The Sean Blog

  • Creating a PST in Outlook 2010

    I have a friend that is moving from Outlook 2003 to 2010, and who had trouble figuring out how to move their mail to a PST (offline mail store).  In case anyone else is looking to do this, here we go: In the top left of Outlook, click on “File”....
  • Free Microsoft Visio Stencils

    If you have ever wanted to obtain the Visio Stencils used by the Microsoft User Assistance teams in all of our TechNet documentation… look no further, as they are available for free download. Visio stencils for IT Pro posters Microsoft Office Visio Stencil...
  • Windows Server 2008 - Fine Grained Password Policy Walkthrough

    Back in March, I wrote about one of the important new features in Windows Server 2008, the Fine-grained password policy (also a great post for learning more about passwords in general).  In any case, there has been an increase in available documentation...
  • Fun Windows Live search queries

    Calories in a Moose http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=calories+in+a+moose&form=QBRE MSFT AAPL GOOG quote You can get quotes on multiple stocks at the same time with the results in a table http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=MSFT...
  • Leave me alone!!! (using Lync to NOT communicate)

    Ubiquitous connectivity and communication sources are a blessing and a curse.  It is amazing that I can speak with my co-worker in Germany and get an answer as if he were sitting right next to me.  On the flip side of the coin, my co-workers...
  • Audit your Outlook calendar permissions

    By default, others within your organization can only see whether you are free or busy for a particular timeslot.  In theory, people should check whether you are available before scheduling an appointment with you, although nobody seems to do that...
  • Updating passwords on SharePoint 2010

    Today’s entry in the “Sean’s simple question about why a KB article had not been updated leads to a lot of research and learning” post is courtesy of managed accounts and password changes with SharePoint 2010. History With SharePoint 2007, instructions...
  • Long URL’s in SharePoint 2010

    I had a co-worker recently ask me about some of the incredibly long URL’s now used in SharePoint 2010.  In SharePoint 2007, the URL to a document hosted in a document library looked something like http://sharepoint/sites/teamsite/project%20documents...
  • Creating an Image Map in SharePoint Designer 2010

    I’m not sure why this isn’t documented, but thought I’d share the solution in case someone is looking to create an image map with SharePoint Designer 2010.  To set the stage, I’ll borrow shamelessly from the article showing how to do this with FrontPage...
  • SharePoint Profile Cleanup

    I ended up having to do quite a bit of cleanup on the profiles associated with a team SharePoint server, and learned a bit in the process that doesn’t seem to be on the Internet in one place, so I thought I’d share. Note: I will touch on several related...
  • How to create a SharePoint 2010 web part page that inherits the site's left navigation

    The subject line says it all… if you create a web part page in SharePoint 2010, by default you will have a page that has the top (global) navigation, but no current navigation on the left.  This may be exactly what you want, as you will have a bit...
  • Installing SQL Server 2005 on Windows Server 2008

    I am in the process of installing SQL Server 2005 on a new Windows 2008 Server, and ran into the following warning about missing some required components of IIS: - IIS Feature Requirement (Warning) Messages IIS Feature Requirement Microsoft Internet Information...
  • Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer

    Just a quick solution in case you ever get the following message when trying to open a SharePoint Document Library in explorer view from Windows Server 2008 Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer. This is due...
  • Combining Smart Art Diagrams in Word 2007

    One of the coolest features of Office 2007 is SmartArt .  It makes it incredibly easy to create great looking diagrams to show a process, cycle, hierarchy, or relationship. During some business planning recently, however, I had the need to actually...
  • File System Limitation

    Apparently I am only the second person on the internet to hit this error (judging by my Bing search this morning), but I thought I would share the solution in case someone else ever hits it :). I was attempting to copy a 150 GB VHD file from one Windows...
  • Linux on Hyper-V

    As you have probably seen on every blog under the sun, Hyper-V has released . Rather than rehash the announcement, I thought I would try something fun.  How hard is it to get various Linux distributions up and running in Hyper-V? The official list...
  • Dynamic Desktop Wallpapers from RSS Feeds

    I was listening to Windows Weekly on my Zune this morning, and Paul’s Pick of the Week was the Bing Dynamic Theme , which dynamically displays new photos from Bing as your desktop background.   Awesome… this is just like Webshots back in the...
  • 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...
  • Office for Starving Students

    Are you a starving student? Would you like a copy of Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate for cheaper than MS Employees can pick it up at the Company Store? I honestly think that Office 2007 is the best product we have released in a long time. I am a student...
  • Hyperlinks in Entourage

    I've been playing around with Entourage on my Mac for the last couple of days (in order to access my Email from Exchange while I am out of the office). It turns out that there is a curious feature missing from Entourage... You can't highlight a word and...
  • Process Monitor 2 Released - Now with more cowbell!

    If you have any need to find out what your computer is really doing under the hood, you know that Process Monitor is the tool.  Today, Process Monitor 2.0 was released.  From the Sysinternals blog : This major update to Process Monitor adds...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Relevance

    I see that Mary Jo mentions that a major revision to the Microsoft Live Search 2.0 will be released on September 26th. I can neither confirm nor deny the date (primarily as I am not on the Live team and would be making up any date I gave you ;) At the...
  • 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...