Windows Desktop Search - Index network shares for faster searching

Can’t wait to get home tonight….. just saw a pointer to this download on microsoft.com which is an addin for Windows Desktop Search, supported on Windows Vista which provides indexing capability for network shares. Given I’ve got hundreds of GB of data sitting on network shares which I’m regularly searching (slowly), this will make life…

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How to remove a failed server from DFS in Windows Server 2003 R2

This week has been a little strained, hence quiet on the blogging front. Apart from a hectic week at work (more to follow on that shortly), the reason was a “disaster” which happened late last Sunday evening – everything was working at home one moment, and dead the next. Since the move over from the…

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Internet Explorer Tip - Open new window

Here’s a tip I learnt a couple of months ago and meant to post up before – totally forgot. Maybe it’s force of habit, but rather than opening a new instance Internet Explorer, going to the address bar and typing in a web page, it’s quicker to do start/run (ie Windows+R) www.microsoft.com instead. No, that’s…

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DHCP Client service required for Dynamic DNS Registration

One of those oddities I discovered a couple of days ago after trying to tune down my IIS box which is configured with a static IP address. I stopped the DHCP Client service as I figured (incorrectly) that it wouldn’t be needed due to not using DHCP for that server. I didn’t notice a problem…

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Hands-on Windows OS Internals and Advanced Troubleshooting

I received an email from David Solomon – author of Windows Internals this morning. By amazing coincidence, I happened to have a copy of it open and reading it just as the email came in. David & his colleage, Mark Russinovich regularly give courses to folks in the Windows Core OS Division here in Redmond as…

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SMS 2003 R2 Public Beta

Just thought it was worth mentioning this – another “R2” joins the fold, hot on the heals of Virtual Server 2005 R2 and Windows Server 2003 R2. This time it’s SMS which gets a refresh. SMS isn’t really a product I can hold my hand up and say I know well, but I’m installing the…

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Shadow Copy Client Download

I was on the train a few days ago and ended up chatting to some guy (apologies, I’m terrible with names) about stuff which inevitably deviated into technology – of course we got to the bit when I mentioned I worked for Microsoft. His relatively small company continues to run Windows Professional 2000 on the client…

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Clear Read-Only Attributes in bulk

There’s often those situations where you need to clear read-only attributes from a directory tree in bulk. In the past, having been a command line junkie and developer, I’ve used the attrib command with the /S parameter to include sub-directories as I’ve invariably had three or four command prompts open simultaneously. Those days have moved…

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Windows Server 2003 R2 Availability

I thought this was a good time to remind you – if you’ve been waiting for Windows Server 2003 R2, there really isn’t much longer to wait. From February, Windows Server 2003 R2 will be on the Volume Licence price list, in Select and MSDN disk shipments and also available through OEM/Retail/Channel Partners. For completeness, the…

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IT Forum Highlights in Reading

For those of you who were unable to attend IT Forum 2005 in November, a quick reminder that there are two full-day events re-running some of the most popular content. This will be held on the Microsoft Campus in Reading. The registration links are below – I know they are close to filling up, but if you…

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