Archive for June, 2009

Certified Windows 7, Configuring

Woo hoo, got the results back today and now I’m certified in Windows 7, Configuring:

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-680&locale=en-us

If you get the chance, I highly suggest being part of the beta exam process.  Not only does it give you the early opportunity to get certified, but it also gives you a larger depth and breadth of questions to help expand your knowledge of the product set you’re sitting the exam for.

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Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 availability

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 will be finalized in the second half of July, which is when they will become available for Partners and MSDN also and broadly available (Stores, on new PCs) at the End of October!!!

Windows Server Division Weblog:
http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2009/06/02/windows-server-2008-r2-rtm-and-general-availability.aspx

Windows 7 Teamblog:
http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2009/06/02/the-date-for-general-availability-ga-of-windows-7-is.aspx

Woohooo!!!

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I swore I clicked reboot, but now I can’t RDP to the server!

Most administrators RDP into their servers daily and every now and then install updates and then reboot a server. The terminal server session closes and you move on. Life is good. Later you go back to RDP into the box and you get nothing. When you finally make it over to the console you notice that the box is still up and the logs show no reboot, what just happened happened?

1.) You didn’t use the /console or /admin switch. This provides you with console level access which is where you should reboot a box from. Since you are not at the console level you have to ask other process if it’s ok to shutdown. They can say no but your RDP session is already closed and you think it’s rebooted.This blog post goes into more detail.

http://blogs.technet.com/askperf/archive/2008/03/18/hotfix-installs-remote-desktop-and-the-reboot-that-wasn-t.aspx

2.) You did us the /console or /admin switch and it still didn’t work, you can never win can you?

Solution: Try applying this update.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;971310&sd=rss&spid=3198

Hope this helps. You could also use shutdown.exe /r/f to force it but you could lose data.

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Microsoft Go Green with their Certificates

In accordance with the effort of Microsoft to reduce the company’s carbon footprint and impact on the environment, starting June 1, 2009, MCP certificates will transition from paper to digital format. If you would like to order a printed certificate, this option will be available starting in July. You must pay shipping and handling fees for printed certificates.

Good idea guys as not always did I want every single certificate I’ve ever passed an exam for (a) and (b) it’s good to be able to go out there now and get a “backup” or second copy should I need one (maybe I’ve got two offices – or I’m just wishing) 🙂

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Don’t forget today – W7 Roundtable #2

Virtual Roundtable: Windows 7 Application Compatibility
June 18, 2009, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time

Get your questions answered, discuss the most common challenges around application compatibility, and find methods for getting incompatible applications to run on Windows 7. We’ll share tips and tricks, and demonstrate free tools to analyze and fix applications. Feel free to submit questions in advance.

Another Windows 7 Virtual Roundtable!!!

Join Mark Russinovich, Jeremy Chapman, Aaron Margosis and more for our Windows 7 Virtual Round Table on Application Compatibility, live on Thursday June 18th.

Windows 7, is approaching fast and from the application standpoint is very similar to Windows Vista. We’re going to examine Windows 7 application compatibility not only from the perspective of moving from Windows Vista, but also for those coming from Windows XP. Join us to discuss the most common challenges around application compatibility when coming from a legacy operating system, why changes were made along the way, compatibility technologies inside the OS and methods for getting incompatible applications to run on Windows 7. Along the way we share tips and tricks, demonstrate free tools to analyze and fix applications and answer your specific questions about application compatibility live.

In Part 2 of this Virtual Round Table discussion (planned for later this Summer/Fall), we’ll discuss the options and approaches for using virtualization tools In depth to address application incompatibilities – including presentation virtualization, desktop virtualization and application virtualization. We’ll be sending out more details and posting information to www.microsoft.com/springboard for part 2 as the dates are finalized.

As part of the "virtual" experience, you may submit your questions about Windows 7 Application Compatibility to the panel live during the event-or submit questions in advance to vrtable@microsoft.com.

Event Details:
Title: Windows 7 Application Compatibility: Your Questions Answered (Part 1)
Date: Thursday, June 18
Time: 11:00am Pacific Time
URL for Live Broadcast: https://ms.istreamplanet.com/springboard (will not be live till 10:45 am PST on June 18th)

Also don’t forget, starting July 1st, the Windows 7 Beta will reboot every two hours. If you have not download and installed the Windows 7 Release Candidiate, please do so now by going here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx

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Windows 7 in stores 22 Oct

Catching up on things, I’ve just read over on the Windows Team’s blog, the GA date for W7 to hit shelves in October 22.  That’s just about in line with the standard 3 year lifecycle of operating systems.  I know I’m excited about it coming to shelves soon (just over 4 months away), how about you?

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A Game of 8’s with IE8

1 in 8 Americans suffers from hunger

Internet Explorer recently released version 8

Combine those two and what do you get?  Well, for everyone who downloads IE8 from http://www.browserforthebetter.com Microsoft will donate 8 meals to Feeding America….C’mon, you might not like the browser that much, but give it a try and think who you might be helping!

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If You Didn’t Go To TechEd USA (you should have)…This is what you missed

Sometimes it isn’t always possible to get to TechEd for one reason or another…If you didn’t get the chance to visit TechEd North America this year in Los Angeles, don’t worry.  We’ve got what’s being termed as the “Man On The Street Videos” for you to see what it was you missed – or even reflect on the experience that is TechEd.  Thanks to Springboard and STEP (Springboard Technical Experts Panel), Erdal Ozkaya, Justin Rodino, Elias Mereb, Aaron Tiensivu and Daniel Nerenberg came up with the videos below.  They’re in Alphabetic order for your convenience, but well worth watching when you have a few free minutes.  Also, thanks to the Springboard team – Stephen Rose, Caitlin Angeloff, and Melissa Bathum for putting up with all of us crazy characters and hope to see you all at TechEd Europe in Berlin!

One other note, there are still a few more to come, but these are the good ones we wanted to share with you right away!

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