What’s New in Windows Server 8

At the Build conference last week, Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft’s Server and Cloud business, opened the conversation with his blog post Windows Server 8: An Introduction. More info is at Windows Server 8. Bill is hosting the conversation over on the  Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform blog. Laing said  “I’ve asked some…


Roll-your-own techdocs for free

Ever wanted to create your own collection of technical documentation on the fly as you look for information on the TechNet Library? Now you can. Microsoft has released a beta version of the Print/Export Multiple Topics tool (winning tool name, eh?). This is a special view   of the TechNet Library that allows you to select…


I Am Curious (Tonyso)

Recently, I claimed to be mini-microsoft, and Spartacus. No one believed me My point was, on the internet, no one knows you are a dog… Unless you are part of the Technet/MSDN community!! As of today, if you click on the username of folks you see blogging/tagging/participating in the wiki/forums/galleries – you can see what…


How to get up and running on the TechNet Wiki

Microsoft has a wiki. It is called the TechNet Wiki. It is free-as-in-beer. A one minute “fly-through” video is at: https://youtu.be/gj5Ug0CEg70  One of the “wiki ninjas” (a group of wiki early adopters committed to helping others use the wiki) has compiled a nifty list of wiki articles that will help you get up and contributing…


I am Mini-Microsoft

All the stuff written at http://minimsft.blogspot.com/ – I wrote that. “And…I’m Spartacus! ” I’m not really mini …but how *exactly* would you know that? Folks who know me would say “It is obvious from your blog and other writing that you are not mini.” My other writing? How would you find that exactly? TechNet does…


IT Pro Camp

Like a lot of people in technology, I call myself an auto-didact. This means I like to fool myself into believing that I am largely “self-taught.” It is part of the mythical life of Americans in particular that the individual can succeed as a lone-wolf. I say mythical not in the sense that it doesn’t…

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#TNWIKI: Push-button TOC

There is a new feature on the TechNet Wiki. Push a button, generate a Table of Contents (TOC) for your article. Before: Click Edit, add [toc] and then save After: Check it out, let us know what you think.


Developers, developers, developers

The United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group is one group of developers with which I do not wish to tangle. If the reports are correct and these special developers were involved in the recent operation in Abbottabad, I can only say, thank you for your service.


How to find your stuff on the TechNet Wiki

The TechNet wiki shows two RSS feeds: Home (for the home page) TechNet Articles (for the TechNet *WIKI* articles – both new and updated) There is also a feed for a tag in the the tag cloud: I use Outlook 2010 to feed each of these into a folder. I then write filter rules on…


#TNWIKI: Recommended Metrics: How To Measure Community and Social Media

A manager of mine, Stuart Macrae, once told me “People don’t do what you expect, they do what you inspect.” My first GM, Rick Devenuti, used to remind us “You cannot improve what you do not measure.” Time has come (it is actually past due, but that’s another story) and the folks responsible for the…