May, 2008

  • Installing Fedora 9 (Sulphur) in Virtual PC 2007

    Fedora 9 was released last week, which you can download here: http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora.html .  What's new?  Highlights from the release notes include: GNOME 2.22 . GNOME now includes a webcam photo and video creation utility called...
  • Installing OpenSUSE 11 in Virtual PC

    It's that time again!  Wife's away, and I'm installing Linux distros for fun.  :)  Feel free to click on any of the images below to see them at full size. Our friends at Novell recently released the second beta of OpenSuse 11 (although...
  • Why can I not compress AND encrypt a folder in Windows?

    Just a random bit of knowledge to share here :) If you open the Advanced Attributes of a folder (right-click on it, choose properties, then click Advanced...), you have the option at the bottom of the window to either compress the contents to save disk...
  • Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) Job Aids released

    As I mentioned in an earlier post , the recently released Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) v.4 is extraordinarily helpful from a practical standpoint in running your IT organization. I'm glad to see that they just released the job aids and templates...
  • Installing Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron in Virtual PC 2007

    A picture is worth a thousand words... "An unrecoverable processor error has been encountered.  The virtual machine will reset now." It looks like Ubuntu isn't the only one with this problem... Fedora 9 releases tomorrow and according to...
  • WorldWide Telescope Released

    Wow. Microsoft Research's WorldWide Telescope must be seen to be believed. Make sure your kiddoes are handy, because they will love this. Experience it here: http://worldwidetelescope.org
  • I did it! (also known as the June TechNet Magazine)

    One of the best parts of working at Microsoft is the amazing discussions and debates that take place on our internal Discussion Lists. A few months ago, the greatest security minds at Microsoft were undergoing a hot and heavy debate on Security by Obscurity...
  • Group Policy Documentation Survival Guide

    The latest version of the links below can be found here , or download a PDF version here . Don't ask me where they got that US-Army-looking-font in the PDF... it probably wouldn't have been my first choice ;) Group Policy Documentation Essentials These...
  • SharePoint - Searchier!

    It looks like we have posted nearly 17 hours of training videos for enterprise search on TechNet. The presentations provide details about key enterprise search capabilities in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Module 1: Workshop Overview Module...
  • Operate IT like a pro

    I have been agonizing over this post for the last week and a half. I do my best in this blog to not post entries designed just to make me look smarter... I hope that you can use these posts to make your life easier, do your job better, and maybe have...
  • Creating a PowerPoint Deck from a Word Outline

    Great trick to use when creating a presentation in PowerPoint. If you start out when planning your presentation by just firing up PowerPoint and adding slides, it can be difficult to keep track of the overall flow of the presentation. If only you could...
  • Security within Microsoft's own IT department

    In case you are curious what it is like to be in charge of Security for IT at Microsoft, you get to deal with an environment where there are: Approximately 100,000 intrusion attempts each month. Approximately 1 million infected or malicious e-mail messages...
  • TechNet and MSDN- Running on Hyper-V

    If you were at MMS 2008 , or if you read executive keynotes in your spare time, you heard Bob Muglia mention that we are running MSDN and TechNet virtualized, in production on Hyper-V . MSDN and TechNet are full virtualized right now with Hyper-V, and...
  • The Live Orb Button

    Not high on the scale of discoverability, but cool nonetheless... If you are on one of the Live websites (such as http://my.live.com or http://home.live.com ) that has a Windows Live orb in the top left of the page, it turns out that the orb is actually...
  • Migrating to Microsoft Online

    As quoted by Mary Jo Foley , “ In five years, 50 percent of our Exchange mailboxes will be Exchange Online ,” said (Microsoft Senior Vice President Chris) Capossela , who expects a portion of Exchange Online customers to come from customers switching...
  • Evalu'08

    I just ran into the following contest on a banner ad of all places... It looks like if you try out any of our current line of products (Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, DPM, and the like), you are entered to win some killer prizes! https://www...
  • Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) 3.0 Released!

    Download it here . "But Sean" you may ask yourself.... "didn't you just post that version 4 had been released? What's the deal?" Yes, Microsoft Operations Framework 4.0 was just released. A representation of the two models (version 3.0 and 4.0) are as...
  • Save Your AD

    I saw this referenced over on the Joeware blog , and he's right... it's very funny. http://www.saveyourad.com It's a Beastie-Boysesque promotional video from Quest, a Microsoft Gold Partner and 2007 Global ISV Partner of the Year . Very well done.
  • Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer update released. Now with 64-bits!

    I see over on Matt's blog that MBSA 2.1 has been released, with the following new features: Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 compatibility New revised user interface 64-bit support Improved Windows Embedded support Compatibility with Microsoft Update...
  • 2008 Certification Posters

    I was playing around with Trika's skydrive (wait a minute, that sounded better in my head)... and see that she has uploaded three very nice looking posters showing the various courses, tests and certifications available for SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio...