Organize screens: Virtual Desktops By Sysinternals

We already have a standard senior engineer workstation, dual monitors both a 19" wide screen 1440 x 900 SyncMaster 940BW running Vista Business (Thanks boss!) and a Windows Server 2008 on my Laptop (Yeah! Soon to be R2 Jay-R!).

One day, let us just say, I’m Multi-Tasking (again), doing some Clerical Project management, also in architecture & designs, collaborating and helping the team on some projects (teamwork always counts here) and a failed backup reported by the infrastructure group! Pheeew! and what do I got? multiple instance of IE with tabs from MSDN, technet , opened outlook messages, Microsoft Projects Files that is gona be uploaded to our MOSS, Word and Excel documents, some not to mention the unclosed personal IM windows from my live messenger (thanks Josh for getting the remote desktops from me).

I got to have more space! You know, I can feel my real-estate has getting smaller by the minute, plus all this clutter in my desktop has got to stop and I need to organize it.

So I’m sharing this from Sysinternals: Desktops.


What this does is that it gives you additional 3 desktops (4 counting the current) and to switch to those with just a hot key. My hotkey is what you see: Alt + Function keys where each function keys represent each desktop number. (I would replace this however because I cant seem to use ALT+F4.. silly me)












Get Desktops V1.0 directly from technet at this URL :

Port 445 now available for download







Last month I have blogged about MCP Exam Security and Integrity and I submitted this to the Port 445, the official newsletter of Philippine Windows Users Group, and my contribution was published on its second issue! Wow thanks! This PDF is already available via Luke’s Sky Drive: .



I even made it (in a picture) to the 2nd page, COOOLL!! 😀

This was taken back December 13 when we had an event for Hyper-V at Microsoft Philippines.

















Being an MCP is really close to my heart (and to my company, a Gold Certified Partner, which all employees are MCP’s) and I’m really thankful to PHIWUG for publishing my contribution. Again, thanks guys! and quoting Jay-R: Hope to see you all on our future events!

Windows 7: Download dates has been extended!

I think its a record! 2.5 Million downloads, whoa! Another great news is that Microsoft will be extending the availability of the Windows 7 Beta download up till Feb 10. So quoting the windows team blog:

The shutdown of general availability for the Windows 7 Beta will occur in 3 phases over the course of the next few weeks:

  • Starting January 27th, the Windows 7 page will be updated with a warning that time is running out on downloading the Windows 7 Beta and that we will be limiting downloads shortly. People will be encouraged to register and start the download of the Windows 7 Beta sooner rather than later.
  • February 10th, new downloads of the Windows 7 Beta will no longer be available. People who have already started their Windows 7 Beta download and have not yet finished will still be able to finish their download and are encouraged to do so.
  • February 12th, people will no longer be able to complete their download of the Windows 7 Beta. Anyone who hasn’t finished downloading the Windows 7 Beta will be unable to do so.

Product keys for the Windows 7 Beta will continue to be available. So if you have the Windows 7 Beta but didn’t get a product key you will be able to do so even after February 12th.

MSDN and TechNet Subscribers will continue to have access to the Windows 7 Beta bits throughout the Windows 7 Beta phase. The above dates do not apply to MSDN and TechNet Subscribers.

I found this at their blog @

So for those who have not yet tried even on virtual PC the Windows 7 Beta, I think you should. Create a feedback, tell them what you like or not, you might not know your suggestion or idea may be the next BIG feature of the operating system of 2010!

Windows 7: Hotkey Cheat Sheet

This is really cool, from Brandon Paddocks blog @ the list of Windows 7 Hotkey’s. Just another reason to try out Windows 7. 😀


Win+Up = Maximize

Win+Down = Restore / Minimize

Win+Left = Snap to left

Win+Right = Snap to right

Win+Shift+Left = Jump to left monitor

Win+Shift+Right =Jump to right monitor

Win+Home = Minimize / Restore all other windows

Win+T =Focus the first taskbar entry. Pressing again will cycle through them, you can can arrow around. Win+Shift+T cycles backwards.

Win+Space = Peek at the desktop

Win+G =Bring gadgets to the top of the Z-order

Win+P = External display options (mirror, extend desktop, etc)

Win+X = Mobility Center (same as Vista, but still handy!)

Win+# = Launches a new instance of the application in the Nth slot on the taskbar.

(# = a number key)
Example: Win+1 launches first pinned app, Win+2 launches second, etc.

