Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Explore the Internet Explorer Compatibility Center

Learn more about Internet Explorer compatibility, check out new tips and tricks, and find tools to help you get the job done.

Source : MSDN: U.S. Local Highlights

Compatibility View List and IE8 RTW

I’ve blogged about the Compatibility View features included in Internet Explorer 8 a few times during the Beta 2 and Release Candidate milestones. Now that Internet Explorer 8 has released, I wanted to follow-up with a quick post highlighting the content that’s been created on MSDN regarding the Compatibility View List.

Coinciding with the release of Internet Explorer 8, we’ve created a content store on MSDN that discusses the finer-grain details of the Compatibility View List.

Source : IEBlog

Windows 7 Product Editions: A Comparison

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Great post by Paul Thurrott (as usual) listing what’s in each edition of Windows 7. Thanks Paul.

Read it : Windows 7 Product Editions: A Comparison

Monday, March 30, 2009

Enforce Windows Password Policy on SQL Server Logins

If users choose to use SQL login to connect to SQL Server rather than using NT authenticating, it is worth to remind that SQL server does provide the option of enforcing window password policy on SQL logins.

Source : SQL Server Security

Friday, March 27, 2009

Announcing the release of Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer

I'd like to introduce you to the Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer (ExRCA) tool which can be accessed at https://www.TestExchangeConnectivity.com.

In this version, the tool will allow you to remotely test the following client types and services:

Exchange ActiveSync

  • Windows Mobile 5, 3rd party devices
  • Windows Mobile 6.1+ with AutoDiscover

Outlook Anywhere (aka RPC/HTTP)

  • Outlook 2003
  • Outlook 2007 with AutoDiscover

Inbound SMTP

Source : Exchange Team Blog

Thursday, March 26, 2009

What’s new in JScript for IE8

During Beta1 and Beta2 pre-releases of IE8, we’ve blogged about the performance optimizations done in the Script engine and the addition of new language features such as native JSON support. We also provided details about the JScript Debugger and the JScript Profiler –that shipped as part IE8 Developer Tools

The JScript engine now exposes new language features only when the layout (document) mode is set to “IE8 Standards Mode.” Versioned JScript language features available in this release include native JSON support and accessor methods for enabling Document Object Model prototypes.

Source : IEBlog

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Live Smooth Streaming for IIS7

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Smooth Streaming enables uninterrupted, streaming to Silverlight clients via HTTP, up to true HD (720p+) Learn More

Live Smooth Streaming delivers massively scalable Smooth Streaming for live events. Learn More

It’s currently in beta, but chek out the demo it’s really cool.

Source : www.iis.net/media

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Database Manager for IIS 7.0 - RC Released!

Database Manager integrates with the IIS 7 Management Console UI to provide a one stop location to perform database management tasks.  It uses configured web site and web application connection strings as well as custom database connections from within the tool. Here are some of the major changes from the previous...(read more)

Source : The Official Microsoft IIS Site

Expression Web SuperPreview makes cross-browser testing like moist delicious cake

Every web developer today faces the challenge of checking website compatibility across a large pool of browsers and browser versions in the marketplace. Up and until now, either you could install every browser, verify the website via a visual inspection and debug with tools specialized to that browser, or you could send a URL to a third-party screenshotting service like BrowserShots for an all-in-one visual inspection. The former is messy and tedious but gives you more control and an opportunity to diagnose problems, whilst the latter is simple but slow and useless to fix the problem. Needless to say, SuperPreview is the best of both worlds.

Note: The following screenshots come from a newer unreleased internal build of the application and does not reflect accurately what you can do in Expression Web SuperPreview today. Please don’t hurt me. I like kittens.

Expression Web SuperPreview

Expression Web SuperPreview

And perhaps what I think is the coolest feature, an overlay mode to compare exactly what’s different for pixel-perfect alignment. Or if you cross your eyes, the web in 3D.

Finally, how you can get your dirty web developer paws on this awesome tool, and it’s a little complicated to say the least. The beta of this software available right now is downloadable from Microsoft.com (250MB). The catch being it only supports renderings between IE6 and versions of IE installed on your computer already, but it should ease the pain of testing for IE6/7/8 compatibility for a lot of devs.

The full and final version of this product will be bundled together with Expression Web 3, sometime later this year and will run as a separate standalone application. 

