A Picture Says a Thousand Words: TechNet Forums Now Supports Images

While replying to a question on the TechNet support forums, I noticed a little green button that wasn’t there before:

Green Image Upload Button

It seems that Microsoft has finally created a way to upload pictures to the forums!  No more feeling around in the dark, trying to guess what’s wrong.

As the seasoned forum participants will tell you, this isn’t entirely new.  You’ve always been able to add an image if it was hosted by another site via editing the thread’s HTML manually, but the introduction of this button will now allow you to store images with Microsoft; no 3rd party site needed.  And more importantly, this will allow anyone to upload a screenshot.

Once you upload an image, there are controls to drag it into place, as well as controls to resize.

I’m curious to see how this goes.  While I think it’s a needed addition, I would imagine there is a high risk of abuse, or worse, administrators accidently exposing sensitive information about their environments.


Do you use the TechNet forums?  If no, why not?  What other forums do you like?

Office 2010 SP1 Released

EDIT: Download Office 2010 SP2 here.


Office 2010 Service Pack 1 was released to Windows Update today.  You can download it for yourself here:

List of all Office 2010 SP1 packages

There are 3 primary enhancements for Outlook 2010 (Who uses Word and Excel anyway Winking smile ):

  • Outlook 2010 SP1 includes Office 365 support.
  • Outlook 2010 SP1 can be set to always use the default sending account.
  • Fixes an issue in which the snooze time does not between appointments.
      You can see the complete list of fixes (on all of the Office 2010 products) via

KB 2460049

    Once the installation finished, I was a bit concerned because I didn’t see “SP1” appended to the version number, but after clicking “Additional Version and Copyright Information” I was reassured:

About Microsoft Outlook

About Microsoft Outlook (SP1 MSO)

As you can see version Service Pack 1 is “14.0.6023.1000”

Major PKI Breach

There has been a security breach identified with many Comodo Certificates. 

Comodo CEO Melih Abdulhayoglu calls the breach the certificate authority’s version of the September 11th terror attacks!


If you’re running Windows you need to apply this patch immediately.


If you’re using Mac or Linux, this affects you too, however I do not have links for you at this time.


Are you using Internet Explorer 8? Whelp, you’re now officially running Legacy software!   Winking smile

IE9 released to the Microsoft Download Center tonight:

IE9 About Window


Windows Vista / Server 2008:

Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2:

I’ve been using this for a while and after getting over a few bumps and learning curves, I can now say I really like it!


Read more about it here: http://microsoft.com/ie

Some Resume Advice

I realize I haven’t posted in a while. I hope I haven’t lost my place in anyone’s RSS reader! I’m working on several articles, but it’s been very busy at Planet Technologies, and I’ve struggled to find much “blog time”.  Smile

We’ve actually been so busy, I’m looking for consultants to join our team and help me out! Sadly, in my search for qualified individuals, I have been amazed at how many horrible resumes I have encountered!

I wanted to take a moment to pass along some pointers, for any of you looking for work in the fun and exciting field of Information Technology!!

Note: This is my personal rant opinion and not necessarily the opinions of my employer. 😉

Do: Understand a resume is a sales brochure; not a database of all facts about you.
Why: Look up the acronym: TLDNR
Don’t: List old irrelevant technologies (unless you invented them).
Why: It can make you seem out of touch; a horrible designation in the technology business.
Examples: Windows 95, DOS, LaserDisc
Don’t: List old certifications unless you also have the accompanying newish ones.
Why: It may suggest you are no longer motivated.
Examples: NT4 MCSE
Don’t: Try to stretch a single technology into many
Why: We may be proud of the new checkbox we learned about last week, but it by itself doesn’t warrant precious resume real estate. Besides, nobody is doing a resume search for “DHCP Administrator” anyway!
Examples: A simple “Windows Networking” is instead represented as: DNS, DHCP, WINS, Ethernet.
Don’t: List model numbers.
Why: This shows you are desperate to fill the page.  Additionally, they are likely to become obsolete quickly.
Examples: PowerEdge 1850, Cisco 2800
Do: Create multiple resumes for different purposes and understand what terms can be searched in wherever you’re submitting.
Why: You may be happy with a consulting gig or landing a nice comfy admin position. These resumes should not look alike.
Do: Offer to provide a project-based resume upon request.
Why: It shows you’re happy to talk shop with the right audience, but you acknowledge the person reading the resume may not appreciate the extra clutter.
Do: List your resume with multiple websites.
Why: Employers have to pay to use Monster, Career Builder, Dice, etc. and may not have multiple subscriptions.
Don’t: List the names of utilities on your resume.
Why: A constructor doesn’t list each tool on his tool belt and you shouldn’t be either.
Examples: ipconfig, msconfig, ADUC, etc.
Do: Understand there are no rules; despite what you learned in school or heard on TV.
Why: Employers are going to Google you, perhaps your address or school and form opinions based on the information you expose. This could be direct or indirect. Life isn’t fair, but you can be prepared and market yourself accordingly.
Do: Be aware, if submitting resume online, it doesn’t need to be visually striking. Crazy fonts, weird paragraph lines don’t help.
Why: It can make it difficult to read.
Do: List acronyms AND their full meaning.
Why: Employers may search for “System Center” and it’d be a shame if they missed you because you put “SCCM”.  The reverse is also true.
Examples: AD, Win2k8, E2k7


