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Great News for Dad (not)!
There is now a spa for kids in Dayton, Ohio at the new The Greene shopping complex! My "pedicure expenditures" now just tripled between my wife and two daughters! This is my six year-old getting a pedicure today. It is called "Sweet and Sassy" and does cuts, nails, piercings and parties for the little diva in your life. The funny thing is my wife and I were just discussing why one of these didn't exist when she got back from her last spa visit and my daughter really, really wanted to go with her. ......

Posted On Friday, December 29, 2006 4:12 PM

I have been tagged as part of the "Five Things You Don't Know About Me" meme making its rounds in the blogosphere. You get "tagged" and then you tell five things about yourself others may not know. Once you are finished you "tag" five other bloggers and on it goes. My friend Kevin has tagged me so here goes: Like Kevin, computing was not my first career choice. I was a talented artist as a youth and not knowing much about how to make a living as an artist I decided I would become an Architect. Like ......

Posted On Friday, December 29, 2006 3:39 PM

MS KB Article: Install AdminPak.msi on Windows Vista
There is now an official Microsoft KB article that details the steps for installing the Windows Server 2003 Admin Pak (adminpak.msi) on Windows Vista. tags: Windows Vista, Adminpak.msi, ADUC, Windows Server 2003, 930056 ......

Posted On Friday, December 29, 2006 2:36 PM

And Now Back to Exchange ...
A week out of the blogosphere feels good - and a refreshing way to recharge the batteries! Of course, now I have to wade through 700+ news items. I have not removed my laptop from its bag since December 22nd. It was hard at times, but I made it. I noticed a lot of people are getting their blogs in a knot over Microsoft giving out some review laptops loaded with Windows Vista Ultimate to select bloggers. I wasnt selected so it is hard for me to be anything but envious. On the other hand, I find it ......

Posted On Friday, December 29, 2006 11:55 AM

Zune on Vista Part Duex
Even though the support wizards at Zune told me it wasn't compatible, I had a hunch it had more to do with me trying to install the previous version of ZuneSetup (the one that wasn't Windows Vista compatible) than the version of Vista I was using. Sure enough, in the comments and through my own confirmation I found this to be false. I re-imaged my laptop with a fresh install of Windows Vista Enterprise and ZuneSetup 1.2.5511.0 installed like a champ. My only complaint now is that I cannot authenticate ......

Posted On Thursday, December 21, 2006 2:06 PM

Zune Has Worst. Support. Ever.
As I posted yesterday, Zune finally released its Windows Vista compatible client. I had called Zune support two times previously and had gotten credible support. However, this was terrible. After gleefully downloading the new update, I would launch ZuneSetup and then I would be told "No Zune Software Updates Available." I rebooted, tried it a couple of times again, always getting the same result. I am running Windows Vista RTM Enterprise edition. After totally stumping the level one technician who ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 20, 2006 10:18 AM

One of My Favorite TechNet Magazine Resources
I love reading TechNet Magazine. They always have a host of timely and well-written articles in every issue. And as much as I try to go "paperless" having a printed magazine comes in handy when in an airport or when I have to spend extended amounts of time in "my office." On occasion they will have some bonus posters or materials included in each issue. My all time favorite is now available from Microsoft Downloads as a .pdf file. It loses some of its impact and grandeur not being in poster form, ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 19, 2006 4:11 PM

Zune Finally Releases Windows Vista Compatible Marketplace Software
The Zune team has finally released a version of the software and marketplace that is officially compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista. I have not installed it yet so I cannot vouch for the performance but I will have it in place tonight and will let you know if any glitches turn up. Read more about it at the Zune blog here ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 19, 2006 2:38 PM

I'm a Zune

I love it!

Posted On Thursday, December 14, 2006 3:21 PM

Microsoft E-Learning Offers Free Office Communications Server 2007 Clinics
Microsoft is now offering free e-learning clinics for Office Communications Server 2007. The following clinics are offered in the bundle and the content is good for one year! Collection 5125: Introducing Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 Clinic 5126: Introducing Enterprise Instant Messaging Using Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 (Beta) Clinic 5127: Introducing On-Premise Conferencing Using Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 Clinic 5128: Introducing Enterprise Telephony ......

Posted On Thursday, December 14, 2006 2:51 PM

Convert VMWare Machines to Microsoft Virtual Server

I blogged a long time ago about VMWare's ability to convert a Microsoft vitual machine to VMware's virtual machine format. Finally, Microsoft has come out with a converter to do the same! Read on here.

Posted On Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:49 AM

Flickr Down and Out
Something weird is going on over at Flickr. Could just be a blip, perhaps something has crashed? All the photos in my blog linked to my Flickr account cannot be viewed and when I sign in I get the resulting screenshot . . . odd. Technorati tags: Flickr, Flickr Outage ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 13, 2006 9:39 AM

What Happens to my Exchange Log Files?
One of the new strategies for Exchange 2007 servers is to use Continuous Local or Cluster Replication (CLR or CCR) and then run the backups off of the replicated database, leaving the active one alone. However, as we know, running online backups on the database clears the transaction log files (as long as circular logging is turned off) when completed. What happens in this new scenario since backups aren’t run against the active database? Scott Schnoll, master of Exchange Server clustering, has the ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 12, 2006 2:19 PM

And Now That Exchange 2007 Has Been Released
Now that you will soon be able to download that shiny new copy of Exchange 2007, you should begin in earnest designing the environment in which you want it to operate (and you know that means someone up the food chain will want a pretty picture of said design). So, without further ado, here are the Exchange 2007 Visio stencils. Just in the nick of time! I am a little disappointed that they arent done in the "new" style Microsoft has been using for all of its Visio icons, but rather the "old" flat ......

Posted On Friday, December 8, 2006 8:06 AM

Exchange 2007 is RTM
From the Exchange Team blog "You Had Me at EHLO" (which IMO is one of the best blog titles ever): Exchange 2007 is RTM. Documentation Technorati tags: Exchange 2007, Exchange, RTM, Microsoft Exchange, You Had Me at EHLO ......

Posted On Friday, December 8, 2006 7:37 AM

XBox 360 Themed Zune Wallpapers
From comes a link to some great XBox 360 themed wallpapers for your Zune. Now, if only I could sync my damn Zune with Windows Vista. Rumor has it that internally all the Microsofties have the patch that makes the Zune software Vista compliant, but the rest of us have to wait until, oh yeah, consumer availability of Windows Vista in anothe4 45 days. Come on, wrap it in the "beta" verbiage like everything else and let us download it already!! Zune wallpapers courtesy of; a sweet ......

Posted On Thursday, December 7, 2006 2:44 PM

Outlook Gadgets for the Vista Sidebar
I was hoping this would come sooner than later! Microsoft has started to release gadgets for the Windows Vista sidebar! I am happy about this for three reasons: They work well They interoperate well and They look good! Outlook was also a logical choice for some of the first gadgets. PIM information naturally lends itself to a "dashboard" interface for easy reference. Calendar info Task Info ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 5, 2006 10:47 AM

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