Friday, March 31, 2006

WMI Diagnosis Utility

A New Utility for Diagnosing and Repairing Problems with the WMI Service

The WMI Diagnosis Utility is a VBScript script written by Alain Lissoir of the WMI team at Microsoft. This utility is designed to help you ascertain the current state of the WMI service on a computer. The utility can do everything from verify the validity of all your WMI namespaces to check for possible corruption of the WMI repository.

Get it at Microsoft Script Center

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Finally, Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Hardware Requirements

Microsoft just released the « Windows Vista Capable PC Hardware Guidelines ».

Check it at

Build .NET v1.1 application with Visual Studio 2005

Microsoft has released MSBee Beta 2. MSBee allows developers to write code in Visual Studio 2005 but still target the .NET 1.1 Framework.

See the MSBee Beta 2 Project Homepage

Next Microsoft Virtual Server slips to 2007

Stephen Shankland wrote at ZDNet News :

Microsoft has delayed until early 2007 an update for Microsoft Virtual Server, a technology that lets a computer run multiple incarnations of Windows simultaneously.

The SP1 (Service Pack 1) update to Virtual Server 2005 R2 will include support for two chip features, Intel's Virtualization and Advanced Micro Devices' Virtualization, that ease the task. Previously it had been scheduled to arrive in the fourth quarter, but a Microsoft representative confirmed the slip on Tuesday.

Read the article at News.zdnet

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Active Directory Performance for 64-bit Versions of Windows Server 2003

This white paper compares the performance of the 64-bit Windows Server 2003 operating system and the 32-bit Windows Server 2003 operating system with Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Active Directory operations. It also investigates workloads for which the 64-bit version of the operating system outperforms the 32-bit version.

Read it at Microsoft

Monday, March 27, 2006

Implementing IBM Director 5.10

This IBM Redbook describes how to implement systems management with IBM Director 5.10, discussing IBM Director architecture, its adherence to industry standards, and the planning required for a solution.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Planning for IBM Director
Chapter 3. Security planning and implementation
Chapter 4. IBM Director installation
Chapter 5. IBM Director configuration
Chapter 6. IBM Director tasks
Chapter 7. Event management
Chapter 8. Scenarios
Appendix A. Event actions
Appendix B. CIM subscriptions

Read the complete book at IBM.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Advanced SQL Injection In SQL Server Applications

Here's a good white paper writtent by Chris Anley about SQL Injection vulnerabilities :

Advanced SQL Injection In SQL Server Applications

Friday, March 17, 2006

Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment Standard Edition

The Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) delivers end-to-end guidance for efficient planning, building, testing, and deploying Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 edition, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, and Office Professional 2003 Editions. It helps IT professionals realize a quick return on investment while also setting new standards for reliability, performance, security, and ease of use.

Read more at the following links :

Monday, March 06, 2006

Open source not ready for higher education?

Interesting article from Ryan Paul at arstechnica.