Thursday, May 29, 2008

Windows Server 2008 Domain Functional Level - Features that make it worthwhile to raise DFL

The four new features discussed in this post require upgrading to Domain Fonctionnal Level (DFL) Windows Server 2008 :

  • SYSVOL Distributed File System (DFS) replication support
  • Advanced Encryption Services (AES 128 and 256) support for the Kerberos protocol
  • Last Interactive Logon Information
  • Fine-Grained Password Policies

Read the complete post at 4sysops.com

Sysinternals Tools Live !

This news is cool, really cool !

The famous Sysinternals tools are now accessible online thanks to this new service : Synternals Live.

Simply enter a tool's Sysinternals Live path into Windows Explorer or a command prompt as \\live.sysinternals.com\tools\<toolname> or view the entire Sysinternals Live tools directory in a browser at http://live.sysinternals.com.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Community Clips help video recorder

Microsoft Office Labs has released a free screencasting software using which you can capture all your desktop activities with keystrokes and audio. When you install Community Clips, it adds buttons providing options to Office Ribbon and also to System Tray. Its a simple , basic screencasting software and very easy to use for preparing demo or help videos.

Source : meraTechPort
Download : communityclips.officelabs.com/download.aspx

Microsoft breaks silence on Windows 7; No new kernel!

There is a lot of rumours over the net about Windows 7, from new features to why Microsoft is so silent.

Today Chris Flores, Director at Microsoft working on the Windows Client Communications Team publish a few straighten a few things on Windows Vista Team Blog :

With Windows 7, we're trying to more carefully plan how we share information ...
Contrary to some speculation, Microsoft is not creating a new kernel for Windows 7.
... we're still on track to ship approximately three years after the general availability of Windows Vista.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack SP2 will be a True PDF Writer

Here’s a quick summary of upcoming changes in Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 with regards to document formats:

  1. With Office 2007 SP2, you will be able save documents to Adobe PDF format without requiring external plug-ins.
  2. Microsoft Office 2007 will still not be able to read content from your PDF files so Adobe Reader is safe.
  3. Like PDF, Office 2007 will also let you save documents in ODF format which is used by OpenOffice and is supported by almost every web office suite.
  4. Unlike PDF, you will be able to open OpenOffice documents in Office 2007 for reading and editing.
  5. Office 2007 customers will get an open to set OpenOffice as the default document format. That means when you hit Ctrl+S inside Microsoft Word, the first choice will be .odt.
  6. The expected release date for Microsoft Office Service Pack 2 is 1H 2009.

For details, check the press release or tech analysis by Matusow and Doug Mahugh.

Source  : Digital Inspiration

Kong version 1.1.0 Released

kong

Kong is a freeware top-down shooter game featuring monkeys with a thirst for blood in a full 3D environment. The rules are simple, pick up as many health/armor packs and weapons as you can before blowing your enemies into smithereens. The game currently features three game modes including deathmatch, team deathmatch and capture the flag with plans to introduce a number of new game modes. Computer controlled bots are provided as target practise but the real fun comes from playing in multiplayer over a local area network or the internet.

official site : http://www.konggame.co.uk

New computer game deal for F1

F1_logoFormula One is to have its first official computer game in more than two years next season following the capture of a new official licencing deal with British gaming company Codemasters, autosport.com can reveal.

The new game should be based on the 2009 season and should be available in 2009.

If you'd like to give you ideas on the game there is already an official forum.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Free first person shooter games

If you like to play first person shooter games on Windows here's two free games :

Have fun.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Installing Ubuntu 8.04 under Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

Great post by arcanecode ! This is a step by step guide to successfully install the new Ubuntu 8.04 on Virtual PC 2007.

 

Source : arcanecode.wordpress.com

PowerShell on Server Core

Dmitry Sotnikov posted a great step-by-step instruction on installing Windows PowerShell on Windows Server 2008 in Server Core mode.

Note that these are in no way official or supported by Microsoft. Microsoft is working on official version of .NET and PowerShell for Server Core installations, so eventually you will be able to get this fully supported. Until then below are the instructions you can use at your own risk, etc., etc.

Source : dmitrysotnikov.wordpress.com,

Monday, May 19, 2008

Virtual PC SP1 and Virtual Server update

Microsoft released an update for Virtual PC and Virtual Server to support Vista SP1, Windows 2008 and XP SP3.

You can download the updates at Microsoft.com/downloads :

Don't forget to upgrade the Virtual Machine Additions on each Virtual Machine to the new version 13.820

Enhanced Forums on SharePoint

If you are looking for more features in the builtin forum webpart in in SharePoint you may want to look at thoses alternatives :

Note : I didn't try any of those webparts (you'll have to try them for yourself), some are still in beta and there may be more Forums WebPart on the net.

Posters for SharePoint Stsadm command line parameters now available

Following popular demand, Kirk Stark from the SharePoint User Assistance team has created a set of useful posters that show the Stsadm command line parameters for MOSS 2007 and WSS 3.0.

Source : blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint

Friday, May 16, 2008

Does your AMD-based computer boot after installing XP SP3?

Don't be too fast to complain about Microsoft. It Looks like some OEM (like HP) have shipped their INTEL and AMD based computers with the same Windows XP image. This is not a recommended config.

Jesper M. Johansson as an excellent post on his blog about this problem and how to fix it.

[May 19, 2008] Microsoft issued a technical note about this problem : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888372/en-us

Monday, May 12, 2008

Windows Server 2008 Clustering Documents, Whitepapers, Webcasts, Groups

From  Microsoft's Failover and Network Load Balancing Clustering Team Blog :

We’ve had a lot of requests for a centralized website to find clustering and high-availability information and…it’s coming soon. J But in the meantime I’ll post some great resources from Microsoft’s Clustering and High-Availability team.

 

I’ll try to update this list when we get a few more. We have several coming out in the near future (including Active Directory considerations).

Check the list at blogs.msdn.com/clustering

Friday, May 09, 2008

Active Directory Reporting Tool

ADRT

Active Directory Reporting Tool (ADRT) allows you to sort user objects depending on a couple of important attributes: disabled, locked, expires, never expires, expired, password expires, password never expires, password expired, and never logged in.

This product is currently free and 100% functional!

Source : 4sysops.com
Download : maxpowersoft.com

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Announcing the First Release of the Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit

It's with great excitement that I get to be the first to announce the initial release of the Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit!

this first release contains two very useful tools which are both supported on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

The first tool, called "Batch Site Manager", adds new functionality through Central Administration.  From the new "Move, Lock, and Delete Site Collections" page on Applications Management you can schedule bulk operations against site collections in the farm—including moving site collections between content databases

The second tool is actually a new command in STSADM called "updatealert". This command will refresh all alert URLs in a specific site collection, which is extremely important should you change the URL of a web application or after an upgrade

Source : blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

A Look at Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)

DaRT 
The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) interface.

This month, Microsoft updated its Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), a suite of desktop management tools that are currently offered only to the company's Software Assurance (SA) customers. As with earlier versions of MDOP, this suite is a must-have collection of valuable utilities--many of which originated at startups since purchased by Microsoft--and an obvious and tangible benefit of Microsoft's subscription-based enterprise licensing program. If you're not taking advantage of MDOP, it's time to take a look.

Read this great review of MDOP by Paul Thurrott.