Off Campus

Michael Greene

August, 2007

  • This Silverlight tutorial is worth your time

    Remember this basic tutorials that Macromedia used to put out so new users could get up to speed quickly? I've been looking for something similar on Silverlight. I found it. nibbles tutorials Simple, short, well written. It took a matter of minutes...
  • Spend an hour today and think about mobile devices in schools

    If it was just that easy... Mobile devices in Education is something that we really do feel passionate about across my team at Microsoft. Trying to find the right devices, and the right solutions, to provide value to the educational environment such that...
  • Novell Client for Windows Vista

    From the site: The Novell® Client™ for Windows Vista* provides Windows connectivity to NetWare® and OES Linux servers. With the Novell Client, you can browse through authorized Novell directories, transfer files, and use advanced Novell services directly...
  • How to move Vista from MAK back to KMS client

    One item in the volume activation step by step guide that is a bit confusing is the method for moving a Vista machine that is currently using the MAK back to being a KMS client. Convert a client using MAK Activation to use KMS Activation The instructions...
  • 6 Reasons Server 2008 Matters in School/University Environments

    It's not always easy to wade through the broad messaging and identify how a product might benefit a specific industry. This is by no means a definitive list. I have not addressed advances in IIS, for example, because I'm not a web guy. I also dropped...
  • Listing the differences from Vista Business to Enterprise to Ultimate

    Determining which Vista to install is not as complicated as you might think. Vista Business contains most of what you are looking for out of an "everyday" work machine. Assuming Business as a base, we can construct a simple list of differences. Business...
  • An animated reference to help Students/Teachers learn Office 2007

    I have had an opportunity to meet with school administrators on the value of Vista/Office in Education. One common fear is whether students/teachers will be able to quickly transition to the new ribbon interface in Office 2007. It is not well advertised...
  • 4 Tech Tips for Teachers Presenting With Vista

    I have connected my HP laptop to a wide variety of projectors and since Vista RTM I have had a very good experience. I've had the occasional bad cable but Vista is yet to blame. This may be due to excellent video drivers but I also think Vista in general...
  • The future of reading

    Got an Email last night (ok, it was to all of us in Microsoft EDU) from Bill Hill. He recently recorded a new Channel 9 video! Discussion includes interesting topics such as the Declaration of Digital Independence, Education, the future of reading, etc...
  • Student Multi-Media Projects on Vista

    Many teachers are interested in how they can use modern desktop applications to inspire students through multimedia. This means different things to different people, but a common activity is creating videos that combine pictures, music, and other digital assets in to a "mash-up" movie. Vista includes all the tools you need for this activity, Photo Gallery and Movie Maker. What about DVD authoring? Well, Vista Ultimate does provide that functionality but here is a more important question, why are you burning a DVD? Do you see your students carrying around DVDs full of their custom videos? Absolutely not, they use YouTube, Soapbox, or other services such as Facebook applications to share digital media. If you have a student portal or SharePoint team site for your class, a good option may also be to host mash-ups on your own and let students can download them as podcasts. If you want a quick look at end results without reading the how-to below, check out the recording published by one of my peers. How to create your own Mash-Up in Vista:
  • Save your keystrokes, press ctrl-enter to append ".com" in your browser

    This is another trick that power users apparently are well adjusted to but haven't publicized. It's not limited to Vista or IE7. Just type the domain name you want in the address bar and then hit ctrl-enter to prepend "http://www." and append ".com"....
  • Free Training - Windows Vista Application Compatibility

    Windows Vista application compatibility training recording available for download! There are 4 sessions ranging from 1-2.5 hours each! From the site: This Application Compatibility Training has been delivered worldwide to MCS Consultants, partners and...
  • Step 1 to check if an application will work on Windows Vista

    ... is to search for it on this site! There is now an online resource dedicated to listing applications that have been certified for Windows Vista. Almost a year from RTM, you will find a ton of applications are ready! http://windowsvista.com/appreadiness...
  • One hour video to learn about Microsoft technology for computer labs in Education

    I captured this video at LabMan 2007 . Kevin Sullivan and I delivered the closing presentation (mostly Kevin, I present the last 10 minutes) and focused on maturing technologies for computer labs in higher education. This was captured using a simple webcam...
  • 2 new hotfixes released for Vista to better performance

    Official sources: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=938194 http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=938979 Community announcements: Brad Rutkowski's Blog : Vista: Two hotfixes now released to improve performance, compatibility, and reliability. Windows-Now...
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  • Making sense of AFP/SMB and resource forks on file shares

    Almost two years ago I worked with a school district on a migration to Windows file servers from a competing platform. The most significant part of the project was the complexity of mixed workstation operating systems, OS9, OSX, and XP. As a result of...
  • Best use of your bandwidth today - get these VHD files

    John Baker has posted a link to virtual machine images that contain a full lab environment for Forefront FCS, ConfigMan, OpsMan, IAG, and Forefront for Exchange. These are all new solutions that are worth some ramp time. Why scour around trying to find...