Tuesday, December 13, 2011

VW R models' new ESP system

Volkswagen has equipped its most potent Golf GTI and R models and its entire Scirocco range with a new ESP system that allows the driver to fully disable electronic aids.

VW has responded to criticism from media and customers that said the models were not adjustable or sporting enough, were too sensible compared with rivals and did not allow the driver full control of the vehicle

What about the Jetta GLI ?

Source : www.autocar.co.uk

Monday, December 05, 2011

On consumer PCs, crapware is still a performance-sapping nuisance

Are PC makers finally getting the message that their customers don’t want crapware? A close look at three consumer PCs delivers a mixed answer.

See the accompanying image gallery:
12 ways hardware makers screw up a perfectly good Windows PC

Source : The Ed Bott Report

Firefox faces uncertain future as Google deal apparently ends

It hasn’t been a good year for Firefox. Mozilla has lost share to Google, it’s lost the loyalty of enterprise customers, and it’s lost key talent. And a deal with Google that supplied 84% of its revenue last year was scheduled to end in November. Can Firefox avoid a slide into irrelevance?

Source : Th Ed Boot Report

Friday, December 02, 2011

2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn

The Jetta We've Been Waiting For


The motoring press hasn't had the greatest of relationships with the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta. When the sedan debuted, critics slammed the newest generation as a Walmart interpretation of a model many of us had grown up loving. The nicer-than-expected materials, playful handling and quiet cabin had all been scrapped in favor of a bargain basement price tag wrapped in styling as risky as sunblock in summer. The machine simply felt like the latest casualty of the Volkswagen campaign to become the world's largest automaker. To make matters worse, buyers didn't seem to care.

Despite a tide of vitriolic ink that's risen around the 2012 Jetta, the model has seen an explosion of sales that's left plenty of critics tapping their microphones and asking, "Is this thing on?" If anything, the exercise has proven that when it comes to moving vehicles in the now fiercely-competitive compact segment, price is still king no matter what the critics say. So, when Volkswagen promised to satiate the model's longtime fans with a new GLI, the rank smell of skepticism came wafting through newsrooms across the country.

But with a stylish exterior, sporty indoor appointments and an upgraded suspension, the 2012 Volkswagen GLI seemingly makes up for the base model's deficiencies, at least on paper

Read the complete article : www.autoblog.com

Microsoft to drop Desktop App from Windows 8 ARM tablets?

Microsoft may have done an about-face and decided against offering the Desktop App and thus non-Metro-style apps, on Windows 8 ARM tablets.

Source : All about Microsoft Blog RSS | ZDNet

Android-x86 Project - Run Android on Your PC

This is a project to port Android open source project to x86 platform, formerly known as "patch hosting for android x86 support".

Project Goal : To provide complete solution for Android on Eee PC platforms first and then to provide solutions for common x86 platforms as well.

Source : www.android-x86.org

Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM)

Security Compliance Manager 2 (SCM 2) is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerator team that enables you to quickly configure and manage your desktops, traditional datacenter, and private cloud using Group Policy (GPO) and System Center Configuration Manager.

Links :

MDT 2012: New Features– GPO Packs

There are many new features of MDT 2012 but one that I particularly like is the ability to apply GPO Packs created using Security Configuration Manager (SCM) during the deployment process.

Source : The Deployment Guys

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Setting an aspnet.config File per Application Pool

The aspnet.config file is a little known config file which is supported by ASP.NET 2.0 and greater

Source : Scott Forsyth's Blog

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Samsung Mocks Apple Sycophants in Latest Ad

This is just precious. A new Samsung advertisement goes after the trendy hipster types that stand in line for hours to buy new Apple products, even though in this case--with the iPhone 4S--there are superior devices out there already. The ad nicely parodies the whole Apple Store line experience--you know, because they may not make enough of them, so you better get in line.

My favorite sequence is the hipster who dismissively says, "I could never get a Samsung. I'm creative." To which the guy next to him responds, even more dismissively, "Dude, you're a barista." LOL.

Classic because it's true.

Source : Paul Thurrott

How To Run Android Apps On Windows

I've often imagined a computing environment in which you could run mobile apps on a full desktop OS. For example, I figured it made sense for Apple to replace the widgets capabilities in Mac OS X with the ability to run iOS apps. Or, Microsoft could provide a way to run Windows Phone apps on Windows instead of gadgets. Well, someone has brought this dream to life: Via a utility, you can now run Android apps on Windows.
The utility, called BlueStacks, is available in an early, pre-beta release right now. And while I've only just started testing it on the Windows 8 Developer Preview slate PC, I was so surprised by how well it's working already that I wanted to get the word out. This thing appears to be the real deal. For example, I was able to easily and seamlessly use the Pulse mobile app, full-screen, on the PC with full touch support.

You gotta check this out. It looks very interesting.

Thanks to Sheldon D. for the tip.

Source : Paul Thurrott

Exploring MDT 2012 Beta 2

A good 10 parts series of articles about MDT 2012 by Manoj Nair :


Monday, November 21, 2011

Managed Service Accounts in Windows Server 2008 R2

Here’s the situation: You are called into consult for a client, and in examining their IT infrastructure you observe no organization as to how service accounts are deployed. For instance, some line-of-business (LOB) applications are using the domain Administrator as their service account identity, while others use the Local Service or Network Service identity.

Recently, the client began associating application services with dedicated domain user service accounts. However, because domain password policy forces password changes every 60 days, the manual reassignment of service account passwords created organizational headaches for the IT support staff.

How can you resolve this mess of a real-world situation?

Source : 4sysops.com

Friday, November 18, 2011

Majority Of Owners Use iPad Exclusively At Home

Released earlier this week, a new survey pegs the eminently mobile iPad as much more of a homebody than previously thought. After gathering usage data from 15,000 iPad owners across more than a dozen countries, research firm McKinsey & Company were surprised to find that 62 percent of those polled never take their iPads out of the house.

Source : appadvice.com

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Log Parser Lizard


I’ve always been a little bit reluctant to use Microsoft Log Parser. I know it’s really powerfull, but it’s command line interface is not really fun to use.

Last week I decided to give it another try and I discovered Log Parser Lizard (better late than never). It’s a FREE GUI Tool to use the Log Parser API. It’s a must have !

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dedicated Administrator Connection (DAC) in SQL Server 2008 R2

In Microsoft Windows, we have Safe Mode. In SQL Server 2008, we have the Dedicated Administrator Connection, or DAC. We can use DAC to obtain emergency access to a SQL Server 2008 database instance in cases where the instance is blocked up, locked up, or just plain hosed.

Full article : 4sysops.com

Bank of America's Google+ page is "brand-jacked"

Google+ launched its business pages a week ago. One of the highest profile sites is from Bank of America. Or is it? Judging by the biting satirical content, Google has been thoroughly punked.

Complete article : www.zdnet.com/blog/bott

Monday, November 14, 2011

BlackBerry losing its cool even among owners

Faster iPhones and Android devices have been taking market share from Research in Motion's once-addictive BlackBerry, but analysts and its executives are not ready to count the smartphone out yet.

Interesting article from the LA Times.

Source : www.latimes.com

Friday, November 11, 2011

Internet Explorer 9 Keyboard shortcuts

Here’s my favorites shortcuts in Internet Explorer (IE) 9 :

Ctrl + W Close the current window (tab)
Ctrl + F Find on this page
Ctrl + I Open Favorites
Ctrl + E Open a search query in the address bar (with last query string)
Ctrl + click Open links in a new tab in the background
Ctrl + Shift + click Open links in a new tab in the foreground
Ctrl + P Print

Complete IE 9 keyboard shortcut list :

Putting the “room” in “vroom”: Practical fun in the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

If you’re like most people, the terms “roomy and practical” don’t exactly call to mind performance-driven fun. The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI might just change your mind.

Source : blogs.vw.com/jetta

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Troubleshooting the “Network accounts are unavailable” error in Mac OS X Lion

there are serious integration problems between Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). Specifically, we are seeing (a) sluggish binding between the Macs and AD; (b) super-slow domain logons; and (c) completely blocked domain logons.

Source : 4sysops.com

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

ZTI MDT Debugger 1.0

The original MDTDebugger that I wrote is a great help for debugging tasks running in a litetouch (LTI) deployment task sequence, but it doesn't work for zerotouch (ZTI) deployments. The reason for this is that it needs to be able to display a window on the desktop of the computer that is running the task sequence; something that Systems Center Configuration Manager actively prevents. Well, this is no longer a problem because now there is a version of the MDTDebugger for ZTI deployments! This tool works in the same way as the LTI version but with a key difference: you open the debugging window on a different computer. In order to achieve this, I split the tool into two parts, the first part is the launcher that runs from the task sequence, and the second is the GUI that you use to help with the debugging.

Source : blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys

Monday, November 07, 2011

Bill Gates, not Steve Jobs, is the real hero

Steve Jobs was a great CEO, but Bill Gates has moved beyond technology and is trying to save the world. Why isn't he getting more recognition?

Also forgotten has been a simple yet critical bit of history: Jobs, in his second and more successful period as Apple's CEO, stood on the shoulders of Bill Gates. Had Microsoft not made computing ubiquitous, there wouldn't be any reason to have an iPod, or an iPhone, or an iPod. In fact, they simply wouldn't exist.

Source : www.infoworld.com

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007 Service Pack 3 Availability

We are pleased to announce the availability of Service Pack 3 (SP3) for our 2007 family of products.

