October, 2007

  • System Center: Control the Network, Control the Empire!

  • Unleash The Power of WVHA

    I spent some time in the lab today playing with Windows Vista hardware Assessment Tool (WVHA) 2.0. WVHA is an awesome utility from the Solution Accelerator team that allow you to scan a network (of both AD-joined and workgroup computers) and report on...
  • Clean up after your server!

    While learning about the changes in Active Directory on Windows Server 2008 at a recent conference, the presenters casually mentioned a new feature as an aside that is actually quite exciting! If you have ever had a Domain Controller stolen or experience...
  • Time Machine: Apple's advertising is correct...

    With every new OS, there are a few "Must Have" features that make the upgrade worthwhile. For Vista, it was the security and reliability features, with recent Linux distributions, it has been the addition of Compiz . The addition of Time Machine to Mac...
  • Halloweeny

    Taken near North Bend, WA last night with my new Canon S5 IS :)
  • New Virtual Machine Additions for Linux

    Now with support for SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10! I see that version 2.0 of the VM Additions for Linux have been uploaded, and you can now get them directly from the MS Download site instead of Connect. While they are designed for Virtual Server 2005...
  • Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) in Virtual PC

    A new release of Ubuntu has just come out, so let's put it through the paces in Virtual PC 2007! First of all, the old install problems ( chronicled here ) still exist. The Ubuntu installer boots up into 24-bit color, which is not supported by Virtual...
  • Performance based Microsoft Certification Testing

    Pretty cool opportunity if you live in the Seattle/Redmond area... Attention AD people!! Microsoft Learning needs your help! Pilot runs October 31 st –November 16 th Please forward to anyone local to Seattle area that may be interested. Free pilot exam...
  • Resume Tips

    Quick Disclaimer: Although this post is intended to be humorous, the following examples are all based off of actual resume problems I have seen. Numerous times. On multiple resumes. Good grief. Before I get started, if you are actually working on your...
  • VanPool

    After approximately 6 months on a waiting list, a seat has opened up on the vanpool that drives between my home and work. Finally, I will be able to do something during the 90-minute commute (each way) other than stare at tail-lights and try to stay awake...
  • Protecting Exchange 2007 with Data Protection Manager 2007 - Walkthrough

    Time for part two of my DPM 2007 Series ( Part 1 showed installation ), Protecting Exchange 2007 with DPM 2007... Let's Go! Let's start with required reading, and then I'll walk through the process with screenshots: System Center Data Protection Manager...
  • Virtualization Cookbooks

    Just saw the following over on the Virtualization Blog . I have read a few of them, and they are REALLY good! We finally managed to get the last of the Virtual Server SP1 cookbooks live. Take a look - there is excellent step-by-step details on Virtual...
  • Installing Data Protection Manager 2007 - walkthrough

    Data Protection Manager (hereafter DPM) is an awesome addition to the System Center suite of management products. While DPM 2006 worked well for backing up file servers, DPM 2007 now handles: Blending continuous data protection with traditional tape backup...
  • Windows Server 2008 - Fine Grained Password Policy Walkthrough

    Back in March, I wrote about one of the important new features in Windows Server 2008, the Fine-grained password policy (also a great post for learning more about passwords in general).  In any case, there has been an increase in available documentation...
  • .NET goes open source?

    Well, not open source per se, but courtesy of Scott Guthrie's Blog : One of the things my team has been working to enable has been the ability for .NET developers to download and browse the source code of the .NET Framework libraries, and to easily enable...
  • Anniversary

    Well, today is my 1 year anniversary as a Full Time Employee (FTE) at Microsoft, which also happens to the Indian holiday of Gandhi Jayanti (commemorating the birth of Mahatma Ghandi ), and is the International Day of Non-Violence . In other words, it...
  • Map Active Directory in Visio

    I see that we released the Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer today. I'm working from home today, so I can't run it in AD and attach a screenshot, but this should be helpful for documenting your AD infrastructure. According to the product...