April, 2007

  • You say potato, I say potaaaahto

    At Microsoft, we have some product names that do not always roll off the tongue ;) The problem is compounded when we start adding service packs to revisions to product families. Right now, for example, I am testing Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 2 ....
  • 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...
  • Microsoft Best Practices

    What are Best Practices? According to Wikipedia : Best Practice is a management idea which asserts that there is a technique, method, process, activity, incentive or reward that is more effective at delivering a particular outcome than any other technique...
  • 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...
  • Why Design Matters. A pictorial history of microsoft.com

    If you designed websites (even for a club or small business) in the mid-90's, you recall the experience of working with tables and invisible GIFs for layout, proprietary HTML tags (ie <marquee>), scrolling banners, and the popularity of the starfield...
  • 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. ...
  • Microsoft Virtual Server - Virtual Machine Additions for Linux updated

    I see that the Virtual Machine Additions for Linux have been updated to now support Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10. You can download the ISO from the Connect site here: https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?SiteID=154&DownloadID...
  • Action Required: Turn off RPC management of DNS on all DCs. Do it now.

    If you administer a Windows domain, or a domain with Windows DNS/DC Servers, you will want to take care of this problem before you leave for the weekend. According to the advisory here , Microsoft has received public reports of a limited attack exploiting...
  • How much memory does Windows support?

    I had a customer recently ask about the memory limits for various editions of Windows, and thought that I would share the answer with everyone (as it took me a little while to find it). As 64-bit drivers are becoming more common from the OEMs, it is more...
  • Expression web design applications now available on MSDN

    I see on Microsoft Watch that due to feedback from developers, we have now made the Microsoft Expression line of web design products available for download on MSDN. The versions that are available depend on how you subscribe to MSDN, as shown in the table...
  • Windows Server Longhorn Tech Overview

    I see that Keith Combs has posted the slide decks from his recent presentations on Longhorn Server to his blog here: http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2007/04/02/windows-connections-conference-slides-posted.aspx Decks include: Windows Server...
  • Microsoft Dynamics Client for Microsoft Office

    Announced at Convergence 2007 , the new Microsoft Dynamics Client for Microsoft Office and SharePoint Server package includes a collection of up to 12 self-service applications that are built to plug into Microsoft Office and SharePoint, as well as Standard...
  • Safari's WebKit being replaced by Internet Explorer 7 Engine

    I was hoping the official announcement would come out of Apple before I posted my last blog entry ( Running Mac OS X on Virtual PC 2007 ), but now that the announcement is final, I thought I would share! http://webkit.org/blog/100/webkit-shutting-down...
  • Microsoft Management Summit - Videos Posted

    As I have mentioned earlier, Microsoft's Management products (under the System Center brand) are going to be a huge focus this year. Last week, the Microsoft Management Summit took place in San Diego, and I will try to cover some of the announcements...
  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager

    One of the pillars of System Center is the new Virtual Machine Manager. Beta 1 has been out since last August, and at the Microsoft Management Summit last week, Microsoft announced the pending release of Beta 2. A lot of great coding and features have...
  • Get Netscape 3.0 NOW!

    I was looking at a site I designed in High School (back in the day), and the two following logos were on my site. Is Lycos still around? (I guess so... the web page resolves). I don't know if they are at all associated with the early search engine site...
  • Professional Virtual Server Book Published

    Ben Armstrong, (AKA Virtual PC Guy ), has published a book on Microsoft Virtual Server 2005. Currently available on Amazon and Barnes&Noble (as well as at your favorite local reseller). You can also download the example code from the book at the Publisher...
  • Exchange 2007 SP1 Beta posted to MSDN and TechNet

    The beta for Exchange 2007 SP1 has been posted to MSDN and TechNet for download. Weighing in at a hefty 717MB, it looks like the Exchange Team has been busy. You will of course want to limit this beta to a dev/test environment, while we work the bugs...
  • WGA Team responds to Vista OEM BIOS Hacks

    Alex on the WGA team has posted a written response to the reported OEM BIOS Hacks regarding Vista: I know many of you are aware of reports of hacks that attempt to exploit our OEM BIOS based activation. We're aware of this type of hack and I wanted to...
  • Why doesn't this feature exist?

    I hear this question fairly often... usually in regards to a product that depends on another (that just shipped). For example, "Why is it that Data Protection Manager cannot do an item level restore on a SharePoint 2007 Document Library?!?!?". Well.....
  • Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner 2007 (SCCP) beta available

    What server(s) do I need to run Exchange ? That is a loaded question that I hear several times a week. The answer, of course, is: "It depends". It depends on MANY factors, and Exchange Server Sizing is as much art as it is science. Exchange 2003 Server...
  • Virtual Server and Windows Server Virtualization timelines adjusted

    From Mike Neil (Virtualization GM) on the Windows Server Blog : As the person who oversees the development plans, teams and strategy for Microsoft’s virtualization software on desktops and servers, I want to update everyone on the timing of our server...
  • Steve Riley's upcoming TechEd presentations

    If you are a fan of energetic security presentations by someone with earrings, shorts, and (typically) colored hair, than Steve Riley is your man (we're not much into the "button up" type at Microsoft ;) In any case, Steve has posted a list of the sessions...
  • Apple, we feel your pain...

    When you are developing a large Software project, be it an Operating System or a major Virtualization Release , there are a large number of components that make up the finished product. Despite the best planning efforts from the Program managers, and...
  • How do I do that in Vista?

    The Windows Vista Documentation team has been super busy compiling and releasing a huge collection of Step-by-Step guides. If you have always wanted to know how to manage group policy with the new ADMX files, or how to implement User Account Control ...