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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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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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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Fixing Errors 0x0000001 and Stop 0x0000001a in Hyper-V

We have seen a decline in support cases from Hyper-V customers reporting issues that involve the error message “0x0000001” and “Stop 0x0000001a since the release of SP1 for Windows Server Hyper-V R2. Our advice for Hyper-V users, the solution is to install SP1. This TechNet Wiki article tells you How to Install and Manage Hyper-V Server 2008…

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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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Resources to Assist Windows Server Customers in Japan

Some folks on the TechNet Wiki have started a wiki topic to assist IT Pros in Japan who may have to do some unplanned server take-downs. Check out http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/windows-server-emergency-management-resources.aspx and add your useful links for: Backup/restore Remote shutdown UPS management Cloud migration Any thing else you learned about in your disaster management situation and wished…

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Why Wiki? Case Study #2 AD Domain Svcs Event ID Map

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a visual representation of all the event IDs for a service, let’s say for example the Microsoft Windows Active Directory Domain Service, and when you clicked on one of the IDs, you could “drill down” into more info on that event? Let me wiki that for you. Kudos…

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IT Pro’s Pal – BGinfo

My gear-fixation probably started when I was a Boy Scout. There was a tool called the Woodsman’s Pal that I *had* to have. It just looked, well, way more Ninja than the puny “hatchet” I used for years. Turns out, the hatchet worked just fine, still does today. And as an adult I value simple,…

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