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Vista Black Edition comments from the MMPC

Matt McCormack, MMPC Melbourne (that is the most awesomely alliterative signature block I’ve seen for a while) comments on an amusingly ironic infection detection we’ve seen from MSE: http://blogs.technet.com/mmpc/archive/2009/10/20/vista-32-bit-black-hat-edition-2009-iso.aspx… Read more

ISA Server 2006 TCP Retransmits

Health Checks I perform ISA Server Health Checks for Premier Support (via Premier Field Engineering) as part of my role. I’ve seen something a few times recently that I thought it might be helpful to call out, while poking around in the Performance Monitor TCPv4 counter area. The Problem In short: Lots of TCP retransmissions… Read more

My new roadmouse

They wanted me to post about Windows phones. Well, I’m going to fight the power. Buck the trend. Talk about my new favourite travelling companion. It is the surprisingly-catchily-titled Microsoft Mobile Memory Mouse 8000. First cool feature: Magnets everywhere! The wireless transceiver doubles as a 1GB USB stick, and has a magnetic doohickie on the… Read more

PL15W2SP.DLL vs Firewall Client

As I possibly misspelled or misremembered it, the PL15ws2p.dll (possible sic) file was installed as a Winsock Layered Service Provider on a couple of boxes at a customer site. Coincidentally, these machines were Windows Server 2008 machines where we couldn’t get the Firewall Client to work properly. We found that there was a third party… Read more

Improve Hyper-V Performance With Standard VGA!

Yes, kids, if you’re finding that the Hyper-V performance ain’t what it used to be since installing that whizbang graphics card driver on your shiny new seven core hyperthread-and-a-halved megaturboserver thing, you might be suffering from flushes. Read all about it here: Video performance may decrease when a Windows Server 2008-based computer has the Hyper-V… Read more

Blocking Explicit Bing with ISA Server

Mike from Bing posted on some SafeSearch updates to Bing, particularly around image search and video preview. So, with the new explicit domain name (explicit.bing.net), a block is easy enough to implement with ISA Server and nothing extra. If you’ve already got a site blocking rule enabled, all you need to do is add: *.explicit.bing.net/*… Read more

ISA Server 2006 on Windows Server 2008: Nup

Update 6 May 2010: Hello! If you’re reading this, it’s now at least 2010, and the answer to your question is: the version of ISA Server that works on Windows 2008 is called Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010. Also, it’s exclusively 64-bit. ISA 2006 doesn’t have a 64-bit flavour (though the Firewall Client does). Yuri’s blog explains… Read more

Everything old…

Bing, you say? Odd, I’m sure I’ve heard it somewhere before… Wait! It was me!? I’d like to thank the Academy… So, I assume I can look forward to a healthy bonus for coining the term!? Sure, the direction was apparently misguided, but the word is pure bing-y gold! Sigh. Blog du TristanK: Inventing useful… Read more

“Microsoft is evil”, Barbeque Edition

A friend of my mother’s was introduced to me at a family barbeque, and started in. Background: lives in a nice suburban neighbourhood, sends her kids to private school. “Lovely to see you!… So how do you feel about working for them?” (measured tone) Pretty good, most days? “Microsoft is evil.” (is-she-joking?-pause) Um, look, I… Read more

IIS WebDAV Security Advisory

Today, an IIS 5.0 to 6.0 security advisory was released: Vulnerability in Internet Information Services Could Allow Elevation of Privilege http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/971492.mspx If you’re using WebDAV on any version prior to 7.0 (where it was completely rewritten, and released as an add-on module after ), you’ll want to read the advisory, and take appropriate action. Mitigating… Read more