February, 2008

  • Analyzing your Windows Perfmon logs

    Great writeup by Daniel Petri : Ever have a performance problem, but don't know what performance counters to collect or how to analyze them? The PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) tool is a new and powerful tool that reads in a performance monitor counter...
  • Step By Step Guide: IPsec NAP Enforcement in a Test Lab

    The NAP team has just released a Step-by-Step guide to setting up IPsec NAP Enforcement in a Test Lab. This paper contains an introduction to NAP and instructions for setting up a test lab and deploying NAP with the IPsec enforcement method using two...
  • Microsoft Office Binary File Format Specifications Released!

    Just saw this over on Brian Jones' Blog , and I'm surprised this hasn't made more of a splash on the interwebs... Microsoft has just released the specification documentation for our binary Word, Excel, and PowerPoint file formats. This means that if you...
  • SharePoint Designer Training

    I have previously mentioned some free training that is available for SharePoint here: http://blogs.technet.com/seanearp/archive/2007/12/07/sharepoint-training.aspx The one thing that was lacking, however, was training for SharePoint Designer, which is...
  • Branch Infrastructure Implementation Solution for Windows Server 2008

    Alright... not the sexiest acronym, but the new Branch Infrastructure Implementation Solution - BIIS (formerly the Branch Office Infrastructure Solution, or BOIS) has been released, with great information on all of the decisions and design criteria that...
  • Office Communications Server 2007 Visio stencils

    Useful for diagramming your new OCS 2007 topology! Get them here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=543705f6-d02a-436e-8b34-5c796550022a&displaylang=en&tm
  • Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions Released

    Good stuff! And the price ($0.00) is right :) You can download a DVD ISO with the bits here , or the setup files here . The Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions all-in-one DVD includes: Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition enables developers to rapidly...
  • Aerosmith's "Dream On" Free for XBOX 360 Guitar Hero

    "Dream On" was the first major hit for the rock band Aerosmith, appearing on their debut self-titled album in 1973. And now, avid Guitar Hero™ III: Legends of Rock players will be able to try out their chops on the power ballad, by downloading it free...
  • How Microsoft Does IT: Terminal Services Gateway

    One of the coolest new features of Windows Server 2008 is the new Terminal Services Gateway feature. As always, we run our software in production at Microsoft before it is released, and TS Gateway is no exception (I'm using it as we speak!). The Microsoft...
  • Giving Feedback

    If your co-worker knew something about you... that you forgot to put deodorant on, or that you had toilet paper stuck to your shoe, or that your habit of sending angry incoherent emails before you had consumed your morning coffee was about to become a...
  • New Sysinternals tool- ShellRunas

    New goody from Mark Russinovich and the Sysinternals team! ShellRunas v1.0 The command-line Runas utility is handy for launching programs under different accounts, but it’s not convenient if you’re a heavy Explorer user. ShellRunas provides...
  • Scripting SharePoint

    This is really a bit of a "duh" suggestion, but I'll bet you haven't done it yet ;) SharePoint 2007 has a great scriptable command-line tool called stsadmin.exe , which is used to perform the SharePoint administration tasks at the command line...
  • The Microsoft Download Center fairy has been busy!!!

    Some highlights... Windows Media Services 2008 for Windows Server 2008 This software is an optional supplement to Windows Server 2008. In Windows Server 2008, the Streaming Media Services role (which includes the latest version of Windows Media Services...
  • SharePoint Deployment Essentials Guide

    From the SharePoint Blog : A new SharePoint Deployment Essentials Guide made up of content from the previous SharePoint Governance Checklist PLUS additional materials explained hereafter just became available online.  Physical copies of this guide...
  • Addicted to Wikipedia

    I am working on a degree in Business Administration from Washington State University , and am taking a world history course as one of my general education requirements. It really is a rather basic course, and my homework consists of writing a few paragraphs...
  • Performance Tuning Windows Server 2008

    Now that Windows Server 2008 has RTM'd, and you are preparing to roll it out in your environment (even if it is just a lab or test environment), the following guide will help you get the most out of the OS, both as you choose the hardware, and as you...
  • The Demented Borg Mind

    As I mentioned earlier , Microsoft has released the specifications for our binary Office 97-2003 file formats.  Joel Spolsky of Fog Creek Software has a great take on the announcement (and specs): If you started reading these documents with the hope...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Windows Server 2008 SP1 Released!

    Now you don't have to wait a year to deploy it in production ;) All right... it's not really breaking news. It was planned this way, and Iain McDonald (there he is): (image courtesy of ZDNet http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=551 ) has the scoop on why...
  • Creating Effective Enterprise Portals by Using SharePoint Server 2007

    Great report from the internal IT group here at Microsoft on how our Intranet portal was designed and hosted on SharePoint Server 2007.  I can attest that it is the place to find information within Microsoft, no matter where it may reside... Read...
  • Left vs Right

    A new themed search engine (along the lines of Ms. Dewey ) powered by Live Search.  Check out http://www.leftvsright.com .  Pretty funny!
  • Digital Photo Frames

    My mother recently had a milestone birthday (she would kill me if I mentioned which one), so I started researching digital photo frames, and finally settled on a brand that I had never heard of before, but that was the top recommendation of Consumer Reports...
  • The Zune A Day Giveaway

    Saw this over on the Got Zune blog ... it looks like we are giving away a Zune a day. All you have to do is send an email to winazune@live.com with "Go Zune" in the subject line. More information here , and official rules here .
  • Migrating from Lotus Domino to Exchange

    If you have been tasked to work on a Lotus Domino to Exchange migration project, you will want to take a look at the following document, which goes into EXTRAORDINARY detail about everything you will need to know to make the transition. Screenshots, Single...
  • TechNet How-to Videos

    The TechNet Events Team has been hard at work recording "How-To" videos covering a wide variety of Microsoft Technologies, and they are now available in a single location up on TechNet. Click here for the main repository of TechNet How-to Videos . Here...
  • Take a look under the Kimono

    Have you ever been curious how Microsoft protocols such as SMB, CIFS, BITS, IPSEC, or NTLM work behind the scenes? Perhaps you are a Computer Science student, and you want to see how thing work in a commercially available Operating System, or perhaps...