Below are some screenshots from a popular job search engine. As you can see, there is no leetspeak translation feature!  You may wish to consider this “employer view” when trying to optimize your resume for employer’s searches:




Network Monitor 3x “How To” Videos

I try to avoid reposting other people’s blog articles, as I am a man of efficiency and do not appreciate the extra clutter on the internet.  Smile  However sometimes I cannot resist!

In a previous post, I claimed Microsoft’s Network Monitor was my favorite protocol analyzer.  Recently I learned about a site with several instructional videos on this product; which is good, because using a protocol analyzer is anything but intuitive!

Apparently some of the videos date back to the ancient times of 2008, but there are fresh ones included as well:

  • Network Monitor Overview
  • Introduction to Capturing with Network Monitor
  • Introduction to Capturing Traffic using the command line utility NMCap
  • Tour of the NM3 Capture Tab
  • Tour of the NM3 Start Page and Parsers Tab
  • Introduction to basic filtering with NM3
  • Using the conversation tree with NM3
  • Introduction to using reassembly with NM3
  • Plugfest Intro To Network Monitor 3.3
  • Network Monitor Automation/Scripting using PowerShell

To view them, check out this site:


Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.1

At the risk of committing a sense offence, Winking smile I dare to report an Apple download I saw pop-up on the TechNet Feed:


Anything Microsoft does to help the Mac folks is good for me, since a lot of my work is in higher education, where being trendy is of the utmost importance!


Remote Desktop Connection Client

(Caption from the Apple site, not necessarily what this version looks like)

To learn about what’s new in Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.1.0, please visit this Microsoft Web site.

Chat About Microsoft Office and Windows with Microsoft MVP Experts

Would you like to learn more about the cool new features in Office 2010 and Windows 7 and what has changed since previous versions? Do you use Microsoft Office but would like to learn tips and tricks to be more productive at home, school or at work? Perhaps you are a new user who has questions on how to get started with Windows 7 or using the Office ribbon? Or would like to learn how to protect your computer from malware and viruses. Or perhaps you are just stuck and need answers.

The Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) are here to help!

The MVPs are the same people you see in the technical community as authors, trainers, user groups leaders and answerers in the Microsoft forums. For the first time ever we have brought these experts together as a collective group to answer your questions live. MVPs will be on hand to take questions about Microsoft Office 2010 or Office 2007 products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Project, OneNote and more. As well as the Windows 7 and earlier versions such as Windows Vista. In addition to Microsoft Office, the chat will cover Windows related topics such as upgrading, setup and installation, securing your PC, Internet Explorer, personalizing your computer desktop or having fun with Windows Live Essentials to share photos, make movies and more. All levels of experience are welcome from beginners and students to intermediate power users.

Please join us for this informative Q&A style chat and bring on your basic and your tough questions!

Join the Chat!

October 14, 2010

10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
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BlackBerry Desktop Software Version 6 Released

For a while now I have limped along with Blackberry Internet Service and the Blackberry Desktop Software for Contact Synchronization.  My company uses hosted email that does not offer BES functionality.  :(  But I can’t help myself, I just love the Blackberry devices too much!

What makes this worse, is that for TOO long, the desktop software did not work with Outlook 2010image

Well, it still doesn’t work with x64, but now it at least supports Outlook 2010 x86.


Currently, BlackBerry Desktop Manager 5.0.1 and Desktop Software 6.0 do not support Microsoft Outlook 2010 64-bit version for mailbox connectivity and synchronization of organizer data such as Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and Memos. BlackBerry Desktop Software 6.0 provides support for Microsoft Outlook 2010 32-bit version only. Support for Microsoft Outlook 2010 64-bit version will be available in 2011. (–Source)


You can get it yourself by clicking here.  Sadly, the “check for updates” option in the Desktop Manager 5x doesn’t seem to be aware of the 6x version.

Additionally, you can View BlackBerry Desktop Software v6.0 User Guide.

