Thursday, December 20, 2007

2007 Office System Converter: Microsoft Filter Pack

This download will install and register IFilters with the Windows Indexing Service. These IFilters are used by Microsoft Search products to index the contents of specific document formats. This Filter Pack includes IFilters for the following formats: .docx, .docm, .pptx, .pptm, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlsb, .zip, .one, .vdx, .vsd, .vss, .vst, .vdx, .vsx, and .vtx.
Because Windows Desktop Search (WDS) consumes IFilters from Windows Indexing Service, the IFilters will be automatically registered and available for use by WDS.
To register these IFilters with a specific Search product, please see the associated KB article below:

Source : www.microsoft.com/downloads/

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Visual Basic Language Specification 9.0

The Visual Basic Language Specification provides a complete description of the Visual Basic language 9.0.

Download : www.microsoft.com/downloads

Windows PowerShell Help - Live on TechNet

Updated Windows PowerShell Help topics are now live in the TechNet library at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb978526.aspx. We'll be updating weekly, so keep it bookmarked and check back frequently.

If you misplace this easy-to-recall URL, you can find us anyway:

  1. Go to TechNet (http://technet.microsoft.com).
  2. Click the Library tab.
  3. In the TOC, click Windows PowerShell.

Source : blogs.msdn.com/powershell

Monday, December 17, 2007

PowerShell output to gridview

One of the new feature areas for PowerShell V2 CTP is support for rich output.  The out-gridview cmdlet allows you to send the output of any PowerShell command into a fully interactive grid window.

Really cool !

Source : blogs.msdn.com/powershell

Microsoft SharePoint Developer Documentation Team Blog

There's a new blog on msdn about SharePoint :

Microsoft SharePoint Developer Documentation Team Blog
Official Blog of the SharePoint Developer Documentation Team

Well in fact it's not so new, it was created last November, but I guess I was sleeping that day.

  • Thursday, December 13, 2007

    Visual Studio 2008 Rhythm Training Virtual PC (Windows Server 2003)

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 is the next-generation development tool for Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System, and the Web. This is a Virtual Machine (VHD) that is designed to help you get started with Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5.

    Download : microsoft.com/downloads/

    Tuesday, December 11, 2007

    Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is available !

    The service pack 1 for SharePoint Services 3.0 is now available for download.

    You can get a complete description of SP1, including a list of issues that were fixed, in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 936988: Description of the Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 1

    Download links :

    [December 12, 2007] On the Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog you will find the official annoucment and more d├ętails.

    Performance recommendations for storage planning and monitoring

    This new whitepaper paper provides key recommendations and best practices to help administrators of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 plan and monitor their SQL Server storage requirements to support optimal performance and operation of their server farms.

     

    This paper has a ton of new information for recommendations on optimizing your hardware and storage.

     

    Download this paper as a Microsoft Word document (.doc)

    Source : blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint

    Monday, December 10, 2007

    Windows Vista SP1 Guides for IT Professionals

    These guides provide instructions for evaluating and deploying Windows Vista SP1.

    Product Evaluation

    Overview of Windows Vista Service Pack 1

    This white paper presents an overview of Windows Vista SP1 and the improvements it contains.

    Notable Changes in Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Release Candidate

    This document describes the notable changes made to Windows Vista in Service Pack 1 Release Candidate, which were focused on addressing specific reliability, performance, and compatibility issues, supporting new types of hardware, and adding support for several emerging standards.

    Enterprise Guidance for Application Compatibility Testing and Windows Vista SP1

    This white paper provides enterprise customers guidance for testing applications on the currently available version of Windows Vista and Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1).

    Getting Started

    Release Notes for This Release Candidate of Windows Vista Service Pack 1

    These release notes address late-breaking issues and information about this release of Windows Vista SP1.

    Hotfixes and Security Updates included in Windows Vista Service Pack 1

    This document contains a list of all the hotfixes and security updates included in Windows Vista SP1.

    Deployment

    Deployment Guide for the RC1 Version of Windows Vista Service Pack 1

    This guide includes technical information, procedures, and recommendations for installing Windows Vista SP1 in a business or corporate environment.

    Source : technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsVista
    Downloadable version of thoses guides : microsoft.com/downloads

    Announcing the Beta Release of the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool

    The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool (Beta) provides a wealth of helpful information when planning a SharePoint Products and Technologies deployment; helping administrators, consultants, and IT Pros determine the potential required hardware investment(s) and topologies to support and meet requirements for availability and performance or even the affect of introducing additonal offices with their own unique bandwidth and latency constraints. 

    Using the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool (Beta) you can build topology models, run simulations, and generate reports that will help you evaluate and identify alternative solutions considering profile-based usage variations, content size and scope, networking technology, and availability requirements.

    The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool (Beta) provides both Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 models allowing you to explore the unique characteristics of each platform and more effectively and efficiently plan topologies based on their respective infrastructure requirements.

    To being using the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool (Beta) or to learn more visit: connect.microsoft.com

    Source : Bill Baer's blog

    Thursday, December 06, 2007

    Sharepoint Database Exporter

    This great tool allow you extract data from a SharePoint Database directly through SLQ. So in case of a crash, if you just want to restore a few documents, don't bother to install a new SharePoint Server, just restore your SQL backup in a new BD and use «SharePoint Database Exporter».

    Many thanks to Pascal Gill who gave us this great tool for free.

    More infos and Download : blog.dreamdevil.com

    Note : There is an Alpha (pre-beta) version of SharePoint Database Exporter for Sharepoint 2007 and WSS 3.0.

    Add Silverlight to Sharepoint 2007

    Recently I was asked how to display Rich media (mainly video) in Sharepoint 2007 by our communications department. This shouldn't be too hard to do so time to whip up a quick demo/proof of concept to make sure that it in fact can be done, and what better way than to create a custom web part that embeds Microsoft's Silverlight.

    Read the article : www.liveside.net

    Reduced Functionality Mode will be removed in Vista SP1

    Almost all the IT news sites covered this great news. I think it was predictable that Microsoft would remove Reduced Functionality Mode (RFM) sooner or later. I am just a little surprised that they gave up so soon. My personal term for RFM and Vista activation in general is Windows Genuine Activation mess (WGA). If you have been reading this blog for some time now, then you know what I am talking about.

    Source : 4sysops.com

    Wednesday, December 05, 2007

    RSS feed for SharePoint content on MSDN now available

    In addition to the useful RSS feeds that have been listed on the SharePoint Community Portal Feeds list for many months now, the new (English only) RSS feed for SharePoint content on MSDN is now available at http://www.microsoft.com/feeds/msdn/en-us/sharepoint/rss.xml. If you're a developer doing work on SharePoint or just interested in SharePoint, you should definitely subscribe to this feed!

