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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The IT Pro Customer Has Spoken

The information on the TechNet wiki is written by IT Pro/Devs for IT Pro/Devs. Why is this important? In the words of a satisfied user: “Over 70% of the articles in TNWiki are real-world scenarios. That’s exactly what I need in my job.” read the complete interview at Interview with a Wiki Ninja – Patris:…

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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…

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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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The Non-Invisible Ninja - Ed Price

Ninjas in lore specialize in not being seen.  However, here is a group of community supporters inside Microsoft who are building community around the the TechNet wiki. Inside Microsoft, the employees working on this are called TechNet Ninjas. They are not so much into the hiding.  They have a blog. One of the most prolific*…

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Just the Diff’s Ma’am

IT Pros have longed asked for a way to understand “what changed in this information that you just updated”? A change log. The diffs. On the TechNet Wiki you can see this by using the History tab. Example, we just updated the Hyper-V: Update List for Windows Server 2008 R2. It us around 2k words,…

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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…

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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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