Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Get On the Bus Tour



Microsoft is giving away 50 copies of Windows 7 Ultimate for the first 50 Get On the Bus event attendees through the door at EVERY STOP! Don’t miss your chance to win a copy of Microsoft’s newest software offering - register today at


*To receive your free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, be one of the first 50 people who are US residents (includes D of C) or Canada 18+ to arrive at a Microsoft Get On the Bus Tour afternoon event.  50 copies of the software title are available. Limit one gift per person.  This offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer.  This offer ends on June 4, 2010 while supplies last, and is not redeemable for cash.  Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient.  There is no shipment of your gift – all gifts will be distributed onsite.

Montreal, May 21 | Boston, May 24 | New York, May 25 | Philadelphia, May 26 | Washington DC, May 27 & 28 | Richmond, June 1 | Raleigh, June 2 | Charlotte, June 3 | Atlanta, June 4 | New Orleans, June 5

The Get On the Bus Tour is back home and Microsoft is  kicking off the  new tour with a visit to Canada! Montreal marks our first location on a 10-city North American road show en route to TechEd in New Orleans, June 7. Come spend some time with Microsoft as they tour the East Coast for a deep dive into both Windows 7 and Office 2010, along with a specific path on how to get certified. Learn why Windows 7 has received rave reviews from IT organizations and is setting records as the fastest selling operating system in history.  Find out why so many IT Pros are eagerly awaiting the release of Office 2010. We will show you both the best practices for deploying Windows 7 and how to keep it running efficiently after deployment.  Also take a tour through all of the features of Office 2010 from an IT Professional’s point of view. It’s time to join at a stop nearest you for technical training, professional networking, hands-on experiences, and real world guidance from industry experts sent to you from Redmond. Don’t miss your chance to “Get On the Bus!”


For your local event today!

Microsoft Windows Community

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 9:00AM – 10:00AM Pacific Time

Join the Event

Join an online live conversation with Microsoft Community Managers Matt Bernardy,  Jake Grey, and your truly Jay Ferron on May 4th, 2010 from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. PMT. This is your opportunity to learn more about the Clubhouse, Microsoft Answers, the MVP Program, and to ask questions about all the Windows community programs.  To join, follow these simple steps:

  1. Find out what time this Live Meeting is in your country/region.
  2. Download Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007. We recommend you download the program several hours in advance to avoid technical difficulties during the session.
  3. Enter the meeting and fill in your name.



Monday, April 26, 2010

Volunteer Techies Needed

As a long time volunteer for American Red Cross It takes a lot of leadership, coordination and different skill sets to run a successful disaster relief operation.  For all the techies out there, we have disaster services technology (DST)

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Responding to Disasters

Since its founding, the Red Cross has provided aid and comfort to families touched by disasters all over the world.

The disaster environment now includes terrorism on a scale never before seen. As a result the Red Cross has launched a grassroots initiative that stresses prevention and readiness education to families, schools and businesses.

When a disaster strikes, the Red Cross responds immediately, without regard to cost. This requires ongoing training for employees and volunteers, sophisticated technology and equipment, and the purchase of food and shelter for families and volunteers.

In order to respond to disaster-caused needs, whenever and where ever they arise, the Red Cross must have resources in reserve. Whether those affected suffer a house fire in a Maryland neighborhood, a tornado in Arkansas or wildfires in California, they need help that is prompt and effective.


It takes a lot of leadership, coordination and different skill sets to run a successful disaster relief operation. One of the advantages of volunteering with the Red Cross is the great training. For all the techies out there, we have disaster services technology (DST).


Within hours of a disaster, a DST team goal is to set up connectivity to support the Red Cross relief effort. By using satellite technology, the team can network the operation quickly. Once the network is completed, DST will start issuing laptops and equipment such as cell phones, printers, fax machines and radios. They can set up a 100 seat office overnight.


All DST team members start with their local chapter. Once you become a volunteer with your local chapter, they’ll provide you with the basic disaster services training. If you express an interest in DST, you’ll get enrolled on a five-part training series called DST101.

To find your local Red Cross chapter click here

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Day 2 and my Impressions of Microsoft Intune

I joined the beta for Microsoft Intune a cloud based solution for small to medium business to manage computers

To learn more about this product go here

I went to the site and after applying to the beta got a email less that 4 hours later.

The step were simple to start.

I login in with the supplied credentials and changed my password, using my browser, most of the site is Silverlight (no right click).

