The “Get Real Work Done” Button

If you find yourself living in your inbox, finishing the day with hundreds of e-mails sent and received, but no productive work completed, it would be great if there was a “Get Real Work Done” button in Outlook.  Fortunately there is, although the Outlook team gave it a different name 😉 Under the “Send/Receive” tab,…


TechEd–Awesome Free Training in HD

With summer starting soon (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), work slows down as folks head out for vacation.  What better time to kick back and watch a TON of technical content from some of the smartest folks at Microsoft? I’m not sure when Channel 9 got so awesome, but they have a killer platform….


Shut Down Windows 8

I didn’t see this method in Paul Thurrott’s excellent Windows 8 Consumer Preview: Lock, Sign Off, Shut Down, Restart And Sleep article, so I thought I’d share. A quick way to shut down, restart, or log out of Windows 8 is to click on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen, and hit Alt…


Microsoft Management Summit – Free Recordings

If you were not able to make it to MMS, or were unable to clone yourself to attend all the sessions taking place at the same time, fear not!  Over 160 sessions across 5 technical tracks are now available at Digital MMS. You can take a Windows PowerShell crash course from Don Jones, or…


Modifying SharePoint Search Results

I have put up a post over on the PTS Blog that shows how to modify SharePoint Search results to include the Document ID in search results.  The principles in that post can be used to surface other information that may not be included in the out-of-box search results. Check it out: SharePoint 2010–Returning Document…


Leave me alone!!! (using Lync to NOT communicate)

Ubiquitous connectivity and communication sources are a blessing and a curse.  It is amazing that I can speak with my co-worker in Germany and get an answer as if he were sitting right next to me.  On the flip side of the coin, my co-workers (and family, and friends) all over the world (or in…


File System Limitation

Apparently I am only the second person on the internet to hit this error (judging by my Bing search this morning), but I thought I would share the solution in case someone else ever hits it :). I was attempting to copy a 150 GB VHD file from one Windows Server 2008 R2 server to…


Phishing and Modern Browsers

I got a rather official-looking phishing e-mail this evening, asking me to verify my Bank of America sitekey.  As I do not bank with BOA, this set off some alarm bells.  I always make sure to report phishing sites through the handy “Report unsafe website” feature of Internet Explorer 9, so that the site can…


Scripting a SharePoint 2010 install with Powershell

Clicking “next” “next” on an installer is sooo 2007.  If you stand up and take down SharePoint 2010 farms on a frequent basis (for development or test servers), or you want to be able to quickly do so (maybe for disaster recovery), you have two options. 1) Read through the documentation and figure it out…


Windows 7 Deployment Options for Small and Midsize Businesses

The Microsoft Download Center has a neat poster (available in PDF, Visio, and XPS formats) walking through the advantages, limitations, and requirements for the different deployment options available to small and midsize businesses planning on a deployment of Windows 7. Explore the different options for deploying Windows 7 in a small or midsize organization. This…