Thursday, January 22, 2009

MMMUG Meeting February 2009


Here are the details of our February 2009 MMMUG meeting.

This event will be held in London at the MSFT offices in Cardinal Place near Victoria.

This month we have a evening about managing and automating Exchange led by Jonathan Medd from Hampshire County Council and Will Rawlings from Truconsulting. We will start with an introduction to PowerShell and then discuss how you can use PowerShell to manage Exchange 2003. After the break, we will dive into how to ensure your PowerShell scripts don't do any damange and look at how PowerShell can be used to manage large Exchange environments.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th February.

To sign up, or for more information see the link below:



Sunday, January 18, 2009

More on getting Windows 7 on Samsung NC10

Having installed Windows 7 as mentioned in my previous post, all looked good.

However I then realised that a few drivers were missing.

This forum post is very useful in helping:


This is the key section:

1. LAN driver is Marvell miniport driver, download the latest generic one (the only one there) off Marvell's site
2. Graphics driver is Intel's generic driver, dated June 27, 2008
3. Wireless driver is Atheros dated 6/30/2008 download from
The below can be found from the X360-34P Samsung notebook download page
4. Easy Display Manager -> controls your Functions keys and brightness/volume
5. Touchpad -> Synaptic driver, MULTITOUCH AWESOMENESS!
6. Bluetooth -> not needed as Vista has their own. Note that DISABLING bluetooth even via Device Manager does not affect the battery life (guess it's still on), yes I've done it and compared.
7. Sound -> Realtek **DO NOT CONFUSE WITH THE HD AUDIO DRIVER from Realtek's site. The one you are looking for is through Samsung's notebook page.


I must admit that I have not had a lot of luck with the Easy Display Manager and the Touchpad software so if anyone else has good instructions on getting it to work then please let me know.



Friday, January 09, 2009

Installing Windows 7 on my Netbook (Samsung NC10)

Having downloaded Windows 7 Beta 1 yesterday, I have of course been trying to install it this morning.

There are a couple of posts out there about installing it on Netbooks without built in DVD drives.

The one I was following was talking about booting from and External USB Hard drive. We, I tried that! Massive waste of time……

The simplest method was simply to copy the files to the external USB drive and then boot into Windows XP (which is what was on the Netbook). Then simply start the setup from the drive and it will copy all relevant files and install to a second partition.


Now I am just waiting for the install to finish!



Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Minasi Conference 2009

It’s time for the 4th Annual Minasi Conference 2009 (! It will be held from April 19th to April 22nd 2009 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The location will be the same as last year, the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center.

Hosted by Mark Minasi (, a familiar speaker on the tech circuit, he’s also the author of the top selling Mastering series of books and winner of several Reader’s Choice awards as “Favorite Technical Author” from CertCities. He also writes a column for Windows IT Pro magazine and sends out a monthly Windows Tech Support newsletter to his email list.
In its fourth year in 2009, the conference has doubled each of the past three years. Forum members from all over the world (Canada, Ireland, England, Denmark, the Netherlands, United States, etc.) come each year to share, teach and learn from each other. Forum members are given the opportunity to share their knowledge and present sessions on current technologies that they’re working with.

Professional Speakers during the past conferences included: Don Jones, Windows PowerShell MVP (; Greg Shields, Windows Terminal Services MVP (; Darren Mar Elia, Group Policy MVP (; Todd Lammle, author of several Cisco books and President of GlobalNet Training (; Rhonda Layfield, Windows Deployment expert (; and Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP (; and, of course, Mark Minasi.

So if you’re looking for a great community of IT Professionals and are looking to share what you know, join the Forum. If you’re looking to attend a great conference this year, mark your calendar for the Minasi Conference 2009. And don’t forget to spread the word!

For more information on the Minasi Conference 2009, visit for more details and to learn what’s new for this year.