News


Microsoft Delivers Final Versions of Free Deployment Tools for Windows Vista

Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of six new deployment tools that will help expedite businesses’ migration to Windows Vista™. The recently released tools are the Microsoft® Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007, the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.0, Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 1.0, the Volume Activation Management Tool, the Key Management Service for Windows Server® 2003 and Virtual PC 2007.
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/feb07/02-20VistaDevToolsPR.mspx
Virtual PC 2007 Arrives
Virtual PC 2007 is a powerful software virtualization solution that allows you to run multiple PC-based operating systems simultaneously on one workstation, providing a safety net to maintain compatibility with legacy applications while you migrate to a new operating system. It also saves reconfiguration time, so your support, development, and training staff can work more efficiently.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/virtualpc/default.mspx
Preparing for daylight saving time changes in 2007
In August of 2005 the United States Congress passed the Energy Policy Act, which changes the dates of both the start and end of daylight saving time (DST). When this law goes into effect in 2007, DST will start three weeks earlier (2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March) and will end one week later (2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November) than what had traditionally occurred.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/timezone/dst2007.mspx

Windows Vista TechCenter

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/default.aspx

 

Documents


Windows PowerShell 1.0 Documentation Pack

Documentation of Windows PowerShell 1.0, which includes the Windows PowerShell Getting Started Guide, the Windows PowerShell Primer, the Windows PowerShell Language Quick Reference, and Windows PowerShell V1.0 Release Notes.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b4720b00-9a66-430f-bd56-ec48bfca154f&DisplayLang=en
Business Desktop Deployment 2007

The Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) is best-practice guidance for desktop deployment. BDD is targeted at companies that want to reduce deployment time, effort, and cost by increasing the level of automation. It allows administrators to deploy desktops with Zero Touch and Lite Touch interaction at the target PCs. This solution also helps organizations move to a managed environment with standardized desktop images.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=13f05be2-fd0e-4620-8ca6-1aad6fc54741&DisplayLang=en

Windows Vista Security Guide
The Windows Vista Security Guide provides guidance and tools to further protect Windows Vista against real-live threats such as malware and information theft. This solution accelerator recommends the Enterprise Client (EC) configuration for organizations of all types. Only in extreme security situations does the guide recommend the Specialized Security – Limited Functionality (SSLF) configuration, which considerably limits client computer functionality. The Solution Accelerator includes recommendations about how to use new and enhanced security technologies in Windows Vista to better defend the client computers in your organization against malware. The guide also provides recommendations and best practices on how to use encryption and access control technologies in Windows Vista to protect corporate data. Application compatibility testing recommendations are included. This Solution Accelerator includes several files, such as the Windows Vista Security Guide.doc, the detailed Appendix A of the Windows Vista Security Guide.doc, the Windows Vista Security Guide Settings.xls, and the GPOAccelerator tool to help you easily implement the guidance.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a3d1bbed-7f35-4e72-bfb5-b84a526c1565&DisplayLang=en
Configuring Active Directory to Back up Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption and Trusted Platform Module Recovery Information
This document describes how to configure Active Directory® to back up recovery information for Windows® BitLocker™ Drive Encryption (BitLocker) and the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Recovery information includes the recovery password for each BitLocker-enabled volume, the TPM owner password, and the information required to identify which computers and volumes the recovery information applies to. Optionally, you can also save a package containing the actual keys used to encrypt the data as well as the recovery password required to access those keys.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3a207915-dfc3-4579-90cd-86ac666f61d4&DisplayLang=en
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.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8d71f23d-0380-4c2f-81df-6f96abe05493&DisplayLang=en

