Wednesday, December 20, 2006

FileASSASSIN 1.01

FileASSASSIN can delete locked malware files on your system. It uses advanced techniques to unload modules, close remote handles, and terminate processes to allow the removal of the file.

No need to install anything

Source : malwarebytes.org

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Vista Readiness Advisor

Can your computer run Windows Vista?

CNET and System Requirements Lab can analyze your computer for FREE in just seconds.

Just go to this page

Microsoft Junk E-mail Reporting Tool version 1.0 for Microsoft Office Outlook®

The Junk E-mail Reporting Tool lets you directly report junk e-mail to Microsoft and its affiliates for analysis to help us improve the effectiveness of our junk e-mail filtering technologies.

Source : Microsoft.com/Downloads

Monday, December 18, 2006

How Microsoft fights off 100,000 attacks per month

Take a look at what the company does to protect itself from the continuous onslaught with this article from ComputerWorld.

Paul Thurrott's Windows Vistea Review update

Paul has been working hard on his Vista review, time to post the current status, check if you are up to date!

Windows Vista Review

Friday, December 15, 2006

Wireless Networking in Windows Vista

This Microsoft white paper describes the security, usability, and manageability improvements for Windows Vista wireless clients.

Download : microsoft.com/downloads

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Check Windows Vista Activation Status

Are you a user of Windows Vista Enterprise or Business edition and would like to know the status of activation of a specific computer? Want to make sure that the computer connected properly to the Key Management Server (KMS) or used your Multiple Activation Key (MAK) properly? Or are you a home user and just want to make sure your computer is fully activated?

Included in Windows Vista is very useful utility that will help you check the status of activation of your computer:

  1. Click on the Start Button and key in CMD and hit Enter to start up Command Prompt.
  2. At the prompt, type in "slmgr.vbs -dli"
  3. After a few seconds you will be presented with a pop-up message with your activation status.

Source : TweakVista

VMware to Microsoft Virtual Machine Conversions with VMDK2VHD

An awesome little tool called VMDK2VHD.  VMDK2VHD converts VMware virtual hard disks (VMDK) into Microsoft VHDs for use with Virtual PC or Virtual Server.  The download contains 3 files total 112K - you just run the VMDK2VHD.EXE ...nice!

Source : MSTN Blog
Download : vmtoolkit.com

You may also need the excellent guide How to migrate VMware virtual machines to Virtual Server from Chris Wolf to learn how to remove the unnecessary drivers and services and replace the existing Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) driver with a generic HAL.

Quicklist of VPCs and VHDs from Microsoft Downloads

Thanks to Andrew Dugdell who put up this list on his blog :

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Windows PowerShell SDK

Windows PowerShell Software Development Kit (SDK) is now available as part of Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows Vista. Microsoft Windows SDK can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=C2B1E300-F358-4523-B479-F53D234CDCCF&displaylang=en

Windows PowerShell SDK contains:

  • Samples in C#
  • Reference Assemblies
  • Tools – make-shell.exe
  • Templates – Format.ps1xml and Types.ps1xml
  • Documentation – Getting Started Guide, Programmer’s Guide, Conceptual Help and Managed Reference

The documentation can also be found on msdn at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa830112.aspx

To install Windows PowerShell components from Microsoft Windows SDK, please select the check-boxes as shown in the attached image

Hemant Mahawar [MSFT]
Program Manager
Windows PowerShell

Source : Windows PowerShell Team Blog

Creating WinRE Using WAIK

From Window Recovery Environment Team Blog :

We have been getting many questions on how to create WinRE using the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK). So I thought I would publish the updated instructions here. The instructions listed are accurate as of Windows Vista RTM.

Upgrading ASP.NET 1.1 to Windows Vista and IIS7

A new article tailored for customers running ASP.NET 1.1 has been released on IIS.NET, and it should help ease the transition to Windows Vista™ and IIS7 for all these users. Written by multiple authors on the Microsoft ASP.NET and Ajax team, this article explains to ASP.NET users how best to upgrade to Windows Vista and how to handle the most common problems they might encounter after this upgrade.

Here’s an excerpt from this article:

For ASP.NET application developers who move to the Windows Vista™ operating system, IIS 7.0 represents a significant advance over earlier IIS versions because of increased security and the new application possibilities offered by IIS 7.0 Integrated mode. Most developers who move to Windows Vista will be upgrading from the Microsoft Windows® XP operating system to Windows Vista and will upgrade their ASP.NET applications in the process or else will install, on Windows Vista, ASP.NET applications that were developed on other Windows operating systems . This paper details important post-installation and post-upgrade configuration steps that must be performed for applications to work on the new operating system and also describes changes between Classic mode and IIS 7.0 Integrated mode that affect ASP.NET applications, and how to work around these known problems

Windows Server System software not supported within a Microsoft Virtual Server environment

Miscrosoft has udpated de KB article 897614, this article states that the folowwing Server software are not support within a Microsoft Virtual Server enviroment :

  • Microsoft Speech Server
    Microsoft ISA Server 2000
    Microsoft ISA Server 2004
    Microsoft ISA Server 2006
    Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server
    Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003
    Microsoft Identity Integration Feature Pack
    Network Load Balancing (NLB)

Don't ask me what it means because I have used ISA server 2004, SharePoint Portal and NLB in a virtual machine before and everything worked fine.

Source : support.microsoft.com

Microsoft and McLaren Electronic Systems Win Race to Provide Electronic Technology to the FIA Formula One World Championship for 2008 to 2010

PARIS — Dec. 11, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. and McLaren Electronic Systems (MES) today formally announced that they are to be the official suppliers of engine control units (ECUs) to the Fédèration Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Formula One World Championship for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 racing seasons.

Source : Microsoft.com/presspass

Monday, December 11, 2006

How Windows Vista RTM Build Addresses Wireless Connectivity Issues

There was a lot of bla bla about Windows Vista and Wireless power settings.

I you want to know why and what to do about it read this post from the Windows Vista Blog.

Windows Recovery Environment

From Windows Vista Team blog :

... Of all of the calls that I monitor, the one that I find most frustrating (remember, I am in listen-only mode) is the call where the customer's PC just won’t boot.  While I know I might be able to fix the PC if I had direct access to it, I know how hard it is for the user to follow a complex set of directions from even the most talented support engineer as they try to diagnose and correct the problem together.  I also know that it's even more frustrating for the customer.

I knew we had to tackle this for Windows Vista and I am very proud of the progress we made with a new feature called Windows Recovery Environment or Windows RE.  Windows RE is a combination runtime environment, diagnostic tool and repair system that basically tries to do about 80% of what one of the engineers in the Windows support team could do if they came to your home or office and hooked up a debugger up to your PC -- all without you having to do anything.

