Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Technical Overview of Printer Connectivity in Microsoft Windows

Overview of new printer ports in Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003, and the importance of client-server connectivity.

Download the guide at Microsoft.com

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

TechNet Webcasts: Get Ready for SQL Server 2005

Get ready for SQL Server 2005 with this webcast series that covers topics including management tools, security enhancements, high availability features, replication, and scalability.

More at Microsoft

Monday, December 05, 2005

IBM eServer xSeries and BladeCenter Server Management

This IBM Redbook describes the full range of management hardware currently available for the xSeries and BladeCenter systems. We cover the integrated Baseboard Management Controller , the Remote Supervisor Adapter II family of adapters, and the BladeCenter management module. The user interfaces used to access this hardware are discussed in detail, as is information on how to configure security features such as SSL and authentication features such as LDAP.

Read it at www.redbooks.ibm.com

Friday, December 02, 2005

Microsoft Elevated Privileges Application Launcher (EPAL)

Wow, didn't know about this one. Seems like you could allow user to run programs with an administrative account in a secure environment. Check it at Microsoft

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Microsoft Updates Windows to extend the functionality of the DFS Namespaces Client failback feature

Install this update to extend the functionality of the DFS Namespaces Client failback feature. When client failback is configured, and clients have this update installed, clients will fail back to a preferred local server if the connection to that local server is restored. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. Continue to this article at Bink.nu

Microsoft Windows OneCare Live Beta

Protect and maintain your computer with antivirus, firewall, PC maintenance, and file backup. Visit http://beta.windowsonecare.com/

Note : It is not clear at the moment if this product will remain free when the official version is release.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Policy Template File Editor

  • You want to create custom GPOs ? You have to create an ADM policy template file.
  • This looks simple to you ? not really because you have to do it manually using a text editor and follow some syntax rules.

If, like me, you find this process annoying, you should look at this great FREEWARE made by J.H. va de Weijer : Policy Template File Editor.

Service Processors Supported in IBM Netfinity and IBM xSeries Servers

This tip lists which xSeries and Netfinity servers support the range of Advanced System Management (ASM) service processors. It also lists if the service processor supports connecting to an ASM interconnect network and if a cable kit is required

Source : IBM Redbooks Technote

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Microsoft .NET Framework Redistributable 2.0 Final

.NET Framework 2.0 is now available for download :

Version 2.1 of the Windows XP Security Guide now available

The Windows XP Security Guide. is the first of three closely related security guides that are being updated. The other two guides are the Windows Server 2003 Security Guide and Threats and Countermeasures: Security Settings in Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP.

It is available on the TechNet Security Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=14839. The guide is also available for download from the Microsoft Download Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=14840.

Managing Linux servers from Windows !

Yesterday Centeris Corporation release the Beta of "Centeris Likewise." witch is suppose to allow Linux servers to be managed by Windows workstation. This looks intersting.

Check it here.

WinImage 8.0 supports Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk format

Gilles Vollant released WinImage 8.0.

The utility software create an exact copy of various physical media formats (floppy, CD-ROM, hard disk, USB, etc.) or editing and extracting previous created images.

With 8.0 version WinImage introduces now read/write support for Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk (vHD) format, used by Virtual PC and Virtual Server, since Microsoft now discloses format details under a royalty-free license.

Source : Alessandro Perilli @ virtualization.info

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Zimbra™ Collaboration Suite Open Source Project Beta Launch

Finally an open source alternative to Microsoft Exchange.
Check it out.

Microsoft Windows 2000 Unofficial SP5 SR1

Microsoft Windows 2000 Unofficial SP5 combines 168 hotfixes into a single hotfix - fully automated. It's not just a matter of determining file versions, there's much more to it. The interface is very easy to use since it's identical to a normal Windows update setup

Download it at Major Geeks

Monday, October 24, 2005

Doouble your Microsoft Sharepoint Portal Server speed with SQL Server 2005

Dimitris Vayenas wrote on a blog :

Just succeeded in setting up Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 to run on SQL 2005 September CTP and I thought, due to the huge improvement in performance (2-3 times faster depending on the task), that it may be useful to many so I decided to share the process with you here.
Read the complete article here.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Free VMware Player

VMware Player is free software that enables PC users to easily run any virtual machine on a Windows or Linux PC. VMware Player runs virtual machines created by VMware Workstation, GSX Server or ESX Server and also supports Microsoft virtual machines and Symantec LiveState Recovery disk formats.

