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Tools you need to use

Everyone knows I’m a “Windows” guy so it is of no surprise that I’m hyping on some tools out of the Windows Live suite of products. Live is Microsoft’s answer to many of the tools other companies such as Google have created for the web.

First is Foldershare. Still in Beta, Foldershare allows you to create libraries of folders/documents and have them synced between multiple computers. It requires the installation of a very small agent to run on each machine. One of the nice side effects of installing folder share is that you not only have access to your libraries from other computers; you can access your entire file structure from your foldershare web site.

Next is Skydrive. Just out of Beta, Skydrive is a good solution for storing data “in the cloud”. Since post-beta release, the storage capacity is now 5GB. However, a 50MB limit on file size and the inability to upload folders hamper the ability to “wholesale” backup your current storage devices. Kevin Remde speaks to Skydrive in his blog.

I’d like to see integration between the two. My Vision is that I could SEAMLESSLY add documents to folder share, sync them between my devices. Then, once a day, my foldershare libraries are backed up to skydrive.

Extending Server 2008 eval to 240 days…
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948472
Using the slmgr.vbs /rearm you can extend the 60 day grace period 3 times. Slmgr.vbs works in vista as well.
Check out the latest issue of PCMagazine for 157 FREE pieces of software. I’ve got a whole slew written down. I just haven’t had time to play with them. Also, WIRED has a great article on how FREE is the business model of the future. And get it Free if you are the first of 10,000.

More to come…

Mike

About Michael Bender

Just a geek trying to "share the wealth" with the rest of the world... Michael is a teacher at heart. Coming from a career teaching at a community college and work for 19 years as a system engineer, his passion is for helping people learn the skills necessary to ‘level-up’ their careers, and helping businesses achieve their customer goals. Sharing everything is how he guides his career as everyone wins when you share what you know. Currently, he is a Cloud Ops Advocate at Microsoft. This team focuses on engaging and advocating for Operations-focused communities to the engineering teams in Windows Azure. You’ll find Michael and his #AzOps team at conferences, online, and building great content at docs.com. Michael specializes in Windows Server, Virtualization, PowerShell and Windows Azure. As part of his goal of sharing his knowledge, he has a number of courses published on Pluralsight.com covering PowerShell and Windows Server. He is passionate about the IT Operations community. For the last 8 years, he has led up a global user group called The Krewe.he is the current president and a founding member of The Krewe, a worldwide networking group for IT Pros and Developers. This group provides a global network for the sharing of ideas and solutions for many in the Operations community. For more information, check out The Krewe on Facebook or Twitter.
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