Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Searching the Office 2007 Ribbon


I confess: I love the Office 2007 Ribbon. But I know it’s a source of pain for some people. And truth to tell, even I sometimes have trouble finding a command. Which is why I was so pleased to see the new Office Search Commands add-in

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Thinkpad x300 vs Macbook Air

Hilarious !


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

DVD Playback Pack for Windows Vista

If your are lucky enough to have a Windows Volume License for Vista Enterprise you should know that you can download a DVD Playback Pack for free. With this pack you will be able to play DVD, MPEG-2, and Dolby 5.1 content.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Use Consolas font in your CMD.EXE Windows


Consolas is a great fixed-pitch font developped by Microsoft for the developpers (Visutal Studio), but it makes a great font for your CMD.EXE windows.

To make this work you have to play a little bit with regedit but it's all worth it. There is an excellent article to learn how to do that on the IEBlog.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

IIS 7.0 PowerShell Provider Tech Preview 1

Finally, IIS 7.0 has a PowerShell Provider!

The IIS7 PowerShell Provider allows you to

  • Create Web-Sites, Web Applications, Virtual Directories and Application Pools
  • Change Simple Configuration Properties on Web-Sites, Application Pools, Web Applications and Virtual Directories
  • Add and Change Complex Configuration Settings
  • Query Run-time Data (Web-Site State, Application Pool State, Currently Executing Requests)
  • Execute Advanced Configuration Tasks, Scripting, Integration with other PowerShell Snap-Ins and features
  • Search and Discover Configuration Settings

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Windows XP SP3 Release Dates

Seem's that had managed to get their hands on the internal schedule for the release of Windows XP SP3 :

  • April 14, 2008: Support is available for the release version of Service Pack 3 for Windows XP
  • April 21, 2008: Original Equipment Manufacturers, Volume License, Connect, and MSDN and TechNet subscribers
  • April 29, 2008: Microsoft Update, Windows Update, Download Center
  • June 10, 2008: Automatic Updates

It looks like the real thing (I think we can trust NEOWIN), the news was also publish by

Friday, April 11, 2008

Indexer Status Sidebar Gadget for Windows Search


Brandon Paddock, who works on the Windows Shell Team here at Microsoft, wrote a Windows Sidebar Gadget that displays the status of the Windows Search Indexer.

Download the Indexer Status Gadget here.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Why Windows Vista only sees 3GB memory in a PC with 4GB RAM and how Vista SP1 fools its users

Memory is getting cheaper every day. This is one reason why more and more people are equipping their PCs with 4GB RAM or more. Modern desktops often support up to 8GB. So it happens quite often these days that a proud owner of a new a PC wonders why Vista only reports about 3GB RAM even though he bought 4GB. I have been asked this question by several people within the last weeks. Some of them were IT pros, so I thought I should post something about it here. The things I say in this post mostly apply to Windows XP as well.

Read this post at

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

VMRCplus 1.7.0 on Microsoft Download Center

An update to VMRCplus 1.6.0 has been released and is now available here.


This release contains several fixes and minor enhancements.

It has been tested on Windows Server 2008 as well.



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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Staging Changes in Windows Server 2008

On Windows Server 2003 R2, the staging area is contained within a folder under the replicated folder itself. Basically, there is a hidden sub-folder called ‘DfsrPrivate’ under the root of every replicated folder.


On Windows Server 2008, the ‘DfsrPrivate’ directory has been moved under the ‘System Volume Information’ folder on the same volume.

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Windows Vista SP1 Released to Windows Update

Windows Vista SP1 is released to Windows Update ... as an optional update (since march 18th). It should be available as an automatic update around mid-april. The Windows Vista Team explained all that in there blog.

If you have a WSUS server in your organisation you could deploy SP1 now by importing the update from Microsoft Update Catalog. The WSUS team has a post describing the procedure in there blog.

You should however note that you can't import an update in WSUS from the Microsoft Update Catalog if your server is setup as a downstream server. You will receive an error number 80131509.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

NEW : Contact me !

I've added a bouton on my blog. Now you can send me your comments.

I'm using kontactr for this. It looks great and it is free.

The bouton is in my About section (at the right) and at the bottom of the page.

CoreConfigurator - A GUI for Server Core


As you all know configuring basic components of Server Core could be a little confusing for a new comer. Guy Teverovsky made a great little tool to help us.

Source and download : Windowmaker's blog

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2008 Released

Today marks the release of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2008 - a set of tools for IT Pros managing IT environments for companies who have purchased MDOP plus Windows Software Assurance agreements with Microsoft. There are two key product updates in this release I'd like to highlight that I think IT Pros will find very useful  - Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset 6.0 (DaRT) and Desktop Error Monitoring 3.0 SP1 (DEM).

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Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows Server 2008

WinHlp32.exe is required to display 32-bit Help files that have the ".hlp" file name extension. To view .hlp files on Windows Server 2008, you need to install this application.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Microsoft's SkyDrive Not Safe For Work ?

With Microsoft Corp.'s aggressive strategy to build out its Software-as-a-Service capability to online storage—even as physical, hardware-based storage remains ubiquitous and competitive—some businesses may find it tempting to allow employees and workgroups to jump into Microsoft's SkyDrive for some limited purpose.

Read this article by Edward F. Moltzen at