Marketing your Windows 7 or Office Event

Q: (from Barbara) Our company is planning to host a Window 7 Seminar for clients in April. The first need I have is for postcard that we can send out about our event. I have found one on the MS  website but it is a PDF copy and needs to modified to include in our…

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XP Mode No Longer Requires Hardware Assisted Virtualization

This is great news for people that do not have Hardware Assisted Virtualization (HAV) available in their machines.  When we released XP Mode, we said that it required HAV, we’ve now released an update that provides XP Mode functionality on non-HAV ready machines.  If you’re wondering, why didn’t we do this from the beginning?  We’ll…

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Hosting a Virtualization Event

Q: (from Michael) I am a gold partner with the Virtualization Solutions competency. We are working on several server consolidation opportunities and want to enhance our profile in the area as an infrastructure solutions provider by putting together an event. We are finding that sales cycles for Hyper-V Server Virtualization are very long and a…

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Social Media Marketing

Q: (from Alysia) I met you when you spoke at an event for the Chamber of Commerce late last year.  I briefly announced that we planned to host a Social Media series this year and you were kind enough to mention that a former colleague of yours was very well versed in the subject and…

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Other Forms of Encryption You Need to Consider…

We’ve already talked about BitLocker, but I wanted to provide an overview of the other encryption solutions for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Server 2003 / 2008.  If there’s interest, I’ll drill into more detail on any / all of these, so please let me know. RMS – allows you to encrypt your data while…

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What is BitLocker? What does it do? What does it not do?

What is BitLocker? BitLocker lets you encrypt the hard drive(s) on your Windows 7 and Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 and Vista Ultimate or Windows Server 2008 and R2.  BitLocker will not encrypt hard drives for Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows 2003.  Only Windows 7, Vista and Server 2008 include BitLocker.  BitLocker drives can be…

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths

I ran across this article today while I was looking for something else 🙂 and thought I would share it with you.  Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths A couple things to note.  You cannot upgrade from a Server 2008 Core installation to a Server 2008 R2 full install.  Core to Core upgrades only. Moving…

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What is the Windows Server 2008 R2 / Windows 7 System Reserved Partition?

When you install Server 2008 R2 (or Windows 7) to a fresh partition, sometimes you’ll receive the following message: Then, after installation, when you inspect the disk configuration in Disk Management, you see this partition named System Reserved.  It’s 100MB in size and it doesn’t have a drive letter.  This 100MB partition is where the…

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How does the End-of-Life for Windows Server 2000 impact Small Business Server 2000?

By now you’ve probably seen my post about the End-of-Life for Windows Server 2000.  If you still have SBS 2000 in production, this change raises questions with regard to the support lifecycle of SBS 2000 as well.  Let’s talk through that.  Here’s the support statement for SBS 2000: Isn’t that clear?  Support for SBS 2000…

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Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP) Licensing

Q: (from Mandi) I was reviewing the EAP licensing slide deck and I need to understand exactly how the program works to make sure that we are capturing the correct licensing capabilities and are giving the customer accurate license usage counts and consumptions. Are the sku’s bundled? Or just priced differently on the Microsoft Price…

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Windows 2000 Support ends on July 13, 2010

What does End-of-Support really mean?  It means that there will not be any new fixes for Windows 2000.  For the last few years, security fixes have been the only fixes provided; after July 13, 2010, there will not be any more fixes released.  We have the Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center here.  After July 13,…

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What is CLUSTER-INVARIANT??

I’ve been using SCVMM for a couple of years now and I really appreciate all of the time and effort it has saved me, but it has this annoying quirk and it recently annoyed me enough that I started looking for answers.  What has really gotten under my skin is the fact that SCVMM adds…

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Aero Glass on Remote Desktop Services?

As you’ve already read, we’ve renamed Terminal Services to Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in Windows Server 2008 R2. RDS also gives us the ability to leverage Aero Glass from a Remote Desktop Connection.  This is a multi-step process, but there are really two phases.  Phase I is enabling the Desktop Experience functionality on a Server…

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Supported Guest OS’

We have a page that lists our supported OS’ under Hyper-V here.  This is where I need to explain the difference between supported and Yes it works.  Supported means that we will help troubleshoot and maybe even provide fixes if there are issues with a guest OS on Hyper-V.  While Operating Systems like Windows NT…

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Eliminate UAC for Printer Driver installation in a Domain

I’ve already talked about how to eliminate UAC for a stand alone Vista machine, now I am going to show you how to set a domain Group Policy to eliminate UAC for all of your Vista workstations.  My original post is here.  I apologize for the delay in getting this posted, but there were a…

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Fingerprint Readers… Are they all they are cracked up to be?

Almost every mobile computer that is currently shipping has a Fingerprint Reader on it.  How convenient…  I’ve had a lot of customers get excited about the convenience of no more passwords when they think that a finger will do.  Well personally, I give those Fingerprint Readers the finger!.  Honestly, Fingerprint Readers are pretty secure for…

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Microsoft Office 2010 Technology Guarantee Program

Sell Office 2007 today and your customer can download Office 2010 free! How the program works: Purchase Office 2007—Customer buys qualifying Office 2007 product (with or without a new PC) from an authorized reseller between March 5 – September 30, 2010.   Install and Activate Office 2007—Customer installs and activates Office 2007 by September 30,…

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Microsoft Server Virtualization: Advanced Planning, Assessment, Architecture, and Management 3 Day Training Available in Select Locations

  A 400-level, three-day, instructor-led course focused on advanced virtualization design, architecture, project planning, and holistic management. This course will be led by an experienced MCS Senior Consultant who brings real-world experiences and Microsoft Product Group prescriptive guidance to the course. First you’ll learn the virtualization project lifecycle including: engaging with customers, determining business value,…

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How do I make my Server 2008 (or R2) a router?

I met a partner that said he tried to move his Domain Controller from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 and was having problems.  As we talked, it became clear that he was also using this server as a router for his office.  He said that once he replaced his 2003 server with 2008,…

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If you’re using the new Intel CPUs for Hyper-V, get this fix.

I’ve been honored to work with Intel lately on some of their technical trainings they present to their partners.  Part of these events involve ongoing training where Intel provides an afternoon of partner technical training that walks them through building out a newer generation server.  To me, the education I received just by hanging around…

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