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A Unique Blend of IT Education and Good Natured Cynicism for Geeksters

Do you need to boost your Windows 7 skills?

If you need to boost your Windows 7 skills or if you are just curious about the new features in Windows 7.  You should check out Microsoft Learning’s Windows Training page.  There you find links to resources such as Tech-Net, Certifications and information about special events.  You will also find helpful links to special offers and the ability to sign up and receive free MSPress material.

For the entire page go here

Microsoft Learning:  Windows – Training Portal

If you are just interested in signing up for the free MSPress chapters go here (You will need to sign in with a Windows Live ID)

Microsoft Press Windows 7 Free Chapter Offer


August 2, 2010 Posted by | Certification, Microsoft, MSPress, Windows 7 | Leave a comment

Microsoft Press Free e-books

Microsoft Press has several titles they have made available to download for free.

I guess it is a bit ironic to read these on an iPad. 🙂    Check out the links below.                                     

Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview II)

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview)

Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition)

First Look Microsoft Office 2010

Windows 7 troubleshooting tips

Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance

June 10, 2010 Posted by | Active Directory, Certification, Microsoft, MSPress, Office 2010, Virtual Server, Virtualization, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 | Leave a comment

Sit back…..relax….and learn

Microsoft has released its Microsoft Desktop Player for IT Professionals and Developers.  It pulls together content from different areas of Microsoft’s site all in one resource.  It can include video, podcast and white papers.   You can search for information on .NET, Exchange Server 2010, Office, SharePoint, SQL, Visual Studio, Windows Azure, Windows 7 and Server 2008.  Check out the web version here: Microsoft Desktop Player

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Active Directory, Certification, Exchange 2010, Microsoft, Office 2010, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 | 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

Windows 7 God Mode

Since the release of Windows 7 there has been talk about a “God Mode” folder. Many articles have been written on God Mode and they show how powerful it is supposed to be. The “God Mode” folder doesn’t allow any additional features outside what is available to you in Control Panel but it does allow for a categorized list and the ability to adjust system settings all in one place. In order to access the God Mode folder all you need to do is create a folder anywhere on your system with the name:


For example you could create a folder at the root of C:\ with name admintools.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Once created if you browse inside the folder you will see a list of tasks that you can perform.

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Windows 7 | Leave a comment