Wrong Product Key? Oh No!

Here’s a tip if you need to change your product key in Windows 8.  It also works in earlier versions of Windows, but those versions have easier ways of doing it.  In Windows 8 you need to use the Windows Software Licensing Management Tool (slmgr.vbs) Open a Command Prompt with elevated privileges (from the Windows … Continue reading Wrong Product Key? Oh No!

Mitch is Back on TechNet Radio’s Community Corner!

On July 6th I sat down with John Weston and talked about Virtualization once again.  This is the third show that I recorded with John, and I love going back because we go back and forth so well. TechNet Radio is a great resource for learning about new and existing technologies.  If you spend any … Continue reading Mitch is Back on TechNet Radio’s Community Corner!

Are you a Microsoft Certified Professional?

As we celebrate twenty years of Microsoft Learning, it is amazing to see some of the changes that the certification program has gone through.  I remember the first day I was ever able to call myself a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).  It was March 31, 2003, and I was ecstatic! When Microsoft Learning unveiled the … Continue reading Are you a Microsoft Certified Professional?

Office 2013 Social Connectors

I was really excited when Microsoft released its Social Connectors for Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 (Outlook Social Connectors Make it Easier to Keep Track).  In Office 2013 they have, in my opinion, made them even better. For reasons that defy logic my main contact list (the one I have been maintaining since 1996) has 2,882 … Continue reading Office 2013 Social Connectors

Windows 8 – Coming soon to a screen near you!

It was nice to be in the room for a change. For nearly two years now I have been counting down the #EndOfDaysXP on my Twitter feed (@MGarvis) and encouraging users and corporations to migrate to Windows 7. Since the Developer Preview for Windows 8 was released in November of last year I have been … Continue reading Windows 8 – Coming soon to a screen near you!

Coffee Coaching

I have a great relationship with HP dating back years.  They have great products and great people working there.  As such when I was asked at Microsoft’s WPC recently if I would record a session for their ‘Coffee Coaching’ series, it was my pleased to do so. Coffee Coaching snippets are 3-5 minute videos talking … Continue reading Coffee Coaching

Managing Your SMB-IT Without Server

You have a small business.  You have been running Windows Small Business Server 2003 for six years, and you know that it is time to retire it.  The question is, what should replace it? Before you make any definitive decisions, why not review what you need your server to do: File Server Mail Server Internet … Continue reading Managing Your SMB-IT Without Server

Hyper-V on the Client: How to install the hypervisor on Windows 8

For four years people have known me as the Hyper-V guy, and of course my interest in Microsoft virtualization dates back to 2004.  However I am also known as a Windows client guy – my MVP Award category is Windows Expert (IT Pro).  So what could be better than combining the two?  Microsoft has given … Continue reading Hyper-V on the Client: How to install the hypervisor on Windows 8

Mac vs. PC… Does my sister have a point?

It was the end of the week, my class was winding down, and my friend Peter Wolchak was baiting me into another 'PC versus Mac’ debate on Facebook.  All in all, nothing all that unusual about it… until one of the most unexpected things happened.  My sister chimed in on the Mac side. Oh brother … Continue reading Mac vs. PC… Does my sister have a point?

Windows 8: Choosing an Operating System

I spend a lot of time switching between different operating systems.  It is simply the nature of what I do.  So the first time I created a multi-boot system with Windows 8 I was surprised to see the new Boot Configuration Device (or BCD) Menu (The ‘Choose an operating system’ menu that comes up).  I … Continue reading Windows 8: Choosing an Operating System

Windows Server 2012: Free EBook!

For the last few months I have been talking about Windows Server 2012, and I am thrilled to see that so many of you are downloading it and using the Release Candidate.  When the product does release so many IT Pros will be ready to hit the ground running!  If you, like me, are one of … Continue reading Windows Server 2012: Free EBook!

Virtual Hard Disks: Best Practices for dynamic / thin provisioned disks and other stories…

  Virtual environments offer us many new options with regard to storage.  Whether you are using Hyper-V or VMware, a few of the options (and recommendations) are the same, even when the terms are different. One of the options I am often asked about is dynamically expanding hard drives.  MY first reaction is that I … Continue reading Virtual Hard Disks: Best Practices for dynamic / thin provisioned disks and other stories…