See also : Windows RE team blog

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Converting VBScript Commands to Windows PowerShell Commands

This guide is intended to help you “translate” VBScript scripts to Windows PowerShell scripts. However, this is not designed to be a word-for-word translation guide; for better or worse, things don’t quite work that way. Instead, consider this a reference as you begin writing Windows PowerShell scripts. After all, sooner or later you’re bound to run into a situation where you find yourself thinking, "OK, I need to use a Select Case statement here. I know how to do that in VBScript, but how do I do that in Windows PowerShell?” That’s where this guide can come in handy; it takes all the VBScript functions, statements, and operators and shows you, as much as possible, a Windows PowerShell equivalent.

Source : Microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter

Free XP Virtual Machine image for IE6 web development

Virtual PC to virtualise an environment with Internet Explorer 6 installed.

Today saw the announcement by the Internet Explorer development team of a free, downloadable, pre-activated Windows XP SP2 image with Internet Explorer 6 installed. Now that Virtual PC is also a free download, users no longer have to purchase an additional Windows XP license in order to test their sites in Virtual PC.

The image is time-bombed to expire in April 2007, but new versions (including images where Internet Explorer 5 is installed) are expected to be released.

Download here

Source : Bink.nu

Windows Vista Volume Activation 2.0 Technical Guidance

Technical documentation focusing on planning, deployment and operational guidance. It includes the Volume Activation 2.0 Step-by-Step Guide, Volume Activation 2.0 FAQ, Volume Activation 2.0 Technical Attributes list and Standard User Product Activation zip file.

  • Volume Activation 2.0 Step by Step Guide - This guide provides planning, deployment and operational guidance for activating volume editions of the Windows Vista operating system.
  • Volume Activation 2.0 FAQ - This document provides answers to frequently asked questions about Windows Vista Volume Activation 2.0.
  • Volume Activation 2.0 Technical Attributes - This spreadsheet lists WMI properties, WMI methods, KMS registry keys and values, KMS log events, KMS error codes and KMS PRC messages.
  • StandardUserProductActivation.zip - This contains the Standard User Product Activation webpage. This webpage is used for simplifying Standard User recovery from Reduced Functionality Mode (RFM). Refer to Volume Activation 2.0 Step-by-Step Guide for instructions

Source : Microsoft.com/downloads

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Group Policy Log View

Group Policy Log View is a utility for Windows Vista you use to export Group Policy event data from the system and operational log into a text, HTML, or XML file

Source : Microsoft.com/Downloads

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Windows Vista and McAfee VirusScan Enterprise

Looks like Windows Vista will only be suported in the upcoming VirusScan Enterprise version 8.5i (ref: McAfee Knowledgebase).

The new version should be out in november, in the mean time you could try to register to download VirusScan Enterprise 8.5i Release Candidate.

Search my blog

Sometimes the the search box on the blogger navbar at the top of the page doesn't work well.

So tonight I added a new 'Search my blog' box on the left. Special thanks to Basang panaginip blog that explained how to do it.

Windows Vista Product Guide

From Aaron's Blog :

Microsoft have posted the Windows Vista Product Guide on their Downloads Centre. At 61Mb and 316 pages this document is huge, but it's go some great detail about what Windows Vista is all about. If you're one of those people who thinks that Windows Vista is Windows XP Service Pack 3, then this document is for you, if you're not, then this document is still for you too. This is the document to give to your sales team (you may have to read it to them - could take a while and you might need a little bell handy to let them know when to turn the page..). Here's a break down of what the document covers:

  • Section 1: Introduction to Windows Vista 
  • Section 2: Windows Vista Edition
  • Section 3: For All Users
  • Section 4: For Home Users
  • Section 5: For Business Users
  • Section 6: For IT Professionals
  • Section 7: Appendix

The document comes in Word 2007 and XPS formats, so you'll need either the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack, if you don't already have Word 2007, or MSXML 6.0 and the XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack, if you're not already running Windows Vista, to view it:

Windows Vista Product Guide

Inside the Windows Imaging Format

There's a good article by Wes Miller on Technet Magazine about Windows Imaging Format (WIM) and Vista Deployment.

Source : Technet Magazine, December 2006

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Remote Desktop Connection 6.0 (Terminal Services Client 6.0, KB925876)

Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) provides a way to use any new Terminal Services features introduced in Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server Code Name “Longhorn” from a computer running Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1.

Source : Bink.nu

Windows Vista OS image creation and deployment guide

Windows Vista OS setup is built on an entirely new set of technologies than previous versions of Windows, and as a result the process of creating OS images and creating and using unattend files is different than you might be used to from the past.

If you are planning to create and deploy OS images for Windows Vista, I encourage you to take a look at the Windows Vista deployment step-by-step guide at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/library/88f80cb7-d44f-47f7-a10d-e23dd53bc3fa.mspx for some helpful information.  The following sections are included in the deployment guide:

In addition, it is worth reviewing the content of the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK), which is located at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=53552.

Source : Aaron Stebner's WebLog

Windows Vista Secrets for Tablet PC ?

From the Tablet PC Team Blog :

Tim Sneath has been posting a wonderful series of "Windows Vista Secrets".  (The ability to start Quick Launch items with the [Win+<n>] keys has changed my life -- thanks Tim!)

I have my own set of tips for Windows Vista -- some secret, some not -- that apply mainly to laptop and Tablet PCs, so I thought I'd share.

#1: Windows Mobility Center

Friday, November 24, 2006

Network Monitor 3.0 Final Released to Connect

Yesterday Microsoft released Network Monitor 3.0 Final to the web. Yes it works on Windows Vista RTM. The final version number is 3.0.372 and weighs in at 2.5MB.

Source : windowsconnected.com

Microsoft removes IE7 for Windows XP from WSUS

We have verified a problem in the metadata for the latest IE7.0 update rollup package which impacts the installation behavior for all locales, and results in an Spanish error dialog after installation as reported..

To immediately address the spread of this issue, the IE7.0 update package has been expired effective 5:00PM PST, Wednesday, 11/22/06. Synchronizing WSUS servers after 5:00PM PST will ensure the expiration status is applied to the latest IE7.0 update rollup package, released 11/21/06.

More infos and learn how to fix it if you already downloaded IE7 at bink.nu

Thursday, November 23, 2006

News Release : Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.0

On december 1st Symantec announced Ghost Solution Suite 2.0, the latest version of the industry’s most widely used corporate imaging and image deployment solution, which now includes Microsoft Vista and x64-bit Windows support (as well as RAID support).

Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.0 is scheduled to be available in December 2006.

(This is a long over due upgrade for Ghost.)

Source : Symantec Press Release

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Download Windows Vista PE (WinPE 2.0)

Microsoft finaly made Windows PE (Pre-installation Environment) for all. As part of the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) WinPE 2.0 is made available in a CAB file.

Source : Microsoft.com/downloads

I switched to Beta Blogger !

As of today I now use the new version of Blogger. I hope this will help me improve my blog ... and my Windows Live Writer was not working anymore with the old Blogger.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Locate Outlook .PST Files

There is a new script on Community-Submitted Scripts Center that Locates all the Microsoft Outlook .PST files for the logged-on user.

