Sunday, May 31, 2009

A new search engine form Microsoft that answer questions using the phrases as a full search focus go to


To learn more go to

Microsoft on Thursday took the wraps off Bing, the rebuilt search engine formerly code-named  Kumo,  (See past blog on KUMO) designed to replace Live Search. It's a solid improvement over the previous search product, and it beats Google in important areas. It will help Microsoft gain share in the search business. It's surprisingly competitive with Google.

Bing isn't available to the public yet, but you won't have to wait long. Starting on June 1, some users will get Bing search results from Live Search. On June 3 Bing will be Microsoft's new default search.



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How to Upgrade Windows 7 beta to Windows 7 RC 0

I needed to upgrade a beta computer to RC to keep some apps that I did not have time to reinstall. The steps am show here are not the recommended process form Microsoft BUT do work.

1. Copy your Windows 7 RC DVD to your hard drive.

2. Go to the sources directory.

3. Edit the cversion.ini using notepad.

4. You need to  edit  the MinClient build number to a value  to 7000.

5. Save the file with the same name.


6. Run the Setup and  you can upgrade your version of windows Beta to Windows RC.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Glossary of Job Descriptions

Download the Glossary of Job Descriptions for Information Technology.

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Prepare for Exam 70-652 (TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring) for Free

Prepare for Exam 70-652 (TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring) for Free ($159.99(US) value)

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Get Certified Through Exam 70-652 (TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring) with a 25% Discount

Once you’ve taken the preparation course, you can take the certification exam at a reduced price. This exam will test your skills in installing, configuring, and optimizing Hyper-V; and in deploying, managing, and monitoring virtual machines using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. Use the promo code USHYPERV at checkout to receive your discount.

FREE E-BOOK: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions - Mitch Tullock provides a thorough look at the capabilities, features, and operations of Microsoft virtualization technologies from the desktop to the datacenter, and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Interested in trying Microsoft products

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Do you want to learn and play with Technology in a live setting ?

Quickly evaluate and test Microsoft's newest server products through a series of guided, hands-on labs you can complete in 90 minutes or less. You can use TechNet Virtual Labs online immediately, free. Start by selecting the lab you're interested in from the list below.


to try go Here

Plan Ahead for Windows 7 Beta Expires Soon!

Mark Your Calendar for July 1, 2009 - Windows 7 Beta Expiration

Heads up! The Windows 7 Beta will expire on August 1, 2009 so be prepared and plan to rebuild your PC with either the Release Candidate (RC) or another valid version of Windows before July 1, 2009. You will receive a warning two weeks prior to July 1; after this date, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Photosynth Upgrade

I have blogged about this product before and now Microsoft has announced

Microsoft Corp. today announced updates to its Photosynth technology that enable commercial use through integration with Microsoft Virtual Earth. The Photosynth integration into Virtual Earth signifies the first release designed to enable businesses to use Photosynth in commercial applications.

Photosynth software analyzes digital photographs and generates a 3-D model by “stitching” the photos together. These models, or “synths,” can now be viewed using Silverlight technology across multiple platforms. Virtual Earth brings together features, functionality and content that help consumers, businesses, citizens and governments bring location to life. It helps businesses and governments share location-based information, build better connections with consumers or citizens, and helps organizations make better operational decisions. With the integration of Photosynth into Virtual Earth customers will be able to create detailed 3-D views of anything from places to products and from hotels to homes.

Look at this site to see this technology in action

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CTP of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 available

HPC is becoming part of mainstream computing, and that’s a nice way of saying it can’t fail. We have customers in production and they’ve provided us with a list of great features for our upcoming release. Some of them told us they wanted to use our SOA programming model in mission critical environments. With this CTP we provide the first of many mission critical features, disconnection/reconnection for SOA workloads. Say you submit a million Monte Carlo simulations to the cluster. In the past you would receive the calculations as they were completed, one by one. With our CTP you could submit from your laptop, disconnect, go home, play with the dog, sleep soundly, and come back in the morning to collect the complete set of results. We’ll have additional mission critical features in our future pre-releases.