    Source : Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog

    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Community Technology Preview (November 2007) VHD Brief Description

    This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This allows you to trial SQL Server 2008 CTP in a virtual environment.

    Download : www.microsoft.com/downloads

    2007 Office System Service Pack 1 to Release to Web Tuesday December 11th

    Next Tuesday, December 11th 2007, the Office System team here at Microsoft expects to announce the availability for download of the 2007 Microsoft® Office System Service Pack 1 (SP1).  This is sooner than previously announced for the "release to web" when the target date was announced at the IT Forum in Europe earlier this year!

    Source : blogs.technet.com/upstate-ny-technology

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 VHD - 32-bit version

    This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you to evaluate Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 for 30 days.

    Download : www.microsoft.com/downloads

    Friday, November 30, 2007

    Preview into WSS 3.0 SP1 and SharePoint Server 2007 SP1

    Anticipation and excitement around Service Pack 1 for WSS 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 has been building, and I'm excited to share some information on the upcoming service packs.  There are truly gifts for everyone in Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 SP1 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP1.  From developers getting excited about AJAX support and compatibility to IT Pro's being excited about the new STSADM commands allowing them to repartition their databases not to mention the new performance, manageability, and security enhancements in Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7.  (Which easily promises to be best server OS release ever.)  Even information workers are well served with over 60 hotfixes across the SharePoint Products and Technologies addressing issues related to workflows, alerts, and list views.

    Windows Server 2008 Support and Compatibility

    All of the Windows Server 2008 editions except core will be compatible with WSS 3.0 SP1 and SharePoint Server SP1 at RC1 and beyond.  New slipstream download version of WSS 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server will include SP1

    ASP.NET for AJAX Compatibility and Support Including Support for Web Parts Built with AJAX Control Toolkit for ASP.NET and AJAX 1.0 Extensions (941955)

    You can now use the Microsoft AJAX 1.0 Control toolkit for Microsoft ASP.NET or the AJAX 1.0 Extensions for ASP.NET to create Web Parts for asynchronous post pack.  Beginning with WSS 3.0 SP1 and MOSS 2007 SP1, developers can create custom Web Parts using AJAX.

    New STSAdm Commands

    • Mergecontentdbs - For consolidating or repartitioning site collections across content databases (939035)
      (Todd Klindt has written up some steps on how to use mergecontentdbs.  I also recommend some background on database partitioning of site collections and why you'd use mergecontentdbs from Joel Oleson's blog.)
    • Renamesite – used for renaming host named site collections (939535)
    • Peoplepicker-searchadcustomfilter, Peoplepicker-serviceaccountdirectorypath, Peoplepicker-setsiteaccountdirectorypath, Peoplepicker-getsiteaccountdirectorypath, Peoplepicker-tzmove - Ability to scope the People Picker for managing permissons to scope to an Active Directory OU (806244)

    You'll see much more documentation on these commands at release.

    Includes 60+ Hotfixes Across WSS 3.0 SP1 / SharePoint Server 2007 SP1

    Top requested and support related Hotfixes are listed below.  A more verbose list of hotfixes will be included with the knowledge base content released with service pack 1.  Note: To get more information on the hotfixes below appending the hotfix number to the end of the following URL in your browser: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/

    Example: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938663

    • Hotfix 938663: Timer jobs delayed one hour because of DST
    • Hotfix 936867: Inherit permissions causes permissions loss
    • Hotfix 930807: Cannot open WSS alerts in Outlook 2007 cached mode
    • Hotfix 932816: Workflow does not continue after pause for duration
    • Hotfix 936867: Export fails with FatalError User cannot be found
    • Hotfix 938888: Edit document crashes with multiple versions of Office installed
    • Hotfix 934790: Peoplepicker-searchadcustomquery filter correction
    • Hotfix 926284: List view web part not retained saving template
    • Hotfix 934793: Fixes to support indexing Exchange 2007 public folders
    • Hotfix 933819: Fixed crawling IBM Notes indexing ID access issues
    • Hotfix 934790: Fix to Alerts logic to address mails not being sent in specific scenarios
    • Hotfix 932620: Fix to CMS Migration link image attachment
    • Hotfix 939599: Fix to LDAP related FBA memory issue
    • Hotfix 939188: Content deployment fix - The file 'XXXX' is not checked out…

    More later....

    Joel Oleson
    Sr. Technical Product Manager

    Source : blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint

    Wednesday, November 28, 2007

    PowerShell Plus for FREE !

    PSplus

    PowerShell+ is now free for non-commercial use. Get your personal copy now: http://www.powershell.com/downloads/psp1.zip!

    Read more : www.powershell.com/plus

    How to uninstall kb907306

    If you installed the software Update for Web Folder of may 18,2007 (kb97306) you may discovered afterward that you can't uninstall it.

    Here's a trick to do that :

    1. Re-download the update from Microsoft Downloads
    2. Open a command line in the directory containing the downloaded file (webfldrs-KB907306-ENU.exe)
    3. Launch the package with the /C switch (Webfldrs-KB907306-ENU.exe /C) to extract the MSI file from the package.
    4. Right-click the webfldrs.msi file and chose uninstall

    Monday, November 26, 2007

    VMRCPlus 1.6 released

    Looks like there is a new version of VMRCplus available since November 2, sorry I missed it.

    According to 4sysops the Snapshot feature is now working (didn't test it yet).

    You can read about this new version on Aaron Tiensivu's Blog

    Download : microsoft.com/downloads

    Tuesday, November 20, 2007

    Digg it!

    digg-ready

    Now you can Digg my posts !

    Check the little Digg it! icon Digg it! on the bottom of each post (next to the labels) and vote for me.

    For those of you interested, here's the code I have added to my blog template :

    
    <!-- digg post link -->
    <span class='item-action' style='padding-left: 12px'>
    <a expr:href='"http://digg.com/submit?phase=2&url=" + data:post.url + "&title=" + data:post.title' target='_blank'>
    <img alt='Digg it!' border='0' height='16' src='http://digg.com/img/badges/16x16-digg-guy.gif' style='border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px' width='16'/>
    </a>
    </span>
    

    Tuesday, November 13, 2007

    FastCGI Extension for Internet Information Services 6.0

    The FastCGI Extension for IIS 6.0 enables popular application frameworks that support FastCGI protocol to be hosted on the IIS web server in a high-performance and reliable way. FastCGI provides a high-performance alternative to the Common Gateway Interface (CGI), a standard way of interfacing external applications with Web servers that has been supported as part of the IIS feature-set since the very first release.

    CGI programs are executables launched by the web server for each request in order to process the request and generate dynamic responses that are sent back to the client. Because many of these frameworks do not support multi-threaded execution, CGI enables them to execute reliably on IIS by executing exactly one request per process. Unfortunately, it provides poor performance due to the high cost of starting and shutting down a process for each request.