Get it at VMware site.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Exchange Server 2003 SP2 Released!

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2 has been released on Microsoft.com

Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Service Pack 2

Yesterday Microsoft publish the Service Pack 2 of SharePoint Portal Server 2003. You check the changes and download it at Microsoft.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Microsoft virtualization roadmap disclosed details

Alessandro Perilli wrote a good summary of the live webcast Microsoft Virtualization Roadmap in the virtualization.info blog, you should read it.

Friday, September 30, 2005

IBM Director 5.10 draft redbook

IBM release a draft version of the IBM Director 5.10 redbook

You can read it at IBM.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Active Directory Migration Tool v3.0

A new version of ADMT became available today at Microsoft. I hope they fixed a few things.

Download it at Microsoft.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

New anti phishing feature in Microsof Outlook 2003 SP2

Bink wrote :

As a surprise to me Microsoft released Office 2003 SP2 yesterday, I installed it right away via Microsoft Update. I couldn't find any release notes or "what's new" documents. So I started looking in Outlook. I found a new feature in the Junk mail options: anti-phishing.

Office 2003 Service Pack 2

Microsoft just released Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2003.
See Downloads at Microsoft.

Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 2 Available Today

From Windows Server division WebLog

My name is Adam Bogobowicz and I am a Product Manager for Window SharePoint Services. I am happy to share with you that today my product is getting more mature, simpler to deploy, and gains support for our latest technologies.

If you played with our Windows Server R2 Beta or RC0 code, you must have noted a new server role. Yes! Windows SharePoint Services will be shipping with R2 and you will no longer need a trip to http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/sharepoint/default.mspx to download the bits.

Now, if you do not mind visiting the download center, you can upgrade your server today with the latest WSS Service Pack 2. This latest WSS Service Pack will help you with new advanced extranet and intranet scenarios. It will support Windows Server and SQL Server 64-bit editions as well as .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005.

You will have to be patient and wait for the Windows Server R2 RTM if you are looking for the Active Directory Federation Services support for Windows SharePoint Services. For more technical detail on Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 SP2 Beta in Windows Server 2003 R2, please take a peek at this whitepaper http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/thankyou.aspx?familyId=ABBA20F2-3625-4C9C-A412-AB9BBEBDB5E8&displayLang=en

- Adam Bogobowicz

Friday, September 23, 2005

IBM Announces Latest Platform Management Software, IBM Director 5.10

IBM announced today the availability of IBM Director 5.10. (well in fact it will be available only in October)
Read the press release at IBM.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

New Build of Monad Available

We posted a new build of Monad today. It's available through the Microsoft Download Center. This means no NDA (which betaplace had) and no need to download the whole WinFX SDK. And, it's Beta 2, a newer build than both of those. Improvements include COM support, which was in a long time ago but was out of Beta 1.

You can download x86 and x64 versions.

Source : www.proudlyserving.com

MSN in Higher Education

Blink wrote :

MSN is offering to host universities' student email accounts, provide messenger functionality and blogging/e-folio capability via spaces at no charge to the university.To me, this is a really compelling story because it means that as a university there would be no storage, management or support costs involved in managing students email.
Read the complete article

Sysprep.exe may generate duplicate computer names when you use Sysprep.exe to deploy Windows Server 2003 on a computer network

Well, happened to me when deploying sysprep images with Virtual PC. No fix yet.
Read the articile on Technet.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP

Shared computers are commonly found in schools, libraries, Internet and gaming cafés, community centers, and other locations. Often, staff members who lack technical training are asked to manage shared computers in addition to their primary responsibilities.

Managing shared computers can be difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. Unrestricted, users can change the desktop appearance, reconfigure system settings, and introduce spyware, viruses, and other harmful programs. Fixing damaged shared computers costs significant time and effort.

User privacy is also an issue. Shared computers often use shared accounts where Internet history, online documents, and cached Web pages are available from one person to the next.

The Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP provides a simple and effective way to defend shared computers from untrusted users and malicious software, restrict untrusted users from system resources, and enhance and simplify the user experience. The Toolkit runs on genuine copies of Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.

You can download the toolkit or view the doc online.

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 modifies NTLM network authentication behavior

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) modifies NTLM network authentication behavior. After you install Windows Server 2003 SP1, domain users can use their old password to access the network for one hour after the password is changed. Existing components that are designed to use Kerberos for authentication are not affected by this change.

Read the complete technote at Microsoft

Monday, September 19, 2005

Windows Server Update Services Wiki

This Wiki site is created and maintained by WSUS user community to share advice, information and guidance about WSUS. Look at http://www.wsuswiki.com/.

Migrating the database from MSDE or WMDSE to SQL Server 2000

This topic discusses how to migrate the WSUS database (SUSDB) from an MSDE or WMSDE instance (which is installed during WSUS Setup) to a full version of Microsoft SQL Server 2000.

Read the complete document at WSUS Wiki

Outlook Attachment Enabler

Control what attachments Outlook has deemed to be unsafe and be free to open any attachment you like. You can also add to the default list of blocked attachment types. Controlling the safe and blocked attachments has never been easier. Includes the full and complete list of what Outlook will block by default. (Outlook 2000, XP, 2003 or greater)

Download this tool from the author.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Extended maintenance mode functionality for cluster physical disk resources in Windows Server 2003

This article describes an update to the maintenance mode feature for cluster physical disk resources in Microsoft Windows Server 2003. This update provides extended functionality when you use maintenance mode to perform administrative and maintenance tasks in a clustered environment.
Read the complete article at Microsoft.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Google launch blog search

From InfoWorld :

Google has added to its menu of search alternatives the option to search through the ever-popular online journals called Web logs, or blogs.

The new search service, which went live on Wednesday, is in test, or beta, form, and can be accessed through a variety of Web addresses, including http://www.google.com/blogsearch and http://search.blogger.com/.

Virtual Server 2005 now offered in MSDN

Ward Ralston wrote at Windows Server Division Weblog

We have received overwhelming customer and partner feedback requesting that Virtual Server 2005 be part of MSDN. We have listened, and as such, effective today Virtual Server 2005 Standard Edition will be available as part of MSDN Enterprise, and Universal and the future Premium subscriptions.

Remember though......like other MSDN products, subscriptions are limited to single-user licensees for design, development, test, and demonstration purposes only.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Mobile TCP

Software for forwarding SMTP server connections to the correct SMTP server, made for people traveling with a laptop, connecting to different networks.

Get it here

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

IBM eserver xSeries BMC — Firmware and Drivers Quick Reference

The Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) is the service processor found in many IBM xSeries and BladeCenter servers. This technote provides links to the latest firmware, drivers and utilities for use on supported servers and operating systems. The operating systems covered here are Windows, Linux, and NetWare.This technote also includes links to the required IBM Director patches if you plan to manage these service processors from IBM Director.

Read the RedBook Technote at IBM

Friday, September 02, 2005

Microsoft Windows Server Update Services Operations Guide 2.0

Comprehensive guidance on the major tasks involved in administering and troubleshooting Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), including synchronization and managing computers and computer groups, as well as viewing, approving, testing, and storing updates, and running reports.

Get it at www.microsoft.com

Using Scripts to Delegate Control of Active Directory

When one of the Scripting Guys was a system administrator, he spent a large portion of his time working on "empowering users" (which was really just a polite way of saying that he spent a large portion of his time trying to figure out how users could administer themselves, giving him more time to play Doom). As the IT world becomes bigger and more complex, the idea of sharing the administrative burden becomes more enticing. For example, wouldn't it be great if you could give a user the ability to update certain attributes in Active Directory, but without making that user a full-fledged domain administrator? Boy, do we have good news for you ....

Read all about it at Microsoft Script Center

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Planning and Installing the IBM eServer X3 Architecture Servers

Draft Redbook, last updated: Wed, 31 Aug 2005

  • Covers the xSeries 460, xSeries 366 and xSeries 260
  • Learn the technical details of these high-performance servers
  • How to configure, install and manage the servers
The IBM eServer X3 Architecutre servers are the new third-generation Enterprise X-Architecture servers from IBM.
Read it at IBM

Friday, August 26, 2005

Microsoft Redraws Its Virtual Server Roadmap

Marc Foley Wrote at Microsoft Watch :

Microsoft has decided to christen Virtual Server 2005 Service Pack 1 as Virtual Server 2005 R2. But the follow-on release is still due out in the latter half of 2006.
Read the complete article
It's a long time to wait for 64 bit support !

Monday, August 22, 2005

XP Myths - Myths Regarding Windows XP

Myth (Definition) - A fiction or half-truth, especially one that forms part of an ideology. There are numerous Myths floating around the Internet regarding Windows XP, especially relating to Optimizations and Security. Hopefully this site will debunk some of these.

Read the article here

Even worm authors write buggy code; Zotob hindered by bugs

Zotorb suffered from software flaws that caused the computer to reboot before giving time for the infection to spread.
Read all about it at M-Dollar (ARS).

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

DTM ODBC Manager

DTM ODBC Manager is a free simple and easy-to-use ODBC Data Sources manager. The program allows you to export data source definitions into a file and then restore it on a local or remote system.

Download it from DTM soft

Monday, August 08, 2005

WMI Code Creator v1.0

Microsoft juste released this new tool.

Download it at Microsoft

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Windows Sharepoint Services templates downloads

Today Microsoft publish 30 new application templates for Windows SharePoint.

Check them out

Connection String Home Page

Always trying to remember the right connection string to use for your database ? Look at the Connection String Home Page by Carl Prothman. On this web page, you'll find links to sample ADO and ADO.NET connection strings for .NET Data Providers, OLE DB Providers, and ODBC Drivers (DSN/DSN-Less).

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

ASP.NET security overview

Security is an integral part of any Web-based application. Understanding ASP.NET security will help in building secure Web applications. This document provides a brief overview of security in ASP.NET. You can use the various resources and pointers provided in this document to study the topics in-depth.

Read the complete document at Microsoft

XP Service Pack 3 Fixes and Features Unofficial Preview

If you are looking for Windows XP post-SP2 hot fixes checkout this site by Ethan C. Allen

Monday, August 01, 2005

IBM eServer xSeries 366 Technical Introduction

This Redpaper introduces the x366 and describes its technical characteristics (We will play with one in the next weeks).

Read the Redpaper at IBM

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

How to enable and to disable Microsoft Update

The Microsoft Update Web site provides updates for Microsoft operating systems and programs. Microsoft Update is an optional service that you can use to update Microsoft Windows operating systems and also other Microsoft products. In contrast, when you use Windows Update, you access only updates for Windows operating systems. This article discusses how to enable Microsoft Update. This article also discusses how to disable Microsoft Update and how to revert to using Windows Update.

Read the article at Microsoft

Monday, July 25, 2005

Remote Supervisor Adapter II Family — Firmware and Drivers Quick Reference

This Technote provides links to the latest firmware and drivers for use on the supported servers and operating systems. Operating systems covered here are Microsoft Windows, Red Hat Linux, SUSE LINUX, and Novell NetWare.

See it at IBM

Microsoft Education Pack for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

If you are a student with a Tablet PC, the Education Pack is a must. Download the Education Pack and get five free programs to help you excel at school and have some fun while you're at it. If you're an educator with a Tablet PC, you'll want to download the Education Pack too.

Download it from Microsoft here

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Cluster Diagnostics and Verification Tool (ClusDiag.exe)

This tool is essential if you are running a Microsoft Windows Cluster. It is included in the Windows Server 2003 resource Kit Tools or in a separate download here.

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Administration Tools Pack

There is a Service Pack for the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack. You can download it here.

Group Policy Management Console with Service Pack 1

There is a service pack for the Group Policy Management Console. You can download it here.

Monday, July 11, 2005

SQL Server 2005 CTP June 2005: Books Online

Download Books Online for the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 CTP June 2005. Books Online is the primary documentation set for SQL Server 2005.

Download at Microsoft

Introducing Windows Server x64 on IBM xSeries Servers

This redpaper introduces Windows Server 2003, x64 Edition, the 64-bit processors from Intel and AMD that support it, and the xSeries servers it will run on. We describe what 64-bit computing means, and the technology behind the processors. We also introduce the xSeries product line that include the Intel EM64T processor. We also describe how the new Windows operating system is different from its 32-bit counterpart. And finally, we discuss the migration options available to customers and developers.

Read all

Thursday, June 23, 2005

I'm Off for 2 weeks !

Sorry, I will be on vacation for 2 weeks, so don't expect any new post until july 11th. a+

Toolkit to Temporarily Block Delivery of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1

As it did with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Microsoft is making available to enterprise users a blocking tool that will temporarily halt SP1 downloads. Please note that the mechanism to temporarily disable delivery of Windows Server 2003 SP1 will be available till March 30, 2006.

Download the toolkit from Microsoft

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Can't put the username and password in your URL anywore with IE

A security update is available that modifies the default behavior of Internet Explorer for handling user information in HTTP and in HTTPS URLs.

The following URL syntax is no longer supported in Internet Explorer or in Windows Explorer after you install the MS04-004 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (832894):

http(s)://username:password@server/resource.ext
Read the Technet article

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Looking for an open source FrontPage ?

Take a look at Nvu, A complete Web Authoring System for Linux Desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver.

See http://www.nvu.com for more infos.

Monday, June 13, 2005

IBM eServer xSeries Hot-Swap SCSI Disk Drive Comparison

There are four types of metal hot-swap trays used to house the SCSI drives in the current range of xSeries servers. Three are 3.5"-wide trays used in the majority of xSeries servers, and a fourth tray is 2.5" wide. This technote describes the differences to help you determine what drives you have and where they are supported.

Read the full technote at IBM RedBooks.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

'Monad' Scripting Shell Unlikely to Debut in Longhorn

Mary Jo Foley wrote at Microsoft Watch

However, Microsoft is planning to make its alternative to Unix and Linux command-line scripting available as part of Exchange 12, due next year.

Microsoft offers details on built-in virtualization

Eric Bangeman wrote at Ars Technica<

Microsoft gets further into virtualization with an upcoming "hypervisor" due some time after Longhorn Server ships. Will it run Mac OS X?

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

SQL Server(TM) 2005, Visual Studio® 2005 and BizTalk® Server 2006 will launch the week of November 7

Blink.nu forward the Microsoft announce :

It is official - the countdown to launch has begun! During my Tech.Ed keynote this morning, I announced that SQL Server(TM) 2005, Visual Studio® 2005 and BizTalk® Server 2006 will launch the week of November 7. This will be the biggest launch ever for these products, and we're very excited to deliver them to you.

SQL Server June 2005 Community Technology Preview

SQL Server June 2005 Community Technology Preview (CTP) is the first version of SQL Server 2005 made available for general testing. I encourage you to download this version as a great start for your evaluation of the product. Learn about it at Microsoft

Laptops outselling desktops in the US

Eric Bangeman wrote at Ars Technica

Stop me if you've heard this one before: for the first time ever, laptops outsold desktops in the US.

Microsoft reveals its "Blackberry killer

Elle Cayabyab wrote at Ars Technica :

Push e-mail capabilities have just been confirmed as an upgrade to its Windows Mobile 5.0 software later this year, as Microsoft sets its sights on RIM.

Monday, June 06, 2005

It's Official: Apple Will Use Intel in 2006

Kirk L. Kroeker wrote at NewsFactor :

At its Worldwide Developer Conference today, Apple announced plans to deliver models of its Macintosh computers using Intel microprocessors by this time next year.

Finally, WSUS (SUS2.0) is here !

Better late then never, you can now download Windows Server Update Services. Look here.

You might also want to take a look at the WUS Server Diagnostic Tool

Friday, June 03, 2005

Port 80 Survey Puts Microsoft on Top

Bink.nu wrote : Port80 Software announced on Wednesday that it had released the results of its most recent Web server survey. According to the survey's results, Microsoft IIS has a 53.67 percent share of the Web server market, while Apache's share is 22.7 percent. Netscape holds 10.8 percent market share and other Web servers comprise another 12.8 percent. Port 80's survey uses the Web sites of the fortune 1000 companies for its data sample, which it argues has more relevance for business decision makers. In contrast, Netcraft's June Web server survey, seen by many as the definitive picture of the Web server market, found that Apache held 69.70 percent market share with Microsoft holding 20.26 percent. Netcraft's monthly Web server survey measures Web server software usage on all Internet connected computers.

Office 12 to use XML for file formats

Eric Bangeman wrote at Ars Technica :

Microsoft is embracing XML as the default file format for the next version of Microsoft Office. Is that good news for competing office apps?

Monday, May 30, 2005

Exclusive: Windows 2000 UR1, WSUS Coming in Early June

Paul Thurrot wrote at Windows IT Pro :

Microsoft sets early June ship dates for WSUS and Microsoft Rollup 1 for Windows 2000.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Microsoft releases IIS Debug Diagnostics 1.0 - Release Candidate 1

Bink wrote :

Microsoft is working diligently on a new tool designed to make the life easier for IIS administrators and developers who are tasked with solving complex problems such as crashes, hangs, or memory leaks.� The tool, called Debug Diagnostics 1.0, is the next generation debugging utility that extends on the functionality of previous tools such as IIS Debug Toolkit 1.1, Debug Matrix, and IIS State.� This tool will be the only fully supported tool for debugging applications that run on IIS upon release and is supported on the IIS 4.0, 5.0, 5.1, and 6.0 platforms.

What CPU am I runnning ?

Want to know every thing about the CPU in your computer ? Take a look at CPU-Z :

This little freeware can detetect almost any kind of INTEL or AMD CPUs. It can also report motherboard infos like chipset, BIOS, memory, etc. Don't even need to install anything, simply run cpuz.exe.

You must check it out !

Create a slipstream of Windows with ServicePack : the easy way

Did you ever need to create an installation CD of Windows (2000, XP, 2003) with the current service pack included (slipstream) ?

Yes you can do it yourself, simply use nLite. This freeware utility will guide throught the process and you will end up with a new bootable ISO image of Windows ready to install.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

TechNet Support WebCast: Concepts and administration of Microsoft SharePoint security

Microsoft announced this WebCast schedule to run on july 20, 2005 :

TechNet Support WebCast: Concepts and administration of Microsoft SharePoint security

FINALLY! We can blog about IIS7

Robert McLaws, of Longhorn Blogs, shares some details of IIS 7.0 features. Read the article.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Ouch! .Net Framework 2.0 Breaks Apps

Mary Jo Foley wrote at Microsoft Watch :

Sounds like Microsoft has run into a brick wall, in terms of getting applications written to the .Net Framework 1.1 to work with .Net Framework 2.0, the forthcoming release of Microsoft's programming infrastructure.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

IIS 6.0 Enhancements in Windows 2003 SP1

Micheal Otey wrote at WindowsITPro :

Learn about the significant enhancements to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 that are included in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Monday, May 23, 2005

Will IT departments still exist in 2010?

Andy McCue wrote on ZDNet News :

Two-thirds of CIOs believe the corporate IT department will not exist in its current form by 2010. Earlier this year analyst Gartner warned that outsourcing, offshoring and increasing control of IT being handed to business units will lead to the death of the IT department as we know it today, ...

Peter Pedersen, CTO at Blue Square said :

...back-end infrastructure will remain with tactical teams...

Ouf ! my job is saved.

Read the complete article here.

Formula 1 : sunday qualifing is out !

Yes ! They finally saw the light. Sunday morning second qualifying session is out (starting next weekend at European Grand Prix) Read the full article.

I switch to FeedDemon & w.bloggar

For those who might be interested, until recently I was using Sauce Reader to read my RSS feeds and publish to my blog. Last week I decided to switch to FeedDemon and w.bloggar.

I know Bradsoft (maker of FeedDemon) as been acquire by NewsGator and this could mean ... well in fact I'm not sure what it will mean. The fact is that since the version 2.0 of Sauce Reader I'm unable to publish to my blog (blogger) with the builtin tool and that was the main reason for me to use it.

After a week of extensive use I'm quite happy with the FeedDemon/w.bloggar combo and I even plan to uninstall Sauce Reader in the next days.

Tuning IBM xSeries Servers for Performance

If you have a lot (or a few) of IBM xSeries servers this white paper (they call it RedBook) will interest you :

Tuning IBM xSeries Servers for Performance
If you bought a new IBM xseries 366 this RedBook will also be interesting :
IBM xSeries 366 Tuning Tips

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Painless NTLM authentication in Firefox

Want to be automatically authenticated via NTLM on a web site with Firefox, Shog explain how to do this in his blog : Painless NTLM authentication in Firefox

Monday, May 16, 2005

The Starting Flag Drops for Serial Attached SCSI

Eliot King wrote at WindowsItPro :

If SAS technology continues to move forward as anticipated and works as expected, its prospects seem bright. According to John Monroe, a research vice president at Gartner, despite the strength of Fibre Channel and SATA technology, SAS should be the most prevalent multivolume hard-disk-drive interface by 2007. By 2009, he predicts, it should account for about 40 percent of the market.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

What's the new /NoExecute switch that's added to the boot.ini file after you update a machine to Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows X

John Savill wrote at WindowsITPro :

The /NoExecute switch relates to the new data execution prevention (DEP) technologies that Microsoft introduced in Windows 2003 SP1 and Windows XP SP2. DEP technologies help stop malicious code from accessing data pages. Two types of DEP technologies exist: software-enforced and hardware-enforced. The table shows the four parameters you can use with the /NoExecute switch.

The following sample boot.ini file includes the /NoExecute switch: multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

May 2005 Update for Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter (KB894384)

Blink wrote :

This optional update provides the Junk E-mail Filter in Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 with a more current definition of which e-mail messages should be considered junk e-mail. This update was released in May 2005.You can get specific information about this update in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article Description of the Update for Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter (KB894384).

Monday, May 09, 2005

Sauce Reader v2.0 is now available

Sauce Reader v2.0 is now available for download. Sauce Reader 2.0 includes the features you loved, and is now one of the fastest and memory efficient RSS readers available! Features include:

  • Office 2003 style user interface.
  • Integrated weblog posting with drafts and offline authoring.
  • Comment feed subscriptions, archiving, posting and search.
  • One-click subscription to RSS and Atom feeds using IE toolbar.
  • Search archived items using Sauce Reader or desktop search tools.
  • Feeds tree and newspaper style views.
  • Fast, small and scalable to your reading requirements.

Sauce Reader v1 users will have their data automatically migrated upon installation of Sauce Reader v2.0. Registered Sauce Reader v1 users are being granted a free upgrade to Sauce Reader v2, simply enter your existing license key. Sauce Reader v1 and v2 will run side-by-side if required.

Sauce Reader 2.0 is a complete rewrite and no longer requires the .NET framework. Using .NET for Sauce Reader v1 we were never able to achieve the level of performance we considered appropriate for a heavily used productivity application. .NET is a compelling and powerful platform, but currently unsuitable for widely adopted client side applications.

