Thursday, February 26, 2009

New features in DHCP for Windows Server 2008 R2 / Windows 7

What are the major changes? The DHCP server in Windows Server 2008 R2 has invested in the areas of security, reliability, manageability and usability. Similarly on the DHCP Client in Windows 7 has invested on certain optimization for obtaining IP Address....(read more)

Source : Microsoft Windows DHCP Team Blog

[IE8] Just The Facts: Recap of Compatibility View

We’ve said a lot about our approach to website compatibility in general and the Compatibility View feature in particular. But because we've shared this information across multiple blogs and sources, I’d like to quickly recap what we’ve previously announced in summary form and provide links to additional content / reading as necessary.

Source : IEBlog

[SharePoint] How Do I: Use Content Types?

Content types are designed to help users organize their SharePoint content in a more meaningful way. A content type is a reusable collection of settings you want to apply to a certain category of content. In this video, Rob Windsor will demonstrate how to use content types to define reusable list schemas, how to use content type inheritance, and how to associate multiple content types with a list or library.

See the video @ technet.microsoft.com

Monday, February 23, 2009

Free E-Books from Microsoft Press

To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, Microsoft Press is offering  Free E-Books -

  • Windows Vista Resource Kit, Second Edition
    By Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northrup, and Jerry Honeycutt with the Windows Vista Team
    ISBN: 9780735625969
    In-depth, comprehensive, and fully updated for Service Pack 1, this Resource Kit delivers the information you need to administer Windows Vista. Sign up to download the entire book from here : (PDF, 44.8 MB).
  • Microsoft® Visual C#® 2008 Express Edition: Build a Program Now!
    By Patrice Pelland
    ISBN: 9780735625426 
    Get this Free E-Book now from here, Sign up to download the entire e-book (PDF, 7.8 MB)

Source : Bink.nu

Friday, February 20, 2009

How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website

Learn how to embed almost anything in your HTML web pages from Flash videos to Spreadsheets to high resolution photographs to static images from Google Maps and more.

Excellent post, give how-to instructions for the following :

  • Embed RSS Feeds in Web Pages
  • Embed High Quality or HD YouTube Videos
  • Embed MP3 music and other Audio
  • Embed Picasa Web Albums
  • Embed Events from Google Calendar
  • Embed Very Large Photographs
  • Embed Charts and Graphs in Web Pages
  • Embed GIF Animations and Screencasts
  • Embed Chat in your Blog
  • Embed Word Documents
  • Embed PowerPoint Presentations
  • Embed Spreadsheet Data
  • Embed Adobe PDF Files
  • Embed Flash (SWF) or Flash Video (FLV)
  • Embed LinkedIn Profile
  • Embed Google Maps in Web Pages
  • Embed Another Webpage in your Blog
  • Embed Windows Media or QuickTime movies
  • Embed Other Fonts in Web Pages
  • Embed your Lifestream in a Web Page

Source : digital inspiration

Exploring Ways to Embed Tables & Spreadsheets in Web Pages

While online spreadsheets like Google Docs make it very easy for anyone to embed tabular data in websites, let’s explore some new alternatives that you may find more useful depending on the requirement.

Interesting post that shows some nice solutions.

search inside embedded sheet

Source : Digital Inspiration - Technology Blog

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Running HTAs from mapped drive with offline files in Vista

Here’s my setup :

  • all my files are on a network share.
  • I’m using Offline Files on that share so I could use those files at my house (did I mentioned I’m using a laptop).
  • I have mapped a drive (I:) to this share.

When I’m offline, if I double-click an HTA file on de I: drive nothing happen. In the task manager I found an MSHTA.EXE running, but nothing seems to happen.

I discovered that if I use the UNC path (\\server\share) instead of the map drive (I:) to open the HTA everything works fine. I can’t explain it (yet), but it works.

How to enable Event logging for Offline Files (Client Side Caching) in Windows Vista

Ravi here from Directory Services team; I thought I would share some information on how to enable the Event Logging for Offline Files, (Client Side Caching) in Windows Vista.

Ref : blogs.technet.com/askds

How can I install Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 to a virtual hard disk (VHD) file?

Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 add the ability for an OS to be installed onto a virtual hard disk (VHD) file to boot physical hardware. To do this, perform the following steps described in this post.

Source : Bink.nu

Monday, February 16, 2009

Windows Internet Explorer 8 RC 1 for Vista x64 in French ?

If your searching for a french version of IE 8 RC1 in 64-bit you can forget it. I don’t know why, but Microsoft didn’t publish any (only a 32-bit).

