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

Friday, August 10, 2007

Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2c Release

No this is not some kind of rollup fix pack release, SP2c to Resolve Shortage of Windows XP Product Keys [8-|]

Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2c has released to manufacturing and will be available to system builders in September 2007.

 

Due to the longevity of Windows XP Professional, it has become necessary to produce more product keys for system builders in order to support the continued availability of Windows XP Professional through the scheduled system builder channel end-of-life (EOL) date of January 31, 2009.

 

There are no other features or fixes included in this service pack; it will only allow for the inclusion of additional product keys.

Source : Bink.nu

Windows Script Engine 5.7 aviable for download

I'm not sure exactly what's new in this update to the Windows Scipt Engine, but 5.7 is the version of the engine in Vista. Anyway you can now download this version for XP, 2003 and 2000.

This download installs Microsoft® Windows® Script containing Visual Basic® Script Edition (VBScript.) Version 5.7, JScript® Version 5.7, Windows Script Components, Windows Script Host 5.7, and Windows Script Runtime Version 5.7.

Source : Bink.nu

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Exchange Server 2007 Shapes

A download is available on Microsoft.com containing a stencil and template for Exchange Server 2007. If you do Exchange deployment or management this is worth grabbing. It works with Visio 2003 or 2007.

Download

Source : Bink.nu

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Microsoft releases the Windows Vista Performance and Reliability fix packages

These are the fixes that leaked last week, now the fix packs are publicly available. [:D] Funny how it says "to improve the performance of Windows Vista in certain scenarios".[8-)] Well believe me, it will improve in all scenarios! So download and install these right away. I'm not sure when they will appear through Windows Update.

 

Update for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB938979)

This is a performance update. Install this update to improve the performance of Windows Vista in certain scenarios.


Update for Windows Vista (KB938194)

This is a reliability update. Install this update to improve the reliability of Windows Vista in certain scenarios.


Update for Windows Vista (KB938979)

This is a performance update. Install this update to improve the performance of Windows Vista in certain scenarios.

 

Update for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB938194)

This is a reliability update. Install this update to improve the reliability of Windows Vista in certain scenarios.

Source : Bink.nu

Monday, August 06, 2007

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 VHD

This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you evaluate Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Beta 3.

This is a pre-configured VHD image that requires Virtual Server 2005 R2 installed on your system. Please refer to the Virtual Server 2005 R2 System requirements page here.

In addition to the System Requirements for Virtual Server 2005 R2, you will need additional disk and memory resources for running the virtual machine. This VHD is pre-configured to use approximately 10GB of hard disk space and approximately 1024MB of memory.

Download : www.microsoft.com/downloads