See how Windows Server 2008 can help you increase the flexibility of your server infrastructure. Use the online resources to learn how you improve your organization’s networking infrastructure, security, server performance, and reliability.
Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Is Now Available
Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 is the server virtualization technology engineered for the Windows Server operating system to increase hardware utilization and enable IT staff to rapidly configure and deploy new servers. Register to download the free software and you will receive relevant resources that are strategically assembled to address the challenges you will face as you discover, assess, and deploy the software.
Join the Vista Squad User Group
The second ‘Vista Squad’ user group meeting took place at Microsoft HQ, UK on 24 May. It was the usual mixture of Vista OS and .NET 3.0 presentations, as well as a gathering of like-minded technologists. Vista Squad prides itself on bringing together both IT pros and developers to share their collective knowledge on Vista and .NET 3.0. Microsoft’s Stephen Lamb kicked off the evening with a very informative session on Vista’s BitLocker capability. This was followed by a great visual demonstration of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) by Dot Net Solutions’ Ray Booysen, and was delivered with no lines of code actually being written and using Microsoft Expression Blend. Vista Squad is a user group backed by the IT Pro and Developer community and supported by Microsoft. Please join us at www.vistasquad.co.uk and look out for our next meeting in late July.
Save on Your Upgrade to Windows Vista – Grab a Special Offer Today
It’s now 100 days since the launch of Windows Vista, and to celebrate we’ve rounded up the very best deals available when you upgrade. We’ve teamed up with our partners to bring you a great range of special offers when you upgrade to Windows Vista Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate or Windows Vista Business. You’ll also find big discounts on memory keys and other devices. These deals will only be around while stocks last, so grab a special offer today before it’s gone.
Understand the Server Core Option for Installing Windows Server 2008
The Server Core installation option of the Windows Server 2008 operating system is a new option for installing Windows Server 2008. A Server Core installation provides a minimal environment for running specific server roles that reduces the maintenance and management requirements and the attack surface for those server roles.
Microsoft Debuts Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.0
Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.0 is now available for download. This popular Windows Vista deployment tool offers IT professionals a quick way to assess their existing computers’ readiness for Windows Vista in terms of hardware and device compatibility. The new version provides selective inventory, enhanced scalability for larger corporate networks and assessment for Office 2007.
Windows Server 2008 Scenario Voting and Feedback Tool
Use the Windows Server 2008 Scenario Voting tool to access a list of 380 validated scenarios for more than 43 different server categories for Beta 3. You can use this list to build test plans, access related technical documentation, and send feedback about Windows Server 2008 Beta 3. Scenario Voting enables you to establish a direct connection with the product teams by allowing you to try a list of featured end-user scenarios and easily “vote” on your experience.
Making Ecma Open XML an ISO International Standard – Sign the Petition Today
In today’s connected world, interoperability is as important as security and reliability for IT professionals. To aid interoperability, XML-based file formats can unlock data in documents and help integrate front- and back-office processes. Recognising these benefits, Microsoft has implemented XML-based formats in successive releases of Office. Both public and private sector customers have expressed their preference for making Open XML an open standard so that they have broad rights to use, without cost, any Microsoft patents necessary to implement all or part of the format. If you agree that Open XML should be approved as an ISO standard please sign this petition, which we will send to the Chairman of the British Standards Institute to demonstrate broad support for this initiative in the UK.
Catch up with the Latest Architect Insight News
Following the successful Architect Insight Conference, which saw over 200 senior architects gather to debate a range of architectural topics, you can read about the latest news and views on the Insight blog.
Is Your Application Platform People-Ready? Complete the Self-Assessment and Find Out
Take the Application Platform Infrastructure Optimisation assessment to measure the effectiveness of your current infrastructure in platform-agnostic terms, and compare your application platform infrastructure against industry best practices and the latest IT research.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
The SP2 update illustrates Microsoft’s commitment to continually creating software products with enhanced security, increased reliability, and simplified administration. Learn more about how to download the SP2 update, which can be applied to all Windows Server 2003 products and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
Windows Vista TechCenter
Free Subscription to Architecture Journal
Composite Applications is the topic under discussion in the current edition of the Architecture Journal with articles on ‘Building Office Business Applications’ and a profile of Scott Guthrie from Microsoft Corporation. Register today for your free print or online subscription.
