March, 2008

  • The best feature you've never heard of...

    Although the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) has been around since 2005 (it shipped with Windows Server 2003 R2, is present in SBS 2003 R2), I have yet to meet anyone (even hard-core Admins) who have even heard of it. It is an excellent tool to have...
  • Microsoft Keynotes and Death By PowerPoint

    There is nothing quite like watching a presentation that is just jam-packed with bullet points, with a presenter that is reading the same information as you are. Jesper wrote a great post a few years ago on Death by Powerpoint , and Youtube is full of...
  • Maintaining SharePoint's SQL Backend

    Many of Microsoft's enterprise-level applications use SQL Server on the back end to host data, content, etc. CRM, Operations Manager, Sharepoint... You get the idea. While many companies have Database Administrators (DBA's) to manage their business-critical...
  • Inside Windows Server 2008 Kernel Changes

    Great Stuff from SysInternals (and Mark Russinovich): Inside Windows Server 2008 Kernal Changes : Mark goes deep inside the Server 2008 kernel to describe enhancements to memory management and I/O processing, as well as how Server 2008 implements new...
  • Windows Command Reference

    If you are a sysadmin, you probably spend more time at the command line than the average user. If you have been looking for a handy reference as to the commands and syntax you can use, the Windows Command Reference will come in handy. Commands are listed...
  • Pasting tables into Windows Live Writer

    Windows Live Writer is the best blogging software period.  End of story.  The only thing that I have not been able to figure out in the past was how to paste tables into WLW.  I would start out with a nice table in Excel, just like the...
  • Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint

    Ever wanted to embed Silverlight into SharePoint? It looks like we have published some guidance on doing so here . The Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint is source code and guidance for developers describing how to use Microsoft Silverlight and Microsoft...
  • Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint Released

    Woohoo! Just saw it pop up on the Microsoft Download Center , an heard the announcement at the SharePoint Conference . It looks like the Extranet Collaboration Toolkit has hit the big One-Oh. Main Site: http://www.microsoft.com/collabkit Why should you...
  • Automating Software Updates for Offline Virtual Machines

    This white paper provides guidance and script samples for integrating System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and Virtual Machine Manager 2007 to provide automated software updates for virtual machines stored in a VMM library (offline). By automating...
  • Network Shell (Netsh) Technical Reference released

    Aaaaah... to come full circle.  Microsoft's OSs started at the command line, went GUI, and you can now do more from then command-line than ever before.  Between PowerShell , the Windows Command Reference , and now the Netsh Technical Reference...
  • Why can't I manage Hyper-V remotely?

    A few weeks ago, I posted instructions on managing Hyper-V remotely from another Windows Server 2008 box that was not running Hyper-V. As I showed in that post, the "Features" screen should have an option for installing the Hyper-V Tools as you can see...
  • SharePoint Skills Advisor Tool

    If you interested in ramping up on SharePoint, the Product Group has developed a very slick tool that will point you to all currently available training on SharePoint, whether it be Instructor Led, Hands on Lab, Online Course, Reading, etc... The tool...
  • N-Baby

    My new Netgear WNR3500 802.11N router showed up today, and I have to say... I like it! Physically, it's about twice as big as my previous router was, but as it is sitting on the back of my desk, I don't mind. I chose this particular router as it includes...
  • The Moment It Clicks

    Just finished reading The Moment It Clicks by Joe McNally . The premise is as follows: What you see on these pages is not about a particular place, people, time or cause. It’s not about one type of picture or another. It’s not about sportsmen or fashion...
  • Vista SP1 Has Hit the Wires!!!

    Just saw the following hit MS Download Center.  Something tells me we will be pumping a few Tera (Peta?)-bytes of data over the next day or two... Download Links: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone for x64-based Systems (KB936330...
  • Windows Vista SP1 Technical Resources

    While you are downloading sp1 for Vista , here are some additional resources as you evaluate and prepare to deploy Windows Vista Service Pack 1 : For information about Windows Vista, see Windows Vista Technical Library . To download Word documents of...
  • Mitchell's Rule of Demos

    Great post from Mitchell Ashley that accurately describes most demos I have seen (I've even been guilty of giving a few of these): Most bad demos are what I call "functional decomposition" demos. You know what I'm talking about -- after some...
  • Windows Server 2008 Security Guide Released

    Not sure how I missed this, but the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide has been released! It is available online here , and for download here . As an IT professional focused on security, you know firsthand how essential your servers are to keeping your...
  • MIX '08 Sessions Up

    Were you not able to wrangle a trip to MIX08 from your Boss? Good news... the recorded session are up at http://sessions.visitmix.com/ .
  • Publishers Phase Out Piracy Protection on Audio Books

    From the New York Times , Some of the largest book publishers in the world are stripping away the anticopying software on digital downloads of audio books. The trend will allow consumers who download audio books to freely transfer these digital files...
  • All good things...

    must come to an end.  Mr. Clark, you will be missed. The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible. Arthur C. Clarke