What ports do I need to open for (insert product here) to work?

Are you setting up a router or a firewall, perhaps setting up a domain trust, connecting some Forests, or remotely managing your environment, and you need to know what ports must be opened for (Active Directory, MOM, SMTP, whatever…) to work? We have a KB article for that: KB 832017Service overview and network port requirements…

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Windows Media now works on Firefox!

 The Windows media team has been hard at work on an updated plugin for FireFox that will enable you to watch Windows Media files within FireFox, which has now been released through Port 25 (the team at Microsoft that works on interoperability with Linux, FireFox, and the like). Now when you go to a website with…

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Is There a Guide for That?

So you have just been tasked with setting up Active Directory, or creating a Backup Plan, or setting up a PKI infrastructure for your company. There’s no need to start from scratch!!! We’ve already done the heavy lifting for you: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/solutionaccelerators/wssra/raguide/default.mspx Introduction to Architecture Blueprints Network Architecture Blueprint Storage Architecture Blueprint Application Architecture Blueprint Management…

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Dude, where’s my RAM? (or, why don’t I have 4GB?)

I ran into this exact issue yesterday, and intended to write a post.  Fortunately, the ASKPERF Blog covers this issue today, and at the bottom of this post, I get to link to 3 more of my favorite blogs that cover the problem in depth: Memory Management – Dude where’s my RAM?? Only a couple of…

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Windows splash screens from 1.01 to Vista

To follow up on my Why Design Matters. A pictorial history of microsoft.com post (showing the microsoft.com homepage iterations dating back to 1994), TechRepublic has a great posting called Dinosaur Sightings: Windows splash screens from 1.01 to Vista Ever since the dawn of the Windows operating system, Microsoft has used Splash Screens as a means of…

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How do I do that in Vista?

The Windows Vista Documentation team has been super busy compiling and releasing a huge collection of Step-by-Step guides. If you have always wanted to know how to manage group policy with the new ADMX files, or how to implement User Account Control (UAC), the following guides are exactly what you need. Enjoy! http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=311f4be8-9983-4ab0-9685-f1bfec1e7d62&displaylang=en (Originally noted…

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How much memory does Windows support?

I had a customer recently ask about the memory limits for various editions of Windows, and thought that I would share the answer with everyone (as it took me a little while to find it). As 64-bit drivers are becoming more common from the OEMs, it is more and more tempting to use 64-bit editions…

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