February, 2008

  • How Microsoft Does IT: Terminal Services Gateway

    One of the coolest new features of Windows Server 2008 is the new Terminal Services Gateway feature. As always, we run our software in production at Microsoft before it is released, and TS Gateway is no exception (I'm using it as we speak!). The Microsoft...
  • Backstage Pass

    Ever wondered what kind of sessions go on at TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit (MMS), OCS Ignite, IT Forum, WinHEC, etc? The following site has a ton of videos from these events: http://www.microsoft.com/emea/spotlight/default.aspx Watch Mark Russinovich...
  • Branch Infrastructure Implementation Solution for Windows Server 2008

    Alright... not the sexiest acronym, but the new Branch Infrastructure Implementation Solution - BIIS (formerly the Branch Office Infrastructure Solution, or BOIS) has been released, with great information on all of the decisions and design criteria that...
  • Giving Feedback

    If your co-worker knew something about you... that you forgot to put deodorant on, or that you had toilet paper stuck to your shoe, or that your habit of sending angry incoherent emails before you had consumed your morning coffee was about to become a...
  • New Sysinternals tool- ShellRunas

    New goody from Mark Russinovich and the Sysinternals team! ShellRunas v1.0 The command-line Runas utility is handy for launching programs under different accounts, but it’s not convenient if you’re a heavy Explorer user. ShellRunas provides...
  • SharePoint Designer Training

    I have previously mentioned some free training that is available for SharePoint here: http://blogs.technet.com/seanearp/archive/2007/12/07/sharepoint-training.aspx The one thing that was lacking, however, was training for SharePoint Designer, which is...
  • Migrating from Lotus Domino to Exchange

    If you have been tasked to work on a Lotus Domino to Exchange migration project, you will want to take a look at the following document, which goes into EXTRAORDINARY detail about everything you will need to know to make the transition. Screenshots, Single...
  • Virtualization Tech Center

    I see over on Matt's blog that we now have a Virtualization Tech Center up on TechNet. Not so pretty, but has lots of great information on all the virtualization technologies: Application Virtualization Microsoft Application Virtualization (formally SoftGrid...
  • Take a look under the Kimono

    Have you ever been curious how Microsoft protocols such as SMB, CIFS, BITS, IPSEC, or NTLM work behind the scenes? Perhaps you are a Computer Science student, and you want to see how thing work in a commercially available Operating System, or perhaps...
  • How Many SharePoint Servers Do I Have?

    The wide availability of Windows® SharePoint® Services (WSS) 3.0 and the explosive popularity of Microsoft® Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 in enterprise environments, combined with the widespread use of online collaboration tools, have resulted...
  • The First Step on the Road to More Secure Software is admitting you have a Problem

    GREAT post by Michael Howard over on the SDL blog about the hyperbole that usually crops up on <cough>/.</cough> whenever Jeff Jones posts his vulnerability analysis report. "This is FUD" "Yeah, but it's not an apples to apples comparison...
  • The Zune A Day Giveaway

    Saw this over on the Got Zune blog ... it looks like we are giving away a Zune a day. All you have to do is send an email to winazune@live.com with "Go Zune" in the subject line. More information here , and official rules here .
  • Would you like a video with that?

    Some useful videos to accompany the release of Service Pack 1 for Operations Manager 2007 ... (or you can pick up the Eval version here ) Learn from the experts how to use the many features of Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) as well as address...
  • Analyzing your Windows Perfmon logs

    Great writeup by Daniel Petri : Ever have a performance problem, but don't know what performance counters to collect or how to analyze them? The PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) tool is a new and powerful tool that reads in a performance monitor counter...
  • The Demented Borg Mind

    As I mentioned earlier , Microsoft has released the specifications for our binary Office 97-2003 file formats.  Joel Spolsky of Fog Creek Software has a great take on the announcement (and specs): If you started reading these documents with the hope...
  • If you are a student, Microsoft loves ya!

    Now is certainly the time to be a student!  As we announced earlier, you can pick up Office Ultimate 2007 for $59.95 (91% off of retail), which is well worth it for the bibliography/works cited feature alone.  Even better, today we announced...
  • Addicted to Wikipedia

    I am working on a degree in Business Administration from Washington State University , and am taking a world history course as one of my general education requirements. It really is a rather basic course, and my homework consists of writing a few paragraphs...
  • TechNet How-to Videos

    The TechNet Events Team has been hard at work recording "How-To" videos covering a wide variety of Microsoft Technologies, and they are now available in a single location up on TechNet. Click here for the main repository of TechNet How-to Videos . Here...
  • Aerosmith's "Dream On" Free for XBOX 360 Guitar Hero

    "Dream On" was the first major hit for the rock band Aerosmith, appearing on their debut self-titled album in 1973. And now, avid Guitar Hero™ III: Legends of Rock players will be able to try out their chops on the power ballad, by downloading it free...
  • Digital Photo Frames

    My mother recently had a milestone birthday (she would kill me if I mentioned which one), so I started researching digital photo frames, and finally settled on a brand that I had never heard of before, but that was the top recommendation of Consumer Reports...
  • SharePoint Lectures and Whitepapers

    Good stuff! I recently attended some training with the Consultants that are featured in the videos below, and they really know their stuff. Not to mention the Sean Approved Price™ of free J Link to the TechNet Source here: http://technet2.microsoft...
  • Microsoft Office Binary File Format Specifications Released!

    Just saw this over on Brian Jones' Blog , and I'm surprised this hasn't made more of a splash on the interwebs... Microsoft has just released the specification documentation for our binary Word, Excel, and PowerPoint file formats. This means that if you...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Windows Server 2008 SP1 Released!

    Now you don't have to wait a year to deploy it in production ;) All right... it's not really breaking news. It was planned this way, and Iain McDonald (there he is): (image courtesy of ZDNet http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=551 ) has the scoop on why...
  • Step By Step Guide: IPsec NAP Enforcement in a Test Lab

    The NAP team has just released a Step-by-Step guide to setting up IPsec NAP Enforcement in a Test Lab. This paper contains an introduction to NAP and instructions for setting up a test lab and deploying NAP with the IPsec enforcement method using two...
  • Performance Tuning Windows Server 2008

    Now that Windows Server 2008 has RTM'd, and you are preparing to roll it out in your environment (even if it is just a lab or test environment), the following guide will help you get the most out of the OS, both as you choose the hardware, and as you...