HPC Server 2008 allowed people who weren’t supercomputing geniuses to set up and run a cluster, easily and quickly. Our CTP includes a number of enhancements to our distributed management infrastructure, including the ability to create custom heat maps and use 3rd party reporting tools.

Using a cluster should be as easy as using any other network resource. Just like you can connect to a network printer and print jobs, you should be able to connect to a cluster, submit a computationally challenging job, and get the results. Our improved job scheduler includes a number of customer requested features including job progress and pre/post tasks. Pre/post tasks are cool because you can use them to set up and tear down compute nodes. Say you’re doing a bunch of genomic searches. With pre-tasks you could stage parts of the genomic database across your compute nodes, run your searches in parallel, and then clean up when you’re finished. Hey, it’s a simple map/reduce system.

Finally, we’re about to ship a new toolpack and it has our favorite new tool: Lizard. Lizard is a tuning wizard for the Linpack benchmark (get the name???). If you’re a Top500 geek you’ll love this tool. Using a set of parametric sweeps we identify the best input parameters for Linpack, helping you get a killer Linpack benchmark score. Oh, and it’s called Lizard. Did we mention the name? Hmmm… What could we call a GPU tuning wizard…

Back to the CTP. HPC is all about scale, performance, and applications. With this CTP we start with scale, and this Fall we’ll demonstrate performance as well as some exciting improvements to help application developers, from the Python/Excel users to MPI programmers and everyone in between.

More information on the CTP is at:

This is a copy of a post that

Ryan Waite - Product Unit Manager Windows HPC Server put on his blog. (Since most folks know I teach and work with HPC I wanted to share this with you)


Microsoft Vine


Microsoft released the test version  of a new product called Microsoft Vine that will allow users to share reports and updates tied to real-world locations, a tool that could be particularly useful for communication during a disaster.

This tool connects you to the people and places you care about most, when it matters. Stay in touch with family and friends, be informed when someone needs help. Get involved to create great communities. Use alerts, reports and your personal dashboard to stay in touch, informed and involved.

To learn more go here

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May Free e-book offers

Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Resource Kit, by Christa Anderson and Kristin L. Griffin with the Microsoft Presentation Hosted Desktop Virtualization Team

The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention, by Marc McDonald, Robert Musson, and Ross Smith

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Office Software Trick

Did you know that Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007. It’s a great value for your family since it can be installed on up to three PCs in your home.

Free E-learning for Windows 7

Just found this today

Clinic 10077: What's New in Windows 7 for IT Professionals

This two-hour clinic provides you with an overview of the new and enhanced deployment, security, manageability, and performance features in Windows 7. It describes how these features meet the day-to-day needs of IT professionals.
This clinic covers the following topics.

  • Overview of Deployment Enhancements
  • Overview of Security Enhancements
  • Overview of Manageability and Performance Enhancements
IT professionals completing this clinic should have basic familiarity with deploying, managing, and maintaining Windows Vista or the Windows XP operating system.


At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the new and updated deployment features and tools for Windows 7.
  • Describe new and enhanced security features in Windows 7.
  • Describe the improvements in performance and manageability in Windows 7.
  • To take this course go Here

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Microsoft IT Academy Student Pass

The is a special no-cost online learning opportunity for students. IT Academy Student Pass provides free e-learning courses to verified students who are interested in extending their technical skills with Microsoft technologies.

The IT Academy Student Pass offers 12 to 22 hours of FREE e-learning courses, aligned to the first set of topics you need to master for the first Microsoft certification exam within the track. Each track is unique, and most will require you to take additional e-learning courses to complete all of the topics you need to succeed on the certification exam.

The goal of the IT Academy Student Pass is to give you a head start by providing hours and hours of rich, award-winning e-learning content that sets the stage for the learning to come.

