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.

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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