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Tonyso Credo: "Look for a pattern, and solve it for everything"

October, 2009

  • How to: Set Bing Images as Your Desktop Wallpaper

    CodePlex has a nifty free-as-in-beer app that sets your desktop wallpaper with the Bing daily image. Salty goodness. And Free-as-in-beer.
  • PowerShell PowerBoots

    The good folks at Codeplex, the folks who bring you the free-as-in-beer Hyper-V PowerShell SnapIn also bring you the PowerShell PowerBoots . “ PowerBoots makes it easier for scripters to create graphical user interfaces in PowerShell, exposing much of...
  • Script Center Gallery Hits

    The new TechNet Script Center Gallery has a useful RSS feed of most active submitted scripts . This help me find two useful ones: Login monitoring : Connects to a security log and retrieves successful login events and returns time, user, and type of login...
  • Free-as-in-beer Security Baselines for Win7, BL and IE8

    The Security Compliance Management Toolkit Series provides organizations with an end-to-end solution to help them plan, deploy, and monitor security baselines of Windows operating systems and 2007 Microsoft Office applications. Recent updates include...
  • Job Templates for HPC

    Josh Barnard on the High Performance Computing team at Microsoft has a new video out explaining Job Templates in HPC. Click the image to watch the video on msn video . You can read the white paper at Windows HPC Server 2008 Job Templates .
  • Hyper-V How To: Test Hosts for Proc Compatibility for VM Migration

    In Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V R2, when a running or a saved state virtual machine is migrated to another virtualization server (also called “host”), the destination server may have a processor with a different set of features. An operating system...
  • How To: Deploy Windows XP Mode

    There’s a new video showing How to Deploy Windows XP Mode . Requisite see alsos: Others who downloaded Window XP Mode IT Pro Deployment Video also downloaded: Deploying Windows XP Mode white paper and scripts Windows XP Mode IT Professional Deployment...
  • Hyper-V How To: Do a VM Config-only Export in Hyper-V R2

    Ben’s blog post lays out all the background and details on import/export of VMs in Windows Server 2008 R2 . Soumya’s blog post gives a couple of scripts showing how to do a config-only export,a nd a script for importing it.
  • This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    Scientists in Switzerland map the human brain on hallucinogens. Measured this way, all tripper’s brains look the same, yet internally, each drug-takers experience is different and personal… Warning : clicking the link subjects you to a short commercial...
  • Books are the way the dead talk to the living.

    I was a ha-yuge Laurie Anderson fan in the 80s. I’ve seen her perform live more than I’ve seen any other artist, United Sates a couple of times, and Mister Heartbreak twice. Think that defines me as a fan. “Holy smokes, looks like some kind of guest/host...
  • Forget the Whopper, Win 7 is Wheedonesque

    There is a fascinating new time-waster at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/social/ , including this gem for Firefly fans… I’ll be in my bunk…
  • DIY Zune Speakers – the IT Pro Way

    John shares how to hack your 12V drill to power you Zune speakers . He also tells How to Detect The Virtualization Layer From Within A Guest .
  • Not the Windows 7 Launch Post You Were Expecting

    Yesterday I blogged about the awesome new bing search for twitter . You don’t need to follow the tweetstorm to know by now that Windows 7 was released today. I’m with James on this one: today is A uniquely good day to be at Microsoft . Plus, last night...
  • Download Windows XP Mode

    Windows XP Mode is ready for download. Read about Windows XP Mode modes of operation over on the VPC blog: http://blogs.technet.com/windows_vpc/archive/2009/08/27/three-modes-of-windows-xp-mode.aspx
  • Avatar: Av two, they’re small

    This is not the image search for Tony Soper you were looking for… Doing a Bing image search on yourself can be eye-opening. For instance, I once worked with this guy (great actor and human being BTW, check out his current TV show ) And I currently work...
  • Bing Does Twitter

    Bing.com now searches twitter. Interesting way to keep tabs on the twitterverse chatter about *things you care what people are twittering about*. For example:
  • Devs Lead the Way

    In the beginning, there was blogs.msdn.com. IT Pro bloggers posted there, because there was no place for IT Pros to blog. Then there was blogs.technet.com. Looks like the devs are leading the way again with the recent update on mdsn.com of “community...
  • Hyper-V How To: Free Tools for Hyper-V Management

    Free-as-in-beer Codeplex help for Hyper-V admins. PowerShell Management Library for Hyper-V A project to provide a PowerShell management library for Hyper-V Hyper-V Web Manager Hyper-V Web Manager (HVWM) is a web-based management utility for Microsoft...
  • Free-as-in-beer IT Pro Scripts

    There wasn’t a lot of hoopla last month about the launch of Technet Script Center Gallery , but there should have been. 150+ scripts (just in the first month), free-as-in-beer, tagged and sorted and searchable… They even hand you an evergreen...
  • Hyper-V How To: Upgrade Hyper-V to Hyper-V R2

    KB957256 describes the options that are available for upgrading or migrating from a Windows Server 2008 installation with the Hyper-V role enabled to Windows Server 2008 R2. For Windows Server 2008 Failover Clusters that are running virtual machines,...
  • Free-as-in-beer PowerShellPack

    10 modules to help supercharge your Windows PowerShell scripting. The PowerShellPack lets you write user interfaces in PowerShell script, manage RSS feeds, schedule operating system tasks, and much more. Here’s what you get: WPK Create rich user...
  • Follow vs Post: What’s the Payback for Time Spent on Twitter?

    According to my teenager, “twitter is creepy, its just stalking. I mean the button you push says follow”! Duh!.” Yet, some in the business press in the US say Microsoft should buy Twitter . Hrmm… Microsoft advertises job listings there , Bing integrates...
  • Jim DuBois on Virtualization

    Microsoft IT General Manager Jim Dubois shares info about virtualization inside Microsoft in this short (4 minute) video.
  • Dunbar’s Number and Wikiality

    Dunbar’s number is said to be about 150. The new book Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape our Lives , advocates, among other things, that human nature will correct Wikiality to more closely reflect reality. Now, there...
  • “Xmas Came Early!”: Free Risk Tracker 1.0 Tool from Microsoft

    The customer-focused information security team have released the free-as-in-beer Risk Tracker 1.0 on Codeplex. This sample app (did I mention it was free?) helps the Microsoft Information Security Team track information security risk across the company...