News

Compressed files that are larger than 4 kilobytes may be corrupted when you create or update the files
After you install security update 920958 (MS06-049) on a computer that is using NTFS file system compression, compressed files that are larger than 4 kilobytes may be corrupted when you create or update the files.
Install update 925308 to prevent compressed files from being corrupted when you create or update the files.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925308/en-us

Get Windows Vista RC1 Now
Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 is now available for order or download. If you have been awaiting a Release Candidate to start your testing, that time is now. The availability of RC1 will be limited, so be sure to get it as soon as possible.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/preview/start.mspx

BDD 2007 Beta Updated for Windows Vista RC1
Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007 Beta 2 is now available for download on Microsoft Connect. BDD 2007 provides end-to-end guidance and automation for large-scale deployment of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system. BDD 2007 Beta 2 has been updated to support Windows Vista RC1 and now includes guidance and automation for Zero Touch Installation using Systems Management Server 2003.
http://www.connect.microsoft.com/

TechNet Virtual Lab: Windows Vista Beta 2
Try the new features of Windows Vista Beta 2 through these guided, hands-on virtual labs. In these labs you'll learn to deploy operating system images using Windows Deployment Services, configure User Account Control for standard and administrative users via group policy, and more. There's no installation or setup required and virtual labs are free.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/vista.mspx

IT Forum – 14-17 November 2006, Barcelona, Spain
Microsoft’s premier EMEA conference designed to provide IT professionals with technical training, information and community resources to build, plan, deploy and manage the secure connected enterprise.
http://www.mseventseurope.com/TechEd/06/pre/defaultitf.aspx

Documents

Cisco Network Admission Control and Microsoft Network Access Protection Interoperability Architecture
This white paper describes the interoperability architecture for Cisco Systems, Inc.'s Network Admission Control (NAC) platform and Microsoft's Network Access Protection (NAP) Platform.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=598d9e31-9da1-49d9-8353-19c985eb2de3&DisplayLang=en

Protecting a Network from Unmanaged Clients
Learn about the challenges, needs, and solutions associated with protecting a network environment from unmanaged clients. This security guidance provides information about how to automatically notify and/or disable distrusted systems when they attach to a network.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a1ec9d45-bf11-4a22-82f3-9b678f581bd7&DisplayLang=en

MIIS 2003 Design Concepts
The MIIS 2003 Design Concepts document set provides discussions and recommended solutions for specific challenges that are encountered during the design phase of MIIS 2003.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=40a52201-a297-4c35-82e9-f0b4ca05daeb&DisplayLang=en

Windows Vista Step-by-Step Guides for IT Professionals
These step-by-step guides provide instructions for deploying or migrating to Windows Vista. These guides also describe how to configure security, monitor performance, and manage printers.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=311f4be8-9983-4ab0-9685-f1bfec1e7d62&DisplayLang=en

Group Policy Settings Reference Windows Vista RC1
This spreadsheet lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations included in the administrative template files (admx/adml) delivered with Windows Vista RC1 (build 5600).
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9d98cfaf-7e33-409a-9af8-19c5ccd2bfc9&DisplayLang=en

AES-CBC + Elephant diffuser
A Disk Encryption Algorithm for Windows Vista. The specifications of the AES-CBC + diffuser algorithm used in BitLocker Drive Encryption
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=131dae03-39ae-48be-a8d6-8b0034c92555&DisplayLang=en

Windows Vista Application Development Requirements for User Account Control Compatibility
Details how to develop User Account Control (UAC) compliant applications for Windows Vista.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ba73b169-a648-49af-bc5e-a2eebb74c16b&DisplayLang=en

Downloads

Microsoft Pre-Release Software Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 - Release Candidate
The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 (formerly known as WinFX), is the new managed code programming model for Windows. It combines the power of the .NET Framework 2.0 with new technologies for building applications that have visually compelling user experiences, seamless communication across technology boundaries, and the ability to support a wide range of business processes.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=19e21845-f5e3-4387-95ff-66788825c1af&DisplayLang=en

Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2
Simply the best media player for all your digital entertainment
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=bcf8a0d8-81e7-4ea5-be55-3673e5b33368&DisplayLang=en

