January, 2008

  • Why is my hard drive spinning?

    Ever see your hard drive LED chugging away, while there was no apparent activity on your screen?  Apple solves the problem by choosing to not providing a HD LED.  What you don't know can't bug you! My wife, however, asked me to track down the...
  • 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...
  • Best Practices

    It's always a good thing to stand on the shoulders of giants, and implement technology in a way such that you take advantage of the experience of others.  If only someone collected all of these... er... "Best Practices" into one place! ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • What's that service?

    Ever wish that someone at Microsoft would write up a list of all the services that come with Windows Server/client?  Perhaps something that lists the executable command line, the account that the service runs under, a description of what the service...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • How fast are you?

    First saw this over on Jeremy's Blog and had to try it myself... 88 words So... top that !
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Books, books, and more books

    With the upcoming Windows Server 2008 release, there are a TON of cool books coming out from MSPress. You can always check out the list here ( http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/hop/ ), but the books that will be lining my bookshelf upon release are: MCITP...
  • Bill's last day

    I know, I know... I'm the last person on the planet to post this link, but it really is funny :) Video: Bill Gates Last Day CES Clip
  • 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...
  • 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...