Organize screens: Virtual Desktops By Sysinternals

We already have a standard senior engineer workstation, dual monitors both a 19" wide screen 1440 x 900 SyncMaster 940BW running Vista Business (Thanks boss!) and a Windows Server 2008 on my Laptop (Yeah! Soon to be R2 Jay-R!).

One day, let us just say, I’m Multi-Tasking (again), doing some Clerical Project management, also in architecture & designs, collaborating and helping the team on some projects (teamwork always counts here) and a failed backup reported by the infrastructure group! Pheeew! and what do I got? multiple instance of IE with tabs from MSDN, technet , opened outlook messages, Microsoft Projects Files that is gona be uploaded to our MOSS, Word and Excel documents, some not to mention the unclosed personal IM windows from my live messenger (thanks Josh for getting the remote desktops from me).

I got to have more space! You know, I can feel my real-estate has getting smaller by the minute, plus all this clutter in my desktop has got to stop and I need to organize it.

So I’m sharing this from Sysinternals: Desktops.

 

What this does is that it gives you additional 3 desktops (4 counting the current) and to switch to those with just a hot key. My hotkey is what you see: Alt + Function keys where each function keys represent each desktop number. (I would replace this however because I cant seem to use ALT+F4.. silly me)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Desktops V1.0 directly from technet at this URL : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/cc817881.aspx

Port 445 now available for download

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last month I have blogged about MCP Exam Security and Integrity and I submitted this to the Port 445, the official newsletter of Philippine Windows Users Group, and my contribution was published on its second issue! Wow thanks! This PDF is already available via Luke’s Sky Drive: http://cid-554ec06d366ac9d5.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/January%202009/January%202009.pdf .

     

I even made it (in a picture) to the 2nd page, COOOLL!! 😀

This was taken back December 13 when we had an event for Hyper-V at Microsoft Philippines.

  

Being an MCP is really close to my heart (and to my company, a Gold Certified Partner, which all employees are MCP’s) and I’m really thankful to PHIWUG for publishing my contribution. Again, thanks guys! and quoting Jay-R: Hope to see you all on our future events!

Windows 7: Download dates has been extended!

I think its a record! 2.5 Million downloads, whoa! Another great news is that Microsoft will be extending the availability of the Windows 7 Beta download up till Feb 10. So quoting the windows team blog:

The shutdown of general availability for the Windows 7 Beta will occur in 3 phases over the course of the next few weeks:

  • Starting January 27th, the Windows 7 page will be updated with a warning that time is running out on downloading the Windows 7 Beta and that we will be limiting downloads shortly. People will be encouraged to register and start the download of the Windows 7 Beta sooner rather than later.
  • February 10th, new downloads of the Windows 7 Beta will no longer be available. People who have already started their Windows 7 Beta download and have not yet finished will still be able to finish their download and are encouraged to do so.
  • February 12th, people will no longer be able to complete their download of the Windows 7 Beta. Anyone who hasn’t finished downloading the Windows 7 Beta will be unable to do so.

Product keys for the Windows 7 Beta will continue to be available. So if you have the Windows 7 Beta but didn’t get a product key you will be able to do so even after February 12th.

MSDN and TechNet Subscribers will continue to have access to the Windows 7 Beta bits throughout the Windows 7 Beta phase. The above dates do not apply to MSDN and TechNet Subscribers.

I found this at their blog @  http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2009/01/23/general-availability-for-the-windows-7-beta-to-end.aspx

So for those who have not yet tried even on virtual PC the Windows 7 Beta, I think you should. Create a feedback, tell them what you like or not, you might not know your suggestion or idea may be the next BIG feature of the operating system of 2010!

Windows 7: Hotkey Cheat Sheet

This is really cool, from Brandon Paddocks blog @ http://brandonlive.com/2009/01/10/windows-7-beta-hotkey-cheat-sheet/ the list of Windows 7 Hotkey’s. Just another reason to try out Windows 7. 😀

General

Win+Up = Maximize

Win+Down = Restore / Minimize

Win+Left = Snap to left

Win+Right = Snap to right

Win+Shift+Left = Jump to left monitor

Win+Shift+Right =Jump to right monitor

Win+Home = Minimize / Restore all other windows

Win+T =Focus the first taskbar entry. Pressing again will cycle through them, you can can arrow around. Win+Shift+T cycles backwards.

Win+Space = Peek at the desktop

Win+G =Bring gadgets to the top of the Z-order

Win+P = External display options (mirror, extend desktop, etc)

Win+X = Mobility Center (same as Vista, but still handy!)

Win+# = Launches a new instance of the application in the Nth slot on the taskbar.

(# = a number key)
Example: Win+1 launches first pinned app, Win+2 launches second, etc.

Win + +  = Zoom in or out.

