Energy Efficient Computing – Power costs more than the server

Benefits of Energy Efficient Computing Reduced energy consumption helps organizations achieve significant cost savings, especially in data centers. Energy efficient computing also helps organizations minimize their direct and indirect carbon footprint. Did You Know? U.S. enterprise data centers can spend up to 15–20 percent of their operating costs on electricity alone. Industry analysts estimate the annual cost of powering a server will soon exceed its acquisition cost. The MAP Toolkit and Energy Efficient Computing Organizations can use the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit to quickly obtain comprehensive planning knowledge for migration to energy efficient computing technologies. MAP’s automated inventory … Continue reading Energy Efficient Computing – Power costs more than the server

Redirecting Updates and the Software Distribution Folder using Junction to another hard drive

Scenario You have a server with an 8 GB system partition and it keeps filling up. The software distribution folder used by windows updates is a major source of bloat and Microsoft support has said there is nothing you can do to move this folder from the C drive. Solution Using the Microsoft Junction Tool found on the Systernals site create a symbolic link to another hard drive or partition. I will use the terms symbolic link and junction interchangeably in this post. Process Stopping the Windows Update Service and renaming the folder Start>Run type cmd and press enter type … Continue reading Redirecting Updates and the Software Distribution Folder using Junction to another hard drive

Keyboard shortcuts

Productivity has many forms however keyboard shortcuts are perhaps the most useful. I am never able to remember them all but I find reviewing them from time to time allows me to gradually increase my repertoire. Here is a listing I have compiled. This section from: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449/ Windows system key combinations F1: Help CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs ALT+F4: Quit program SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently Windows Logo+L: Lock the computer (without using CTRL+ALT+DELETE) Windows program key combinations CTRL+C: Copy CTRL+X: Cut CTRL+V: Paste CTRL+Z: Undo CTRL+B: Bold CTRL+U: Underline CTRL+I: Italic Mouse click/keyboard modifier combinations for … Continue reading Keyboard shortcuts

XP Mode and differencing disks, Creating Multiple Virtual Machines

Scenario You have multiple needs for Virtual Machines based on XP mode in Windows 7. You want to use the base XP Mode operating system as a reference and create other systems using differencing disks and new virtual machine setup files (.vmcx). Process Differencing disks which reference the Windows XP Mode virtual hard disk and new virtual machine files will be used to create new environments which leverage the base configuration stored in the Windows XP Mode VHD file. Reason I want to be able to do a number of things with my XP mode virtual machines and most of … Continue reading XP Mode and differencing disks, Creating Multiple Virtual Machines

CRM Online – Outlook client installation cannot proceed pending restart

A common error when installing the CRM outlook client for CRM online is the error which informs you that their is a pending restart regardless of whether this is true or not. To fix this issue you need to add a registry key to ignore the check. Here is my recommended method for fixing this problem. I chose this method because it is common to need to do this on several computers and this method can be easily run on several computers. Use a .reg file to add the key: Open notepad Copy the following text in to notepad Windows … Continue reading CRM Online – Outlook client installation cannot proceed pending restart

CRM 2011 What’s new

The following information is reprinted from one of my favorite blogs. http://www.crmwatcher.nl/ This article is a summary of the available information about the new release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, which is expected to be the end of 2010 is available and released to beta yesterday. Introduction of the ‘ribbon ‘ Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 will be just like the related Microsoft Office application are going to make full use of the so-called ribbon menu such as the following illustration shows. The Ribbon bar will make Microsoft Dynamics CRM even easier. Structure of the form The main screen of an entity … Continue reading CRM 2011 What’s new