Monday, January 28, 2008

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Roadmap Clarification

In a blog post on January 25, SQL Server Director of Product Management Francois Ajenstat said that the new date for SQL Server 2008’s RTM is some time in the third quarter of this year.

Microsoft is excited to deliver a feature complete CTP (Community Technology Preview test release) during the Heroes Happen Here launch wave and a release candidate (RC) in Q2 calendar year 2008, with final Release to manufacturing (RTM) of SQL Server 2008 expected in Q3. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality product possible and we simply want to use the time to meet the high bar that you, our customers, expect.

Source : The Data Platform Insider Blog (technet)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

How to install Windows 2003 R2 components on 2003 SP2

If you tried to install Windows 2003 R2 components (disc 2) on a Windows 2003 server that have SP2 installed you will see the following popup :

Windows Server 2003 R2 Setup Wizard

Setup cannot continue because this product disc is incompatible with the service pack installed on this computer. To complete the installation of Windows Server 2003 R2, you will need to insert the latest version of Windows Server 2003 R2 Disc 2.

To install 2003 R2 components on 2003 SP2 you have to make a 2003 R2 CD2 slipstreamed with SP2. To create this CD2 read the section To create an integrated installation of Windows Server 2003 R2 and SP2 in the Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Installation and Deployment Guide and create an ISO.

Thanks to Aaron Parker and Osuski for the tip.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Adding Holidays to Your Outlook Calendar

One of the more popular features for Outlook’s calendar is the capability to add your country or region’s holidays into your calendar. This way, you’ll never miss the next holiday.

Check Microsoft Outlook Team Blog to lean how to do it.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Asus Eee Pc Review


Paul Thurrott's wrote a review about the Asus Eee Pc. As usual his reviews are always very complete and helpfull. Read it on Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

SharePoint Products and Technologies White Paper: Implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Solutions

This document outlines a methodology for team SharePoint development combining custom code and content, with the aim of accelerating implementation and mitigating production risks. To form the methodology, the document describes implementation scenarios, tools, and development environments. The document does not detail specific implementations (such as "how to write a Web Part" or "how to manage work items"), but describes the overall needs and techniques for the stated goal, and provides several references to topics for more information.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

MSDN Beginner Developer Learning Center

The Beginner Developer Learning Center - a centralized learning environment specifically targeted to beginning programmers. Here you'll find a rich array of learning content that starts with the very basics, and guides you through step-by-step to becoming a fully-fledged developer!

No experience or programming knowledge required - so dive right in!

Microsoft Student Experience beta site launched

Microsoft has launched Microsoft Student Experience beta, a site for the Students. It has various links to sections like Academics, Careers, Socialize. It provides links to various discounted software and offers. Hope such offers are offered to Students Worldwide.


And lots of cool 'How -to' and I hope lot more will be kept added to the list. And also a download section with lots of good ones. Check out!

Source : meraTechPort

Thursday, January 10, 2008



GImageX is a graphical user interface for the ImageX tool from the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK). ImageX is used to capture and apply WIM images for Windows XP and Windows Vista desktop deployments.

The ImageX GUI is a native application for the x86 and x64 platforms that will also work in Windows PE (WinPE).  There is also a COM component version included that implements some of the basic functionality for direct use in languages such as VBScript.

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GPMC PowerShell Cmdlets 1.0

These cmdlets wrap the functionality around managing Group Policy Objects available within the GPMC, into handy PowerShell cmdlets. This version comes with 9 cmdlets for performing GPO management tasks like creating and deleting GPOs, linking them to sites, domains and OUs, modifying GPO security and backing up and restoring GPOs.
This free set of cmdlets is a great compliment to our commercial GPExpert Scripting Toolkit for PowerShell.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Ferrari F2008 HD pictures

Look at 10 great HD pictures of the new Ferrari F2008 at (in french)

Friday, January 04, 2008

BurnAware Free Edition

BurnAware Free Edition is an easy to use CD/DVD burning application that enables you to perform the most common disc burning tasks, including burning of data CDs/DVDs, Audio CDs, Video DVDs and disk images (.ISO). It offers support for all all CD/DVD media types, including Blue-Ray as well as multi-session support and file verification. BurnAware Free Edition can create Audio CDs directly from WAV, MP3, or WMA files, without the need for manual conversion.


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SUPER v2007 build 23


SUPER is a universal video player, encoder and renderer that provides a GUI to ffmpeg, MEncoder, mplayer, x264, mppenc, ffmpeg2theora and the theora/vorbis RealProducer plug-in. The program can work with most popular video files and comes with all necessary codecs already built-in.


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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Windows PowerShell Toolbox

Just what you always wanted: a big long list of Windows PowerShell resources. Actually, you probably have been wanting this; these resources can be pretty useful as you work your way through your PowerShell scripts.

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Windows PowerShell Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is pretty much over, but there are some gifts that keep on giving the whole year through. Browse through this Holiday Gift Guide to learn about some exciting accessories you can utilize to complement (and in some cases even aid in) your Windows PowerShell installation.