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  • Blog Post: DreamScene - Movies as Wallpaper!

    If you've managed to upgrade to Vista Ultimate then you just have to checkout the DreamScene feature. Use the Windows Update feature from the start menu and the Windows Ultimate Extras section should offer you the Windows DreamScene application. Download and install it. Then change your wallpaper to...
  • Blog Post: System Center Operations Manager RC1 Now Available

    The newest release of MOM is now at Release Candidate 1 stage. This release marks an important milestone for this development cycle in preparation for product launch early next year. Significant testing and quality assurance has went into the release. This is based on feedback received from over...
  • Blog Post: Unsupported Apps in Virtual Server

    We get a lot of questions and calls about what Server System software is or is not supported in a Virtual environment. There's a good KB on this: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;897614 But in summary, the following apps are NOT supported: Microsoft Speech Server Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 Storage Calculator

    T he Exchange 2007 Storage Calculator has been released. This calculator focuses on identifying the storage requirements (I/O performance and capacity) and the optimal LUN layout based on a set of input factors following the best practices identified in the following literature: · Configuring, validating...
  • Blog Post: Customising Exchange Warning Messages

    I was recently asked by a customer to find out if they could customise the default system message generated when users reach their mailbox size limit. This message recommends that the user sets up a PST file to archive old messages. The site policy is not to allow PST files, so the quota message had...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 Comparison

    As you probably know Exchange 2007 has now been released to manufacturing. You may be considering whether and when to upgrade. If so, you'll find the following feature comparison useful when making the decision. It compares the feature sets of Exchange 2000, 2003 and 2007: http://www.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: MBSA Offline Mode Update

    MBSA 2.0.1 is an update to MBSA 2.0 to enable compatibility with the new Windows Update (WU) offline scan file. MBSA version 2.0.1 does not contain any new features but simply enables MBSA to download and read the new file format. In order to run offline scans, MBSA 2.0 must have the scan file on...
  • Blog Post: System Center Operations Manager 2007 at RC2

    It's going to be a busy year! Hot on the heels of new releases of Office, Vista and Exchange... We've just announced that SCOM2007 Release Candidate 2 (formally MOM) has been realeased to customers for testing. This is a major milestone for the product and should mark the last stage before final release...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 RTM's

    Exchange 2007 released to manufacturing on Friday. Previously known as E12, the product delivers some great new technology including: - Unified Messaging that delivers voice mail and fax messages to the Exchange inbox - Greater mobility support – for example, IT administrators can enforce security...
  • Blog Post: Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007 set for launch!

    Just in case you hadn't heard, we've officially announced a launch date of November 30th for the new versions of Vista, Office and Exchange. Could be a busy weekend for a lot of you! Please note this is a business launch only. The consumer product will not be available until 2007.
  • Blog Post: Presentation Mouse

    This may be a little geeky, but I came across a new gadget that you might like to take a look at. It's a nifty little mouse that doubles as a presentation remote control. It enables you to easily step through slides etc. Allowing you to maintain delivery without worrying about hitting keys on the laptop...