    FastCGI addresses the performance issues inherent to CGI by providing a mechanism to reuse a single process over and over again for many requests. Additionally, FastCGI maintains compatibility with non-thread-safe libraries by providing a pool of reusable processes and ensuring that each process will only handle one request at a time.

    Source & download : microsoft.com

    Monday, November 12, 2007

    Sysinternals Insight for Active Directory v1.0

    adinsight

    ADInsight is an LDAP (Light-weight Directory Access Protocol) real-time monitoring tool aimed at troubleshooting Active Directory client applications. Use its detailed tracing of Active Directory client-server communications to solve Windows authentication, Exchange, DNS, and other problems.

    Source : bink.nu
    Download : www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals

    Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express VHD

    This download consists of a virtual hard disk (VHD), along with a walkthrough guide. The guide gives a hands-on tour of the product, along with useful information for administrators and other IT professionals. You can use the guide and VHD to demonstrate many of the key features of Microsoft Search Server 2008. The VHD includes all of the files and software you need in order to complete the walkthrough. They will provide you with a basic understanding of the configuration, administration, and end-user search capabilities in Microsoft® Search Server 2008 Express edition.

    Source : www.microsoft.com/downloads/

    Microsoft Deployment is ready for download

    Microsoft Deployment, the next version Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007, is finally available at Microsoft’s Download Center. A description of all new features can be found here.

    Friday, November 09, 2007

    Windows PowerShell Graphical Help File (Version 2.0)

    View the Windows PowerShell 2.0 help (including cmdlet help and the About topics) in a fully-searchable, graphical format (a standard Windows .chm file). Also included in the help file is the VBScript to Windows PowerShell Conversion Guide and a collection of PowerShell Tips of the Week.

    Source : www.microsoft.com/downloads

    Graphical PowerShell - Screenshots of Microsoft’s new free PowerShell IDE

    graphical_powershell_command_line

    Michael Pietroforte has a few screens shots of the new Graphical "IDE" in PowerShell 2.0 CTP in his 4sysops.com blog

    Thursday, November 08, 2007

    Register your @live.xx email now!

    Microsoft just enabled the @live.xx signup! Go grab yours now! http://get.live.com/getlive/overview for the local domains (eg @live.co.uk) or use the following link for @live.com - @live.com signup

    ... Signup is still somewhat buggy as it is being rolled out so just bear with it.

    Tip : You could also try this link to get an @live.ca account (in french)

    Source : www.liveside.net

    Network Monitor 3 One Click Capture Tool - BETA

    Wish you could get a network capture from a computer with no capture software installed? Wish you could have a network traffic "flight recorder" on a USB key? Here's your answer!"

     

    The motivation behind creating this tool was to provide an extremely simple way to get a trace from an end user. And the name says it all, though maybe a small bit of false advertisement as it may take a bit more than just one click :). Once you have it downloaded to your machine, you can launch the executable and it will lead you through some simple dialogs that install the tool and start a trace. Once the trace is complete, which means it was manually stopped by the user or the default time of 2 hours have passed, a window will be opened to the location for the capture, called OneClick.cap.

    Read more : Technet Network Monitor Blog

    Wednesday, November 07, 2007

    Windows Live Writer: Out of Beta

    Thank you to everyone who tried out the beta releases of Writer over the last year and gave us feedback. Over 1.5 million of you downloaded our last beta release, and your input helped make Writer the product it is today. 

     

    Our goal from the start has been to help make blogging more powerful, intuitive, and fun for everyone. Today, we’re proud to announce that Windows Live Writer 2008 is now available!

     

    Download it :

    Windows Live Writer 2008 (version 12.0.1366.1026)

    Mostly this new version is focused on raising the quality of Writer and putting the final fit and finish on the product. However, there are still a few new features in this release to check out: 

    • Windows Live Space support
    • Spell checking in 4 languages
    • Generic AtomPub support
    • Windows Vista x64 support

    Source : Writer Zone Blog

    New Windows Live Applications

    The following Windows Live applications are now out of beta :

    • Windows Live Messenger 8.5
    • Windows Live Mail
    • Windows Live Writer
    • Windows Live Photo Gallery
    • Windows Live OneCare Family Safety

    Check them out at www.windowslive.com

    Announcing Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express

    I’m pleased to announce that we're unveiling Microsoft Search Server 2008 today at the Enterprise Search Summit in San Jose!  The really exciting news is that we're also offering a free version of this product – Microsoft Search Server 2008 Expresswhich you can download now as a release candidate.  Our team worked extremely hard to get this release to you, and we’re proud of what we’re delivering today.

     

    Our aim for Search Server Express is to give you a free and powerful enterprise search product that’s incredibly easy for you to deploy. After you download it, you’ll find it takes just a few minutes to get it up and running. It’s going to be the fastest way you can bring an enterprise search experience into your business.

    Source : Microsoft Enterprise Search Blog

    Tuesday, November 06, 2007

    What's New in CTP of PowerShell 2.0

    The Community Technology Preview (CTP) of PowerShell 2.0 is now available for download. But first you should read the "What's new" posted by the Windows PowerShell Team.

    Monday, November 05, 2007

    Announcing SharePointPedia -- community driven content recommendations and requests!

    SharePointPedia is the successor of the "Recommended Reading" lists on the Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Blog. Here's what the have to say about this new site :

    SharePointPedia.com is a web site where people discover and share useful content about SharePoint and SharePoint related products and technologies. It’s a social computing application built on top of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. Anyone with a Windows Live ID may become a registered user and can then submit content recommendations or requests, leave comments, or just vouch for whatever they like.

    Note that SharePointPedia is not a wiki. It’s a “pedia” in the sense of being a compendium of useful content, but rather than being limited by just wiki functionality, it leverages the much broader set of capabilities in SharePoint. SharePointPedia is also about community, where you can find and connect with others, who have similar interests as you or who have recommended content relevant to you. We hope that you will find SharePointPedia useful, and we would greatly appreciate your feedback to make it even better.

    The Microsoft SharePointPedia Team

    Source : Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Blog

    Wednesday, October 31, 2007

    A simple Wizard control for .Net 2.0 with full designer support

    WizardDemo1

    If you ever want to create a Visual Basic 2005 application that works like a wizard you should have a look at this great control made by Manish Ranjan Kumar.

    Link : www.codeproject.com

    Windows Live Messenger Buttons

    Create a handy button so your friends can easily add you to their contact list.

    Buttons make it easy! Use the button builder below to create a button that fits your personal style or even just your mood. Add the button to your Windows Live Hotmail, Outlook and other email signatures, Windows Live Space, or blog, and your friends and family can simply click your button to add you to their contact list.

    Link : www.messengerbuttons.com

    Comparison of six free RDP client tools

    Great post by 'Michael Pietroforte' on his 4sysops blog where he compares the following free products :

    Source : 4sysops.com

    Tuesday, October 30, 2007

    DriveImage XML

    DriveImageXML 

    DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives.

    The program allows you to:

    • Backup logical drives and partitions to image files
    • Browse these images, view and extract files
    • Restore these images to the same or a different drive
    • Copy directly from drive to drive
    • Schedule automatic backups with your Task Scheduler

    Image creation uses Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing you to create safe "hot images" even from drives currently in use.

    Images are stored in XML files, allowing you to process them with 3rd party tools. Never again be stuck with a useless backup!

    Restore images to drives without having to reboot.

    DriveImage XML runs under Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista only. The program will backup, image and restore drives formatted with FAT 12, 16, 32 and NTFS.

    Since this program is currently distributed as freeware, we don't offer technical support for it. Please refer to the program's help file and documentation.

    Please refer to the program's FAQ to see if your questions are already answered.

    Note: You can run DriveImage XML from a WinPE boot CD-ROM.

    Download: DriveImage XML 1.21 (Freeware)
    View: Website

    Monday, October 29, 2007

    Integrating SharePoint with other portals and applications

    As more and more companies get past the pilot stage with their SharePoint 2007 deployments and start broad roll-outs in early 2008, there will likely be a significant increase in the need to integrate SharePoint with other portals and applications.

    I was just about to draft a blog entry, outlining the various integration options provided by SharePoint, when a few people pointed out to me that there was already an excellent post by Jose Barreto, who was an Enterprise Systems Architect prior to taking his current role as Technical Evangelist for the Microsoft Storage Partners Team. Although you can find some fairly useful content by doing a search for "sharepoint integration" or visiting our Interoperability Center for MOSS 2007, I like the way that Jose has laid out all of the integration options in a logical and succinct fashion in his blog entry, which he has given me permission to repost in its entirety below.

    Source : Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog

    Friday, October 26, 2007

    How to create a new site collection under the root of a SharePoint Service 3.0 site

    Did you ever try to create a new site collection in SharePoint Service 3.0 (WSS) with a URL like http://myserver.com/newsite ?

    Well, if you try then you already know SharePoint Central Administration site only allow you to create a site collection under http://myserver.com/sites (or any other defined managed paths with wildcard inclusion)

    Here's a trick to create a new collection under the root :

    1. Delete the managed path for (root) Explicit inclusion (Central Administration > Application Management > Define Managed Paths)
    2. Add a new managed path for / with Wildcard inclusion (Central Administration > Application Management > Define Managed Paths). At that point your root site (http://myserver.com/ will not be accessible, don't worry we will make it work again.
    3. Create a new site collection with the URL http://myserver.com/newsite (Central Administration > Application Management > Create Site Collection) 
    4. Delete the managed path for (root) Wildcard inclusion (Central Administration > Application Management > Define Managed Paths)
    5. Add a new managed path for / with Explicit inclusion (Central Administration > Application Management > Define Managed Paths). By the way, your root site (http://myserver.com/ is working again.
    6. Add a new managed path for /newsite with Explicit inclusion (Central Administration > Application Management > Define Managed Paths).
    7. Voila !

    STSADM Custom Extensions

    Gary Lapointe has an excellent blog about automating SharePoint 2007 Configurations via STSADM Custom Extensions.

    He has develop a lot of usefull stuff for SharePoint.

    Link : stsadm.blogspot.com

    Finding Client Info based on MAC address

    There is a DHCP Server management API DhcpGetClientInfo()  with which DHCPUser can get the information about DHCP Clients.

    There are three way to figure out the information for the client with the above API.

    • The first one is by specifing ClientIPAddress in DHCP_SEARCH_INFO structure.
    • The second way is by specifing the ClientName in DHCP_SERACH_INFO structure.
    • The third one and the trickest one is by specify the MAC addess. For particular MAC address there can be more the one address assigned to client in differnt subnets so while doing the search the API caller should specify in which subnet one wants to perform the serach.

    Read more : Microsoft Windows DHCP Team Blog

    White paper: Data protection and recovery for Office SharePoint Server in small to medium deployments

    This paper has been long in coming and I think they nailed it.  Announcing a new whitepaper...

    Data protection and recovery for Office SharePoint Server in small to medium deployments   

    This downloadable white paper explains how administrators managing small-to-medium-size deployments can protect and recover data. It describes data recovery tools and procedures from the item level to the farm level.

    Author: Bruno Lancelaeux a Sr. Consultant from OBS.

    Although the initial target for this paper was small to medium, the disaster recovery strategies and thoroughness of this 40 page paper including the best information out there on recovering an SSP, recovering any given server in the farm with step by step instructions. 

    Again, don't let the name fool you.  This is the best content that exists on the topic.  Sure there might be more info on mirroring elsewhere, but you really need to understand this content to create your baseline.  The name also implies we have more to give you, which is true as well.

    In addition to the Backup/Restore Paper being out the other huge announcement around backup is the RTM of Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM 2007).  Expect to see a lot more information about protecting your SharePoint Servers with DPM 2007 as the team releases detailed whitepapers on backing up your farms and restoring entire farms, databases, lists, and items on a recovery server.  Very reasonably priced as well.

    Backup/Restore Paper TOC:

    • Executive summary
    • Levels of data recovery in Office SharePoint Server 2007
    • Content recovery
      • Versioning
      • Recycle Bin
    • Site recovery
      • Office SharePoint Designer 2007
      • Microsoft IT Site Delete Capture feature 1.0 (Web Delete event)
      • SQL Server database snapshots
    • Disaster recovery
      • Office SharePoint Server components
        • Binary files
        • Configurations
        • Customizations
        • Content
      • Tools for backing up Office SharePoint Server
        • Built-in backup and recovery tools
        • SQL Server backup and recovery
        • Windows Server 2003 Backup tool
        • IIS metabase documentation
      • Components and backup tools
      • Planning your disaster recovery strategy
        • Determine likely recovery scenarios
        • Recommended backup standards
    • How to perform content recovery, site recovery, and disaster recovery tasks
      • Content recovery
        • Versioning
        • Recycle Bin
      • Site recovery
        • Use Office SharePoint Designer 2007 to back up a Web site
        • Use Office SharePoint Designer 2007 to restore a Web site
        • Use Microsoft IT Site Delete Capture 1.0 to capture and restore deleted Web sites
        • Create and view a database snapshot of an Office SharePoint Server content database
    • Disaster recovery
      • Backup procedures
      • Recovery

    Source : Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog

    MSDN/TechNet forums for SharePoint at http://mssharepointforums.com - the place for Q&A and discussions!

    Since the SharePoint 2007 products (WSS 3.0, MOSS 2007, and SPD 2007) released about 11 months ago, there has been a tremendous amount of Q&A and discussions in numerous blog comments, in several major public e-mail distribution lists, in a handful of newsgroups, in dozens of web forums, and in countless private corporate e-mail distribution lists. From what I can tell though I must admit that I haven't done extensive research, there's quite a bit of duplication in the topics being asked about or discussed.

    Forums to the rescue! And now there's a friendly URL for you to get to them much more quickly: http://mssharepointforums.com.

    Source : Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog

    Windows Vista x64: One Year Later

    A year ago, I advised users to stay away from Vista x64. But what a difference a year makes: Find out whether x64 passes muster now in my latest tech showcase,

    Windows Vista x64: One Year Later!

    Source : Paul Thurrott's SuerSite for Windows

    BDD is no more... long live MD!

    « We are pleased to announce the RC1 release and new name for the fourth generation deployment Solution Accelerator, Microsoft Deployment. »

    « Microsoft Deployment is the next version of Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007 »

    New Features in Microsoft Deployment

    Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 support, with the following features:

    • Full support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 deployments with Microsoft Deployment and Configuration Manager 2007.
    • Complete integration into the Configuration Manager 2007 admin console and task sequencing capabilities.
      • Quick start Configuration Manager 2007 operating system deployments using one wizard to create needed task sequences and packages.
      • Extension of the Configuration Manager 2007 task sequencing capabilities with new actions.
    • Feature parity with BDD 2007 and SMS 2003, including dynamic package installation, automatic determination of state store location, computer backup, and database settings.
    • Installation support for computers unknown to the Configuration Manager 2007 database
    • Added support for offline patching
    • Support for offline and online language pack installation
    • Deployment monitoring:
      • Updated Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007

    Lite Touch Installation (LTI) support for Windows Server 2008:

    • Support for deploying Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 and potentially RC1 (to be verified after RC1 release), including support for Server Core installation options.
    • Automated server role definition using Server Manager

    Lite Touch Installation (LTI) enhancements:

    • Enhanced disk and network interface cards (NICs) configuration options, including support for static TCP/IP configuration.
    • Design changes to ease the migration from LTI to Configuration Manager 2007.
    • Support for multiple task sequence templates. New sample templates include:
      • Client template: Windows Vista, Windows XP
      • Server template: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008
      • Replace scenario template
    • Ability to invoke web service calls
      • Support for web service calls from rules
      • Web services can be invoked as part of the rules processing performed by Microsoft Deployment, using new rules that can be defined in CustomSettings.ini.
    • Support for BDD 2007 upgrade or side-by-side installation with Microsoft Deployment.

    Lite Touch Installation (LTI) multicast support:

    • Deployment Workbench supports multicast transmission of operating system images when performing LTI deployments from Windows Server 2008 servers that are running Windows Deployment Services."

    Source : Windows Deployment Stuff Blog

    Dilbert : So that's why I'm so busy

    WDS 3.01 & WSUS: Apologies accepted

    In the saga of the Windows Desktop Search 3.01 update (kb917013) that was installed on all Windows XP computers via WSUS, Microsoft finally admited they made a mistake.

    Read the apolgies post on the WSUS Product Team Blog

    Monday, October 22, 2007

    Ubuntu 7.10 released

      The Ubuntu team is excited to bring you the absolute latest and greatest software that the open source and free software communities have to offer. This is Ubuntu 7.10, which brings a host of excellent new features.

    • GNOME 2.20
    • Desktop 3D effects
    • Desktop search
    • Fast user switching
    • Firefox plugins in Ubuntu
    • Dynamic screen configuration
    • Graphical configuration tool for X
    • Fully automatic printer installation
    • Handling of non-free device drivers
    • NTFS writing
    • Power consumption
    • Encrypted hard disks
    • AppArmor security framework
    • Additional installation profiles for Ubuntu Server
    • Profile-based Authentication Configuration
    • Improved thin-client support

    Read all about the new features : www.ubuntu.com

    Tuesday, October 16, 2007

    Apple Set to Launch Next-Gen OS

    by Paul Thurrott, thurrott@windowsitpro.com

    Plagued by delays and missing any of the exciting "secret" features promised a year ago, Apple Computer's next-generation Mac OS X operating system, code-named Leopard, will be released to the public on October 26, the company announced. Leopard is the fifth minor revision to the company's OS X system, and it's shipping almost exactly a year after Windows Vista, an OS that Apple incessantly ridiculed for its tardiness.

    Yep, reality really is distorted in Cupertino. And if you're looking for even more proof, consider the way that Apple hawks this system.

    "Leopard is packed with more than 300 new features and introduces a brand new desktop," the official announcement reads. Many of these 300 new features are, of course, comical. Ten of them exist in Xcode, a developer tool (in total, more than 40 of the new features are only for developers). Six new features are, seriously, listed under the screensavers category. Fully 24 of them exist in iChat, Apple's IM application. There are six new fonts features, three new Quick Look features (although Quick Look is itself, go figure, a new feature) and a dozen new UNIX features.

    If you can stop chuckling for a moment, Leopard does include a few minor but notable improvements. A new feature called Time Machine, a prettier version of the Previous Versions feature that Microsoft first shipped in 2003, lets users resuscitate previous versions of files. A new feature called Spaces allows users to use a years-old UNIX feature called workspaces in typically elegant Apple fashion. And Leopard can dual-boot with Vista, a feature that might prove to be the system's most popular.

    Apple is pushing other minor improvements, such as a slightly updated shell and desktop, minor revisions to the system's email and Web- browsing applications, and new parental controls that more closely mirror what Microsoft added to Vista. In short, Leopard appears to seriously under-deliver compared with both the competition and with what CEO Steve Jobs promised would be major secret new features. None of these have materialized.

    In related news, Apple also announced the Leopard version of Mac OS X Server. This one boasts only 250 new features, so it's presumably 17 percent less interesting than the client OS.

    This article was publish on the WinInfo list at WindowsItPro.com

    mRemote 0.0.7.0 Beta

    mremote

    mRemote allows you to manage all your remote connections in a single place. Currently it supports the RDP, VNC, SSH2 and Telnet protocols. The main intention is to have a central place to store all your connections and access them in the same window.

    Source : mstn.homedns.org
    Web Site : sourceforge.net/projects/mremote/

    Monday, October 15, 2007

    SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver v1.2 Official Release

    The Microsoft SQL Server JDBC team is proud to announce the general availability of the v1.2 RTW release.  This release continues Microsoft's commitment to the JAVA community and non-Microsoft centric programming platforms.  The driver can be found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/data/jdbc.

    Source : bink.nu

    SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP Community Technology Preview (October 2007)

    In its continued commitment to interoperability, Microsoft has released a new SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP. The SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP Community Technology Preview (CTP) download is available to all SQL Server users at no additional charge. The SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP is a PHP 5 extension that allows for the reading and writing of SQL Server data from within PHP scripts. The extension provides a procedural interface for accessing data in all editions of SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2000.

    Source : bink.nu

    Friday, October 12, 2007

    How to install a Sharepoint site template in the global library

    I'm a new Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 administrator. I recently downloaded the new 20 Site Admin Templates from Microsoft.

    They are great and suddenly I start wondering If I could install those templates for all my sites instead of manually installing them in every site collection. The anwser is Yes !

    Did you know that there is a central (or global) library for Sites Templates ? Don't try to find it in the central admin interface, it is not there. The only way to access it is with the stsadm.exe tool.

    The only problem is that stsadm.exe does not recognize the title and description of the template like the web interface of a site collection template library.

    So I have created a small script to install the 20 tempates with their orginal titles and descriptions.

    You can download my script here.

    It's very easy, simply extract the file InstallSiteAdminTemplates.cmd from the zip and copy it in the directory (on the server) were you downloaded and extract the 20 templates. Then just double-clik it (on the server).

    If your stsadm.exe file is not in the standard directory (C:\Program Files\Common Files\...) you may have to edit the script.

    After the installation you have to restart IIS (iisreset).

    To check if the templates are installed use the following command (on the server) :

    stsadm -o enumtemplates

    If you want to uninstall the templates you'll have to use stsadm like this :

    stsadm -o deletetemplate -title <template title>
    

    Have fun.

    SharePoint End User Training Kit now available!

    One of the most frequent complaints that we've received on this blog and elsewhere is the lack of end user training material for WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007. Although there are some companies offering training courses and a book or two focused on the end user, our customers want and deserve to get something directly from us.

     

    The SharePoint End User Training Kit is our offering, and it's available at no cost!

    Source : Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog

    Windows Live Writer Plugins

    Everything to make Windows Live Writer even easier and better

    Windows Live Writer Plugins conventiently lists plugins, addons, hacks and tutorials for Windows Live Writer, a desktop blogging program that can post to various types of blogs.

    Thank you Cynthia.

    On her blog you will find lots of stuff including the "Windows Live Writer Portable 2.0" and "Windows Live Writer Backup" tools.

    Link : http://wlwplugins.com/

    SharePoint 2007 Tools Collection v1

    Joris Poelmans has a cool list of Tools for SharePoint 2007. You should look at it.

    Link : http://jopx.blogspot.com

    Announcing the CKS: World Clock and Weather web part

    BambouWebPart In February, we published a KB article about the discontinuation of the MSNBC web parts in the online Web Part gallery. Of these web parts, the one that displayed weather information was one of the most popular. Bamboo Solutions, a SharePoint ISV partner since 2001, has graciously donated to the Community Kit for SharePoint project an enhanced version of the weather web part that fetches data from the MSN Weather service and displays the current time of the location. It can also accommodate multiple locations as shown below.

    Source : Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog
    Download : www.codeplex.com
    Company site : http://store.bamboosolutions.com

    Thursday, October 11, 2007

    DHCP Server Callout DLL for MAC Address based filtering

    This DHCP Server Callout DLL helps administrator to filter out DHCP Requests to DHCP Server based on MAC Address. When a device or computer tries to connect to network, it shall first try to obtain ip address from DHCP Server. DHCP Server Callout DLL checks if this device MAC address is present in known list of MAC addresses configured by administrators. If it is present, device shall be allowed to obtain ip address or device requests shall be ignored based on action configured by administrator.

    Source : Microsoft Windows DHCP Team Blog

    Wednesday, October 10, 2007

    Review: The Dude 3.0 - The best free network monitoring tool I have ever tried

    A network monitoring solution helps you get an overview of your network and it allows you to monitor the availability of devices and services. There are many sophisticated commercial monitoring tools. But The Dude from Mikro Tik is by far the best free network monitoring tool I have ever tried under Windows.

    Source : http://feeds.4sysops.com/~r/4sysops/~3/167074153/

    Wednesday, October 03, 2007

    BITS Repair Tool for Windows Vista (KB940520)

    The BITS Repair Tool will help you fix a problem caused by the corruption of BITS state files. The problem stops the host process for Windows Services, which prevents you from using BITS to transfer files. Use this tool to resolve the corruption and re-enable BITS transfers. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

    Source : Microsoft.com

    Windows Vista Reliability and Compatibility Updates

    Microsoft has released several updates to improve the reliabiliy and compatibility of Windows Vista in certain scenarios. The issues resolved by these updates are detailed in the following Knowledge Base articles:

    Source : www.activewin.com

    Tuesday, October 02, 2007

    Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer

    The Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer reads an Active Directory configuration using ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), and then automatically generates a Visio diagram of your Active Directory and /or your Exchange 200x Server topology. The diagramms include domains, sites, servers, administrative groups, routing groups and connectors and can be changed manually in Visio if needed.

    Source : Microsoft.com

    Friday, September 28, 2007

    The Power User's Guide to WIM and ImageX

    There is an excellent article in october's issue of TechNet Magazine about WIM and ImageX.

    Source : www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag

    FTP7 for Windows Server 2008 RC0 is released!

    Today Microsoft released the newest version of our FTP server for Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 (RC0)!

    Source & details : blogs.msdn.com/robert_mcmurray

    Thursday, September 27, 2007

    Using a microphone array to enhance sound capture

    ... You could invest in a recording booth, high-end studio microphone, and some high-quality shielded cables.  Or, you could use Windows Vista's new Microphone Array technology.  The former can cost many thousands of dollars.  The latter comes free with Windows Vista and when coupled with a PC equipped with a microphone array, the results can be dramatic.

    So what exactly is a microphone array?

     

    Simply stated, a microphone array is two or more microphones used at the same time to capture sound.  Windows Vista supports microphone arrays that consist of two or four microphones.  The advantage of using more than one microphone to capture sound is that it allows the software that is processing the microphone signals to determine the position of the sound in the room.

    Read the complete article : windowsvistablog.com

    Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 RTM

    We are very happy to announce that we released Microsoft PerformancePoint Server 2007.  PerformancePoint Server (PPS) allows to monitor, analyze and plan their business goals and performance against those goals.  PPS builds on top of and requires SQL Server and Microsoft Office.

     

    Source : blogs.msdn.com/usisvde

    New Administrative templates (.admx) for Windows Vista

    Microsoft offers new Group Policy templates for Vista. You probably know that in Vista the Administrative template files (ADM) were replaced by the XML-based ADMX format. Please, check out this article for more information about ADM and ADMX. I compared the new templates with the ones which come with Vista.

    Source : 4sysops.com

    Friday, September 21, 2007

    GNOME 2.20 released

    The GNOME desktop and platform received many improvements and new features. Learn more about this release through the detailed release notes.

    (GNOME 2.20 should be included in the next Ubuntu version 7.10)

    Wednesday, September 19, 2007

    Known issues after you install Office 2003 service pack 3

    After you install a Microsoft Office service pack, you are prompted unexpectedly to restart the computer. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    905726 You are unexpectedly prompted to restart the computer after you install an Office service pack or an Office update

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, an add-in, ActiveX control, or COM add-in may not work as expected in an Office 2003 program. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    938814 The functionality of an add-in, an ActiveX control, or a COM add-in is reduced, or the functionality is blocked after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, you may receive an error message when you try to create a new MAPI form in Outlook 2003. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    938816 Error message when you try to create a new MAPI form in Outlook 2003: "contact the administrator"

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, attachments that contain the .gadget extension cannot be opened in Outlook 2003. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    938811 Attachments that contain the .gadget extension cannot be opened in Outlook 2003 after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, the Fast Saves feature does not work as expected in Word 2003. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    938808 The Fast Saves feature in Word 2003 no longer functions after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, the Microsoft Office Document Imaging program may not work as expected. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    938813 You may experience issues when you run the Microsoft Office Document Imaging program after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, you may receive an error message when you try to open or to save a file. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    941636 You receive an error message when you try to open a file or to save a file after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, you cannot open some Microsoft Excel workbooks that contain Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macros. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    938806 You cannot open Microsoft Excel 5.0/95 Workbook files that contain Visual Basic for Applications macros in Excel 2003 after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, the version number of Office is no longer saved in the properties of the document as expected. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    938807 Office files that are saved in certain formats no longer contain the version number of Office after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

    Source : Description of Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (kb923618)

    Deployment 4 Beta 3 Released

    The BDD team have announced that Deployment 4 (the code name for the next version of Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007) has been released as BETA 3 and unifies the tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment into a common deployment console and collection of guidance. Previously referenced as BDD.Next and Windows Server Deployment (WSD), Deployment 4 adds integration with recently released Microsoft deployment technologies to create a single path for image creation and deployment, including:

    • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Operating System Deployment
    • Windows Automated Installation Kit
    • Windows Deployment Services with new multicast technology
    • Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0
    • User State Migration Tool 3.0.1
    • Windows Server 2008 Server Manager for automated server role definition (coming soon)

    More infos and download : Richard Smith blog

    Tuesday, September 18, 2007

    Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3)

    Microsoft® Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) represents a major evolution in security for Office 2003. It further hardens the Office suite against potential attacks and other security threats. This service pack also includes fixes that have been previously released as separate updates for Office 2003.

     

    You can get specific information about this update in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article (923618): Description of Office 2003 Service Pack 3.

    Source : Bink.nu

    Thursday, September 13, 2007

    Free tool to script FTP transfers

    One of the most-requested items in the forums on ScriptingAnswers.com is a way to automate FTP transfers - something more robust that simple input scripts for the built-in FTP.exe app. well, ask no more, just go to http://www.primalscript.com/freetools and download the new FTP COM object. With it, you can connect to FTP sites (providing credentials if needed) and Get and Put files using simple Get() and Put() methods. Quick, easy, and the download includes samples showing how to use it - you can even check for failed connections and transfers using status codes returned by the various methods. Free, free, free. Enjoy.

     

    PS. Works great in VBScript, PowerShell, KiXtart, JScript - any language that supports COM. Included samples are in VBScript.

    Source : The SAPIEN scripting blog

    Student Promotion Provides Steal of a Deal for Office Ultimate 2007

    As part of Microsoft Corp.’s commitment to education, the company is introducing a promotion inviting students who are actively enrolled at educational institutions and have a valid e-mail address from the institution to purchase Microsoft® Office Ultimate 2007 at a student price of $59.95 (U.S.). “The Ultimate Steal” promotion will run in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States starting today and in France, Italy and Spain starting Sept. 20, 2007. The promotion will end April 30, 2008.

    Source : www.microsoft.com/presspass
    Official site : The Ultimate Steal Web Site

    Wednesday, September 12, 2007

    How to start Microsoft Outlook with an other profile

    I'm using my Microsoft Outlook 2007 with two different mail profile. One for my house with the RPC over HTTP protocol and one for my office with the regular protocol (MAPI).

    I dont like to have to choose a profil every time i start Outlook. So I kept my office profile as the default profile Outlook use and I created a shortcut on my desktop to start Outlook with my house profile.

    The shortcut look like this :

    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\OUTLOOK.EXE" /profile "RPC over HTTP"

    (don't forget to replace "RPC over HTTP" with the name of your profile)

    How to Disable TCP/IPv6 Teredo Tunneling in Vista

    Teredo is a transition technology that allows a computer or node located behind a IPv6-unaware network address translation (NAT) device to use IPv6 connectivity to communicate with other computers that use IPv6. Teredo tunneling technology defines a way of encapsulating IPv6 packets within IPv4 UDP datagrams that can be routed through NAT devices and on the IPv4 internet. IPv6 and Teredo is installed and enabled by default in Windows Vista, and users cannot uninstall them.

    Read the complete article : www.mydigitallife.info

    Thursday, September 06, 2007

    Install Windwos Live Suite applications on Windows Vista x64 (the hard way)

    Yesterday the Microsoft Live Team released the The Windows Live suite (http://windowslivewire.spaces.live.com/blog). I was so happy to discover all new versions buddle in the suite. But a few minutes later my face turned red. I CAN'T INSTALL IT ON MY VISTA x64 !!!!!!

    Why did you do that ?
    I'm using Windows Live Writer for many mounths and it's more than live it's passion. Now I can't get the BETA 3.

    If you feel a little bit adventurous you could try this hack.

    Wednesday, September 05, 2007

    My Label Cloud is here

    Yes ! Look at the right sidebar, you will find my new Labal Cloud. Great isn't it ?

    Many, many thanks to phydeaux3 who develop the New Blogger Tag Cloud / Label Cloud widget. Great Job.

    You will also notice that I've added an 'Original content' Label to mark articles I wrote myself (everything else are grabbed from elsewhere).

    Windows Server 2008 NAP (Network Access Protection) infrastructure

    When I first read about NAP (Network Access Protection), Microsoft’s new Network Access Control (NAC) solution in Windows Server 2008, I was quite surprised how complex it has become. All the papers, I have read about its infrastructure, were somewhat confusing. This post lists all the important NAP components accompanied by a brief description of their function. Just in case you didn’t read my post about the NAP essentials yet, I recommend having a look at it first.

    Read the complete article : 4sysops.com

    Tuesday, September 04, 2007

    Group Policy Diagnostic Best Practice Analyzer for Windows Server 2003 (KB940122)

    The Microsoft Group Policy Diagnostic Best Practice Analyzer (GPDBPA) for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 is designed to help you identify Group Policy configuration errors or other dependency failures that may prevent settings or features from functioning as expected.