Students may also want to explore Microsoft technical certifications, and the IT Academy Student Pass is a perfect entry point to five different certification paths. Learn about Microsoft Certifications


The IT Academy Student Pass will be available initially in English, but additional languages are being considered for future releases, to get this deal go here

More on Office 2010

1. Office 2010 will be available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. 

2. Office 2010 will run on Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

3. Groove becomes SharePoint Workspace.  This is true. Please read the Groove SharePoint Workspace team blog here for the scoop.

4.  OneNote and SharePoint Workspace going into the ProPlus SKU.

Get the Scoop on the Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010

Want to learn more about Office 2010


go here for Office,and from the SharePoint blog

Announcing SharePoint Server 2010 Preliminary System Requirements

We’ve heard loud and clear that you want system requirements information as early as possible to assist in your budgeting and planning, so today we’re happy to announce (and confirm) some preliminary system requirements for SharePoint Server 2010:

  1. SharePoint Server 2010 will be 64-bit only.
  2. SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2.
  3. SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit SQL Server 2008 or 64-bit SQL Server 2005.

In addition to the requirements listed above we also wanted to share with you some preliminary detail about SharePoint Server 2010 browser compatibility. 

To ensure the best possible experience across multiple browsers we’re focusing our SharePoint 2010 engineering efforts on targeting standards based browsers (XHTML 1.0 compliant) including Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.x. running on Windows Operating Systems.  In addition we’re planning on an increased level of compatibility with Firefox 3.x and Safari 3.x on non-Windows Operating Systems.  Due to this focus Internet Explorer 6 will not be a supported browser for SharePoint Server 2010.

So, what can you do today to get into the best shape for SharePoint Server 2010?

  1. Start by ensuring new hardware is 64-bit.  Deploying 64-bit is our current best practice recommendation for SharePoint 2007.
  2. Deploy Service Pack 2 and take a good look at the SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Checker that’s shipped as part of the update.  The Upgrade Checker will scan your SharePoint Server 2007 deployment for many issues that could affect a future upgrade to SharePoint 2010.
  3. Get to know Windows Server 2008 with SharePoint 2007, this post is a great starting point.
  4. Consider your desktop browser strategy if you have large population of Internet Explorer 6 users.
  5. Continue to follow the Best Practices guidance for SharePoint Server 2007.
  6. Keep an eye on this blog for updates and more details in the coming months.

Windows 7 Talk Trumbull CT

I be talking about Windows 7 at the TPCUG MEETING

at the Trumbull Library Community Room

33 Quality Street, Trumbull, CT on Thursday night May 21, 2009 at 7pm come join us.

Security and Privacy – Data breach information

A Privacy breach is an unauthorized disclosure of personal confidential information that violates state or federal privacy laws.  In the event of a privacy breach, the following procedures should be followed to ensure the appropriate level of response

To understand data breaches we first need to see how bad it is.

To see a Chronology of Data Breaches by year go here

To see the law by each state go here.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

A Cool Trick

Do you ever get a document in a different langue that you do not understand get Windows Live Translator !

It works for both Office 2003 and Office 2007 !, just download the installer here.

Here are some details for both Office versions:

Office 2007:

Office 2003:

Tip: Create a New Failover Cluster in 12 Steps

Once you’ve thoroughly researched and planned your implementation of Failover clusters, you’re ready to actually create the cluster. The mechanism to create and manage Failover clusters is the Cluster Administrator application, part of the Administrative Tools folder.
To create a new Failover cluster, follow these steps.
(Note that the first three steps must be performed on all nodes that will be part of the Failover cluster.)

