Thursday, November 14, 2013

IE11 for Windows 7 Globally Available for Consumers and Businesses

Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today. We will begin automatically updating Windows 7 customers to IE11 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running the IE11 Developer and Release Previews. With this final release, IE11 brings the same leading standards support--with improved performance, security, privacy, and reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8.1—to Windows 7 customers.

Source : IEBog

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Download Windows Management Framework 4.0 (AKA PowerShell 4.0)

Windows Management Framework 4.0 is now downloadable from Microsoft.

Windows Management Framework 4.0 includes updates to Windows PowerShell, Windows PowerShell ISE, Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension), Windows Remote Management (WinRM), Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), the Server Manager WMI provider, and a new feature for 4.0, Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC).

Link : Windows Management Framework 4.0 on Download Center

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Updating my HTML Application for Configuring your WebDAV Redirector Settings

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog that was titled "How to create an HTML Application to configure your WebDAV Redirector settings", where I showed how to use HTMLA to create a simple editor for most of the WebDAV Redirector settings. These settings have no other user interface, so prior to my blog post users had to manually edit the registry in order to modify their WebDAV Redirector settings.
Source : Robert McMurray : The Official Microsoft IIS Site

Microsoft to launch new remote desktop apps for iOS, Android

Is Microsoft about to go to war with its long-time virtualization partner Citrix? It sure looks that way, given the imminent arrival of new Microsoft remote desktop apps for iOS, Android, and OS X.

Source : Mary-Jo Foley @ ZdNet

Friday, October 04, 2013

Hackers Obtain Information From 2.9 Million Adobe Customer Acounts

According to an announcement from Adobe (via MacRumors), hackers have obtained customer information from 2.9 million accounts. The information obtained includes encrypted passwords, encrypted credit and debit card numbers with expiration dates, and customer names. Anyone that has downloaded software from Adobe could be a victim.

Source  : AppAdvice

Friday, September 27, 2013

Windows 8: File History explained

File History was introduced in Windows 8, and gives you a new way to protect your files. It supersedes the existing Windows Backup and Restore features of Windows 7 because it was never a very popular application. This leaves your personal data and digital memories quite vulnerable, as any accident can lead to data loss.

Source : TechNet Magazine

Thursday, September 26, 2013

End of support for Java SE 6 - Microsoft Malware Protection Center - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

If you’re running Java SE 6, we have some news for you: Oracle stopped providing public updates to it after February 2013.

Source : Microsoft Malware Protection Center

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

iOS 7 statistics

Sorry ! This comic is misssing.

Source :

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio Beta v0.5

If you haven’t seen the news, PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio is now available on the Visual Studio Gallery! The first beta brings with it many enhancements from alphas past and supports VS2013 RC. Here’s a quick overview of the current state of the extension.

Source : Adam Driscoll's Blog

WorkPlace Join overview

With Windows Server 2012 or below, domain privileges were essentially on or off. Devices were either members of your domain or not. Windows Server 2012 R2 introduces a new middle ground called WorkPlace Join.

Source : 4sysops

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Windows 8.1 Work Folders: the free self-hosted Dropbox for enterprise built into Windows

At Microsoft TechEd Australia 2013 a couple of weeks ago, my good friend Alan Burchill told me about a sneaky new feature in Windows 8.1 that should make a lot of business users very happy. Built in to every Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 is “Work Folders“, a free and managed synced-storage alternative to Dropbox or SkyDrive that any business can self-host for their staff. Soon it’ll also work with Windows 7, iOS and even possibly Android."

Source : istartedsomething

Friday, September 13, 2013

Is Free iWork for iOS a Threat to Office?

Lost in all the excitement around Apple's iPhone 5C/5S announcement this week is news that the Cupertino consumer electronics giant will no longer charge for its iWork mobile productivity apps. Is this a serious threat to Microsoft's Office juggernaut?

Source : Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Active Directory Authentication Library 1.0 for .NET – Ready for prime time!

It is a great pleasure to be able let you know that v1 of the Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL) for .NET has reached General Availability! You can add the library to your projects directly from Visual Studio (search for ADAL) or you can download the NuGet package directly from here

source : Active Directory Blog

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The new iPhones: One part Samsung, two parts Motorola and a dash of HTC

Apple unveiled their new line of iPhones today, and there were absolutely no surprises. Both the iPhone 5S and 5C each have their own merits and new features. But many of those features seemed all too familiar to us Android users. Did Apple source all their inspiration from other companies?

source : Android and Me

Thursday, September 05, 2013

FREE: Microsoft OffCAT – Office Configuration Analyzer Tool 1.1

OffCAT, a free tool, is advertised as a “quick and easy method to analyze several Microsoft Office programs for common configurations that may cause problems.” According to Microsoft, it “can be very useful for busy Help Desk personnel when end-users call for help with Office programs or when you want to proactively identify possible issues.” Always interested in being proactive, I decided to check it out.

Source : 4sysops

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

SAPIEN Technologies announces the availability of PowerRegEx – Community Preview

Just when I was thinking that there is a need for a nice regular expression helper for PowerShell, SAPIEN Technologies announced the community preview of their new product called PowerRegEx. PowerRegEx is a regular expression building tool that provides help and real-time testing.

Source : PowerShell Magazine

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

PowerShell Magazine

Here’s another cool project created by PowerShell MVP Doug Finke. PSharp is a tool designed for PowerShell’s Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) editor. Its fast navigation capabilities allows you to quickly identify the functions, variables and commands in the current file, with a simple key stroke.

Source : PowerShell Magazine

Friday, August 16, 2013

Announcing PoshTools – Visual Studio extension for PowerShell Scripting

Ever wondered why isn’t there support for writing PowerShell scripts in Visual Studio? I have had several projects where I needed to integrate PowerShell scripts into a C# solution I created in Visual Studio. For this, I needed to use multiple editors – one for C# and another for PowerShell scripts. I am sure that I am not the only one looking for such integration between Visual Studio and PowerShell.

Adam Driscoll, a fellow PowerShell MVP, announced that he is working on PoshTools - a reincarnation ofPowerGUIVSX. PoshTools is a Visual Studio extension to enable writing PowerShell scripts and supports full IntelliSense capabilities for PowerShell inside the Visual Studio Editor. This new integration has no dependency on PowerGUI editor.

Source : PowerShell Magazine

Friday, August 09, 2013

FREE: DISM GUI: A graphical front-end for DISM

DISM GUI interface

Because DISM is a command-line utility, learning its syntax can take some time. For instance, you’d need the following syntax to install three custom device drivers into a mounted WIM image.

Mike Celone‘s wonderful CodePlex project DISM GUI is a graphical front-end to DISM, and makes it much quicker to accomplish the simplest to the most complicated image maintenance and servicing tasks.

Source :

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Do you save passwords in Chrome? Maybe you should reconsider

You might want to think twice before you let someone borrow your computer.
The most obvious risk of allowing someone else access to your desktop is that they can impersonate you, using any app where you’re already signed in. They could send prank messages using your default email client, or profess your undying love for Justin Bieber using your logged-in Twitter account.
That’s annoying, but far from fatal.
But the situation becomes considerably worse if you use Google Chrome to save and sync passwords for easy logins at your favorite websites. An intruder who has unrestricted access to your computer for even a minute can view and copy all of your saved passwords just by visiting an easy-to-remember settings page: chrome://settings/passwords.
The Ed Boot Report

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Debugging and Tuning Web Sites and Apps with F12 Developer Tools in IE11

Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 comes with a completely redesigned and enhanced suite of in-browser developer tools that help developers build, diagnose, and optimize modern Web sites and apps across multiple devices. The new tools, which we call F12 for short, enable Web developers to work quickly and efficiently.
The Visual Studio and IE teams have worked together to build F12 with a core principle of helping you get from problem to solution quickly with actionable data. The new F12 enables you to deliver fast and fluid Web experiences with tools for diagnosing and fixing performance issues and tools that give you deeper insight into how IE is laying out and rendering your app. F12 supports the fast, iterative workflow used by modern Web developers.
Source : IEBlog

Interesting findings on SETSPN -x -f - Ask the Directory Services Team - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Kerberos is becoming increasingly mandatory for really cool features such as Protocol Transition. Moreover, as you might be painfully aware, managing Service Principal Names (SPN’s) for the use of Kerberos by applications can be daunting at times.
In this blog, we will not be going into the gory details of SPNs and how applications are using them. In fact, I’m assuming you already have some basic knowledge about SPN’s and how they are used.
Source : Ask the Directory Services Team Blog

