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