• How to create & test Diagnostics & Recovery Toolkit (DaRT 7) Recovery Image–Part I

    In the recently concluded 12th Edition of Virtual TechDays Event, I presented DaRT 7 to the audience. In this post I will show how to create DaRT Recovery Image. For this recovery you will need Windows 7 DVD & DaRT Tools to be installed on your machine with specific platform (x86/x64)

    First question would be where do I download DaRT 7. Well, DaRT is part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) available as a subscription for Software Assurance customers. Find more information over here http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/products/mdop/default.aspx

    Additionally, for evaluation purpose you can obtain it from MSDN/TechNet Subscription. Lates version is Microsoft Desktop Optimization pack 2011 R2.

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    Once you download MDOP 2011 R2, you will find DaRT Installers. In this example I am demoing this on my Windows 7 x64 bit version of the OS hence I have installed x64 bit version of DaRT. I have installed MSDaRT70.msi

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    Once installed I can see the DaRT 7 available in Start Menu.

     

    How to create a new DaRT Recovery Image

    Step 1: Go to Start Menu –> All Programs –> Microsoft DaRT. Click on DaRT Recovery Image.

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    Step 2: Read the instruction on Wizart & click Next & point to Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Installation files.

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    Step 3: Click Next and on the next screen it will show Preparing Files for DaRT Recovery Image.

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    Step 4: Click Next to proceed and wait for few minutes. It will take approximately 2-3 minutes to prepare the files.

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    Step 5: Once done you will the following screen. On this screen you can enable or disable any tools available for Local User.

    In this example I DO NOT want my local user to use the tool called Locksmith, which can be used to reset the password for the Local Computer Accounts.

    Note: However, during the remote management support when the Helpdesk Engineer will connect to the machine remotely during DaRT 7 Recovery Image is booted, the Locksmith will be enabled for the Helpdesk Engineer to perform specific account password reset task.

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    Step 6: Click Next & I have ticked on Allow remote connections (All DaRT tools will be available to the remote help desk)

    I will leave the port number field blank so that random can be generated.

    Also, I will provide the Remote Connection welcome message

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    Step 7: Click Next and on this screen you can point to the Debugging Utilities for Windows to be used to Crash Analyzer.

    In this case I am not adding these tools but you can choose to install them and include.

    Note: You can download the Debugging Tools for Windows as a part of Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 (ISO)

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    Step 8: Click Next and here you can select the latest definitions for Standalone System Sweeper Tool useful for scanning malicious and unwanted software.

    At this time I will say No and continue.

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    Step 9: Click Next and you can Add Device Drivers for specific hardware, which will be loaded during the DaRT Recovery Image Boot Process.

    You can point to .INF files (if any) In this example I am not adding any driver.

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    Step 10: Click Shoe Files and HERE YOU CAN ADD ANY OF YOUR ADDITIONAL FILES OR UTILITIES

    In this example, I am going to add IMAGEX.EXE utility that I often use to work with .WIM Files.

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    This is the content before adding Files.

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    I have created a new folder called as Tools and included a file IMAGEX.EXE and this is the content looks like.You can close the Explorer Window once adding all the necessary files.

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    Step 11: Click Next and it will give you an option to save the ISO file. I will leave the default location.

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    Step 12: Click Next to prepare the ISO. It will take approximately 3-5 minutes to prepare the DaRT 7 Recovery Image depending upon the components & the files you have added.

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    Step 13: Click Next & now you have option to burn the same ISO to the optical media or create a bootable USB stick using The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool available at http://wudt.codeplex.com/

    In this case I am not burning so removing the tick mark

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    Step 14: Click on Explore folder to get you ISO File.

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    Step 15: Click Finish and you have your DaRT 7 Recovery Image ISO ready to use.

    In the next part we will see how can we test the new Remote Connection feature.

    Happy DaRTing

  • Windows Phone: Internet Sharing Feature Now Available on HTC Mozart after Firmware Revision.

    Last week I blogged about the firmware update I received for my HTC Mozart running Mango RTM. Here is the quick summary.

    I received 2 updates. First it updated Firmware from 2250.21.40600.707 to 2250.21.50001.707 on 8th Oct. http://blogs.technet.com/b/aviraj/archive/2011/10/08/htc-firmware-update-for-windows-phone.aspx?ocid=aff-n-in-loc--aa
    And Second updated Firmware from 2250.21.50001.707 to 2250.21.51001.707 on 21st Oct http://blogs.technet.com/b/aviraj/archive/2011/10/21/htc-update-for-windows-phone.aspx?ocid=aff-n-in-loc—aa

    UPDATE

    After installing this firmware update, as seen in the screenshot, it upgraded Firmware. Firmware revision from 2250.21.50001.707 to 2250.21.51001.707.

    New Feature: INTERNET SHARING feature is now enabled on my HTC Mozart. You can connect up to 5 Guests i.e. 5 users can connect.

    To enable INTENRET SHARING. Just to go Settings –> INTENRNE SHARING is now available. This will make your HTC Phone as a Wireless Broadcast Device.

    For security you can setup a Password with Min. 8 characters.

    Enjoy

  • Slipstreaming Internet Explorer 9 with Windows 7/2008 R2 Service Pack 1 DVD/Installation Media…

    Today’s blog post is around Windows 7/2008 R2 SP1 Installation along with Internet Explorer 9. As you all aware when you install Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1, the default browser is Internet Explorer 8. Now, when you want to install Internet Explorer 9, there are several steps involved depending upon how do you choose to install IE 9. If you are downloading IE 9 package from the Internet and run the installation on a single machine it will download all the necessary pre-requisite packages and then performs the installation. Well, for a single machine that’s fine but what about large scale deployments in Enterprises, it will be difficult. In these cases, we prefer to integrate the Internet Explorer 9 packages with the Windows 7/2008 R2 installation media. Hence, when you deploy Windows OS, IE 9 packages is installed as a part of OS installation. You do not need to manually install it later on.

    Following are the different deployment options available for IE 9 in your Organization or individual machines. I am covering the Image based deployment today, i.e. using Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM)

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    In this post I am going to talk about Slipstreaming Internet Explorer 9 packages using Windows 7/2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Installation Media/DVD. So what is Slipstreaming, well you can read this Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slipstream_(computing) Basically, Slipstreaming is a process of integrating patches, service packs into the main installation media, in this example Windows Operating System Files. To begin with first understand what are pre-requisite packages for installing IE 9. You can find the list of packages required for specific OS over here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh147968.aspx (Internet Explorer 9 Preinstallation Techniques)

    Internet Explorer 9 Prerequisites for specific OS

    • For Windows 7, the following prerequisites must be installed: KB2454826, KB2484033, KB2488113, KB2467023, and KB2505438. These prerequisites are available in the Internet Explorer 9 .iso file.
    • For Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the following prerequisites must be installed: KB2484033, KB2488113, and KB2505438. These prerequisites are available in the Internet Explorer 9 .iso file.
    • For Windows Server® 2008 R2, the following prerequisites must be installed: KB2454826, KB2484033, KB2488113, KB2467023, and KB2505438. Another update, KB2483177, is not required, but without this update installed media codecs will not be available. This update requires that Desktop Experience is enabled. These prerequisites are available in the Internet Explorer 9 .iso file.
    • For Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, the following prerequisites must be installed: KB2484033, KB2488113, and KB2505438. Another update, KB2483177, is not required, but without this update installed media codecs will not be available. This update requires that Desktop Experience is enabled. These prerequisites are available in the Internet Explorer 9 .iso file.

    Before you begin collect the necessary files. There are several steps involved for slipstreaming IE 9 packages into Windows Installation Media. In this example I will slipstream Internet Explorer 9 x64 package into Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Edition Media available via Retail channels. However, the same is applicable for Enterprise Edition as well as for all the full editions of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 media.