Downloads


Key Management Service (x86) for Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Later
Microsoft Key Management Service for Windows Server 2003 is part of Microsoft Windows Volume Activation 2.0. It allows enterprise users to host Key Management Service on Windows Server 2003 to enable activation of Windows Vista using Key Management Service (KMS) Key.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=81d1cb89-13bd-4250-b624-2f8c57a1ae7b&DisplayLang=en
Windows Desktop Search 3.01 for Windows Server 2003 (KB917013)
Windows Desktop Search (WDS) 3.01 is a minor update to Windows Desktop Search 3.0 that adds: support for indexing UNC files, additional support for enterprise deployment, and stability improvements.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0e0423b4-d396-4986-a1bb-793122fcc65d&DisplayLang=en
Trace Diagnostics 1.0 (x86)
Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003 has very detailed diagnostics information built in. With Trace Diagnostics, you can effectively use these diagnostics built-in by monitoring the requests to an IIS web server in real-time, or, follow a request throughout the IIS processing pipeline to find failures.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=83b3903c-f822-443d-baf8-9bb47a1d1ca5&DisplayLang=en
Microsoft Network Monitor 3
Network Monitor 3.0 can co-exist with older versions of Network Monitor. NM3 installs in %program files%\Microsoft Network Monitor 3.0, so there is no conflict.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=aa8be06d-4a6a-4b69-b861-2043b665cb53&DisplayLang=en
Debug Diagnostic Tool v1.1
The Debug Diagnostic Tool (DebugDiag) is designed to assist in troubleshooting issues such as hangs, slow performance, memory leaks or fragmentation, and crashes in any Win32 user-mode process. The tool includes additional debugging scripts focused on Internet Information Services (IIS) applications, web data access components, COM+ and related Microsoft technologies.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=28bd5941-c458-46f1-b24d-f60151d875a3&DisplayLang=en
The WMI Diagnosis Utility -- Version 2.0
WMIDiag.vbs is a VBScript script designed to help you ascertain the current state of the WMI service on a computer. The download package includes the utility itself, a ReadMe file that discusses how the tool works (and how to best use it), and sample spreadsheets that provide information about the default WMI configuration on various versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d7ba3cd6-18d1-4d05-b11e-4c64192ae97d&DisplayLang=en
Preparing for daylight saving time changes in 2007
In August of 2005 the United States Congress passed the Energy Policy Act, which changes the dates of both the start and end of daylight saving time (DST). When this law goes into effect in 2007, DST will start three weeks earlier (2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March) and will end one week later (2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November) than what had traditionally occurred.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/timezone/dst2007.mspx

 

Events/WebCasts


Optimizing Business Productivity Infrastructure to Fuel Business Growth

 

The Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization Model helps companies build infrastructure to fuel business, helping them plan growth and transform their IT infrastructure into a strategic asset.

 

Using Windows Vista Hardware Assessment to Determine the Capabilities of Your Organization's Computer Hardware

Windows Vista Hardware Assessment is a software tool designed to help business customers and partners quickly assess their PCs' hardware and device driver compatibility for Windows Vista upgrades. It provides detailed and actionable assessment and recommendation reports

 

5 March 2007, Glasgow: MSDN Roadshow - Final Places Available

 

The 2007 MSDN Roadshow will demonstrate the latest developments in our up-and-coming technologies from across the Microsoft stack. Join us for a full-day event and learn from our experts, network with your peers and find out how Microsoft is supporting developers in the community.

 

5 - 6 March 2007, Newport: Microsoft Architect Insight Conference

Join Microsoft for a two-day architectural retreat. This event will provide a unique opportunity for senior enterprise, solutions and infrastructure architects, plus CTOs and senior IT decision makers, to meet, network and discuss industry-wide issues. Create your bespoke agenda from seven streams: Enterprise, Real World, Identity, Lifecycle, SaaS, Collaboration and Dynamic Systems. You'll also have the opportunity to debate key architectural issues with your peers and the conference sponsors Avanade, Capgemini, Conchango and Solidsoft. If you register before 26 January the delegate price is £610 + VAT: After this date the price will be £795 + VAT. Find out more and register.
6 March 2007, Edinburgh: Windows Vista Security Features for Developers

Come along and see how Windows CardSpaces provides federated identity management. We'll also show you how to build applications that take advantage of User Access Control and best practices for building least-privilege applications. If you are interested in developing on Windows Vista, this session is essential for you.
14 - 15 March 2007, Reading: TechNet Brings You a Two-Day Seminar in Association with John Craddock

Hear real world experience from leading technical experts with a flair for presenting deep technical content in an engaging and informative style. John Craddock and Sally Storey are IT systems specialists who have designed and implemented computing systems, from embedded high-speed industrial controllers to distributed IT solutions. (This is a chargeable event, for which there is a registration fee of £360 +VAT)

29 May 2007, Manchester: Windows Vista System Integrity Technologies
Windows Vista features new system integrity technologies including code integrity, secure start-up, service hardening, mandatory integrity control and Internet Explorer protected mode. In this session, Steve Lamb explains how these technologies work.

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

New KB’s

Windows Vista Business and Windows XP Professional upgrade licenses under the volume licensing agreement
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931858

Credentials are saved only for the current session when you click to select the "Remember my credentials" check box in Windows Vista Enterprise
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=929838

A Web site sends data very slowly or drops the data completely when you use Windows Vista Enterprise
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=929868

You cannot select an upgrade option for Windows Vista, and you may receive an error message: "You cannot upgrade Windows in Safe mode"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=932005

How to use the new language locales in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=932659

Event ID number 2003 is logged in the Application log after you install Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=932813

You receive a "STOP: 0x0000007f" error message or the computer automatically restarts in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=928006

MS07-012: Vulnerability in Microsoft Foundation Classes could allow for remote code execution
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924667

MS07-011: Vulnerability in Microsoft OLE Dialog could allow remote code execution
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=926436

Error message when you use the Reg.exe tool to query a registry subkey on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 with SP1 or Windows Server 2003 with SP2: "ERROR: More data is available"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931633

Detection and deployment guidance for the February 13, 2007 security release
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=932703

Group Policy settings are not applied when a client computer that is running Windows Server 2003 tries to apply Group Policy settings together with WMI filters from an RODC
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931753

You cannot install Windows Server 2003 successfully after you use Windows Vista or Windows PE 2.0 to create partitions on a hard disk
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931761

Error message when you install Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 x64 Edition on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 Edition: "The system is not compatible"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925871

Disk Management does not display any disks on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931628

How to automatically assign a drive letter by using the Diskpart.exe command on a Windows Server 2003-based computer or on a Windows XP-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=928543

A mapped network drive appears to be disconnected after you install or upgrade to Symantec AntiVirus 10.0 or to Symantec Client Security 3.0 on a Windows Server 2003-based computer or on a Windows XP-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=932463

FIX: The application pool does not close automatically when the value of the IdleTimeout property is reached on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=928338

MS07-013: Vulnerability in Microsoft RichEdit could allow remote code execution
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=918118

MS07-008: A vulnerability in the HTML Help ActiveX control could allow remote code execution
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=928843

Sysprep functions and known issues
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=928386

The partition that hosts Windows Vista may disappear if you use Windows XP to create a partition on a computer that has both Windows XP and Windows Vista installed
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931854

You may be unable to use Windows Internet Explorer 7 to download files on a computer that is running Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=932823

MS07-007: Vulnerability in Windows Image Acquisition Service could allow elevation of privilege
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927802

MS07-006: Vulnerability in Windows Shell could allow elevation of privilege
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=928255

Internet Explorer 6 stops responding on a Windows XP SP2-based computer after you click a link on a Web site
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=928387

An access violation may occur when you close a pop-up window in Internet Explorer 7 on a computer that is running Windows XP with Service Pack 2
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931678

Address prefix change for the Teredo address format in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931859

The default dynamic port range for TCP/IP has changed in Windows Vista Enterprise
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=929851

How to disable the command prompt during the Windows Vista Enterprise installation process
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=929839

You cannot put the computer into hibernation after you run the Disk Cleanup wizard in Windows Vista Enterprise
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=929846

Remote function calls from a custom COM application return error messages on a Windows 2000-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=886766

You may receive a Stop 0x7E error message when you enable NFS File Audit logging in Windows Server 2003 R2
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931134

Hotfix adds support for multifunction PCI devices in Windows Server 2003, Edition for Itanium-Based Systems
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=929054

The heavy use of Winsock programs may exhaust the "nonpaged pool memory" of a Windows Server 2003-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931311

You receive a warning message that does not correctly describe the password requirements when you set a new password that does not meet the requirements in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931310

The default tombstone lifetime (TSL) value remains at 60 days instead of increasing to 180 days in Windows Server 2003 R2
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924890

Error message when you try to change the permissions on a folder on a Windows Server 2003 R2-based server: "The permissions on <Folder_name> are incorrectly ordered, which may cause some entries to be ineffective"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925332

How to add a Subject Alternative Name to a secure LDAP certificate
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931351

February 2007 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931836

Error message and events are logged in the System log when you try to compress a large file on an NTFS volume in Windows XP, in Windows 2000, or in Windows Server 2003: "Delayed Write Failed"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927912