Win + +  = Zoom in or out.

Win + – = (plus or minus key)


Alt+P = Show/hide Preview Pane

Taskbar modifiers

Shift + Click on icon = Open a new instance

Middle click on icon  =Open a new instance

Ctrl + Shift + Click on icon = Open a new instance with Admin privileges

Shift + Right-click on icon = Show window menu (Restore / Minimize / Move / etc)

Note: Normally you can just right-click on the window thumbnail to get this menu

Shift + Right-click on grouped icon = Menu with Restore All / Minimize All / Close All, etc.

Ctrl + Click on grouped icon  =Cycle between the windows (or tabs) in the group


If you are searching Windows Vista Hotkey’s, go here:

Microsoft Office update live Add-in for Office:

This is a cool add-in for Office that came down at Windows Update.

Microsoft Office Live Workspace

Save your documents to the Web—for free!

Access files from anywhere
  • View documents from almost any computer with a Web browser
  • No more flash drives—files are there when and where you need them
  • Password-protected document sharing; you control who views and edits 
  • Simplified online collaboration; everyone works from the same documents
Work with programs you know
  • Save over 1,000 Microsoft Office documents in one online place
  • Manage documents in one convenient place
  • Open and save files from familiar programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Synchronize contact, task, and event lists with Outlook

Just accept the license terms upon install

And at your first run of any of your office application, you will be prompted with this. You may need a live id to use its web services, fortunately I always sign on at the office.


This is the confirmation mail that I got after the registration process.

Its like your own personal sharepoint services 😀 Have your document be ready anytime anywhere.


its all at

Free Microsoft Press e-book : Windows Server 2008 Core Administrator’s Pocket Consultant

Windows Server 2008 Core Administrator’s Pocket Consultant

By Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Core Team at Microsoft  ISBN: 9780735626263

Its content includes:

  • Examining Server core
  • Deploying Server Core
  • Initial Configuration
  • Installing Roles and Features
  • Local Management
  • Remote Management
  • Active Directory Services
  • DHCP
  • DNS
  • File and Print Services
  • Web Server Role
  • Hyper-V
  • Maintaining Server Core




    Its the Free Ebook of the month offer by MS press and I think its worth downloading and keeping it handy, specially for IT pro’s that has a Server Core on their environment.

    Get details and download this ebook from this link:


  • Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta now available for download!

    One of the things that we have noticed and probably talked about last getVirtualnow event is the comparison of Hyper-V to Vmware, specially with quick and live migration. With failover clusters and live migration, you can now have highly available virtual machines.  What live migration really do is automatically switching hosts copying the memory then switching at the last second rather than literally hibernating the VM OS then copy them over which the system would be offline. This is very useful if disaster struck one of our physical servers your services are not affected because it just transfers to another node or a host. This is also a good practice to run maintenance on a physical host, simply free the host then update it, restart it then bring back the VM.  I was not really surprised that it is now included in the list of features in R2. But wait there’s more! R2 has more cool features such as support up to 32 cores and up to 1 TB of RAM!

    Hyper-V is a bare-metal stand-alone hyper-visor and is a very minimal install (like server core, but you can’t install any role in it). There is no GUI install, so how can it be manage? A stand-alone server can be accessed directly thru its blue management console, or thru Remote Management MMC for hyper-v and by using SCVMM SP1.

    If you are already familiar with Hyper-V server, on R2 you may also notice that there are additional Menu Items such as Update Management, Failover Clustering and Remote Management Configuration.














    Hyper-V Server has similar hardware requirements as to Windows Server 2008 R2:

    • Processor:
      • Minimum: x64 processor with Hardware-assisted virtualization. This is available in processors that include a virtualization option; specifically, Intel VT or AMD Virtualization.
      • Hardware Data Execution Protection (DEP) must be available and be enabled. Specifically, you must enable Intel XD bit (execute disable bit) or AMD NX bit (no execute bit).
    • Memory:
      • Minimum: 1 GB MB RAM; Recommended: 2+ GB RAM
      • Maximum (64-bit systems): 1TB
    • Network Adapters:
      • Minimum: 1
      • Recommended: 2 or more


    Hyper-V server is freely downloadable at Microsoft download center, the Hyper-V remote management tool also free and can be downloaded here (You may need Windows Vista SP1). I think its this is a great deal for those who are just starting to consolidate their virtual environments and even at enterprise level. 

    Download Hyper-V R2 Beta here: