I can’t stop loving Stardock Fences

Like a lot of us, I’m constantly looking for ways to be better organized so I can spend more time getting things done (rather than just doing things). Fences is a cool little utility that allows you to organize the stuff on your desktop into neat little “fenced” areas that match the way you think…

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Adding a native boot VHD to Windows 7 – Part 3

At this point, you have a native boot VHD created from Part 1 and the OS image applied from Part 2.  Next, you need to add the VHD to the boot menu so you can boot to it. Add the VHD to the Boot Menu 1. Click Start >> All Programs >> Microsoft Windows AIK…

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Adding a native boot VHD to Windows 7 – Part 2

After creating the native boot VHD in Part 1, the next step is to apply a OS image to the VHD. Installing the OS For this next step, you’ll need setup media for the OS you’d like to install.  I keep a few bootable USB sticks with the latest OSs in my office to make…

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Adding a native boot VHD to Windows 7 – Part 1

I’ve been using the native boot VHD feature of Windows 7 quite a lot lately and I’m really happy with results.  Being able to natively boot to a VHD allows you to have different OS images set up for different scenarios.  For me this includes: 1. Easily Rebuild-able Win7 Images: I work with a lot…

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Resources for Setting up a SharePoint 2010 Development Environment

When doing SharePoint 2010 Beta development, you have a few options for setting up your development environment, including running a virtualized development environment on Windows Server 2008 R2 in Hyper-V, configuring a Windows 7 developer environment workstation or configuring a Windows 7 VHD for direct boot. When setting up my own development environment, I found…

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