Once there


I installed the Windows Intune Client.


This was a Small Download 8 – 11 megs bases on X86 or X64

It also install some other application in the background once the client installed

  • Microsoft Online Management Policy Agent
  • Microsoft Antimalware
  • WINDOWS Intune
  • Microsoft Policy Platform
  • Microsoft Firewall Configuration Provider
  • Windows Intune Malware protection
  • Microsoft Easy Assist v2
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 r2 Agent

If you have other Antivirus or Antimalware software you need to remove them.

Once install i just waited till the computer show up in the Unassigned computer Console (I created additional  new group called Mobile for my remote users) and then move the computer there


Now the fun begins In the

I Went to the administration tab;


Click on Updates and her where you can chooses what kind of update you want pushed to your workstations and servers.


So now we have our patch manage strategy set up let look at other cool features.

The system will inventory the software of all your the client computers for you. here is an example


The system will inventory the hardware of your the client computers for you, here is an example


What really nice is that i now have all the reports i need in single 1 stop location , I cal all help user with remote issues from any where in the world where i have internet access. So that's Day 2 report on Intune.

To learn more about this easy to use product go here

Remember this is Beta so there some bugs that may show up but boy is this going to make my life easy support users.

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Live broadcast Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Technical Fellow on Windows 7

    On April 29th, join Microsoft Technical Fellow, Mark Russinovich, as he will be leading a discussion around the process of planning, testing, assessing and rolling out Windows 7 in an enterprise organization.


     Mark will be joined by a panel of IT professionals who are currently in the piloting and deployment process, along with Microsoft subject matter experts who can speak in depth about the technologies. The event will be broadcast live over the web at 9:00 am PDT, and will be available for on-demand viewing following the broadcast. The discussion will be open and candid, with the panel sharing insights, dispelling myths and getting down to the real story around technical adoption of Windows technologies. Specific topics will include the role of the pilot and the critical information it provides, best practices and tips & tricks for ensuring a successful effort, tools and technologies that will help automate the pilot and deployment processes, and conducting a frank post-pilot assessment. During the event, Mark will field questions coming in via the web from viewers across the globe.

     Missed a previous Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable? Gain insight, tips, and tricks from Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich, industry experts, and IT professionals from around the world from these recordings:

Access the VRT live at:

Access Springboard  for information on of planning, testing, assessing and deploying Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 operating Systems

The Springboard Series on TechNet – The Resource For IT Pros

This is a cross post by Microsoft


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Security Tools and Guidance for Managers Site

I stumbled across this site and thought it was a good thing to blog on. This one site has some great tool for the IT manager or It pro who need to deal with security issues.

On the site there are;

  • White Papers
  • Reports
  • Privacy and Governance docs
  • Links to security guides
  • Download of security Awareness tools ad presentations that will help you create training programs for you company


To see all the content click here 

Monday, April 19, 2010

Microsoft Intune Announced

This is a cloud based solution for windows 7 clients This solutions includes a way to manage you companies computer from the cloud!

Now you will have process for working remote working via the cloud.

You be able to see system state, Malware, Av, Health of the computer from a cloud based solution.

Picture from Microsoft Site.

You be able to access what happing on you companies computers for this one portal! you can Manage pc the are remote and make sure that they meet you companies compliance and security rules.

  • Add functions include
  • Manage updates and service packs
  • Protect computer with Forefront end point Protection and Microsoft Security Essentials.
  • Provide Remote help desk where you or your users are located.
  • Track hardware and software inventory
  • Set Security policies
  • Get Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) as well.

And here the best there is a opening for those who like to BETA Microsoft Intune

To learn more go here

To join the beta go here

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Free eBook; First Look Microsoft Office 2010


With Office 2010 being release May 12 here a good book to download



You can get it here

Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition)


This is a bible on Microsoft Virtualization Solutions, Includes desktop to server


get it here


Free book on Own Your Future

Here another free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft, by Katherine Murray. The ebook contains eight chapters and an appendix describing how you can assess and build your technology-based job skills.


get it here


Free book on SQL 2008 r2

Here a link to a free eBook on Microsoft SQL server 2008 r2


get it here

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Fix It center – A new Microsoft tool

FIX IT CENTER is a new location to help users get quick fixes to common problems. It is currently in a ‘soft launch’ beta stage.