Below is a sample screenshot:


Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4 Released

Many of my colleagues use tools like Wireshark or Ethereal to capture network packets, but I can honestly say that I prefer Microsoft’s “native” tool over the 3rd party alternatives.

Early on, there was no competition.  NetMon was lacking in many key features, but over the years (especially since version 3x) it’s gotten a lot better.

My favorite feature is NetMon’s ability to group traffic by the application that generated it.  To my knowledge, Wireshark and Ethereal cannot do this.  The feature is of course useful when you want to quickly locate traffic from a source without first filtering on ports and addresses.


So as mentioned in the title, version 3.4 of Network Monitor was released today!  You can download it for yourself here:



If you have an earlier version installed, you do not need to uninstall.  The 3.4 installer will upgrade it.

For more information about Network Monitor, including this version, stop by the NetMon blog here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/netmon

I have not seen any release notes published on the web, but you can find them, including a “What’s new” within the program installation directory.

I’ll save you the trouble by listing them here:

What’s New in Network Monitor 3.4

• User Interface Refresh: The Network Monitor UI has evolved. New features
  have been added and previously hard-to-find features have been made more
  readily available:
  • Parser Configuration Management: Parsers are now installed with profiles
    that allow you to easily switch between parser configurations with the
    Parser Profiles toolbar button.  These configurations are also cached,
    removing the need to recompile when you switch between them.
  • Column Management: Network Monitor will automatically choose a column layout
    based on the type of file being opened. This column layout is applied to the
    Frame Summary Window. This layout can be modified and saved for future use.
    In addition, two extra layouts for HTTP and TCP diagnostics are included.

  • Color Rules: Network Monitor can now save sets of Color Rules to files for
    easy sharing. You can also right-click in the Frame Summary and Frame Details
    windows to add a new Color Rule.

  • Window Layout Dropdown: The new window layout dropdown provides multiple
    configurations for window arrangement. You can move windows by holding down
    the Shift key while clicking on their title bars. Arrangements are saved
    for each of the three layout options. The Restore Default Layout option
    will reset the currently selected layout back to the default.
  • “Live” Experts: Experts can now be run during a live capture session. Also,
    experts that have been recently installed now appear automatically in the
    Experts menu, without requiring you to open another tab.
  • Fixed-Width Font: You can now use a fixed-width font in the Frame Summary window.
  • Auto-Apply Aliases: Aliases are now automatically applied and re-applied
    when created using the right-click add-to-alias feature.
• High Performance Filtering: Network Monitor will now enter a high-performance
  capturing mode when you specify fully qualified capture filters with certain
  fields in the UI or nmcap (e.g. Frame.Ethernet.IPv4.TCP.Port == 8080).
• UTC Timestamps: Network Monitor will now capture and save Time Zone related
  information in a trace. By default, traces opened with Time Zone information
  will automatically have times adjusted to your local Time Zone. The original
  time or Time Zone can be viewed by adding the “Time and Date” column or viewing
  the Properties under the File menu.
• 802.11n & Raw IP Frame Support – Network Monitor now supports monitor mode on
  802.11n network on Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 and later operating systems as
  well as Raw IP Frames on Microsoft Windows 7.

• Process Tracking in NMCap: It is now possible to capture process tracking
  information in the NMCap command-line tool. It will automatically be enabled
  when using a filter, or can be manually enabled using the “/CaptureProcesses” flag.

Weekly Reading

I wanted to share with the world the blogs I read weekly. I figured the best way to do this was to export my RSS feeds from Outlook and post them here, but thought it was a strange path I had to take:

clip_image001 File: Ok, pretty normal so far…
clip_image002 Open: Hmm, I’m not really trying to open anything…
clip_image003 Import: Ok come on now, who would think to click import when they want to EXPORT something?!
clip_image004 Well, at least I found it!

Anyway, I really enjoy the materials that come from these blogs so I figured I should give them all a plug here. If you’re interested in the topics, I give these feeds a thumbs up!

[In random order because I’m feeling lazy]