Source : istartedsomething

Friday, March 20, 2009

Reminder: End of Life for Service Pack 1 in Windows Server 2003 Coming Soon

Ned here again with a quick reminder: Support for computers running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 ends on April 14th, 2009. Yes, that's just under a month from now. After that point there will be no hotfixes, security updates, or support for computers...(read more)

Source : Ask the Directory Services Team

Monday, March 16, 2009

Check your Internet speed

SpeedTest

Do you get the speed what you paid for ?

There is a few internet sites that allow you to test your Internet Service Provider speed, but this one is really cool.

Check it : www.speedtest.net

Friday, March 13, 2009

WuInstall

WuInstall is a command line tool for windows, which enables you to install windows-updates for a certain workstation in a controlled way by using a command line script instead of the standard window update functionality.

WuInstall uses the windows update API and is written in C++. It searches either on the Microsoft - Update - Server or at the internal WSUS-Sever (depending on system configuration) for currently available updates for the current workstation and can also download and/or installs these updates

Usage: WUInstall.exe [/search | /download | /install | /help]
/search -> Searches only for available downloads
/download -> Searches and downloads updates
/install -> Searches and downloads and installs update
Return codes: 0  ... sucessful, no reboot required
              1  ... at least one error occured, no reboot required
              2  ... no more updates availabed
              20 ... sucessful, reboot required
              21 ... at least one error occured, reboot required
Copyright by hs2n Informationstechnologie GmbH 2009

Source : www.xeox.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Utility Spotlight RichCopy

RichCopy is a free utility that comes to us from Ken Tamaru of Microsoft. The tool was first developed in 2001 and has been updated regularly to keep pace with evolving needs. Trust me when I tell you, this is the answer to all your file copying needs. What you'll find most striking the first time you take RichCopy out for a spin is that it's a multithreaded copying tool.

RichCopy

Source & download : Technet Magazine (April 2009)

Free PowerShell EBook

PowerShell MVP and prodigious PowerShell blogger Keith Hill has converted his very popular Effective PowerShell blog series into a FREE Ebook.  You can download it HERE.

Here is a taste of you'll you'll get:

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Item 1: Four Cmdlets that are the Keys to Discovery within PowerShell
  • Key #1: Get-Command
  • Key #2: Get-Help
  • Key #3: Get-Member
  • Key #4: Get-PSDrive
  • PowerShell 2.0 Update
  • Item 2: Understanding Output
  • Output is Always a .NET Object
  • Function Output Consists of Everything That Isn't Captured
  • Other Types of Output That Can't Be Captured
  • Item 3: Know What Objects Are Flowing Down the Pipeline
  • Item 4: Output Cardinality - Scalars, Collections and
  • Empty Sets - Oh My!
  • Working with Scalars
  • Working with Collections
  • Working with Empty Sets
  • Item 5: Use the Objects, Luke. Use the Objects!
  • Item 6: Know Your Output Formatters
  • Item 7: Understanding PowerShell Parsing Modes
  • Item 8: Understanding ByPropertyName Pipeline Bound Parameters
  • Item 9: Understanding ByValue Pipeline Bound Parameters
  • Item 10: Regular Expressions - One of the Power Tools in
  • PowerShell
  • PowerShell 2.0 Update
  • Item 11: Comparing Arrays
  • Item 12: Use Set-PSDebug -Strict In Your Scripts – Religiously
  • PowerShell 2.0 Update
  • Item 13: Commenting Out Lines in a Script File
  • PowerShell 2.0 Update 

Source : Keith Hill's Blog

Lab Experiment: Hypervisors

Is there really a performance difference between hypervisors from VMware, Microsoft and Citrix? We put them under a microscope and stress-tested them for days to find out the answer.

Source : virtualizationreview.com

Update : Read the post from Windows Virtualization Team about the test. Did you know that reviewing ESX without VMware's permission violates the VMware EULA about posting benchmarks ?

