Windows 7


Boot2VHD-Part 1-Overview of Native Boot To VHD

Native Boot To VHD (Boot2VHD) – Everything You Need To Know… In this multi-part video series we will dive deep into a the new virtualization feature built into Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. It is called Native Boot To VHD (AKA: Boot2VHD). This is the one virtualization platform […]


How to Solve Connectivity Issues Connecting To SCOM, SCVMM, AD or Any Other Service–Here is the Easy fix

I have been in the technology industry for more than 25 years now and I have dealt with my fair share of connectivity issues. In the last decade or so a good 85% or more of the issues I have encountered have been DNS issues. There is a very easy […]


How To Merge a Chained Differential VHD Disk So It Can Be Extended and Expanded

In my post Out of Disk Space on Drive C–How To Increase Space on Drive C of a Virtual Machine Running Windows Server 2003 I showed how to expand a drive but these instructions do not work if you have a differencing disk or chain of disks. If you want […]


Tips and Tools for Deploying Windows 7–Part 5- Managing and Securing Your Clients and Critical Server Infrastructure

Tips and Tools for Managing and Securing Your Clients and Critical Server Infrastructure Like everyone else, you love Windows 7 and can’t wait to get it deployed throughout your organization. Let’s take a look at the many tips and tools available today to ease your burden of deployment. I have […]


Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Component Architecture Poster Windows Server 2008 R2

Check out this poster for a visual representation and definition of how Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) works! This poster provides a visual reference for understanding key Remote Desktop Services technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2. It explains the functions and roles of: Remote Desktop Session Host Remote Desktop Virtualization […]


Allow Remote Desktop Services and Ping Through Firewall on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7

This post in in response to questions on how to turn maintain remote connectivity to a server running Hyper-V with the firewall enabled.  The first thing to consider is what inbound traffic you want to enable on the server.  If it is a Hyper-V server you should consider if you […]


Upgrading Windows XP to Windows 7 and Migrate Microsoft Office and Other Applications Using The User State Migration Tool (USMT

At recent TechNet events, I had questions about migrating applications using the User State Migration Tool (USMT).  As I suspected, there is support for migrating some applications including Microsoft Office.  In fact, for Microsoft Office it can even migrate settings from an older version of office on the source machine […]


How To Configure BitLocker on Windows 7 RC – Everything You Need To Know About BitLocker

I have had many questions about BitLocker so I thought I would answer them in this blog post.   What is BitLocker and Why Should I Care? BitLocker is a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) component that allows you to protect data on hard drives.  BitLocker is the name given to […]


Where To Download ISO Images For The Latest And Past Versions Of Microsoft Software Including SQL Server 2000 x64

I had a customer ask me today if it was possible to download SQL Server 2000 x64.  I am posting here so others can benefit from the answer.  If you have an MSDN or Technet subscription you can download the ISO image of the CD/DVD’s. If you do not have […]