Source : blogs.technet.com/b/office_sustained_engineering

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3

Microsoft iSCSI software target 3.3 is available for download at Microsoft.com

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 is an economical solution suited for a development or test environment and a small, medium, or branch office production environment. It enables storage consolidation and sharing on a Windows Server by implementing the iSCSI (Internet Small Computer Systems Interface) protocol, which supports SCSI-block access to a storage device over a TCP/IP network.

Download : www.microsoft.com/download

FREE: WPKG – Software deployment tool

WPKG is an Open Source software deployment tool that allows you to install software, upgrade and remove applications on remote Windows computers.

Source : 4sysops.com

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How to create an HTML Application to configure your WebDAV Redirector settings

Excellent post from Robert McMurray :

I've mentioned in previous blog posts that I use the Windows WebDAV Redirector a lot. (And believe me, I use it a lot.) Having said that, there are a lot of registry settings that control how the Windows WebDAV Redirector operates, and I tend to tweak those settings fairly often.
I documented all of those registry settings in my Using the WebDAV Redirector walkthrough, but unfortunately there isn't a built-in interface for managing the settings. With that in mind, I decided to write my own user interface.

Source : blogs.iis.net/robert_mcmurray
Related : using-the-webdav-redirector 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Firefox 7.0 is out, but wait …


Cool Firefox 7.0 is available (see release notes)

But wait, where is the Java support ?


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions of sites

Researchers have discovered a serious weakness in virtually all websites protected by the secure sockets layer protocol that allows attackers to silently decrypt data that's passing between a webserver and an end-user browser.

The vulnerability resides in versions 1.0 and earlier of TLS, or transport layer security, the successor to the secure sockets layer technology that serves as the internet's foundation of trust. Although versions 1.1 and 1.2 of TLS aren't susceptible, they remain almost entirely unsupported in browsers and websites alike, making encrypted transactions on PayPal, GMail, and just about every other website vulnerable to eavesdropping by hackers who are able to control the connection between the end user and the website he's visiting.

Source  : www.theregister.co.uk

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Running Windows 8 Developer Preview in a virtual environment

We wanted to do a quick post on compatibility with respect to virtualization technologies. We know there were some initial challenges and we've seen the community support process kick in and many people are unblocked as "how to" posts have gone up in various places. As this is a developer preview we expect to see other classes of issues related to app or device compatibility—the full breadth of our testing was not done (or intended to be done) for the Preview. Obviously this one was found early and we could have done a bit better. Sue Bohn, David Hicks, Cornel Lupu of our ACDC team (App Compat, Device Compat) authored this quick post. -- Steven Sinofsky


  • Hyper-V in Windows 8 Developer Preview
  • Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2
  • VMware Workstation 8.0 for Windows
  • VirtualBox 4.1.2 for Windows


  • Microsoft Virtual PC (all versions)
  • Microsoft Virtual Server (all versions)
  • Windows 7 XP Mode
  • VMWare Workstation 7.x or older

Source : Building Windows 8

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Hyper-V to be in Windows 8 client, Microsoft acknowledges officially

In building Windows 8 we worked to enable Hyper-V, the machine virtualization technology that has been part of the last 2 releases of Windows Server, to function on the client OS as well.

Really cool ! I can’t wait to install Windows 8 on my Thinkpad.

Sources :

Why complex passwords may be less secure than you think

I'll be rethinking passwords in this blog, and what you can do to make authenticating with passwords more secure.

Technically, adding a single non-letter character to an English word would indeed prevent a dictionary attack. Yes, a bad one!

"I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."

Very good article : www.eventlogblog.com

Friday, September 02, 2011

2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

What we've really been waiting for is this, the 2012 Jetta GLI. Packing VW's ubiquitous turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a six-speed manual or optional DSG and an independent rear suspension, the GLI is here to assuage enthusiasts' fears that VW has lost the plot in its relentless pursuit of global market dominance.

Read the complete “Jette GLI First Drive Review ” on autoblog.com

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

HP's Inability to Communicate Dooms webOS, Mortally Wounds PC Business

It was the biggest tech news of the year so far, but last week's revelations by HP about its PC and mobile OS businesses was so badly bungled by the computing giant that we all got the wrong message. The net effect, of course, is that HP has accomplished what it never intended: It has killed any future for its webOS mobile system. And it has possibly mortally wounded its thus-far dominant PC business as well.

The headlines earlier this week were clear enough: "HP Kills webOS" and "HP to Sell, Spin Off PC Business" are representative. But amazingly, neither of these is accurate.

Read more : www.windowsitpro.com/article/paul-thurrotts-wininfo

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Firefox 6.0 is here !

Check the release notes.

Alleviating pressure caused by component store (WinSxs) size

I just wanted to make you all aware of a new KB article myself and a couple of teammates put together around component store growth and remediation. I wanted to have something short and to the point and I think a lot of you might find this more useful than sifting through the blog trying to piecemeal together the same information. I'll probably try to put together something a little more verbose here that goes more into the internals of some of this but I am busy working on a new project and dont have tons of time. If you have any questions or comments about the material please ask them here.

How to Alleviate Disk Space Pressure Caused By a Large Windows Component Store (WinSxS) Directory

Source : The Windows Servicing Guy

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kerberos and Load Balancing

Hi guys, Joji Oshima here again. Today I want to talk about configuring Kerberos authentication to work in a load-balanced environment. This is a more advanced topic that requires a basic understanding of how Kerberos works. If you want an overview of Kerberos, I would suggest Rob’s excellent post, Kerberos for the Busy Admin. In this post, I will be using a load balanced IIS web farm as the example, but the principal applies for other applications.

Read the complete article : blogs.technet.com/b/askds

Friday, July 29, 2011

AT&T partners with universities, brings campus applications to mobile devices

AT&T has announced that they will be partnering with 2,000 campuses across the country to bring mobile applications to the attendees instead of handing out campus maps and other paperwork. The applications are designed to enhance the experience of the people attending, giving them easy access to campus maps, phone directory, courses, and campus events

AT&T* is the first carrier to offer this type of mobile platform, an affordable, leading-edge technology for higher education institutions. The AT&T Campus Guide app, which users can download for free, works with any service provider and on most major mobile operating systems. AT&T is working with DubMeNow, a pioneer in mobilizing higher education, to bring AT&T Campus Guide to schools all over the country.

Colleges and universities using AT&T Campus Guide can customize the app, adding school colors and banners to make it their own. And with its quick and easy set-up, AT&T Campus Guide is ready to go in a matter of weeks rather than months.


Read more : www.att.com


AD uses a multi-master replication mechanism, meaning that updates can originate on any RWDC. For all kinds of services AD is highly redundant assuming you have more than one RWDC. Within AD some operations cannot operate using the multi-master principle, but rather use the single-master principle to ensure consistency. The roles for those operations are the so called Flexible Single Masters of Operations (FSMO). From a forest perspective two forest wide FSMO roles exist and from a domain perspective three domain wide FSMO roles exist. Below you will find which one is which.

Complete article : blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/jorge

Why McAfee is still at the top of my Not Recommended list

Over the years, when I’ve had to deal with McAfee products, I have been known to unleash torrents of invective that would make a pirate blush.Over the past month I tried the latest McAfee release. Here’s why it’s still on my Not Recommended list.

Read the complete article : www.zdnet.com/blog/bott

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Access Is Underrated: Your Hatred Of Microsoft Access Is Largely Unjustified

Luke Chung of FMS, Inc. has published an interesting article on the Enterprise Features site that discusses some of the negative perceptions about Access, especially within enterprise settings. Luke argues that Access can be a big productivity booster for individuals and teams in the enterprise, and that IT departments should not put restrictions on the use of Access. Here's an excerpt:

"Organizations should recognize end users and line of business managers can create a lot of solutions on their own and are best equipped to do so (like giving bullets to infantry). These solutions should be considered tactical (special forces) not strategic (nuclear weapons) and should not be held to the same standards. Get things done quickly and moving on is the key to being nimble."

See Luke's article here.

Source : blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-access

Friday, May 13, 2011

FREE: Microsoft Safety Scanner – Portable antivirus program

The Microsoft Safety Scanner was just released a few days ago. The free portable antivirus tool only comes as a simple EXE file and is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit version. The EXE file contains all the virus signatures.

Source : 4sysops.com

FREE: TMnetSim Network Simulator – Simulate network latency and packet loss

The free portable tool TMnetSim Network Simulator enables you to simulate a poor or slow network connection in your lab.

TMnetSim sits between the client and the server and allows only as much network quality as you admit.

Source : 4sysops.com

down right now

downrightnow monitors the status of your favorite web services, combining user reports and official announcements to tell you when there's service trouble.

Great way to find out if service is up. Currently monitor the follwing services :

  • Facebook
  • Foursquare
  • Google Mail (Gmail)
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • Windows Live Hotmail
  • Yahoo! Mail
  • Youtube
  • Blogger
  • LinkedIn
  • LiveJournal
  • Netflix
  • Ning
  • PayPal
  • Skype
  • TypePad

Link : downrightnow.com

IE9 Compat Inspector

Compat Inspector is a JavaScript-based testing tool that analyzes your site while it runs. Compat Inspector reports patterns of interaction which cause issues in standards mode. This allows you to identify problems quickly without memorizing a bunch of documentation or searching through the entirety of your site's code. We developed Compat Inspector during the course of IE9 to speed up the process of recognizing common issues across different sites. Along the way many members of the IE team contributed to the set of test cases that make up the rules in Compat Inspector. Now we're making it all available to you. Check out the Compat Inspector Test Drive to try it out before using it on your own site.

Source : IEBlog

Friday, May 06, 2011

Why malware for Macs is on its way

Oh, the rationalizations people come up with to explain away what they don’t want to hear.

Last week, when I wrote Coming soon to a Mac near you: serious malware, I expected to get an earful from Mac partisans telling me how wrong I was. They didn’t disappoint.

In this post, I want to respond, in detail, to the arguments that I heard in response to that post. They’re the same ones that come up over and over again when the topic turns to Macs and malware.

Source : Ed Bott's Microsoft Report

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

IE9 versus Chrome: which one blocks malware better?

Last week I looked at a fascinating sample of malware that specifically targeted users of Google Chrome. Over the past few days, I’ve been looking more closely at this particular malware attack, which appears to be widespread and extremely persistent.

Source : Ed Bott's microsoft report

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Microsoft Access Power Tip: Improve the security of database connections

This post about making ODBC connections more secure is provided by Access MVP Ben Clothier.

Now and then, we come to a point where we decide to upsize an Access database to a server-based RDBMS. The reasons for upsizing can vary, but a common theme is security. With a server-based RDBMS, we have more options for security than when we are working with a file-based data source. Even if security wasn’t the reason for upsizing, we do have an obligation to ensure that we develop a “good citizen” application and protect the company’s assets contained in the RDBMS. When our RDBMS supports Windows authentication (e.g., SQL Server, Oracle, FireBird), we have it easy – no username or password needs to be stored. But unfortunately, we don’t always have Windows authentication available, and even when it is supported, it may not be practical. This article focuses on the case where we have to pass in a username and password as a part of the connection string and we want to do so in a secure manner. The article also assumes we are using ODBC and DAO.

Source : blogs.office.com

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows® 7 with SP1 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server® 2008, or Windows Server® 2003, from a remote computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows 7 with SP1.

Download : www.microsoft.com/downloads

Friday, April 08, 2011

Premiere U.S. consumer magazine calls the new Jetta 'a shadow of the agile, well-finished car it once was.'

Top-notch consumer magazine Consumer Reports has given a very negative review to the 2011 North American VW Jetta.

"The new Jetta is unimpressive. In an effort to bring the car's starting price down, VW cheapened the previous Jetta's interior and suspension, making it less sophisticated and compromising handling."

Source : www.worldcarfans.com

The new for 2011 Volkswagen Jetta received a new, far lower base price tag of $15,995, but Consumer Reports evidently feels that the more affordable sticker has come at too high of a cost to the vehicle itself. The buyer-centric organization ranked the Jetta dead last among 11 small sedans tested for the April edition of its magazine.

Source : www.autoblog.com

Monday, April 04, 2011

Microsoft iSCSI Software Target is now available for public download

For the last few years, I’ve been blogging about the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target and its many uses related to Windows Server Failover Clustering, Hyper-V and other server scenarios. Today, Microsoft has made this software publicly available to all users of Windows Server 2008 R2.

Source : Jose Barreto's Blog

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Deployment Options for UEFI based Computers

Today’s blog will discuss support for UEFI with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and other deployment tools.

Read more : blogs.technet.com/b/askcore

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

How to use DISM to install a hotfix from within Windows

Hello, my name is Emmers Presson. I am a Support Escalation Engineer for Microsoft in the Windows Core team.

The purpose of this blog is to give you the steps to install a hotfix (or any other “package”) on the currently running operating system using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) command.

Source : Ask the Core Team blog

System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2008, for Windows 7, and for Windows Server 2008 R2

This article describes the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista-based computers, for Windows Server 2008-based computers, for Windows Server 2008 R2-based computers, and for Windows 7-based computers. Microsoft released the System Update Readiness Tool to resolve certain conditions that could cause installing updates and other software not to work. You do not have to manually run this tool. This tool is offered automatically through Windows Update to computers that have a condition that the tool could resolve.

After you download the System Update Readiness Tool, it runs a onetime scan for inconsistencies that might prevent future servicing operations. This scan typically takes less than 15 minutes to run. However, the tool might take significantly longer on some computers. The Windows Update progress bar is not updated during the scan, and progress seems to stop at 60% complete for some time. This behavior is expected. The scan is still running and you should not cancel the update.