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1. Open Windows Server 2008 Server Manager from the Administrative Tools folder.
2. Select Features in the left pane and click Add Features in the right pane.
3. Select Failover Clustering in the left pane and click Next.
4. Open Failover Cluster Management from the Administrative Tools folder. In the center pane, click Validate A Configuration from the Management section.
5. On the first screen of the Validate A Configuration Wizard, enter the network name of each node. You should select all of the nodes that are available to ensure that your testing validation is as accurate as possible.
6. Click Next to show the Testing Options page. You should run all tests to ensure that you fully test your configuration. If you are running the validation process of failing a previous validation, you can run only the tests that were not successful earlier.
7. Click Next to verify the tests to be performed. Once the tests are completed, the Summary page will indicate whether the tests were successful and whether the configuration is suitable to use as a Failover cluster.
8. Click Finish to end the Validate A Configuration Wizard. If errors were reported, fix the problems indicated and run the wizard again. If the validation was successful, click Create A Cluster in the Failover Cluster Management window.
9. Once the Create Cluster Wizard starts, you need to enter the names of the nodes that will be used to form the cluster. These should be the same nodes you entered previously during the validation process.
10. Click Next to proceed to the Access Point For Administering The Cluster page. On this page you need to enter the cluster name and IP address that will be used to identify and administer the cluster once it is created. The cluster name and IP address will be the virtual name registered in DNS and will be used to connect and manage the cluster itself. This information is usually different than the name and IP address that will be used by clients to connect to clustered applications.
11. Click Next to validate the settings and proceed to the Confirmation page. Ensure that all the information is accurate for the creation of the cluster. If not, click Previous to go back and change the settings. Otherwise, click Next to proceed to the cluster creation page.
At the completion of the cluster creation process, the Summary page will show you the results. If there were no errors, your cluster was successfully formed. If there were any errors, click the View Report button to get details.
12. Click Finish to exit the wizard.

From the Microsoft Press book Windows Server 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford.

How to get on a Beta

I get asked all the time how do I get on a beta.

The answer is first go to


Sign in using  a Microsoft Live account, then click on the connection directory and choose the Beta that interests you. You will need to apply and once accepted you NEED to give feedback to the beta group

One area to Join is the

Microsoft Game Studios Beta Program

On Your Dashboard


We want EVERYONE – not just hardcore players! Whether you play once a year or every day, whether you pre-order the latest consoles or wouldn’t think of paying for a game – we want feedback from you!

Office 14 (Office 2010) was announced at TechED

The will  be a Beta call in June for a preview, some chance that were talked about include – REVISION control in PowerPoint !!!

More use of the ribbon bars.


Cannot wait to see the product.

Server 2008 r2 RC0 Now you can download it

Server2008  7 RC now you can download it

Welcome to Server2008 r2 Release Candidate (RC) testing. If you like trying out pre-release software, now’s your chance. You get to see what's coming, and we get to see if our changes and fixes from the Beta testing are working correctly.

How do you test the software? You put it on your PC, and then do what you'd normally do. Your PC will automatically and anonymously send our engineers the information they need to verify the fixes and changes they made based on the Server2008 r2 Beta tests.

You don't need to rush to get the RC. The RC will be available at least through July 2009 and we're not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time.
  • Watch the calendar. The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. You’ll also need to install the programs and data that you want to use. (Learn more about installing Windows.)

  • Fun Pictures From TechED 2009


    Here with the Microsoft Power 4.

    SQL Server, Webcast, Virtual Labs, and Visual Studio


    Knocked off WebCast off his feet, with a great magic trick!

    What is new in Windows 7 and Server2008 r2 - PowerShell

    Windows PowerShell™ is a command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. Built on the Microsoft .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell helps IT professionals control and automate the administration of Windows operating systems and of applications that run on Windows.

    The simple command tools in Windows PowerShell, called cmdlets, let you manage the computers in your enterprise from the command line. Windows PowerShell providers let you access data stores, such as the registry and the certificate store, as easily as you access the file system. In addition, Windows PowerShell has full support for all Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) classes.

