Windows Server Core

A new option in Windows Server 2008 is Server Core.  It provides a minimal environment for running a subset of the server roles, AD, DNS, DHCP, File & Print.  It can reduce the servicing requirements and the attack surface for those server roles.  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/servercore.mspx

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Tabbed IE Shortcuts

When you have multiple tabs open in Internet Explorer, type CTRL+1, CTRL+2, etc.  This will move that tab to the front.

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Vista Command Prompt in Admin Mode

If you go down to Start and type CMD in the search box (not from the RUN line) and hit CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER, it will open the command prompt in Admin mode.  Thanks Randy Rands for that one… 

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Solid State Hard Drives are coming

With sizes reaching 160GB, SATA II “no spinnie” hard drives will start showing up this fall in new computers and devices.  http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/solid_state-drives/

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Vista CPU performance

Get more performance out of Vista.  The default power plan in Vista is set to Balanced.  Changing it to High Performance will increase the CPU utilization up to 50%.  That’s in Control Panel, Power Options.

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Network open cancellation

Do you remember way back when you could hit CTRL+C to cancel an operation?  Well, it’s back with Vista – sort of.  Try to open a document on a network resource that it can’t find.  In Windows XP, you were stuck until the OS decided it couldn’t connect.  Vista allows you to hit cancel and…

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