Hyper-V – Hooray!

I am sure that this has been blogged about at least a trillion times, so I am going to make it a trillion and 1. I have been running Windows Server 2008 64bit Enterprise Edition RTM on my company laptop (a 64bit dual core with 4GB of RAM) for about a week now and I…

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In the immortal words of Homer, "Doh!"

I use Bitlocker on my work laptop to ensure that all my data is safe as I would not want any corporate or client documents to fall into the wrong hands.  Also, as most people do, I store some personal data on my work laptop.  Nothing exciting really, just things like payslips and the odd…

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Windows 2008 Certification

I often get asked about the changes to the certification roadmap for Windows 2008, but I have never had the time to go find the answer out as it did not seem straightforward.  So, I always said to the person asking that they should go see http://www.microsoft.com/certification as it is all explained there.  Well, thankfully,…

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Free Office 2007 training!

I am working on a project to deploy Windows Vista and Office 2007 at the moment in a large bank.  The client is concerned that once the rollout commences all hell will break loose because his users will not be able to find anything in Office 20007 because of the new UI and the Ribbon…

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Windows Update – Why 3 am? & Help! I can’t update anymore!

By default, Windows XP downloads and installs updates from Windows Update nightly at 3 a.m; why did Microsoft choose 3 a.m.?  I mean, the average user does not have their computer on that that time of day so it seems a rather bizarre default setting to to choose to me.  The reason I am blogging…


Fallout from Virtual Server vs VMware

Wow.  It seems my previous post about Virtual Server vs VMware caused quite a stir.  I got gazillions of comments (which I still need to go through) regarding this topic.  A lot of the comments were the usual "Micro$oft" nonsense (putting a dollar sign in the name is so boring now, but that’s another story)…

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5 Vista Adoption "Gotchas" and how to get beyond them

I read an interesting article recently from Microsoft on the 5 most common problems companies experience when adopting Windows Vista and how they can overcome these issues.  The points mentioned are great because they are ‘real-world’ examples.  So, without any further mention, here they are… Hardware compatibility.  Windows Vista requires pretty robust hardware to run…


Switching Windows Components on and off

Ever wanted to install/uninstall/enable/disable various Windows components automatically during installation or deployment?  I have compiled this list from various sources which lets you easily do just that!  You simply add the whole list to either your unattend.txt file or your sysprep.inf file and change the “On” or “Off” values accordingly.  This is a list for…


Junction points with network drives

Ever wanted to create a ‘junction point’ style pointer but using a network drive as the source?  Now you can! With Windows XP you can create junction points on your disks but the prerequisite is that the source point is on your local disk.  This is no good if you need to create the junction…

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All spaced out

Well, as this is my first post on my blog I thought I’d use it to share the solution to a problem I had recently so that nobody else needs go through the stress of debugging it! My current project is to install and configure BDD 2007 so that my client can create images for…

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