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:

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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 :

Windows PowerShell Help - Live on TechNet

Updated Windows PowerShell Help topics are now live in the TechNet library at 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 (
  2. Click the Library tab.
  3. In the TOC, click Windows PowerShell.

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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 !

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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 :

    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 :

    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 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 :
    Downloadable version of thoses guides :

    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:

    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 :

    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 :

    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 :

    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 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 :

    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 :

    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 :