The Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available February 29th


‘Nuff said! (OK, there’s a little more to say: watch for much more information about the Consumer Preview at the end of the month.) Read More…

Log on Locally

Learnt a funky tip yesterday from my mate Bungy … if you need to log on locally to a PC and can’t remember the name of it, use


in the logon box .Cool hey!

NEW UK Windows Server User Group

I received this email today … from Mark Parris who run the UK Active Directory User  Group

Towards the end of last year Mark Wilson and I had a conversation around combining the Active Directory User Group with the Windows Server Team user group that Mark had been looking after in Scotty McLeod’s absence.

The reasoning behind our conversation is that Active Directory touches almost every component of Windows Server and the division between Windows Server content and Active Directory content was becoming very blurred – so we agreed to merge the two user groups and become collectively known as the Windows Server User Group.

I have set up what is by no means perfect, a WordPress website and forums at:

The website and forums share credentials and support normal user authentication and OpenID credentials.

The Active Directory User Group will still exist – but will now be found at the WSUG website.

Please let me know what you would like to see on the forums and if you would like to get more involved, please drop me a line at

for the community.

Mark Parris

Mark Wilson

FREE! Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 ebook

Stu just sent me this link .. go get it baby, it’s free

Support changes coming July 2010 for Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003

Saw this email …

Windows 2000 Server

Extended Support for Windows 2000 Server will end on July 13, 2010. At this time, Windows 2000 Server will no longer be publicly supported.  You will be able to continue using “Self-Help Online Support”*

Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2

Also on July 13, 2010, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 (at a supported service pack level) will move from the Mainstream Support phase to the Extended Support phase.  During the Extended Support phase:

  • Microsoft will continue to provide security updates and paid support (Example: Premier and Essential support, per-incident telephone/web support, etc.)
  • Customers will continue to have access to all security updates and Self-Help Online Support options (Example: Knowledge Base articles, online product information etc.)
  • Non-security hotfixes developed during the Extended Support phase will be provided ONLY to customers who enroll in Extended Hotfix Support (EHS).

Access Hidden Regional Themes in Windows 7

How funky is this!


Basically, navigate to C:WindowsGlobalizationMCT and see the themes. I have 5, AU, CA, GB, US and ZA

Windows 7

Go get it guys, it’s up on technet

  • Windows 7 Enterprise (x64) – DVD (English) 2,976.62 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Enterprise (x86) – DVD (English) 2,289.20 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Home Basic (x86) – DVD (English)  2,385.99 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) – DVD (English) 3,075.30 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (x86) – DVD (English) 2,385.99 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Professional (x64) – DVD (English) 3,075.30 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Professional (x86) – DVD (English) 2,385.99 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Starter (x86) – DVD (English) 2,385.99 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) – DVD (English) 3,075.30 (MB)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (x86) – DVD (English) 2,385.99 (MB)