Nick MacKechnie

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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Troubleshooting

    Here are some resources that may help with learning about Windows 7 and troubleshooting: TechNet - Windows 7: Troubleshooting and Support http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd349347(WS.10).aspx Windows 7: A First Look for IT Pros http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd266801.aspx TechNet...
  • Blog Post: Free Office 2010, OCS and developer eBooks from Microsoft Press!

    Free e-book offer from Microsoft Press – First Look: Microsoft Office 2010 For a limited time, you can download this free e-book. First Look: Microsoft Office 2010, by Katherine Murray, offers 14 chapters of early content. · Download e-book First Look: Microsoft Office 2010 (PDF file, 10.5 MB) · Download...
  • Blog Post: Help IT Pros Deploy The New Efficiency - today!

    Increase technical readiness, accelerate deployment, fuel usage and boost platform adoption. Saving Money with Virtualization · Conflict: As you fill the last empty slot on the server rack, a question comes to mind, "Why so many server boxes? Is there a better way?” · Resolution: By using Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Learning Snacks: Windows Server 2008

    Hi All, Learning Snacks are short, interactive presentations about popular topics created by Microsoft Learning experts.  Each Snack is delivered by using innovative Silverlight technology and includes various media, such as animations and recorded demos.  At the end of each free presentation...
  • Blog Post: Free Exchange Server 2010 Training Resources

    Hi All, Get a head start and become the go-to messaging person within your organization. Microsoft Learning has developed some great, free resources on Exchange Server 2010, including Silverlight Learning Snacks on Unified Messaging, High Availability and Storage, eLearning Clinics highlighting the new...
  • Blog Post: The Architecture Journal

    The Architecture Journal is an independent platform for free thinkers and practitioners of IT architecture. New editions are issued quarterly with articles designed to offer perspective, share knowledge, and help you learn the discipline and pursue the art of IT architecture. The journal is available...
  • Blog Post: Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 8

    Hi All, I wanted to forward off this recently released information regarding the Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 8. Microsoft will distribute Windows Internet Explorer 8 as a high-priority update through Automatic Updates for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and higher, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Springboard - The Resource for IT Professionals

    Hi All, The Windows Client TechCenter is now home to the Springboard Series, providing desktop IT professionals with the right resources, at the right technical level, at the right point in your technology adoption and management processes. What do you want to do next with Windows? · Application Compatibility...
  • Blog Post: Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0

    Hi All, The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0 helps organizations maintain virtual machines that are stored offline in a Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager library. While stored, virtual machines do not receive operating system updates. The tool provides a way to keep offline virtual...
  • Blog Post: Reduce Inbox Clutter, Write More Effective Email and Increase Productivity

    Hi All, Here are 3 free webcasts which offer tips to reduce clutter in your email inbox, write more effective email and increase productivity. Microsoft Office System Webcast: Tips for Reducing Your Inbox from Thousands to Just a Few Emails http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID...
  • Blog Post: Choosing the correct Collation on SQL Server 2008

    Hi All, As we’re gearing for the release of SQL Server 2008, please be aware of the page in the Setup process where one chooses Collation.  In the SQL 2008 setup, the collation is on a second tab, on the same page where one sets up the service accounts. The default collation is taken from the system...
  • Blog Post: Considerations when upgrading to XP Service Pack 3..

    Hi All, Here’s some “gotcha’s” that you might want to consider while testing XPSP3 in the lab before rolling out to your enterprise: 1. An incorrect time stamp is displayed on a Windows XP Service Pack 3-based computer that uses the Jerusalem time zone - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953917/en-us 2...
  • Blog Post: Robocopy!

    Try to think of a time when, either as an IT professional or even as just the user of a home computer, you didn't need to copy files. Whether you're building a master image for desktop deployment, publishing new pages to a Web server, or just backing up or reorganizing your own documents and photos,...
  • Blog Post: MSTSC /console switch in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1

    Hi All, In Windows Server 2003, the /console option was used for several purposes. With the introduction of the /admin option in Windows Server 2008 this have changed. Windows Server 2008 doesn’t have a concept of a console that you can login to as that session (session 0) is for services...
  • Blog Post: Tweak MCE PowerToy

    Tweak MCE gives you access to systems settings and options not normally exposed in the Windows XP Media Center Edition user interface, including remote control settings, Skip and Replay time customizations, user interface options, and more. It also helps you to optimize Media Center Extender for plasma...
  • Blog Post: How to speed up HTTP requests on Internet Explorer

    To comply with current Internet standards, Internet Explorer limits the number of simultaneous downloads to two downloads, plus one queued download. This configuration is a function of the browser. However, as connection speeds increase, and the number of total connections that are allowed to Internet...
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