That's great stuff, I've been looking for that for sometimes

Check it on Technet ScriptCenter

Windows ReadyBoost

Jim Allchin wrote on the Windows Vista Team Blog :

Well with Windows ReadyBoost, if you have a flash drive (like a USB thumb drive or an SD card) you can just use this to make your computer run better with Windows Vista. You simply plug in a flash drive and Windows Vista will use Windows ReadyBoost to utilize the flash memory to improve performance.

Read more at windowsvistablog.com

Friday, November 17, 2006

Microsoft: 'Linux owes us'

In comments confirming many of the open-source community's suspicions, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has claimed that the Linux OS (operating system) infringes on his firm's intellectual property.

Is this the reason behind the deal with Novell ?

source : PC ADVISOR

Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook 2007

The Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook 2007 is a program that provides an easy way to print and customize Outlook 2007 calendar information. It puts you in control of the tools you need and helps you plan and create designer-quality output.

With this download you can:

  • Print dynamic calendar views
  • Customize and personalize your calendars
  • Adjust information to changing views

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Windows Automated Installation Kit RTM Now Available for Download

The RTM version of the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows-AIK or WAIK) is now available for download from Microsoft downloads. 

This download contains the production version of the tools necessary to create a Windows Vista image such as Windows System Image Manager, Windows PE 2.0, and Imagex.  It also includes the production version of Windows Deployment Service so that you can upgreade your RIS boxes to WDS.

Download

Source : WindowsConnected.com

Administrative Templates for Internet Explorer 7 for Windows

Administrative Template files are used to populate user interface settings in the Group Policy Object Editor, enabling administrators to manage registry-based policy settings.

This page provides access to the .adm file that ships with Internt Explorer 7 for Windows. The .adm file is included in a Microsoft Installer (MSI) package, available for download from this page.

Source : Microsoft.com

Administrative Templates for Windows PowerShell

Administrative Template files are used to populate user interface settings in the Group Policy Object Editor, enabling administrators to manage registry-based policy settings.

This page provides access to the .adm file for PowerShell for Windows. The .adm file is included in a Microsoft Installer (MSI) package, available for download from this page.

source : Microsoft.com/downloads

Windows User State Migration Tool (USMT) version 3.0

Microsoft® Windows® User State Migration Tool (USMT) version 3.0 migrates user files and settings during deployments of Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista™. USMT captures files and settings from the source computer and then migrates them to a new Windows installation. Source : Microsoft.com

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

It's a Wrap! Windows PowerShell 1.0 Released!

Today at the keynote at ITForum in Barcelona, we announced the official release of Windows PowerShell 1.0!

Source and more infos : Windows PowerShell Team blog

ADMX Migrator

The ADMX Migrator is a snap-in for the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) that simplifies the process of converting your existing Group Policy ADM Templates to the new ADMX format and provides a graphical user interface for creating and editing Administrative Templates.

Source : www.microsoft.com/downloads 

TechEd: Windows HyperVisor Public Beta available Q1 2007

Windows HyperVisor Public Beta available Q1 2007.

At the keynote here at TechEd we saw Virtual Machines running on Windows Hypervisor. 1 VM was a 64 bit guest, One VM had 8 (virtual processors) and even more cool, they added RAM on the fly. No downtime, real hot-add RAM.

Later in the demo we saw the System Center Virtual Machine Manager automaticly added RAM on the fly.

HyperVisor willl be available 180 days after Longhorn Server RTM's

Posted by Bink.nu

Monday, November 13, 2006

Microsoft Office Outlook Connector

With Outlook Connector, you can use Microsoft® Office Outlook® 2002(XP), Outlook® 2003 or Outlook® 2007 to access and manage your Windows Live Mail or Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages, calendar, tasks, notes, and contacts.

Download : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads

SQL Server Migration Assistant for Access

Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for Access is a tool for migrating databases from Microsoft Access to Microsoft SQL Server 2005. SSMA for Access converts Access database objects to SQL Server database objects, loads those objects into SQL Server, and then migrates data from Access to SQL Server.
SSMA for Access supports Access 97 - Access 2003 databases.

Download : www.microsoft.com/downloads

Friday, November 10, 2006

Ferrari racing game in the works

10TACLE Studios has just signed a license agreement with Ferrari for the development of racing games containing the Italian manufacturers models. A game is already in the works at Blimey! Games, the studio that brought us games like GTR, GT Legends and GTR 2.

Source : Techconnect Magazine
More : 10tacle Press release, Blimey Games site

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Windows Vista release to manufacturing

Great news!  Today we’re announcing the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Vista.

Yes, you read it right -- development of Windows Vista is complete.

Source : Windows Vista Team Blog

New Sysinternal web site

Sysinternals now have it's new web site online at Microsoft.

Check it : www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals

New Sysinternals tool : Process Monitor v1.0

Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such session IDs and user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, simultaneous logging to a file, and much more. Its uniquely powerful features will make Process Monitor a core utility in your system troubleshooting and malware hunting toolkit.

More info and download : www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals

Monday, November 06, 2006

Fix your Windows XP Zune theme? Or maybe not.

As Bink.nu readers commented in the zune theme article, the theme is installed incorrectly. The shellstyle.dll is placed in the wrong folder.

Source : Bink.nu

Royale Noir theme now officially available as Zune theme

Royale Noir theme now officially available as Zune theme. The last week leaked theme is now a bit adjusted (orange start button)

Zone Theme download

Microsoft Embraces Linux, Sort Of

From «WinInfo Short Takes» by Paul Thurrott :

Yesterday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that his company had formed an alliance with SUSE Linux maker Novell and will work with Novell to build "an intellectual property bridge" between open-source software and the proprietary software world. More specifically, Microsoft and Novell are collaborating on technologies such as management software, document format compatibility, and virtualization and are working together to market a collaborative solution that will let enterprises combine Windows- and Linux-based servers in ways that are today difficult or impossible.

This "embrace" of Linux is, however, purely a pragmatic business decision. Parts of Microsoft, no doubt, still believe that Linux is Evil (with a capital E) and that its own solutions are better. The problem is that many of its customers actually own mixed environments now due to company purchases and mergers, and it makes sense for Microsoft to facilitate interoperability.

Frankly, most individuals will never see or understand the fruits of this relationship, and it's unclear to me how long Microsoft and SUSE will remain in bed together. (For example, if they succeed in knocking Red Hat Linux off its current perch atop the Linux world, will Microsoft lose interest in ailing Novell? My guess is yes.)

Official Press Release:
Microsoft and Novell Announce Broad Collaboration on Windows and Linux Interoperability and Support

Friday, November 03, 2006

Internet Explorer 7 will be delivered through Automatic Updates - customers should complete preparations by November 1

This announcement provides an overview of the delivery process and options available to IT Administrators to prevent delivery of Internet Explorer 7 to their organization through Automatic Updates.