Source : support.microsoft.com

Web Pros Series video – Week 9 - URL Rewrite, ServerVariables, URL Parts, HTTP to HTTPS Redirect

Web Pro Series / Week 9 / URL Rewrite, ServerVariables, URL Parts, HTTP to HTTPS Redirect

Source : Scott Forsyth's Blog

Error 0xC000022 when installing Service Pack 1 for Win7/2008R2

You may receive the following error when installing Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2:


This can be due to McAfee Host Intrusion Protection being installed on the system.  To workaround this problem, disable the following option in McAfee:  Startup IPS Protection Enabled

More information is available on this thread: https://community.mcafee.com/message/177267#177267
Source : The Windows Servicing Guy

Windows AIK for Windows 7 SP1 Released

Some of you probably noticed a new download showed up today:
The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 SP1

Be sure to read the “readme” that goes along with this at:
Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 Readme

A quick Q&A that I assembled from information in this readme and our own MDT testing ...
Source : Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

[OS X 10.6] CreateMobileUserAccount error 4100

If you tried to logon on a MacBook Pro (OS X) with an Active Directory account you may have seen the following error in the system.log :

createmobileaccount[4146]: MCXCCacheMCXRecordAndGraph(): [localNode createRecordWithRecordType:dsRecTypeStandard:Users name:"paradisj"] == 4100 (Unable to set value or values for dsAttrTypeStandard:Password in the record.)

First of all, many thanks to Travis J. Garrison who pointed me in the right direction.

The problem was that I had two accounts in our Active Directory with the same value for the email attribute. The logon with the first account worked fine, but I wasn’t able to logon with the second one (on the same Mac).

The DirectoryServices.Error.log gave me the identity of the first account :

T[0x0000000102281000] - CDSLocalPluginNode::AttributeValueMatchesUserAlias(), alias exists in file /var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/users/paradisjtest.plist

I had to change the email attribute (AD) of the first account and refresh the cache (MCX_cache) of the first account :

mcxrefresh -n paradisjtest -a

After that I was able to logon with both accounts.

Question :
Why does Apple used the email and displayName attribute as an alias of an account when those two attributes are not unique in Active Directory ?

(It’s not a bug, it’s a documented feature)

Microsoft Anwsers

A few days ago Microsoft launch a redesigned “Microsoft Answers” site. The new version introduces a “reputation model” that helps identify “good” answers provided by experts.

The new site had a performance issue which now seems to be resolved. Maybe they should post a question about it

Source : www.zdnet.com

Friday, February 25, 2011

How to install RSAT on Windows 7 SP1

I guess those of you who are responsible for patch management have heard of the trick before. I tried it with RSAT on Windows 7 SP1, and it appeared to work fine.

In the description of this workaround, I assume that you want to install x86fre_GRMRSAT_MSU.msu. If you need amd64fre_GRMRSATX_MSU.msu, you have to change the file names accordingly. I also assume that you downloaded the RSAT MSU file to c:\tmp.The workaround description is slightly different than in chibisuke’s comment.

Install RSAT on Windows 7 SP1

  1. Launch a command prompt with Administrator rights.
  2. Execute the following commands:
    md c:\rsat
    expand -f:* c:\tmp\ rsat-windows-7-x86fre_GRMRSAT_MSU c:\rsat
    cd c:\rsat
    pkgmgr /n:Windows6.1-KB958830-x86.xml /l:log.txt
  3. Wait until this line appears in c:\log.txt: DISM Provider Store: PID=1120 Releasing the local reference to DISMLogger. Stop logging….
  4. Reboot.
  5. Launch the “Turn Windows Feature on or off” applet in the Control Panel under Programs, and enable the Remote Server Administration Tools or Role Administration Tools you need.

Source : 4sysops.com

Web Pro Series videos

Scott Forsyth has started a new series of walkthrough videos about web technologies. It’s worth watching.

Web Pro Series / Week 1 / Ping and Tracert walkthroughs
Web Pro Series / Week 2 / Understanding DNS Zone Records
Web Pro Series / Week 3 / Nslookup–the Ultimate DNS Troubleshooting Tool
Web Pro Series / Week 4 / Three Tricks For Capturing Command Line Output
Web Pro Series / Week 5 / Understanding IIS Bindings
Web Pro Series / Week 6 / The SSL Bindings Issue
Web Pro Series / Week 7 / Setting Host Headers for SSL Sites in IIS
Web Pro Series / Week 8 / An Intro to IIS URL Rewrite–plus redirecting URLs to www

Good job Scott, can’t wait to see more. I will check your blog regularly.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Windows 7/2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Fail with …

Il you have exprienced an error with SP1 for Windows 7 / Windows 2008 R2 installation you should take a look at the Ramblings of a Support Engineer blog from a Microsoft Engineer.

Source : www.zdnet.com/blog/bott

FREE: EMCO WakeOnLan – Wake-on-LAN utility for large networks

If you’ve ever tried to use Wake-on-LAN technology, you may know that its configuration can be confusing sometimes. You have to enable WOL in BIOS and motherboard settings and correctly specify the WOL command parameters. Wake-on-LAN utilities (see a review for one of them) usually allow waking up one remote PC and require that you specify its IP and MAC addresses in order to generate and send a magic packet to it. In order to wake up multiple PCs, you have to write scripts to detect MAC addresses of remote PCs and execute a WOL utility to send the magic packet to every PC. A free Wake-on-LAN tool from EMCO is specially designed to wake up multiple remote PCs and allows automating all required operations.

Source : 4sysops.com

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Install RSAT on Windows 7 SP1?

When you try to install RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7) on Windows 7 SP1, you will get this error message: "This update is not applicable to your computer".
Source : 4sysops.com/archives/install-rsat-on-windows-7-sp1

Monday, February 21, 2011

Reflector PowerShellLanguage add-in

This language add-in allows you to see the corresponding PowerShell script for static methods on classes. Most of the common language structures are supported.

Source : reflectoraddins.codeplex.com

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Why would an engineer want to work at Google instead of Apple?

Very interesting :

Google and Apple are very different. Apple has a design DNA. Google has a technology DNA.

Apple has a different feel. Its the, I'm cool, feel. Its the look, we made this thing look cooler and prettier and now there are too many people vying for your employee discounted stuff.

My manager at Apple told me that it is a hardware company, and that software is not the chief priority. This affects Apple, and software engineering is, without question, a second class citizen.

Working at Apple is like working in the Army. Sure you can ask why you should jump into the river, but you better be soaking wet before you ask that question

Source : www.quora.com/Why-would-an-engineer-want-to-work-at-Google-instead-of-Apple

Monday, February 07, 2011

Apple in the enterprise: Living without Xserve

Apple officially called an end to its server line on Tuesday and it’s a bitter pill for some Mac stalwarts in the data center. Part of the problem is that enterprise customers have a comfort-level problem when it comes to living with questions about Apple’s product and strategic plans like the rest of us. Cupertino’s cone of silence is absolute, whether it’s the details of the next iPad or the continuing support for Mac OS X Server.

Source : The Apple Core Blog RSS | ZDNet

Monday, January 31, 2011

Rumormill: European Volkswagen Jetta could come to the U.S. in 2014

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta that we get in the United States is a different animal than the one enjoyed throughout Europe. European Jettas are fitted with a multi-link rear suspension setup, upgraded wiring harness to handle more complex optional features and more upscale interior materials. Why don't we get these things? The main answer is cost.

Strong sales would show that the Jetta is in high demand, meaning Volkswagen could realistically introduce the upgraded European features by way of a mid-model change, perhaps by 2014. Will it happen? Somehow, we tend to doubt it... but a lot can happen in three years.

Source : Autoblog

Monday, January 24, 2011

How to integrate F5 with Web Farm Framework?

Web farm framework has in built extensibility to work with any load balancer. The intent of this article is to show how you can use a load balancer like F5.

Integration with a load balancer like F5 is great with WFF because it allows you to simplify the management and deployment of your web farm (in presence of a load balancer) without having to do these operations manually. These benefits and provisioning details are discussed in more details in WFF detailed walkthroughs.

Through its extensibility model, the Web Farm Framework is able to communicate with the F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) through the LTM's open SOAP/XML based API. This API allows WFF to make dynamic configuration changes on the load balancer, such as creating pools, disabling nodes, and re-enabling to make sure connections are not being sent to servers as WFF is updating them. F5 has wrapped their iControl SDK in a .net assembly (icontrol.dll), making integration into WFF a simple procedure.

Source : The Official Microsoft IIS Site

Thursday, January 20, 2011

FREE: Account Lockout Tools – View lockout status and unlock account

With the free Microsoft utilities LockoutStatus and Acctinfo of the Account Lockout and Management Tools, you can quickly access a user account’s lockout status, unlock the account, and reset the password.

Source : 4sysops
Download : Microsoft’s Account Lockout and Management Tools.

FREE: Group Policy Search – Find Group Policy settings

Group Policy Search

Group Policy Search is a free online tool from Microsoft that allows you to find Group Policy settings easily.

When I discovered the power of the System Policies in Windows NT 4, I wondered why Microsoft didn’t offer a search tool that allows to me find all policies easily. I had to wait only 15 years until I stumbled across the Group Policy Search service.

Source : 4sysops

OneNote Mobile for iPhone now available, what’s next?

Microsoft released its very first official Office app for iPhone today – OneNote Mobile, which is available in the U.S. iTunes app store only and free for a limited time.

OneNote Mobile for iPhone is a note taking and organizing app. It allows you easily create and edit notes that can include text, photo and list. With automatic SkyDrive cloud sync capability, you can always keep your OneNote notes up to date on your iPhone, and access them from anywhere – your phone, your PC and browser.

Source : LiveSide.net

Copy and Merge GPOs through Powershell

Ashley McGlone has a great script up for merging GPOs together through powershell.

I wish I had this script five years ago. At the time I was searching for a way to combine or merge GPOs, but there simply wasn’t a way to do it. And today there still isn’t a way to do it… until POWERSHELL! Almost every environment I see (including my own former environment) has a collection of GPOs that have evolved over time and really need to be consolidated and cleaned up.

