January, 2008

  • Wrinkled Shirts... a Travel Tip

    This post is totally not tech related. Sorry... For some reason, hotels in Europe do not seem to have irons in the room. This is just super when you are on the second leg of a trip, and your clothes are starting to look a lot like this: If I was smart...
  • Pocket-protector territory

    Alright... we're going into serious pocket-protector territory here, but the TCP/IP Registry Values for Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 guide is available for download. If you have been just dying to know how to configure the W2K8 TCP...
  • How fast are you?

    First saw this over on Jeremy's Blog and had to try it myself... 88 words So... top that !
  • Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility

    Some good resources on Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility over at Venkat's Blog : Microsoft has made several resources and tools available for Solution developers create better solutions that run on Windows Server Operating systems. Some of...
  • Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects...
  • Active Directory How-Tos

    How do I back up AD? Seize an Operations Manager role? Recover a Domain Controller? Manage SYSVOL? There's a guide for that... Active Directory Product Operations Guide Process: Back up Active Directory Process: Non-authoritative Restore of Active Directory...
  • Authenticate Linux/Unix to Active Directory

    If you need guidance on a Microsoft technology, we probably have a Solution Accelerator for that! Today's guide is brought to you by the letter "authentication" . Now... If you operate in a heterogeneous environment, you may one day be tasked with making...
  • All the TechNet and MSDN blogs

    Seriously. All of them. In a convenient, easy to consume OPML format: http://blogs.technet.com/Opml.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/opml.aspx
  • Virtual Technet

    Good stuff in this month's TechNet magazine...all about System Center and Group Policy. Get it while its hot! System Center Real Control with Virtual Machine Manager 2007 Virtualization allows organizations to consolidate resources and save money. But...
  • Working at Microsoft

    I wrote my " Why I love working at Microsoft " post nearly a year ago, but Dare Abasanjo (author of RSS Bandit ) has great retrospective of his 5 years at Microsoft, and ends with a graphic from Scott Hanselman's post about joining Microsoft . Not to...
  • MCITPing it with W2K8

    If you are a certification junkie like me, you have been anxiously awaiting information on the last of the Windows 2008 Certification Exams that replace the venerable MCSE. Information on the Technical Specialist exams has been available for a while,...
  • Managing Hyper-V remotely

    Just got this from Jeff on the Windows Virtualization Team : Hyper-V Question of the Day: Q: I’d like to install the Hyper-V MMC on Windows Server 2008 to remotely manage another Hyper-V System. How do I do this? Can I do this on Windows Server 2008 x64...
  • Windows Server Compare

    I see that Keith has some pretty sweet webcasts coming up for all those of you that live in a heterogeneous world. This is all part of the Windows Server Compare series of screencasts and webcasts that are coming out. TechNet Webcast: Windows Compare...
  • Security Best Practices

    By no means a comprehensive list, today's Best Practices are brought to you by the letter " security ". TechNet Security Home Assess Your Environment •The Security Risk Management Discipline module •The Assessing Network Security book •The SANS Security...
  • Driving in India

    I am in India for the next week or so, and it really is quite beautiful here (and much warmer than Seattle)! The panorama below (stitched together with the killer Windows Live Photo Gallery ) shows some features (palm trees and blue skies) not typically...
  • Windows Server 2008 certifications

    Speaking as one to another... (sorry, I don't have any other cool place to show off my Windows 2008 certs and cool button from the Microsoft Certification Logo Builder ), I just heard from Trika that you can sign up for notification as to when the new...
  • WPF Bootcamp

    Awesome collection of training on Windows Presentation Foundation (free of course!). Three whole days worth of recorded sessions, labs, demos, PowerPoints.... http://www.visitmix.com/university/wpf/wpfbootcamp.htm and a ton more training on Silverlight...
  • Top Microsoft Blogs

    In case you are interested… I was initially just going to show the top 10, but then you would have missed some of my favorites like Keith Combs , Virtual PC Guy , or the Mac Mojo Blog ! So, without further ado, I give you the top 25 blogs on TechNet and...
  • The Seahawks will win this weekend

    Assuming Shaun Alexander steps up his game (or they let Maurice Morris spend some more time with the ball), and if Matt Hasselbeck can limit the number of times he throws the ball to Packers ;) GO HAWKS!!! (and now back to your regularly scheduled technical...
  • Identity Lifecycle Management

    Alright... this is probably not something that you would implement as an IT Pro at a company with 15 employees, but for companies with thousands of employees, Identity Management is very critical.  You have line-of-business applications that depend...
  • How do I run my IT shop?

    I know, I know... another post with a bunch of links from Sean. You may even scroll past this post to get to the latest Lolcats pic in your newsreader. Here. Here's a cute kitty with a witty caption. Is that good enough? Did you get it out of your system...
  • Free Security Courses

    I was just browsing the IT Pro course catalog over at http://www.microsoftelearning.com , and noticed that there are a TON of free courses relating to Security. There are some non-security free courses as well (related to SQL Server 2008, Windows Server...
  • Microsoft on Google

    Although I now use live.com as my default search engine (it's searchier!), I just noticed that Google has a Microsoft-specific search. Very cool! http://www.google.com/microsoft.html
  • Pre-order Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac

    I see over on TUAW that Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac is now available for pre-order from Apple and Amazon , with delivery scheduled on January 15th. It really is a sweet release. You'll want to check out the official Product Site and the Mac Mojo blog...
  • Global Meetings

    As Microsoft is a global company, it is not uncommon to have meeting scheduled that include participants from a number of different regions. The more time zones that are represented in the call, the harder it is to schedule. Invariably, someone is going...