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A Steady State Without SteadyState
Windows SteadyState was a great technology designed for administrators that were responsible for computers used by many people (think labs, kiosks, internet cafes, libraries, community centers, etc). The kind of place where people like to screw around with settings, download viruses, delete files...
10 Sep 2010
It just does not get any easier than this. Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell (Sysinternals gurus extraordinaire) have just published another amazingly useful (and free!) tool: Disk2vhd, which uses the power of Volume Shadow Copy Service(VSS) to turn your running version of Windows into a .vhd...
7 Oct 2009
Keep your desktop private
If you do demonstrations or webcasts from your computer, used the desktop screen sharing feature on Office Communicator 2007 R2 , or asked for remote assistance you may have inadvertently shown your desktop to your co-workers, a client, or the world. If you keep a spotless computer desktop (or are using...
10 Aug 2009
If you are a long term Windows user, you right-click everything. That right-click menu offers a lot of options, and it is comforting to see everything that you can do at any given time. Heck… you can often Shift-right-click and get even MORE options. There is an interesting place within Windows...
5 Aug 2009
Active Directory in the DMZ
I’ve been waiting for this guide for a while (‘cause that’s how I roll), but if you are interested in guidance on when/how to use Active Directory in your perimeter network, the AD team has released a guide for that: Active Directory Domain Services in the Perimeter Network (Windows Server 2008) The...
28 Apr 2009
WordPad is strangely functional
If you are like me, you haven’t fired up WordPad since somewhere around 1998. It has virtually no functionality at all. Except… now it does. I was listening to Windows Weekly , and Paul Thurrott and Leo Laporte mentioned that WordPad is significantly improved in Windows 7. I fired it...
24 Mar 2009
Project Sundance – Managing Your Baseline
If you are in charge of maintaining the security baseline at your company, you know that there are two key problems you face. First of all, there are a LOT of security settings to tweak within Windows. The services you harden and lock down on a Domain Controller are very different from those...
11 Dec 2008
Are you a Windows Guru?
If you love technology, Windows Vista, and live in one of the following locations, you can be a Windows Guru! W Hollywood CA Los Angeles CA Downey CA Hawthorne CA Torrance CA Pasadena CA Burbank CA Rancho Cucamonga CA West Covina CA Chula Vista CA San Diego CA San Bernardino CA Riverside CA Irvine CA...
7 Sep 2008
Blogging Windows 7
AWESOME news… two of the smartest people I have ever met are starting up a blog on Windows 7, and the engineering that has gone into it. Steven Sinofsky is the Senior Vice President of the Window Engineering team, and was responsible for the masterpiece that is Office 2007 (which shipped on time...
14 Aug 2008
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 2008, and Windows Server 2008. Apparently she...
16 May 2008
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 space, or encrypt the contents to secure data. Judging...
15 May 2008
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 links help you get started with Group Policy. Learn...
15 May 2008
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 . Does it make sense to rename the Administrator...
13 May 2008
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 , you can script until you are blue in the face...
14 Mar 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 in your toolbox, especially as hard drives get...
11 Mar 2008
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 alphabetically or by server role (in Windows Server...
8 Mar 2008
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 go into architecting a Branch Office/geographically...
27 Feb 2008
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 you are a developer that works on a product that needs...
25 Feb 2008
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 log (any known format) and analyzes it using...
20 Feb 2008
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 DreamSpark program which enables students to...
19 Feb 2008
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) and remote administration tools are not included...
5 Feb 2008
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 the mountain of data being gathered through e...
1 Feb 2008
Active Directory How-Tos
How do I back up AD? Seize an Operations Manager role? Recover a Domain Controller? Manage SYSVOL? There's a guide for that... Active Directory Product Operations Guide Process: Back up Active Directory Process: Non-authoritative Restore of Active Directory Process: Authoritative Restore for Active Directory...
18 Jan 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 your Linux boxes talk to Active Directory. The...
18 Jan 2008
Windows Server Compare
I see that Keith has some pretty sweet webcasts coming up for all those of you that live in a heterogeneous world. This is all part of the Windows Server Compare series of screencasts and webcasts that are coming out. TechNet Webcast: Windows Compare (Part 1 of 6): Reliability in Windows and Linux (Level...
16 Jan 2008
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