    • Download the pre-requisite packages to a specific directory. In my example I have copied them to D:\IE9\IE9PRE directory
    • Download Internet Explorer 9 Installer & Language Packs (Optional) from this link http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/internet-explorer/downloads/ie-9/worldwide-languages
    • In this example I have downloaded IE 9 x64 package for Windows 7 (IE9-Windows7-x64-enu.exe) and extracted the .CAB file from this installer to D:\IE9\IE9EXT directory. To extract the .CAB file from the package use this command D:\>IE9-Windows7-x64-enu.exe /X:D:\IE9EXT (This command will extract the IE9-Win7.CAB & few other files file in the D:\IE9EXT folder, we need only IE9-Win7.CAB file) For details explaining the same visit http://blogs.technet.com/b/aviraj/archive/2011/10/14/windows-internet-explorer-9-installer-command-line-options.aspx
    • Copy all the content from Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Edition DVD to D:\Windows7SP1x64 directory & also create a empty directory called D:\MOUNT. You can use any of the available drives but accordingly choose the path in the command. In my example I have created D:\MOUNT for mounting install.wim image contents.
    • To perform the slipstream process, we need to run DISM.EXE command. This is available as a part of Windows OEM Preinstallation Kit (Windows OPK). If you are an OEM build you can get Windows OEM Preinstallation Kit (Windows OPK) For other Enterprises/Individuals you can install Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) You can download WAIK for Windows 7 here and Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) Supplement for Windows® 7 SP1 from here. WAIK contains all the necessary files. In this example I will be using WAIK to perform the same.

    Now we are ready to perform our slipstreaming process. It’s a 3 step process. Let’s get going.

    Step 1: Mount the install.wim file to a specific local folder along with specific Edition or all editions. The install.wim is located in the \Sources Directory on the Windows Installation Media. In this example we will mount ULTIMATE Edition to D:\MOUNT directory.

    Get the Windows7/Windows Server 2008 R2 DVD Media & copy all files locally to D:\Windows7SP1x64. Now, go to Start –> All Programs –> Microsoft Windows AIK and launch Deployment Tools Command Prompt

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    Then, run the following command to see available editions on the Windows Installation DVD Media

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    This will show you following editions available. Note: In case of Enterprise edition there will be just 1.

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    Now, that we know how many editions available on the DVD media, let’s mount Ultimate Edition that has Index Number 4. Run this command to mount the Ultimate Edition files to D:\MOUNT

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    Step 2: Import the Pre-Requisite Packages located in the D:\IE9\IE9PRE directory and Internet Explorer 9 Package (IE9-Win7.CAB) located in the D:\IE9\IE9EXT to the mounted WIM File in the specific local folder.

    Use the following command to import the Pre-requisites to the image mounted on D:\MOUNT

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    Use the following command to import the Internet Explorer 9 Package to the image mounted on D:\MOUNT

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    Step 3: Un-mount the install.wim using the /commit switch so the changes would be saved in the installation media

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    Once completed, you can use the WIM file to deploy Windows OS using bootable USB Drive or using WDS (Windows Deployment Server)

    Here is the list of all the commands I used on 1 picture.

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    You can use the following sample script for slipstreaming the IE 9 package for all editions of Windows 7 x64 Retail DVD Media.

    Save the file as IE9_SS_X64.BAT

    @echo off
    cls
    mkdir C:\WIM
    C:\IE9.exe /x:C:\IE9
    erase /F /Q "C:\IE9\IE9_SUPPORT.CAB"
    dism /Mount-Wim /WimFile:C:\DVD\sources\install.wim /index:4 /MountDir:C:\WIM
    dism /Image:C:\WIM /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\IE9
    dism /Unmount-Wim /MountDir:C:\WIM /commit
    dism /Mount-Wim /WimFile:C:\DVD\sources\install.wim /index:3 /MountDir:C:\WIM
    dism /Image:C:\WIM /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\IE9
    dism /Unmount-Wim /MountDir:C:\WIM /commit
    dism /Mount-Wim /WimFile:C:\DVD\sources\install.wim /index:2 /MountDir:C:\WIM
    dism /Image:C:\WIM /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\IE9
    dism /Unmount-Wim /MountDir:C:\WIM /commit
    dism /Mount-Wim /WimFile:C:\DVD\sources\install.wim /index:1 /MountDir:C:\WIM
    dism /Image:C:\WIM /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\IE9
    dism /Unmount-Wim /MountDir:C:\WIM /commit
    erase /F /Q "C:\IE9.exe"
    RD /S /Q "C:\WIM"
    RD /S /Q "C:\IE9"
    pause
    exit

    For detailed demonstration you can watch my Zeollar Session covering the same http://www.zeollar.com/Session/275

    Enjoy

  • Windows Internet Explorer 9 Installer Command Line Options…

    Today, I will talk about installing Internet Explorer 9 using Command-Line Options. Internet Explorer 9 Installer supports installing by using Command-Line Switches.

