April, 2007

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dude, where's my RAM? (or, why don't I have 4GB?)

    I ran into this exact issue yesterday, and intended to write a post. Fortunately, the ASKPERF Blog covers this issue today, and at the bottom of this post, I get to link to 3 more of my favorite blogs that cover the problem in depth: Memory Management...
  • Windows splash screens from 1.01 to Vista

    To follow up on my Why Design Matters. A pictorial history of microsoft.com post (showing the microsoft.com homepage iterations dating back to 1994), TechRepublic has a great posting called Dinosaur Sightings: Windows splash screens from 1.01 to Vista...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 Vista Resource Kit released

    Just saw this on the Windows Vista Team Blog . The Windows Vista Resource Kit is THE definitive guide to all things Vista. Weighing in at 1,568 pages (and 5.3 lbs), this book weighs more than many notebook computers. Good Times! The official MS Press...
  • Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs

    If you work in an organization that utilizes laptops, and has data that you do not want to fall into the wrong hands (be they competitors or foreign agents), you will want to take a look at the new laptop Data Encryption Guide released by the TechNet...
  • XBox 360 warranty just gets better and better!

    http://www.xbox.com/en-US/support/systemsetup/xbox360/resources/warrantyupdate.htm After recently changing the XBox 360 warranty from 90 days to 1 year, the XBox team has decided to take it to the next level! Your warranty now covers: Free Shipping: Microsoft...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...