Wednesday, March 21, 2012

More Free eBooks from Microsoft


Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold (a 24-chapter gift from the Windows Phone 7 team and Microsoft Press)
Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (10 chapters by by Patrice Pelland, Pascal Paré, and Ken Haines)


Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (10 chapters by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner)


Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition) (6 chapters by Mitch Tulloch)


Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft (8 chapters by Katherine Murray)


Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 (9 chapters by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker)


Free ebook: First Look Microsoft Office 2010 (14 chapters by Katherine Murray)


Free ebook: Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance (10 chapters from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and 6 TechNet articles)


Free eBook: Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office Users


Take control—and put the built-in security and privacy features in Microsoft Office to work! Whether downloading documents, publishing a presentation, or collaborating online—this guide offers concise, how-to guidance and best practices to help protect your documents and your ideas.

• Get practical, proactive guidance for using the security and privacy management features in Office 2010 and Office 365

• Walk through everyday scenarios, and discover everyday techniques that help you take charge

• Understand common risks and learn best practices you can apply right away

You can download it  Here

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

USB to GO for Windows 8–Step be Step Guide

Making a USB to go Windows 8 Stick, in 13 steps!

The will show you the step by step process that I use.

My configuration is as follows:

The C: drive has Windows 8 on it

Using the E: as location of windows source

Using D: as USB drive to put windows to go

Using F: as location that I mounted install.

All commands are bolded for easy in using the document;


1.  Do: 

Open a Dos Command Prompt as Administrator

2. Type:


Note: this open Diskpart program

3. Type:

List disk

Note: show disk drive in my computer

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt

-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---

Disk 0 Online 128 GB 0 B *

Disk 1 Online 256GB 0 B

Disk 2 Online 64 MB 0 B

Note: my USB drive is 64 gigs

4: Type:

 Select disk 2

Note: put focus on drive 2

5: Type:


Note: cleans all data off drive

6: Type:

Create partition primary

Note: creates primary partition

7: Type:

format fs=ntfs quick

Note: format the drive using ntfs and fast format

8: Type:


Note: make the drive active so you can boot USB drive

9: Type:

assign letter=d

Note: make the USB drive letter d

10: Type


Note: end Diskpart program

11: Do the following:

Either put Windows 8 DVD in Drive for or Mount Image as f drive

Note in Windows 8 point to and ISO Image and in explore click mount or put Windows DVD in drive f

12:Type in dos windows:

dism /apply-image /imagefile=f:\sources\install.wim /index:1 /applydir:d:\

Note this will install Windows to d drive using the Install. Win then you will see if you done the steps correctly.

Applying image

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When 100 %

When done

13: Type:

bcdboot.exe d:\windows /s d: /f ALL

Note: This install the boot manager to D: so windows will boot.

You are now done..

Take USB computer to a computer start computer by pressing F12 and choose USB device to boot...

This will take some time first time you use it to add all the new devices that the USB drive finds in the host computer

Monday, March 19, 2012

Keyboard Commands for Windows 8

  • The Start button takes you to Start Screen and lets you toggle between open apps
  • Alt-Tab cycles through apps in sequence, as usual
  • Arrow keys allow you to move through the Start screen
  • First, to open the charms menu, point to the upper-right or lower-right corner. When the charms appear, click the one you want. Using your keyboard, use the Windows logo + C key combination.
  • Windows + F brings up the Search screen, though simply typing (when on the Start screen) is more convenient
  • Windows + Z in a full screen app brings up the contextual menus
  • Windows + D takes you to the desktop
  • Windows + L locks the PC, invoking the lock screen
  • Windows + P pulls up multi-monitor settings
  • Windows + I brings up the Settings charm
  • Windows + E invokes Windows Explorer, as ever
  • Windows + R brings up the Run prompt
  • Windows + Y makes all your open windows (and the Metro UI) transparent, so you can see the desktop beneath
  • Windows + X shows Windows Mobility Center, which appears to serve much the same role as the Settings charm but on the desktop instead
  • The Scroll wheel pans across Start screen, slowly
  • Right-click brings up contextual menus in a full screen app
  • Left-click on the Start screen brings up options to unpin, resize and uninstall apps
  • Ctrl-Alt-Delete summons a screen with options to shut down, switch users, log off or quickly open the Task Manager
  • If you want to get to your file commands, like Save & Edit for example, in the app you are using, right-click anywhere there is open space (not on text or any images), and the command bar will appear from below. On the Start screen, you can right-click a tile to also see command options for that tile. Using the Windows logo key + Z combination will also get you there.
  • To switch to your most recently used app, point to the upper-left corner. When the app preview appears, click it. To switch to a different open app, point to the upper-left corner again and then pull it down slightly. When the app preview list appears, click the one you want. The usual Alt+Tab key combination will also allow you to switch apps.
  • To Snap an app to use two apps side by side, Point to the upper-left corner. When the app preview appears, drag it to snap the app to either side of the screen. You can also right-click the preview and select the app you want to snap. Pressing the Windows logo key + Period key in succession will snap the current app.
  • If you want to see the familiar desktop view, go to the Start screen, and then click the Desktop tile. Using the Windows key + D keyboard shortcut will also do the trick.
  • To zoom in or out, on the Start screen , use the Summary view icon in the lower-right corner or you can use Ctrl+Scroll wheel. The Ctrl+Plus sign to zoom out and Ctrl+Minus sign to zoom in keyboard shortcuts will work for you as well.
  • Here’s how you close an app. Point to the upper-left corner. When the thumbnail appears, drag it to the bottom of the screen. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Alt + F4 to close the app.
  • And finally, to shut down your computer, open the Charms menu, and then click Settings. Click Power, and then select a shutdown option. Using your keyboard, press Ctrl+Alt+Del. Tab to the Power icon. And list of shutdown options now appears. Use the arrow keys to get to the option you want. And then press Enter.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Protecting Yourself Online

Do you know what on the internet about you, what you doing on social media site, what are your children doing, here are some links that I found to help you protect yourself.

Learn more about managing your online privacy.

Here is a list of data Breaches

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Learn tips for Deploying Windows 7

With Window XP coming to an end of life here is a site that will teach you how to easily how to do this. You will get a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the Windows 7 deployment process, from application compatibility testing and volume activation to image creation and data migration. Here are the modules and what they cover

Windows 7 Deployment Methods and Technologies

This module covers the different methods available for deploying Windows 7. After completing this module you will have covered how to choose a deployment strategy, the licensing options, and the tools that can be used to plan a deployment process.

Prepare the Environment for a Windows 7

This module covers the tasks that have to be performed to prepare an environment for Windows 7 deployment. After completing this module you have an understanding of what is required before using Windows Deployment Services (WDS), the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), Multicast deployments, Volume activation, Windows Automated Installation Kit and Zero-touch deployments.

Create a Windows 7 Image

This module covers the core deployment task of creating Windows 7 images. After completing this module you will have an understanding of how to build standard images, how to prepare a reference machine for capture, capturing the image and then applying it to other computers. Finally the module will cover the tools that you will use during the creation process; SYSPREP, ImageX, PnPUtil and how to then work with the images these tools help create.

Update a Windows 7 Image

After completing this module you will have an understanding of how to use Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) to update an existing Windows 7 Image. The module will cover servicing offline strategies and how to do service them

Deploy a Windows 7 Image

This module looks at the various methods for deploying a Windows 7 image. There are a number of methods for deploying Windows 7 in various scenarios, after completing this module you will have an understanding of how to deploy manually, using an unattended deployment method, using the Windows Automated Installation Kit and using WDS.

Migrate Computers to Windows 7

In this module you will learn about how to migrate existing computers to Windows 7. Moving existing settings, files and application to new installations is key deployment task, this module covers the tools available to extract and migrate these settings and deploy them on new machines. Finally this module covers how to use these tools to do this in high volume deployments.

Configure and Manage Application Compatibly

When deploying a new desktop OS knowing that the applications your organization uses will work on the new system is a critical task. The module covers the aspects of application compatibility, starting with getting an inventory of what applications are running in your organization. Once you understand what is running you can analyze the applications and use the tools to ensure these applications run under Windows 7. There are a number of tools available to help; this module covers the Application Compatibility Toolkit, MED-V, Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode. After completing this module you will understand these tools, how and when to use them.

Light Touch Installation using Windows Deployment services

After completing this module you will have an understanding of how to use Windows Deployment Services (WDS) as a deployment tool. The module covers getting started with WDS and step-by-step information on using WDS.

Deploy using System Center Configuration Manager

This module covers using System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to deploy Windows 7. After completing this module you will have an understanding of zero touch deployment of Windows 7 using both SCCM and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, how to create distribution points, use multicast to deploy the bits to computers, task sequencing and finally using SCCM for software updates.

Create and Manage Windows PE Environment

This module provides a comprehensive view of the Windows PE environment. During the module you will learn about how to create a PE environment using the Oscdimg command, booting computers from a Windows PE bootable image. Because all deployment environments are different, the module will cover how to customize the PE environment by loading drivers and applications into the image. Finally the module will cover the Windows Recovery Environment, what it is and how it works.