Monday, March 09, 2009

VSeWSS 1.3 Feb 2009 CTP

This is the SharePoint developer tools for Visual Studio 2008. These tools are suitable for use with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. It includes project and item templates for common SharePoint artifacts, it includes build, packaging and deployment for SharePoint solutions and it includes the SharePoint Solution Generator which creates a new Visual Studio 2008 project from a SharePoint site.
The tools provide item templates for List Definition, List Definition from Content Type, Content Type, Field Control, Web Part, Module, Root File, Template, Event Receiver, and List Instance. It provides project templates for Team Site Definition, Blank Site Definition, List Definition, Web Part and Empty. It works with Visual Basic .NET and C# languages and a comprehensive user guide is included. It does not include the SharePoint Workflow templates as they are built in with Visual Studio 2008.
New features in version 1.3 include:

  • Can be installed on x64 Server OS machines running SharePoint x64. Previously only x86 Server OS could be used
  • Separate build commands for package, deploy and retract are added as Visual Studio menu items
  • WSP View improvements for consistency of deleting feature elements, merging features and adding event receivers to features
  • Command line build, package and retract commands are included enabling continuous integration and build servers. Previously command line build of SharePoint projects was very difficult
  • Refactoring support for renaming of Web Parts. Previously renaming a web part required changes in several files in the project
  • Solution Generator can now generate solutions from publishing sites. Previously only regular sites could be generated
  • Allowing partial trust BIN deployments of web parts
  • New project item template for SharePoint RootFiles items
  • Deployment will now optionally remove conflicting existing features on the development server prior to redeployment. Previously any feature name conflicts would result in an error
  • Ancillary assemblies such as for business logic can now be added to the SharePoint Solution WSP
  • Hidden features related to Site Definition projects are now shown in WSP View. They are no longer hidden
  • For advanced users a fast deploy is included to update only the compiled assembly on the SharePoint development installation
  • Deployment step logging is included
  • The List Definition from Content Type template now allows for the creation of a List Definition Event Receiver
  • The User Guide is now installed with the extensions instead of being a separate download
This download is not supported by Microsoft support. We encourage you to visit the MSDN Forum for SharePoint Development to discuss it. This download is the February CTP of the 1.3 version. If you need the released version 1.2, please check the related downloads.

Source : Microsoft Download Center

Like Snapshots in Hyper-V? - Please read this

Snapshots is nice to have, in fact very nice to have when running a virtual platform. In Hyper-V it is easy to do snap-shots and there are no problems, or is there something you should be aware of...
Yes, there is a a issue, it is not a bug but there is something you absolutely need to know, otherwise you will be in serious trouble. So lets here the story...

Source : A blog for the Tech Heads...

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

IIS 7 Compression. Good? Bad? How much?

If you haven't properly leveraged compression in IIS, you're missing out on a lot! Compression is a trade-off of CPU for Bandwidth. With the expense of bandwidth and relative abundance of CPU, it's an easy trade-off. Yet, are you sure that your server Read More......(read more)

Source : The Official Microsoft IIS Site

Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV): Disk Ownership

Hi cluster fans,

In Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering we have incorporated a significant architectural innovation called Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV), which functions as a distributed-access file system optimized for Hyper-V. This means that any node in a cluster can access the shared storage and any node can host VMs, regardless of which node “owns” the storage. This behavior was not included in Windows Server 2008 and this blog will discuss CSV in more detail. For information about configuring and deploying CSV, please check out this guide and be sure to send us your feedback!

Source : Clustering and High Availability

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

FREE: VHD Resizer - Shrink or Expand a Hyper-V VHD

VHDResizer

As its name indicates, VHD Resizer is a tool that allows you to resize a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk). VHD is Microsoft’s format for virtual disks, and is used by Virtual PC, Virtual Server, and Hyper-V.

VHD Resizer

Source : 4sysops

Windows 7 to kill off QuickTime on PCs?

Microsoft has some good news for movie fans. If you want to watch .mov files in Windows 7, you don't need to install Apple's QuickTime. Bye, bye annoying system tray icon! Adios, Apple update!

The support for .mov files was mentioned deep in a long list of changes that are coming to the Windows 7 Release Candidate.

Source : Bink.nu

Is it time to apply Feburary Cumulative Update?

In short, here’re the suggested actions:

For customers who already have Dec CU installed, they can apply these update packages in the following sequence: 961750, 967703, 961749, 961754. But we also suggest to wait for the uber package.

For customers who do not have Dec CU installed, please wait for the uber package of Feb CU. This could save time and reduce the effort to get everything to current version. We will announce it here on this blog as soon as it get released.

Source : Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog