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  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 For Business: Remember Our Good Friend Group Policy

    Hopefully you never forgot Group Policy! Whenever the topic of working with desktops in business is brought up, IT Pro’s always want to manage and maintain those desktops. For me the first thing that always come to mind is Group Policy and hopefully does for you as well. Group Policy is one...
  • Blog Post: IE December Out-of-Band Release Information and Webcasts

    I just learned some more information and webcast links for security update MS08-078 that we released today.  This update addresses a new vulnerability allowing remote code execution in affected versions of Internet Explorer. MS08-078 has a maximum severity rating of Critical for all versions of...
  • Blog Post: Does your Group Policy need a GPS?

    If your like me you can lost in the thousands of policies in Group Policy.  As new applications, operating systems, or other add-ons . While searching around one of my favorite technical nuggets in Group Policy, I found something new (at least new to me) called: Group Policy Search (GPS) With the...
  • Blog Post: 2008 U.S. Imagine Cup Competition Videos

    As I mentioned in a previous post: 2008 U.S. Imagine Cup Finals National Winners Announced!   Which is an exciting competition, well here are some videos that my buddy Chris took at the Imagine Cup US finals in LA.   In the first video he talked to the winners of the photography contest...
  • Blog Post: What do you get when you cross a slight case of Insomnia with Group Polices?

    What do you do when you wake up at 4am and you cannot sleep and have to be relatively quiet. The choices are quite amazing when you think about it: Watch commercial TV (I did not know a potato peeler could do all that and for a mere $19.95) Surf the Web Check Email Play XBOX So I did what all good...
  • Blog Post: Having Trouble Finding Information on Microsoft Event ID's?

    Having my typical fun day of troubleshooting, I found a great web site. the web site is eventid.net. It can be found here: http://eventid.net/ . You can search for all the Microsoft event ID’s. It also gives some great information on how to troubleshoot those Event ID’s. I have not tried the subscription...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC Guest OS Performance Tips Part 1 of 3

    Good Afternoon Everyone, I have quite a few things I want to share with all of you to help make your guest OS’s in Virtual PC run faster. Again thanks to Kevin Remde and Keith Combs who helped me put together this list. This is part 1, in Part 2 I will talk about some advanced topics (defraging...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Product Guide screencast - Media Player

    Another fun topic for Friday's screencast is the new Media Player! The new media player is a fantastic media tool for organizing your photos, songs and videos! The interface has really been streamlined and makes it easier to find and work with your digital media! Media player also makes it very easy...
  • Blog Post: Looking to gain Momentum for a Pilot of Microsoft Technologies?

    Do the following questions apply to you: Interested in learning more about the newest Microsoft technologies? Need help to evaluate different Microsoft products and features? Willing to test and pilot in production Microsoft beta products? Would like to have access to exclusive forums and Microsoft product...
  • Blog Post: Launch Events Questions and Answers

    Thank you everyone for coming to the launch events  and I apologize in the delay in getting the Q/A from the events!  I finally got this post done, amazing when you have some time off the road the things you can do.  So again thank you and here are the questions from launch.  Please...
  • Blog Post: MVP Contest Update and Results

    As you may recall I announced a contest Keith and I were having for MVP’s and creating a  screencast that shows PHP integration with IIS.  Unfortunately we did not receive any entries. That's right, 0, nada, zilch and for you developers entries = null.  This was a bit surprising to myself...
  • Blog Post: Memphis and Nashville, TN: LAUNCH (1/16/2007 and 1/18/2007)

    Good DAY Memphis and Nashville! First off THANK YOU for coming to launch! I had a great time and I hope everyone really enjoyed the events! We had a little almost 1000 (974 to be exact!) Tennessee IT Professionals combined! What a phenomenal turn out, and again thank you Memphis and Nashville! As sometimes...
  • Blog Post: OFFICE 2010, SharePoint 2010 Launch events REGISTER NOW, seating is limited!!!!

    We are coming to a city near you and we want to see you at the events!  We are going to talk about Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.  Come out and spend some time hearing how these products can rock your world!  Here are just a small sampling of the cities we are heading to, we are going...
  • Blog Post: Scritping Week 3 Is Coming

    Scripting Week 3 is coming! Oh yeah, and you could Win a Trip for Two to Seattle … And Dinner with the Scripting Guys! Let me repeat that: you could Win a Trip for Two to Seattle!!! Just by attending a web cast and filling out the Eval!! How cool is that!? I kid you not: as part of Scripting...
  • Blog Post: Hot Off the Presses: New Search Case Study

    This case study presents the key decision points, architecture design and definition, and test criteria and results from a scalability and performance test conducted at the Microsoft Partner Solutions Center (MPSC) in Redmond, Washington. It is intended to provide strategic information about designing...
  • Blog Post: Get full service for your PC for FREE

    Have you ever been on someone's PC and they had no security precaution. No Firewall, no virus scanners, no spy-ware tools, no pop up blockers, and they have been plugged into the Internet since the launch of Windows 95? I do not about you, but I personally do not even go near those PC's with even a CD...
  • Blog Post: We Share Your Pain (WYSP) video

    I get asked this question very frequently on where can you locate the We Share Your Pain Video. It is a fun video that shows another tool in progress at Microsoft. Enjoy! Look forward to your comments. :-) Q: Where can I get the We Share Your Pain Video (WYSP)? A: I get this question quite a bit,...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Screencast: More Secure and Private Browsing

    In this screencast I talk about how IE 8 is more secure, how IE 8 provides many teachable moments in helping protect everyone while they browse.  Overall IE 8 has increased security, privacy and control of your data and information through its improved SmartScreen®Filter (a next generation of phishing...
  • Blog Post: Do you want to get a Windows 7 Beta 1 DVD, attend a MDC and get one!

    I was checking out, Chris Koenig blog, who is one of the developer evangelists I work with, and I saw this great post: Windows 7 Beta 1 for MDC Attendees!   In a nutshell all you need to do is attend an upcoming MSDN Developer Conference and you will receive a Windows 7 Beta 1 DVD.  So what...
  • Blog Post: Piloting the future with Windows 7 and XP Mode powered by Momentum

    Here is another interesting project that was powered by IT Pro Momentum .   This project really shows the power of the program can provide even to our developer brethren.  This project is being run by a software developer who supports local clients with technical solutions to make their business...
  • Blog Post: ScreenCast: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 part 1: Interop Goodies

    I am excited to deliver this quick screencast on  Internet Explorer 8 beta 1. In this screencast, I show some of the great enhancements that IE 8 will do to help solve some common problems around CSS development as well as some new features leveraging HTML 5.  Check out the screencast below...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Environment :: Innovating to Improve Our Planet

    I recently got on email from, Michael Walsh, in response to some of the postings I did for the imagine cup.  If his name looks familiar you may have read his article.  He wrote on one of my favorite technologies, group policy , can be used to help the environment: Sustainable Computing Conserving...
  • Blog Post: No File Left Behind: Windows Desktop Search (WDS)

    A few weeks ago, I started diving into a fantastic free tool for your desktops. The tool is called Windows Desktop Search (WDS). WDS is a search engine allowing you to search across all the types of information on our systems. From your email, documents, photos and music, WDS will help break down the...
  • Blog Post: It’s Not That Important

    We have all been there, your driving, you hear your cell phone ring, ding or beep, trust me it is not that important and here is why (please take a minute to read the article): Child killed in 3-car accident in Columbia Heights It is probably like hundreds of other similar stories you have seen. ...
  • Blog Post: MOSS 2007 Upgrade powered by Momentum

    A while back a made a post on how you can get some support in implementation of certain Microsoft technologies, through a program called momentum.  You can see the post here: Looking to gain Momentum for a Pilot of Microsoft Technologies?   I know the program will also be adopting new technologies...