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Are you Certifiable?

In many ways Yes I am.  🙂  However, in this case I am referring to Microsoft certifications.  If you have ever desired to become Microsoft certified or to see a sample of what certification questions are like you can check out Microsoft’s Are You Certifiable question and answer game.  This game allows you to pit your knowledge of Microsoft against other people and can help you to learn topics related to Microsoft technologies.

Check it out and crush your competition. Have fun!!! 

Are You Certifiable


May 28, 2010 Posted by | Certification, Microsoft | Leave a comment

Does the iPad fit into the corporate world?

Most of the hub-bub surrounding Apple’s iPad centers around its rich entertainment and “personal enjoyment” features, like available game apps, YouTube navigation and built in “Tap a Stack” photo album. Although these features are no doubt engaging and enjoyable, the business and corporate world applications for the iPad also warrant strong endorsement. The ability to connect to email, calendars and VPNs, iWork for iPad, layers of security to protect data and easy configuration make the iPad a great productivity improvement tool for people employed in a variety of capacities, from sales personnel to IT staff and from field service reps to public relations representatives. Apple has developed a fantastic, but in my opinion, ill-marketed, deployment guide for network engineers presenting the process that should be adopted to manage these devices in an enterprise environment. Check out the Enterprise Deployment Guide here: Enterprise Deployment Guide and also check out all of the business features that make iPad a smart productivity improvement tool for your organization: By the way, yes I have an iPad, and yes……….I love the thing.


May 27, 2010 Posted by | iPad | Leave a comment

Exchange Server 2010 backups, are they really needed?

Exchange 2010 introduced several new feature that have enhanced the overall reliability of Exchange.  Features like Database Availability Groups, deleted item retention, and litigation hold are just a few of the features that make it possible to run an Exchange Server environment and not have to follow the traditional backup process.  The folks over at have a two part article discussing this very topic.

Eliminating Traditional Backups using native Exchange 2010 Functionality

A more practical view of this same process, and one that I recommend, can be found at WindowsIT Pro.

Going Backup-less with Exchange 2010?

May 26, 2010 Posted by | Exchange 2010 | Leave a comment


Tabnapping is a recently discovered security vulnerability that can affect all of the major internet browsers.  ComputerWorld recently published an article on how this kind of attack works.

Sneaky browser ‘tabnapping’ phishing tactic surfaces

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May 26, 2010 Posted by | Security | Leave a comment

iClothing???? I don’t think this fits my style!

An Australian clothing company has developed styles for iPad fashionistas. The company iClothing has released two styles for iPad toting folk, the “iTee” and the “iDress”.  Both have padded front pockets to store your iPad.  (I think the designer has a “thing” for kangaroos)

May 26, 2010 Posted by | iPad | Leave a comment

Installing Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 on Windows 7

The process for installing Virtual Server 2005 on a computer running Windows 7 is not the easiest thing to do but it can be done.  Before going forward I should point out that Microsoft does not support Virtual Server 2005 running on a Windows 7 machine.  I have seen dozens of web sites and blogs that have listed most of the steps necessary for a virtual server install, but they never seem to be complete, leaving most people frustrated.  If you are an ubergeek like me and always want to test out the latest software Virtual Server is a great tool to have.  I have compiled the steps below needed to install Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 on a computer running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate.

The first thing we need to do is install IIS.

  1. 1. Start > Control Panel > Programs> Programs and Features
  2. On the left side of the window choose Turn Windows features on or off
  3. Expand the Internet Information Services node
    1. Expand the Web Management Tools node
    2. Enable IIS Management Console
  4. Expand the IIS 6 Management Compatibility node
    1. Enable IIS Metabase and IIS 6 configuration compatibility
  5. Expand the World Wide Web Services node
  6. Expand the Application Development Features node
    1. Enable CGI
  7. Expand the Common HTTP Features node and enable the following options:
    1. Default Document
    2. Directory Browsing
    3. HTTP Errors
    4. Static Content
  8. Expand the Health and Diagnostics node and enable the following options:
    1. HTPP Logging
    2. Request Monitor
  9. Expand the Performance Features node
    1. Enable Static Content Compression
  10. Expand the Security node
    1. Enable Windows Authentication

We now need to take steps to allow Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 to be installed

  1. Start> in the search box type gpedit.msc this will open the local Group Policy editor
  2. 2. Expand Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Application Compatibility
    1. a. Change the settings on each item from Not Configured to Enabled
  3. 3. Now expand Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>System>Troubleshooting and Diagnostics>Application Compatibility Diagnostics
    1. a. Change the settings on each item from Not Configured to Disabled
  4. 4. Once that is complete Restart the computer.

Now we can install Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 accepting the default settings.

You can download it here

Don’t worry you’re almost there!!!!

Now we have to rename the executable for Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

  1. Choose Start>Computer and browse to the install directory which by default is C:\Program Files\Microsoft Virtual Server\
    1. Rename vssrvc.exe to something else.  (I renamed it to vssrvc2.exe)

Now we have to edit the registry to point to the newly renamed executable.

  1. Click Start and in the Search box type regedit
    1. We have to replace all instances of vssrvc.exe to vssrvc2.exe
    2. From the menu bar choose Edit>Find and in the Find what dialog box type vssrvc.exe edit each entry it finds and then move on to the next entry by pressing F3
    3. You will find several entries that need to be edited

Now we can undo the Group Policy changes we made earlier and restart.  Once complete you will be able to open the Virtual Server Administration Website by going to Start>All Programs>Virtual Server>Virtual Server Administration Website.

Now you are ready to run different Operating Systems through the use of virtualization.

May 25, 2010 Posted by | Virtual Server, Windows 7 | 1 Comment

BREAKING NEWS: It’s Woot-Off Time!!!!!

If you would like to become an expert at collecting Woot especially during a Woot-Off.  Check out this article on

The Complete Guide to Capturing Woot! Off Loot

May 25, 2010 Posted by | Misc | | Leave a comment

Looking for a new line of work?

Check out CNN’s article on the future of tech-jobs.

Help wanted: Hackers

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Security | Leave a comment

PAC-MAN is still the man!!!!!

To celebrate PAC-MAN’s 30th anniversary Google has turned their logo into a playable version of the classic game.

Update:  Due to the success Google is now making PAC-MAN available beyond the 48hrs they had originally planned  @

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Video Games | Leave a comment

Going for your CCNA???

Test your skills using Cisco’s Self-Assessments

Cisco Learning Network

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Cisco | Leave a comment