    Note: This post is not about using Command-Line Switches for IEXPLORE.EXE In case you are expecting are there any Command-Line options available for Internet Explorer then visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee330728(v=VS.85).aspx Smile

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    Anyways, back to our the main topic. To start with Internet Explorer 9 Installation, you need to download the specific installer depending upon your Operating System & the Platform i.e. x86 or x64

    You can download Internet Explorer 9 Installers & Language Packs from this link http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/internet-explorer/downloads/ie-9/worldwide-languages

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    In this example I will be showing the example of installing Internet Explorer 9 using Command-Line switches on Windows 7. I have downloaded the following 2 files for Windows 7.

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    To see the available Command-Line options for Internet Explorer 9, run the installer with /? option. It will be like this IE9-Windows7-x64-enu.exe /? and hit Enter

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    Once you hit Enter, it will give you an option with the supported Command-Line Switches.

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    For example…

    IE9-Windows7-x64-enu.exe /X:D:\IE9 (This command will extract the IE9-Win7.CAB file in the D:\IE9 folder)
    IE9-Windows7-x64-enu.exe /update-no (Do not check for Internet Explorer updates.)
    IE9-Windows7-x64-enu.exe /closeprograms (To start installation without rebooting)

    Any comments and/on questions/feedback welcome, feel free to share it over here.

    Thank You.

  • HTC Firmware Update for Windows Phone.

    Today, I received this new HTC Firmware revision for my HTC Mozart running Mango RTM.

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    Firmware revision from 2250.21.40600.707 to 2250.21.50001.707.

  • HTC Update for Windows Phone

    Couple of weeks back I blogged about HTC Firmware Update on my Windows Phone Mango Device over here HTC Firmware Update for Windows Phone

    Today I received another update for Windows Phone Mango.

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    In this HTC Update for Windows phone Firmware revision remains the same but the RFU is updated from earlier 411408 to this current 417350.

    UPDATE

    After installing this firmware update, as seen in the screenshot, it upgraded Firmware. Firmware revision from 2250.21.50001.707 to 2250.21.51001.707.

    New Feature: INTERNET SHARING feature is now enabled on my HTC Mozart. You can connect up to 5 Guests i.e. 5 users can connect.

    To enable INTENRET SHARING. Just to go Settings –> INTENRNE SHARING is now available. This will make your HTC Phone as a Wireless Broadcast Device.

    For security you can setup a Password with Min. 8 characters.

    Enjoy

  • Wish you a Happy Diwali and Prosperous New Year !!

    Diwali

     Wish you all a very Happy Diwali and Prosperous New Year. May this Diwali bring you loads of happiness in your life.
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  • Mystery behind Sysinternals Process Monitor (Procmon.exe) & Out of space C: Drive

    This post is about Sysinternals Process Monitor. Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. You can watch my recently published video Sysinternals Tools for IT Professionals – PART I 

    This is how ProcMon looks like when it is showing all the activities.

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    One of the features in Process Monitor is BOOT LOGGING feature. To enable boot logging click on Options –> Enable Boot Logging

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    Once clicked, it will give following screen. First line is very IMPORTANT, it says Process Monitor is configured to log activity during the next boot.

    You may choose Generate profiling events or not and click OK.

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    The moment to you click OK, it attaches the PROCMON20.sys driver and on next reboot it will start logging. You can check this with Sysinternals Autoruns. Smile

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    Now, restart your PC.

    Well, now that you have rebooted and you start using machine on regular basis. If you are using the system WITHOUT RE-OPENING PROCMON.EXE & SAVING THE LOGS, there is a file created in C:\Windows\Procmon.pmb by ProcMon Driver. This file is keep on growing by storing all logs/events so that you can access them later. THIS IS THE EXACT REASON YOU WILL END UP SEEING YOUR C: LOOKING LIKE THIS.

    Zero Space

    After system reboot, launch Procmon.exe, you will see following box. Click on Yes to save the collected data.

