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  • Blog Post: KB Highlight: WMICore update for Windows 2000 SP4

    If you like to live on the cutting edge of the previous version of Windows, there's a problem that seems to creep up that I've seen in a couple of environments before. VBScript not working in a hanging-kind-of-way (possibly including ASP, definitely logon scripts, and typically just about any general...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 SP1 Automatic Updates Blocker

    Like XPSP2 before it, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 is going to be distributed via Automatic Updates. The start date for automatic updates is July 26, 2005 . If you'd rather move at your own pace over the next year, you'll want to look at the Blocking Toolkit , and the following information...
  • Blog Post: New Feature: RDP over SSL with Windows Server 2003 SP1

    Release Candidate 2 for Windows Server 2003 SP1 is available to test from microsoft.com, which means RTM can't be that far away! A new feature in SP1 (at least, present in the RC2 build of SP1) that's been causing some confusion is RDP over SSL - a new option for Terminal Services that should provide...
  • Blog Post: PAE and VMM... For Parky

    Well Parky, you asked , so I'm going to try to answer! The way I think about PAE is that it kinda works a bit like a stonking great in-memory pagefile might. It doesn't change the game for 32-bit applications, but it does give the OS more headroom to manage them. Without PAE, any memory over 4GB...
  • Blog Post: Every Windows Admin Should Know: Template User vs Mr Nobody

    Raymond beats me to the punch (mine was going to be rant-i-er, but five times * as funny), on how the HKEY_USERS\.Default , despite having the word "Default" in the key name, isn't "The Default User" from which all others are initially spawned. It's possibly the most frequent misconception I've hit...
  • Blog Post: And the Windows Server 2003 x64 version is out there too!

    Versions of Microsoft Windows for AMD64 and EM64T are now available: Windows Server 2003: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/trial/default.mspx MSDN Subscriber Downloads have both versions available now, under Windows Server 2003 and under Windows XP Professional (not the SP2...
  • Blog Post: Ninja Feature: Remote Web Workplace in SBS2003

    Remote Web Workplace is (in my humble opinion) The Ninja Feature of SBS2003. In fact, it gets the inaugural EBTDF Ninja Feature award for being so cool. Thanks to Susan Bradley for putting me on to it . Let me say right now - if you're using Small Business Server 2003, and you were thinking...
  • Blog Post: Terminal Server / Remote Desktop DoS Issue

    Via TonySo : http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/904797.mspx Our initial investigation has revealed that a denial of service vulnerability exists that could allow an attacker to send a specially crafted Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) request to an affected system. Our investigation...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista FTW: Cleartype over RDP

    One of the little things I love about Windows Vista is that I'm able to use the RDP client without The Jaggies. I use Consolas in Visual Studio and elsewhere, and as Jeff pointed out a while back, it's just not built for non-Cleartype environments. I mostly use RDP on my home WLAN, but even across the...
  • Blog Post: How TSWeb / TSAC / Remote Desktop Web Connection Client Works

    [Update 16 Aug 2004] I've posted some sample TSWeb HTM file that handles different ports too, and steps for how to get it working* with ISA 2004 (or other Port Address Translation-capable firewalls) in this post: Publishing RDP (Terminal Servers, XP Remote Desktop) with TSWeb . There's a common...
  • Blog Post: RemoteFX (with Hyper-V) is a serious business tool. For games.

    The Setup My downstairs PC (on the dining room table) is an HP Touchsmart all-in-one Core 2 Duo Intel Integrated Graphics 965-based box, which makes it absolutely abominable for games. Upstairs, my internet connection plugs into my Hyper-V host (actually, a TMG instance on it), and I’ve a...
  • Blog Post: NLB Ain't Application-Aware

    It's been ages since I touched on anything wibbles-related , but I realized I'd neglected a very common query: If one of my applications is under load, will Network Load Balancing route/move/transfer all the additional load to the other server? No . As long as the box still lives (or more specifically...
  • Blog Post: Publishing RDP (Terminal Servers, XP Remote Desktop) with TSWeb (and ISA 2004)

    My last post on TSWeb (aka TSAC or Remote Desktop Web Connection) continues to be one of my most-hit blogs, so I spent a little time working with the TSWeb default connection page to try to simplify some of the bits that people were asking about. The aforementioned post describes how it works - this...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 SP1 Out Now

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=22CFC239-337C-4D81-8354-72593B1C1F43 If you've been waiting for this - it's finally baked!
  • Blog Post: 64 Bit: It's When, Not If

    Harold raised the question, Clive riffed on it , and now I'm going back to the original question with this: At the moment, is it even possible to buy a performance chip that isn't 64-bit capable? Any AMD Athlon64 or Opteron is AMD64-capable; Intel Xeons have been for a while, and EM64T is moving...
  • Blog Post: TS Licensing in 90 Words Or Less

    Various aspects of TS Licensing are often misunderstood, so I set myself the goal of explaining it relatively clearly in under 90 words.   I cheated by using a picture, which is reputedly worth a thousand words, though I think that mainly applies to people with, what's the word, skill .    ...
  • Blog Post: Communities Blog Portal Now Open! With Keyword RSS Feeds!

    http://www.microsoft.com/communities/blogs/PortalHome.mspx Coolest feature: the ability to fashion a keyword/category query into an RSS feed across all Microsoft blogs. If you're only interested in certain things (and personalities be damned!), you can sign up for the keyword feed. (And if you...
  • Blog Post: ISA 2000: Port Forwarding and Port Address Translation (PAT)

    Short version: ISA 2000 isn't out-of-the-box able to change published ports when doing Server Publishing. (I think Application Filters can be written to do this, but I'm not totally sure). ISA 2004 can do this. Long version: RRAS has had the ability to translate a port mapping from a certain...
  • Blog Post: TSWeb: Sample TSWeb Pages to Connect To Non-standard RDP Ports

    If you think you're experiencing deja vu, it's because this was also covered in Publishing RDP Servers with TSWeb and ISA 2004 , but I thought I'd do some housekeeping and make a separate post on the pre-fiddled TSWeb connection pages. Short version : The TSWeb (aka TSAC, Remote Desktop Web Connection...