Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Create your own Garfield Comic Strip

If your a Garfield fan you should really try this little app that will let you create your own Garfield comic strip. It’s really cool.

Source : www.labnol.org

Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate Now Available

We're excited to make the IE8 Release Candidate available today for public download today in 25 languages for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server customers. You can find it at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8. Please download it now and try it out. We welcome your feedback!

If you have installed the beta 1 or beta 2 version, also checkout this post : Upgrading to Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1

Source : blogs.msdn.com/ie

Monday, January 26, 2009

Brand New Comprehensive Resource for IIS 7.0

After months of hard work, the IIS development team has put together a brand new technical reference on IIS 7.0 configuration.

This vast library comprehensively details all IIS 7.0 configuration settings in Windows Server 2008, including configuration collections, elements, and attributes. You can sort the configuration settings alphabetically to easily find what you are looking for or by browsing the schema structure. Each configuration topic provides sections such as an overview, examples of how to configure the configuration, setup instructions, configuration details, and code and script samples – including AppCmd.exe, C# .NET, Visual Basic .NET, JavaScript, and VBScript.

This is the only online reference you’ll need for IIS configuration, so  check out the comprehensive documentation at http://www.iis.net/ConfigReference today!

 

Source : blogs.technet.com/windowsserver

Friday, January 16, 2009

FREE: GPOExIm - Manage Group Policy Objects

GPOExIm is a simple tool used to tailor the existing settings in GPOs and Backed up GPOs in your domain. Administrators can Export, Import, Cut, Copy, Paste and Remove any GPO settings (like scripts, software installation etc.) between GPOs and Backed up GPOs. You can also view and save a particular GPO settings report after filtering some settings.

Source : 4sysops.com

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Announcing: Community Technology Preview of Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint v1.3

The Community Technology Preview (CTP) release is available here on Microsoft Connect where customers can also report any feedback they have. It is anticipated that all existing VSeWSS 1.2 projects will work with the CTP. The CTP is not supported by Microsoft Customer Support Services. You are encouraged to provide feedback through the Microsoft Connect site and to discuss the extensions on the SharePoint Development MSDN Forum.

Source : blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint

How to create a SharePoint slipstream using the latest updates

With the announcement of the December 2008 Cumulative Update and the changes in the software update model it brings, we felt it was a good time to revisit the topic of slipstreaming.  This post provides the process for creating a slipstream installation source that uses the December 2008 CU as an example.  You can simply replace the December 2008 CU with the February 2009 CU, April 2009 CU, and so on going forward because the process will be the same.

Read the article at blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Some problems upgrading adTempus from 2.0.4 to 3.0.5

I know adTempus v3.0.5 is available for some time now, but yesterday I took the time to upgrade our server.

Every thing went fine except that :

  • The console took a very long time to start and even when the window appear the icon of my server stays gray (inaccessible) for almost a minute.
  • The application event log on the server shows a lot of event id 1737 : Starting up database ‘adtempus_XXXXXX’.
  • The SQL server log also show a lot of the following events :
    • SQL Server has encountered 12 occurrence(s) of cachestore flush for the 'Object Plans' cachestore (part of plan cache) due to some database maintenance or reconfigure operations.
    • SQL Server has encountered 12 occurrence(s) of cachestore flush for the 'SQL Plans' cachestore (part of plan cache) due to some database maintenance or reconfigure operations.
    • SQL Server has encountered 12 occurrence(s) of cachestore flush for the 'Bound Trees' cachestore (part of plan cache) due to some database maintenance or reconfigure operations.
    • Starting up database 'adtempus_XXXXXX’.

I found a solution :

  • First install Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express  (MSSMSE) on your atTempus server
  • Open a connection to the SQL Server Express with (MSSMSE)
  • Open the properties dialog of the adtempus database
  • Select the options page
  • Set the ‘Auto Close’ option to false
  • Restart SQL Server and adTempus

Just for the record, while I was searching for a solution I tried to run the ‘adTempus Database Installation and Configuration wizard’ (adtdbconfig). This was a bad idea.

The wizard remove the ‘Integrated Security’ parameter from the connection string of the adTempus service, as a result, after that the service refused to start. I had to fixed that manually in the registry

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

MD5, PKI Compromised

A vulnerability has been identified with MD5 hashing that would allow an attacker to basically impersonate any SSL-secured website on the Internet. This is going to have serious and far-reaching implications. Combine that with the number of computers out there that are compromised by some virus or malware that has hijacked the hosts file, and it would be pretty easy to start collecting credit card numbers, bank account info, etc. You can read the full details here.

Even if you don't read the whole thing, check out their PlayStation Lab.

Don’t panic, it’s not as worst as you may think. But it is surely disturbing.

Source : windowsconnected.com

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

PC Decrapifier

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The PC Decrapifier will uninstall many of the common trialware and annoyances found on many of the PCs from big name OEMs. Here is the current list of software and items that the PC Decrapifier can detect and remove. You get to see the list of items it detects and then choose what will be removed automatically.

Source : www.pcdecrapifier.com

Monday, January 05, 2009

Application Pool Manager

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This freeware application is a System Tray utility for providing quick access to common IIS tasks which are useful on a SharePoint development box. It may also be useful to others working with IIS. In essence, it enumerates the app pools on your box and lets you right click 'em to bounce 'em!

Source : www.harbar.net/articles/APM.aspx