Win + – = (plus or minus key)

Explorer

Alt+P = Show/hide Preview Pane

Taskbar modifiers

Shift + Click on icon = Open a new instance

Middle click on icon  =Open a new instance

Ctrl + Shift + Click on icon = Open a new instance with Admin privileges

Shift + Right-click on icon = Show window menu (Restore / Minimize / Move / etc)

Note: Normally you can just right-click on the window thumbnail to get this menu

Shift + Right-click on grouped icon = Menu with Restore All / Minimize All / Close All, etc.

Ctrl + Click on grouped icon  =Cycle between the windows (or tabs) in the group

If you are searching Windows Vista Hotkey’s, go here: http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/2503b91d-d780-4c80-8f08-2f48878dc5661033.mspx#ECFAC

Microsoft Office update live Add-in for Office: http://workspace.officelive.com/

This is a cool add-in for Office that came down at Windows Update.

Microsoft Office Live Workspace

Save your documents to the Web—for free!

Access files from anywhere
  • View documents from almost any computer with a Web browser
  • No more flash drives—files are there when and where you need them
  • Password-protected document sharing; you control who views and edits
  • Simplified online collaboration; everyone works from the same documents
Work with programs you know
  • Save over 1,000 Microsoft Office documents in one online place
  • Manage documents in one convenient place
  • Open and save files from familiar programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Synchronize contact, task, and event lists with Outlook

Just accept the license terms upon install

And at your first run of any of your office application, you will be prompted with this. You may need a live id to use its web services, fortunately I always sign on at the office.

 

This is the confirmation mail that I got after the registration process.

Its like your own personal sharepoint services 😀 Have your document be ready anytime anywhere.

    

its all at http://workspace.officelive.com/

Free Microsoft Press e-book : Windows Server 2008 Core Administrator’s Pocket Consultant

Windows Server 2008 Core Administrator’s Pocket Consultant

By Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Core Team at Microsoft  ISBN: 9780735626263

Its content includes:

  • Examining Server core
  • Deploying Server Core
  • Initial Configuration
  • Installing Roles and Features
  • Local Management
  • Remote Management
  • Active Directory Services
  • DHCP
  • DNS
  • File and Print Services
  • Web Server Role
  • Hyper-V
  • Maintaining Server Core

     

     

     

    Its the Free Ebook of the month offer by MS press and I think its worth downloading and keeping it handy, specially for IT pro’s that has a Server Core on their environment.

    Get details and download this ebook from this link:

    http://csna01.libredigital.com/?urws8un4p7

     

  • Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta now available for download!

    One of the things that we have noticed and probably talked about last getVirtualnow event is the comparison of Hyper-V to Vmware, specially with quick and live migration. With failover clusters and live migration, you can now have highly available virtual machines.  What live migration really do is automatically switching hosts copying the memory then switching at the last second rather than literally hibernating the VM OS then copy them over which the system would be offline. This is very useful if disaster struck one of our physical servers your services are not affected because it just transfers to another node or a host. This is also a good practice to run maintenance on a physical host, simply free the host then update it, restart it then bring back the VM.  I was not really surprised that it is now included in the list of features in R2. But wait there’s more! R2 has more cool features such as support up to 32 cores and up to 1 TB of RAM!

    Hyper-V is a bare-metal stand-alone hyper-visor and is a very minimal install (like server core, but you can’t install any role in it). There is no GUI install, so how can it be manage? A stand-alone server can be accessed directly thru its blue management console, or thru Remote Management MMC for hyper-v and by using SCVMM SP1.

    If you are already familiar with Hyper-V server, on R2 you may also notice that there are additional Menu Items such as Update Management, Failover Clustering and Remote Management Configuration.

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hyper-V Server has similar hardware requirements as to Windows Server 2008 R2:

    • Processor:
      • Minimum: x64 processor with Hardware-assisted virtualization. This is available in processors that include a virtualization option; specifically, Intel VT or AMD Virtualization.
      • Hardware Data Execution Protection (DEP) must be available and be enabled. Specifically, you must enable Intel XD bit (execute disable bit) or AMD NX bit (no execute bit).
    • Memory:
      • Minimum: 1 GB MB RAM; Recommended: 2+ GB RAM
      • Maximum (64-bit systems): 1TB
    • Network Adapters:
      • Minimum: 1
      • Recommended: 2 or more

     

    Hyper-V server is freely downloadable at Microsoft download center, the Hyper-V remote management tool also free and can be downloaded here (You may need Windows Vista SP1). I think its this is a great deal for those who are just starting to consolidate their virtual environments and even at enterprise level. 

    Download Hyper-V R2 Beta here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e464e255-cdd5-44b2-84e6-3233eae3f356&displaylang=en

    Windows 7: Another Install the Windows 7 day!

    Yep, its another "Install and Try Out Windows 7 Day"!

    Today we have an Acer Aspire S310 Laptop with a Intel Celeron M 520 – 1.6GHz,  1.5 GB RAM (upgraded). It used to run Windows Vista Basic and based on feedback of the user (an Intern, lets just say the we have encouraged him enough to give-up some installed programs and files just to try out a fresh install of W7), Windows 7 is faster and lighter.