Step-by-Step Guide to Installing, Configuring, and Tuning a High-Performance Compute Cluster
Deployment steps described in this white paper are based on the highly successful cluster deployment at National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. The cluster was built as a joint effort between NCSA and Microsoft, using commonly available hardware and Microsoft software. The cluster was composed of 450 x64 servers, achieving 4.1 teraflops (TFLOPs) on 896 processors using the widely accepted LINPACK benchmark.
Windows PowerShell Quick Reference
Quick reference guide to commonly-used Windows PowerShell commands. For best results, open the file in Microsoft Word, print the contents to legal-sized paper (8 inches by 14 inches), and fold the resulting printout in half, making a four-page booklet.
Windows Automated Installation Kit Documentation (Windows Server code named “Longhorn” Beta 3 & Windows Vista SP1)
The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is designed to help corporate IT professionals deploy Windows onto new hardware. The Windows AIK is a new set of deployment tools supporting the latest release of Windows. This guide describes the current methods, tools, and requirements for deploying Windows.
Software Assurance Benefits Comparison Chart
This chart explains which Microsoft Software Assurance benefits apply to each Microsoft Volume Licensing program. Before downloading this chart, review your Adobe Reader file settings.
Deploying iSCSI Storage Solutions on the Microsoft Windows Platform
This report provides background on iSCSI technology and information on the current state of iSCSI storage solutions for the Microsoft Windows environment, focusing on the deployment of the iSCSI target solutions from some Microsoft storage partners. Some of these storage solutions are based on the Microsoft iSCSI software target and run on a Microsoft Windowsbased platform.
VBScript Quick Reference
Quick reference guide to commonly-used VBScript commands. For best results, open the file in Microsoft Word, print the contents to legal-sized paper (8 inches by 14 inches), and fold the resulting printout in half, making a four-page booklet.
The process of threat modeling is built on a simple principle: To build a feasibly secure system, one must understand all the threats in that system. The challenge, however, is in making threat modeling more accessible to non-specialists.
There are few reasons why most IT enterprises would not benefit from the move to Windows Server 2003 R2 x64.
The time is right for ISVs and developers to make the move to supporting their existing applications and developing new native applications for Windows Server x64 Edition.
Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is the server virtualization technology engineered for the Windows Server operating system to increase hardware utilization and enable IT staff to rapidly configure and deploy new servers. Register to download the free software and you will receive relevant resources that are strategically assembled to address the challenges you will face as you discover, assess, and deploy the software.
Windows Server 2008 Beta Is Now Available for Download
The next generation of the Windows Server operating system gives you more control, greater flexibility, and increased protection for your server infrastructure while reducing time and costs. And when you download or order the beta software, you’re automatically registered to access valuable beta resources assembled in one convenient Beta Central location.
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats
By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able open, edit, and save files using the file formats new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007. The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats. For more information about the Compatibility Pack, see Knowledge Base article 924074.
Business Desktop Deployment 2007
The Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) is best-practice guidance for desktop deployment. BDD is targeted at companies that want to reduce deployment time, effort, and cost by increasing the level of automation. It allows administrators to deploy desktops with Zero Touch and Lite Touch interaction at the target PCs. This solution also helps organizations move to a managed environment with standardized desktop images.
Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator Version 2.04
This is the latest version of the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator. The Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator enables connection of a Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP host to an external iSCSI storage array. The Microsoft iSCSI software initiator makes it possible for businesses to take advantage of existing network infrastructure to enable block-based Storage Area Networks without having to invest in additional hardware.
Download these four programs to add fun and functionality to your Tablet PC.
Watch these on-demand webcasts and learn how you can capitalize on new features to improve your organization’s networking infrastructure, security, server performance, and reliability. Also, test drive Windows Server 2008 in a virtual lab and download the latest audio podcasts.
Determine Windows Vista Compatibility with Your Existing Computers
Learn how the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment tool can help you quickly assess the hardware and device capabilities of your computers for Windows Vista network-wide.
TechNet Radio: Review of Server Management in Windows Server 2008
Listen in as Andrew Mason (Principle Program Manager for Server Core), Jeffrey Snover (Architect for PowerShell), and Eduardo Melo (Program Manager for Server Manager) discuss the role of Server Management in Windows Server 2008. Each will briefly discuss some of the new features of Server Core, PowerShell, and Server Manager. We also talk with Jeff Woolsey about the latest updates in Virtualization.
IT as a Strategic Business Asset: How Microsoft IT Does It
IT is fast becoming a strategic partner with the overall business of Microsoft to build better products, test out solid solutions, and act as a role model to other IT environments. Gain insight into how we define the role of IT within Microsoft.
TechNet Webcast: Technical Overview of Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2008 (Level 300)
Monday, July 09, 2007 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Thursday, July 12, 2007 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
TechNet Webcast: Next-Generation Networking with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (Level 300)
Monday, July 16, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Operations (Level 200)
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Reducing the Complexity of HPC for Simulations – Microsoft® Windows® Compute Cluster Server 2003 Powers Multi-Field Product Simulation with LSTC’s LS-Dyna
Thursday, July 19, 2007 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
TechNet Webcast: Server Role Management in Windows Server 2008 (Level 200)
Monday, July 23, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
TechNet Webcast: Running a Minimal Windows Server 2008 Environment with Server Core (Level 200)
Monday, July 30, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Full list can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/events/default.mspx
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Error message when you try to install Adobe Reader 8 on a Windows Vista-based computer: “The Temp folder is on a drive that is full or is inaccessible”
You may receive an incorrect warning that your profile quota has been exceeded when you use the Profile Quota Manager tool in Windows Vista
Underlined Japanese characters print without the underline in Windows Vista
Windows 2000-related entries still appear in an Encrypting File System recovery policy after you upgrade a Windows 2000 domain to Windows Server 2003
Some Interix-related functions do not work, and you cannot open a command shell after you upgrade computers to Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2
Image deployment fails when you try to deploy an image by using the Boot-to-da.xml template in ADS after you install Windows Server 2003 SP2
After you install updates on a computer that is running Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4), the computer may stop responding during the shutdown process
FIX: A socket file is shown as an FIFO file on a Windows Server 2003 R2-based computer that is running Microsoft Services for NFS
ADFS error message on a Windows Server 2003 R2-based computer: “The implementation is not part of Windows platform FIPS validated cryptographic algorithms”
A Windows Server 2003-based computer stops responding when an application frequently schedules threads
Some applications do not work correctly when you use a DNS server that is running Windows Server 2003 and that supports dynamic updates
Error message on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003: “Stop 0x0000000a”
You experience slow performance and high CPU utilization on a Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server
After you restore a sparse file on a Windows Server 2003-based computer that has antivirus software enabled, data is lost
Two taskbars are displayed, or the Language bar is displayed two or more times on the taskbar, on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP
Error message when you try to use Msimsp.exe to generate an .msp file in Windows Server 2003: “File to create patch. Error code: 0x30.”
A Deny rule does not prevent access for users who connect by using 802.1X authentication on a Windows Server 2003-based computer that is running Internet Authentication Service
How to enable logging in Windows Deployment Services (WDS) in Windows Server 2003
“Help and Support” is missing after you upgrade to Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
A computer password is not automatically changed during 802.1X authentication when you select the “Allow client to change password after it has expired” check box in Internet Authentication Service on a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based computer
The restore operation is unsuccessful, and the following error is logged when you use Automated System Recovery to restore a Windows Server 2003-based computer: “Error code 0x2”
You may receive error code 0xc00e050f when you try to install Message Queuing on a Windows Server 2003 domain controller
A Windows Server 2003-based computer stops responding when the registry is in heavy use
When an FTP client tries to close an FTP connection, the FTP connection is reset instead of closing gracefully in Windows Server 2003
You cannot add a domain local group as a group in the policy condition on a Windows Server 2003-based computer that is running the IAS service
A computer may run out of paged pool memory if the “Shadow Copies for Shared Folders” feature is enabled in Windows Server 2003
A PDF file that you create in Word 2007 uses the default font instead of the font that you specified in Windows XP
An update is available that improves the stability of the Windows Management Instrumentation repository in Windows XP
You experience slow performance when you try to access shared resources by using Windows Explorer on a client computer that is running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003
Problems with the network, hard disk drive, or storage drivers cause a program to stop unexpectedly in Windows Vista
Files are corrupted if the computer switches to suspend mode while you synchronize offline files in Windows Vista
After you install certain software updates, some services do not start in Windows 2000 SP4
A computer that is running Windows Server 2003 stops responding when the “Applying computer settings” message appears during the startup process
In Windows Server 2003 SP2, the “Remove” button for the service pack is not available in the “Add or Remove Programs” item in Control Panel
Stop error message when a client computer logs off from a Terminal Services session on a server that is running Windows Server 2003 with SP1 or with SP2: “Stop 0x000000AB (SESSION_HAS_VALID_POOL_ON_EXIT)”
Error message when you try to log on to a Telnet server that is running Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 or with Service Pack 2: “Failure in initializing the telnet session”
The Csrss.exe process in a terminal-server session continuously consumes more than 50 percent of CPU resources on a Windows Server 2003-based terminal server
The Wmiprvse.exe process stops responding on a domain controller that is running Windows Server 2003
You receive an error message when you try to use RIPrep to upload an image to a Windows-based server that is running Remote Installation Services
A console application may stop responding when you start it on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
The Userdump monitoring function is disabled when Windows Server 2003 SP2 is installed
The Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box displays the default IP address settings after you manually configure a static IP address in Windows 2000 Server or in Windows Server 2003
Some dialog boxes continue to appear in English in Paint and in WordPad after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2 and an MUI, and you select another language
Duplicate performance counter objects appear when you monitor the performance of a computer that is running Host Integration Server on a client computer that is running Windows XP
You receive a Stop error message on Windows Vista-based computer: “Stop 0x00000001 (0x00000000, 0x7ffdc000, 0x0000ffff, 0x00000000)”
Error message when you try to activate Windows Vista: “Activation Error: Code 0x8007232b DNS Name does not exist”
An access violation occurs in the Explorer.exe process when you right-click a shared color printer and then click “Properties” in Windows Vista
During a Remote Assistance session in Windows Vista, the administrator who is trying to provide remote assistance receives a black screen
File operations may stop responding on a Windows 2000-based computer
A Windows Server 2003-based computer stops responding when the splash screen appears
Error message when you try to add an image to the Image Distribution service on a Windows Server 2003-based computer: “Unable to add image to the image server”
The SPN does not appear in the list of services that can be delegated to an account when you try to configure constrained delegation on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003
Error message when you use a third-party application to expand a logical unit number (LUN) on a Windows Server 2003-based computer: “The expand function failed”
An update for Windows Server 2003 enables the Ntbackup.exe tool to log an event if the backup media is full
When you run a program that writes events to an event log in Windows Server 2003, the program process may leak memory
DHCP clients may take a long time to register their names on a DNS server that is running Windows Server 2003
Event ID 1053 is logged when you use the “Gpupdate /force” command, or you restart a Windows Server 2003-based domain controller
Error message when client computers encrypt a file in a Windows Server 2003 domain: “Recovery policy configured for this system contains invalid recovery certificate”
You find that several custom attributes are missing when you use ADMT to migrate users between two forests
Error message when you log off a Terminal Services session on Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server with Service Pack 1 or with Service Pack 2: “Stop 0x000000AB”
Error message when you use the Active Directory Installation Wizard to add a member server in a Windows Server 2003 SP1 domain: “The Directory Service cannot perform the requested operation because a domain rename operation is in progress”
Performance problems that may occur on a Windows Server 2003-based server
FIX: The size of the file on the server is zero when you try to use WebDAV to upload a file to a Web site that is hosted on a server that is running IIS 6.0
You cannot create a new network connection in Windows XP, even if you are using a user account that is a member of the Network Configuration Operators local group
Drive letters of external hard disks appear in Windows Explorer after you apply the NoDrives policy setting to a Windows XP SP1-based computer
Error message when you use a Web browser to install a local intranet-based printer on a Windows XP-based computer: “Printer installation failed”
If you capture a binary log file on a Windows Server 2000 Service Pack 4-based computer, you cannot view all the counter data in the file on a Windows XP-based computer
The client-side caching icon in the notification area does not indicate that the computer is online in Windows XP
B’s CLiP may stop responding when you try to use it to format a DVD-RW disc on a Toshiba portable computer that is running Windows XP
A string appears as a question mark if an application uses the ReadEventLogA function to read the string from the event log in Windows Vista
Detection and deployment guidance for the June 12, 2007 security release
Error message when you synchronize files on a Windows Vista-based computer: “Unexpected Network Error”
MS07-034: Cumulative security update for Outlook Express and for Windows Mail
Windows Vista does not use the driver that you specified during Windows Vista installation for the storage device
The Offline Files feature does not work correctly after you apply security update 914389 on a computer that is running Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4
Recording quality is poor when you use a USB microphone on a Windows Server 2003-based computer that has 4 GB of RAM or more
Error message when you try to include a non-cluster disk drive in the FSRM storage report scope on a Windows Server 2003 R2-based computer: “You have chosen an invalid combination of paths for the report scope”
You cannot use the DFS Management snap-in to create a DFS folder in Windows Server 2003 R2 if the folder path contains a dot (.) character
A Windows Server 2003-based DHCP server sends DNS update requests even though you have disabled DNS dynamic updates on the DHCP server
After you restart the DHCP Server service, some DHCP options disappear on a Windows Server 2003-based DHCP server
You experience slow TCP/IP performance and long data transfer delay times on a Windows Server 2003-based computer or on a Microsoft WindowsXP x64 version-based computer
After you apply security update 929123, you may be prompted by a dialog box that requests more input about how to continue when you browse a Web site
All the check boxes are selected when you enable a Group Policy setting in Windows Vista
A migrated virtual machine image may not start successfully, even when all the scripts run successfully on a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based computer that is running Automated Deployment Services
You cannot access encrypted data when you log on to a domain-joined Windows XP-based client computer by using a new domain password
MS07-035: Vulnerability in the Win32 API could allow remote code execution
MS07-031: Vulnerability in Schannel could allow remote code execution
Error message when you try to use Local Users and Groups to connect to a computer on a peer domain in Windows XP: “Unable to access the computer <Computer_Name>”
When you try to shut down a computer that is running Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000, the computer may stop responding
How to install the Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications tool the first time that you log on to Windows XP after the tool is downloaded automatically from Microsoft Update or from Windows Update
A computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP may stop responding when the Welcome screen appears if several hard disks are connected to the USB ports of the computer
Windows Explorer may stop responding on a Windows XP-based client computer in a domain environment, and CPU usage is very high on the primary domain controller
A USB telephony device that is installed on a Windows XP-based computer is unexpectedly set as the default audio device
Error message when a domain-joined Windows XP Professional client computer establishes a security channel to a domain controller server computer that is then restarted: “STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED”
The WMI Provider Host program may stop responding when you run a program that uses the Offline Files WMI Provider on a Windows Vista-based computer
A Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based server may experience time-stamp counter drift if the server uses dual-core AMD Opteron processors or multiprocessor AMD Opteron processors
The Lsass.exe process may stop responding on a Windows Server 2003-based computer or on a Windows XP-based computer that is in an Active Directory domain environment
The GetUserNameEx function returns the user name in an incorrect format in Windows Server 2003
In Windows Server 2003, a random extra character appears at the end of the Source Workstation field in event ID 680
The complete name of a network printer cannot be displayed on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP
When you try to install the UDDI Services Web Server Components on an active node in a Windows Server 2003-based cluster, the installation fails
Event ID 5719 is logged when you start a computer on a domain, and the computer is running Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000
You receive a “Stop 0x000000D1” error message, and the computer restarts automatically in Windows Server 2003
How to uninstall NetMeeting on a Windows XP-based computer
Error message after you install a Windows update on a Windows XP-based computer: “rthdcpl.exe illegal system dll relocation”
The ampersand character (&) may not be displayed correctly when Windows XP themes are enabled on a Windows XP-based computer
Error message when you try to connect a Windows XP-based computer to a network by using a virtual private network (VPN) connection: “Access denied because username and&or password is invalid on the domain”
The Japanese version of the IME remains in Kana mode after you enter text in Windows XP
Performance is poor in a WPF-based application in which you have enabled layered windows in Windows XP or in Windows Server 2003
A memory leak occurs when a computer uses WinHTTP to connect to a Web server by using an SSL connection in Windows XP with Service Pack 2
You may be unable to switch between displays on a portable computer that is running Windows XP
When you try to validate a copy of Windows XP, you receive the following error message: “0x80080201 Cannot detect product ID (PID)”
Stop error message when you set the ConnectOnRequestedInterfaceOnly registry entry to 1 on a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP: “STOP 0x000000D1 DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL”
FIX: Internet Explorer 7 may not display the Save As dialog box when you run a script that uses the ExecCommand function together with the SaveAs command on a Windows XP-based computer