News

Windows Vista Released to Manufacturing
We truly feel that Windows Vista will rock the world with excitement. Alongside the Office 2007, we are holding the launch event for business audiences on November 30th. Volume licensing customers will be receiving Windows Vista by the end of the month. General availability for consumers and businesses that are not on volume licensing is January 30th. Computer manufacturers are offering customers who purchase a new PC before January 30th an easy way to upgrade to Windows Vista
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2006/nov06/11-08VistaRTM.mspx
Windows Sysinternals
The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell to host their advanced system utilities and technical information and Microsoft acquired Sysinternals in July, 2006. Whether you’re an IT Pro or a developer, you’ll find Sysinternals utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications. If you have a question about a tool or how to use it, please visit the Sysinternals Forum for answers and help from other users and our moderators.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/sysinternalssuite.mspx

Windows Powershell 1.0 Released
Windows PowerShell 1.0 is finally released. Download Windows PowerShell 1.0 for Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. Download Windows PowerShell RC2 for Windows Vista or Windows Server code-name "Longhorn." Senior VP Bob Muglia announced the release of Windows PowerShell 1.0 at TechEd: IT Forum in Barcelona, Spain. Learn about our Windows PowerShell partners that include Quest Software, PowerGadgets, FullArmor and /n Software who improve the manageability of Windows by providing Windows PowerShell cmdlets.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/management/powershell/download.mspx
Microsoft Moving Forward on Key Server Technologies
IT Forum 2006, Microsoft continues to show progress in development of Windows Server “Longhorn” and Windows Server virtualization, and announces availability of Windows PowerShell and the release candidate for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2.
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2006/nov06/11-14Servers.mspx
Microsoft and Zend Technologies Announce Technical Collaboration to Improve Interoperability of PHP on the Windows Server Platform
Companies seek to improve performance, reliability and stability of PHP on Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server “Longhorn.”
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/oct06/10-31MSZendPR.mspx

 

Documents

Demonstrate 802.1X NAP Enforcement in a Test Lab
Network Access Protection (NAP) is a new policy enforcement technology in the Windows Vista™ and Windows Server® Code Name "Longhorn" operating systems. NAP provides components and an application programming interface (API) set that help administrators enforce compliance with health requirements for network access and communication. This paper contains an introduction to NAP and instructions on how to set up a test lab to deploy NAP with the 802.1X enforcement method. The lab requires two server and two client computers, and an 802.1X compliant switch that supports the use of RADIUS tunnel attributes to specify the 802.1X client VLAN. With this test network, you can create and enforce client health requirements using NAP and the 802.1X features on your switch.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8a0925ee-ee06-4dfb-bba2-07605eff0608&displaylang=en
Microsoft Windows Security Center Whitepaper, Windows Vista
Whitepaper detailing the Microsoft Windows Security Center
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=3&SrcDisplayLang=en&SrcCategoryId=&SrcFamilyId=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3fFamilyID%3d90ec8abb-08c7-4706-b730-9a1f9fcf2d9f%26DisplayLang%3den
Windows Vista Product Guide
A comprehensive feature by feature guide to Windows Vista. With contributions from people who actually worked on the product, this is the definitive resource to learn about Windows Vista. The Windows Vista Product Guide is available in the new Microsoft Word 2007 or the new XPS format.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=bbc16ebf-4823-4a12-afe1-5b40b2ad3725&DisplayLang=en
Windows Vista Step-by-Step Guides for IT Professionals
These step-by-step guides will assist IT Professionals in deploying or migrating to Windows Vista. These guides will also provide step-by-step information on how to control device installation using Device Management and Installation (DMI) and manage ADMX files. There are also step-by-step guides to help you protect data using BitLocker Drive Encryption, to administer the TPM Security Hardware in a computer using Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Services, and to help deploy better-managed desktops and mitigate the impact of malware using User Account Control (UAC).
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=311f4be8-9983-4ab0-9685-f1bfec1e7d62&DisplayLang=en

Windows Vista Application Development Requirements for User Account Control Compatibility
This document details how to design and develop User Account Control (UAC) compliant applications for Windows Vista. Detailed steps about the design process are included, along with code samples, requirements, and best practices. This paper also details the technical updates and changes to the user experience in Windows Vista.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ba73b169-a648-49af-bc5e-a2eebb74c16b&DisplayLang=en

IPv6 Transition Technologies
This article describes IPv6 transition technologies and how these technologies are supported by the IPv6 protocol for the Windows Server 2003 family, Windows XP with Service Pack 1, and Windows XP with Service Pack 2. This article is intended for network engineers and support professionals who are already familiar with basic networking concepts, TCP/IP, and IPv6. This article contains sections on transition mechanisms, tunneling configurations, ISATAP, 6to4, Teredo, PortProxy, and migrating to IPv6.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=afe56282-2903-40f3-a5ba-a87bf92c096d&DisplayLang=en
Windows PowerShell Week Script Samples
Sample code and commands from the Windows PowerShell Week webcast series. Includes a document that shows you how to convert common VBScript commands into their Windows PowerShell equivalents.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=264ce487-1d36-4466-bd8b-23a7f1fa967e&DisplayLang=en
ADMT v3 Migration Guide
This guide explains how to use the Active Directory Migration Tool version 3 (ADMT v3) to restructure your operating environment. You can use ADMT v3 to migrate objects between Active Directory forests, between Active Directory domains in the same forest, or from Microsoft® Windows NT® 4.0 source do.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d99ef770-3bbb-4b9e-a8bc-01e9f7ef7342&DisplayLang=en

Downloads

Microsoft ® Windows Server ™ 2003 Performance Advisor

Performance diagnostic tool for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=09115420-8c9d-46b9-a9a5-9bffcd237da2&DisplayLang=en

Windows® Defender

Windows Defender is a free program that helps you stay productive by protecting your computer against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Windows Defender no longer supports Windows 2000 as mainstream support ended in June 2005.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=435bfce7-da2b-4a6a-afa4-f7f14e605a0d&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer v2.0.1 (for IT Professionals)

The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer provides a streamlined method of identifying common security misconfigurations.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4b4aba06-b5f9-4dad-be9d-7b51ec2e5ac9&DisplayLang=en

XML Notepad 2007

XML Notepad 2007 provides a simple intuitive user interface for browsing and editing XML documents.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=72d6aa49-787d-4118-ba5f-4f30fe913628&DisplayLang=en

SyncToy v1.4

SyncToy helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers quickly and easily.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e0fc1154-c975-4814-9649-cce41af06eb7&DisplayLang=en

2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS

This download allows you to export and save to the PDF and XPS formats in eight 2007 Microsoft Office programs. It also allows you to send as e-mail attachment in the PDF and XPS formats in a subset of these programs.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4d951911-3e7e-4ae6-b059-a2e79ed87041&DisplayLang=en

Internet Explorer 7 Readiness Toolkit

The Internet Explorer 7 Readiness Toolkit provides an easy way for any audience that is involved in the development, test, deployment or support of Web sites, extensions, and/or applications to prepare for Internet Explorer 7.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d13ee10d-2718-47f1-aa86-1e32d526383d&DisplayLang=en

Sysinternals Suite

The entire set of Sysinternals Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. This file contains all the individual tools and help files.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/sysinternalssuite.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/sysinternalssuite.mspx

