Windows 8 – Installing the .NET Framework 3.5

If you’ve experienced this error message: “The following feature couldn’t be installed: .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) Then this is your solution (at the moment): dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /Source:g:\sources\sxs from an administrative CMD. “g” is the drive where you have your win8 installation files.  

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Who wants one of these for free?

8GB USB Memory Stick Before you all say “Me” – there’s a catch or two:   Firstly you have to have an Irish (North or South) postal address – for me to send it to you. Secondly you have to be willing to spend ten minutes of your time doing something for me. I have…


“VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite is really more of a marketing term” – did he really say that?

VMware’s CTO, Dr. Stephen Herrod says “a lot of individual products that don’t work well enough together yet” And it’s on a YouTube video! scroll to the YouTube video at 3:12 “VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite is really more of a marketing term. Those of you know our products deeply know that they don’t fit this…

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Complementary Microsoft Technical Training Event on SQL Server 2005

We’re hosting a TechNet Training event on SQL Server 2005 in both Dublin and Belfast on September 26th and 28th respectively.  This event will be technical deep dive covering best practices on how to upgrade from older versions of SQL Server or how to migrate from Oracle to SQL Server 2005.  It will also cover…

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Windows 7 Release Candidate and Windows XP Mode

There has been many rumours in the past few weeks around the release date for Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate). Last night the Windows Team made an announcement on their blog that should be good news to everyone who has been testing Windows 7 . “I’m pleased to share that the RC is on track…

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Bootable USB Drive Recipe

One of the questions we have been getting in the first few dates of the Windows 7 Tour in Ireland is about making a bootable USB Drive to install Windows 7 from. For those that don’t know how to make a bootable USB key, here is the recipe: Creating a bootable USB device: Start\run\diskpart.exe DISKPART>…

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Go on then, who wants one of these for free?

8GB USB Memory stick Before you all say “Me” – there’s a catch or two: Firstly you have to have an Irish (North or South) postal address – for me to send it to you. Secondly you have to be willing to spend ten minutes of your time doing something for me. I do have…


Learn Along With Dave – your motivation to become a cloud computing expert

Your guided tour of the Microsoft Virtual Academy – one step at a time As you know, my job is to “learn stuff & talk to people” – I get paid to learn! My problem is that there’s just too much content available nowadays – where do I start?  We all know that you eat…

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Q&A from November 2011

As customers upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 they’re having “fun” with printers! Q. In my Windows Server 2003 environment, how can I add in a GPO to allow printer drivers install without the users requiring admin rights on their PC’s? A. If you’re in a 2003 domain, you’re still using the old XP…

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Free Powershell Book and User Group Info

If you are serious about your Windows Server IT Administration, then this post is for you! I got this post in my inbox this morning and needed to forward it around, free books are always a good thing! Powershell MVP Keith Hill has published an eBook which contains much of the contents of his blog. …

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