January, 2008

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The top Active Directory Issues

    The Ask the Directory Services Team blog has a great post on the top 50 KB articles used to solve issues in Directory Services support during the first quarter of Microsoft fiscal year 2008 (July 2007 through September 2007). I list the top 10 below,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Installing Apache 2.2 with SSL/TLS on Windows

    Although IIS 7 on the upcoming Windows Server 2008 is absolutely killer, you might be interested in installing Apache (the web server) on top of Windows.  Stranger things have happened... The wizards over at Port 25 (the Open Source Software Lab...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • SharePoint Extranet Collaboration Toolkit

    SharePoint is the hottest thing going at Microsoft.  While Excel is the swiss-army-knife of desktop apps, SharePoint is the do-it-all app on the Server side.  If you are not playing with it already, then you are behind the curve.  Go download...
  • 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! ...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • This is how 2008 begins, not with a bang but a whimper...

    So... the picture below is what the New Years Shindig at the Space Needle is supposed to look like. Except, this year, it was not to be. Right after the inspirational interview with the fireworks engineers, the entire city of Seattle counted down with...
  • 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...
  • SQL Server 2005 Best Practices

    There's no shortage of them!!! http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/bb331794.aspx Get the real-world guidelines, expert tips, and rock-solid guidance to take your SQL Server implementation to the next level. These SQL Server best practices draw...
  • Access Our Internal Knowledge Base

    Pretty cool benefit of becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional ... From the MCP Blog : Internal Knowledge Base Access – Folks, this is the benefit that I’m most excited about. It’s time we started treating our MCP community as part of the Microsoft...
  • Microsoft Scholarship

    It's that time again... school will be starting back up again, the sleep deprivation and Top Ramen consumption will ramp back up, and if you don't have some help with the finances, you're bank account will be nice and empty.  Good times!  Fortunately...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...