Events/WebCasts

TechNet Webcast: Migrating from Windows NT Server 4.0 to Windows Server 2003 (Level 200)
In this webcast, we provide vital information about migrating from Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 to Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Join us as we examine key aspects of the migration, such as choosing the migration path.
Friday, December 01, 2006
TechNet Webcast: Migrating from Windows NT Server 4.0 to Windows Server 2003 (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: Custom Ribbon Development in 2007 Microsoft Office System Programs (Level 200)
In this webcast, we examine how to customize the new Ribbon user interface (UI) in Microsoft Office Word 2007, Office Excel 2007, and Office PowerPoint 2007.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
MSDN Webcast: Custom Ribbon Development in 2007 Microsoft Office System Programs (Level 200)
Microsoft Webcast: Outsourcing Effects and Considerations for IT Managers
Outsourcing is the practice of delegating non-core operations or jobs from internal production within a business to an external entity (such as a subcontractor) that specializes in that operation.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Microsoft Webcast: Outsourcing Effects and Considerations for IT Managers
Momentum Webcast: Determining the Value of Software Assurance Renewal for Your Organization (Level 100)
This webcast is designed for growing and mid-sized organizations that have a Microsoft Software Assurance agreement through the Open Business, Open Value, Select, or Enterprise Agreement (EA) programs
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Momentum Webcast: Determining the Value of Software Assurance Renewal for Your Organization (Level 100)
Microsoft Webcast: An Overview of Active Directory Features and Benefits
Active Directory directory service is a central component of the Microsoft Windows Server family that enables organizations to manage identities and broker relationships between distributed resources.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Microsoft Webcast: An Overview of Active Directory Features and Benefits
MCP Live Meeting: Windows Vista Certifications (Worldwide) (Session 1)
Join us on December 6 for an introduction to upcoming Windows Vista exams and certifications, pointers to current and planned training materials, and Q&A with the certification planners.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
MCP Live Meeting: Windows Vista Certifications (Worldwide) (Session 1)
TechNet Webcast: Using Windows Vista Readiness Assessment to Determine the Capabilities of Your Organization’s Computer Hardware (Level 200)
Join this webcast to learn how the Windows Vista Readiness Assessment tool can help you centrally assess the hardware capabilities of your computers and devices from a single networked computer.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
TechNet Webcast: Using Windows Vista Readiness Assessment to Determine the Capabilities of Your Organization’s Computer Hardware (Level 200)
Support WebCast: Exploring the nuances of remote file encryption
This session provides an overview of encryption and discusses the requirements of remote encryption. It also talks about tools for the Encrypting File System (EFS), and EFS file sharing.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Support WebCast: Exploring the nuances of remote file encryption
Microsoft Webcast: Planning a Successful Windows Vista Implementation
Planning is paramount when determining your strategy for rolling out the Windows Vista operating system. As part of the planning process, you
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Microsoft Webcast: Planning a Successful Windows Vista Implementation
Small Business Webcast: An Overview of Windows Vista (Level 100)
Join this webcast to learn about the events planned for the launch of Windows Vista. We examine the hardware requirements and demonstrate the new user interface (UI).
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Small Business Webcast: An Overview of Windows Vista (Level 100)
TechNet Webcast: Architecture and Planning Considerations for Deploying Microsoft Identity Integration Server (Level 200)
In this webcast, we present guidelines, best practices, and lessons learned from customers who have deployed Microsoft Identity Integration Server (MIIS).
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
