Powershell – videos and utilities

The Channel9 guys have posted an interesting video where the Powershell team discuss the goals of Powershell, where it is going in the future, and showing off the environment in action – check it out at https://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=309510   Also – an interesting site with Powershell add-ons & tools is at http://www.powerlocker.com/, providing features like script…


New Intellimouse feature with latest Vista drivers

  If you install the latest Vista drivers for Intellipoint mice you get a nifty feature. The drivers are located at http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/vista/vistasupport/intellipoint.mspx Once installed, click Pearl (where Start used to be) | All Programs | Microsoft Mouse | Microsoft Mouse By default, the middle wheel action is set to “instant viewer”. Verify this is the…


Windows Defender final version now available

Defender has been in beta for a while but a few weeks ago the final release was signed off. Defender is our free anti-spyware software which runs in realtime. You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx Some of the features in this version are:  – Improved detection and removal – Based on a new engine, Windows…


solshare.net – Public Sector IT community

A colleague of ours liked rain so much he decided he didn’t get enough of it here in Ireland so he relocated to Seattle – the only place on the planet that makes the Irish climate seem hot and sunny 🙂 As part of his new role he has set up an online community for…

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Managing GPOs with scripts

Most people are familiar with GPMC – the Group Policy Management Console – for administering and troubleshooting GPO’s. If you’re not familiar with it – download it now, you’re wasting your time managing GPO’s the “old” way 🙂 What a lot of people don’t know is that when you install GPMC, you get over 30…


Terminal Services client v6.0 released

This is now available to download for Windows 2003 & XP. There are quite a few new features – more info is over at the terminal services team blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/ts/archive/2006/11/29/remote-desktop-connection-terminal-services-client-6-0-for-windows-xp-and-windows-server-2003-english-only-released.aspx

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Vista has Released to Manufacturing

http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/archive/2006/11/08/it-s-time.aspx  Nice work. Congrats to the Windows team.   When Jim says “it’s time”, for me that means “it’s time” to rebuild my laptop – it’s had about a dozen Vista beta builds on it over the past few months and it deserves a clean install I think 🙂


Foldershare – real-time backup made easy

MCS is like most consulting organisations in that as a consultant, you are working on customer sites a lot of the time. A downside of this is that you don’t get to fully avail of “corporate” solutions such as folder redirection, or the use of home drives – meaning most of your data is on…


Making IPSec easier

A lot of people think IPSec is complicated. It’s actually pretty easy to implement and manage, and can bring extra ammunition to your defence in depth strategy to help protect critical systems, or to reduce the threat of malware or viruses. The main reason customers I work with are shy to implement IPSec is because…


Centro Beta is now available for testing

You’re probably wondering “what is Centro”. If so (or even if not, and you know what Centro is!) – check out this blog