Source : Microsoft.com/Technet

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Microsot release Technical Preview of FastCGI component for IIS

Microsoft is excited to announce a technical preview release of FastCGI for IIS, a new component for Microsoft's Web server platform.  This release is available immediately for download to Windows Vista, Longhorn Server and previous versions of IIS including IIS 6.0 in Windows 2003 Server and IIS 5.1 in Windows XP

Source : IIS.net

Monday, October 30, 2006

Royale Noir: Secret XP Theme uncovered

From istartedsomething.com blog :

Sometime after the launch of XP, somewhere in Redmond, someone on the Microsoft design team was in the progress of developing something for Media Center. It was believed to be too powerful for public consumption and forever archived in the servers at 1 Microsoft Way. Now 3 years later, a young hobbit man by the name of W3bbo saw light of this unheard of theme, and traveled far and wide to uncover its mysteries. One theme to find. One theme to upload. One theme to rule them all.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Windows Desktop Search 3.0 is available

I'm not sure yet about what's new in these release. But I was a big user of WDS vers 2.06 so the upgrade seems natural to me.

More infos at support.microsoft.com

Thursday, October 26, 2006

nonadmin.editme.com

This is a community site for PC users who want to run without administrator privileges (also known as least-privileged user accounts or limited-user accounts ou LUA). Running as non-admin is a great way to improve your computer's security, and you don't need to buy any extra software to do it!

Source : nonadmin.editme.com

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Microsoft Releases Windows Defender final !

Yesterday Microsoft released the final version of Windows Defender. Don't wait to long to upgrade the BETA 2 will expires on december 21.

Read the Release Notes and Download at Microsoft.com

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Microsoft Releases Windows Inernet Explorer 7 !

Microsoft Corp. today released to the public Windows® Internet Explorer® 7 for Windows XP, the latest version of the world’s most popular Web browser.

More info at www.microsoft.com/presspas

Download IE7 (in english only) :

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Dark Side of Windows Vista RC1

From Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows :

In a recent showcase, I highlighted five things I really like about Windows Vista. That's a cute list, and certainly, I could easily come up with another 5, or 10, or 20. And you know, maybe I'll do just that. But first, I'd like to discuss a number of problems I have with Windows Vista. This, to be honest, is a long list. That doesn't mean that Windows Vista is a waste of time, or a product to be reviled. As a friend once noted, "it's good enough to criticize." Well, maybe. It certainly deserves to be criticized.

You see, Windows Vista isn't perfect. It's not even close to perfect. It's better than Windows XP is, of course, but it damn well should be: It benefits from five more years of experience and work. Being better is the minimum requirement. Whether Vista is enough of an improvement over XP to warrant your hard earned money is a subject I'm saving for my eventual review of the final shipping version of the product, but I'll give you a bit of preview now and say the answer may surprise you. In the meantime, let's harp a bit on the things I don't like about Vista as it now stands in RC1 form.

Read the complete article at www.winsupersite.com

Wireless Client Update for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (kb 917021)

This update enhances support for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) options in Wireless Group Policy. This update helps prevent a Windows wireless client from advertising the wireless networks in its preferred networks list.

Read the complete description at support.microsoft.com
Download the update at www.microsoft.com/downloads

Note : This update is not distributed via Windows Update or WSUS.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Microsoft Optimization Pack ... for Software Assurance

Today Microsoft announced the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance. A desktop management solution designed to complement Windows Vista Enterprise to provide even higher levels of manageability for desktops and software assets.

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance includes:

  • Microsoft SoftGrid, an application virtualization and streaming solution that can deliver applications to users in seconds, without being locally installed, on any PC they login to. Virtualization also resolves many application compatibility conflicts because each application can run with the version of a supporting file that it needs.
  • Microsoft Asset Inventory Services, which analyzes all programs on employee PCs, reducing the labor and guesswork that often stymies attempts to inventory the applications on the PCs within an organization and turns that into intelligent reports and analysis.
  • Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management, which provides versioning, history, and rollback of Group Policy settings, along with delegation and role based administration.
  • Microsoft Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset, designed to help IT departments quickly pinpoint the causes of PC troubles, recover lost data, and reduce future downtime with post-crash analysis.

Unfortunately looks like you have to buy the Software Assurance for your PC if you want to use this pack. Anyway it is supposed to be available in january 2007.

Read more at Microsoft.com/windowsvista

Monday, October 16, 2006

Deconstructing .NET 3.0

Matthew David introduces the new .NET 3.0 Framework, comparing it to previous releases and pointing out the fancy new features we can look forward to using.

Read the article on Informit.com

Notepad tips and tricks

From the MSC team in Ireland :

  • Press ctrl-G and enter a line number to go to (VERY useful when debugging VBScript errors)
  • maintain a log file with timestamps :
    • open notepad
    • set the first line to be (without the quotes and in uppercase) ".LOG"
    • press enter and save/close the file
    • every time you open the file, notepad will automatically insert the system date/time at the end of the file and add a new line where you can begin typing

Read the complete article at blogs.technet.com

Licensing Changes to Windows Vista

Paul Thurrott as an excellent article to clarify all the things you read about licensing in vista.

I'm here to tell you that virtually everything you've read online about the changes to Windows Vista's end-user license agreement (EULA) is wrong.

Read it on Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows.

[october 16th] Koroush Ghazi from www.TweakGuides.com reply to Paul

Tuning Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM eServer xSeries Servers

IBM just released another good article form the Redpaper series : «Tuning Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM eServer xSeries Servers». Haven't read it yet, but looks really cool.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Understanding Linux Performance
Chapter 2. Monitoring tools
Chapter 3. Tuning the operating system
Chapter 4. Analyzing performance bottlenecks
Chapter 5. Tuning Apache
Chapter 6. Tuning database servers
Chapter 7. Tuning LDAP
Chapter 8. Tuning Lotus Domino

Friday, October 13, 2006

XP Myths

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.

Note : Also check the Optimize XP and Firefox Myths.

Eudora to be set free !

QUALCOMM is announcing that its Eudora email program will become an open source product effective the first half of calendar year 2007. As an open source product, it will be free to all customers.

QUALCOMM is also announcing today the launch of the last commercial versions of Eudora, version 7.1 for Windows and version 6.2.4 for Mac. The commercial versions will be available until the open source version is available at the discount price of $19.95 and will include three incidents of technical support in a six-month period.

To know more read the FAQ on Eudora web site.

Windows Desktop Search: Internet Explorer History Protocol Handler Add-in

There is a new add-in for Windows Desktop Search (WDS) that allow you to index your Internet Explorer History.

Download it at Microsoft.com

Information Index for Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1

By now you must be thinking about upgrading to IE7. If you want to know more or are searching for any info about what's new you should look at this index at msdn.microsoft.com

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Virtual PC 2007 Beta now available on Connect

The Virtual PC 2007 beta 1 is now available on Microsoft Connect.

