Windows Vista Released to ManufacturingWe 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 Vistahttp://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2006/nov06/11-08VistaRTM.mspxWindows SysinternalsThe 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 ReleasedWindows 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.mspxMicrosoft Moving Forward on Key Server TechnologiesIT 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.mspxMicrosoft and Zend Technologies Announce Technical Collaboration to Improve Interoperability of PHP on the Windows Server PlatformCompanies 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
Demonstrate 802.1X NAP Enforcement in a Test LabNetwork 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=enMicrosoft Windows Security Center Whitepaper, Windows VistaWhitepaper detailing the Microsoft Windows Security Centerhttp://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 GuideA 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=enWindows Vista Step-by-Step Guides for IT ProfessionalsThese 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 CompatibilityThis 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 TechnologiesThis 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=enWindows PowerShell Week Script SamplesSample 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=enADMT v3 Migration GuideThis 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
Microsoft ® Windows Server ™ 2003 Performance Advisor
Performance diagnostic tool for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1).
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.
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer v2.0.1 (for IT Professionals)
The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer provides a streamlined method of identifying common security misconfigurations.
XML Notepad 2007
XML Notepad 2007 provides a simple intuitive user interface for browsing and editing XML documents.
SyncToy helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers quickly and easily.
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.
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.
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.
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, 2006TechNet 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, 2006MSDN Webcast: Custom Ribbon Development in 2007 Microsoft Office System Programs (Level 200)Microsoft Webcast: Outsourcing Effects and Considerations for IT ManagersOutsourcing 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, 2006Microsoft Webcast: Outsourcing Effects and Considerations for IT ManagersMomentum 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) programsTuesday, December 05, 2006Momentum Webcast: Determining the Value of Software Assurance Renewal for Your Organization (Level 100)Microsoft Webcast: An Overview of Active Directory Features and BenefitsActive 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, 2006Microsoft Webcast: An Overview of Active Directory Features and BenefitsMCP 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, 2006MCP 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, 2006TechNet 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 encryptionThis 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, 2006Support WebCast: Exploring the nuances of remote file encryptionMicrosoft Webcast: Planning a Successful Windows Vista ImplementationPlanning is paramount when determining your strategy for rolling out the Windows Vista operating system. As part of the planning process, youWednesday, December 06, 2006Microsoft Webcast: Planning a Successful Windows Vista ImplementationSmall 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, 2006Small 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, 2006TechNet Webcast: Architecture and Planning Considerations for Deploying Microsoft Identity Integration Server (Level 200)devCast: Web Wednesdays-Windows Live: Intro to GadgetsThis devCast will provide a look at Windows Live and Windows Vista Gadgets. Learn today how you can develop these cool apps.Wednesday, December 06, 2006devCast: Web Wednesdays-Windows Live: Intro to GadgetsMCP 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, 2006MCP 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, 2006Microsoft 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, 2006Windows Vista Support WebCast: Troubleshooting Network Issues on Windows Vista - New Network DiagnosticsTechNet 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, 2006TechNet 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, 2006Momentum 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, 2006TechNet 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, 2006TechNet 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, 2006Momentum 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, 2006TechNet 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 CalendarThe 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 Serieshttps://www.msteched.com/content/webcasts.aspx
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=926296When 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=927068No error is raised when the Hidusb.sys driver cannot reset a device port in Windows XP http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=914015You receive a stop error message when you use a Bluetooth radio on a Windows XP-based computer http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924941FIX: 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=925832When 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=916794You 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=927106The 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=927359Telephony API-based applications stop responding and you cannot disconnect telephone calls on a Windows 2000 Server-based telephony server http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925783You 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=922244How 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=925631You 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=924853You 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=925633Interactive 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=921351A DFS namespace root is not published as expected in Windows Server 2003 http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925636An update is available to upgrade PNRP to PNRP version 2.0 for computers that are running Microsoft Windows XP http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=920342You 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=909987When 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=925681The Microsoft Compression Client Pack 1.0 for Windows XP http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927374On 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=926969Network Map in Windows Vista does not display computers that are running Windows XP http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=922120The Licensing Mode screen incorrectly appears when you install Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927915The behavior of reduced functionality mode in Windows Vista http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925582You cannot use a consumer electronics DVD recorder to record to a DVD that was formatted with Windows Vista http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927131After you install a device or update a driver for a device, Windows Vista may not start http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927525How to force Windows Photo Gallery to display images by using GDI on a Windows Vista-based computer http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927830FIX: 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=923871The 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=924733The "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=927054Event ID: 27 occurs when you import a transportable snapshot on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924058Error 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=926642Windows 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=925581Microsoft Security Advisory: Exploit code has been published that affects the Workstation service in Windows 2000 http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=928604The heavy use of Winsock programs may exhaust the system's non-paged pool memory in Windows Server 2003 http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927493A server that is running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 may not recognize the new Teredo address format http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=922483Error 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=925377When 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=927167MS06-066: Vulnerability in the Client Service could allow remote code execution http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923980Detection and deployment guidance for the November 2006 security release http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=928117MS06-067: Cumulative security update for Internet Explorerhttp://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=922760Stop error message when you try to shut down Windows Server 2003: "STOP 0x000000CE DRIVER_UNLOADED_WITHOUT_CANCELLING_PENDING_OPERATIONS" http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927547Error 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=926754Event 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=927654Windows Media Player 10 may close unexpectedly on a Windows XP-based computer http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=926239MS06-069: Vulnerabilities in Macromedia Flash Player from Adobe could allow remote code execution http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923789MS06-070: Vulnerability in Workstation Service could allow remote code execution http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924270The 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=927810Error 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