The Sean Blog

  • ALL the Microsoft Software (plus the kitchen sink)

    Working at Microsoft, I often have friends ask if I can pick them up a copy of this or that Microsoft application. Why? Not because they are running a business, but because they want to be able to play with the software to learn it. If you are an up-and...
  • Why is my hard drive spinning?

    Ever see your hard drive LED chugging away, while there was no apparent activity on your screen?  Apple solves the problem by choosing to not providing a HD LED.  What you don't know can't bug you! My wife, however, asked me to track down the...
  • Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) in Virtual PC

    A new release of Ubuntu has just come out, so let's put it through the paces in Virtual PC 2007! First of all, the old install problems ( chronicled here ) still exist. The Ubuntu installer boots up into 24-bit color, which is not supported by Virtual...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Whence Shalt I Screencast?

    Alright... back from a MUCH needed vacation, some crazy weather (hail in Seattle?), and I have started to recover from the black lung that my kids were nice enough to share with me. My new Samson microphone showed up as well, so I am ready to start recording...
  • Resolution to missing datasheet view with 64-bit versions of Office

    I just saw the following from our Product Quality team, and thought I would pass along the resolution.  While 64-bit installations of Office 2010 are still relatively uncommon, there are a few known issues/growing pains, and this is one of them Issue...
  • System Center Essentials 2010 Resource Kit Now Available

    System Center Essentials 2010 has been out a few months ( download Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 Trial ), and already there is a Resource Kit available! The System Center Essentials Resource Kit includes: Essentials Server Migration...
  • New Virtual Machine Additions for Linux

    Now with support for SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10! I see that version 2.0 of the VM Additions for Linux have been uploaded, and you can now get them directly from the MS Download site instead of Connect. While they are designed for Virtual Server 2005...
  • SharePoint Training

    As I have mentioned several times before, I am a big fan of free training. I am also a big fan of SharePoint . So... let's combine the two! The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Training Standalone Edition is designed to help you learn how to use...
  • Protecting Exchange 2007 with Data Protection Manager 2007 - Walkthrough

    Time for part two of my DPM 2007 Series ( Part 1 showed installation ), Protecting Exchange 2007 with DPM 2007... Let's Go! Let's start with required reading, and then I'll walk through the process with screenshots: System Center Data Protection Manager...
  • Joining computers to a domain with Smart Card authentication

    So my main business computer recently switched from a Dell Desktop to an HP NC8430 laptop. I am traveling more and more, and it is very nice to be able to log in from a local library or coffee shop and stay on top of email. The NC8430 has a TPM chip ...
  • Uploading Spreadsheets into SharePoint Lists

    Ran into an interesting issue when trying to upload a spreadsheet from Excel 2007 into SharePoint 2007. To do so, you would normally click on Site Actions --> Create --> Import Spreadsheet.  In the past, I have found this to be the easiest...
  • Anniversary

    Well, today is my 1 year anniversary as a Full Time Employee (FTE) at Microsoft, which also happens to the Indian holiday of Gandhi Jayanti (commemorating the birth of Mahatma Ghandi ), and is the International Day of Non-Violence . In other words, it...
  • A Weekend with Project Server

    Well… I have set a goal to learn Microsoft Project by the end of the year, which gives me through… <checks calendar>… Monday. Crap. I run a decent number of projects simultaneously, and want to be able to publicly report on progress to stakeholders...
  • Where's My Mail Control Panel?

    (or my Quicktime Control Panel, or my Java control panel...) This has been bugging me for a while. I don't know if there is a KB article or not, but I thought I would share the solution. Ever since I have been using Windows Vista, I have not had a Mail...
  • 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...
  • Step By Step Guide: IPsec NAP Enforcement in a Test Lab

    The NAP team has just released a Step-by-Step guide to setting up IPsec NAP Enforcement in a Test Lab. This paper contains an introduction to NAP and instructions for setting up a test lab and deploying NAP with the IPsec enforcement method using two...
  • Digital Photo Frames

    My mother recently had a milestone birthday (she would kill me if I mentioned which one), so I started researching digital photo frames, and finally settled on a brand that I had never heard of before, but that was the top recommendation of Consumer Reports...
  • 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...
  • Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions Released

    Good stuff! And the price ($0.00) is right :) You can download a DVD ISO with the bits here , or the setup files here . The Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions all-in-one DVD includes: Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition enables developers to rapidly...
  • 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...