Warning!

Wednesday morning I was sitting at my desk when a pop-up appeared on my screen.  It was actually an Internet Explorer window, and although it was written entirely in Japanese, I suspected immediately that it was a scam, a fraud, malware, or something.  Why?  It had a very old Microsoft logo on it (from the … Continue reading Warning!

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Windows To Go: Disk Behaviour

Recently I was explaining Windows To Go at a client site.  We had a few interesting discussions about the power as well as the limitations of the security features. One attendee asked a couple of good questions: 1) Is there any way to block the ‘on-lining’ of your Windows To Go key in other installations … Continue reading Windows To Go: Disk Behaviour

What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Lessons Learned Week 1

Dan Stoltz asked me to republish this article, and it is well worth it!  Check out all of the links – a lot of great material! -MDG It has been an incredible start to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Series.  Here is brief summary of what we covered so far… Windows Server 2012 R2 … Continue reading What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Lessons Learned Week 1

Creating a New AD Forest in Windows Server Core (Revisited)

Several years ago Steve Syfuhs and I sat down and figured out how to create a new Active Directory forest in Windows Server Core.  It was an interesting experience, and even though I later gave rights to that article to the Canadian IT Pro Team (at the time it was Damir Bersinic) when you search … Continue reading Creating a New AD Forest in Windows Server Core (Revisited)

A Tour of the Surface Pro with Tom’s Hardware

On the day that Microsoft released the Surface Pro I sat down with Alex Davies from Tom’s Hardware (www.tomshardware.com) and gave him a little tour of the device.  He recorded it and that recording went live on Monday.  Check it out and let me know what you think! –MDG http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Microsoft-Surface-Pro-Hands-on-Demo,21030.html

My First Surface Article

Ok, so maybe it is not my first article on Microsoft Surface, but it is the first article that I am writing from one.  A friend here was kind enough to loan me one for a few weeks, and even though my EliteBook is within arm's reach I decided to spend my morning on this … Continue reading My First Surface Article

A Quick Tip for Hyper-V Users: Product Keys

I keep telling people that the best way to activate your servers and desktops is to have a Key Management Server (KMS) in your environment.  However not everyone has volume license keys, and when an IT Pro (or Dev) builds a lot of lab environments using their TechNet, MSDN, or MAPS licenses that is not … Continue reading A Quick Tip for Hyper-V Users: Product Keys

Clarity: MCSA vs. MCSE: the what and why

This article was originally published in June, 2012. Due to the relevance and current interest in certifications I decided to republish. -MDG When I found out that Microsoft Learning was (again!) revamping the certification stack, I thought to myself that after all these years it might be time to stop chasing certifications.  After all, when … Continue reading Clarity: MCSA vs. MCSE: the what and why

Getting Certified: Things have really changed!

This article was originally published to The Canadian IT Pro Connection.Boy has it been an exciting year… Microsoft’s busiest release year ever!  On the IT Pro side we have System Center 2012 (a single product now, but truly seven distinct products for managing your environment!), Windows Server 2012, Windows 8… we have Windows Azure (which … Continue reading Getting Certified: Things have really changed!

Refresh Your PC – Save your bacon!

Thursday morning I did something to my main laptop that I really should not have done, and the results were disastrous.  I succeeded in completely wrecking my installation of Windows 8.  I was able to boot into the OS, but as soon as I tried to launch any application my system went into an endless flash-loop, and … Continue reading Refresh Your PC – Save your bacon!

The Microsoft Store: The place to be this week-end

If you are in or around the Greater Toronto Area this week-end then there is no better place to be than the Microsoft Store in Yorkdale Mall. The first international store and the largest in the chain, the opening of Microsoft's newest retail store can only be descried as a huge success, with literally hundreds … Continue reading The Microsoft Store: The place to be this week-end

The Haiku Goes On…

Yesterday I began my journey to improve the world through haikus about Windows Server 2012.  Here is my second Windows Server 2012 haiku!  And remember… if you like the poem, you will love the product!  Download your evaluation copy today! Also… if you have a poem about Windows Server, Hyper-V, Windows 8, or Office 2013 … Continue reading The Haiku Goes On…

Windows Server 2012 Haiku

In 2009 there was a contest to write haiku about Windows Server 2008R2.  On Monday I was in a meeting with a colleague who reminded me of this, and I went back to my blog to see if I could find my original entries (A Windows 2008 R2 Haiku!).  It got me thinking… what would … Continue reading Windows Server 2012 Haiku

From Server Core to GUI to… MinShell?

This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro. In Windows Server 2008 we were introduced to a revolutionary way to install Windows Server: Server Core. Server Core may look boring – there’s nothing to it except the command prompt – but to an IT … Continue reading From Server Core to GUI to… MinShell?

Backbone Magazine

When the editor of Backbone Magazine asked me earlier this year ‘Why should I my readers be getting excited about Windows 8?’ I told him… until the time had passed and we were both late for our next appointments.  He asked me to write it into an article (or opinion piece) for him, and it … Continue reading Backbone Magazine