June, 2007

  • Excel 2007 Add-in for Synchronizing Tables with SharePoint Lists - now available!

    If you have worked with SharePoint , lists are one of the most important features. Unfortunately, creating and editing lists through the Web UI is something of a pain in the arse. Excel, on the other hand, can do just about anything with tables (nee lists...
  • Hiding Fast User Switching

    I happen to like Fast User Switching (which now works on Domain Joined Computers in Vista!), but if you want to disable access for some reason... Start,Run --> Gpedit.msc --> Local Computer Policy, Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates...
  • Office 2007 - What ever happened to that menu option?

    Have you ever wondered where that menu option went in the new Office 2007 applications? Now you can find the answer with the following interactive guides which can be accessed online or downloaded to your computer. Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 Online: http...
  • Windows Experience Index will not update

    Part deux in my "strange experiences while installing Vista" series :) As mentioned earlier , I installed a clean copy of Vista after replacing the Motherboard and Video Card. The first time I booted up, my Windows Experience Index bottlenecked on the...
  • Multicast Deployments with Windows Server 2008

    Well, I was just going to write a post on one of the coolest features in Windows Server 2008 - Multicast Deployments (aka the ability to image multiple machines in parallel). However, I see that TechNet Magazine covered it last month! http://www.microsoft...
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 hits Automatic Update on June 12th

    Just an important reminder: Windows Server Sp2 will be advertised beginning June 12th on Windows Update, Automatic Update, and consequently on Windows Software Update Services (WSUS). You should use the SP2 Blocking mechanism SP2 blocker tool to keep...
  • Running in a fat suit

    So... went running today. First time in a while. Well, "running" is something of an exaggeration. There was some loping, some speed walking, and some meandering. Not much running after the first 100 yards or so. At some point during the run I realized...
  • Why won't Vista install? It worked with the last OS I had on it...

    I installed a clean copy of Vista recently, after replacing my Motherboard, Video Card, and Processor ( detailed here ). As my last post focused on my Experience Index, I didn't cover the two strange issues I ran into. I will cover them (and their solutions...
  • Bill and Steve. No, not that Steve. The other one.

    At the recent D5 Conference, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher had an absolutely awesome interview with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Videos of the complete Steve Jobs and Bill Gates interview are available here: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Prologue Steve Jobs...
  • On Leadership

    Recently, on the recommendation of State Command Chief Master Sergeant Hayley of the WA Air National Guard (a true stand-up Gentleman), I just read the two following books, and thought I would share my thoughts: Leadership, by Rudolph Giuliani The Leadership...
  • System Center Essentials 30/500

    System Center Essentials is one of the coolest and most useful programs coming out of Microsoft this year. SCE is targeted at small and midmarket businesses that want some of the monitoring, software distribution, and reporting capabilities as our enterprise...
  • System Center Service Manager Beta 1 now available

    The following just came through my email... System Center Service Manager is the keystone for the entire System Center suite of products, tying together Help Desk Functions, a CMDB , a self-service portal, Operations Manager 2007 , Configuration Manager...
  • What am I waiting for?

    When you log into or out of Windows Vista, you will receive the following message as Windows starts up or shuts down various services, applies settings, runs logon scripts, etc. If you enjoy knowing WHAT it is that Windows is doing, you can make Windows...
  • Microsoft Group Policy Resources

    Ever get stuck wondering where a particular Group Policy setting is hidden? Want to see what new Group Policy settings will be available in Windows Server 2008? Do you need Planning, Deployment, Troubleshooting, Virtual Labs or Technical Reference information...
  • Operations Manager Design Guide and Virtual Labs

    The Design Guide has been released and is available via the documentation link on TechNet http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/bb498235.aspx Or directly http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/4/d/74deff5e-449f-4a6b-91dd-ffbc117869a2/OpsMgr2007_DesignGuid...
  • I know what I'm doing with my next $10,000...

    I'm saving up for an iTable. I mean Microsoft Surface...
  • Life After Death by PowerPoint

    Don McMillan covers some of the cardinal sins of PowerPoint. It's funny because its so true ;) Life After Death by PowerPoint
  • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager V2 Beta 2 Released

    This hasn't hit the DPM Blog yet, but DPM V2 Beta 2 is now available. https://connect.microsoft.com/availableconnections.aspx Listed below are just some of the new features that DPM Beta 2 includes: Support for Microsoft Exchange (E2k3 and E12), including...
  • Can't make it to the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference?

    This year will be my first Partner Conference, and I am looking forward to it!!! If you want to meet up at WPC, feel free to ping me ... If you aren't able to make it... there will be a virtual WPC available here: http://members.microsoft.com/partner...
  • TechEd Sessions Simulcast

    The following are the webcasts that I just added to my calendar: TechNet Webcast: The Next Release of Microsoft SQL Server: Overview (Level 200) Monday, June 4, 2007 12:00 P.M.–1:15 P.M. Pacific Time TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Windows PowerShell: The...