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May, 2005

  • Creating Your Own HTAs

    What is an HTA? It stands for HTML Applications, which allows you to wrap your scripts up in a graphical user interface, an interface replete with check boxes, radio buttons, drop-down lists and all those other Windows elements. In this first of many...
  • Scripting Eye for the GUI Guy - 3rd Edition

    You've got to check out the third edition of this scripting column! Not only does he provide lots of useful information for script writers, but he has some clothing fashion sense in him too (check out the jpeg). In the latest installment, the GUI Guy...
  • Do We Have To ...? (Windows Server 2003 Scripting)

    Two new articles on functionality you can script in Windows Server 2003 is now available. However, you beg the question (in a whining manner): "Do you have to" do these tasks? Defragmenting Disks the Windows Server 2003 Way The lastLogonTimeStamp...
  • SQL Server TechCenter is Now Live on TechNet

    Happy to introduce the newest member of the TechCenters on TechNet: Microsoft SQL Server TechCenter . It is designed to connect you with SQL Server–related resources from Microsoft and the broader SQL Server community. Check it out!
  • Read the Entire Magazine

    Tonyso let us know that Issue 1 of TechNet Magazine was available in its entirety on the Web for your viewing pleasure. Well, the same goes with Issue 2 , which focuses on: Windows Administration SQL Server 2005 Exchange Administration...
  • Tales from the Script - Searching Active Directory through Scripting

    The latest Tales from the Script column, Part 2 , gets down to the real nuts-and-bolts behind searching Active Directory. It shows you how to write SQL queries that will help you return the exact information you’re looking for. Part 1 of this two-part...
  • Desktop Deployment: Understanding Group Policy Technologies

    Another new featured article in the Desktop Deployment Center (by Eric Voskuil ) discusses how the Group Policy system provides a pre-deployed implementation on all computers running Windows 2000 or later operating systems. Sections include: Reduce...
  • Desktop Deployment: Verify Windows XP SP2 Compatibility with ACT 4.0.1

    A new featured article in the Desktop Deployment Center (by Douglas Steen ) introduces you to the updates in ACT 4.0.1 and shows how the tool can help you deploy Windows XP SP2 faster, while minimizing the effect on your existing applications. Check it...
  • Put It On My IIS "Tab"

    In IIS 6.0, the "Operators" tab in Web Sites Operator Properties was removed (as compared to IIS 5.0): The reason being (outlined in the Knowledge Base article 298969 ): A Web site operator is not permitted to change the identification of Web...
  • Easier Way of Finding Interoperability or Migration Content

    Try TechNet's new Interoperability and Migration Content Filter . What the heck is that, you ask? It's a content filter form that helps find the subset of content (whether it be a webcast, prescriptive guidance, white paper, etc.) that best addresses...
  • MOM 2005 WE for the Medium Business IT

    Built for the medium business IT, Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 Workgroup Edition provides event management, proactive monitoring and alerting, and system and application knowledge to help you reduce costs and improve availability. Check out...
  • DPM Webcast: Protect Your Branch Office Data

    During the keynote address by Microsoft CIO Ron Markezich ( Day 4 of MMS 2005 ), Calvin Keaton demo-ed Data Protection Manager (DPM) and how Microsoft IT uses it. On May 25th, Christopher Whyte, Microsoft's Technical Product Manager, will present a Level...
  • Eiger Says, "Don't Throw Away Your Antique PCs"

    Code-named "Eiger" -- It is a hybrid of Windows XP with Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Embedded...run as a "thin client." The codename is derived from a mountain in Switzerland (trivia: do you recall the codenames Whistler and Blackcomb ? -- mountains...
  • Windows Application Compatibility 4.0.1 Now Available

    The Application Compatibility Toolkit 4.0.1 is now available. If you have been running 4.0, please read the release notes . There are a number of issues that have been addressed in this release including issue download performance, the SMS wizard, and...
  • Dsofile: The Untold Story

    As you read this post, please be aware that I ( The TechNet Guy ) am having a conversation with my alter ego. No, I haven't gone crazy...just yet. Thanks for your understanding. TechNet Guy : Dsofile isn't a new tool -- it has been out for years. However...
  • Templatize Your Scripts

    The scripting templates (WMI and ADSI) are available at your disposal. You can take a sample script (such as one of the many scripts found in the TechNet Script Center repository ) and – by copying code from that script and pasting it into the template...
  • The Future of the Microsoft Platform

    The .NET Show's 50th episode includes Rick Rashid, Brad Abrams, John Shewchuk, and Michael Wallent discussing where the Microsoft platform technologies can, should, and will be going in the future. This show also features a special interview with Bill...
  • Scripting Eye for the GUI Guy -- Second Edition

    In the debut column of the Scripting Eye for the GUI Guy , the GUI Guy examined the File Types tab of the Folder Options dialog box and learned how to gather the content displayed in the “Registered File Types” list box using a script. He's building upon...
  • Latest DSI Demo

    This Flash-based demonstration of the Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) examines the challenges associated with each phase of the IT life cycle, including design, development, deployment, operations, and change management, and the knowledge and requirements...
  • Read "R2" About It!

    Ward Ralston of the Windows Server Division WebLog invited you to "come and get" the Windows Server 2003 R2 Public Beta . Once you download it (trial software), read what you need to do step-by-step at the TechNet Windows Server 2003 R2 TechCenter . ...
  • Team 99 Will Tell All About Longhorn Saloon

    On Sunday, May 1st, Longhorn evangelist Robert Scoble blogged for nominations to start up Team 99. This team of 20 developers and some "superusers" will preview Longhorn and get the word out mainly to the Developer community (but IT will listen in). According...
  • Scripting Eye for the GUI Guy

    Don't mistake this with that show on the Bravo TV network. This is yet another great column brought to you by the Scripting Guys . The premise of this ongoing column is to look at a GUI tool and figuring out how to script the same functionality. When...
  • The Scripting Guys Show Their Office Space

    The Scripting Guys are generating samples scripts and articles every which way. They're now equipping you with tips and tricks for scripting Microsoft Office applications every Tuesday and Thursday (providing sample code that show you how to carry out...
  • TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows

    This is an online book , using a structured, introductory approach to the basic concepts and principles of the TCP/IP protocol suite, how the most important protocols function, and their basic configuration in Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP. This...
  • TechNet's New Home

    The redesigned TechNet home page has moved to a new cluster. Take a look at: http://technet.microsoft.com . By doing this, TechNet is capable of bringing you a full load of new features (like MSDN and more). Stay tuned...