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  • Blog Post: Going Back to Boot Camp

    Nearly 10 years ago, I went to Marine Corps Boot Camp at MCRD San Diego .  Those were good times... A few weeks ago, I went back to Boot Camp , this time loading up Windows Vista   on my new MacBook Pro.  The process by-and-large is quite simple, and is documented in many places on the...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: What am I waiting for?

    When you log into or out of Windows Vista, you will receive the following message as Windows starts up or shuts down various services, applies settings, runs logon scripts, etc. If you enjoy knowing WHAT it is that Windows is doing, you can make Windows display much more verbose status information: This...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Map Active Directory in Visio

    I see that we released the Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer today. I'm working from home today, so I can't run it in AD and attach a screenshot, but this should be helpful for documenting your AD infrastructure. According to the product description: The Microsoft Active Directory Topology...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Feature Posters

    I know... everyone else has already covered this... These two posters, originally published in the July 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine , provide a strong visual tool to aide in the understanding of various features and components of Windows Server 2008. One poster focuses exclusively on powerful new...
  • Blog Post: How much memory does Windows support?

    I had a customer recently ask about the memory limits for various editions of Windows, and thought that I would share the answer with everyone (as it took me a little while to find it). As 64-bit drivers are becoming more common from the OEMs, it is more and more tempting to use 64-bit editions of Windows...
  • Blog Post: Free E-learning for Windows Server "Longhorn"

    The price is right! Take some training on Longhorn while you are downloading from the link in my last post . Collection 5934: Introducing Microsoft Windows Server Code Name "Longhorn" (Beta 3) In this online collection composed of four clinics, you are introduced to the new features and functionality...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Group Policy Resources

    Ever get stuck wondering where a particular Group Policy setting is hidden? Want to see what new Group Policy settings will be available in Windows Server 2008? Do you need Planning, Deployment, Troubleshooting, Virtual Labs or Technical Reference information? It turns out we have a page devoted to Group...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Dude, where's my RAM? (or, why don't I have 4GB?)

    I ran into this exact issue yesterday, and intended to write a post. Fortunately, the ASKPERF Blog covers this issue today, and at the bottom of this post, I get to link to 3 more of my favorite blogs that cover the problem in depth: Memory Management - Dude where's my RAM?? Only a couple of years ago...
  • Blog Post: Windows Experience Index will not update

    Part deux in my "strange experiences while installing Vista" series :) As mentioned earlier , I installed a clean copy of Vista after replacing the Motherboard and Video Card. The first time I booted up, my Windows Experience Index bottlenecked on the Video Card. Although I have an ATI Radeon X1950 Pro...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Where did my Vista Parental Controls go?

    Parental Controls on Windows Vista are a great way to take charge of how your kiddoes use the computer.  You can restrict time limitations, the ratings of games they are allowed to play, block or allow specific programs, block or allow specific websites, and get activity reports on what they have...
  • Blog Post: What's that service?

    Ever wish that someone at Microsoft would write up a list of all the services that come with Windows Server/client?  Perhaps something that lists the executable command line, the account that the service runs under, a description of what the service does, default service type, service dependencies...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Experience Index... Going Up!

    Approximately 6 months ago, my computer started spontaneously rebooting, and I decided to replace the motherboard and Processor. After researching processors online, I decided that the best bang-for-the-buck would be to pick up an Intel Core2 Duo 1.86GHz processor (I am not a gamer, but this is a quite...
  • Blog Post: Security Best Practices

    By no means a comprehensive list, today's Best Practices are brought to you by the letter " security ". TechNet Security Home Assess Your Environment •The Security Risk Management Discipline module •The Assessing Network Security book •The SANS Security Policy Project Protect Your Network •The Deploying...
  • Blog Post: Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?

    I laughed. I cried. I had flashbacks to repressed memories... Check it out ;)
  • Blog Post: MacBook Pro - Windows Experience Index

    If you are planning on running Windows Vista on a MacBook Pro... I just picked one of the new ones up, and Vista is VERY snappy on it... Windows Experience for the MBP with the following hardware: 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 Santa Rosa chipset 2GB DDR2 667MHz RAM 160GB 5400 RPM HD 128MB NVIDIA GeForce...
  • Blog Post: 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...