Creating bootable USB drive for UEFI computers

In today’s blog I am going to discuss how to handle booting from a USB drive on a UEFI system so you can deploy Windows
Article : Ask the Core Team

Monday, July 29, 2013

Everything you ever wanted to know about ASP.NET request queueing

Did you know there are 5 places where ASP.NET requests can become queued on an IIS server?
Not all these queues are documented, and it can be very difficult to tell when and where requests are queued.
As part of LeanSentry's automatic hang detection and troubleshooting, we had to figure out the IIS/ASP.NET request queueing behavior. So, we wanted to share the knowledge with everyone so you can properly track down queued requests.
Read on to learn all about these queues, how to tell when requests are queued, and how to identify the exact requests that are actually queued!
Source :

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

New Features in Windows PowerShell 4.0

With Windows 8.1 we will receive a new Powershell. Read all about it.

Windows PowerShell 4.0 includes several significant features that extend its use, improve its usability, and allow you to control and manage Windows-based environments more easily and comprehensively.

Windows PowerShell 4.0 is backward-compatible. Cmdlets, providers, modules, snap-ins, scripts, functions, and profiles that were designed for Windows PowerShell 3.0 and Windows PowerShell 2.0 work in Windows PowerShell 4.0 without changes.

Continue reading :

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Windows 8 Win X Menu: Editing

Did you know you could customize the "Windows 8 Win X Menu" ?
Yes you can !
Check out this great article by Joseph Moody on DeployHapiness :
Windows 8 Win X Menu: Editing

Friday, June 14, 2013

A hands-on look at Microsoft Office for the iPhone

At long last, Microsoft has released a version of its Office suite for iOS. The new app targets the iPhone and closely resembles the Office app that’s built into Windows Phone 8. Here's what you'll find in the new app, which is available from the App Store immediately.
Souce : The Ed Bott Report

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Outlook 2013 RT Coming to Windows RT Tablets as part of Windows 8.1 Update

Today at Computex 2013, Tami Reller, CFO and CMO of Microsoft's Windows Division, announced that Outlook 2013 RT will be available on Windows RT tablets as part of the free Windows 8.1 update coming later this year. This means that if you have a Microsoft Surface or a Windows RT tablet made by one of our hardware partners, or you are planning to buy one, you'll soon have access to the familiar tools in Outlook that help you communicate with others, manage your contacts and appointments, and find information fast.

Friday, May 24, 2013

In New Ad, Microsoft Finally Takes on the iPad

Well, it only took three years, but Microsoft has finally taken on the iPad in the place that needs the most work: Public perception. A new ad, designed to mimic the sickly sweet iPad ads of late, pits Apple’s tablet against a Windows 8 tablet. And it is awesome.

Source :

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

10 Things The Samsung Galaxy S4 Can Do That The iPhone Can't

Samsung's new flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, is packed with a ton of extras –– almost to a fault. 

When the phone first came out, reviewers criticized Samsung for shoving too many complex and glitchy extras in the phone.

But there are some features in the GS4 that do work well and could be useful, and you won't find them in the GS4's chief rival, the iPhone.

Let's take a look at some of the best features in the GS4 that you won't find in the iPhone.

Read more:

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Active Directory-based management of Apple iOS iDevices

Some Windows systems administrators are faced with deploying and supporting Apple iDevices running iOS. What first- and third-party options exist for these sysadmins?

Complete article : 4sysops

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Windows 8.1, PowerShell 4.0, and new cmdlets

When new builds of Windows leak, most people focus on easily accessible features such as the user interface or file system. While those are certainly important areas, I feel changes to the underpinnings of Windows, such as its APIs and related developer tools, often go unseen (and are, frankly, more interesting). So today, I'm switching gears and sharing my notes on Windows PowerShell cmdlets and changes coming in Windows 8.1 "Blue" (as of leaked build 9374).
Source : WithinWindows

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Troubleshoot hanging requests on IIS in 3 steps

Excellent post by Mike Volodarsky. Must read.

