WGA check breaks IE7.0 unattended installation

Symptom: ========During the installation of Internet Explorer 7.0, one must go through the Windows Genuine Advantage check. The Internet Explorer 7.0 installation is going to try and update the validation status of your system and this is going to cause problems for systems configuredwith a proxy that does basic authentication or transparent proxy servers that prompt…


DHCP Reservation Manager – A tool to manage reservations

Reservations are a critical feature in the DHCP server. Reservations are generally used for centralized static IP address assignment for critical machines. This way the IP address of the critical machines which serves critical functions in the network will not have a dynamically assigned IP address which can change over time. The reservation manager is a…


Windows Vista- TCP Auto Tuning

Recently, the MS PSS team received some reports regarding issues happening on the Windows Vista computers located in a domain. The typical symptom sounds like:   -Indefinite delay (hang) when opening the Certificate Services snap-in -Slow (sometimes no) group policy application -Trying to select a domain user in order to add that principal to a…


Using ADRestore tool to restore deleted objects

Have ever encountered the following scenarios?  User accounts, groups, computers, OUs or other objects in domain accidentally deleted. No system state backup available for authoritative restoration. No other DC’s available. When an object is deleted from Active Directory, it isn’t actually removed butis instead marked as deleted by an internal marker called a tombstone. If you…


The ADM file for Internet Explorer 7.0 is released

The Group Policy team has published installation packages that distribute ADM files (below) for use with Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1.   Administrative Templates for Internet Explorer 7 for WindowsDownload from: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=77998   Administrative Template file for PowerShell for Windows.Download from: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=77999


Support life cycle for Microsoft Software Update Services 1.0

In response to customer feedback, and in order to give customers more time to migrate off SUS 1.0, Microsoft has extended support to Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Microsoft will no longer support SUS 1.0 after this date. SUS 1.0 will no longer synchronize new update content after July 10, 2007. Therefore, SUS will no longer…


Server Clusters: Storage Best Practices for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003

   Storage configuration is the key part of a successful cluster deployment. This white paper introduce the storage types, storage features in Windows 2003, hardware based storage, storage tools and services, backup and restore, storage management and the existing Knowledge Base articles for storage. Reading the white paper before deploying a cluster will help reduce the chances…


Remote Desktop Connection 6.0 is available now

Remote Desktop Connection 6.0 client helps you use the new Terminal Services features. These features are introduced in Windows Vista and in the Microsoft Windows Server Code Name “Longhorn” operating system from a computer that is either running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2…


How to Prevent/Troubleshoot “Calendar items missing” issue

In Outlook 2003, some customers may meet the “Calendar items missing” issue. There are several factors that can cause this problem and therefore, the whole troubleshooting process may be time consuming.   At this stage, we’d like to provide some tips to help you prevent such issues. The following tips are from analyzing many “Calendar…


Exchange Server 2007 Deployment: 10 Tips When Installing

With Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, deployment is easier than it’s ever been. However, there are still a few things you should know before you install Exchange Server 2007. The following article presents the top 10 issues that our very first Exchange Server 2007 customers have discussed, stumbled upon, and requested guidance about.   Exchange Server…