Need help on Help?

For the record, I think Microsoft is brilliant! Brilliant as a star in another Galaxy… The key point being that sometimes they are in another galaxy. I cannot open Help files that require the Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe) program. On computers that are running Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2, you may be unable to open Help files that require the Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe) program. This article contains information about a download that helps you fix this problem. Microsoft stopped including the 32-bit Help file viewer in Windows releases beginning with Windows Vista and Windows … Continue reading Need help on Help?

Partner Opportunities, Benefits & Requirements with the new Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) ERP and CRM Competencies – Webcast

Microsoft is undergoing a significant evolution in the overall direction of the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Strategy. It all starts with the new Microsoft Partner Network which replaces the Microsoft Partner Program and allows Microsoft to truly differentiate and promote partners that have demonstrated investment and success in Dynamics. These changes will impact the way you promote your business, train your staff and interact with Microsoft in the coming year. Please join us for a 1 hour live webcast as we announce the details behind the new ERP and CRM competencies under the Microsoft Partner Network. You will learn: How your … Continue reading Partner Opportunities, Benefits & Requirements with the new Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) ERP and CRM Competencies – Webcast

Disk2VHD: The 127 GB File size limit. UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

In a previous post I talked about the Disk2VHD file conversion tool. Here is an “Oh Golly Gee Darn” moment. (This blog is G rated however the rediscovery rates stronger wording.) Analysis: There were really two problems with the disk I created. Both problems were fixable. The VHD file was too large for use with Virtual PC 2007 which has an IDE drive size limit of 127 GB. In creating the file I copied all of the partitions from the previous XP box. However in installing Windows 7, I only reformatted the OS drive and installed Windows 7 v64. Therefore, … Continue reading Disk2VHD: The 127 GB File size limit. UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

Virtualization: The Microsoft Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool

So you want to run a quick check to see if your hardware has the best requirements to be used for Virtualization? The Hardware-assisted virtualization (HAV) detection tool checks if the computer processor supports HAV and if this setting is enabled. Supported Operating Systems The HAV detection tool ONLY supports the following operating systems and editions/versions: Windows Vista Service Pack 1, 2 (Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate) Windows XP Service Pack 3 (Professional), Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Professional) Windows 7 (Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate). Collecting Data With your *explicit approval*, system configuration data collected … Continue reading Virtualization: The Microsoft Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool

Using Windows 7 Godmode to create administrative shortcuts to wizards and common functions.

In a previous post I described what is popularly know as Windows 7 Godmode. Some administrators like to find shortcuts that make their life easier and so leveraging the functions of “GodMode” this post talks about how to create shortcuts to common administrative tasks. In this example I will show you how to create a shortcut to the “View Network Connections” windows, a commonly used administrative folder which has been isolated a bit in Windows 7. Create a folder any where on your computer named :JeffLoucksAdministrativeFolder.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} Open the folder you just created. In the search dialog in Windows Explorer type … Continue reading Using Windows 7 Godmode to create administrative shortcuts to wizards and common functions.

Windows 2008 – Windows Performance Analyzer (WPA)

Over the years I have created a number of presentations and performed a number of architectural engagements where we have used various tools to track and establish performance baselines, determine constant expectations and build out formulas for scaling. Microsoft has new tools which help in the process. The Windows Performance Analyzer (WPA) is a set of performance monitoring tools which can establish in-depth performance profiles of Microsoft Windows operating systems and applications. Although these tools cannot discover, quantify or otherwise adapt to your essential hardware flaws, they do allow you to understand the limits within a classification of hardware. This … Continue reading Windows 2008 – Windows Performance Analyzer (WPA)

What is Windows 7 Godmode?

Windows 7 has a Godmode….? Huh Yes, it is true and it is useful. How to do it: Open any folder on your computer and make a new folder named: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} When you open the new folder there will be shortcuts to all the wizards you could want to use Here is a list of what you get: Accommodate learning abilitiesAccommodate low visionActivate WindowsAdd a deviceAdd a printerAdd a wireless device to the networkAdd clocks for different time zonesAdd gadgets to the desktopAdd or remove programsAdd or remove user accountsAdd the Clock gadget to the desktopAdjust ClearType textAdjust screen resolutionAdjust … Continue reading What is Windows 7 Godmode?

Microsoft Partner Network – Is there value in being a Microsoft Partner?

Hi Everyone, This is a topic that I have always felt passionate about and I have never really known how to address it. I am hoping to take a discussion oriented approach and I hope that readers will post comments. I am on the board of the International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners and the goal of that association is to look out for existing and future partners. The association strives to help partners progress, cooperate and collaborate. I would like examples of what you think Microsoft could do better. Has being a partner has been good for you. What do … Continue reading Microsoft Partner Network – Is there value in being a Microsoft Partner?

Search Engine Optimization – IIS SEO Toolkit

Administrators can improve their Web site’s relevance in search results using the SEO Toolkit which recommending how to make the site content more search engine-friendly. The toolkit is a free download: Search Engine Optimization Toolkit Or, download x86 / x64 The Site Analysis module allows users to analyze local and external Web sites with the purpose of optimizing the site’s content, structure, and URLs for search engine crawlers. The Robots Exclusion module enables Web site owners to manage the robots.txt file from within the IIS Manager interface. The Sitemaps and Site Indexes module enables Web site owners to manage the sitemap … Continue reading Search Engine Optimization – IIS SEO Toolkit

Global EBS UG – December 2009 Topic List

Renew the subscription for the malware inspection filter in Forefront Migration or conversion from SBS to EBS New EBS Domain and Migration Enabling Nat Transversal on TMG VPN Re: EBS Domain Join Error Thread Antivirus recommendations on EBS Outlook Anywhere issues, rpc ping Internal “Virtual SMTP Server” Equivalent needed to allow relay inte VPN logs on but can not get to any computer on the network Removing VPN Policies Hyperv Messaging and Management More information about the Global EBS User Group Jeff LoucksAvailable Technology  Subscribe in a reader