Friday, May 29, 2009

Microsoft: Sorry Pundits, Vista Is (Still) Doing Just Fine

Much has been made about how Windows 7 is so good that it will help Microsoft overcome the bad PR image it developed with Windows Vista. But while everyone is busy patting themselves on the back for "knowing" how poorly Vista is doing, the reality is somewhat less exciting. In fact, Vista is selling better in businesses than Windows XP was at the same point in its lifecycle. Lest we forget that inconvenient truth, Microsoft this week decided to remind everyone. Again. "Adoption and deployment of Windows Vista has been slightly ahead of where we had been with XP," Tami Reller, Microsoft corporate vice-president and Windows Business division CFO, said this week. "We also have a number of enterprises that are mid-cycle [in Vista deployments], that are doing a tremendous amount of testing, planning, and training, and getting ready for Vista." Much has been made about the declining fortunes of Windows lately, but let's not forget that the entire economy is tanking in nearly historic proportions. The Windows division generated $2.5 billion in income in the most recent quarter. That's not chump change, sorry, and it's double the amount of money that all of Apple—Mac, iPhone, and iPod combined—earned in the same time period. I'm pretty sure most of the tech press did nothing but celebrate that figure and Apple's various blockbuster products. Let's not let the angst get ahead of reality here.

Source : Paul Thurrott’s WinInfo Short Takes : Week of June 1

Thursday, May 28, 2009

How to save additional Active Directory attributes and the user password in tombstone objects

Knowing that deleted Active Directory objects are not erased immediately, but only after 60 (Windows 2000/2003) or 180 days (Windows 2003 SP1/2008), can save your day if you accidentally delete user, computer or container objects. …

… A downside of tombstone reanimation is that by default, important attributes are stripped from AD objects when they are deleted. For example, user objects’ last and first name attributes are not saved in tombstone objects. …

… The good news is that you can configure the Active Directory schema to store additional attributes in tombstone objects. The bad news is that the procedure is a bit complicated. 

Source : 4sysops

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Is WMIprvse a real villain?

How often has it occurred that you were working on something and suddenly your computer became slow? You opened task manager to find out the culprit that is hogging your systems CPU cycles. You sorted the processes according to CPU usage and saw WMIprvse.exe happily sitting at the top.

Before putting the blame on WMIprvse.exe have you ever wondered that it can be that some other application contracted the WMIprvse.exe to create havoc on your computer? Here’s how you can find the culprit which is using WMIprvse.exe to eat up your system resources.

Source : Windows Management Infrastructure Blog

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

WSUS 3.0 SP2 RC Program now available on Microsoft Connect!

I am very pleased to announce that WSUS 3.0 SP2 RC will be available to the general public today, May 26, via the Connect Site.

All you have to do is sign in to your Connect account or sign up now in order to participate in the RC program.
This program is available to all registered and authenticated users of Connect.

New Windows Server and Client Version Support

  • Integration with Windows Server® 2008 R2
  • Support for the BranchCache feature on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Support for Windows 7 client

Source : WSUS Product Team Blog

Friday, May 22, 2009

Virtual Monaco Circuit in 3D

Look at this great video !

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The official blog of the Micorosft Office 2010

The Microsoft Office 2010 IT Blog

"This blog is being created by the Office team to help our IT professionals and enthusiasts get a better idea of what we are building with Office 2010 and discuss the key issues that matter to you.  We are all incredibly excited to start talking about the new version of Office and hope you will participate here."

Source : Bink.nu, blogs.technet.com/office2010/

Disk Partition Alignment Best Practices for SQL Server

Disk partition alignment is a powerful tool for improving SQL Server performance. Configuring optimal disk performance is often viewed as much art as science. A best practice that is essential yet often overlooked is disk partition alignment. Windows Server 2008 attempts to align new partitions out-of-the-box, yet disk partition alignment remains a relevant technology for partitions created on prior versions of Windows.

This paper documents performance for aligned and nonaligned storage and why nonaligned partitions can negatively impact I/O performance; it explains disk partition alignment for storage configured on Windows Server 2003, including analysis, diagnosis, and remediation; and it describes how Windows Server 2008 attempts to remedy challenges related to partition alignment for new partitions yet does not correct the configuration of preexisting partitions.

 

For more information, please refer to the Disk Partition Alignment Best Practices for SQL Server whitepaper

Source : Bink.nu