    Windows PowerShell is fully extensible. You can write your own cmdlets, providers, functions, and scripts, and you can package them in modules to share with other users.

    Windows® 7 includes Windows PowerShell 2.0. It also includes other cmdlets, providers, and tools that you can add to Windows PowerShell so that you can use and manage other Windows technologies such as Active Directory® Domain Services, Windows® BitLocker™ Drive Encryption, the DHCP Server service, Group Policy, Remote Desktop Services, and Windows Server Backup.

    What's new in Windows PowerShell?

    The following changes are available in Windows PowerShell in Windows 7:

    • New cmdlets. Windows PowerShell includes more than 100 new cmdlets, including Get-Hotfix, Send-MailMessage, Get-ComputerRestorePoint, New-WebServiceProxy, Debug-Process, Add-Computer, Rename-Computer, Reset-ComputerMachinePassword, and Get-Random.
    • Remote management. You can run commands on one computer or hundreds of computers with a single command. You can establish an interactive session with a single computer. And, you can establish a session that can receive remote commands from multiple computers.
    • Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE). Windows PowerShell ISE is a graphical user interface for Windows PowerShell that lets you run commands, and write, edit, run, test, and debug scripts in the same window. It offers up to eight independent execution environments and includes a built-in debugger, multiline editing, selective execution, syntax colors, line and column numbers, and context-sensitive Help.
    • Background jobs. With Windows PowerShell background jobs, you can run commands asynchronously and "in the background" so you can continue to work in your session. You can run background jobs on a local or remote computer, and you can store the results locally or remotely.
    • Debugger. The Windows PowerShell debugger can help you debug functions and scripts. You can set and remove breakpoints, step through code, check the values of variables, and display a call-stack trace.
    • Modules. Windows PowerShell modules let you organize your Windows PowerShell scripts and functions into independent, self-contained units. You can package your cmdlets, providers, scripts, functions, and other files into modules that you can distribute to other users. Modules are easier for users to install and use than Windows PowerShell snap-ins. Modules can include any type of file, including audio files, images, Help files, and icons. Modules run in a separate session to avoid name conflicts.
    • Transactions. Windows PowerShell now supports transactions, which let you manage a set of commands as a logical unit. A transaction can be committed, or it can be completely undone so that the affected data is not changed by the transaction.
    • Events. Windows PowerShell includes a new event infrastructure that lets you create events, subscribe to system and application events, and then listen, forward, and act on the events synchronously and asynchronously.
    • Advanced functions. Advanced functions behave just like cmdlets, but they are written in the Windows PowerShell scripting language instead of in C#.
    • Script internationalization. Scripts and functions can display messages and Help text to users in multiple languages.
    • Online Help. In addition to Help at the command line, the Get-Help cmdlet has a new Online parameter that opens a complete and updated version of each Help topic on Microsoft TechNet.

    What's New in Windows 7 and Server 2008 r2 - Service Accounts

    Two new types of service accounts are available in Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows® 7—the managed service account and the virtual account. The managed service account is designed to provide crucial applications such as SQL Server and IIS with the isolation of their own domain accounts, while eliminating the need for an administrator to manually administer the service principal name (SPN) and credentials for these accounts. Virtual accounts in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 are "managed local accounts" that can use a computer's credentials to access network resources

    What is new in Windows7 and Server 2008 r2 – Smart Cards

    Windows® 7 includes new features that make smart cards easier to use and to deploy, and makes it possible to use smart cards to complete a greater variety of tasks. The new smart card features are available in all versions of Windows 7.

    What's new in smart cards?

    Windows 7 features enhanced support for smart card–related Plug and Play and the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) standard from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

    This means that users of Windows 7 can use smart cards from vendors who have published their drivers through Windows Update without needing special middleware. These drivers are downloaded in the same way as drivers for other devices in Windows.

    When a PIV-compliant smart card is inserted into a smart card reader, Windows attempts to download the driver from Windows Update. If an appropriate driver is not available from Windows Update, a PIV-compliant minidriver that is included with Windows 7 is used for the card.

