December, 2007

  • Where's My Mail Control Panel?

    (or my Quicktime Control Panel, or my Java control panel...) This has been bugging me for a while. I don't know if there is a KB article or not, but I thought I would share the solution. Ever since I have been using Windows Vista, I have not had a Mail...
  • SharePoint Training

    As I have mentioned several times before, I am a big fan of free training. I am also a big fan of SharePoint . So... let's combine the two! The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Training Standalone Edition is designed to help you learn how to use...
  • SharePoint Service Packs (the definitive list)

    Great list of resources below from Mitch, an Information Worker Architect for Microsoft in New York: On 12/08/07 we released SP1 for the Office System. This includes updates to both Office 2007 and MOSS 2007. We also released the IFilter Pack yesterday...
  • Two Decks and PowerPoint

    Learned a neat trick today that I thought I would share with you all. If you are ever working on a PowerPoint presentation, and want to copy slides from one presentation to the other, you might think it nice to be able to open up one PowerPoint Deck on...
  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator (and free Vista/Office)

    If you have not played with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator, you really need to. It was awesome as the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment tool, and it is even better now that it adds support for Windows Server 2008, Virtualization...
  • HP MediaSmart as an iTunes Server

    My new HP MediaSmart EX470 Windows Home Server just arrived, and it is SWEET!  As Paul Thurrott mentions in his review , this box is TINY.  Ridiculously so.  And completely silent.  I didn't spring for the EX475 (with 1TB of space...
  • ALL the Microsoft Software (plus the kitchen sink)

    Working at Microsoft, I often have friends ask if I can pick them up a copy of this or that Microsoft application. Why? Not because they are running a business, but because they want to be able to play with the software to learn it. If you are an up-and...
  • Easter Eggs

    Just saw this over on Bink.nu . It turns out (and I have verified), that there is a pretty cool easter egg included with the HP EX470/EX475 MediaSmart Home Servers . The HP servers have a series of LEDs on the front of the unit that turn different colors...
  • Im in ur noun, verb-ing ur related noun

    When people with too much time on their hands dissect a fake language... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolcat These images usually consist of a photo of a cat with a large caption characteristically formatted in an uppercase sans serif font such as Impact...
  • More Virtual PC/Server Images

    The product groups have been going buck-wild releasing preconfigured Virtual PC/Virtual Server images for you to play around with! I mentioned a bunch of them in this post , and the master TechNet page is here . Keith , however, noticed a few more: Exchange...
  • Even more Virtual PC/Server images

    2007 Office System Demo and HOL Images This virtual machine demonstration environment contains almost 50 Hands-On-Labs, ~25 demos, and more than 10 software packages. A mere 50GB is needed on your hard drive to install this (large) image! Once you have...
  • Windows Server 2008 - Certified IT Professional Beta Exam Codes

    You are invited to take the following beta exams. 71-646: PRO: Windows® Server 2008, Server Administrator counts as credit towards Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Server Administrator 71-647: PRO: Windows® Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator...
  • Format or Safely Remove?

    When you right click on a USB Hard drive to remove it in Vista, you are presented with the option of "Safely Remove" or "Format". Who thought it was a good idea to stick these particular options 1/8 of an inch apart? ;)
  • Network Troubleshooting without NetMon

    Troubleshooting networks (as with any computer/system/car/generic problem troubleshooting) is often a case study in logic and common sense. Ned Pyle on the Directory Services team has put together a great post on troubleshooting networks using the built...
  • Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guides

    Now that you downloaded the Release Candidate of Windows Server 2008 here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/audsel.mspx Make sure to download and run through the step-by-step guides available here : Creating and Deploying Active Directory Rights...
  • How much iron do I need?

    Photographers get to call their lenses "glass", so server engineers can get away with calling their servers "iron" :). Quite often on the internal discussion lists, I see questions along the lines of "my customer is going to implement Exchange 2007 in...
  • Certification Bonanza!

    The following information is courtesy of Trika... Make sure to visit her blog to learn how you can get your Windows Server 2008 certifications for free (I've signed myself up!) Upcoming Meetings (details and registration links below) § December 5: Windows...
  • Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?

    I laughed. I cried. I had flashbacks to repressed memories... Check it out ;)
  • Hyper-V released!!!

    I would normally put up a great post with examples, pictures, personal stories, wit, and humor... but I am in class today and they are making us shut our laptops. Darn. In any case, AWESOME NEWS!!! The Virtualization team just released a version of Windows...
  • PerformancePoint 2007 Training Resources

    Free training... how can you go wrong? (I first saw this on Arlindo's blog ) http://www.microsoft.com/business/performancepoint/resources/training.aspx Online Training The fastest way to learn the basics of PerformancePoint Server 2007 is through these...
  • Bubble 2.0

    Hilarious! (the title frame below does not do the video justice)
  • Learning Plans

    One of the greatest parts of working at Microsoft is being able to learn of all the cool things we have to offer (many of which are available externally). Some of them, however, I learn about from external sources (such as other Microsoft Blogs). I consider...
  • The VPC images keep coming...

    Visual Studio® Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server and Team Suite VPC Image (Trial) Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server is an integrated collaboration server for Visual Studio Team System. It combines team portal, version control...
  • Quote of the day

    Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. Douglas Adams , "Last Chance to See"
  • Internet Explorer 8 on Acid

    I know, I know... Safari and Opera did it a while ago, but the IE team is making progress on web standards. Last week, we achieved an important milestone that should interest web developers. IE8 now renders the “ Acid2 Face ” correctly in IE8 standards...