In Windows Server 2008 R2 we released a new PowerShell module for Group Policy administration. I haven’t seen much written about it, and I don’t think many people realize it is there.

Check it out!

Source : Group Policy Team Blog

Can Apple, Linux, and other non-MS operating systems connect to DFS Namespaces?

Excellent wrap-up of DFS on non-MS OS

Hi all, Ned here again. I’ve been asked a few times if other operating systems can utilize DFS Namespaces running on Windows Server. It’s a sticky wicket; as a “voice of Microsoft” my statements carry a lot of weight - deserved or not. It’s not smart or ethical for me to say that something not made by Microsoft works well, works better than something else, or doesn’t work at all. In some cases, lawyers may be summoned from Vhoorl.

Complete article : Ask the Directory Services Team

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

VS 2010 SP1 (Beta) and IIS Express

Earlier this summer I blogged about IIS Express.  IIS Express is a free version of IIS 7.5 that is optimized for developer scenarios.  We think it combines the ease of use of the ASP.NET Web Server (aka Cassini) currently built-into VS today with the full power of IIS.  Specifically:

  • It’s lightweight and easy to install (less than 5Mb download and a quick install)
  • It does not require an administrator account to run/debug applications from Visual Studio
  • It enables a full web-server feature set – including SSL, URL Rewrite, and other IIS 7.x modules
  • It supports and enables the same extensibility model and web.config file settings that IIS 7.x support
  • It can be installed side-by-side with the full IIS web server as well as the ASP.NET Development Server (they do not conflict at all)
  • It works on Windows XP and higher operating systems – giving you a full IIS 7.x developer feature-set on all Windows OS platforms

Source : weblogs.asp.net/scottgu

FREE: WSUS Offline Update – Update Windows and Office without an Internet connection

WSUS Offline Update - Generator

WSUS Offline Update is a free portable tool that allows you to download updates for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and all Office versions and install those updates on computers with no Internet connection.

Source : 4sysops

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5 Express

IIS 7.5 Express is a simple and self-contained version of IIS 7.5 that is optimized for developers.

IIS 7.5 Express enhances your ability to develop and test web applications on Windows by combining the power of IIS 7.5 with the convenience of a lightweight web server like the ASP.NET Development Server (also known as Cassini). The benefits of using IIS 7.5 Express include:

  • The same web server that runs on your production server is now available on your development computer.
  • Most tasks can be done without the need for administrative privileges.
  • IIS 7.5 Express runs on Windows XP and all later versions of Windows.
  • Many users can work independently on the same computer.

Download details Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5 Express

Source : Bink.nu

Microsoft Web Deploy v2.0

Source : Bink.nu

Orchard 1.0 – Open source ASP.NET CMS

Microsoft also is releasing the 1.0 version of its free, open-source “Orchard” content-management system (CMS). Like WebMatrix, Orchard’s goal is to require users to do less coding, making the product appealing for a less techie audience, Microsoft is hoping.

Source : www.zdnet.com
Ref : orchardproject.net

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

WSUS ClientManager for Workgroups

The free Microsoft tool WSUS ClientManager allows you to add Windows workgroup computers to a WSUS server. To add multiple computers to WSUS, you can use the REG file that WSUS ClientManager creates.

Source : 4sysops.com
Download : wsusworkgroup.codeplex.com

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Webfarm and IIS configuration tips/tricks

I was recently talking with some good friends about tips for performance and what an IIS Administrator could do on the server side. I also see this question from time to time in the forums @ http://forums.iis.net . Of course, you should test individual settings in a controlled environment while performing load testing before just implementing on your production farm. IIS Compression enabled (both static and dynamic if possible, set it to 9) If you are running IIS 6, check this article out by Scott...(read more)

Source : The Official Microsoft IIS Site

New SharePoint planning documents from Microsoft Download

Source : microsoft.com/downloads

Free e-books for Windows administrators

This is a list of free e-books that are useful for Windows administrators. It will be regularly updated.

Source : 4sysops

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

FREE: GDism ELDI – A GUI for managing WIM images

GDism ELDI is a free GUI for DISM of the WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit) that allows you to manage WIM images.



Source : 4sysops

Monday, January 03, 2011

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0 is released!

Configuring FreeNAS for CIFS storage connectivity

Organizations are always on the prowl for cost-effective storage solutions. In a number of previous posts, whenever a free storage product is mentioned, TechRepublic members frequently suggest FreeNAS as an alternative to StarWind, Openfiler and other software storage solutions. By its name, FreeNAS is a free solution. In this gallery, FreeNAS will be installed as a virtual machine and provisioned as a Windows file resource using the common internet file system (CIFS) storage protocol.

Source : TechRepublic