SQL Server 2000 SP4: REady ... Set.. Go!

Josh Meier wrote :
Microsoft releases SQL Server 2000 SP4 into the wild... but what's different?

SQL Server 2000 SP4: Ready... Set.. Go!

Read the full story at Microsoft.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Windows Server 2003 SP1: What's Broken

Paul Thurrott from WindowsITPro wrote :

Microsoft has published a list of 14 server applications that are incompatible to various degrees with Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1), confirming fears that the low-level security changes in Windows 2003 SP1 might cause problems. Most surprising: Many of the affected applications are from Microsoft.

In the Microsoft article, "Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 application compatibility"  Microsoft describes the server applications it tested, then lists the ones that have incompatibility problems under SP1. Among the applications that have problems are Microsoft Application Center 2000 SP2, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Microsoft ISA Server 2004 Standard Edition, Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) 1.2.1, and Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003.

More ...

FCC pics of the IBM Thinkpad Tablet PC

 jkOnTheRun wrote :

You've got to love the FCC when you're craving information for rumored devices and these pics found on the FCC site depict an IBM Thinkpad X41 Tablet PC.  No real surprises in these pics, the depicted Tablet looks just like a Thinkpad.  Looks like it has Bluetooth and a dual antenna WiFi.  Except, of course, for the swivel screen.  :)   

Source : jkOnTheRun (more pics availables)

Monday, April 25, 2005

Enfin ! Windows 64-bit

Today Bill announced the general availability of Microsoft® Windows Server (TM) 2003 x64 Editions and Windows® XP Professional x64.

Check the complete article here :

Microsoft Raises the Speed Limit With the Availability of 64-Bit Editions of Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional

Check the overview here :

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/64bit/x64/overview.mspx

Behold the Xbox 360?

Behold the Xbox 360?

As May 12 approaches, anticipation for the Xbox 360 unveiling is building. Now come pictures of the new console that were supposedly leaked from Microsoft. Real or not? You decide

Source : Ars technica

Friday, April 22, 2005

How to get the current user SID in VBS

Here's a little vbscript to read the current user SID. I know it may have been quicker to use the ADSI WinNT provider instead of WMI but the WinNT provider doesn't return the user's SID in a humain readable form.

Function GetCurrentUserSID

Const wbemFlagReturnImmediately = &h10
Const wbemFlagForwardOnly = &h20
Const ComputerName = "."

Dim WshNetwork, objWMIService, colItems, objItem
Dim strUserDomain, strUserName

Set WshNetwork = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")
strUserDomain = WshNetwork.UserDomain
strUserName = WshNetwork.UserName

Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & ComputerName & "\root\CIMV2")
Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("SELECT * FROM Win32_UserAccount "&_
       "WHERE (Domain="""&strUserDomain&""" AND Name="""&strUserName&""")", "WQL", _
       wbemFlagReturnImmediately + wbemFlagForwardOnly)
For Each objItem In colItems
     GetCurrentUserSID = objItem.SID
Next

Set colItems = Nothing
Set objWMIService = Nothing
Set WshNetwork=Nothing

End Function
The function should return a string that look like "S-1-5-21-1106520001-3238835185-2771580065-500". This is a SID.

Microsoft to Support Linux in Virtual Server

Microsoft to Support Linux in Virtual Server

zaxios writes "Techworld is reporting that Microsoft has announced support for running Linux on their virtualization software, Virtual Server 2005. From the article: '[Microsoft] can't compete against VMware without support for other operating systems.' Perhaps the significance of this is that Microsoft has acknowledged Linux as an OS people might want to use, which seems an upgrade from its previous status as a communist cancer."

Source : Slashdot

Microsoft set to release patching tool, service in June

Microsoft set to release patching tool, service in June

LAS VEGAS - After several delays, Microsoft is set to deliver in June the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) patching tool and the Microsoft Update (MU) software patching service, a company executive said Tuesday.

Source : Infoworld