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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Wiki WYSIWYG

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2010 – The Journey Continues

    Posting this from 37K feet, 14.5 hours into my epic journey to TechEd 2010. Southwest Airlines has in-flight wifi! Salty goodness. One strange thing, they haven’t established the pricing yet. It’ll be somewhere between US$N and US$n, but you don;t know the price when you sign on midair. At least it appears...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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”...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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.
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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.
  • Blog Post: TechNet Community: Profile Now Shows Wiki Activity

    Just in time for Mid-Year Reviews here at Microsoft the TechNet profile now shows your TechNet Wiki activity ! Just click on your profile Then select Wiki from the dropdown list for a LIFO listing of your wiki activity Click any link to go to the article Works for anyone’s profile. When you find a particularly...
  • Blog Post: Protect Your Hotmail Account Now

    Hackers, such as the one that posted this YouTube video “ How to Hack any Hotmail, ” are going after your Hotmail account in increasing numbers. NOTE: You SHOULD NOT click on links on video pages, especially this one, as they often do bad things . In this case, the link downloads malware...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Secret Weapon

    Increasingly, you don’t need a GUI to get your IT Pro job done. Everything you can do in the GUI, you can do in PowerShell. This is even more true in Windows Server “8” Beta. Not just because there are >2300 cmdlets. Now, you don’t even need mstsc.exe ( Remote Desktop Connection...
  • Blog Post: Answers to Top Support Calls

    One wishes that what the SQL Server Tech Center has done would be replicated throughout TechNet, no? An updated list of answers to top support calls, with and RSS Feed! If you’d like to see more TechCenters on TechNet offer this – let them know through your favorite feedback channels. Here’s wishing...
  • Blog Post: TOC Becomes TOC?

    IT Pros have long asked for a “change log” on technical information from Microsoft. For example, the Vi rtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Guide to Operations Manager Integration shows this right up font: For decades now inside Microsoft TOC has stood for Table of Contents. In this new age of “good enough...
  • Blog Post: I.O.U. (1K-6) Words

    Free-as-in-beer Hyper-V Poster http://aka.ms/HVPstr Windows Server 2008 Hyper-v Component Architecture with Service Pack 1 Hyper-v Component Architecture Windows Server 2008 R2 component posters Windows Server 2008 Component Posters
  • Blog Post: Test Driving Windows 8 Server

    Bill Laing's blog post today announces Windows Server 8 Beta availability . Some other tidbits to add to your IT Pro reading list include: Download Windows Server "8" Beta http://aka.ms/wdjd5y Win8 Keyboard Shortcuts http://aka.ms/hlagp4 Free-as-in-beer version of Hyper-V Server...