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July 2005 - Posts

Easter eggs in Microsoft software are these days unfortunately very few and far between - however, this potential one in the Internet Explorer 7 beta seemed a little extreme. Kudos to the development team, and even more so for someone finding it!!! Read More
I just noticed that my there's a firmware update available for one of my wireless routers I use at home to support WPA2. I haven't delved into WPA2 so far, but may now give it a chance if I'm feeling brave. I'm always nervous when it comes to applying Read More
UPDATE: 9th June 2006. Windows Vista Beta 2 download information Now available for download, if you want to get your hands on Beta 1 of the "Longhorn" client (now obviously called Windows Vista), it's available to both MSDN and Technet plus subscribers Read More
More interesting stuff I just came across - a case study which details how Data Protection Manager has been deployed internally at Microsoft to perform backups for over 130 remote sites or "Branch Offices". I just love that term being applied to Read More
Here's a really interesting document I stumbled across yesterday, especially having written part of a TCP/IP implementation in years gone by. It was originally published a couple of years ago, but an updated version was released earlier this month which Read More
There are a few "known" hacks to determine if a program is running under a Virtual Machine, unfortunately none of these supported by Microsoft. The most common one is the WMI query to find the motherboard manufacturer - if it is Microsoft, then, as Read More
I must learn more about Wiki's - it's not something I've been inclined particularly to look at in any great depth, but they are a great way to collaborate and share information about just about anything. Having just found a Wiki on Group Policy, it had Read More
Yes, you heard right. I found out a little while ago and there's been a few rumours flying over the Internet this morning. However, now it's 2PM in the UK, and 6AM Seattle time, the announcement is now live on the Microsoft presspass site here. Read More
I see a busy weekend coming up :-) Not that I'm complaining - I'm up for the challenge.... Now that I have VPN back into my home network fully functioning with both PPTP and L2TP (PPTP is configured but disabled), it's time to implement some quarantining. Read More
As much as a bookmark blog as anything else so I know where to find it. You may have seen the malicious software removal tool come down through WindowsUpdate/MicrosoftUpdate. What I didn't know was that a version with the latest updates is released on Read More
Answer: A laptop keyboard. I've been unable to do a lot of work for the past hour or so after spilling a tiny amount of coffee over my laptop keyboard. Fortunately I don't take sugar as Steve assured me that was a known killer. I dried it straight Read More
Just spotted this one released a few days ago. Much of the information in there is pretty well known to most people having been using virtualisation for a while, but it's nice to see it written up officially as a Knowledgebase Article, 903748. Note that Read More
Well, there is another difference between the msgbox function and popup method as was pointed out to me by several people. Msgbox only displays the first 1024 characters of a dialog whereas popup displays a lot more (I haven't looked to see what the actual Read More
I guess I've been doing a fair bit of scripting recently - admittedly nowhere near as much as I did back in my dev days, but there's always something you learn new. I don't even have a specific use for this, neither was I able to imagine a practical Read More
I'm nearly bald this morning. Last Friday I had what was nearly a full head of hair. Long story, but it all revolves around a series of problems I've been trying to resolve with Automated Deployment Services. I've been trying to locate the information Read More
At the World Wide Partner Conference last week, there was an interesting announcement which didn't seem to get much by way of attention, but is especially relevant to many of you running Small Business Server. The announcement was that Small Business Read More
If you're now looking at 64-bit Computing on the Windows Server System, there's lots of information out there, if you know where to look. For developers, there a slew of webcasts available including ones for migrating, optimising, compatibility, and Read More
There is a webcast on 22nd July at 17:30 (UK) about Active Directory Remote Administration - a topic I get many questions about. Hence, take this opportunity to ask your questions live. Here's the description of what's going to be talked about: See Read More
The Group Policy book from the Windows Server Resource Kit has recently been made available through MS Press as a seperate book. Although the resource kit has loads of great information, many people often only want one book. This is one of the best books Read More
After blogging about the beta of MBSA v2.0 a couple of months ago, I have to thank Steve for giving me the heads up on this as the official release notification must have slipped me by. My excuse is that I've been more than a little busy at TechEd last Read More
Just a heads up on this one. If you are running Windows Server 2003 RTM currently and have your machines set for automatic updates, on 26th July, they will start receiving SP1 through automatic update (AU). If you haven't finished testing SP1 in your Read More
OK, so kind of an interesting topic for a Microsoft employee presenting at TechEd about Virtual Server and Virtual PC. However, if you're over at TechEd this week, drop into booth B29. They're a great bunch of guys - we had some interesting discussions Read More
Following last weeks post regarding the script I used to back up my home Exchange 2003 SP1 Server running under Virtual Server 2005 on a weekly full backup with daily differential backup, I've received upwards of 30 emails, all positive, thankfully!!! Read More
So I'm over in Amsterdam right now on the Teched Europe 2005 pre-conference day. As much as I'd want to listen to some of the great full-day sessions today, including John Craddock talking about Active Directory Internals, Mark Russinovich talking about Read More
Another frequently asked question by many customers. A good answer can be found in the "Threats and Countermeasures: Security Settings in Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP" document which can be downloaded here. A little out of date (being based on WS2003 Read More