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  • Blog Post: How to Tell if you are in a VM Using Script

    Sometimes you need to identify if something is running inside a virtual machine before you take action. This sample VBScript uses the same logic found in the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to show if a deployment is running in a VM. If IsVM Then     WScript.Quit 1 Else    ...
  • Blog Post: Son of What Has They Gots In Their Pocketses?

    More and more I’m concluding that the SEO advice currently peddled on the interwebs is snake oil, sold to you by those with a financial interest in you following their advice. Last month I posted a quick TechNet Wiki status update with the completely un-SEO, lacking-in—helpful-keywords, title “ What...
  • Blog Post: “Everything is Going Extremely Well..”

    The TechNet Wiki (Beta) continues to grow. Today, the article count exceeded 800.   If you get the title reference, find more juicy tidbits here . I use the well.wav for my appointment reminders – it definitely gets my attention!
  • Blog Post: Forum Greatest Hits: Call Now, Operators Are On Duty

    Markus, the moderator over on the ILM forum, has created an interesting new content form: Forum Greatest Hit .   GHs are technical articles that are developed to address the following three key areas: Discoverability – For common questions, you should be able to find your answer quickly and easily...
  • 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: The IT Pro future is Cloud-y and S.A.D

    You’ve already heard lots about the cloud, and about how you need to start getting ready. Are you prepping for Service Automation Design (SAD)? Also called IT Process Automation (ITPA), this is the stuff you will be doing with Opalis. If it is not on your radar, tap the console hard…Looks like a fantastic...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki (Beta): Why a Wiki?

    One of the things customers asked of us when we met at TechEd 2010 is summarized as: “ It would be really useful if you would give me a table of <thing> and how it changes from version to version.” The most frequent request was for <GPO>, but it really applies to a lot of <things> of...
  • 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: 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 are those who claim that Microsoft employees...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki: What They Are Reading?

    Here are the top 10 most-read TechNet Wiki articles from last week, in order: social.technet:/wiki/contents/articles/windows-server-appfabric.aspx social.technet:/wiki/contents/articles/windows-powershell-survival-guide.aspx social.technet:/wiki/contents/articles/active-directory-overview.aspx social...
  • Blog Post: The future is already here. It's just not very evenly distributed…

    …saith Wm.Gibson. The future of IT Pro documentation is here – colleague Jim Holtzman shows you how to setup your Windows Home Server router on the TechNet wiki . What’s especially fabulous about this article? 8 Different OEM routers are detailed, and anyone can add to it! One URL, all OEM router setup...
  • Blog Post: Ever Wanted to Help Write a KB?

    Ever wanted to help write a KB? Perhaps get the info a little faster? Now you can on the TechNet Wiki (Beta). Here’s an interesting ground-breaking example: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/biztalk-server-backup-job-does-not-delete-backup-files.aspx
  • Blog Post: TN Wiki: Wiki Down, but Not Out

    It hasn’t happened very often during the Beta, but The TN Wiki is down right now for a few hours for upgrades. See you soon!
  • Blog Post: TNWIKI visibility

    Almost two week in the wild and the TechNet Wiki is gaining visibility – seen today on the Windows Server TC :
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: TechNet Wiki (Beta): The Future is Stubby

    On the TechNet Wiki (Beta) we encourage IT Pros and Devs to start a wiki article, even though they may not have all the information required to complete it. Troubleshooting articles, in particular, as well as “link aggregations” can profit greatly from this approach. Check out the How to Create a Stub...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki (Beta) Safari (Beta): How to Find Stuff on TNWIKI

    The new TechNet Wiki (Beta) is (wide) open and folks are contributing some valuable content, and trying new things. As the content set grows, it becomes more and more challenging to find stuff. Inthe Beta, most folks are missing that the search bar at the top of the TN Wiki page is for searching the...
  • Blog Post: TN Wiki Goes Social

    One of the new enhancements to the TechNet Wiki (Beta) makes it easy for you to share wiki content with your social networks. At the bottom-right of the page is the little gizmo that allows one-click “socialization” to services like Twitter, Reddit, Digg, etc.. Check it out:
  • Blog Post: Customer Focus Design

    The IT Pro content folks here at Microsoft are trying to change the way IT Pros and developers interact with content. You may have noticed that we have started a wiki …   and I hope you didn’t miss the terrific new free-as-in-beer Windows Server 2008 R2: Hyper-V Component Architecture poster . We...
  • 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: SBS Router Setup Community Content

    Colleague Jim Holtzman is doing a very interesting (and helpful) thing over on the TechNet Wiki . Typically, when you look on TechNet or MSND for something like router (or any hardware really) setup instructions, you find an article that aims to serve the widest possible audience, and therefore does...