I had a couple of informative emails today bringing my attention to some great new tools and utilities.
The first one is the Windows System State Analyzer as blogged about by the Ask the Performance team. I never realise this functionality existed . As they state on their blog.
“The basic functionality of the System State Analyzer tool is to allow you to compare two snapshots taken at different points in time. This allows you to compare the state of a machine both before and after an application install for instance.”
This tool is available as a free download from
· Server Logo Program Software Certification Tool x86: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=140110
· Server Logo Program Software Certification Tool x64: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=140109
Note: You must have the .NET Framework 2.0 installed for Windows System State Analyzer to work correctly
The second useful tool is that AD LDS ( Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services) is now available for download for Windows 7.
AD LDS is a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directory service that provides flexible support for directory-enabled applications, without the dependencies that are required for Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). AD LDS provides much of the same functionality as AD DS, but it does not require the deployment of domains or domain controllers. In environments where AD DS exists, AD LDS can use AD DS for the authentication of Windows security principals. You can run multiple instances of AD LDS concurrently on a single computer, and have an independently managed schema for each AD LDS instance.
Thanks to John Gregson for bringing my attention to the above.