April, 2007

  • Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 released!

    Downloading the bits right now (while watching Ray Ozzie's keynote here: http://www.visitmix.com/ :) Today Microsoft released Windows Server Update Services version 3.0 to our website for download. Below are links to where you can get it as well as read...
  • Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) in Virtual PC 2007

    Another Saturday, another OS install... After having installed Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) in Virtual PC 2007 a few weeks ago here , I thought I would give the latest release a go. As you may recall, I ran into some problems with the last install, as Ubuntu...
  • If you can't make it to Mix07

    Watch from home ... We’re in the final moments leading up to MIX07. The halls around my office are emptying out as people head to Vegas to prepare, or catch up on sleep in advance of 72 hours of activity. Starting on Monday morning, we’re going to be...
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 Performance and Sizing Guide

    I wonder if I could fit more words into the title if I put a little effort into it ;) On the MOM Product Team Blog , they have announced the release of the Performance and Sizing Guide for OpsMgr 2007, covering: Capacity Planning and Best Practices -...
  • When Microsoft Presentations go wrong

    If you've ever attended or given a presentation, you'll get a kick out of this video. My laughing is causing my cube neighbors to give me dirty looks right now ;) Thanks Loke !
  • What's the best way to become certified?

    There are a million different resources out there, from MSLearning to Exam Cram books, to MSPress books , to sites that provide exam questions word-for-word (making the value of the certification worthless to those that cheated to pass). The Microsoft...
  • How did THAT security vulnerability slip through?

    Michael Howard (of the Secure Development Lifecycle team at Microsoft) has posted a detailed analysis of the recent MS07-017 security vulnerability, and the lessons learned from examining the code responsible for the vulnerability. Great read. A core...
  • Longhorn Beta 3... From the Source

    Saving me from having to type up a list of all the resources that are available to support the Windows Server "Longhorn" Beta 3 launch, the Windows Server Team Blog has a comprehensive post with all the links you will need... Today we reach another major...
  • Free E-learning for Windows Server "Longhorn"

    The price is right! Take some training on Longhorn while you are downloading from the link in my last post . Collection 5934: Introducing Microsoft Windows Server Code Name "Longhorn" (Beta 3) In this online collection composed of four clinics, you are...
  • Windows Server "Longhorn" Beta 3 released.

    Woohoo! Get it now before the Download Servers are overwhelmed. I see it is up on Connect (if you had previously been accepted into the Beta), and you can download it as an IT Pro or Developer from the Beta 3 site. What's the address you ask? You'll have...
  • Exchange 2007 Desktop Wallpaper

    For the Exchange Admin in your life... Available in 1024x768, 1280x1024, and 1920x1200 from the Exchange Team blog .
  • Business Desktop Deployment 2007 Source Code released

    Get it while its hot! The Microsoft® Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) is best-practice guidance for desktop deployment. BDD is targeted at companies that want to reduce deployment time, effort, and cost by increasing the level...
  • New Blog: Microsoft Forefront Server Security

    It looks like the Microsoft Forefront Server Security team has a new blog up: Hello all and welcome to the new blog for the Microsoft Forefront Server Security products. Many of you may be familiar with and/or running our products under one of our previous...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager Beta 2 released

    I have previously noted that Beta 2 of System Center Virtual Machine Manager was on it's way. Tonight it dropped. Here is a preview of the major upgrades in this release (and this is just touching on a significant list of improvements and feature enhancements...
  • Cruel Irony

    I just picked up the following book from the Microsoft internal library: You Don't Have to Go Home from Work Exhausted! by Anne Mcgee-Cooper If only I had time to read the book. I'm so tired... ;)
  • Pinging in IPV6

    I know the transition from IPV4 to IPV6 is inevitable, but I am going to go kicking and screaming... In any case... IPV6 has apparently been enabled on my subnet at work. Here's what ping looks like now: Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000] Copyright...
  • Karl Rove and Clippy

    Courtesy of Gizmodo , this is pretty funny...
  • Silverlight Almost Wasn't

    The original product name that was almost approved was: Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation Live Rich Client ActiveX Player R2 Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 CTP (or WPFLRCAPR2UESP1CTP for short) Find out more at Tim Sneath's blog.
  • Orcas (Visual Studio 9) Beta 1 available

    In a preconfigured Virtual Machine environment no less! From the Virtual PC Guy's Blog: Here is another interesting virtual machine. The Visual Studio team have made Beta 1 of the next release of Visual Studio (codenamed 'Orcas') available as a...
  • What ports do I need to open for (insert product here) to work?

    Are you setting up a router or a firewall, perhaps setting up a domain trust, connecting some Forests, or remotely managing your environment, and you need to know what ports must be opened for (Active Directory, MOM, SMTP, whatever…) to work? We have...
  • How do I index network shares in Vista?

    It can be done! By default, the search function built into Windows Vista will only search indexing local volumes and directories. You may have some file shares, however, that contain a large number of documents that you would like to rapidly search. ...
  • Get Certified on Windows 2000 while you still can!

    If you are just getting started on some Microsoft Certifications, you will definitely want to take a look at the new generation of technology specific certifications , or at the Windows 2003 MCSA/MCSE track . If you have started the Windows 2000 track...
  • Running PostgreSQL and MySQL on Windows

    Looking to run a database (maybe to learn SQL or to host your recipe collection)? SQL Server 2005 certainly fits the bill (and there is a free edition here ), but if you want to try some of the other options available on the interweb, the two following...
  • Windows Media now works on Firefox!

    The Windows media team has been hard at work on an updated plugin for FireFox that will enable you to watch Windows Media files within FireFox, which has now been released through Port 25 (the team at Microsoft that works on interoperability with Linux...
  • Is There a Guide for That?

    So you have just been tasked with setting up Active Directory, or creating a Backup Plan, or setting up a PKI infrastructure for your company. There's no need to start from scratch!!! We've already done the heavy lifting for you: http://www.microsoft...