Category: Microsoft

HP notes – update BIOS from F10

I got a friends-and-family return-from-lease HP 8100 workstation.  No RAM, no disk, just the basic workstation.  I am trying to install Windows 10, but I’m having issues with the OS install failing.  HP notes point to an out-of-date BIOS.  The challenge is how to update the BIOS when you have no OS installed. 1. Download… Read more »

Microsoft Help file not displaying on Windows 7

I wanted to document this issue because if it happened to me, there’s probably someone else who is experiencing this issue. I downloaded the Exchange 2013 Help file and opened it locally. Nothing displayed. Nothing at all. The right display pane was blank. I searched online a bit, and finally found the culprit – the… Read more »

Big Changes Ahead

I’m just back from TechEd 2014.  I was drinking Microsoft Kool-Aid from the firehose for a week.  I can summarize it in one word – “Cloud” (capital “C”).  This is an oversimplification, but that was the theme. I came home totally committed to testing the Microsoft Cloud.  My original intent was to consolidate all my… Read more »

Computer Backup Recommendations

This is the first in a series of reference articles that answer frequently asked questions from friends, family, and clients.  I will update these articles as required.  Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or recommendations. Required hardware and software    Software – Acronis TrueImage 2012    Hardware – external hard drive –… Read more »

Why I hate Prometric for Microsoft Certification Exams

Why doesn’t Prometric recruit another location in New Jersey (specifically Mount Laurel) for IT professionals to take Microsoft and other certification exams? Why doesn’t Prometric fix it’s web site?  It’s 2010, and a company that has a monopoly on Microsoft Certification Exams should have a web site that is more reliable than my personal web… Read more »

Download details: Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Download details: Remote Desktop Connection Manager. Remote Desktop Connection Manager.  The latest release is 2.2, 5/27/2010.  This is an awesome tool to centralize and manage lots of remote servers.  You can set standards for RDP sessions, and override the defaults on a connection basis. I setup a Group for each client which allows me to… Read more »

You Had Me At EHLO… : iOS 4 and Exchange ActiveSync

    iOS 4 and Exchange ActiveSync You Had Me At EHLO… : iOS 4 and Exchange ActiveSync I haven’t seen this yet, but be aware.  iPhone 4 issues with Exchange ActiveSync. Exchange administrators are seeing heavier than normal loads on their servers from users with iOS devices Email, calendar, or contacts are not syncing… Read more »

Stop Paying for Windows Security; Microsoft’s Security Tools Are Good Enough

  Stop Paying for Windows Security; Microsoft’s Security Tools Are Good Enough I have been using Microsoft Security Essentials since it was in beta.  It does a good job, with very low overhead, and high rate of accuracy, including malware and Trojans.  If you use Security Essentials, keep your workstation patched, and use multiple browsers… Read more »