Release site:

Product info page:

Getting started information:

vChat agent for frequently asked questions:

The scope of this first release is limited to client versions of Windows XP. Vista, and Windows 7 only (includes Media player and IE).

The release is available in 6 languages (English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, French, Spanish, and German).


Remember Microsoft also has free support for Virus, Malware, and Failed service packs by calling 1-866-pc safety


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Windows Summit in Redmond

Registration is now open for first Windows Summit this May in Redmond

We would like to invite you and others in your community to explore in-depth how Window 7 and Internet Explorer can help you provide great solutions for your customers at our first Windows Summit!

Windows Summit 2010 runs May 25-27 at the Microsoft Conference Center on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, WA and is designed for people who engineer and test Windows 7 PCs, devices, and software.  We will offer three technical tracks to help you create the best systems, devices, and software using Windows 7 and Internet Explorer:

· System Track - includes sessions on optimizing performance and energy efficiency, tips and tricks to implement touch-enabled PCs, user experience design guidance, Windows Logo Program, and image creation and deployment.

· Device Track - offers sessions on Windows 7 Device Experience, the Windows Device Logo Program process, and how to use the Windows 7 platform to create a custom device experience.

· Software Track - provides sessions on touch, the Windows desktop, libraries, the Windows Sensors and Location platform, Windows Error Reporting, and building rich web applications using Internet Explorer.

· Besides networking with Microsoft technical experts and leaders at breakout sessions and chalk talks, we will have an Ask the Experts and social evening, all starting with an opening keynote by  Michael Angiulo, General Manager of Windows Planning and PC Ecosystem Teams.

Register and get more information on Windows Summit 2010 at


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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Microsoft U-Prove technology release: open standards and Community Technology Preview (CTP)


"Microsoft announces U-Prove technology, an advanced form of cryptographic protocols and tokens when combined with information cards, enables people to disclose a minimal amount of identifying information to access applications and services."


Microsoft U-Prove technology release: open standards and Community Technology Preview (CTP)

Microsoft Corporation, 2010

U-Prove, a privacy-enhancing security technology, helps address people's need to protect their identity-related information. U-Prove tokens make it possible for people to disclose minimal amounts of identifying information when they can access applications and services. At Microsoft, we are taking an initial step to make the U-Prove technology available to the public and interested parties.

First, we have partially opened up the U-Prove intellectual property with a cryptographic specification under the Microsoft Open Specification Promise (OSP). Two open source software toolkits are being donated —C# and Java editions—so the broadest audience of commercial and open source software developers can access the technology.

Second, we released a public Community Technology Preview (CTP), which is an integration of the U-Prove technology with the Microsoft identity platform technologies. The purpose of the CTP is to gather feedback from the technical community on the technology.

Although this release is a community preview, the U-Prove technology is especially important for enhancing the security and privacy of e-government initiatives and national ID programs. To demonstrate how minimal disclosure works, Microsoft has partnered on a project with Fraunhofer FOKUS, a research institute that hosts the German government's eID (electronic identification) system, which will begin to roll out electronic identity cards to citizens in 2010. The project brings together the legal, privacy, and technology aspects of the eID system and extends them into a university setting, featuring key capabilities of Microsoft's identity platform, information cards, and U-Prove tokens.

to see video go here

This is a SHARE THIS PAGE from Microsoft.

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If you have Windows Vista with no service pack

Support will ended April 13th, 2010, and it is no longer able to get security updates.

The first step is to find out which version of the Windows operating system am I running? and what if you installed Service Packs.

Click the Start button, type winver in the search box, and then press Enter

This window displays the version and edition of Windows you're running. Each version of Windows comes in different editions with different features. This window also displays a service pack number if your version of Windows has been upgraded with a service pack.

Picture of the About Windows window showing Windows Vista Ultimate edition with Service Pack 1


You need at Service pack 1 or higher is you do not update you Vista you will have an unsupported Windows Version

What does it mean if my version of Windows is no longer supported?

An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—new drivers for your hardware and more.

You should always install the latest service packs from Microsoft for your version of Windows. You can download and install these through Windows Update.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Free E-book on Windows Server 2008 R2

Just found this you can download a FREE Windows Server 2008 R2 E-Book today!  This is the Microsoft press book written by Charlie Russell and Craig Zacker This guide is a 200 page. This   books covers how to get you up to speed on how R2's new features and including Hyper-V and RDS virtualization, management, and IIS.


Get the E-book Here