February, 2008

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions Released

    Good stuff! And the price ($0.00) is right :) You can download a DVD ISO with the bits here , or the setup files here . The Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions all-in-one DVD includes: Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition enables developers to rapidly...
  • The Microsoft Download Center fairy has been busy!!!

    Some highlights... Windows Media Services 2008 for Windows Server 2008 This software is an optional supplement to Windows Server 2008. In Windows Server 2008, the Streaming Media Services role (which includes the latest version of Windows Media Services...
  • Office Communications Server 2007 Visio stencils

    Useful for diagramming your new OCS 2007 topology! Get them here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=543705f6-d02a-436e-8b34-5c796550022a&displaylang=en&tm
  • Home Depot?!?!?

    I am getting ready to upgrade my 802.11g network to 802.11n for the speed and performance improvements, and Consumer Reports has rated the Netgear equipment well. So, in looking for the best price on an 802.11n PCI card, I found the card I was looking...
  • Scripting SharePoint

    This is really a bit of a "duh" suggestion, but I'll bet you haven't done it yet ;) SharePoint 2007 has a great scriptable command-line tool called stsadmin.exe , which is used to perform the SharePoint administration tasks at the command line...
  • Report Cards

    My kiddoes just brought home their report cards, and I thought I would share one of the areas that my daughter (age 7, in 2nd Grade) is rated on.  And I quote: Student effectively analyzes health and safety information to develop fitness plans based...
  • 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...
  • Creating Effective Enterprise Portals by Using SharePoint Server 2007

    Great report from the internal IT group here at Microsoft on how our Intranet portal was designed and hosted on SharePoint Server 2007.  I can attest that it is the place to find information within Microsoft, no matter where it may reside... Read...
  • SharePoint Deployment Essentials Guide

    From the SharePoint Blog : A new SharePoint Deployment Essentials Guide made up of content from the previous SharePoint Governance Checklist PLUS additional materials explained hereafter just became available online.  Physical copies of this guide...
  • February TechNet Magazine is out

    And it is all about SharePoint and OCS baby! http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/ Sharepoint A Smart Approach to Gathering Data in the Enterprise Information is one of the most important assets in an enterprise. But it can be a challenge to manage...
  • Left vs Right

    A new themed search engine (along the lines of Ms. Dewey ) powered by Live Search.  Check out http://www.leftvsright.com .  Pretty funny!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • OCS Conference - Interact 2008

    You can expect that I will start ramping up on my OCS posts shortly.  I think it has the potential to be as hot as SharePoint has been since launch.  In the meanwhile, let me save you $200 to the upcoming INTERACT2008 conference in San Diego...
  • Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows Server 2008 posted

    This spreadsheet lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations included in the Administrative template files (.admx/.adml) delivered with Windows Server 2008. The policy settings included in this spreadsheet cover Windows Server 2008...
  • 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...