     

    By Default, all devices has been installed.

    Boot time is at around 30 seconds.

    Cool factor for desktop a perfect 10/10.

     

     

    Hopefully my next target specimen would be Amy’s laptop (she doesn’t know it yet) 😀

    Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista : Remote Server Administration Tool KB941314

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    On my previous post on Remotely Managing Hyper-V Servers, it came to my attention that what if I also have remote administration tools like what I have on Hyper-V so that me and my team would not need to remote desktop on each server to check each server roles. It would be nice to have in one MMC console (as inspired by Windows Server 2008, Server Manager) an overview of all the infrastructure services (or those that needs more attention), then drill down to its details like if you have to manage a whole forest on AD including DNS, Certificate Services, Users and Computers. How about managing Windows Server Core?  How about delegation of roles? All this right in your desktop?

    I found a great update for Windows Vista Service Pack 1: KB941314 installs the Remote Server Administration Tools.

     

    With RSAT you can now manage the following on your Windows Server 2008:

    Server Roles

    • Active Directory Certificate Services Tools
    • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Tools
    • Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) Tools
    • DHCP Server Tools
    • DNS Server Tools
    • File Services Tools
    • Network Policy and Access Services Tools
    • Terminal Services Tools
    • Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) Services Tools

    Role Features

    • BitLocker Drive Encryption Tools
    • Failover Clustering Tools
    • Group Policy Management Tools
    • Network Load Balancing Tools
    • SMTP Server Tools
    • Storage Manager for SANs Tools
    • Windows System Resource Manager Tools

    If you have Windows Server 2003 in the mix, the list may be a lil’ bit shorter:

    • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Tools
    • Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) Tools
    • Active Directory Certification Authority Tools
    • DHCP Server Tools
    • DNS Server Tools
    • Terminal Services Tools
    • Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) Services Tools
    • Group Policy Management Tools
    • Network Load Balancing Tools

     

    To have this tool, you need to download from the Microsoft Download Center, here are the links for x86 and x64 versions:

    Download the Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 32-bit Edition (KB941314) package now. (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9FF6E897-23CE-4A36-B7FC-D52065DE9960&displaylang=en)

    Download the Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 64-bit Edition (KB941314) package now. (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=D647A60B-63FD-4AC5-9243-BD3C497D2BC5&displaylang=en)

     

     

    After downloading 24.1 MB of Windows6.0-KB941314-x64.msu installer, Just run it like a normal installer.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The installer checks for a updates, may take only a few secs. After checking, confirm the installation by clicking OK.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    On the next prompt, the License terms, you need to Accept.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After the installation, lets now add the windows feature on control panel.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    To do this, go to Start, then Control Panel. On control panel, open Programs and Features, on the left hand of its window, click Turn Windows Features on or off. The UAC may kick in, depending on your local machine permissions. you have to permit the operation.

     

    On the Windows Features Window, find the Remote Server Administration Tools and Check everything that you may need (I need all of them :D)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After choosing, click okey and this window appears, lets wait until everything is installed and this window disappears after all of the required operations. We have now installed RSAT on your Windows Vista SP1

     

     

     

     

    To use the RSAT you may need the Microsoft Management Console or MMC, to get there, I just press Win Key + R (Run) then type MMC and press enter.

    On the MMC, Click File then Add/Remove Snap-in…

     

    On the Add or Remove Snap-ins you should now see additional snap-ins that the update has installed.

     

    Lets now choose what we need, by highlighting the snap-in list on the left and then clicking the Add > button. I also added the Hyper-V Manager which I have installed before. If you are now satisfied with the list that you have created, click OK.

     

    There you have it. All of your administration tools on one console. Manage users, add computers, make changes on the DNS, deploy certificates, check the disk space and the shares and even check your failover clusters!

     

     

     

    You can also save your list by clicking File and Save.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Be a hero! Increase your productivity , delegate administration remotely, do this only with a Windows Vista SP1. No more third party tools, and no more trips to the remote desktop. All you need is here and without any additional cost.

    Windows 7: A Closer Look

    After the first Impressions on my previous post, here are more screenshots of a newly installed Windows 7.

    I found this when I tried to change the resolution to fit my virtual machine connection, an easy access of changing the resolution thru the desktop context menu. Just one right click on the desktop, presto! instant menu for changing your resolution.

     

    IE8 is already installed, assuming that this will be the final build IE8 is already installed by default. 

    Easy Changing of themes

    If the theme has a collection of Desktop wallpaper, you can now change the wallpaper in just one menu. Just right click on the desktop to show the context menu then click Next Desktop Background Picture. Then that’s it! New wallpaper!

     

    Ribbons everywhere!

    MSPaint on ribbons.

    Wordpad with Ribbons 

     

    The PowerShell V2 is already installed !

     

    Anti-forgetfulness-anti-selective-amnesia-software (Sticky notes)

    And the desktop on the logging in and logging off: