Power to the People

If you read this blog, you know about the TechNet Wiki I helped start a while ago. The wiki represents many kinds of awesome. The best of which is the people who care enough about technology, and the wiki, to contribute content. The wiki has been nominated for an internal Microsoft Engineering Excellence Award. More…


Free-as-in-beer Microsoft Poster App

Many of you saw this app at TechEd NA and TechEd Europe and asked “When can I get it?” It’s heeeere: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/en-US/app/server-posterpedia/f988071c-66dc-4281-8028-637ac0f09061 Free-as-in-beer. This YT vid shows how it works https://youtu.be/o5tWAPWJ720. Seeing it in action explains all. You want to see it in action. Download it from the store now. Did I mention it was…

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Script Explorer RC

Folks, Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell RC has released. Script Explorer helps scripters find Windows PowerShell scripts, snippets, modules, and how-to guidance in online repositories such as the TechNet Script Center Repository, PoshCode, local or network file systems and Bing Search Repository. With RC you get: Community and Microsoft resources integrated in search to help you unlock…


IT Pro Secret Weapon

Increasingly, you don’t need a GUI to get your IT Pro job done. Everything you can do in the GUI, you can do in PowerShell. This is even more true in Windows Server “8” Beta. Not just because there are >2300 cmdlets. Now, you don’t even need mstsc.exe (Remote Desktop Connection) anymore. You can make…


Hyper-V Cmdlets in Windows Server 8 Demo Video

Hyper-V PM Eric Bahna recently recorded a video demo of the new Hyper-V Windows PowerShell cmdlets in Windows Server “8* Beta.  The complete demo is about 21 minutes long. Windows Server 8 Hyper-V PowerShell Demo Uncut [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_UwlE9YDTw] For convenience, I also made three shorter versions currently available on YouTube Windows Server 8 Hyper-V PowerShell Demo…


Brain Rules for Meetings (and UIs)

In Brain Rules for Meetings John Medina tells us: “you’ve got 30 seconds before they start asking the question, “Am I going to pay attention to you or not?”” This advice holds true for new UIs as well. If you have installed the Windows Server “8” Beta, and you come upon the new Metro UI…


How to find stuff I wrote on TechNet Wiki

The business case for changes to the TechNet Wiki is complex. On the “fit for purpose” side of the equation, I try to explain the numbers thusly: 1. There are orders of magnitude more readers than contributors 2. There are orders of magnitude more contribute-once users than there are contribute-many-more-than-once contributors 3. Page views of…


Social + Content = Happier IT Pros

According to our IT Pro customer feedback the number one dis-satisfier is finding the technical information they need. When they find technical content from Microsoft, they general review it favorably. Finding it is the chief frustration. I was taught that one strategy for improving performance is to find the chief roadblock or chokepoint to improving…


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…


How to Fix a Corrupted Hyper-V VHD File

Symptoms and error messages for corrupted Hyper-V VHD files are numerous, from the VM refusing to start, to failures to attach the VHD with messages like “Failed to open attachment ‘C:\ directory \MyVHD.vhd’. Error: ‘The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.’” There are many possible causes why your VHD may become corrupted. It is…

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