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Power to the People
If you read this blog, you know about the TechNet Wiki I helped start a while ago. The wiki represents many kinds of awesome. The best of which is the people who care enough about technology, and the wiki, to contribute content. The wiki has been nominated for an internal Microsoft Engineering Excellence...
23 Oct 2012
Free-as-in-beer Microsoft Poster App
Many of you saw this app at TechEd NA and TechEd Europe and asked "When can I get it?" It's heeeere: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/en-US/app/server-posterpedia/f988071c-66dc-4281-8028-637ac0f09061 Free-as-in-beer. This YT vid shows how it works http://youtu.be/o5tWAPWJ720 . Seeing it in...
19 Sep 2012
Cloud is to Datacenter as HAL is to PC
Something really big for the IT Pro just happened. Jeffrey Snover introduces it this way " Many years ago, Microsoft joined with other companies to define the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), a set of standards to abstract the devices on a PC (and later, a server) for the OS. The HAL is the unsung...
29 Jun 2012
New Server/Cloud Blog of Blogs
check out the new blog of blogs for Microsoft Server and Tools http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverandtools/
11 Jun 2012
Azure Security Guidance
“The good news is that all of the security development practices, principles, and techniques you already know still apply when developing cloud applications.” For the drill down, read this newly-published Windows Azure Security Guidance .
7 Jun 2012
Server News - Free-as-in-beer App You Should Install Today
Wouldn't it be great if there was an App that you could run on your Win8CP or Windows Phone 7 that "pushed" you important Windows Server news? Do you read blogs like Ben Armstrong , Virtualization Team , Mark Russinovich ? Well colleagues Martin McClean (Poster Guy) and Brian Lich (Awesome Guy...
26 Mar 2012
Hyper-V Cmdlets in Windows Server 8 Demo Video
Hyper-V PM Eric Bahna recently recorded a video demo of the new Hyper-V Windows PowerShell cmdlets in Windows Server "8* Beta . The complete demo is about 21 minutes long. Windows Server 8 Hyper-V PowerShell Demo Uncut For convenience, I also made three shorter versions currently available...
6 Mar 2012
Brain Rules for Meetings (and UIs)
In Brain Rules for Meetings John Medina tells us: "you've got 30 seconds before they start asking the question, "Am I going to pay attention to you or not?"" This advice holds true for new UIs as well. If you have installed the Windows Server "8" Beta , and you come upon the new Metro UI in the course...
6 Mar 2012
How to find stuff I wrote on TechNet Wiki
The business case for changes to the TechNet Wiki is complex. On the "fit for purpose" side of the equation, I try to explain the numbers thusly: 1. There are orders of magnitude more readers than contributors 2. There are orders of magnitude more contribute-once users than there are contribute...
17 Feb 2012
Social + Content = Happier IT Pros
According to our IT Pro customer feedback the number one dis-satisfier is finding the technical information they need. When they find technical content from Microsoft, they general review it favorably. Finding it is the chief frustration. I was taught that one strategy for improving performance is...
24 Jan 2012
American Airlines E-mail Scam
Tell your friends. As the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) put is: “ Use caution when opening attachments, even if they appear to have been sent by someone you know.” I have seen lots of reports recently of an American Airlines e-mail scam . A version I have seen in my “consumer”...
9 Jan 2012
Happy IT Pro Holidays: Microsoft gives free-as-in-beer tech support
The new www.answerdesk.com service offers free support 24/7/365 with the option to upgrade to paid support right there if the free session does not suffice. * *Currently for English-speaking customers, however some Answer Techs do speak other languages, and you can filter/select those ones if you...
27 Dec 2011
Warning: Adobe Reader Zero-day Attacks NOW
"As always, be vigilant when opening any PDF attachments in unsolicited emails." Headsup that Symantec today issued a warning of Adobe Reader Zero-day being exploited in the wild . Go smack your users and remind them what happens when you open attachments that drop backdoors on the system.
7 Dec 2011
How to Fix a Corrupted Hyper-V VHD File
Symptoms and error messages for corrupted Hyper-V VHD files are numerous, from the VM refusing to start, to failures to attach the VHD with messages like "Failed to open attachment 'C:\ directory \MyVHD.vhd'. Error: 'The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.'” There are many possible...
7 Dec 2011
Just the Diff’s Ma’am
IT Pros have longed asked for a way to understand “what changed in this information that you just updated”? A change log. The diffs. On the TechNet Wiki you can see this by using the History tab. Example, we just updated the Hyper-V: Update List for Windows Server 2008 R2 . It us around 2k words, in...
21 Oct 2011
Impatient IT Pros Guide to the New Stuff in Windows Server 8 Hyper-V
Ned Pyle has a comprehensive blog post that guides you through the important new stuff revealed at BUILD for IT Pros in Windows Server 8. Go read his blog post Windows 8 for the IT Pro: The New Plumbing . If, like me, you want to start your reading with the Hyper-V stuff, here is the clip from his post...
22 Sep 2011
How to find your stuff on the TechNet Wiki
The TechNet wiki shows two RSS feeds: Home (for the home page) TechNet Articles (for the TechNet *WIKI* articles – both new and updated) There is also a feed for a tag in the the tag cloud: I use Outlook 2010 to feed each of these into a folder . I then write filter rules on the folders to show me stuff...
25 Apr 2011
Resources to Assist Windows Server Customers in Japan
Some folks on the TechNet Wiki have started a wiki topic to assist IT Pros in Japan who may have to do some unplanned server take-downs. Check out http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/windows-server-emergency-management-resources.aspx and add your useful links for: Backup/restore...
15 Mar 2011
Why Wiki? Case Study #2 AD Domain Svcs Event ID Map
Wouldn’t it be great if you had a visual representation of all the event IDs for a service, let’s say for example the Microsoft Windows Active Directory Domain Service, and when you clicked on one of the IDs, you could “drill down” into more info on that event? Let me wiki that for you . Kudos to colleague...
22 Feb 2011
Translate the TNWIKI
The TechNet Wiki now has a Bing translator widget on each page, no charge. Free-as-in-beer. Enjoy. 享受。 Nyd. Appréciez. Genießen. Απολαύστε. Godere. お楽しみください。즐길 수 있습니다. Ciesz się. Disfrutar. Keyfini çıkarın.
22 Feb 2011
IT Pro’s Pal - BGinfo
My gear-fixation probably started when I was a Boy Scout. There was a tool called the Woodsman’s Pal that I *had* to have. It just looked, well, way more Ninja than the puny “hatchet” I used for years. Turns out, the hatchet worked just fine, still does today. And as an adult...
15 Feb 2011
TechNet Wiki Tags-onomy–The Hidden Differentiator
You can find some common TNWIKI tags at: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/wiki-common-tags.aspx Internet pundit Clay Shirky said “The Only Group That Can Categorize Everything Is Everybody.” The idea behind a tagging taxonomy, or “tagsonomy” as it is implemented on the...
8 Feb 2011
Video: How to Deploy BranchCache Server in Hosted Cache Mode
James McIllece has posted two new TN Edge videos demonstrate how to deploy a BranchCache server in hosted cache mode . Part 1 , which is six minutes long, demonstrates how to install the BranchCache feature, configure the BranchCache service mode, and create a self-signed certificate using Internet Information...
15 Dec 2010
Happy Holidays from the Scripting Guys
For grins: Hey Scripting Guy blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/ Watch the blog for a holiday special series staring 12/19/10.
10 Dec 2010
Most web pages you find print out all the extra crap in the “gutters” ( there is a appropriate feature name if ever there was one…), like this: On the TechNet Wiki , we figure you just want the information please, thank you very much. So, when you print from IE your TNWIKI page looks like this: We hope...
17 Nov 2010
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