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.

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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.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=2524375

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

IE9 RTM / RTW

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:

 

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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:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/netmon/p/usagevideos.aspx