What’s new in Virtual PC 2007 Beta

Hardware-assisted virtualization*

Virtual PC 2007 includes support for virtualization technology from Intel and AMD. By default, hardware-assisted virtualization is enabled if the feature is enabled on the physical computer. You can turn this assistance on or off for each virtual machine by modifying the virtual machine settings.

Support for Windows Vista as a host operating system

This beta release of Virtual PC 2007 introduces support for Windows Vista as a host operating system. The following versions of Windows Vista are supported: Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Ultimate.

Support for Windows Vista as a guest operating system

This beta release of Virtual PC 2007 introduces support for Windows Vista as a guest operating system. The following versions of Windows Vista are supported: Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Ultimate.

Support for 64-bit host operating system

This beta release of Virtual PC 2007 supports 64-bit host operating systems. However, there is no support for 64-bit guest operating systems.

* Installing Virtual PC 2007 Beta on a computer that has AMD hardware-assisted virtualization support and uses an x64 version of Windows as the host operating system may generate a bug check and shut down the operating system. This occurs because x64 versions of the Windows operating system protect a critical system register that Virtual PC 2007 modifies to enable hardware-assisted virtualization. You can resolve this issue by installing a hotfix prior to installing Virtual PC 2007. The hotfix is available and can be downloaded from this beta site by clicking on the ‘Downloads’ link on the left pane of this page.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

10 Things You Need to Know about Deploying Windows Vista

So here are 10 deployment differences between Windows® XP and Windows Vista™ that you'll be glad you discovered when it's time to make the move.

Source : TechNet Magazine / November 2006

UAC in MSI Notes: Answers to questions in comments from earlier blog post

Microsoft employee Robert Flaming has been publishing some excellent information about how Vista's UAC and MSI interact.

Read the post in the Setup Sense and Sensibility blog

Google Docs & Spreadsheets (Writely) is online

The small Word & Excel online-apps from Google is released. Thanks to AJAX this is a neat application. Try it at docs.google.com

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

e-mail is for old people

As students ignore their campus accounts, colleges try new ways of communicating

Interesting article by Dan Carnevale from THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Volume Activation 2.0: Another Potential Vista Gotcha ?

Mary Jo Foley wrote on ZDNet All about Microsoft Blog :

For those who’ve yet to hear about it, Volume Activation is a new digital-license activation technology aimed at businesses. It’s part of the larger “Software Protection Platform” that Microsoft is constructing to combat piracy.

In short, Microsoft is not going to allow enterprises to operate on an honor system, when it comes to proving how many copies of Windows they’ve paid to license. Just like it does with individual Windows users, Microsoft is going to start requiring companies to authenticate their new versions of Windows within 30 days of installing.

Get into the Groove: Solutions for secure and Dynamics Collaboration

There is an interesting artice in Technet Magazine's october issue about Microsoft Groove 2007.

Read the article

Monday, October 02, 2006

New Release! Windows Live Writer 1.0 (Beta) Update with Windows Live Gallery

The following is a summary of the changes in the Writer 1.0 (Beta) Update (build 141) :

  • Tagging support
  • Support for Blogger Beta
  • Categories are sorted by name and support scrolling, plus improved support for reading categories from your blog
  • Improved startup performance
  • Paste is enabled for Title region and TAB/SHIFT+TAB navigation between title and body supported
  • Insert hyperlink added to context menu when text is selected
  • Title attribute in Insert Link dialog
  • Custom date support for Community Server
  • Improved keyboard shortcuts for switching views
  • Change spell-check shortcut key to F7
  • Add ‘png’ to insert image dialog file type filter
  • More robust image posting to Live Spaces
  • Improved style detection for blogs 
  • Fixed issues with pasting URLs and links
  • Remember last window size and position when opening a new post
  • Open post dialog retrieves more than 25 old posts

Read the complete article and download at Writer Zone Blog

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Creating Mac OS X Applications with MS Visual Studio Express

It is possible to write applications for OS X using Microsoft's Visual Basic, thanks to .NET Framework's Common Language Infrastructure and the open source Mono Framework and wx.NET. It turns out it is quite easy to do so, and this short tutorial tells you how.

Read the tutorial ar mac.sillydog.org

Using Windows Explorer with Alternate Credentials

Ever wish you could start a second Windows Explorer with alternate credentials ? Well it is still impossible, but here's a little trick you could use to start Internet Explorer with an alternate credentials to explore any folder.

Read the article «Using Windows Explorer with Alternate Credentials» from Mitch Tulloch.

Note : It won't work with Internet Explorer 7

Windows PowerShell RC2 Now Available

From the PowerShellTeam Blog :

Today Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Windows PowerShell RC2, the command line shell and scripting language that helps IT Professionals achieve greater productivity and control of system administration. Using a new admin-focused scripting language and consistent syntax and utilities, Windows PowerShell accelerates automation.  Windows PowerShell is easy to adopt, learn, and use, because it works with existing IT infrastructure and scripting tools.

This Release Candidate 2 of Windows PowerShell addresses numerous customer requests based on their evaluation of Beta3 and RC1 including:

  • Direct ADSI support to allow IT Pros to more easily administer Active Directory
  • Improved support for Windows Management Instrumentation through ability to change WMI properties via methods
  • Additional logical operators (XOR and binary XOR) that make it easier to write sophisticated scripts
  • Improved help content and help functionality including new views that make it easier to find the right information.
  • Windows PowerShell 1.0 will release-to-web in Q4 CY06
  • Windows PowerShell will be leveraged by Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and System Center Operations Manager 2007.

Customers can download Windows PowerShell RC2 at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925228

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Ten Most Used BitTorrent Sites Compared

This study was just released that compares the ten most popular BitTorrent sites. A great read if you are torn between what site to use, it has benchmark graphs and anaylsis. the finding are rather suprising.

Source : comparebt.blogspot.com

Monday, September 25, 2006

Business Desktop Deployment for Windows Vista (BDD 2007)

Many things have changed in Windows Vista that will significantly help ease the deployment processes. These include the new out-of-the-box imaging technologies, the XML-based migration scripts, new tools for image engineering (ImageX and System Image Manager), enhancements to the unattend.xml format, as well as an updated version of the Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD), known as BDD 2007 Beta 1, to provide guidance on deployments.

More infos : Microsoft.com

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Windows Vista: The "choose your own daventure" UI

Long Zheng wrote in his i started someting blog :

Some of you may, and some of you may not, (so that’s everybody) know Windows Vista has 4 tiers of user interface experience, from the best to worst: Aero Glass, Vista Standard, Vista Basic and Windows Classic. So why so many? Who knows, graphics designers unemployment at an all time low in Redmond? But regardless of whether you like it or not, these are the choices that will be shipping with Vista so let’s understand it while we can.

I have taken the liberty (because no one else is as bored as I am) of taking 28 screenshots to compare the 4 different interfaces.

Monday, September 18, 2006

RunasSpc

Runasspc starts programs under another user account than the logged-in user. The application and the account information will be read from a secured crypt file, which built on command line with runasspc or the administrator interface runasspcadmin.

