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