Archive for December 2010

TeamViewer – A free remote access tool

Another great tool I found with 

TeamViewer (   This tool is free with non-commerical use.  Like most IT professionals, you are one of the family chosen PC support specialist.  This tool will allow you to quickly connect to a end user’s computer without guiding them through the process of turning on RDP.  (If their version of Windows even have it.  Most copies do not.)

I will be adding this tool to my resource page.

Happy Holidays!   Tony Maddin

Extending your Windows 2008 Activiation in a virtual environment

I live and die with my virtual servers on my local computers to test proof-of-concepts; PowerShell scripts, backup/recovery scenarios, and many other important aspects to my job as a Web and SharePoint Administrator.

But one aggrevating thing is the Windows 2008 Activation feature that creeps up if you do not manage it.

I found a great TechNet article on how to extended the grace period in Virtual Environments.  This will work with VMWare Workstation, VirtualBox, Virtual Server, and Hyper-V.  In theory, it should work in other virtual enviornments.

Here is a link to the entire article. 

Prezi – A great presentation tool

At the December/2010 Cincinnati SharePoint User Group meeting, Sean P. McDonough was the presenter for the night.  Fantastic Topic:  SharePoint 2010 Backup/Recovery

Sean is a fantastic presenter.  I was even more impressed with the tool he used for the presentation called, “Prezi.”

The tool is free with limits. 

I had a big presentation at my current employment that I needed to walk my audience through a new process of moving SharePoint team sites from various SharePoint versions onto our new SharePoint 2010 environment.

The tool was a big hit and it inspired great conversations during and after the meeting. 

Big thanks to Sean!   You can visit Sean’s website at

Great Tool – 2xClient alternative to RDP

The 2X Client that is part of the collection is a fantastic tool that is an alternative to the standard Windows based Remote Desktop Program.

It appears to be faster, you get more display options, and no pesky mouse issues.  (I get these issues with my wireless laptop and RDP sessions.

Again, this is my personal experience working in an enterprise environment.  Please feel free to agree or disagree.  🙂 – new facelift

When it comes to website design; I am pretty picky on what styles I like that works for me. 

This past weekend I went ahead and changed the look-and-feel of my technical blog to keep it interesting for now.  (And hopefully I will keep it interesting with good content.   🙂

How to add Content Type to a SharePoint 2010 Wiki Library

 I wanted to use content types to drive navigation to a Wiki Library in SharePoint 2010.  I thought this would be the same thing just like any plain ole’ Document Library.  But no its not.  🙂  It’s buried and I happen to find it by trial and error.

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Go to the default home page of the wiki site. It is usually named, “Home.aspx” Edit the page.

Add a web part.

I used the Wiki Library I created as the item to add to the page.

In SharePoint 2010 in the ribbon, you will see new areas. Editing Tools, Library Tools, and Web Part Tools.

In the Library Tools area, you can now get to the proper Document Library Property page.

Now you can modify the Wiki Library as a Document Library have the content types in the library.


Contact me if you have questions about this information.

Here is the Microsoft Forum that I placed my information to help out the user community. 

Believe me, I rely on this community all the time.  It feels good when I can give back.