Each encrypted file receives his own password on runtime, created by the file  itself, like a finger mark. Before runasspc start the authorized application. The application will be checked on bit level.

Runasspc does not require an installation procedure. You only need to copy runasspc and a cryptfile on a computer to start it directly.

Runasspc can also be run without using a cyptfile. You can call runasspc with password in cleartext on commandline. It can be useful for tests.

Source : http://www.robotronic.de/runasspcEn.html

Introducing Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)

So what is WinRE?

Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) is a recovery platform based on Windows Preinstallation Encironment (WinPE). WinRE provides two main functionalities:

  1. Automatic diagnosis and repair of boot problems using a tool called Startup Repair.
  2. A centralized platform for advanced recovery tools.

WinRE is new for Windows Vista and completely replaces the recovery console in Windows XP. You should be able to perform most tasks of recovery console from WinRE.

Source : Windows RE Team's blog on MSDN

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool : A few facts

Each month Microsoft release an update to this tool via Windows Update. But did you know that :

  • The tool create a log file on your computer every time it runs. Check %WINDIR%\debug\mrt.log
  • You can run the tool from the web at Microsoft.com
  • You can check the complete list of malicious software cleaned by this tool at Microsoft.com
  • There is a support article that describe all functionalities and FAQ

Monday, September 11, 2006

FREE Windows PowerShell Help Tool from SAPIEN

SAPIEN Technologies (the creator of PrimalScript) has release a free help tool for PowerShell.

If you're using PowerShell RC1, then you might find this PowerShell Help tool to be useful. It's a Windows application that acts as a cmdlet reference - compliments of SAPIEN Technologies.

Microsoft opens Network Monitor 3 beta 2 to public

After many years the Microsoft network sniffer, Network Monitor (friendly called NetMon), is coming back.

Upcoming Network Monitor 3 will offer several new features and will finally be an uncapped, free, stand-alone application for Windows XP/2003/Vista/codename Longhorn (both 32 and 64bits):

Enroll for the beta at Microsoft Connect and check dedicated beta newsgroup

Source : Security Zero

Friday, September 08, 2006

Robocopy GUI

Robocopy (from Microsoft Windows Resource Kit) is really a must have tool to copy files accross the network.

But it's a command line and has so many options that every time I use it I must open the documentation to remember witch switch to use.

Thanks to Derk A. Benisch and his team there is a great GUI wrapper that save me a lot a time.

More info and download at www.gotdotnet.com/codegallery

What's the world fastest browser ?

APC Magazaine just publish an interessting article about web browsers performance :

Oh sure, the following tests aren’t as scientific as putting all the browsers in a ring and seeing which one is left standing after the fight, but it’s close.

... Well there’s a nice surprise! Even the aging IE6 bundled with Windows XP is a fair bit faster at the testpage than Firefox and Opera.

Take the test yourself at scragz.com

If you are more interested in web standards throw your browser through the Acid2 test.

Read the article at www.apcstart.com

Thursday, September 07, 2006

AdmitMac

ADmitMac allows PowerPC and Intel Macintosh users running Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, or Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger (with the latest updates), to participate in and take advantage of all the directory services provided by Microsoft’s Active Directory.


BASIC ADmitMac FEATURES :

  • Administrators can easily manage Macintosh computers in their Microsoft Windows domain - without special training.
  • Installs on the Mac with no Active Directory schema changes required.
  • Provides secure access using Kerberos.
  • Provides bidirectional file and printer sharing.
  • Supports Windows login security restrictions.
  • Allows users to easily change passwords.
  • Support for Dfs - home directories can be mounted using Dfs, and Shares on the Mac support Dfs as well.
  • Supports NTFS file format - does not create “dot-underscore” files.
  • Supports Windows ACLs (Access Control Lists) under OS X v10.4.2 “Tiger.”
  • Supports long share names.
  • Preserves users’ custom desktop and documents no matter which computer they log into.
  • Offers complete interoperability with Services for Macintosh.
  • Works with older NT directory services.
  • Users can mount shared folders to which they are allowed access via the ADmitMac Browser or Connect to Server.

You can even join a Mac computer to a Windows domain.

More infos : www.thursby.com

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Microsoft Expression Web goes Beta

Microsoft Expression Web, formley known as Expression Web Designer has moved from Community Technology Preview (TCP) to full-fledged beta status.

Read the excellent article "Microsoft Expression Web Designer drops FrontPage Support, goes Beta" by Steve Bryant's at eWeek weblog

More infos at Microsoft.com

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 2 download link and availability

Beta 2 of Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 has been made available for public release. For more information, sign up at http://connect.microsoft.com

Beta 2 introduces support for AMD Virtualization Technology (formerly Pacifica) for hardware assisted vitualization. Beta 1 previously introduced this support for Intel VT.

Beta 2 also introduces VSS support, a long asked for capability to be able to perform snapshot backups, and support for mounting of Virtual Hard Disks.

Source : Bink.nu

Mac mojo -- The Office for Mac Team Blog

Microsoft's MAC Business Unit (MBU) has launch its first official blog, wich is available on the company's website.

Called 'Mac Mojo', the blog is focus on the company's Office for Mac Development.

Rootkit Removal Tools

Joseph Edwards from WindowsIT Pro has written a good article on Rootkit Removal Tools.

He has produce the following list of tools : 

To get info on each tool you must read the article.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Microsfot Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1

Today, Microsoft is announcing the availability of Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) for Windows XP, available via free download at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/default.mspx . With this release, Microsoft is strongly encouraging web developers, enthusiasts and IT professionals to finalize their testing and ready their environments for the final availability of IE7.

ManageEngine RoboIQ 2

RoboIQ is a Job Scheduling and IT Automation Software great for network and server automation. And at only 209$ US it looks really interesting.

This could be a contender to Adtempus (from Arcana development) we are using.

source : ManageEngine.adventnet.com

Windows Server 2003 Access-based Enumaration

As a systems  administrator, you've probably had users complain that they can't access certain folders they see in Windows® Explorer. The cause is often simple: the user doesn't have permission to open those resources. That's probably as it should be, but the result is often a frustrated user.

This is a problem that shouldn't exist—you should be able to hide shares the user doesn't have permission to access. Since the release of an add-in called Access-Based Enumeration (ABE) for Windows Server® 2003 (SP1), you can do just that.

It's not new, I'm just sorry I didn't find about it sooner.

Download : Microsoft.com/Downloads
Source : TechNet Magazine Utility Spotlight

Sophos Anti-Rootkit

Sophos just release a free software that finds and removes any rootkit that is hidden on your computer.

Source : Sophos.com

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Create a taskpad to delegate the 'join computer to a domain' rights

You can pre-configure the option called "The following group or user can join this computer to a domain and this is by default Domain Admins group" available when you create a computer account.

To do so, add to the DELEGWIZ.INF file (%WINDIR%\INF) a NEW template (see below) you can use to delegate the task of JOINING COMPUTERS TO THE DOMAIN (not the creation of computer accounts). REPLACE THE X with an UNUSED NUMBER!