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    You will get an option to save the log data with .PML file extension. I have named the file BOOT.PML. Then it will start saving the data…

    1 A

    Meanwhile, go to Windows Explorer and the the Windows Folder. Inside the Windows Folder you will see the file Procmon.pmb, which has grown to about 3 GB in just about 10 minutes of boot time..

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    Once the complete data is saved in the BOOT.PML file, you will see the log data.

    1 B

    Well, now that you know what’s happening exactly, you need to close some applications or delete some temp data. Create some free space on your machine so that you can launch any application (including Procmon.exe Smile). make sure you do this quick fast because as long as you are not saving the logs, the file will be growing up continuously.

    CONCLUTION

    WHAT I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT HERE IS THE FACT THAT THIS IS NOT A BUG IN THE TOOL BUT THE BEHAVIOUR OF THE TOOL. YOU MUST MAKE SURE THAT AFTER THE REBOOT YOU ARE SAVING THE LOGS TO AVOID GETTING INTO SUCH SITUATION.

    Enjoy

  • Best Practices Analyzer for Internet Information Services: Security

    Best Practices Analyzer and security rulesimage

    Security rules are applied to measure a role’s relative risk for exposure to threats such as unauthorized or malicious users, or loss or theft of confidential or proprietary data. Examples of conditions that can affect whether violations of security rules are found by a Best Practices Analyzer scan include computers on which Windows automatic updating is turned off, or computers that are using nondefault port settings.

    For more information about Best Practices Analyzer and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer.

    IIS Security Best Practices

    For more details visit http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd391934(WS.10).aspx?WT.mc_id=aff-n-in-loc—aa

  • Microsoft Downloads: Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 2

    Microsoft® Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) introduces new functionality to Forefront TMG 2010 Standard and Enterprise Editions.tmg

    Overview

    The service pack includes the following new functionality and feature improvements:
    New Reports
    • The new Site Activity report displays a report showing the data transfer between users and specific websites for any user.
    Error Pages
    • A new look and feel has been created for error pages.
    • Error pages can be more easily customized and can include embedded objects.
    Kerberos Authentication
    • You can now use Kerberos authentication when you deploy an array using network load balancing (NLB).
    To read the release notes, see the Forefront TMG Release Notes (SP2).

    DOWNLOAD HERE

  • Your Browser Matters…Learn how your browser helps protect you !!

    Visit for more information http://www.yourbrowsermatters.org/#/home 

    Read the Windows Internet Explorer Team Blog.
    Are You One of the Millions at Risk from Socially Engineered Malware?
    http://windowsteamblog.com/ie/b/ie/archive/2011/10/11/are-you-one-of-the-millions-at-risk-from-socially-engineered-malware.aspx
  • Microsoft Downloads: Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) Service Pack 1 (SP1) Update 1

    Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) Service Pack 1 (SP1) Update 1 is an update to Forefront UAG that provides a number of functionality updates and other improvements.

    OverviewMicrosoft_Forefront_UAG

    The following is provided by Forefront UAG Update 1:
    Lync web services publishing—Forefront UAG now supports publishing Lync web services
    Dynamics CRM 2011 publishing—Forefront UAG now supports publishing Dynamics CRM 2011
    SharePoint 2010 with Office Web Apps—Forefront UAG now supports publishing SharePoint 2010 with Office Web Apps
    Improved browser support—Forefront UAG now supports more web browsers than in previous releases

    DOWNLOAD HERE

  • How to disable IP version 6 (IPv6) or its specific components in Windows 7, in Windows Vista, in Windows Server 2008 R2, and in Windows Server 2008

    This article describes step-by-step instructions for how to disable Microsoft Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) or its specific components in Windows 7, in Windows Vista, in Windows Server 2008 R2, and in Windows Server 2008.
    We do not recommend disabling IPv6. For more information, see the "What are Microsoft's recommendations about disabling IPv6?" question in the following article:

    IPv6 for Microsoft Windows: Frequently Asked Questions (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/network/cc987595.aspx)

    If you must disable IPv6 or components of IPv6, use the following steps. They outline the recommended method. To disable IPv6 or its components, you must be logged on to the computer as a member of the Administrators group, or your user account must be granted permissions to edit the Windows registry.