TechNet Webcast: Architecture and Planning Considerations for Deploying Microsoft Identity Integration Server (Level 200)
devCast: Web Wednesdays-Windows Live: Intro to Gadgets
This devCast will provide a look at Windows Live and Windows Vista Gadgets. Learn today how you can develop these cool apps.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
devCast: Web Wednesdays-Windows Live: Intro to Gadgets
MCP Live Meeting: Windows Vista Certifications (Worldwide) (Session 2)
Join us on December 6 for an introduction to upcoming Windows Vista exams and certifications, pointers to current and planned training materials, and Q&A with the certification planners.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
MCP Live Meeting: Windows Vista Certifications (Worldwide) (Session 2)
Microsoft Office System Webcast: A First Look at the 2007 Microsoft Office System: Five Useful New E-mail and Collaboration Features (Level 100)
The 2007 Microsoft Office system helps users better manage their time and information, connect across system boundaries, and take advantage of a broad set of new capabilities for sharing information more effectively.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Microsoft Office System Webcast: A First Look at the 2007 Microsoft Office System: Five Useful New E-mail and Collaboration Features (Level 100)
Windows Vista Support WebCast: Troubleshooting Network Issues on Windows Vista - New Network Diagnostics
In this session Tim Rains will introduce you to the Network Diagnostics Framework (NDF) and to the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI). 
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Windows Vista Support WebCast: Troubleshooting Network Issues on Windows Vista - New Network Diagnostics
TechNet Webcast: Windows Server "Longhorn" and Windows Vista: Better Together (Level 200)
Join us as we explore important features that help you manage offline files, Group Policy, networking, Quality of Service (QOS), security, and deployment.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
TechNet Webcast: Windows Server "Longhorn" and Windows Vista: Better Together (Level 200)
Momentum Webcast: Discover How Using Windows Vista on HP Notebooks Provides Maximum Security, Mobility, and Performance (Level 100)
learn how pairing the Windows Vista operating system with the capabilities of HP notebook computers can provide excellent mobility and reliability to your users, while also offering a secure environment for your company-owned laptops.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Momentum Webcast: Discover How Using Windows Vista on HP Notebooks Provides Maximum Security, Mobility, and Performance (Level 100)
TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Fundamentals (Level 200)
Learn what a directory service is and the benefits that Active Directory offers. We cover the logical concepts of domains, trees, and forests, as well as the physical concepts of domain controllers and sites.
Friday, December 08, 2006
TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Fundamentals (Level 200)
TechNet Webcast: Using Built-in Diagnostics in Windows Vista (Level 200)
Join this webcast to learn how Windows Vista detects potential issues and raises events, which you can use to monitor the behavior of desktops in your organization or to troubleshoot problems.
Monday, December 11, 2006
TechNet Webcast: Using Built-in Diagnostics in Windows Vista (Level 200)
Momentum Webcast: Enable Your Mobile Workforce by Using Mobile Solutions from Microsoft (Level 100)
Join this webcast to learn how mobile solutions from Microsoft can provide your business with a secure, adaptable, and integrated mobility platform that enables your IT department to reduce costs and complexity.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Momentum Webcast: Enable Your Mobile Workforce by Using Mobile Solutions from Microsoft (Level 100)
TechNet Webcast: Windows Vista Volume Activation 2.0 (Level 200)
In this webcast, we cover Volume Activation 2.0, the flexible solution that enables Microsoft Volume Licensing customers to activate products more securely and easily on computers that are running the Windows Vista operating system and Microsoft Windows Server code-named “Longhorn.” We provide a technical overview of the activation options, planning, reporting, and manageability, and we discuss other aspects of Volume Activation 2.0.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
TechNet Webcast: Windows Vista Volume Activation 2.0 (Level 200)

