Filemon and Regmon No More, Long Live Procmon

I am working on content for a troubleshooting guide for System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Windows Sysinternals has launched on Technet, and the new site includes some invaluable TS tools. For example, Process Monitor 1.0, an advanced monitoring tool showing file system, Registry and process/thread activity. “It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and…

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Free VHDs

In case you missed everyone screaming it earlier this week, Microsoft has sweetened the deal for those of you interested in Virtualization by making free VHDs available. Taking System Center Virtual Machine Manager Beta 1 for a test drive just got a whole lot easier. I recently updated the SCVMM FAQ as follows (ital): How…

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Translating VBScript to Windows PowerShell

Windows PowerShell week has started. If you haven’t signed up for the webcasts, you should run, not walk to the signup page. Completed casts are available on-demand – for example, yesterday’s Day 1 intro cast, and QnA transcript. But wait, there’s more. For example, you can find the tasy aforementioned Translating VBScript to Windows PowerShell…

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How Microsoft IT Does Patch Management

My old team – IT Showcase – packages up great information for IT Pros on how IT works at Microsoft. For the latest on how Microsoft IT does patch management, see: The latest PPT presentation  and the earlier SMS PPT. And/Or you can read the 1 pager.  And finally  http://www.microsoft.com/technet/itsolutions/msit/security/mspatch.mspx

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Improve Virtual Server Networking

Check out the Microsoft Scalable Networking Pack (KB912222) for ways to improve the networking performance of certain workloads and configurations in your virtual server environment. Caveats: 1) you must have supported HW – the KB states “This feature pack requires hardware that is capable of supporting offload technologies as specified in this article. Without the appropriate…

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Trouble installing .NET Framework 2.0

Virtual Machine Manager requires .NET Framework 2.0. If you have trouble installing .NFW 2.0, you may find this KB Article helpful: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/908077/en-us?spid=8291&sid=global The most common fix BTW is: Unregister and then reregister Windows Installer This action corrects most situations. Additionally, this action does not affect any currently installed programs that use the Windows Installer. 1….

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Download Links to Windows PowerShell 1.0 RC2

There is a new page that has links and a FAQ explaining different language versions that are available. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/management/powershell/download.mspx   Windows PowerShell 1.0 Release Candidate 2 currently supports Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2003. The .NET Framework 2.0 is required in order to install Windows PowerShell. Remember to download the Windows PowerShell…

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Search as Entertainment

The business model for www.msdewey.com seems to be…uh, I’ll have to get back to you on that. Wait, it involves something about watching an attractive actress like Janina Gavankar do pythonesque sketches before returning your search query. For example, try these: the Fool Earthquake preparedness Schrodinger’s Cat Windows Vista Camelot Algebra What is your favorite…

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Blogs Have "Tipped"?

A few months ago, internal discussion revolved around IT Pro customer perception of the information in blogs (specifically blogs.technet.com and blogs.msdn.com) in relation to KB and other “official” sources. Was it “valuable”? Was it “authoritative”? Could it be “trusted”? Looking over the IE7 release notes here, what do I see? A product release notes page…

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Using the RDP Console session

My team has access to a Windows Server 2003 server in the test organization that is built daily/weekly by script with the new product bits.  In order to meet our content deadlines, we need to run the GUI as it changes during product development and try to stay current. Well, as deadlines get closer, more…

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