    For more details visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929852

  • Microsoft Officially Welcomes Skype…

    Finally Microsoft officially welcomes Skype. Skype is not part of Microsoft. Welcome to all the Skype Employees. Here is the official site http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/skype/image

    For complete Microsoft Press Release visit http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2011/oct11/10-13SkypePR.mspx?WT.mc_id=aff-n-in-loc—aa

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  • Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM 2) is now available for download

    SCM makes configuration management for both desktops and your private cloud a snap! Version 2 of the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM 2) is now available for download!

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    Security Compliance Manager 2 is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage your computers, traditional datacenter, and private cloud using Group Policy and Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager.

    SCM 2 provides ready-to-deploy policies and DCM configuration packs that are tested and fully supported. Our product baselines are based on Microsoft Security Guide recommendations and industry best practices, allowing you to manage configuration drift, address compliance requirements, and reduce security threats.

    Easily configure Windows® operating systems, Microsoft® Office applications, and Internet Explorer with industry leading knowledge and fully supported tools.

    Take advantage of SCM 2 to import the configuration of a “golden master” reference machine or existing Group Policy. Compare your standards to industry best practices, customize them using rich knowledge, and seamlessly create new policies and DCM configuration packs in the user-friendly UI designed to work with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2.

    Key Features Include:

    · Gold master support: Import and take advantage of your existing Group Policy or create a snapshot of a reference machine to kick-start your project!

    · Configure stand-alone machines: Deploy your configurations to non-domain joined computers using the new GPO Pack feature!

    · Updated security guides: Take advantage of the deep security expertise and best practices in the updated security guides, and the attack surface reference workbooks to help reduce the security risks that you consider to be the most important!

    · Compare against industry best practices: Analyze your configurations against prebuilt baselines for the latest Windows client and server operating systems!

    Security home page: http://www.microsoft.com/scm
    Security Compliance Manager 2 library page: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc677002.aspx
    Download SCM 2.

  • The Kinect Effect - Power of Microsoft Kinect (MUST WATCH)

    www.kinect.com

  • Productivity Future Vision (2011)

  • Dennis Ritchie (1941 – 2011)

    My deepest condolences to the Dennis Ritchie’s family & friends. I respect to the genius who created C Programming Language & jointly developed UNIX Operating Environment with Ken Thompson.

  • Microsoft India Webcast Series on ‘Private Cloud’: Reinvent your IT infrastructure…

    As more and more organizations move to deploying services and applications in the Cloud, it is important that they have a common management experience for deployment, visibility and control in a manner that is abstracted from the underlying Cloud.

    From pooling computing resources, automating management, and improving scalability, provisioning, and agility - we can help you get the best of the Cloud on your terms with Microsoft Private Cloud solutions.
     
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  • Microsoft Web Camps Return to Pune on October 20, 2011

     
    Web Camps are an epicentre of Microsoft’s interaction with the web development community, where leading edge developers, architects and technology decision makers gather to learn and envision solutions for the future.

    The Microsoft Web Camps are not only about content and sessions - these events provide an opportunity for you to speak with and have your questions answered by the people who work with these technologies day-in and day-out, and who can help you plan the features and architecture to support your business goals.

    The upcoming Web Camp at Pune will provide you with an opportunity to learn and build the best-in-breed web solutions for your organization, customers and partners using HTML5, CSS 3, WebMatrix and Windows Azure. So, avail of this learning
    opportunity and for this event today.
     
    Date : October 20, 2011
    Location : PUNE
     
    Time : 9:00am - 6:00pm
    IST( +5.30 GMT )
     
    E-mail : webcamp@impact
    marketingservice.com
      Raees: +91 9987547978
     
    09:00am - 10:00am   Registration
     
    10:00am -11:00am   Made for each other: HTML5 and Web   Harish Ranganathan
     
    11:00am - 11:15am   Break
    11:15am - 12:15pm   Bold and Beautiful with CSS 3   Aditee Rele
     
    12:15pm -01:15pm   Spice it up: Advanced HTML5   Aditee Rele
     
    01:15pm -02:15pm   Lunch Break
     
    02:15pm -03:15pm   Web Matrix: Building a complete Website within an Hour   Saranya Sriram
     
    03:15pm -04:15pm   Customizing your Application with Razor using Helpers   Harish Ranganathan
     
    04:15pm -04:30pm   Break
     
    04:30pm -05:30pm   Deploying to the Cloud: Web Matrix and Windows Azure   Saranya Sriram
     
    05:30pm -06:00pm   Stump the Speaker    
     
     
    The content of this series of Microsoft Web Camps would be targeted towards Senior Developers, Architects and Technology Decision Makers, with experience in working on real-life web development projects. As preparation for attending these events, we recommend that you refer to the following learning content before coming for the event:
     
     
    HTML5 is at the center of Internet Explorer 9, with extensive support for web standards like HTML5, CSS3, Canvas, SVG, and much more. With Internet Explorer 9 you have got more tools to build a more beautiful web. Please refer to the Internet Explorer 9 Tutorials to prepare yourselves for these Camps.   WebMatrix is a web development tool from Microsoft that includes everything you need for website development. Start from open source web applications, built-in web templates or just start writing code yourself. Refer to the Web Development 101 Resources to prepare yourselves for these Camps.
     
       
     
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  • End Polio

    Join Us in Our Historic Opportunity to End Polio
    Thanks to childhood vaccines, polio has been reduced by 99% and we are on the threshold of eradicating the second disease in history. Stopping the fight now is not an option. Together we can finish the job and end polio.

    Join the movement http://www.gatesfoundation.org/polio/Pages/end-polio.aspx

  • Nokia World 2011 LIVE. Nokia Windows Phones Announced…

    Nokia World 2011 started and Nokia announced 2 Windows phones…

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    For Nokia World 2011 Event visit http://events.nokia.com/nokiaworld

    The Nokia Lumia 800 is a stunning piece of industrial design that features a unique unibody polycarbonate chassis that’s available in 3 beautiful colors – black, magenta and cyan. Inside is a 1.4Ghz processor with a dedicated GPU, 16GB of storage, and a class-leading Carl Zeiss camera, all capped off with a 3.7” “ClearBlack” display that offers beautiful colors and razor sharp picture. It’s available for pre-order starting today on Nokia.com in select markets for approximately 420 Euros, and you’ll be able to buy locally from over 30 carriers and retailers in 6 European markets this fall, with carriers and retailers in Russia, India, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong offering it for sale before the end of the year.

    Here’s the official press shot:

    Nokia_Lumia_800_tiles

    Nokia’s First Two Windows Phones Are Here. Read more http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/archive/2011/10/26/nokia-s-first-two-windows-phones-are-here-and-they-re-awesome.aspx

  • The newest version of Windows Intune: More features and even better PC management

    The newest version of Windows Intune is now available. Sign up for a FREE 30-day trial and test it out on up to 25 PCs! Windows Intune

    Sign up for Windows Intune today!

    Windows Intune brings together Windows cloud services for PC management, endpoint protection, and a Windows 7 upgrade subscription. With its simple web-based console, it can help you manage and secure virtually all your users’ PCs through the cloud—whether they’re working onsite, at home, in a remote office, or on the road. All you need is an Internet connection and the Windows Intune client installed on each PC you wish to manage.

    The October 17th release of Windows Intune is packed with exciting new features—such as the ability to distribute third-party software, manage Microsoft and non-Microsoft licenses, and get better control of remote PCs. It’s also easier to use, with context-driven menus, improved navigation, and color-coded alerts that you can sort according to your own parameters.

    For more details visit
    http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business/archive/2011/10/17/the-next-release-of-windows-intune-is-here.aspx
    http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2011/10/17/the-next-release-of-windows-intune-now-available.aspx

  • Windows Phone Launched in India !!

    New Delhi, 12th October, 2011: Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. today launched the Windows Phone in India. With an all new rich and dynamic user interface of Live Tiles and Hubs, Windows Phone enables people to quickly find, connect and consume the things that they care about the most. The new OS sports a smooth transitional user interface called 'Metro', a visually appealing modern design language based on a set of principles which are modern, clean, alive in motion, and authentically digital.

    Windows Phone

    For more details visit http://www.microsoft.com/india/msindia/pressreleases/microsoft-launches-windows-phone-in-india/317/