    What is New in Windows7 and Server 22008 r2- Security Auditing

    There are a number of auditing enhancements in Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows® 7 that increase the level of detail in security auditing logs and simplify the deployment and management of auditing policies. These enhancements include:

    • Global Object Access Auditing. In Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, administrators can define computer-wide system access control lists (SACLs) for either the file system or registry. The specified SACL is then automatically applied to every single object of that type. This can be useful both for verifying that all critical files, folders, and registry settings on a computer are protected, and for identifying when an issue with a system resource occurs.
    • "Reason for access" reporting. This list of access control entries (ACEs) provides the privileges on which the decision to allow or deny access to the object was based. This can be useful for documenting the permissions, such as group memberships, that allow or prevent the occurrence of a particular auditable event.
    • Advanced audit policy settings. These 53 new settings can be used in place of the nine basic auditing settings under Local Policies\Audit Policy to allow administrators to more specifically target the types of activities they want to audit and eliminate the unnecessary auditing activities that can make audit logs difficult to manage and decipher

    What is new in Windows 7 and Server 2008 r2 – UAC (User Access Controls)

    What are the benefits of the new and changed features?

    New Control for UAC’s allowing user to configure the way that UAC work.

    For Server 2008 r2 the built-in Administrator account in Windows Server 2008 R2 does not run in Admin Approval Mode The built-in Administrator account in Windows Server 2008 R2, which is the first account created on a server, does not run in Admin Approval Mode. All subsequently created administrator accounts in Windows Server 2008 R2 do run in Admin Approval Mode.

    For Windows 7 the built-in Administrator account is disabled by default in Windows 7. If the built-in Administrator account is the only active local administrator account during an upgrade from Windows XP, Windows 7 leaves the account enabled and places the account in Admin Approval Mode. The built-in Administrator account, by default, cannot log on to the computer in Safe Mode

    What is new in Windows 7 and Server 2008 r2 -Biometrics

    For enhanced convenience, Windows® 7 enables administrators and users to use fingerprint biometric devices to log on to computers, grant elevation privileges through User Account Control (UAC), and perform basic management of the fingerprint devices. Administrators can manage fingerprint biometric devices in Group Policy settings by enabling, limiting, or blocking their use.

    What's new in biometrics?

    A growing number of computers, particularly portable computers, include embedded fingerprint readers. Fingerprint readers can be used for identification and authentication of users in Windows. Until now, there has been no standard support for biometric devices or for biometric-enabled applications in Windows. Computer manufacturers had to provide software to support biometric devices in their products. This made it more difficult for users to use the devices and administrators to manage the use of biometric devices.

    Windows 7 includes the Windows Biometric Framework that exposes fingerprint readers and other biometric devices to higher-level applications in a uniform way, and offers a consistent user experience for discovering and launching fingerprint applications. It does this by providing the following:

    • A Biometric Devices Control Panel item that allows users to control the availability of biometric devices and whether they can be used to log on to a local computer or domain.
    • Device Manager support for managing drivers for biometric devices.
    • Credential provider support to enable and configure the use of biometric data to log on to a local computer and perform UAC elevation.
    • Group Policy settings to enable, disable, or limit the use of biometric data for a local computer or domain. Group Policy settings can also prevent installation of biometric device driver software or force the biometric device driver software to be uninstalled.
    • Biometric device driver software available from Windows Update.

    What is new in Windows 7 and Server 2008 r2 - AppLocker

    This will be a a group of blogs dealing with what has changed in Windows 7

    Windows AppLocker is a new feature in Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 that replaces the Software Restriction Policies feature. AppLocker contains new capabilities and extensions that reduce administrative overhead and help administrators control how users can access and use files, such as .exe files, scripts, Windows Installer files (.msi and .msp files), and DLLs.

