Meet the Sundancers

On Friday, I blogged about “Project Sundance”, which is an upcoming release from the Solution Accelerators team that combines the Vista/XP/2003/2008/Office security guides with the Configuration Manager Desired Configuration Management (DCM) packs for security, along with the GPOAccelerator tool into one package.  Boy, that rolled right off the tongue.  There’s a reason why I’m not…


Gathering Feedback

SharePoint and Office go together like peanut butter and chocolate, like Captain & Tennille, like bees and honey.  Despite using SharePoint to hold and version my documents for the last year or so, I have somehow completely overlooked an AWESOME feature.  If you are not using it yet, give it a shot. SharePoint Collect Feedback…


Project Sundance – Managing Your Baseline

If you are in charge of maintaining the security baseline at your company, you know that there are two key problems you face.  First of all, there are a LOT of security settings to tweak within Windows.  The services you harden and lock down on a Domain Controller are very different from those that you…


Web Application Installer

Wow… not sure how I missed this (especially as Scott covered it recently)!  A perfect companion to the Microsoft Web Platform Installer is the Web Application Installer.  Whereas the former installs and configures all of the plumbing (SQL, IIS, .Net, etc), the  Web Application Installer installs the web applications that run on top.  From the…


Web Platform Installer

Scott Hanselman has already done a good job of covering it, but if you do any sort of web development, you know it can be a pain in the butt to download, install, and configure all of the necessary components (Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, IIS, etc).  The new Web Platform Installer is an…


Now Playing

If you have played with the Zune 3.0 software and let it sit for a few minutes, you’ve probably seen the cool new “Now Playing” screens that come up with pictures of the artists, their bios, playcounts, etc. If are impatient and don’t want to wait for the screen to come up, you can make…


Zune Autoplaylists

Looks like I’m going buck-wild with the Zune stuff today 🙂 With my Zune Pass, I can download as many songs from as many artists as I would like.  That’s great for filling up my Zune, but in the end you want to be able to kick back and listen to some great tunes.  While…


Zune Wallpapers

Huge collection of wallpaper/backgrounds for your Zune.


All I want for Christmas is a Zune

When the Zune 120 was released a few months ago, I picked one up to replace my iPod, and I haven’t looked back.  I absolutely LOVE it.  The only thing that could possibly  make it better is if the Zune team released it in some color other than black. Well… now that I have spent…


SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide

Just released, and only weighing in at 490 pages.  You didn’t have anything better to do over the Thanksgiving weekend, did you? 😉 Get it here. Brief Description This 490-page document covers the essential phases and steps to upgrade existing instances of SQL Server 2000 and 2005 to SQL Server 2008 by using best practices….