March, 2007

  • OpenSuse 10.2 in Virtual PC 2007

    OpenSuse 10.2 was by FAR the most pleasant installation experience on Virtual PC 2007 of the 3 Linux Distros I have tried so far (you can read about my Ubuntu and Fedora experiences). As OpenSuse was released shortly after the Microsoft/Novell collaboration...
  • Test your Router

    Are you one of those geeks that likes checking out the capabilities of your router? Do you run the various Internet Speed Tests available just for fun? If so, head over to the new Microsoft Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool . You will only be able...
  • The Benefits of Working at Microsoft

    Why is Microsoft an incredible place to work? One of my goals of writing postings on this blog is to contribute to the body of knowledge available on the internet, and not to rehash information that has already been covered elsewhere. To that end, I will...
  • Installing Windows Home Server in Virtual Server

    It turns out that Window Home Server installs into (and works fine on) Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1. (Virtual Server is free, and available from the previous link). I did run into a couple of gotchas while installing, so thought that I would provide you...
  • System Center Essentials 2007 Webcasts

    Some of the most exciting products that will come out of Microsoft over the next year (in my opinion) are in the Management space. While Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) and SMS (Systems Management Server) have been out for a few years, they have primarly...
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 Training Videos

    GREAT collection of training videos for several aspects of the new System Center Operations Manager 2007 . Source: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/mom/opsmgr/webcasts.mspx Diagnostics and Recoveries Presenters: Steve Wilson, Microsoft This...
  • Windows Vista User Interface Guidelines Updated

    Developing for Windows Vista? The User Interface guidelines have been recently updated: Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines The goals for the official Windows Vista™ User Experience Guidelines (or "UX Guide" for short) are to: Establish a high quality...
  • Opening the Kimono (Ways to annoy your pentester)

    How often do you laugh so hard that Coke comes out your nose while reading a Security blog? The following post just did that for me, and I wanted to share. If you have ever been involved in a pentest , you can identify... http://layer8.itsecuritygeek...
  • You are unique… Just like everyone else

    Just saw the following posted on the Microsoft Learning site… http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/certified.mspx Number of Microsoft Certified Professionals Worldwide Updated: March 1, 2007 The Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP) Program...
  • At least they didn't call it the Internets...

    I headed over to the ABC webpage tonight to catch up on the last few episodes of Lost (their online streaming shows are actually very high quality and easy to use!). I was somewhat surprised to receive a "your browser is not compatible" error message...
  • Windows Vista - Critical vulnerabilities on release

    The very first day of release, and Windows Vista already had 3 critical vulnerabilities. The outrage! The horror! Oh. Wait... that wasn't Vista with 3 critical vulnerabilities on the first day of release... it's RHEL 5. Nothing to see here. Move along...
  • When is enough enough?

    All right. I admit it. I have a problem. I read my favorite "Tech Deals" site, ( http://www.dealnews.com ), and I just can't control myself from buying hard drives. They just keep getting cheaper and bigger and cheaper and bigger. The one that showed...
  • Fixing Layout

    Hello All- As you may have noticed, I am in the process of customizing the layout of my blog, so bear with me as I tweak my CSS over the next few days. Thanks! *Update: Big thanks to Mike Swanson , as I borrowed CSS liberally from his site :)
  • Linux Sound in Virtual PC 2007

    As mentioned in my last posting on OpenSuse 10.2 in Virtual PC 2007, I could not get sound to work. After just installing Mandriva 2007, I encountered the exact same problem. After a little research, I found the answer here: http://www.linuxquestions...
  • Windows 2003 SP2 Released

    I'm sure many of you will notice shortly (as the Service Pack is replicated out to all the download sites and Windows Update), but Service Pack 2 has been released for Windows Server 2003 (and for Windows XP x64). I haven't had a chance to play with it...
  • Windows Server Longhorn - Per User Password Policy

    I can't imagine that this will make the front page of People Magazine , but if you are a Network or Security Admin, I have great news for you. With Windows Server Longhorn, you will be able to implement Password Policies on a Per User and Per Group level...
  • Windows Vista Ultimate Wallpaper

    Just noticed two really nice Windows Vista Ultimate wallpapers over on the official Windows Vista Ultimate site . You can set them as the desktop background on any OS (Vista or otherwise), but... why would you?
  • The Virtualization Pipeline

    In a previous post , I alluded to the fact that there were some awesome things in the pipeline in regards to Virtualization coming from Microsoft. One of the folks on the Longhorn product team has recorded a demo of virtualization in Longhorn, and I think...
  • Daylight Savings Time at Microsoft

    I just saw the following come through my email, and thought that I would share (as I don't see anything already posted about this…) In last couple of weeks, the Exchange team has been getting increased call volume around Error 0x80004005 (DST). Some...
  • Computer Forensics according to Microsoft

    As an IT Professional, have you ever been tasked with setting up a new process or technology at your company? Didn't have a clue where to start? Sure... you may have read a book on the topic a year ago, and have a general idea as to how it works, but...
  • Ubuntu Edgy Eft (6.10) in Virtual PC 2007

    I have been using Virtual PC 2007 for the last few months as it worked its way through Beta, and have been pleasantly surprised by the performance of Windows Vista in a virtual environment (following the performance tips I previously outlined here: http...
  • How Microsoft uses System Center Operations Manager 2007

    While many companies wait until Service Pack 1 to qualify and roll out any new Technologies, at Microsoft we put our technologies into production use at a very early stage. I have personally been running Windows Vista for the last 1 1/2 years, and my...
  • New Features in Exchange 2007 SP1

    While some previous details on Service Pack 1 for Exchange 2007 have been previously disclosed, and then later covered by both Eileen Brown's Blog and the Exchange Team Blog, I see courtesy of the MSGoodies Blog that the official release notes for Beta...
  • XBOX 360 Elite Released

    It's so pretty... The XBOX 360 Elite is black now, with HDMI output, a 120GB hard drive, a black wireless controller, and a black XBOX Live headset. I don't see it up on Amazon yet, but Paul Thurrot has some pictures after the jump .
  • Install Windows Server 2003 Adminpak (Administration Tools Pack) on Vista

    It's always frustrating when an update to one program from a company breaks compatibility with another program from the same company. In the case of Microsoft, the Windows 2003 SP1 Admin tools (adminpak.msi) do not work on Windows Vista. Windows...