Tuesday, June 30, 2009

RSAT and ADUC for Vista - Update to add tabs for Terminal Services Profile, Environment, Sessions, and Remote Control

Ned here. After much strife, here is the hotfix to get RSAT AD Users and Computers to include tabs for:

  • Terminal Services Profile 
  • Environment 
  • Sessions 
  • Remote Control 

960890 Some tabs are not available in the properties of a user account in the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in after you install Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) on a computer that is running Windows Vista
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;960890

If you have been hacking away at this previously to make it work, make sure to unregister and remove your server DLL's before installing this update.

Linda Taylor rules.

- Ned Pyle

Source : Ask the Directory Services Team

Migrating from NTLM to Negotiate in a nutshell

Although it’s kind of old news, there is an interesting article on the Windows Authentication Blog :

Migrating from NTLM to Negotiate in a nutshell

Two More Mega Data Centers Online In July

In order to fulfill the ever growing demand of data centers (Online Live and Cloud services), Microsoft is opening two more mega data centers this July.

The first one to open (July 1st) is located in Dublin (Ireland) and is the first mega data center Microsoft has built outside of the US.

The second one is the Chicago Data Center, which will open on July 20th. This facility will be one of the largest data centers in the world measuring no less than 700,000 square feet (approximately 16 football fields)!

Read more : blogs.technet.com/msdatacenters

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Internet Explorer behaviors with Kerberos Authentication

Hey Rob here again, I thought that I would share with you some of the things that we see where Internet Explorer Kerberos authentication fails.

It is important to understand the default behavior of Internet Explorer and its support for Kerberos authentication so that you don’t start ripping out your hair (can’t speak to what Ned does here). I have listed three very common problems that we typically see when Kerberos authentication is failing with web-based applications.

Source : Ask the Directory Services Team

Monday, June 22, 2009

Web Page Error Toolkit

Customize your 404 error pages with the Web Page Error Toolkit
For large web sites with extensive amounts of content, 2 to 10 percent of traffic is looking for pages that either don’t exist or have been moved. Most web servers return a generic 404 error page or a sitemap when a user’s desired page cannot be found. These unhelpful pages often result in a dead end for users.

With Microsoft’s Web Page Error Toolkit, you can create dynamic 404 pages that contain customized error messages along with search results seeded with relevant keywords to help your users move past the missing page and find the information they need.
The Toolkit is a customizable ASP.net application that replaces the default error page on your IIS server. The Toolkit enables you to use Bing to return results for the specified domain and locale, control the number of results returned on your page, choose whether to offer spelling corrections, and customize your error message.

You also have the option of choosing from several keyword extraction strategies that are included with the install, or providing your own implementation.

Download : www.microsoft.com/downloads
More info : Technet Magazine

Friday, June 19, 2009

What is Integrated Mode in Windows Virtual PC?

If you use Windows Virtual PC you will see “integration features” being mentioned.  These are enabled once you have the latest integration components installed, and can be enabled or disabled at will – but what are they?

 

When the integration features are enabled we are actually using Remote Desktop to connect to the operating system running inside the virtual machine.  This allows us to take advantages of many of the technologies built into remote desktop:

  • The ability to display seamless Windows from the virtual machine
  • The ability to redirect smart cards and printers to the virtual machine
  • The ability to share folders to the virtual machine

Source : Virtual PC Guy's WebLog

VMware FUD Fiasco Final

For those of you who have been following the "VMware FUD Fiasco" blog thread (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4), it's been an unfortunate incident that has gone on far too long. However, I'm pleased to report that we've finally reached resolution and it's time to close this chapter. What resolution am I talking about? Specifically,

VMware has admitted their mistake, apologized and removed the video.

Source : Windows Virtualization Team Blog

SharePoint technical content on CHM file

If your in interested by SharePoint technology, you will be happy to know that Microsoft updated the SharePoint Technet Library in Compiled Help format (CHM) :

What's new in the Windows 7 Firewall?

Since the introduction of the first firewall built into the operating system (Internet Connection Firewall) of Windows XP, Microsoft has steadily improved the firewall in each subsequent incarnation of Windows. While the Windows Firewall included in the newest client OS, Windows 7 is more evolutionary than revolutionary, it does provide some nice tweaks to make it more user-friendly and at least one big change that makes a difference to mobile users. In this article, we will take a look at the Windows Firewall in Windows 7 and show you how to configure it with multiple active firewall policies.

 

Source : WindowsSecurity.Com

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Google Apps Sync Disables Outlook Search

The Outlook team has recently been made aware of a serious bug / flaw with the recently announced Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook, and as a result we wanted to provide the Outlook user community with additional details around this problem as well as information on how to address it.

The installation of the Google Apps Sync plugin disables Outlook’s ability to search any and all of your Outlook data.

To lean more read the complete article. 

Source : Microsoft Office Outlook Team Blog

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Rolling Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 SP2 Failover Clustering

Hi Cluster Fans,

Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) is now available for download on the web!  This blog post will walk you through performing a “rolling upgrade” from Windows Server 2008 RTM to Windows Server 2008 SP2.  A rolling upgrade allows you to progressively upgrade your cluster nodes while keeping your resources highly-available, however you may have some downtime while moving the resource groups between nodes.

Source : Clustering and High Availability

Thursday, June 11, 2009

“Inside Windows 7 User Account Control” by Mark Russinovich

These days there is a lot of fuss about UAC and Windows 7 on the net.

The famous Mark Russinovich (SysInternals tools) made en excellent technical overview of the feature in TechNet Magazine.

Read the article : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.07.uac.aspx

Microsoft Translator Instant Answers Now On Bing

Wow, did they read our comments? More integration of the translator into Bing? You got it! Starting today you can translate a word or phrase directly on Bing.

How does this work? Say you want to know how to say thank you in another language. Simply type ”translate Thank you” 

Source : LiveSide - Windows Live news and interviews

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Quote about “The Boss”

If everybody says "you're right!", you are either very smart or the boss.

(André Birabeau, French Play Writer [1890-1974])

Source : Jorge 's Quest For Knowledge!

TechNet Launches New Interactive Silverlight Application for STSADM Technical Reference

The vision was to plan, design, develop, test and publish a high quality SilverLight application that would improve the overall customer experience with the current downloadable Visio diagram for the Stsadm SharePoint command line admin tool. We have delivered; our application provides a fully browsable interface, in-depth information from the TechNet TOC and library, and links to specific topics for each Stsadm command line operation and property. By using separate XML data files, the SilverLight application is instantly updatable and localizable!

To view our Stsadm SilverLight application on TechNet:

Congratulations to the Office UA Content Engineering team and especially to Randy Lewandowski, Kirk Stark, Derrick Nguyen, Theano Petersen, Eling Voon, Emily Schroeder, Kiran Annamraju and Varun Shandilya.  You can also join their Facebook site.

Source : Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog

Monday, June 08, 2009

Can you really tell witch search engine is better ?

Try BlindSearch.

The goal of this site is simple, we want to see what happens when you remove the branding from search engines. How differently will you perceive the results?

Type in a search, hit search then vote for the column which you believe best matches your query (the columns are randomised with every query) and see if Google, Yahoo ou Bing is the winner.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Free: one year TechNet Plus subscription

A Microsoft TechNet Plus subscription is aimed at IT Professionals who want full-version Microsoft software, beta software, professional support incidents, managed newsgroup support, a technical information library, Microsoft eLearning courses, online concierge chat, the TechNet Magazine, and many other resources for evaluating, deploying, and maintaining Microsoft software. The subscription normally goes for $349 (download-only) or for $599 (download and DVD shipments). You want it free though, right? No problem: Canada link, US link, and UK link.

Source : Ars Technica - One Microsoft Way

UPDATE :

Sorry folks, looks like Microsoft made a mistake. The free subscription was not meant to be public but only for members of the ITAC program. If your one of the lucky persons that was able to get in and obtain a key, Microsoft has disable your account and place your key on the black list.

More info : www.neowin

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Windows on Small Notebook PCs: The Momentum Continues in the US and the UK

On the eve of the Computex, the largest computer exhibition in Asia and the second largest in the world, we got word that PC World, the largest electronics retailer in the UK, is de-assorting (i.e., getting rid of) all of the Linux small notebook PCs in their stores and going all-Windows.

Jeremy Fennell, Category Director at PC World, sums things up perfectly at the end of the release:

Despite initial hype that netbooks would move more users onto the Linux platform, Microsoft has emerged as the preferred operating system because Windows makes it easier to share content, and provides customers with a simpler, more familiar computing experience on the move. Based on this insight, all the netbooks in our stores will feature Microsoft Windows, larger screens and keyboards, and greater colour choices to satisfy customers demand for performance, design and familiarity.

Source : The Windows Blog