    Source : www.microsoft.com/downloads

    Friday, August 31, 2007

    SharePoint 2007 Features

    This is a project for SharePoint 2007 Features. Features add new functionality to a SharePoint 2007 farm, site collection, or site. This project will create Features to address deficiencies in SharePoint 2007 or add new capabilities. You should understand a little about Features before trying these out. The packages here use batch files or WSP files to install the Features. After installation, be sure to activate the Features to see them in SharePoint.

    Source : www.codeplex.com/features

    Thursday, August 30, 2007

    Disable the “Set Network Location” dialog in Vista

    This week I got a Windows Vista question that sounded easy, but turned out to be one of those things missing as a policy configurable option.

    Whenever Windows Vista is connected to a new network, the system presents the "Set Network Location" dialog requesting to categorize the newly connected network as one of the following:

    • Home
    • Work
    • Public Location

    Public is the only option that can be chosen without using administrative rights on the system.

    When an admin does not want this dialog to pop when one of his mobile computers is connected to non-trusted network, there is no option in Group Policy to stop the dialog from occurring.

    The user has the option to disable the dialog from the UI:

    • Right Click the network icon in the system tray
    • Click Turn off/on notification of new networks

     This is not the ideal option for the average admin. So this can be arranged from the registry:

    • On a per user basis

      • Set the value "Show" (REG_DWORD) to 0 in
        HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Network\NwCategoryWizard
    • At the system level

      • Create a new Registry key (without any value) NewNetworkWindowOff in HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network\NewNetworkWindowOff

    Source : xpworld.spaces.live.com

    Tuesday, August 28, 2007

    RunAs Admin free tools

    Sometime you want to let a «normal user» do something that require an administrator privilege but you don't want to give him your administrator password. Why not use the built in RUNAS command ?

    Simply because you must type the password and you have no assurance that you user will not replace the command you want him tu run with his own.

    Here you will find a few solutions to that problem :

    • CPAU. Command line tool that allows you to launch a process as another user similar to RUNAS only with encrypted job files. 
    • SuperExec. Allow you to launch any application using administrator privileges. The parameters are encrypted and store in the registry. You can even impose a deadline or launching counter.
    • runasSpc. Command line tool allowing you to launch a process as anothor user. All process parameters could be saved in an encrypted file.

    You could also look at other possibilities like MakeMeAdmin or Sudo for Windows to make a user temporaily a member of the administrator group. You will find those alternatives (and a few others) at nonadmin.editme.com

    Monday, August 27, 2007

    Hey Admins! Windows System State Analyzer (Beta)

    Windows System state analyzer tool

    Helps create snapshots of the computer—some of which include fixed drives, services, drivers and the registry. Users can create two snapshots at different points in time and compare them to view differences. A detailed report could be generated at the end of a compare operation.

    Source : Brad Rutkowski's Blog

    Friday, August 24, 2007

    New consoles for PowerShell on the way

    There is two new projects for a better PowerShell console :

    Thursday, August 23, 2007

    Update available for Server 2003 and XP to bring WinRM capabilities inline with the WS-Management standard

    As time goes on, you will see more references to WinRM, especially with Windows Server 2008. Windows 2003 R2 had a form of WinRM that has now been updated to support the WS-Management industry standard.

    Who should be interested in this? People that manage servers remotely and need a firewall friendly protocol to use. People that are looking into deploying Windows Server 2008 and especially Windows Server 2008 Core. People that need to interface with the BMC adapters on servers from remote.

    Anyway, KB 936059 updates Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 WinRM components to bring them more in line with what Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are using.

    Source : bink.nu

    Wednesday, August 22, 2007

    Another free anti-rootkit tool: McAfee Rootkit Detective 1.0

    I just ran across the new McAfee Rootkit Detective 1.0. There are so many anti-rootkit tools available now, and it’s about time that McAfee comes out with its own free rootkit detection utility.

    Source : 4sysops.com

    But wait, IT DOESN'T SUPPORT VISTA ! How can a serious company like McAfee do that in 2007.

    Virtual Earth: Montreal in 3D !

    With the august update of "Virtual Earth Imagery" you will be happy to see that Montreal is now in 3D. Cool.

    Look at it : maps.live.com

    Source : blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth

    Tuesday, August 21, 2007

    Internet Explorer application compatibility VHDs v 2.0

    The IE VPC v2 hard disk image containing a pre-activated Windows XP SP2, and either IE6 or IE7 and the IE7 Readiness Toolkit.

    This VPC image will expire on December 7, 2007.

    Source : bink.nu
    Download : www.microsoft.com/downloads

    Monday, August 20, 2007

    The Microsoft Update Catalog v1 is live

    This site is cool, download drivers or hotfixes, from windows update catalog. You can even import them in your WSUS 3.0 server.

    Hopefully soon hotfixes not published in Windows Update will be available here soon too, so you van distribute them with WSUS too.

    we have released version 1.0 of the Microsoft Update Catalog !  With the new Catalog, you can search for updates available through the Microsoft Update service and download them to your machine (regardless of whether the update is applicable to your machine).  You can also import updates from the Catalog directly into WSUS 3.0, System Center Essentials 2007, or System Center Configuration Manager 2007.

    Some key features of the MU Catalog include:

    • Full-text search:  You can search using a keyword, KB article, MSRC bulletin, driver manufacturer, driver model, driver version, product, and/or classification.
    • RSS:  Save your searches in RSS and get notified when new updates match your criteria.
    • Download with BITS:  We use BITS to make the download experience robust and efficient.
    • “Shopping basket”:  You can select multiple updates (and multiple languages) and download them together.
    • Integration with WSUS: You can import updates from your basket into Windows Server Update Services 3.0, System Center Essentials 2007 or System Center Configuration Manager 2007.
    • Localization:  The Catalog is localized in all core Windows Vista languages.

    We hope you enjoy this new offering!  Please give us your feedback.  There are feedback options on the help page on the MU Catalog site.

    Source : Bink.nu

    Thursday, August 16, 2007

    Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services: Changes of remote administration mode

    No more /console switch !

    There are several changes in Windows Server 2008 with regard to the way Terminal Services work in remote administration mode. Some are enhancements; at least one is a change for the worse. This post summarizes the most important changes.

    Read the complete article : 4sysops.com

    Wednesday, August 15, 2007

    Vbs To Exe

    VbsToExe is a command line application that converts VB-Scripts into an executable.

    This utility hides the source of your scripts and protects them optionally with a password.
    No temporary file will be created while executing. You can also extract your source from the exe files,
    if they are password protected, you will be asked for it.

    Source : http://www.f2ko.de/English/v2e/v2e.html