Server 2008 / Vista SP2 CPP released

Today Windows Server 2008 and Vista released Service Pack 2 (pre-RTM) through the Customer Preview Program (CPP).  MSDN and TechNet subscribers can download the SP2 CPP now, everyone else will have access this Thursday 12/14. What’s pretty interesting is for the first time the same single service pack files can be deployed across the server…


Bing vs Google vs Yahoo Search

Want an easy way to know if Bing, Yahoo, or Google search will return better quality results?  There is an easy way to do this using this site:  It’s great to get simultaneous results from all three engines in a single page.  I found this very useful when doing search engine optimization for keyword…


Windows Server 2008 R2 features

Microsoft disclosed Windows Server 2008 R2 today at PDC for the 1st time today.  Here is a short summary of some of the new cool features in 2008 R2:   Virtualization R2 Hyper-V  – client virtualization when used with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), improved management via PowerShell 2.0 cmdlets, enhanced admin console, and integration with SCVMM…


Forefront Stirling Policies : Feature of the Week

Even in Beta 1 of Forefront Stirling you can check out the security policy capabilities the product has.  I know what you’re thinking – “whoopee, more policies”, but what you can do with the policies in Stirling are quite impressive. What can you do with Stirling policies? For each policy, you can easily specify granular…


Bob Muglia’s server room at home

Ok, when Adam did the Edge interview with Bob Muglia back in January at his office, he talked about having a 9 server infrastructure at home.  Tina Wood actually went to his home and published a video today which shows this.  Bob shows his server room with raised floors and a terminal server console which…


Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 for IT Pros

Today at noon IE8 Beta 2 was released and I did an interview with James Pratt to do a quick run down of what’s cool with IE8 for IT Pros.  One item I didn’t mention in my post on Edge is a summary link of IE8 features for IT Pros on the IE blog and…


Mark Russinovich : the future of Windows, security, sysinternals

I had the chance to interview Mark about the future.. One thing he answers is – do you think we should or need to just scrap the windows code base and start over?  A breakdown of everything which was covered can be found on Edge. Interview with Mark Russinovich: the future of Sysinternals, Security, Windows


Next operating system after Windows: codename Midori

The Midori I’m talking about is not an alcohol; it’s an "incubation software project" at Microsoft research to try and address the upcoming trends with technology and inherent limitations with the current Windows code base.  For instance, making the operating system more easily and automatically take advantage of a "common desktop of the future": 256…


DFSR and Bitlocker work together + performance tests

As far as I can tell, there isn’t anywhere on Microsoft’s sites or documentation which state DFS + Bitlocker is supported or works in Windows Server 2008.  The DFSR FAQ mentions DFSR does not work with EFS, but does not mention Bitlocker.  This is the case more than likely due to Bitlocker being so far…


TechNet Edge and Presentations at TechEd SEA

If you’re interested in going to Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia and you’re into IT, then you should come check out TechEd South East Asia (SEA) this year from August 11-14th.  Tomorrow is the last day you are able to get a discount of 999 RM (or about 323 USD).  I’ll be presenting two sessions there: Tuesday,…