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.