Microsoft Announces $40 Windows 8 Upgrade For XP, Vista & Windows 7

Microsoft just announced that Windows XP, Windows Vista & Windows 7 are all elligible for an upgrade to Windoes 8 Pro, for just $40.  That is between half to a quarter of the usual upgrade price.  Microsoft is also providing Media Center for free to those who take advantage of this upgrade offer. That upgrade price will apparently be avaible only on Microsoft.com in 130+ countries but a retail pack will go on sale for…

SOLVED: How to Flash Update a 3Com 4200G Series Switch Boot ROM and Application ROM

Well, this took some effort but the steps can be reproduced quite quickly. The biggest problem is that I can not figure out a way to flash the BOOT ROM without using the serial console cable, which is a big pain in the ass!  I was able to get the application ROM updated using TFTP but the switch was wonky without a upgraded BOOT ROM, so the instructions below cover only the serial console cable…

How to Add a Server 2008 R2 Domain Controller (DC) to a Server 2008 Domain

Yes, Windows Server 2008 R2 DC’s are allowed to be on Server 2008 (R1) based domains as long as you do NOT raise the Domain/Forest Functionality Level. Instructions: Below is the process: Install Server 2008 R2 on some hardware, install all service packs and hot fixes Join the new R2 server to the domain Give the new R2 server a static address (yes, this is important) Prep the domain: Determine which existing R1 Domain Controller…