February, 2006

  • How to restore the run command in Windows Vista

    Restore the Run command onto the Start Menu

    The Run command has been hidden by default. To enable it, simply perform the following commands:

    Right click on the Start button and click Properties.

    In the Start Menu Properties dialog box click Customize

    Scroll down and in the list unti you find Run command.
    Check the box next to it.

    Press Ok and here you go.

  • Microsoft unveils Vista product line-up

    Microsoft has released the Windows Vista Product line-up:

    Windows Vista Business 
    Aero capability. 
    Tablet PC capability.

    Windows Vista Enterprise 
    Aero capability. 
    Windows BitLocker
    Virtual PC Express
    Sub-system for Unix Apps. 
    Only available under the Software Assurance Program or Enterprise Agreement.

    Windows Vista Home Basic 
    For consumers who want to simply use the PC to browse the Internet, correspond with friends and family through e-mail or perform basic document creation and editing tasks,

    Windows Vista Home Premium 
    Aero capability. 
    Windows Media Center. 
    DVD burning and creation. 
    Tablet PC capability

    Windows Vista Ultimate 
    Vista version with all possible options.

    The media center won’t be available in every SKU only Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate. All versions will be available in 32bit or 64bit.

  • Try Audio only webcasts

    I just received a mail from the TechNet webcast team below is an excerpt of this mail.

    The Microsoft TechNet webcast team is trying out audio podcasts of some of their webcast content. 
    We've heard that folks want audio on the go content, away from their machines.  You can either download or stream individual
    webcasts, or download them all at once using a podcast reader.  
    I just did the whole RSS feed with podcasts for first time.  

    Pretty slick.  If you're new to this, check out the instructions at: 

    You can download Exchange Server 2003 audio-only webcasts by going to this webpage: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/audio/exchange.mspx 

    And, you can download Scripting Week 3 audio-only webcasts by going to this webpage: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/audio/sweek3.mspx

    Try it out and let us know


  • IE7 Beta 2 makes me forget firefox

    I’ve been using IE7 Beta 2 for a few weeks now and I must admit I like it alot and no it is not because I work at Microsoft.
    I was a huge fan of firefox and was still using it at home but when I tried the
    IE7 Beta 2 with (finally)
    tabbed browsing and a much cooler feature grouped favorites.

    What is it, it’s simple you open a bunch of sites you visit a lot in different tabs and you add them as a favorites group onto your favorites.

    Just click on Add/Subscribe button on the toolbar and choose the “Add Tab Group to Favorites”

    With this done you can now open the sites within this group by a simple click on the blue Arrow.

    All sites will now open in different tabs.

    Try it and enjoy.


  • Foundation of the BElgian Microsoft Sql Server User Group ????

    Peter De Serrano is a Belgian SQL Consultant and is actively looking for motivated people to help
    him creating the "BElgian Microsoft Sql Server User Group"


    So if you are intrested to help him co-found this user group
    or to just be an active member read this


    The official site can be found @ address http://www.bemssug.org/



  • Exchange "12" Webcasts coming up in March



    Follow all 4 webcasts, fill in the eval forms and receive a Microsoft travel mug and be make chance to win a Technet Plus subscription.


    Here are the webcasts:

    An Overview of Exchange “12”
    (Level 200)
    Tuesday, March 14, 2006

    Giving the Administrator More Control in Exchange “12”
    (Level 200)
    Wednesday, March 15, 2006

    Client Access and Web Services in Exchange “12”
    (Level 200)
    Thursday, March 16, 2006

    Message Security and Active Protection in Exchange “12”
    (Level 200)
    Friday, March 17, 2006

    Webcast and registration information is here:


  • Neat IE7 video

    I just saw a neat Internet Explorer 7 video  on Sean Alexander his blog - here is the link




  • Applying the Principle of Least Privilege to User Accounts on Windows XP

    The least-privileged user account  (LUA) approach ensures that users follow the principle of least privilege and always log on with limited user accounts.

    The Microsoft Solutions for Security and Compliance (MSSC) team released the 
    Applying the Principle of Least Privilege to User Accounts on Windows XP  guide

    This guide discusses the issues and concerns that you may face when applying the
    LUA approach to computers that run Windows XP.

    Following topics are covered:

    • Risks associated with administrative privileges
    • Definition of the principle of least privilege
    • Definition of the LUA approach
    • Benefits of the LUA approach
    • Risk, security, usability, and cost tradeoffs
    • Implementing the LUA approach
    • Future Developments

    This guide also describes the high-level issues that affect implementation of the
    LUA approach and provides useful links to other online resources that explain these concepts in more detail.

  • Guess the Vista Launch Date and win a trip to the launch in the US

    The official launch date of the new operating system Windows Vista has not yet been set.


    When will the final product be launched?
    Enter your guess now and win an exclusive invitation to the international Vista launch event in the USA

    In addition to a first-prize trip for one person to spend three nights in a four-star hotel and attend the launch -- the location of which has not been disclosed -- Microsoft is offering second-, third- and fourth-prize winners a new Xbox 360, and fifth- through 10th-place winners an Xbox Core System.

    This contest is only available for the EMEA users and can be found here.

    So I suggest all to join the beta experience and try Vista and maybe win the trip.


  • Security updates as .ISO disk image

    I saw this information on a blog of another IT Pro Evangelist Kevin Remde and I was quite surprised we delivered this.

    So for you IT Pro’s who has to update a lot of machines and do not use WSUS or automatic updates we deliver the security and critical patches through a monthly update as .ISO image.


    The January update can be downloaded here.

    I think this is pretty cool!!

  • Branch Office Infrastructure Solution (BOIS) for Microsoft Windows Server R2 - Released

    I just received this from the Microsoft Solution for Infrastructure & Management Team.

    The Branch Office Infrastructure Solution (BOIS) for R2 enables IT professionals to plan and design branch office infrastructures. It offers in-depth guidance for making decisions on whether to centralize services, standardize infrastructure, or consolidate servers.


    Branch Office Infrastructure Solution

    The Branch Office Infrastructure Solution guides systems architects through design decisions and allows you to define and deploy an efficient infrastructure, providing a comprehensive set of core IT infrastructure services based on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Release 2. The technologies available in Windows Server 2003 R2 can provide a branch office substantial benefit.


    BOIS for Windows Server R2 is available at the following sites:

  • Belgian Developer & IT Pro Days 2006

    The Belgium & Luxembourg IT Pro community is gearing up for the Developer & IT Pro Days 2006 that we are hosting on March 7 & 8 at the ICC in Ghent.

    We are finalizing the agenda with a total of 54 technical sessions for Developer and IT Pro audiences.
    You can always check out our agenda at http://www.dev-itprodays.be.

    But let's just say that as a technical kick off for Windows Vista and Office "12", this is one event you definitely do not want to miss !!. 

    I hope to see you all there.