An Automated System Recovery restoration fails on a Bull NovaScale 6085 server that is running Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925417

The screen saver Wait setting is turned off on a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931853

You cannot log on to a device that has both a blank user name and password on a Windows XP-based computer that is running Internet Explorer 7
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927880

The user lexicon is not automatically deleted when you delete a speech profile in Windows Vista Enterprise
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=929845

Description of the BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=930063

Error message when you try to install multiple language packs at the same time in Windows Vista Enterprise: "80070008 ERROR_NOT_ENOUGH_MEMORY"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=929837

The DsEnumerateDomainTrusts function returns a value of NULL for a trusted domain SID
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=922832

You receive an error message when you try to open the Properties dialog box for a network printer on a  Windows Server 2003-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931318

A WinSNMP application stops responding when you run a third-party security scanning software program on a Windows Server 2003 SP1-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931565

You cannot implement the Escape command through the CCID driver on a Windows Server 2003-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=917560

On a Windows Server 2003-based computer that is running Internet Information Services 6.0, the Inetinfo.exe process may close unexpectedly when a failover occurs in a cluster environment
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=930952

The Application Experience Lookup Service does not process files paths that contain more than 130 characters on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931534

Error message when you use RDP to connect to a Windows Server 2003-based computer that is running Terminal Server and Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0: "The desktop you are trying to open is currently available only to administrators"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931353

Support for the Esentutl.exe tool on a Windows Server 2003 certification authority database
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=930832

Event ID 1091 is frequently logged in the Application log on a Windows Server 2003-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931352

The Security tab is truncated when you use Cluster Administrator to view cluster properties on a computer that is running the French version of Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=918271

Event ID 57 is logged in the System log of the destination cluster node when you move a resource group to another node of a Windows Server 2003-based server cluster
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931266

The Defrag.exe tool may stop responding when you run the Dfrgntfs.exe tool to defragment a hard disk on a Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=930118

Stop error message when a client logs off a Terminal Services session on a server that is running Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1: "Stop 0x000000AB (SESSION_HAS_VALID_POOL_ON_EXIT)"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924806

FIX: Error message when you call the WSADuplicateDocket function to duplicate a 32-bit socket to a 64-bit socket on a computer that uses IPv6: "WSAENOTSOCK"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=928646

After you disable an RCA that was automatically added by a client computer that uses IEEE 802.1X authentication, the Windows XP-based or the Windows Server 2003-based client computer unexpectedly still trusts the RCA
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=930455

Authentication fails when you configure a Windows XP-based computer to use IEEE 802.1X authentication to connect to a network
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931855

Windows Management Instrumentation queries do not return any information for the Win32_DiskDrive class or for the Win32_DiskPartition class on a Windows XP-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=916191

You may receive an error message during the license installation in Windows Vista when you perform a Windows Anytime Upgrade: "An error occurred during the license installation"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=930379

Error message when you click the download link after you run an electronic software license purchasing program in Windows Vista: "Cannot Install License Package: This license package cannot be installed from the edition of Windows which you are using"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=930377

A computer that is running Windows Vista appears to sleep and then immediately wake
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927821

The KMS current count does not increase when you add new Windows Vista-based client computers to the network
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=929829

Windows Vista setup log file locations
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927521

Event ID 10016 may be logged in the System log on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931355

InstallShield installs a 32-bit program incorrectly in x64-based versions of Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925527

Error message after you hot plug a PCIe device into the computer and then you restart the computer in Windows Server 2003, Edition for Itanium-based Systems: "STOP 0x000000A5: ACPI_BIOS_ERROR"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=929760

You receive an access violation when you try to install an update from Windows Update after you apply hotfix package 916089
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=927891

An access violation error may occur in the W3wp.exe process after you install hotfix 908521 in Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=917781

Error message when an application calls the Mfc42u.dll file to load other .dll files on a Windows Server 2003-based system: "Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library Runtime Error!"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=916177

Error message when you try to use the Rendom.exe utility to change the NetBIOS name of a domain in Windows Server 2003 SP1: "rendom /execute : error 13"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=914429

Error message when you use an FTP client to download a large file from an FTP server: "Connection closed by remote host"
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931130

An application window may not be drawn correctly when you run the application in a remote desktop session to a Windows XP-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=924893