Great Art

If you haven’t checked out https://www.zune-arts.net yet then you’re missing out on some really cool art, music, videos that are free for the taking.  I’ve put a sample here but there are quite a bit on the site that you should check out.  Some of my favoirte artists have songs set to some really cool vids.Video:…

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Book of Vista (The definitive guide to Vista)

I’ve lately been sending people to Wikipedia for information on what’s new in Windows Vista, but with the release of the Product Guide on microsoft.com I’ll be sending them to this download location now. A comprehensive feature-by-feature guide to Windows Vista. With contributions from people who actually worked on the product, this is the definitive resource…

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How to filter the eventlog in Vista manually (XML)

So I ran into a situation last week where I wanted to filter the event log in Vista to only show events in the Application log that contained the string msnmsgr.exe.  Alas, this was not as easy as alt-clicking and adding to the keywords.  I thought it would have been, in any case this is how…

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How to frisk a DC when people are complaining of "Authentication Issues".

At Microsoft we do quite a bit of dogfooding (imagine that) and in doing so we run into  issues in the infrastructure and a lot of the time they crop up as “authentication issues”.  For example, users can’t get to a website, a share, e-mail, etc.  The symptoms can be varied and the outcome is the…

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Windows Live Search for Mobile launched!

So Windows Live search for Mobile launched and Gizmodo did a comparison between Google maps for mobile and Live search for mobile and said that the Live search wins hands down!  Take the jump to read the comparison, but after reading it I have to say I was quite impressed.  -B

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These are a few of my favorite things… (Part 1)

Just wanted to list out some of the tools I use on a daily basis and some of the more common parameters I use with each. I’ve been doing enterprise wide administrative support for a while so these should come in handy to someone in the same role. EventcombMT.exeDownload eventcomb here. This tool has some…

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Why is Vista such a memory hog?

It’s not. So I have been hearing this a lot lately and wanted to get a link out to a good article which explains superfetch and what it is doing.  I will have to admit the first time that I opened task manager in Vista and saw my system running at ~1.6GBs I thought I…

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Cool Vista Demos from thirteen23.com

Just saw this on on10.net http://www.thirteen23.com/work.html  It demonstrates what you can do with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).  I’m using the netflix demo from that site right now and it is pretty slick looking.  I can’t wait for more products to start using this platform.  I saw the BBC demo a while back but it’s nice…

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My computer is hard hung, now what can I do?

You may run into instances where a machine becomes “hard hung”, I usually can tell when a machine is in this state because the “num lock” and “caps lock” key don’t work.  So what can you do in these instances?  Well Windows has the ability to create a manual crash dump.  Manual crash dumps will…

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Booting a DC into DSRM without touching it locally.

Short answer: /safeboot:DSRepair Long answer: So you will run into it often when being an AD admin that you need to boot a DC into DSRM (Directory Service Restore Mode), so what is the easiest way of doing this without having someone stand at the console and hit F8 on reboot and select DSRM from…

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