Kernel Memory Space Analyzer Version 8.1
The Kernel Memory Space Analyzer is a tool to help expert debugging engineers analyze Windows crash dump files.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e84d3b35-63c3-445b-810d-9fed3fdeb13f&DisplayLang=en

User Profile Hive Cleanup Service
A service to help with slow log off and unreconciled profile problems.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1b286e6d-8912-4e18-b570-42470e2f3582&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Standard User Analyzer
This application compatibility tool helps developers and IT professionals diagnose issues that would prevent a program from running properly as a standard user.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=df59b474-c0b7-4422-8c70-b0d9d3d2f575&DisplayLang=en

Events/WebCasts

Deploying Windows Vista and Office System Using BDD 2007
Friday, September 29, 2006, 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
The Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD)2007 provides tools and guidance for deploying Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system.
TechNet Webcast: Deploying Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System Using BDD 2007 (Level 300)

Windows Server 2003 R2 Technical Overview
Monday, October 02, 2006. 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
In this webcast, we provide an end-to-end overview of the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 operating system using three IT scenarios.
TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 R2 Technical Overview (Level 200)

Introduction to Windows Vista
Wednesday, October 04, 2006. 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Join this webcast to learn about Windows Vista, the exciting new operating system from Microsoft.
Microsoft Webcast: Introduction to Windows Vista

Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 Job Scheduler
Thursday, October 05, 2006, 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 brings high-performance computing (HPC) to industry standard, low-cost servers.
TechNet Webcast: Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 Job Scheduler (Level 200)

What’s new in Administering Vista
11 October 2006 14:15 - 11 October 2006 17:00 GMT, London
Welcome Time: 13:30
Microsoft Edinburgh
In this session we will examine Group Policy functionality improvements that have been made with Windows Vista. We will also describe the new and updated features and how these help to alleviate the problems that were present with previous versions of Windows.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-GB&eventid=1032309048

All You Wanted to Know About Vista Imaging, But Were Afraid to Ask
10 November 2006 14:15 - 10 November 2006 17:00 GMT, London
Welcome Time: 13:30
Cavendish Conference Centre - London
At this event, we will cover a number of topics related to deploying Windows Vista. We'll look at the advantages of using a managed deployment process and how automating your Windows deployment can increase the reliability and manageability of your digital infrastructure while lowering costs.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-GB&eventid=1032310862

Windows Vista System Integrity Technologies and Internet Explorer 7 Security Features
09 November 2006 14:15 - 09 November 2006 17:00 GMT, London
Welcome Time: 13:30
Bristol
For most of the history of computing, operating systems have lived in their own little bubbles of trust. Every part of an operating system pretty much assumed that every other part was exactly what it claimed to be and performed only what it claimed it could do.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-GB&eventid=1032311034

Live Webcasts:
Full list can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/events/default.mspx

Interactive Webcast Calendar
The interactive calendar will help you quickly find live webcasts that fit your schedule as well as on-demand webcasts to view at your convenience. You can choose your time zone and filter this list by audience, webcast series, product or topic, and presenter.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/webcasts/calendar/monthview.aspx

Monthly Archived Webcasts:
http://www.microsoft.com/events/webcasts/library/default.mspx

Tech-Ed 2006 Webcast Series
https://www.msteched.com/content/webcasts.aspx

New KB’s

The result of the "netsh dhcp server show all" command uses the colon instead of the equal sign on a computer that is running the Traditional Chinese version of Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923600

A Windows Server 2003-based computer that is using an AMD PowerNow! driver stops responding
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924441

An update is available that adds support for Ethernet-based RDMA capabilities in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924286

How to mark an attribute as confidential in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923630

How to mark an attribute as confidential in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=922836

Support for server clustering between Windows Server 2003 and Virtual Server 2005 R2
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923832

The DFS root server cannot do the site costing correctly and local DFS client computers are referred to remote DFS share location after you install Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 on the domain controller
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=917417

How the "Regional and Language Options" settings in Windows Server 2003 are applied
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924852

Event ID: 26 occurs when you log off from a server that has Terminal Server enabled in Windows Server 2003 SP1
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=891194

You experience intermittent communication failure between computers that are running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=904946

The Setspn.exe tool incorrectly adds the dollar sign to the host name when you reset a service principal name in Active Directory in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924177