;----------------------------------------------------------
[templateX]
AppliesToClasses = domainDNS,organizationalUnit,container
Description = "Join a computer to the domain in an OU (computer account pre-created)"
ObjectTypes = computer
[templateX.computer]
;Right to join computers to domain
CONTROLRIGHT= "Reset Password","Validated write to DNS host name","Validated write to service principal name", "Account Restrictions"
;----------------------------------------------------------

Don't forguet to add your templateX id in the liste of the [DelegationTemplates] section.

Now you can start 'Active Directory Users and Computers', right-clic any OU, select ,Delegate Control...', chose a group and select the new 'Join a computer to the domain in an OU (computer account pre-created)' template.

Source : www.activedir.org

Monday, August 21, 2006

User Agent String Utility version 2

A utility that opens an Internet Explorer 7.0 window that is configured to report its identity to websites as being Internet Explorer 6.0.

Source : www.microsoft.com/downloads

Friday, August 18, 2006

Microsoft Releases Windows XP hibernation issue fix

Finally Microsoft released this fix to the public (without the need to call support first)

If you use a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, or Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, when you try to put the computer in hibernation, the computer occasionally does not hibernate.

Get more infos and the fix at Microsoft.com

Source : Bink.nu

Thursday, August 17, 2006

DirectX 10 : Not just another version

This version has been re-built from the ground up to change the way applications think about material management and load balancing between the CPU and GPU. D3D10, as also DirectX10 is called, takes advantage of the improved communication between the CPU and GPU and efficiently manages the data transfer between them.

See for yourself (with screenshots) on the Vista Blog.

Fiddler HTTP debugger

Have you ever found yourself wondering how Microsoft Internet Explorer interacts with your Web application? Have you encountered a strange performance bottleneck that you can't track down? Are you curious about which cookies are being sent, or what downloaded content is marked as cacheable?

Microsoft Fiddler can help you answer these questions, and many more. Fiddler is an HTTP debugging proxy that logs all HTTP traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler enables you to inspect all HTTP traffic, set breakpoints, and "fiddle" with incoming or outgoing data. Fiddler is much simpler to use than NetMon or other network debuggers because it exposes only HTTP traffic and does so in a user-friendly format. Fiddler includes a simple but powerful Microsoft JScript .NET event-based scripting subsystem flexible enough to support a broad array of HTTP debugging tasks. Written in C# on the Microsoft .NET Framework, Fiddler is available as an unsupported PowerToy for Internet Explorer.

Source : www.fiddlertool.com/fiddler

Microsoft IIS 7.0 Beta

IIS 7 Beta is out since the end of june, sorry I mist that one (I was on vacation). From what I could tell it comes with the beta of Longhorn and Vista.

You can find more info about IIS 7 at those locations :

IIS.net

Microsoft recently unveiled www.iis.net, a Web site dedicated to IIS. This site provides access to IIS 7 beta download as well as lots of FAQs.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

First Impressions: WSUS 3.0 Beta 2

Jeff's Connected Corner has an excellent first impression article on WSUS 3.0 There is a lot of new stuff, to name a few :

  • MMC interface, no more web interface (YES !)
  • ‘WSUS Reporters’ Delegated Administration
  • Clients in Multiple Target Groups

I can't wait to see the final product.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Apple Mac OS X Leopard Preview

A lot have been said about last week announcement of the New Mac OS by Steve Jobs at Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC).

Paul thurrott's preview of Leopard is (as usual) pretty good and clarify some claims made by Jobs. A must read.

Read the article at Paul Thurrott's SuperSite

XSS, Cookies, and Session ID Authentication - Three ingredient for a successful hack

Cross site scripting (XSS) errors are generally considered nothing more than a nuisance — most people do not realize the inherent danger these types of bugs create. In this article Seth Fogie looks at a real life XSS attack and how it was used to bypass the authentication scheme of an online web application, leading to "shell" access to the web server.

Read the article at Informit.com

Windows Live Writer Beta

Microsoft has release a first public beta of a new blog-authoring tool, Windows Livre Writer. Il will allow user to post a veriety of blogging platforms, not just Microsoft's Windows Live Spaces.

Read more at the Writer Zone Blog

Download at Microsoft.com

Microsoft starts Windows Server Update Services 3.0 beta 2

No more info then that this is Beta 2 and that the program starts today and ends in 27th of Februari 2007.

Visit connect.microsoft.com for more info.

Source : Bink.nu

Friday, August 11, 2006

CSCCMD v1.1

If you are using Oflline files on Windows you must have this little Microsoft command line tool. It will allow you to :

  • Extract files from the cache
  • Check the db
  • activate and deactivate the system
  • pin and unpin a directory
  • delete files from the cache
  • and more...

And you will be able to do all that even if you server is down or crash.

You will find the documentation of CSCMD at Microsoft.com

Now the bad news : Miscrosoft hasn't release CSCCMD v1.1 to the pulic yet (don't ask me why), so you wont be able to find it in Microsoft downloads. But your lucky, someone gently put the file on MegaUpload for us (big thanks).

Unattended/Silent Installation Switch for Windows Apps

From unattended.sourceforge.net/installers.php

The goal of this document is to collect instructions for performing unattended / silent installations of many popular application installers. Such instructions are useful for automating these installations.
It's a good source of information, read it.

InstallSite - Software and Support for Setup Developers

InstallSite.org is a collection of tips, technical articles, sample code, tools, discussion forums, and the like for developers creating setups with Microsoft's Windows Installer (MSI) technology or InstallShield products. It also has information for System Administrators and IT Professionals repackaging and deploying MSI packages. InstallSite maintains a list of MSI authoring tools (including commercial tools, freeware and open source) and a list of books about Windows Installer and other setup related topics.

If you ever thought about making an installer for your application this is the place to start. You'll also find a complete list of authoring tools.

Microsoft Hosts Project to Run PHP on .Net

Extending its support for scripting and dynamic languages, Microsoft is hosting a project on its CodePlex site to deliver a PHP language compiler for the .Net Framework.

Known as Phalanger, the project reached Version 2.0 Beta 2 on July 30.

The primary goal of the project, released under Microsoft Shared Source Permissive License, is to enable full functionality of existing PHP scripts on .Net without any modification, Microsoft said.

Source : eweek.com

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

PowerShell Community Extensions

This is a new Community Project for Windows PowerShell

PowerShell Community Extensions or PowerShellCX is aimed at providing a useful set of additional functions, script, cmdlets and providers for PowerShell that members of the community have expressed interest in.

You can access the project at http://www.codeplex.com/Wiki/View.aspx?ProjectName=PowerShellCX

Intel® Centrino Wireless Driver Malformed Frame Remote Code Execution

Security vulnerabilities exist in the Microsoft* Windows* drivers for the Intel® 2200BG and 2915ABG PRO/Wireless Network Connection Hardware because of the way that they currently handle certain frames. An attacker could potentially exploit these vulnerabilities which could potentially lead to remote code execution and system control.

Source : Intel.com

Monday, August 07, 2006

Surveying open-source AJAX toolkits

Peter Wayner wrote in InfoWorld :

If you want to add AJAX to the magic collection of buzzwords supported by your Web site (and who can resist the siren call of the latest buzzword?), then you have two major options: purchase a proprietary package or experiment with open source libraries.

InfoWorld has covered a number of excellent proprietary AJAX toolkits in the past, and now we’re turning our attention to some of their open source rivals. Are they worth exploring for enterprise use?

In his article Peter examined these toolkits : Dojo, Google Web Toolkit, Microsoft Atlas, Open Rico, Yahoo AJAX Library, Zimbra Kabuki AJAX Toolkit

ASP.NET "Atlas" - July 2006 CTP

ASP.NET codename "Atlas" is a set of technologies to add Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML) support to ASP.NET. It consists of a client-side script framework, server controls, and more.

Read more and download it at atlas.asp.net

Friday, August 04, 2006

Turn your old PC into a ThinClient for FREE !

Yes it is possible !

With 2X ThinClientServer PXES edition you change you PC into a ThinClient that will boot teh free Linux thin client OS from the 2X ThinClientServer. It can then connect with RDP to a VMWare virtual machine.

You can do all that almost for free, you only need a Windows Server box. You can download 2X ThinClientServer PXES edition and VMWare Server for free.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Windows Server 2003 and XP x64 Editions Service Pack 2

There have been a few articles floating around on the Internet since we released the private beta of Windows Server 2003 SP2 a couple of weeks ago. To remove any mystery or speculation about what this Service Pack 2 is about, I thought I would take a couple of minutes to lay it out.

Read this article on the Windows Server Division Weblog.

Ultimate List of Free Windows Software from Microsoft

Microsoft has over 150 FREE Windows Programs available for download -- but finding them all is extremely difficult. Until now, thanks to the Road to Know Where!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Hey, Scripting Guy! Download

The first two years (almost) of Hey, Scripting Guy! articles are now available in a downloadable Help file. What's the big deal about that? How about the fact that you can now search close to 500 articles for just the script you're looking for? Not only that, but, because it's a download, you can take it with you just about anywhere - the beach, the top of Mount Whitney, a carriage ride through Central Park ... the possibilities are endless.

Monday, July 31, 2006

aptana - Free JavaScript IDE !

Aptana is a robust, JavaScript-focused IDE for building dynamic web applications. Highlights include the following features:

  • Code Assist on JavaScript, HTML, and CSS languages, including your own JavaScript functions
  • Outliner that gives a snapshot view of your JavaScript, HTML, and CSS code structure Error and warning notification for your code
  • Support for Aptana UI customization and extensions
  • Cross-platform support Free and open source. (Source available soon)

Get it at www.aptana.com

Top five things Microsoft can learn from Linux

Last week, I listed the Top five things Linux can learn from Microsoft. Well, it's a two-way street: Microsoft could really stand to learn a few things from Linux, too.

Source : Linux-Watch.com

Top five things Linux can learn from Microsoft

Linux does a lot of things right -- open-source, security, reliability -- but it's far from perfect. In fact, Linux and its vendors could stand to learn a few things from Microsoft. Yes, Microsoft. Like what? Here's my list of the top five things that Linux could learn from Microsoft

Source : Linux-Watch.com

Friday, July 28, 2006

OpenSTA

OpenSTA is an open source Web performance tester that runs on Windows.

Here's what Jim Rapoza said about it in an eWeek article :

This product isn't among the best we've seen in any area—it doesn't have the best interface for configuring tests, and its built-in reports options are fairly weak, for example.

But OpenSTA has one clear advantage over its expensive commercial competitors: It's a free, open-source product that, despite its limitations, lets businesses carry out high-level tests of enterprise Web applications.

You can download it at portal.opensta.org

Open Source vs .Net stacks

How does Windows Server (Windows+IIS+SQL server+ASP) compare to a LAMP (Linux+Apache+MySQL+PHP) installation ? Well not so bad, in fact pretty good.

That is the conlusion of an eWeek Labs article by Jim Rapoza.

It is also intersting to see how well an open source combo can perform on a Windows Server.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Windows Live Tool bar !

Microsoft has brought is Windows Live Tool bar addition for Internet Explorer (6 & 7) out of beta.

Great stuff ! You will gain tabbed browsing, phishing Filter, Search bar, RSS reader and more.

Get it at toolbar.live.com

Tip : To change your web search service from Windows Live to Google enter http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=$w

The ultimate guide to Live Communications Server 2005 SP1

This is the ultimate guide to Live Communications Server (LCS). You'll begin with an introduction to this technology and the suite of Unified Communications products offered by Microsoft, such as Live Meeting 2005, Communicator 2005, and LCS 2005 SP1. The book continues to cover details of the technical configuration of LCS 2005 SP1 and Communicator 2005.

Download it at www.microsoft.com

New Virtual Machine Additions available for Windows Vista CTP releases

From Virtual PC Guy's WebLog :

Yay! - We have new Virtual Machine Additions up for the Windows Vista CTP releases. These new Additions (13.709) have performance optimizations for Windows Vista Beta 2 (Build 5384), Windows Vista Beta 2 June Refresh (Build 5465) and Windows Vista Beta 2 July Refresh (Build 5472).

You can download the Additions from the Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta program at http://connect.microsoft.com. And for Virtual PC users - do not worry - the Additions are available as a separate download on the beta program, so once you have signed up you can download just the Additions and use them with Virtual PC.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Instructions for Upgrading to Windows Vista From a Legacy Windows OS

Microsoft just publish a page that explain how to upgrade your existing OS to Windows Vista. You'll notice that you have to do a clean new install (no upgrade) is you have Windows XP 64bit ou Windows 2000.

Source : Microsoft.com

MEMM 2.1 (Marco's Excel Management Macro)

It's a Microsoft Excel Add-In with a collection of functions which can be useful in an Enterprise environment based on Microsoft Windows operating systems. The main functions are based on retrieving information from Active Directory, modifying Active Directory and getting information from computers through WMI. Although there are more free tools available nowadays (like ADModify), it can be quite convenient to perform certain tasks directly in Excel.

Source : Bink.nu

ADModify.NET

ADModify.NET is a tool primarily utilized by Exchange and Active Directory administrators to facilitate bulk user attribute modifications.

Source : workspaces.gotdotnet.com/ADModify

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Virtual PC Is Now Free!

Yes, that's right free !

source : www.microsoft.com/virtualpc

Monday, July 17, 2006

How to switch between the 32-bit versions of ASP.NET 1.1 and the 64-bit version of ASP.NET 2.0 on a 64-bit version of Windows

This article discusses how to switch between the 32-bit version of Microsoft ASP.NET 1.1 and both the 32-bit version and the 64-bit version of ASP.NET 2.0 on a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows.

Source : Microsoft.com