Microsoft cloud engineer - SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, DotNet, Angular, JavaScript.
Microsoft cloud engineer - SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, DotNet, Angular, JavaScript.


The Ultimate SharePoint 2007 Virtual Machine (VHD)

I maintain a local virtual machine on my laptop to evaluate, explore, code, and learn.    It’s one of my best tools and I find it incredibly useful each day.    It also needs refreshing and upkeep like any other technology.    Patches, new features, and experience compel me to make adjustments as time goes forward.   


I’ve completed my latest build and wanted to lay out the specifications here in case it’s helpful to other people building a similar virtual machine for their own work.   Admins, developers, and even business analysts can benefit from having a local fully autonomous and fully featured SharePoint server.




VHD Format
Ready for immediate use on any VM system
WinRAR split across 20 files (700 MB) for a total 13.2 GB download with a built in EXE extractor.   No need to have WinRAR for extraction.
NoteNo integration services are pre-loaded.   If you’re using Microsoft Virtual PC, VMWare, or Hyper-V these come with an option to load integration for a smoother experience working inside of the running guest VM (moues pointer, disk drives, keyboard shortcuts, etc.)

Applications Installed
Adobe Reader 9.1.0
Adobe Flash for IE
IE 8.0
IE Developer Toolbar
Notepad 2.0
Performance Point Server 2007 – Planning and Monitoring Servers
Office 2007 Professional
Office Save as PDF Add-In
Office Groove 2007
Outlook 2007 with email profile configured (workflow / alert demos)
SharePoint Designer 2007
Visio 2007
Project Professional 2007
iFilter pack for Office 2007 formats
Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite Edition  (incl Architecture, Database, Development, and Test)
Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO)
Visual Studio Add-In for MS Chart 3.5
Visual Studio Add-In for WSS Extensions v1.3
SDK – WSS CHM Documentation
SDK – MOSS CHM Documentation
Exam Diff Pro with right click integration and plugins for comparing PDF, XLS, DOC, etc.
SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition – with Database, Analysis, Reporting, and Integration
SQL Server Reporting Servers – BOTH native and integrated instances
SQL Server Management Studio – Full
SQL Profiler
SQL Sample Databases – Adventure Works, Northwind, Pubs
SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise Edition
Windows SharePoint Services patched to August 09 Cumulative Update (12.0.6514)
STSADMWin – GUI for STSADM command line to avoid typos and speed up routine tasks
Filezilla – Free FTP client
MagicDisc – Can host ISO files as drive letters
ZoomIt – Great for presentations!   Zooms to one part of the screen for easy back-of-the-room reading
TreeSize Professional – Show disk consumption by folder branch
IIS 6.0 Resource Kit
IIS 6.0 Diagnostic Kit
SharePoint Manager 2007
Stramit CAML Viewer 2007
Enterprise Library 3.1 ULS Log Reader
SharePoint Skinner

O/S Installed
Windows Server 2003 SP2 Enterprise Edition x86
Single C: partition expandable up to 30GB with 10GB free space
Defragged already
Active Directory
POP3 and SMTP email for local "training.corp" domain
"administrator@training.corp" is the default email address for TRAININGADMINISTRATOR
Netmon 3.3
Visual Round Trip Analyzer
Windows 2003 Server Resource Kit
CmdHere right click menu integration
Windows Automatic Updates are Disabled to avoid surprises and let you manage manually













Break key missing on Dell Studio XPS 1340?

I run Windows Server 2008 Enterprise on my laptop.   It’s stable, fast, secure, and offers great features like Hyper-V.    It also wasn’t meant for laptops so you need tricks from places like 

A common keyboard stroke is Ctrl+Break in CMD or perhaps Ctrl+Alt+Break in a Hyper-V guest window to view full screen.    This keyboard has nothing labeled “Break” anywhere.   What!?    Come to find out, the F12 key does double duty.   If you want to hit Break and simply hit F12 on a tiny Dell keyboard like the XPS 1340 you’ll be pleased to learn everything works like normal.    Just took some guess work first.

Fun SP Admin Webcast Today @

I never participated in one of these before but had a great time today!  


   My best practices were confirmed and reinforced.  Administration tasks like:

  • Start with a big C: partition
  • Make a data partition, D: works well
  • Move IIS logs to D:
  • Move 12 logs to D:
  • Confirm ample disk space before major upgrades or maintenance
  • Don’t forget to look at SQL transaction logs.   Need room here too!
  • Use the community tools to make life easier.   SP Admin Toolkit 4.0, SPDiag, etc.

Also, it was just plain fun to see all the other SharePoint people like @ToddKlindt, @bishopd, @catpaint1, @sharepointsara, and @lorigowin.    Plus we had fun with wearing hats on webcams and even playing guitar.   I can’t wait for next Monday!   


Tune in every Monday @



How to: Replace Notepad.exe with Notepad2.exe

We all love notepad. 

Love Struck

   It’s a familiar useful tool you can rely on every Windows machine to have.   However, it really hasn’t kept pace with the rapid change on the web.   XML, JavaScript, JQuery, and even our old friend HTML just are too hard to read.    Maybe I’m behind the times but I’ve finally upgraded all my machines to have a newer version of our old trusty friend.

Notepad 2 – Create Web pages and text documents with this color-coded no frills editor.

Download Now >>

To make it really helpful you’ll want to replace “C:WindowsSystem32Notepad.exe” but Windows NTFS security doesn’t make that too easy.    Here are the steps to take ownership and replace the EXE.   Be sure to include the last step for the INI configuration file too.

  1. Download Notepad 2!  
  2. Browse to “C:WindowsSystem32”
  3. Right click on “Notepad.exe” and open Properties, then Security tab
  4. Click the “Advanced” button, then Owner tab
  5. Click “Edit” button to take ownership of this file
  6. Click OK
  7. Locate “Administrators” local group (or the effective line for the logged in user)
  8. Grant Full Control
  9. Click OK
  10. Rename “Notepad.exe” to “Notepad1.exe” to keep a backup nearby
  11. Copy “Notepad2.exe” to “C:WindowsSystem32Notepad.exe”  
  12. Copy “Notepad2.ini” to “C:WindowsSystem32Notepad2.ini”

(NOTE: renamed to preserve file associations and Edit context menu shortcuts)

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