantastic chat with Venky Chandrasekharan, and nearly 200 live attendees, all about Windows 7 and what it provides you in your IT organization and for your business. 

    (You can listen to that recorded chat session HERE.)

    As I like to do with these, I promised that I would take the Q&A log from the event and expand upon the answers we gave, as well as answer the more technical questions that we didn’t have a chance to get to.  And we had so many wonderful questions that I is taking me quite some time to get through them all.

    So.. I’m going to post these in 3 parts.  Here is part 1 of 3.

    My apologies if you don’t see your question here.   It’s either coming in a later post, or it simply was too technical (or off-topic) to be worth addressing here.

    I hope you find these question, answers, and resources useful!

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    Questions and Answers (Part 1 of 3)

    “How can I change the default keyboard for all running applications in Win7? When I try it, I change only for current Application.”

    Enter “keyboard language” in the Start menu’s searchbox and hit return. You should see “Change keyboards or other input methods”. Click it.

    “Are the ‘Win7 64bits’ faster than 32bits? How much in percentage?”

    64 bits are twice as fast as 32. (I’M JUST KIDDING!!!)

    I really don’t know the answer in actual percentage. It’s going to be faster when you have more memory than a 32-bit OS and the 32-bit address space can support, of course.

    I “binged it”. There are some good comparisons and data here: http://www.bing.com/search?q=64-bit+vs.+32-bit+performance+comparison&src=IE-SearchBox&FORM=IE8SRC

    “How will Windows 7 improve my user's ability to search for files on our network?”

    In the chat we discussed this one. Basically you’re going to want to look at how Search Federation in Windows 7 can be used to unify the search experience (and so improve their ability) on the desktop.

    And if you’re curious, I found a list of Search Federation providers here:
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/742-windows-7-search-federation-providers.html

    “What is MS recommending in terms of adoption of the 32-bit or 64-bit version? Is future development going to focus on 64-bit?”

    On the Server side it’s all going 64-bit. Most new server products (and even our latest OS, Server 2008 R2) are 64-bit only. And that’s because server-class hardware is all 64-bit for the past several years now.

    The same can’t be true for desktops and laptops. 32-bit will still be an option for awhile. So we’ll have 32-bit and 64-bit versions at least for the near-term. I can’t predict when the switch to all 64-bit will happen on the desktop side.

    “How is Win7 compatible with older servers and Group policy and security settings?”

    As we discussed in the live chat, there isn’t really anything special about Active Directory or how Group Policy objects are replicated to and supported by Domain Controllers that Windows 7 requires that is any different than any other AD joined client operating system. And if a policy is set that configures new functionality in Windows 7, or for that many ANY operating system that is newer than the one where a policy is being applied, it will just be ignored.

    “I noticed that also in Windows 7, sometimes drivemappings are been lost, and only the red cross is been displayed. The names are lost of the mappings, but!!! the drives are still there and accessable....according supportsites from msft this already should have been solved in Vista..but also in my Win7 syst. x64 its still a problem...”

    That’s a bit more of a technical support issue than we usually attempt to address in these IT Manager Community Chats, I’m afraid. But you might want to see if you have some kind of a networking issue.. where unexpected latency is causing these “connections” to time out. The documentation you saw on a fix might not relate to the problem you’re having, so it’s hard to say that this was the fix you were expecting.

    “Is there a view of the presentation that shows windows 7, all I see is a cover page of the presenters?”

    Did you join late? (smile) As I explain up at the front of all of these sessions, the idea here is to make it a live, interactive session. We only put a few resources up there for your use… but we really want the end result to be something you can get value from by simply listening to it – not having to focus on slides or demos. And it gives us the opportunity to keep it interactive, too.. much more fluid than having to follow a slide deck or script.

    “How will anti-virus work with the resources? Will anti-viruses slow down the computer like it did in Windows XP?”

    I don’t know of anything special about Windows 7 that will make Antivirus perform any slower or faster than it does on our older operating systems. If your AV solution is a memory/resource hog or duplicates existing functionality already in XP SP2 and beyond, then it’s going to do the same thing in Windows 7.

    Related note: Microsoft just recently released a free antivirus product for home users called Microsoft Security Essentials. http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials

    For AV in business, you should consider the solutions in the Microsoft ForeFront set of products. http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/en/us/default.aspx

    “What are the settings for configuration on UAC?”

    Here’s a great TechNet Magazine article by Mark Russinovich on User Account Control that, among other things, shows off the new User Interface: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.07.uac.aspx

    For changing the settings using Group Policy: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/windows7/How-do-I-change-the-behavior-of-User-Account-Control-by-using-Group-Policy

    For a great whys-and-wherefores discussion of UAC, check out the “Engineering Windows 7” blog post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2008/10/08/user-account-control.aspx

    “Will networking be enabled in xp mode?”

    The thing to remember about “XP Mode” in Windows 7 is that at the heart of it, it is another running operating system (XP SP3), running as what it thinks is it’s own machine. And as such, yes, you can network it. Applications running there can (and will be default) have access to the same network that your host Windows 7 machine has.

    Remember: Issues of security such as antivirus, antispyware, firewall, etc.. all apply to this other “machine” also. Keep it up-to-date!

    “With the virtual options in Win7, can I make a virtual machine of a user's old computer and then run it on their new Win7 computer? (A sort of backup feature)”

    It’s an interesting idea.. and I suppose it’s doable if you have some way to capture their machine as an image that you then could deploy to the virtual machine. Seems like a lot of work, though, to give them an old operating system on top of the new one.

    “Windows 7 will support booting from VHD files at a software level?”

    Not sure what exactly you’re looking for when you say “software level”. As we discussed in the chat around this question, it really is a combined hardware/software solution as it exists. It’s all software, after all, but it is at a lower level. You boot to a VHD using the new bootloader, which is able to see and launch/run an operating system from within that .vhd file as if it were just another disk partition. And once it’s running, the OS itself has full access to the hardware. Heck, you can even see your own OS disk, and along side it (probably your D: drive) is the actual physical disk that contains your .vhd file.

    Now.. if you’re looking for running a .vhd file from within a currently running OS, there’s still Windows Virtual PC (the Virtual PC software that supports XP-mode can run other Operating Systems, too) as running virtual machines. That’s probably the more “software” level idea you’re thinking of.

    “Can you please email updates to your blog to sort of an email list who are here?”

    Sorry, I can’t. I don’t have access to the names/addresses of the people attending the webcast.

    “In Windows 7, can you create virtual machines ? and are you capable of saving VM's to a USB flash drive?”

    Yes, and yes.

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    Watch this blog for parts 2 and 3!

  • Breaking News: Big Day!

    All the news coming from Microsoft around Windows 7

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  • Good Fun: Windows 7 Film Festival – The Results

    Film Festival Results

    Just got an e-mail from Stephen Rose.  He writes:

    17 film teams in the Seattle area competed.  Rules were to create a 30 second to 2 minute film, targeted to IT Pros.  Each team picked a different genre from a hat (e.g. Comedy, Music, Parkour, Blast from the Past, etc.).  And they had to include the following in their film: 1) a character called “CIO Wiggins”, 2) a line of dialog “The guys in IT are going to like this” and 3) mention “Windows 7”.   The results are hilarious and interesting.  Check them out!   http://www.youtube.com/user/Win7FilmFest

    Good stuff!

  • Cool: New Career Planning Resources

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    Microsoft Learning has a new site (and really a global campaign) devoted to helping you plot out your career, and to help you then find the trainings and resources that can help you get there. 

    From the site:

    “Today, more than ever, your career is the best investment you can make. Microsoft provides certifications, guidance, career paths, and special offers associated with some of the most commonly recognized IT job roles in the industry.
    Microsoft Learning Plans and offers help you train on and become certified in the most notable and current Microsoft products, including Windows Server and Windows client technologies, Microsoft Exchange Server, and Microsoft SQL Server.”

    Click here for more information.

  • Kevin's "New Efficiency": Launch Event Resources

    E-mail Technical Questions: Kevin Remde – Kevin.Remde@microsoft.com
    Feedback e-mail to my boss: Brian Moore – BriMoore@microsoft.com

    Future Live, In-Person Event Information:
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    Introducing Windows 7

    “The NEW Efficiency” Web Site - www.thenewefficiency.com

    Windows 7 Enterprise Edition 90-day Trial
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/cc442495.aspx

    Welcome to Winodws 7 - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/default.aspx

    TechNet Edge - Windows 7 Screencasts - http://edge.technet.com/Tags/Windows+7/

    Windows 7 Springboard - http://www.microsoft.com/springboard

    Training Offers (Specifically for you launch attendees!) - www.microsoft.com/learning/careeroffers

    Talking About Windows - http://www.talkingaboutwindows.com

    The Windows Team Blogs (includes the Window 7 Team Blog, among others)
    http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/

    Windows 7 Feature Walkthroughs - very useful screencasts...
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd320282.aspx

    ...such as the video "Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7"
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd671583.aspx

    TechNet Edge - Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Beta (USMT "Hardlink" feature)
    http://edge.technet.com/Media/User-State-Migration-with-Windows-7/

    MDOP – Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/products/mdop/default.aspx

    The Official MDOP Blog - http://blogs.technet.com/mdop

    Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

    Windows Server 2008 Home - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008

    Windows Server 2008 Tech Center - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/2008/default.aspx

    Introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2 - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/R2.aspx

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Evaluation – http://www.microsoft.com/ws08eval

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Reviewer's Guide (Beta) Document Download
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/E/3/6E3E4529-27E3-48EC-B7E7-1A93242D3AE1/Windows_Server_2008_R2_Reviewers_Guide_(BETA).doc

    Learning Resources - www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/learning.aspx

    Technical Overview of DirectAccess in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=64966e88-1377-4d1a-be86-ab77014495f4&DisplayLang=en

    Introducing Exchange Server 2010

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Home - http://www.microsoft.com/exchange

    Webcasts and Podcasts - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/bb288465.aspx

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 TechCenter - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/2010/default.aspx

    Exchange 2010 Trial Download - http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/2010/en/us/trial-software.aspx

    TechNet Edge: Unified Communications Solutions Resources
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    Exchange 2010 TechNet Library
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb124558(EXCHG.140).aspx

    Exchange 2010 System Requirements
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996719(EXCHG.140).aspx

    “You Had Me AT EHLO” – The Exchange Team Blog
    http://msexchangeteam.com/

    Forums - http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/exchange2010/threads

  • Celebrate! I’ve been “Full of I.T.” for five Years!

    blog_lg2 Wow.. I just looked at my calendar, and noted that this here blog has reached the five year mark TODAY.

    “Really?  Five years?”

    Yep.  You and I have been chatting here ever since my first blog post back on October 17, 2004

    Since then I’ve posted 891 blog posts, and only 6 inaccuracies. (okay.. I made up that last one.  So now it’s 7.)

    Let’s keep the momentum going!