Test Driving Windows 8 Server

Bill Laing’s blog post today announces Windows Server 8 Beta availability. Some other tidbits to add to your IT Pro reading list include: Download Windows Server “8” Beta https://aka.ms/wdjd5y Win8 Keyboard Shortcuts https://aka.ms/hlagp4 Free-as-in-beer version of Hyper-V Server 8 Beta https://aka.ms/nei5z0 Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Consumer Preview https://aka.ms/fqmjcp Metro Survival Guide for IT Pros…


Happy IT Pro Holidays: Microsoft gives free-as-in-beer tech support

The new www.answerdesk.com service offers free support 24/7/365 with the option to upgrade to paid support right there if the free session does not suffice. * *Currently for English-speaking customers, however some Answer Techs do speak other languages, and you can filter/select those ones if you wish. What’s not to like? This is your get-out-of-tech-support-to-my-friends-and-family-jail-free…


Free-as-in-beer IT Pro Training – Hyper-V, Clustering and Private Cloud

For freee training on Failover Clustering with Hyper-V: Designing a Highly-Available Infrastructure for the Private Cloud Register here: http://mctreadiness.com/MicrosoftCareerConferenceRegistration.aspx?pid=287  Here’s what is covered: Introduction to Clustering – basics of Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering Hyper-V High-Availability – best practices, tips and tricks to provide VM high-availability and mobility Private Cloud High-Availability –  integration from SCVMM (2008 R2…


Learn Windows PowerShell 3.0 Now

I am reading a great book for IT Pros who want to learn PowerShell: Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches. Why do I have PowerShell on the brain right now? Don puts it this way: “…your choice is, Learn PowerShell,  or would you like fries with that?” The book is excellent for IT…


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…


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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Translate the TNWIKI

The TechNet Wiki now has a Bing translator widget on each page, no charge. Free-as-in-beer. Enjoy.  ??? Nyd.  Appréciez. Genießen. ?p??a?ste. Godere. ??????????? ? ????. Ciesz sie. Disfrutar. Keyfini çikarin.


Ordinateur Virtuel Stocké

If you don’t read French, I can explain that the title of this post “ordinateur virtuel stocké “ translated into English (according to the Microsoft Language Portal) is: “An inactive virtual machine that has been saved to the Virtual Machine Manager library. The virtual machine’s virtual hard disks (.vhd files) and virtual machine configuration file…


Answers to Top Support Calls

One wishes that what the SQL Server Tech Center has done would be replicated throughout TechNet, no? An updated list of answers to top support calls, with and RSS Feed! If you’d like to see more TechCenters on TechNet offer this – let them know through your favorite feedback channels. Here’s wishing you success! ??…


Happy Holidays from the Scripting Guys

For grins: Hey Scripting Guy blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/ Watch the blog for a holiday special series staring 12/19/10.