    AppLocker rules specify which files are allowed to run. Files that are not included in rules are not allowed to run.

    A interesting feature of Applocker is that you can say allow application x and all new versions so that you can allow users to get upgrade without having to recreate new rules.

    Sunday, May 17, 2009

    TechEd and Magic

    If you do not know love magic (I used to do this professionally) and during the event I was doing some magic at the MCT booth. For some fellow MCTs. Here is the Video some posted of the impromptu  Magic I did during the meeting.

    I also took some folks to the Magic Castle


    Where I am Member.

    Tech Ed 2009

    Come see me  speak at Tech- Ed talking about Windows Server 2008 and Client and NAP better together. I will be speaking Friday at 9am In room 502.

    Wednesday, May 6, 2009

    Look at your Bios and See if you can run Virtual PC XP mode

    How to confirm your PC can run Windows XP Mode

    Although OEMs have been shipping hardware virtualization in PCs for three years, hardware virtualization is not available in all PCs — so even if your PC is new, it may not have hardware virtualization. Additionally, those PCs with hardware virtualization have it turned off by default, so you will need to turn on the hardware virtualization capability before you can use it.

    To determine whether your PC works with Windows XP Mode:

    Step 1. Does my PC have a CPU with support for hardware virtualization?

    For Intel processors:

    • Download, install and run the Intel Processor Identification Utility.

    • Navigate to the CPU Technologies tab and read the value in the "Intel Virtualization Technology" field.

      • If the value is No then your CPU does not support hardware virtualization.

      • If the value is Yes then the CPU supports hardware virtualization. Go on to step 2 below.

    For AMD processors:
    AMD Virtualization Compatibility Check Utility.

    Step 2. Does my PC BIOS support hardware virtualization, and is it turned on?

    Instructions to turn on hardware virtualization in your PC BIOS are specific to OEM models. It is important that after changing your BIOS settings the PC is completely shut down at the power switch before restarting so that the new BIOS settings can take place.

    New virtual PC with XP MODE


    Windows Virtual PC Beta, a feature of Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Enterprise, provides you the capability to run multiple Windows environments such as Windows XP Mode from your Windows 7 desktop.


    This is really cool you can run XP or just publish an XP Application while running Windows 7

    to download go here

    Windows 7 RC now you can download it

    Welcome to Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) testing. We're on our way to Windows 7, and if you like trying out pre-release software, now’s your chance. You get to see what's coming, and we get to see if our changes and fixes from the Beta testing are working correctly.

    How do you test the software? You put it on your PC, and then do what you'd normally do. Your PC will automatically and anonymously send our engineers the information they need to verify the fixes and changes they made based on the Windows 7 Beta tests.

    You don't need to rush to get the RC. The RC will be available at least through July 2009 and we're not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time.
  • Watch the calendar. The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. You’ll also need to install the programs and data that you want to use. (Learn more about installing Windows.)

  • To download the software go here

    Monday, May 4, 2009

    Free Microsoft Press Chapters

    Improve your productivity at work and impress your family at home with tips and tricks from Microsoft Press books. When you register for this free offer, each week (for eight weeks) we deliver to your inbox an e-mail message that includes a link to download a chapter from a key Microsoft Press book, as well as information about special offers. You can opt out of these communications at any time.
    Click the following link to receive a chapter from Create Dynamic Charts in Microsoft Office Excel 2007 and Beyond, to be followed by a new chapter from a different book each week.

    Week   Book chapter

    1 Presentations in Excel that pack a punch

    2 Dress up your Word documents with pictures, graphics, and stylized text

    3 Organize your photos, music, videos, and more using Vista

    4 Storyboard first – a way to improve your PowerPoint slide shows

    5 Addicted to e-mail? Get ideas on how to process and organize your Outlook inbox

    6 Setting up file sharing in Vista is easier than you think

    7 Summarize data painlessly with pivot tables in Excel

    8 Create an easy home movie using Vista

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