Win8/WS2012 Deployment Survival Guide

Here are some links for you to get started deploying Windows 8 and/or Windows Server 2012 compiled for you by a support lead colleague  Server Posterpedia (free app): http://www.serverposterpedia.com/ Deployment Installing the .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 8:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh506443.aspx How to Customize the Start Screen:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj134269.aspx Removing Built-in Applications from Windows 8:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2012/10/26/removing-built-in-applications-from-windows-8.aspx Windows 8…

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On Proprioception - Dude, did you just flick?

Say what now? There is a new way of interacting with computers, and I have to RTFM? Well, not really. I know that you IT Pros already know all this, but, since you are the TechSupport/IT Department for friends/family neighbors who might be unfamiliar with touch computing as implemented in Windows 8, this tutorial will help…

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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…

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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…

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Server News - Free-as-in-beer App You Should Install Today

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an App that you could run on your Win8CP or Windows Phone 7 that “pushed” you important Windows Server news? Do you read blogs like Ben Armstrong, Virtualization Team, Mark Russinovich? Well colleagues Martin McClean (Poster Guy) and Brian Lich (Awesome Guy) have made an app for you. Server…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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