Clive Watson's Blog

Clive Watson, Datacenter Technical Specialist, Microsoft UK

April, 2006

  • Windows Server 2003 Security guide has been updated

    I just saw on bink.nu that we have posted an updated Windows Server 2003 Security guide. This updated technical guidance provides information about how to harden computers that run Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1). A collection...
  • Monad = Windows PowerShell

    So "Monad" has just been given a new name of Windows PowerShell, at least it takes a bit of the guess work out of identifying its usage ;-) The Windowsserver blog has more details – why should you be interested, well new products like Exchange (E12...
  • SQL 2005 SP1, released

    It only seems like 5mins ago since SQL 2005 launched, SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 is now available for download . Thanks to Ward for bringing it to my attention.
  • MOM Management pack for Virtual Server 2005 R2, download available

    We have made available the new MOM pack for Windows Server 2003 R2, you can download it here . The features are: Virtual Server • Monitors Virtual Server service availability • Detects configuration errors • Detects critical error conditions...
  • How to find a case study

    Following yesterdays post about links, I thought I'd mention our Case Study Website , I've lost count of the times people and partners have asked for a document that is freely available and easy to find on this site...I guess you have to know where to...
  • Frequently requested links

    These are the links I mostly get asked for after presentations, just to make your life easier (if it does let me know?) here they all are: BOIS guide for R2 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=11e941f0-1e36-4a6b-851e-8039b992377c&displaylang...
  • Nearly there...Scalable Networking Pack

    Ian has long awaited news (no precise date but it's imminent) - this has been a very frequent question I have received over the past year...need to know more then check out Ian's post.
  • How to simplify the creation and maintenance of IPsec filters - new support article & download

    This article just appeared on our support site (7th April), I know from conversations the amount of filters in IPsec has been an issue for many of you. It seems the ‘simple policy’ achieves a dramatic saving…here is the gist of the problem and resolution...
  • Windows 2003 Storage Server - joins the R2 fold

    Windows 2003 Storage Server R2 is now available (from OEMs), completing the line-up of the Operating Systems that will run R2 (at least for now). We also announced the availability of software-enabled Storage Area Network (SAN) boot of Microsoft Windows...
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2 is free, and Linux is supported...

    Not the best kept secret I know (and so do you all by now), but the press release is here , In summary, Virtual Server 2005 R2 will become a free download, in effect there is now only the Enterprise edition, so 1-32 CPU's are supported on the host...