Link :

Thursday, April 11, 2013

April 2013 CU for SharePoint 2007 has been released

The product group released the April 2013 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2007 product family.
The KB articles will be available in a couple of days at the following locations:
The Full Server Packages for April 2013 CU are available through the following links:
Source : Stefan Gobner - TechNet Blogs

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Heads up: Microsoft Script Explorer reaches the end of the road

Due to low adoption and usage of the pre-release versions of Script Explorer, Microsoft has decided to take the project down, starting by removing the RC package from the Download Center.

The back-end script aggregation service used by Script Explorer will continue to operate for a few more months, allowing users to gradually migrate to another scripts sharing platform.

Source : PowerShellMagazine

PowerGUI Script Editor gets full support for PowerShell 3.0

Dell released PowerGUI 3.6.0 script editor early this week. With this release, PowerGUI includes full support for Windows PowerShell 3.0 and support for Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Operating Systems.

You can download this new release on A complete list of changes since the release of PowerGUI 3.0 are available here.

Source : PowerShellMagazine

Friday, April 05, 2013

Sleeping with the Enemy: SkyDrive for iOS 3.0

Microsoft today released a major and long-overdue update to its SkyDrive app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. And while the improvements in this release are no doubt notable, the big news here is that the update happened at all. As you may recall, Apple and Microsoft were involved in a poorly-disguised dispute that caused this app update to be delayed several months.
Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

Google Stabs WebKit in the Back

This week, Google pulled out of the loose alliance of companies that utilize the WebKit browser rendering engine. Going forward, Google will go its own way with the WebKit-derived Blink rendering engine, leaving Apple and other WebKit backers in the dust.
Source : Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Alternate Data Streams in NTFS

This blog has been a long time coming. There is a bit of confusion about the subject of alternate data streams(ADS) and no small amount of suspicion. So I want to take a few minutes to set the record straight on ADS.

Read the post : Ask the Core Team - TechNet Blogs

Windows Blue: a video preview of what's next for Windows 8

Windows Blue: a video preview of what's next for Windows 8 | The Verge

Windows 8 Core Apps available now

As we reported, the core app updates for Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging are available a little earlier than tomorrow, that is, they’re ready to go right now. If you don’t see them in the Windows Store, from the settings (right click or swipe in from the right), click on “check for updates” and you should be good to go.

Embrace, extend, extinguish: How Google crushed and abandoned the RSS industry | ZDNet

Most of the commentary I've read so far about the loss of Google Reader has been about its use as an RSS client. But that's a red herring. The real victims were companies that had planned in 2005 and 2006 to build RSS sync engines. Google stomped them out of business like Godzilla sweeping through Tokyo.

The Ed Bott Report

IISpeed is a port of Google's mod_PageSpeed designed to work with Microsoft IIS server software

IISpeed is a port of Google’s mod_PageSpeed designed to work with Microsoft’s IIS server software. IIS is one of the most popular servers on the web, powering millions of web-sites, and we are excited to bring the full power of PageSpeed optimization to the Windows platform.
Source Steve Schofield's Blog : The Official Microsoft IIS Site

Friday, March 22, 2013

Offline enable the Windows 8 built-in administrator account

Like in previous Windows versions, the built-in administrator account is disabled by default in Windows 8. You can easily enable it in Windows 8 with the command net user administrator /active:yes from a command prompt with admin privileges. However, if you are locked out of your computer, for example because you forgot your password, you need to enable the administrator account offline—that is, from a second Windows instance—to be able to log on with administrator rights.
Source : 4sysops

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Microsoft changes default Flash behavior in Windows 8 and RT

In a surprise reversal, Microsoft has changed the default behavior of Flash content on websites viewed using Internet Explorer in Windows 8 or Windows RT. Previously, sites had to be on a whitelist before Flash would work. The new behavior effectively turns the Compatibility View list into an exclusive blacklist of badly behaved sites.
Source : The Ed Bott Report | ZDNet

Google shuts down Reader !!!!

If you visit these days you will see :

Google Reader will not be available after July 1, 2013

Dear Goole will you some day show some respect to your users. If you want us to be loyal to you, you should stop shutting down the services we like and use.

