Friday, July 27, 2007

Get a hotfix -- without having to call MS...

Some KB articles from Microsoft offer a hotfix which can be obtained by calling with Microsoft Support, you now can obtain a hotfix without having to interact with a single soul ( no phone calls etc.. ) Easy and convenient.;en;1410&WS=hotfix

You will get a form mail in response, and in it will be a link to the http site you can download the fix from.

Source : Spat's WebLog

Access 2007 Download: Access Runtime

Microsoft Office Access 2007 provides a rich platform for developing database management solutions with easy-to-use customization tools. If no end-user customization is required (including report modifications), you can choose to distribute those Access 2007 solutions so that they run without requiring a full installation of Access 2007. To do so, you must package and distribute your application with the Access 2007 Runtime.

The Access 2007 Runtime is similar to previous runtimes in that all design-related UI is either removed or disabled.

You do not need to buy any special SKU in order to redistribute the Access 2007 Runtime. You can freely redistribute it or point users to this download.

For information about the Access 2007 Developer Extensions, see Access 2007 Download: Access Developer Extensions.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Where is the .NET Framework 2.0 Configuration Tool ?

If you have searched for the .NET Framework 2.0 Configuration Tool (mscorcfg.msc) in your Administrative Tools you probably noticed that it isn't there (like with v1.1). This is because Microsoft decided to remove this tool from the redistributable package, it is now in the Software Development kit (SDK).

I don't know the reasonning behind this decision but it's certainly not to make things easier for the rest of us. Now I have to download over 300 Mb just to change the security settings.

You can download the SDK at MSDN.

Oh, I almost forgot, you can also use the Code Access Security Policy command line toot (Caspol.exe) to do the same things that then Configuration Tool does, but guess what ? it is also in the SDK (dah).

Friday, July 20, 2007

Valencia new Formula 1 circuit

Wan't to what the new Valencia Formula 1 circuit will look like ? Look at ths video :

Enterra Download Manager - Download manager for Microsoft Internet Explorer

Enterra Download Manager is a revolutionary module (plug-in) compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer. IE plugin that makes files downloading more effective! This easy to use multifunctional toolbar lets users download files from FTP and HTTP servers via appropriate protocols and lets you control the downloads right in the IE window (Compatible with IE version 6.0 and higher). It also has the feature of multi session downloading and files upload resume on the connection break and restoration. This helps to accelerate the process and manage your time more efficiently.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Windows Server 2008 Component Posters

These two posters, originally published in the July 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine, provide a strong visual tool to aide in the understanding of various features and components of Windows Server 2008. One poster focuses exclusively on powerful new Active Directory technologies, while the other provides a technical look at a variety of new features available in Windows Server 2008 (such as Server Core, Network Access Protection, and more).

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Classic Office 2003 menus and toolbars for Office 2007

Do you get stomach ache whenever you think about the complaints you will hear from your colleagues after upgrading to Microsoft Office 2007? I think the new Office user interface is really great! But I am sure you also have these people in your organization who hate any kind of change. And this change is really big! There are two Office add-ins that might be of help to your stomach problem. One is Classic Menu for Office 2007 and the other goes for the name “Toolbar Toggle“.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Windows Vista Command Line Configuration of International Settings

A new feature in Windows Vista makes it possible to configure international settings from the command line using an extension of the Regional and Languages Options Control Panel. For example, a network administrator may wish to mandate that all corporate computers in his international branch offices use the ISO standard date format (YYYY-MM-dd). By describing this property in an XML file, the network administrator can create script(s) to automate the configuration of the international setting(s) for any Windows Vista installation.

This command line method of configuring international settings requires Windows Vista. It is bundled into the intl.cpl binary that ships with the operating system.

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Two extremely useful (and free!) SharePoint addons

RadEditor Lite for MOSS 2007

Cross-browser alternative to the default rich-text editor in MOSS and WSS

Colligo Reader for SharePoint

Colligo Reader enables you to easily download content from SharePoint sites to your laptop - so you can access the content offline, rather than having to copy files one by one through a browser.

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The Adminpak tools will be replaced with RSAT for Vista SP1

There are quite a few names for this famous tool collection. Some write Adminpak, Admin Pack or Adminpack. The official name is Administrations Tools Pack, but Microsoft often speaks about the Windows Server 2003 management tools. Now, you have to learn a new name: RSAT or Remote Server Administration Tools. This is how the management tools are called under Windows Server 2008.

... Now I have just read that Microsoft plans to release a Vista version of RSAT shortly after Service Pack 1 becomes available.

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Microsoft Network Monitor 3.1 supports wireless sniffing

Network Monitor 3.1 can now be downloaded for free. There are a couple of interesting new features. Most important certainly is that one can now capture 802.11a/b/g management and data frames.

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Review: VMRCplus - A GUI tool to manage Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2

VMRCplus is a free new Microsoft tool for Virtual Server 2005 R2. It allows you to configure Virtual Server and to manage virtual machines with a real (graphical) interface. Today, I had a quick look at this nifty tool.

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Microsoft Malware Protection Center - another virus database

Microsoft new malware database is online now. Such a virus encyclopedia is quite useful if one of your machines is infected by a virus and your antivirus software is not able to get it under control. You can then search for technical background information and ways to get rid of the pest. It is advisable not to rely on just one virus database, though.

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Active Directory Explorer v1.0

Active Directory Explorer (AD Explorer) is an advanced Active Directory (AD) viewer and editor. You can use AD Explorer to easily navigate an AD database, define favorite locations, view object properties and attributes without having to open dialog boxes, edit permissions, view an object's schema, and execute sophisticated searches that you can save and re-execute

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