Manage Deployments with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

This module covers the use of the Microsoft Deployment toolkit for deploying Windows 7. After completing this module you will have an understanding of how to use the toolkit to build the deployment environment, including building Images, using the deployment workbench and migrating from Windows XP.

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The Microsoft Virtual Academy: Deploying Windows 7 is the place to learn all of this

To learn more go Here


SQL Server 2012 RTM Trial Available Now

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 enables a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well as quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by capabilities for mission critical confidence.

SQL Server 2012

  • Deliver required uptime and data protection with AlwaysOn
  • Gain breakthrough & predictable performance with ColumnStore Index
  • Help enable security and compliance with new User-defined Roles and Default Schema for Groups
  • Enable rapid data discovery for deeper insights across the organization with ColumnStore Index
  • Ensure more credible, consistent data with SSIS improvements, a Master Data Services add-in for Excel, and new Data Quality Services
  • Optimize IT and developer productivity across server and cloud with Data-tier Application Component (DAC) parity with SQL Azure and SQL Server Data Tools for a unified dev experience across database, BI, and cloud functions

Get SQL Server 2012 RTM Trial Available Now HERE

I also found a virtual lab that you can use to learn more, you will be better able to introduce project connection managers, introduce parameters, create an SSIS Catalog, deploy an Integration Services project to the SSIS Catalog, execute packages from the SSIS Catalog, script package execution commands, and monitor the Integration Services environment and package executions.

To use the virtual lab go Here


The Cloud and why it important to you the IT professional

A private cloud delivers fundamentally new capabilities that represent a generational paradigm shift in computing.

By pooling resources across the datacenter and the enterprise and offering an elastic and usage-based self-service model, a private cloud solution simplifies deployment, maintenance, and cost, while increasing agility and power.

And this paradigm shift in computing means a paradigm shift in the skills IT professionals will need to configure, deploy, monitor, and operate private cloud solutions of today—and tomorrow. The increased capacity and capability of Private Cloud solutions means that IT Professionals and Developers will need to have a new and broader set of skills.

These means there are opportunities for you to learn and deliver solution to your customers and companies today !

Microsoft Learning is addressing this need for new skills by ensuring it offers training and certifications that enable IT Pros and Developers to develop and validate their skill sets across this new range of skills with a focus on specific technology solutions. One example of this effort is the recently announced private cloud certification.

Available as a Beta release in April, the certification starts with the foundation of current Windows Server 2008 exams, and adds two new System Center 2012 exams, currently in beta.
Get started today by heading over to the Microsoft Private Cloud Certification Overview page. That’s where you can prepare and practice for the certification, sign up for our upcoming Private Cloud Jump Start course, and get a head start on your private cloud certification by starting your MCITP Server Administrator certification.

The traditional datacenter model is changing rapidly—and Microsoft Certification continues to change with it, to help you keep your skills relevant in the new world of the private cloud.

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server Free e-book

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012, by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner

SQL 2012

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 includes 10 chapters:


1. SQL Server 2012 Editions and Engine Enhancements

2. High-Availability and Disaster-Recovery Enhancements

3. Performance and Scalability

4. Security Enhancements

5. Programmability and Beyond-Relational Enhancements


6. Integration Services

7. Data Quality Services

8. Master Data Services

9. Analysis Services and PowerPivot

10. Reporting Services

To download this e-book click HERE Expect these files to be available by March 23.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 time to Upgrade


Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003

Support Ends April 8, 2014

So what can you do now? If you are a home user or have a small business here is some simple steps to follow.

1st look at you business applications and se if they will run on Windows 7 or Vista. If the app works on Vista should work on windows 7.

Then look at your hardware is there driver(s)  for Windows 7. Your can use the Windows upgrade advisor to learn about your computer and understand what hardware and software will be issues.

When you use the upgrade advisor do your self a favor and connect ALL you devices to the computer 1st then run the advisor..

If your hardware is good to go and you have your software original disk, then BACKUP you computer and verify it a good copy. As when you install Windows 7 you will be formatting your hard drive and will loose all your data, a idea I tell user to do is to buy a new hard drive and put the new operating system on that, that way you can test and verify that the hardware and all your device work. Then if you buy Windows 7 Profession or higher you can use XP more for application that will only work in XP and not on windows 7 …

If the Hardware is old  and you do not want to buy a new computer, and your computer can run Windows 7 switching out the hard drive is a good idea anyway as that is the the one of the 2 items that fail in an old computer. Power supply being the second.

For more information click here

For business users you should look a

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to accelerate and automate deployments of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, and Microsoft Office products.

For more information click here