· System Center Virtual Machine Manager

o http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm/rss.xml

· Telnet Port 25

o http://www.telnetport25.com/index.php?format=feed&

· Dgoldman’s WebLog

o http://blogs.msdn.com/dgoldman/rss.xml

· The MED-V Team Blog

o http://blogs.technet.com/medv/rss.xml

· You Had Me At EHLO…

o http://msexchangeteam.com/rss.aspx

· The Official SBS Blog

o http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/rss.xml

· Carpe Diem: Flaphead.com

o http://flaphead.com/rss.aspx

· Ask the Directory Services Team

o http://blogs.technet.com/askds/rss.xml

· BPOSitive

o http://blogs.technet.com/bpositive/rss.xml

· Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) Team Blog

o http://blogs.msdn.com/rds/rss.xml

· Elan Shudnow’s Blog

o http://feeds.shudnow.net/eshudnow

· Beta Exam Announcements 

o http://blogs.technet.com/betaexams/rss.xml

· Roger’s Security Blog

o http://blogs.technet.com/rhalbheer/rss.xml

· UK Live@Edu Blog

o http://blogs.msdn.com/ukliveatedu/rss.xml

· Microsoft Enterprise Networking Team

o http://blogs.technet.com/networking/rss.xml

· All Backed Up

o http://blogs.technet.com/jbuff/rss.xml

· Ilse Van Criekinge’s Weblog

o http://blogs.technet.com/ilvancri/rss.xml

· Live@edu Partner Blog

o http://cs.mseducommunity.com/blogs/liveatedu_partners_blog/rss.aspx  

· Is this thing on?

o http://blogs.technet.com/scottschnoll/rss.xml

· Windows Server Division WebLog

o http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/rss.xml

· Forefront Team Blog

o http://blogs.technet.com/forefront/rss.xml

· Windows Client Demos and Tutorials

o http://www.microsoft.com/feeds/technet/en-us/how-to-videos/Windows_Client_Demos_and_Tutorials.xml

· Visio Insights

o http://blogs.msdn.com/visio/rss.xml

· Exchange Server Share

o http://feeds2.feedburner.com/ExchangeServerShare

· System Center Data Protection Manager – DPM  SCDPM

o http://scdpm.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

· Windows Virtualization Team Blog

o http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/rss.xml

· TechNet Recent Downloads

o http://www.microsoft.com/communities/rss.aspx?&Title=Recent%20Downloads&RssTitle=Recent%20Downloads&CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMDownloads&CMTYRawShape=list&Params=~CMTYDataSvcParams%5E~arg%20Name=’languageID’%20Value=’F49E8428-7071-4979-8A67-3CFFCB0C2524’/%5E~arg%20Name=’sortCriteria’%20Value=’date’/%5E~arg%20Name=’sortOrder’%20Value=’descending’/%5E~sParams%5E~params%5E~item%20name=’Consumer’%20value=’scdataconsumer’/%5E~/params%5E~/sParams%5E~/CMTYDataSvcParams%5E&NumberOfItems=50

· Steve Goodman’s Tech Blog

o http://www.stevieg.org/feed/

· Active Directory Blog

o http://blogs.technet.com/ad/rss.xml

· Tim McMichael

o http://blogs.technet.com/timmcmic/rss.xml

· Microsoft Online Services Team Blog

o http://blogs.technet.com/msonline/rss.xml

· Ctrl P – The Data Protection Manager Blog!

o http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/rss.xml

· The WSiX Network Connection

o http://blogs.technet.com/wsnetdoc/rss.xml

· AD Troubleshooting

o http://blogs.technet.com/instan/rss.xml

· MSExchange.org

o http://rss.msexchange.org/allnews.xml

· Microsoft Forefront Server Protection Blog

o http://blogs.technet.com/fss/rss.xml

· Email Migrations – Guides and practical experience

o http://emailmigrations.com/feed

· The things that are better left unspoken

o http://blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/sanderberkouwer/rss.aspx

· Microsoft Learning 

o http://microsoftlearning.simplefeed.net/f/100001s2a18al81me12.rss

· TechNet Edge

o http://edge.technet.com/Feeds/RSS/

· ExchangeInbox Updates

o http://exchangeinbox.com/rss.aspx

· Mike Crowley’s threads

o http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/user/threads?user=Mike%20Crowley&outputAs=rss

· The Official MDOP Blog

o http://blogs.technet.com/mdop/rss.xml

· BPOS Rocks

o http://feeds.feedburner.com/BPOSRocks

· Ask Perry

o http://blogs.technet.com/perryclarke/rss.xml

· Live@edu

o http://cid-c76eae4d4a509fbd.users.api.live.net/Users(-4076128965741207619)/Main?$format=rss20

· Brettjo :: Microsoft Exchange Messaging

o http://blogs.technet.com/brettjo/rss.xml

· A Collection of Random Thoughts

o http://blogs.technet.com/benw/rss.xml

· Scott Feltmann’s Blog

o http://feeds2.feedburner.com/scottfeltmann/burn

· The US Partner Learning Blog

o http://blogs.technet.com/uspartner_learning/rss.xml

· The App-V Blog

o http://blogs.technet.com/appv/rss.xml

· Jim McBee’s Mostly Exchange Web Log

o http://mostlyexchange.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss


o http://cid-7e30379b059646b8.users.api.live.net/Users(9092828786614224568)/Main?$format=rss20

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