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

A user account may be inconsistent across a DHCP cluster when you change the DNS dynamic update credentials in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=926296
When you use the Dsrevoke command-line tool to report permissions for all the organizational units in a Windows Server 2003-based domain, the tool may not return all the access control entries
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927068
No error is raised when the Hidusb.sys driver cannot reset a device port in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=914015
You receive a stop error message when you use a Bluetooth radio on a Windows XP-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924941
FIX: Error message when you browse a file that uses a custom MIME type in Internet Explorer 6 on a computer that is running Windows XP Service Pack 2: "The file you are downloading cannot be opened by the default program"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925832
When 16 concurrent connections have been made from a single IP address to a  Windows Storage Server 2003 R2-based computer that is running Server for NFS, no additional connections can be made
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=916794
You are prompted for a CD that was not provided when you try to add or remove Windows components in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927106
The maximum number of concurrent connections is reset to 10 after you run the Sysprep tool in Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927359
Telephony API-based applications stop responding and you cannot disconnect telephone calls on a Windows 2000 Server-based telephony server
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925783
You cannot use Virtual Disk Service 1.1 to retrieve the MPIO path information or to set the MPIO load balance policy for LUNs in iSCSI hardware providers in Windows Server 2003 R2
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=922244
How to configure remote IPsec management and remote IPsec monitoring from Windows Server 2003-based and Windows XP Professional-based computers
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925631
You receive an error message after you add a Samba Linux server to a Windows Server 2003 domain or to a Windows 2000 domain
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924853
You cannot replicate files from a Windows Server 2003-based domain controller and events are logged in the File Replication Service log
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925633
Interactive Logon and Scripting options may not work on a Windows-based computer after you install  security update 911280 (MS06-025)
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=921351
A DFS namespace root is not published as expected in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925636
An update is available to upgrade PNRP to PNRP version 2.0 for computers that are running Microsoft Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=920342
You may experience slow printing performance on a Windows XP-based computer that uses printers that are hosted on a Samba server
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=909987
When you try to download a file from the Internet by using Internet Explorer in Windows XP, the download stops responding
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925681
The Microsoft Compression Client Pack 1.0 for Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927374
On a Windows XP-based computer, the icon and label for an HD DVD drive or for a Blu-ray Disc drive are not displayed correctly in My Computer and in Windows Explorer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=926969
Network Map in Windows Vista does not display computers that are running Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=922120
The Licensing Mode screen incorrectly appears when you install Windows Storage Server 2003 R2
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927915
The behavior of reduced functionality mode in Windows Vista
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925582
You cannot use a consumer electronics DVD recorder to record to a DVD that was formatted with Windows Vista
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927131
After you install a device or update a driver for a device,  Windows Vista may not start
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927525
How to force Windows Photo Gallery to display images by using GDI on a Windows Vista-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927830
FIX: The Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator may crash, and the following error message is logged in the system event log: "The MS DTC Transaction Manager is in an inconsistent state and cannot proceed"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923871
The size of the $vds$.log file grows quickly after you remove a RAW file system storage device from a Windows Server 2003-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924733
The "User must change password at next logon" check box is not automatically selected after you modify the "Maximum password age" policy in a Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 environment
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927054
Event ID: 27 occurs when you import a transportable snapshot on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924058
Error message when you try to access a server locally by using its FQDN or its CNAME alias after you install Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1: "Access denied" or "No network provider accepted the given network path"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=926642
Windows Server 2003 does not start after you remove a mirror from the boot disk and then physically switch the boot disk and the mirror disk
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925581
Microsoft Security Advisory: Exploit code has been published that affects the Workstation service in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=928604
The heavy use of Winsock programs may exhaust the system's non-paged pool memory in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927493
A server that is running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 may not recognize the new Teredo address format
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=922483
Error message when you continuously use the Dfsrdiag.exe utility to query DFS Replication for backlog information in Windows Server 2003 R2
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925377
When you start an Itanium-based client computer and then try to connect to a WDS server that is running Windows Server 2003, you may be unable to see the OSChooser menu
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927167
MS06-066: Vulnerability in the Client Service could allow remote code execution
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923980
Detection and deployment guidance for the November 2006 security release
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=928117
MS06-067: Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=922760
Stop error message when you try to shut down Windows Server 2003: "STOP 0x000000CE DRIVER_UNLOADED_WITHOUT_CANCELLING_PENDING_OPERATIONS"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927547
Error message on a Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1-based computer that is configured to use the Network Address Translation (NAT) functionality: "STOP:  0x000000D1 (parameter1 , 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0xf27b4e8e)"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=926754
Event ID 215 is logged after you use the NTBackup utility to perform a system state backup on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927654
Windows Media Player 10 may close unexpectedly on a Windows XP-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=926239
MS06-069: Vulnerabilities in Macromedia Flash Player from Adobe could allow remote code execution
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923789
MS06-070: Vulnerability in Workstation Service could allow remote code execution
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924270
The Taiwan option is no longer available in the "Country/region" list after you install update 893756 on a computer that is running the "Traditional Chinese for Hong Kong" version of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927810
Error message when when you try to clear or to back up the Security log on a Windows XP-based computer: "Stop 0xC0000244 (STATUS_AUDIT_FAILED)"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925112