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The argument for Silverlight as part of your corporate optimized desktop
What do you deploy to your people as part of your corporate standard desktop? Windows 7 – yep gota have that! Office 2010? Yep you know you need to moving to it if you want your people to work as efficiently as possible. MDOP – well obviously you’re going to be using parts of MDOP to...
7 Sep 2010
Little things in Windows 7 still make me smile
I’ve been using Windows 7 for almost 18 months now and the little things still make me very happy. That’s an important thing to remember because people love this OS for it’s simplicity, deploying it will make them feel better. I love the way the folder icons tell you what’s going...
24 Aug 2010
Practical deployment webcast live
A few days ago as part of our Tech Days online series I did a webcast on how to deploy Windows 7 using free tools like WDS, MDT and WAIK and that practical deployment webcast has now been made available online. We’re running these three weeks out of every four (we need a week to prep) and you can...
11 Mar 2011
Great MDT 2010 videos
I was just helping someone internally with some deployment stuff and I came across these excellent videos by Richard Smith on MDT and doing Lite touch deployments. We obviously have an update of the tools but the basics still apply MDT Update 1 is available here and if you want to know more about...
13 Oct 2010
Windows 7 licensing and virtual machines clarified
Licensing is a complex subject and to be honest it’s not one that I talk about much because it’s a complex discipline in and of it’s own and there’s too much fun stuff to talk about in the client and cloud world. This document, Licensing Windows 7 for Use with Virtual Machine Technologies tells...
13 Jan 2011
IPExpo wrap up
Things have been quiet here for a couple of days whilst we were at IPExpo and interesting conference with a tangential subject line up but one that creates great conversations. I know the talk was great ‘cos I’m drinking lemon tea to help ease my throat…where are my herbal sweets? We had...
22 Oct 2010
You BETT ya! (or why I went to an education fair to meet IT Pros)
I spent much of last week at the crazy busy BETT education fair at Olympia showing people Office 365 and meeting some very interesting techies working in schools, collages and universities all over the country. I had a lot of misconceptions about the type of IT Professionals working in education...
17 Jan 2011
Windows 7 Settings Pack for Security Compliance Manager
If you’re looking to make sure that your enterprise desktops are secure and all to the same level then you’ll want to check out the recently updated Security Compliance Manager tool and with Windows 7 in your environment you’ll be wanting the Windows 7 settings pack. Full details of the pack are...
16 Nov 2010
Using your PC as a Wireless AP and how to modify IP configuration
Over the holidays I got into a sticky situation where I needed to use my Laptop as an access point to share a network connection . But it doesn’t give you much of a chance to change IP settings so if you have some other device that uses an overlapping IP range you might need to change some settings,...
24 Jan 2011
User Account Control explained really well
I was just browsing around on TechNet for info and came across Paul Addams blog and a post about UAC. It’s one of the best write ups of what UAC is and why you should be using it not turning it off that I’ve seen. It goes into superb technical detail too. USER Account Control… but I’m an...
6 Aug 2010
How to make a wireless router
You’re trapped by snow, you tried to escape in the car but hit some ice and and skidded into the curb at less than 10 mph and bent your wheel axle. There’s limited mobile reception. There’s internet but only directly connected by cable to one PC. You’re a geek who needs to work and...
20 Dec 2010
I’m now a MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7
Being a bit of a fan of exams (!) on Friday went to a lovely little training centre in Wokingham and sat a couple of hours worth of exams, 070-680 and 070-685 . Thankfully I passed both and I can now report back on them, just like I did with the MTA exams. The first thing to say is that these...
10 Jan 2011
Excellent paper on IE6 compatibility with Windows 7
I was just browsing around our internal sites and found this excellent white paper on Solutions for Virtualising Internet Explorer 6 (IE6), what amazed me was that it was externally available. If you’ve got some applications that rely on IE6 (like the British government ) and you need to go...
26 Aug 2010
Mark Russinovich Inside Windows Azure
I was just thumbing around the Sysinternals site (for some handy tools for a deployment I’m doing) and happened across Mark’s PDC presentation which he re-ran at TechEd Europe last week and which I happened to be at. It’s a fantastic way for the IT Professional to understand some of the (very)...
17 Nov 2010
Video: How to start planning your Windows 7 deployment using free tools
The first step in any Windows 7 deployment is to start by understanding what your current environment looks like and what you’ll need to do to get your machines to meet the minimum system requirements or even better the recommended requirements. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP...
21 Jan 2011
Understanding Windows 7 Deployment Backwards
What was the last operating system you deployed?…I’ll bet it was Windows XP and I bet you needed a bunch of 3rd party tools and experienced tons of pain to get to the end point. With the right (free) tools it’s really easy to deploy Windows 7 though and you can self select just how much control...
10 Nov 2010
Optimized Desktop unplugged Slides
Just a quick one to provide people access to the slides from todays OD unplugged session in London. I can’t share my demo just now but I will record it…here are the slides for OD unplugged . But also embedded in the post here courtesy of Windows Live and don’t forget to checkout Springboard...
30 Mar 2011
Estonia now using the Euro (or how to set currency in Windows)
On January 1st 2011 Estonia joined the single EU currency and is now getting to grips with using the Euro on a daily basis. Funny thing is with money that it affects all sorts of things, not least the layout of all those keyboards! Imagine everyone in Estonia now needs a new keyboard with...
25 Jan 2011
Application not found
A very nice chap just wrote to Rachel asking for help with a problem* I think a few other people must have experienced so often so I thought I’d share how to fix it. I just hope I’ve got it right from the problem description. When clicking a link in an application, like your email program...
21 Jan 2011
XP mode is one of the tools in your armoury for deploying Windows 7 if you want to learn more about it check out this: Installing, Configuring, and Managing Windows XP Mode . It’s official courseware for Implementing and Managing Microsoft Desktop Virtualization and it’s a great introduction to...
21 Sep 2010
More Power = Less Power
Hi I’m Andrew Fryer and I have hacked into Simon May’s blog, to show you how more power uses less power. I was checking out the latest technical goodness on the Dell stand at TechEd and I noticed they had a couple of their laptops hooked up to power meters one of which was a trusty old Dell 630...
13 Dec 2010
Technology to Support Consumerisation: IPSec
A technology that’s been around for quite some time is IPSec, it helps to ensure security of communications between two network devices. With IPSec in place two devices need to establish a peer-to-peer trust before communication can take place, it’s kind of like having a secret handshake. If your...
8 May 2012
Deployment options for small and midsized businesses
If you find Windows 7 deployment options to be confusing you might find this handy new – stick it to your wall and refer to it daily – tech sheet to be rather helpful. The Windows 7 Deployment Options for Small and Midsized Businesses printable overview is one of those things you can print and...
14 Mar 2011
For the folks at Ezeit today
Thought I’d post my slides following on from the demo fail at Ezeit and provide a link to the awesome video about Windows 7 and Office deployment with MDT .
27 Oct 2010
DNSSEC explained beautifully by Mark Minasi
DNS security and the way to spoof and poison DNS is a pretty complicated area. Luckily we have DNSSEC which can help to resolve the issues quite simply. It’s an area that I needed to understand a bit more about and as I happened to be doing so I found this video with Mark Minasi. Oh...
10 Sep 2010
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