You can’t install the 32-bit version on your Vista x64, so you’ll have to install the 64-bit english version from Microsoft Download.

Strangely enough there was a french version of IE 8 Beta 2 in 64-bit. What is the difference between Beta 2 and RC 1 that made MS drop the french in 64-bit ?

By the way if you had any scripting problems with BETA 2 (InternetExplorer.Application object), I strongly recommend upgrading to RC 1.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Living in Outlook: Using Quick Parts

Didn’t know about this feature, it’s really cool. Check the source to learn how to use it.

Quick Parts exist both in Outlook and Word, and allow you to save pieces of content to easily re-use, like the introductory text at the beginning of the Living in Outlook series, as you see in this post. Personally I like to use Quick Parts for all those answers that I repeat over and over again, and am tired of re-typing. I also have a few Quick Parts that contain holiday messages and images that I like to reuse. 

Source : Microsoft Office Outlook Team Blog

Windows Live Messenger update notice

The latest version of Windows Live Messenger (14.0.8064.0206) is now available for free download here.

Over the next month, if you’re still running versions 8.1 or 8.5, you’ll get a prompt encouraging you to upgrade to the latest version of Windows Live Messenger. If you accept the optional upgrade, the installer will launch and start your free upgrade.

Source : Inside Windows Live Messenger

Windows 7 Enterprise - Exclusive features that Windows 7 Professional lacks

Some days ago, Microsoft announced the details of the new Windows 7 SKUs. I was quite surprised when I read about the features that will be made exclusive to the Enterprise edition, some of which are among the most frequently discussed enhancements. As it is likely that most organizations will use Windows 7 Professional, the successor to Windows Vista Business, most admins will never see those popular features. I recently stumbled across Microsoft’s Windows 7 Enterprise page, which has more information, and I can’t help myself from commenting on this issue.

Let’s have a look at each of these Windows 7 Enterprise features.

  • DirectAccess
  • BranchCache
  • Enterprise Search Scopes
  • BitLocker & BitLocker to Go
  • AppLocker
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Optimizations
  • Multilingual User Interface

Read the complete post at 4sysops.com

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Announcing the Windows Image to Virtual Hard Disk Converter (WIM2VHD)

Fine citizens of the Virtualization Nation: I present to you the Windows® Image to Virtual Hard Disk Converter, or WIM2VHD as I like to call it.

WIM2VHD is a tool that will create a bootable VHD from a specified Windows 7 or 2008 R2 WIM image (like the INSTALL.WIM file that ships on the installation DVDs) without having to run Windows Setup.  That means that you can a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine up and running much, much faster.

You can use these VHDs in Virtual PC, Virtual Server, Hyper-V, and … some other things, too.  We’ll talk more about that later.

You can get WIM2VHD here

Source : hypervoria.com/hyper-v

Monday, February 09, 2009

Web Performance: Enable data compression on IIS 6.0 server.

Apparently, enabling data compression on IIS 6.0 is not that straight forward task as it looks. Most people that are using IIS as a hosting server mistakenly think that enabling data compression on “Web Sites properties” is enough… well it’s not - this is only the first step in that process.

Source : blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/yevgenif

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The Official Microsoft ASP.NET Site

Lots of things : blogs, downloads, docs, projects, Wikis, etc. A must for every ASP.NET developer.

Source : www.asp.net

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Announcing the Microsoft Fix it for me Blog

Have you ever come across a Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article or been presented with a Windows Error Reporting (WER) solution and asked yourself, why can't Microsoft just fix this for me? Today KB articles and WER solutions provide you with a list of steps that can be followed to resolve your issue. However, tomorrow looks much different and we hope it helps you resolve any issues you have with our products faster and easier.

Our team's purpose is to automate the steps in Microsoft KB articles and Windows Error Reporting (WER) solutions so you can click a button and have the issue resolved.

Source : blogs.technet.com/fixit4me

Monday, February 02, 2009

SPDisposeCheck Released!

SPDisposeCheck v1.3.1 has been released on MSDN Code Gallery, http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/SPDisposeCheck.  This tool will help improve the quality of your SharePoint assemblies.  It will inspect your SharePoint assemblies and check that you are correctly disposing of certain SharePoint objects (IDisposable objects which includes SPSite and SPWeb).  The tool is based upon the guidance published in this MSDN article, Best Practices: Using Disposable Windows SharePoint Services Objects

Source : blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint