Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial extended up till December 31, 2010!

Good news for those who are still on Windows 7 Enterprise Evaluation Trials (Like some of my VM labs that I constantly rebuild :P) and special mention to a friend of mine that I have been speaking to (even last night) regarding trying out Windows 7 clients and Windows Server 2008 R2 for his business. So copy pasting from TechNet Evaluation Center: 

The 90-day Trial is offered for a limited time and in limited quantity. The download will be available through December 31, 2010, while supplies last”

Well where did i found out about this? From the TechNet Flash newsletter of course! (Already subscribed? if not visit here TechNet Flash Sign Up) Copy pasting again from them TechNet Flash:

“The availability of Windows 7 Enterprise (Eval) 90-day Trial is being extended to Dec 31, 2010. Intended primarily for IT pros, the 90-day trial is the full-featured Enterprise SKU that will enable any organization to explore, test hardware and applications, perform pilot activities, and develop deployment scenarios.”


SQL Server 2008 R2 is here and a free ebook on Introducing SQL Server 2008 R2

SQL Server 2008 R2 is now here! and surprisingly I saw this only when I am downloading this free Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 ebook from the Data platform insider at TechNet blogs here:

There is also a virtual tour at SQL’s main page here:

That’s it for now, ill get back after reading this 🙂


Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7

Back with Windows Vista I have been a really big fan of this free tool – RSAT or the Remote Server Administration Tool, now that everyone has migrated to Windows 7 (finally!) its time to get some tools back to a newly installed machine. One of the tools i need is the RSAT and fortunately enough there is an update / installer for Windows 7 machines. You can download the update directly from the download center: 

Just scroll down to the bottom and download if you have a 64 bit or 32 bit operating system.





After saving to the hard disk, I just had to run the downloaded file and everything is a wizard.



You may have to wait a lil longer for this installation to complete, I may not give you the exact length of time it took me to install this, did it over coffee break 😛







After installing the update, you now have to activate RSAT thru Windows Features.

To do that go to your control panel then click Programs and features:

On programs and features click the Turn Windows Features on or Off at the left hand corner of the window.

Then on Windows Features Window, check the Remote Server Administration Tools, if you expand it you can check or uncheck which ever you need or do not need. You can go back here again if you want to remove or add features in the future.

As you can see, as for me, I’m checking everything, you may never know when you would need one 😀

Clicking Ok will prompt you with this installing dialog, this is now the process that activates the feature. You may want to have your second coffee break now.

After installing, the Administration Tools appeared  on my start menu. (Sorry I had to blank out some details) .

So that’s it! The RSAT or Remote Server Administration Tool for Windows 7 and for my final screenshot of my desktop (a Windows 7 Enterprise) have you seen the Active Directory Administrative Center? But that’s in another story, till then CHEERS!