A Steady State Without SteadyState

Windows SteadyState was a great technology designed for administrators that were responsible for computers used by many people (think labs, kiosks, internet cafes, libraries, community centers, etc).  The kind of place where people like to screw around with settings, download viruses, delete files, add stuff that shouldn’t be there… SteadyState addressed these issues by allowing…

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P2V Baby

It just does not get any easier than this.  Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell (Sysinternals gurus extraordinaire) have just published another amazingly useful (and free!) tool: Disk2vhd, which uses the power of Volume Shadow Copy Service(VSS) to turn your running version of Windows into a .vhd file for use with Virtual PC or Hyper-V.  Just…

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Keep your desktop private

If you do demonstrations or webcasts from your computer, used the desktop screen sharing feature on Office Communicator 2007 R2, or asked for remote assistance you may have inadvertently shown your desktop to your co-workers, a client, or the world. If you keep a spotless computer desktop (or are using a clean Hyper-V/Virtual PC image…

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Unnecessary Complexity

If you are a long term Windows user, you right-click everything.  That right-click menu offers a lot of options, and it is comforting to see everything that you can do at any given time.  Heck… you can often Shift-right-click and get even MORE options. There is an interesting place within Windows where the right-click adds…

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Active Directory in the DMZ

I’ve been waiting for this guide for a while (‘cause that’s how I roll), but if you are interested in guidance on when/how to use Active Directory in your perimeter network, the AD team has released a guide for that: Active Directory Domain Services in the Perimeter Network (Windows Server 2008) The guide covers the…

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WordPad is strangely functional

If you are like me, you haven’t fired up WordPad since somewhere around 1998.  It has virtually no functionality at all. Except… now it does.  I was listening to Windows Weekly, and Paul Thurrott and Leo Laporte mentioned that WordPad is significantly improved in Windows 7.  I fired it up to check, and they are…

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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…

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Are you a Windows Guru?

If you love technology, Windows Vista, and live in one of the following locations, you can be a Windows Guru! W Hollywood CA Los Angeles CA Downey CA Hawthorne CA Torrance CA Pasadena CA Burbank CA Rancho Cucamonga CA West Covina CA Chula Vista CA San Diego CA San Bernardino CA Riverside CA Irvine CA…

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Blogging Windows 7

AWESOME news… two of the smartest people I have ever met are starting up a blog on Windows 7, and the engineering that has gone into it.  Steven Sinofsky is the Senior Vice President of the Window Engineering team, and was responsible for the masterpiece that is Office 2007 (which shipped on time, with the…

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2008 Certification Posters

I was playing around with Trika’s skydrive (wait a minute, that sounded better in my head)… and see that she has uploaded three very nice looking posters showing the various courses, tests and certifications available for SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and Windows Server 2008.  Apparently she was running short on green by the…

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