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…

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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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American Airlines E-mail Scam

Tell your friends. As the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) put is: “Use caution when opening attachments, even if they appear to have been sent by someone you know.” I have seen lots of reports recently of an American Airlines e-mail scam. A version I have seen in my “consumer” free e-mail account junkmailbox…

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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…

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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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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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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…

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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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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…

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