You do not have the option to downgrade to a hardware abstraction layer that is set up to use a single-processor advanced programmable interrupt controller when you try to change the computer type by using Device Manager in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923425

No Microsoft Windows Server Multipath I/O (MPIO) disks or logical unit numbers (LUNs) are available when you use MPIO for disks that are presented by an iScsi Host Bus Adapter (HBA) in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923801

Personal Information Exchange certificates are not added to a certificate store when you try to install client certificates by using the Winhttpcertcfg.exe tool in Microsoft Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923483

When you start a Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) installation in Windows Server 2003 by using Msiexec.exe, you may receive an error message: "Error 1303"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924876

In a dual-boot configuration, Windows XP does not start if you subsequently format or delete the partition on which Windows Vista is installed
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=922809

You may receive an error message when you try to start a counter log by using the Performance Logs and Alerts tool in Windows XP Service Pack 2
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923118

A Windows XP based-computer may not synchronize the clock with an Internet time server
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=909279

The screensaver time-out value is not restored after you use Remote Desktop Connection to log on to Windows XP Professional
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=811329

A hotfix is available to change the daylight saving time for the (GMT+02:00) Cairo time zone for the year 2006 on Windows XP-based and on Windows Server 2003-based computers
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=921028

FIX: EAP reauthentication may not occur and the Wireless Zero Configuration service may not work correctly when you try to use a third-party application in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923154

After you call a function that belongs to the Npptools.dll file in a Windows 2000 application, you may receive an access violation
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=911018

A file handle is left open on the cluster disk resource when you run a MOM script on a Windows Server 2003-based cluster node
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924831

How to use the Network Monitor Capture Utility (Netcap.exe) to capture network traffic information
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924037

FIX: You may experience various problems when native user-mode or kernel-model applications or drivers run on a Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 Processor 9000 Series-based computer that is running Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2003 with SP1
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924449

Error message when you try to view events in an event log on a Windows Server 2003 SP1-based computer: "The event log file is corrupt"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=888133

Event ID 53258 is logged in Event Viewer after you install or remove Active Directory in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923977

The File Replication service may experience a memory leak when you use Windows Server 2003-based domain controllers
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=913560

Error message when you start a PXE client to connect to a WDS server on a Windows Server 2003 SP1-based computer: "WdsClient: An error occurred while starting networking"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923834

In a domain that has an uppercase domain name, a DNS update may fail on a new Windows Server 2003-based server
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=838968

A handle leak occurs when the Auto Refresh option is enabled in the Routing and Remote Access console on a Windows 2000-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=837631

When you use Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) to connect to a Windows 2000-based terminal server, you cannot minimize a program that has stopped responding in the RDC window
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=837810

Error message when you use the Distributed File System tools to access or to manage a Windows 2000-based domain controller from a Windows Server 2003-based domain controller: "ERROR_NO_SUCH_DOMAIN"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=834781

Audit event 560 unexpectedly uses the 8.3 file name format to display the name of a deleted file in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=839094

You experience problems with programs that are not Terminal Services aware after you install security update 917422 on a computer that is running Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924066

A Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based computer that is running Microsoft Exchange Server stops responding when a domain controller does not respond to Lightweight Directory Access Protocol packets
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=919605

You receive bad data or an error message when you perform a WMI query against a Windows Driver Model kernel provider in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=913096

The system runs out of paged pool, the system uses a high amount of memory, or the system stops responding when you use Volume Shadow Copy Service in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=867686

You cannot enter a password that has more than 14 characters when you try to connect to a session from Task Manager or from Terminal Services Manager in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=839941

The Remote Shell utility may stop responding on a Windows Server 2003-based client computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=842128

Windows Vista Support WebCast: Windows Vista Beta and Windows Vista Release Candidate 1
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925734

One or more programs appear to be uninstalled when you start Windows XP Professional
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=922714

Description of the Windows PowerShell 1.0 Multilingual User Interface update package for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and for Windows XP Service Pack 2
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924386

Artifacts appear on a secondary monitor screen that has 8-bit color depth on a Windows XP-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924329

CPU use may reach 100 percent after you use the Enabled Languages Kit to configure a Windows XP-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924994