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  • Blog Post: Do You Deploy Windows with Floppy Disks?

    Of course not, if you do, you're dumb.  Please unsubscribe from my RSS feed now please.  During a late night after-party recap, me and James started talking about cool stuff *deployment? Where's Kanye? *  that people should do but don't, stuff that is really practical to IT Pros and partners...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Passes Acid2 Test, "HolyShit" says Slashdot

    For the non developers out there, you may be wondering what Acid2 is, but in the web developer world, its HUGE!  Slashdot's tagging of the article is actually quite hilarious.  Read about this historic milestone on the IE Team Blog .  Also Channel9 has an interesting interview regarding development around...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: Deploying SharePoint

    One of the greatest things that don't happen at most corporate IT departments is giving back to the community and communicating best practices. Microsoft is one of the few companies that invest heavily in IT R&D so that it is an active partner in solving the business's problems and is able to create...
  • Blog Post: Tips: ‘Group Policy Preferences’ are a Better Alternative to Logon Scripts

    One great new feature in Windows Server 2008 is a feature called Group Policy Preferences .  Unlike Policies , Preferences are not enforced.  Before this feature was introduced, IT administrators would have to often write a whole bunch of logon scripts or tediously build the settings into an...
  • Blog Post: TechNet December WebCasts and Videos

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Virtualization Best Practices for SharePoint (Level 200) Wednesday, December 02, 2009 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time Vipul Shah, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation Tom Brauch, President, Fpweb.net - SharePoint Hosting Pioneer Steve Laux, Product Manager, Fpweb...
  • Blog Post: February Live Webcasts from Microsoft

    TechNet Webcast: Network Considerations for Deploying Communications Server 2007 R2 (Level 300) Tuesday, February 02, 2010 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time Desmond Lee, Senior Consultant, Winworkers Switzerland http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032439126&Culture=en-US...
  • Blog Post: Index PDFs Lightning Fast with Foxit's PDF iFilter

    iFilters are like plugins for search products that extend the functionality of the indexing service.  Windows Indexing Service, MSN Desktop Search, Internet Information Server, SharePoint Portal Server, Windows SharePoint Services (WSS), Site Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server and all other products...
  • Blog Post: Wildcard Search in MOSS 2007 and MSS 2008

    I know a few of you who attended my presentation on Search Server 2008 had questions regarding wildcard search capabilities. Sammy Jankis sums up SharePoint's wildcard search functionality pretty well. After reading his article if you find that you want a more robust solution, Mondosoft 's Ontollica...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Launches Office 2003 SP3

    OKAY....so maybe it's not so much of a launch as it is a quiet, understated announcement.  I'm sure everyone using 2003 will still want to download this service pack. "Microsoft® Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) represents a major evolution in security for Office 2003. It further hardens...
  • Blog Post: Online Office 2007 Training Resources

    During an internal discussion involving a secret plugin, an email was sent out basically giving a laundry list of training material for Office 2007.  Thanks Jessica for sending out this email! I particularly like the printable article and spreadsheets!  Web-based interactive command reference...
  • Blog Post: Improve SharePoint Developement Methodology with Microsoft Patterns & Practices

    Microsoft patterns & practices is excited to announce the release of: Developing SharePoint Applications Guidance for building collaborative applications that extend your LOB systems In this e-mail: | Customer Value | What’s in Developing SharePoint Applications | Goals | Getting Started | Videos...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Patterns & Practices Guidance for November

    This guidance helps architects and developers design, build, test, deploy, and upgrade SharePoint intranet applications. A reference implementation that is named the Contoso Training Management application demonstrates solutions to common architectural, development, and deployment challenges. This guidance...
  • Blog Post: Audit Your IT Environment with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 is Now Available! With Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 becoming available in the near future, the Solution Accelerators Team is offering customers and partners a head start on deployment planning with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit...
  • Blog Post: IE Patch Release - Fixes Data Binding Issues

    All IE users can now rejoice.  If you read my post , feel free to ignore the advice found there.  If you haven't run Windows Update and patched your machine, you can now download appropriate patches manually.  The patches are organized by OS with all applicable versions of IE in chronological...
  • Blog Post: Office Binary Formats Released to the Public under Open Specification Promise

    Finally what the open-source community has been asking from Microsoft has come to fruition, we've released the Office Binary Format in it's entirety and put it under our IRREVOCABLE, GPL-compatible, legally binding Open Specification Promise .  This is an honest gesture by Microsoft to the developer...
  • Blog Post: Dealing with Error Code 1603 for .NET 3.5 Deployments

    This blog post has some tips.  If you produce a verbose log file during the .NET 3.5 update, it would help in debugging the situation.  I have to state that for this issue, it would be best if you contact Microsoft Support through whatever support channels you typically use.  Until then...
  • Blog Post: London TechNet Event Presentation and Resources

    Thank you all who attended the London TechNet event, Beyond SharePoint: Advanced Solutions in Business Intelligence and Enterprise Search. Please follow this link to download the attached PDF of my presentation around Microsoft Search Server 2008.  Please send me any questions you might have around...
  • Blog Post: Tafiti Brightens Up SharePoint Enterprise Search

    Microsoft announced yesterday that Tafiti , the experimental Silverlight front-end for Live Search, has been released under the Microsoft Shared Source Permissive License *it's like BSD*.  Here is the announcement.   Internally this caused a lot of buzz on our enterprise search distribution...
  • Blog Post: How To Upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 In-place

    There has been a lot of noise about the fact that Microsoft is not providing an in-place upgrade for Windows XP users to Windows 7.  This is ironic considering that during the Vista launch, I got laughed at every presentation for actually recommending an in-place upgrade to Vista.  No one believed...
  • Blog Post: Comprehensive OCS Resource Laundry List

    Arthur Pounder who has been posting for sometime now about LCS 2003 & 2005 has posted about OCS Licensing and provided a full reference library including the trial software and other reference material which can be found at : Microsoft Unified Communications User Group (UK) Careful, this post is...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Hosted Services for Dummies

    I was doing some research for the organization I volunteer at. I was trying to make a case for a cost-effective email system based around Exchange. With all the talk around Software + Services I thought that this might be a perfect opportunity to propose a hosted Exchange environment. The more I looked...
  • Blog Post: PHP SQL Server Driver for All You Communists

    I’ve been meeting a lot of open-source devs lately and most tend to be genuinely surprised about the ability to now use SQL Server 2005/2008 with PHP applications. The best PHP devs, especially those who own or run development houses, tend to be a platform neutral bunch even those that work almost exclusively...
  • Blog Post: Saving Loads of Money With Groove

    During the London roadshow, a gentleman came up to me and asked about a solution to allow CAD designers to synchronize jobs across two branch offices. Basically his problem was that the ADSL connection between the offices was too slow to easily transfer large CAD files back and forth. Another problem...
  • Blog Post: If Your Organization is Still Running Internet Explorer 6 (IE6), READ THIS!!!

      This is going to be one of those months.  Most of you all knew it was coming with the announcement a few months ago.  Be aware this only applies to WSUS customers who have changed the default setting.  What does this mean for your apps?  Well if you haven't tested all your...
  • Blog Post: Vista SP1 RTM Released to TechNet Plus and MSDN Subscribers!

    I won't get into this whole SP1 mine field as I think there has been enough back and forth on the blogs.  The interesting blogs I've read have been Mike Nash's Windows Vista blog that has been showered with customer feedback to some of our popular evangelists in the field like Keith Combs . The...