Wednesday, June 25, 2008

eToolz - GUI for ping, traceroute, WHOIS and more

eToolz is a nifty GUI tool that allows you to perform a number of network queries: DNS, ping, traceroute, WHOIS, mail-check, HTTP-header, time (NTP), Google pagerank, top level domains and port numbers.

For some of these queries, you would usually go to the command prompt in Windows; for example, the DNS query would be just nslookup. eToolz allows you to query for A, PTR, NS, MX, and SOA records. The Ping tool offers the options pause, bytes, timeout and count, and traceroute lets you configure the number of hops and the timeout. Even though eToolz is a standalone program (it doesn’t have to be installed), it will store the IP addresses, host names, etc. that you enter, so the next time you want to ping a certain host, you can just select it from a drop-down-list. I think, in most cases, you will be faster with eToolz than with the command prompt tools because it can save you some typing exercises.


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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Application Virtualization products - the complete list

Michael Pietroforte has an excellent series of post on 4SYSOPS blog on Application Virtualization.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows

This online book is a structured, introductory approach to the basic concepts and principles of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol suite, how the most important protocols function, and their basic configuration in the Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 families of operating systems. This book is primarily a discussion of concepts and principles to lay a conceptual foundation for the TCP/IP protocol suite and provides an integrated discussion of both Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

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Monday, June 16, 2008

WebCast: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Failover Clustering on Windows Server 2008

This Support WebCast focuses on how to plan, implement, and administer a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 failover cluster on Windows Server 2008. This session provides step-by-step instructions about how to install SQL Server 2005 clustered instance on a Windows Server 2008 cluster. It also discusses the options you can use to move SQL Server 2005 failover cluster from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008.


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Announcing the Failover Cluster Configuration Program (FCCP)

So you want to build a Windows Server 2008 Cluster, but don’t know what hardware to use or if it will work? Well with the FCCP we will make clustering even easier

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Announcing open source Podcasting Kit for SharePoint - the power of social media for the enterprise

... announcing the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint (PKS), available as an open source project at The PKS is an accelerator for social media, using podcasting and social networks to deliver the next generation knowledge management solution. Built on top of SharePoint Server 2007 and using Silverlight 2, the PKS delivers an integrated experience with a wide variety of devices including iPod, Zune, Windows Mobile phones, and other podcast capable devices. The PKS follows the same model and approach to open source community contributions and support as the Community Kit for SharePoint.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

How to troubleshoot performance issues in Outlook 2007

Here's a very interesting knowledge base article about Outlook 2007 that may answer a few problems?

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Search Protocol Handler .NET wrappers

Protocol Handler.Net is a set of .Net wrappers for the protocol handler interfaces that enable developers to create and deploy protocol handlers for SharePoint search and Search Server. Developers can index data and documents from any system they can connect to.

Much of the complexity and time around the development of protocol handlers, such as COM interoperability, are reduced and hidden in the wrappers themselves letting developers just concentrate on code to connect to a content source and pull data.

Protocol Handler.Net makes it possible to develop protocol handlers in C# or VB.Net and simplifies the handling of security, metadata, streaming content, deployment and management just to name a few things. It also comes with a help system and sample project to further help developers.

Chris Gomez

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Web Page Error Toolkit

Why not display a search page instead of the traditional 404 error page. Microsoft released the Web Page Error Toolkit to do that. It is a ASP.NET application that replace your error file in IIS. There is a lot of customization possible.

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IE8 Beta 2 Coming in August

I’m happy to announce that we’re on track to deliver IE8 Beta 2 this August when you’ll get a chance to see what we’ve been up to in these areas.

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Windows Search 4.0 released

Today Microsoft released Windows Search 4.0 and the Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI) for Windows Search 4.0.

This update include de following improvements :

  • Support for indexing encrypted documents of local file systems
  • Reduced affect on Microsoft Exchange when you index e-mail in online mode, and there is no local cache (.ost)
  • Support for indexing online delegate mailboxes
  • Support for client-to-client remote query to shared indexed locations
  • Improved indexing performance
  • Faster previewer updates for Windows XP
  • Per-user Group Policy settings
  • Windows software updates for Watson errors
  • Support for new enterprise Group Policy objects

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Google Search Inspired by Unix Command Shell

google shell

Goosh is brilliant. You can execute Google search commands in the browser just like using the Unix shell and the results get displayed inline. You can even search for feeds with Google just like MSN. Thanks Philipp.

Source : Digital Inspiration