April, 2007

  • Replacing your Motherboard (without killing Windows)

    It can be done! If you want to replace an older motherboard in your computer (without having to wipe and reload Windows), we have a KB article for that! Off to NewEgg to find a nicer Motherboard to replace the one that came for free with my Processor...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • WPF/E is Silverlight

    And now has a pretty kickass logo if I do say so myself ;) There is much more information on our announcement yesterday at the following links: Silverlight website Silverlight Virtual Press Room Tim Sneath's Blog Tina Wood's On10 Blog Loke Uei's Blog...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Exchange 2007 Desktop Wallpaper

    For the Exchange Admin in your life... Available in 1024x768, 1280x1024, and 1920x1200 from the Exchange Team blog .
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 -...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...