Wednesday, September 27, 2006

MMMUG October meeting details

Hi All,

I have setup the next MMMUG meeting. Below are a few details but for more info or to sign up click here:



18:00 - 18:30            Arrival

18:30 - 18:35            Introduction to speakers and the aims of the group

18:35 - 19:30            1st discussion; lead by Greg Taylor, MCS and Brett Johnson, MS Exch TS

                                 Designing an Exchange environment, from one to a thousand servers!

19:30 - 19:50            Food!

19:50 - 20:45            2nd discussion; lead by Greg Taylor, MCS and Brett Johnson, MS Exch TS

                                 Archiving and Compliance for Exchange (including Exch 2007 feature check)

20:45 - 21:00            Questions and Answers and suggestions for future meetings.

21:00                        The End!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Link problems



It has been brought to my attention that many of the long links on my blog are not working. I believe this is due to the way LiveWriter is posting the links.


I am working to solve this problem.




Sunday, September 17, 2006

Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh


Just to let you all know, MS have released the O2K7 B2 TR. See the links below to get it. It features:

  • Improved performance
  • Better product integration
  • Improved collaboration tools
  • General fit and finish changes.

This Technical Refresh is the final external product milestone leading to Release To Market (RTM).
Beta 2 users can download the Technical Refresh, at

Friday, September 15, 2006

Audio and Powerpoint!

Having just downloaded the Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh I began having a little look around PowerPoint. First thoughts are that it is now much faster. So that's good!

Anyhow, I just noticed something that looks really useful.

Yes, the ability to record audio along side your presentation. Not sure whether this has always been a feature or not, but certainly it would be really useful especially now I am doing more PowerPoint work both for clients and the Microsoft Messaging and Mobility User Group UK ( which I launched this week.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

How to change your product key in Windows XP without re-installing.


Just a quick note about what to do when someone has installed Windows using the wrong code!

Take a look at this article on TechRepublic by Brian Posey.


Hope it helps someone avoid having to re-install Windows altogether.



Sunday, September 10, 2006

A free inventory tool.

Some of you might be interested in this...


Do you want to know exactly what hardware is in your PCs ? What software is installed ? What are the Serial Numbers ? When was it installed ? What "Other" devices are out there on your network ?
Windows Inventory could be just what you need. All data is retrieved using Windows built in VBScript and stored in a MySQL database. Data is displayed in a web browser, generated using PHP.


For more information and to download have a look here:

Saturday, September 09, 2006

How to ensure you don't get cut off from the Internet by using the remote default gateway when using a VPN.


Just a quick tip on how to make sure you can still access the Internet when you're connected to a VPN.

Open the properties of the VPN connection,

(Note ensure the correct IP address is present for access to the target network)

Select the Networking tab, Select Internet Protocol TCP/IP,

Select properties

Click advanced

Deselect the check box.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

More Free Tools this time from MS


Check out the link below for all the free tools / powertoys that MS provide.


Hope it is useful.



Wide range of Net troubleshooting tools - Free



I just came across these tools which look like a very comprehensive set of network troubleshooting tools.


Take a look here:




Saturday, September 02, 2006

Burning DVDs and ISOs on Windows Vista

Well, with the release of the RC-1 build of Vista, I thought I should get it installed ASAP!


However, at this point I hit a small glitch...

...My DVD Burner was in a machine which is currently running Vista 5536 (the Pre RC-1 build). So how to burn the new ISO of the RC-1 build. Well at first I hoped that the Nero Express software which was on the machine before the Vista upgrade would work. It didn't! and neither did it work in compatability mode!

So then what? It would have been nice if I could have just right clicked the ISO and selected burn to DVD. That really would have been a great new feature, but again, no!

So then web searching began and I installed a variety of demo and free products none of which worked until I got to this one:




Installed, worked and now loading RC-1.



Internet Explorer 7 tip sheet

For thos of you now using IE7 here is a great page showing all sorts of key combinations for various tasks.

Vista RC-1 is here:

I try not to blog about other blog entries, but this is kind of important!

The Vista blog states that Vista RC-1 is ready! Build number 5600.

So take a look here for more info:

If you are not on the beta program then it is not available quite yet, but it will be on Technet and MSDN shortly followed by general public release.



Friday, September 01, 2006

Mark Russinovich's New Blog.


For those of you who don't know Mark's company Winternals and Sysinternals was bought by Microsoft recently for more info see here:


Amongst other things this had led to a new location for Mark's blog which can now be found here:


Hope this is useful for people who like to keep in touch with the great in depth articles that Mark writes.