Admin Templates (.admx) for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface. This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings.  Looking for the admin templates for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012?  Here they are. Go get em @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36991. Supported operating systems: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate,…

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Windows disk space explained - “Where Did My Space Go?” by Robert Mitchell

“I have a 250GB hard drive. When I look at the properties of the drive, it tells me that I have 75GB free and that 175GB are in use. However, when I add all my files together, I only see 150GB in use. That is a difference of 25GB. Where did my space go?” Ever…

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DirectAccess Single Server Setup with Mixed IPv4 and IPv6 in Windows Server 2012 - Test Lab Guide available

DirectAccess provides users with the experience of being seamlessly connected to their intranet any time they have Internet access. When DirectAccess is enabled, requests for intranet resources (such as email servers, shared folders, or intranet websites) are securely directed to the intranet, without the need for users to connect to a VPN. DirectAccess enables increased…

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Windows 7 and Windows 8 Dual Boot from VHD

During the football games today, I decided to run some dual booting experiments using a ThinkPad T430s, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, and Windows 8 Pro x64.  In the ThinkPad is a 320GB HDD.  Partitions On the initial test, I decided to split the hard drive right up the middle and create two partitions.  One for…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) v8.0 - now ready for download

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more…

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Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2013 Registration Now Open

The Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) brings together the brightest IT professionals from around the world to increase their technical expertise through deep hands-on training, best-practice sharing, and interaction with innovators in desktop, device, and datacenter management, as well as cloud technologies. When we say deep, we mean it – with session content delving into the…

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IE 10 Release Preview Now Available for Windows 7

In Windows 8, we reimagined the browser with IE10. We designed and built IE10 to be the best way to experience the Web on Windows. With the IE10 Release Preview for Windows 7 consumers can now enjoy a fast and fluid Web with the updated IE10 engine on their Windows 7 devices. The release preview…

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DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA) 2.0 - now available for download

Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA) 2.0 can be used by computers running Windows 7 when connecting to internal corporate networks with DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012. It improves the DirectAccess connection experience, supports one-time password (OTP) authentication for DirectAccess users and helps organizations reduce the cost of supporting DirectAccess users. Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA)…

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Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer - now available for download

Attack Surface Analyzer is developed by the Trustworthy Computing Security group. It is the same tool used by Microsoft’s internal product groups to catalogue changes made to operating system attack surface by the installation of new software. Attack Surface Analyzer takes a snapshot of your system state before and after the installation of product(s) and…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit - now available for download

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more…

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