KB 923953 "How to configure daylight saving time for the United States and Canada in 2007 and in subsequent years on Windows Mobile-based devices" *helps* you patch up your smartphone to deal with the upcoming DST change.
WARNING: the fix is a reghack, so standard waiver applies. "Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk."
Loverly. You know how to hack the registry of your smartphone, right? Well, the KB give the .inf file your carrier is supposed to use to hack your phone :-(
Watch this space, I'll post if a user-friendly patch method becomes available on Technet.
If you haven't read up on the DST 2007 change, or planned to fix your desktops and servers, read this.
Windows PowerShell is shaping up to be the technology around which IT Pros from *nix and Windows worlds meet and build community (virtualization will be another, IMO). Check out Bill's post on PowerShell on Port25. Some nifty links there, such as:
Interview on Port25 with Jeffery Snover, Architect of PowerShell.
NewsGator Powershell Provider (my favorite RSS reader): http://www.codeplex.com/NewsGatorPSProvider
Powershell Analyzer: www.powershellanalyzer.com
Expose SharePoint as a filesystem: http://www.codeplex.com/PSSharePoint
‘Powershell Week’ webcasts, virtual labs, and ‘labcast’ - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/webcasts/ps.mspx
Looks like they may have extended to this deal to March ;-)
* For each search originated from this page between January 8th, 2007, and March 31st, 2007, Microsoft will contribute $1.00 to Children's Hospital on behalf of Team Seattle, up to $25,000.
Hi, I found a way to support Seattle's Children's Hospital by using Live Search, from Microsoft. Just search from http://teamseattle.live.com between Jan 8, 2007, and Jan 29, 2007, and Microsoft will contribute to Children's Hospital though their alliance with Team Seattle. Launch a search from TeamSeattle.Live.com, it will load a gadget into your browser which will track your searches, and pay Children’s $1 per search for every search from Live.com.
Jerome Wendt, president and lead analyst with DCIG Inc, shares an interesting perspective to day - Why 1TB disks will force you to embrace virtualization.
"...low-cost network connectivity does not translate into simpler and lower costs of storage management. If anything, it has the opposite effect...
As companies SAN-connect more of their servers using lower-cost Ethernet connections, their storage provisioning and data migration problems will become more acute. This will force many companies to re-evaluate network-based storage virtualization's value proposition and why it now makes sense, whereas just a few years ago, its risks outweighed its rewards."
He is speaking about Enterprise IT, but I just bought a .5 TB NAS device for my home network a few days ago for <US$200. Granted, I am an early-adopter type, but how long before virtualization moves from the data center to the living room? Leave comments.
You may have read that you can improve the performance of most VMs by using SCSI instead of IDE disks. All well and good, but, uh, where are the instructions on how to do that if you already created the VM with IDE drives?
Thanks to Nelson, the instructions are here in the download center: Virtual Server 2005 – IDE to SCSI Virtual Machine Migration
This whitepaper describes tips and methods to help you migrate your Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 virtual machine from IDE to SCSI bus. You can increase overall virtual machine performance in most scenarios up to 20% by using SCSI virtual hard disks instead of IDE.
Enjoy. If these instructions are helpful, leave feedback and I will make sure it gets to Nelson.
Others who downloaded Virtual Server 2005 – IDE to SCSI Virtual Machine Migration also downloaded:
The new *free* Windows Server Virtualization Calculator helps you forecast licencing costs for your virtualization initiative. Budget those bits!
The Calculator helps you estimate license costs in two ways:
The calculator is pre-populated with the US dollar Open agreement Estimated Retail Prices for Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition and Datacenter Edition, but you can also customize ith with your organization’s prices for more accurate estimates.
Today is the 6th snow day in the Seattle area this school year. Are you prepared for an emergency? Here's a good (free) PDF list to print out and check through.
Another good prep link: http://www.govlink.org/3days3ways/
If you could make the choice for all IT Pros for Microsoft enterprise management products, would you choose:
1) traditional text-based help on the box
2) traditional tex-based help on the box supplemented with blogcasts/screencasts (see below for examples) for the most complicated issues/sceanarios/features
3) just 'casts
Why? Leave comments.
Jeff's:Windows Vista Screencast: Aero InterfaceWindows Vista Screencast: SearchWindows Server 2003 R2 Upgrade Blogcast Windows Server 2003 R2 Blogcast: Part II: Installed Components
Kleefy's:WinPE Driver AdditionWindows System Image ManagerWindows Deployment Services Overview
Bonus question: 'casts audio tracks are pretty easy to localize, much easier (therefore faster) that text. However, would you want to see screens that are in English, with a localized audio track, or would you be willing to wait a longer time in order to get a new 'cast that shows the screens in the same language as the audio? Why? Leave comments.
What I'm trying to get feedback on is what is the best way to learn an enterprise management software product? Take a look at Jason's video on how to juggle, and think of the time required to get all that down in words. More efficient for you to learn new stuff if we switched to screencasts?
I install and uninstall a lot of software on my laptop in the course of my work. Sometimes, stuff happens, and I can't be sure what the problem might be. Standard advice from support in these case is "pave it" meaning uninstall and reinstall the app to see if that fixes the problem.
Recently, IE7 has been throwning the same Onfolio error message at me every 15 mins or so.
In case you need it, here are the instructions for uninstalling IE7 from Windows XP SP2 from kb 917964:
MIT posts courseware on the web - FREE - http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html
"By the end of this year, the contents of all 1,800 courses taught at one of the world's most prestigious universities will be available online to anyone in the world, anywhere in the world. Learners won't have to register for the classes, and everyone is accepted"