The Joy of Tech :: Google Spring Cleaning! - image 1

Source :

Download Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 from Official Microsoft Download Center

Administrative templates (.admx) files for Windows 8 and Windows server 2012 are now available for download. You can now easily add them to your GPO central store.

Download Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 from Official Microsoft Download Center

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Register-ScheduledTasksEx add-on for PowershellPack

To manage the Task Scheduler service with Powershell on Windows 8/2012, you can use the new Scheduledtasks module. On Windows Vista/7/2008/2008 R2 you have to download the PowershellPack (also included in Windows 7 Reskit) and install the taskscheduler module.

But there is one thing missing in the taskscheduler module, when you want to create a new task with the Register-ScheduledTasks : you can’t specified in witch folder you want it. So I’ve created a new cmdlet (Register-ScheduledTasksEx) that allow you to specified to folder to use. To install this new cmdlet (kind of a add-on) with the taskscheduler module, just follow these 2 steps :

Step 1 : Create the file Register-ScheduledTasksEx.ps1

Create a new file named Register-ScheduledTasksEx.ps1 in the directory where the taskscheduler module is installed (generally %USERPROFILE%\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules) and paste the following code in it.

function Register-ScheduledTaskEx 
        Registers a scheduled task.
        Registers a scheduled task.
        Modified to support Folders (path)
    # The name of the scheduled task to register

    # The path of the scheduled task to register
    # The Scheduled Task to Register
    # The name of the computer to connect to.
    # The credential used to connect
    begin {
        Set-StrictMode -Off
    process {
        if ($task.Definition) { $Task = $task.Definition } 
        foreach ($c in $computerName) {
            $scheduler = Connect-ToTaskScheduler -ComputerName $c -Credential $Credential            
            if ($scheduler -and $scheduler.Connected) {
                $folder = $scheduler.GetFolder($path)
                if ($Credential) {
                } else {

Step 2 : Modify TaskScheduler.psm1 file

Add the following line to the TaskScheduler.psm1 file (In the TaskScheduler module directory).

. $psScriptRoot\Register-ScheduledTaskEx.ps1


Here’s how to use the new cmdlet :

import-module TaskScheduler
$ScheduledTask = New-Task
$ScheduledTask | add-TaskAction -path "Notepad.exe" -Arguments "" -WorkingDirectory ""| out-null
# Note : The folder "\MyCustomFolder" must already  exist in the TaskScheduler
$ScheduledTask | Register-ScheduledTaskEx -Name "MyCustomScheduledTask" -path "\MyCustomFolder" -ComputerName Localhost | out-null

Source :

Advanced Log Parser

Robert McMurray has started an excellent series of posts about Log Parser.

The first 6 posts in his series are available :

Source :

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Galaxy S IV To Be Unveiled March 15


The Galaxy S IV is going to be announced March 15th with the device being available in Europe and Asia beginning in April. The U.S., Australia and Africa will be able to get their hands on the Galaxy device in the May / June time frame.
Source : Life On My Mobile

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Why does crapware still exist? Follow the Silicon Valley money trail

If you followed security experts' advice and manually updated Java this week to fix a critical vulnerability, you might have gotten more than you asked for. Oracle probably makes tens of millions of dollars a year from crapware, and big venture capitalists see it as a growth business.
Source : The Ed Boot Report

Monday, January 14, 2013

An inside look at Internet Explorer 10's mysterious Flash whitelist

In Windows 8 and especially on Windows RT, your ability to run Flash programs hosted on the web depends on whether a site is included on Microsoft's Compatibility View list. So what does it take to get added to that list? And what can you do if a favorite Flash-based site won't work?
Source : The Ed Bott Report

Monday, January 07, 2013

Windows Deployment Services (WDS) for Windows Server 2012

Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is a server role available in Windows Server 2012 that enables administrators to install Windows client and server operating system software remotely. WDS is aimed at small to mid-sized businesses who may not have the budget for enterprise-class OS deployment technologies.
In this blog post I’d like to highlight the new features and enhancements that Microsoft made to WDS in Windows Server 2012 as compared to Windows Server 2008 R2. We can summarize the new features succinctly as follows, after which we’ll provide more detail on each one:
  • Support for ARM devices
  • Greater control over deployment payload
  • Standalone mode
  • Expected Deployment Results wizard
Source :