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  • Blog Post: Securing Server Racks with RFID at the Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Center

    In 2009 the EEC was completing the it major remodel and part of our new design was to secure each rack from unauthorized access. I set out to create a solution on a limited budget. Reason to secure racks : The EEC works with Microsoft top customers to test and validate Microsoft products for the Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: How to create differencing disk VM from template on SCVMM 2012 via PowerShell

    Over at my personal blog ( www.mikepoulson.com ) I have a post on using Differencing Disks with an SCVMM template. The main issue I ran into when first doing Diff disks with VMM was making sure the Parent VHD was on the target HyperV host. The PowerShell script at http://www.mikepoulson.com/2011/07...
  • Blog Post: RedvsBlue Season 4 DVDs arrived

    Today out of the blue I got a DHL box delivered to me that contained a few copies of redvsblue Season 4 ( http://www.redvsblue.com ). My team does some work for the redvsblue people so it was quite nice to get free copies of the shows. For those of you who do not know what Red vs Blue is please go...
  • Blog Post: Watching Divx and WMA Pro 5.1 movies on your v1 Media Center Extender

    So the only problem I have with my V1 media Center Extender is that my movies (DVDs that I have converted to WMV and use the WMA Pro Codec that does 5.1) will not play. Nor will the ones I have converted to Divx (before I got my MCX). The work around I have done now is to encode my DVDs twice (once...
  • Blog Post: odds of being in a car accident vs being bit by a shark (or in a Plane crash)

    Today my co-worker and had a talk in the hall about what Microsoft should *DO* to have more window offices (I saw a window office down that hall that had 4 people in it). I think that we should level like 4 city blocks and build 2 huge sky scrapers shaped like a big M . Then the issue of safety came...
  • Blog Post: userparameters attribute in AD for a user (and how it sucks)!

    Call me a stupid person (or just an angry one)! I am attempting to write some .net code that will allow me to uncheck (or check) the "Allow logon on Terminal Server" option for a given user account. And it is not as easy as it looks. I don’t want to load some Active X control to do it either (which can...
  • Blog Post: Getting your Media Center Extender to connect to a remote file server

    So at my house we have a single Media Center 2005 PC, and 2 Media Center Extenders (MCX). We also have our file server (2TB raw) :) On this file server we store WMV versions of recorded shows and also other movies (like backed up DVDs) that are also in WMV format. Becasue i do not wish to have a DC ...
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