Technet event codes – a seasonal alternative

Eileen recently explained in her blog what 200, 300 and 400 meant as levels of experience needed to be able to make the most out of Microsoft sessions. However, after reading  this comment, and as it’s nearly christmas, here’s an alternative version which hopefully everyone can relate to regardless of the time of year. I’ve…


Windows Server 2003 System Administration Webcasts

There are two forthcoming webcasts on Windows Server 2003 System Administration taking place early in the new year.Part 1: 5th January 2005 17:30-19:00 GMT (09:30-11:00 Pacific Time (GMT-8))This session covers Windows Server 2003 administration from a number of views, including a look at out-of-the-box tools, Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS 2003) options, and Microsoft Operations…


Scripting Guys Webcast Week 2 – 24th January 2005

The scripting guys did a great job with a series of webcasts under the banner of “Scripting Week 1” earlier this year. They  included topics such as “WMI is not a Four-Letter Word” and “Scripting Files and Folders Makes Me Happy”. The week 1 webcasts are archived and available for viewing here. The really good…


Group Policy Webcast series

Matt Hester recently finished a great series of 14 webcasts about the ins and outs of Group Policy. If you missed these the first time round, or just want to know more about group policy, they’re available for re-run on the Microsoft Technet site.


XP Virtual Desktop Powertoy under Windows Server 2003 (The ITPro way….)

I really like the Virtual Desktop manager powertoy for XP. Unfortunately, it’s just not available under Windows Server 2003. Or is it? Read on…. Part of my on-going mission is to run Windows Server 2003 as my main desktop. Not because I’m sadistic (actually I probably am, but that’s for another blog) – it’s just…


Blogcasts – surely a typo I hear you say.

No, it’s not a typo! A “blogcast” is probably a new term to you as it’s been made up by the IT Pro Evangelism team in the UK (not quite true, but it’s nice to think we got there first). A blogcast in this context is a webcast delivered through blogs. So what’s new about that I…


Windows 2000 ADSI Scripting for System Administration

Although published a few years ago, one of the most useful books I keep coming back to is “Windows 2000 ADSI Scripting for System Administration” by Thomas Eck. As an IT Professional with a development background, this book has proved invaluable time and time again. Even with no development background, it never hurts to have…


Free Technet IT Forum Highlights all-day event in Birmingham on Jan 13th.

The registration site for the IT Forum Highlights event in Birmingham Thursday January 13th, 2005 is now open.This event is free of charge and being held at the National Motorcycle Museum. There are 15 70-minute sessions running throughout the day, running in 3 tracks allowing you to pick and choose the content appropriate to you:…


Updated document – changes to functionality in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1

There is a revised version of a document just posted on describing the changes in functionality in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1. It reflects Microsoft’s early thinking about Service Pack 1 and its implications for developers. Note that there will be future versions of this document covering all new and changed technologies.


Virtual Server under Windows Server 2003 SP1 RC1 Early Experiences

I went the whole hog this morning and installed Windows Server 2003 SP1 RC1 on my main laptop, not under Virtual Server or Virtual PC as I blogged about yesterday. Now I don’t recommend this to anyone as a rule, but there’s a fair chance when working for Microsoft there’s going to be someone to…