Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Announcing Windows Server 2008 R2!

First sneak of pre-beta Windows Server 2008 R2 :

  • 64-bit only !
  • Physical to Virtual migration (live migration)
  • PowerShell 2.0
  • And more

Source : Windows Server Division WebLog

Monday, October 27, 2008

Announcing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office System

We’re pleased to announce that Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office system is expected to be released in the near future.  Although we aren’t yet announcing the exact release date, it will fall between February and April of 2009.

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Friday, October 24, 2008


In June of this year, we released a beta version of UrlScan 3.0, which can help mitigate SQL injection attacks. Today, we’re happy to announce the final release of UrlScan 3.0 for Internet Information Services (IIS).

UrlScan 3.0 is a security tool that restricts the types of HTTP requests that IIS will process. By blocking specific HTTP requests, the UrlScan 3.0 security tool helps to prevent potentially harmful requests from reaching applications on the server. UrlScan 3.0 is an update to UrlScan 2.5 and requires IIS 5.1 or later, including the latest IIS 7.0 on Windows Server 2008.


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Microsoft Web Application Installer

The Web Application Installer Beta is designed to help get you up and running with the most widely used Web Applications freely available for your Windows Server. Web AI provides support for popular ASP.Net and PHP Web applications including Graffiti, DotNetNuke, WordPress, Drupal, OSCommerce and more. With just a few simple clicks, Web AI will check your machine for the necessary pre-requisites, download these applications from their source location in the community, walk you through basic configuration items and then install them on your computer.

Download and infos :

Microsoft Web Platform Installer Beta

The Web Platform Installer Beta (Web PI) provides a single, free package for installing and configuring Microsoft's entire Web Platform, including IIS7, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, SQL Server 2008 Express Edition and the .NET Framework. Using the Web Platform Installer’s simple user interface, you can select specific components or install the entire Microsoft Web Platform onto your computer. To help you stay up-to-date with product releases, the Web Platform Installer always contains the most current versions and new additions to the Microsoft Web Platform.

Download and infos :

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Windows Server 2008: Access Based Enumeration

Last week during a community meeting I was talking to Kurt Roggen about all the cool new features  in Windows Server 2008. While talking we came to the discussion if Access Based Enumeration (ABE) was still implemented and if we had a GUI to enable it.

Excellent post by Alves Arlindo about Windows Server 2008 and ABE on

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Clustering Videos on the Web

Hi Cluster Fans,

We have some great webcasts to share with you created by one of the team’s Most Valuable Professionals (MVP), John Savill. (What is a MVP? Visit: John has shared some of his clustering work from website,

Announcing August Cumulative Update for Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

The Microsoft Office team has changed the way that it delivers hotfixes for reported problems. This change comes in the form of cumulative updates and critical on-demand hotfixes.

The detail of August Cumulative Update (CU) for Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 can be found here:

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Core Configuration Console (CCC)

Excellent post on 4sysops blog about CCC. This tool (in fact it’s a batch) can help you configure Windows Server 2008 Core.

Could be also an alternative to CoreConfigurator (great GUI tool) witch is no longer available.

Sad day for formula one’s fans in Canada !


Yesterday we learn that the Canadian’s Grand Prix was not on the calendar for 2009.

As a Formula one fan and a Canadian Grand Prix lover for more than 20 year (grandstand 34) I’m really sad.

Read article «why the Canadian GP was cancelled» to learn more.

I really hope that someone would come up and save «my» Grand prix.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Slimming down the bloated iTunes 8 installer

So, how do you wrestle back control of iTunes so that you’re not installing unneeded and unwanted junk?

Excellent post by Ed Bott showing how to get rid of the uneeded junk.

Source : Ed Bott's Microsoft Report