January 2008 – Technical Rollup Mail – Platforms



Windows Server 2008 RC1

Windows Server 2008, which is scheduled to release to manufacturing (RTM) by the Feb 27 launch event, has reached the RC1 milestone and is available for customers to download. With RC1, Microsoft is enhancing Group Policy with Group Policy Preferences, formerly known as PolicyMaker Standard Edition and Policy Share Manager. As the code approaches final signoff, RC1 is one of the last opportunities for customers and partners to evaluate it and provide feedback. So far, more than 1.8 million customers have obtained Windows Server 2008 evaluation code.



Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V beta ships early to customers and partners.

Customers and partners today can download Windows Server 2008 RC1 Enterprise with the beta version of Hyper-V to evaluate the new technology, test applications and plan future consolidation, business continuity and high-availability projects.


New Beta: Introducing Microsoft Assessment and Planning for Windows Server 2008

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) solution accelerator is the next release of Windows Vista Hardware Assessment. It offers agent-less inventory and assessment and actionable recommendations for Windows Server 2008, Windows Server Virtualization, Terminal Services, SoftGrid, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Windows Vista, and the 2007 Microsoft Office system. Join the Beta and take a test drive today.



Microsoft Unveils Windows HPC Server 2008

Windows HPC Server 2008, the successor to Windows Computer Cluster Server 2003, is based on the Windows Server 2008 operating system and is designed to increase productivity, scalability, and manageability. For more on the increased performance, see Microsoft Rainier Cluster with Windows HPC Server 2008 Delivers 11.75 TFlops and Tops Previous Linpack Benchmark Using the Same Hardware.





Windows Vista SP1 Guides for IT Professionals



Release Notes for Windows Vista SP1



Windows Server 2008 Developer Story





Windows 2008 Release Candidate Evaluation Software



Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RC Public availability Program



Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RC – 5 Language Standalone Package



Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RC for x64 Based Editions – 5 Language Standalone package



Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RC1 for x64 Based Editions – All language Standalone packages



Update for Windows Vista (KB943899)

This is a reliability update. This update resolves some performance and reliability issues in Windows Vista


Free Download of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007

Download and test drive Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 to maximize IT resources.



Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate 1 is now available for download

Windows XP SP3 will be a rollup that includes all previously released updates for Windows XP, including security updates, out-of-band releases and hotfixes. It contains a small number of new updates, but should not significantly change the Windows XP experience.



Microsoft Security Assessment Tool (MSAT) Version 3.5

This tool is designed to help organisations discover areas of security risk in their IT infrastructure. Detailed assessment reports, guidance and best practice is provided to help companies prioritise and mitigate identified security risks.



Service Pack 1 released for 2007 Microsoft Office system

The 2007 Microsoft Office system Service Pack 1 was released on 11 December 2007 and addresses the issues of most concern to customers across the whole Office system. SP1 fixes the leading causes of crashes in each Office application and deploys key fixes and enhancements to make the 2007 Office system even more stable, reliable and easy to use. There is a white paper that fully details the improvements and benefits in Service Pack 1 here and you can download it for yourself from here.





MSDN: Windows Server 2008 for developers

Windows Server 2008 will be launched in Q1 2008.  Come and learn what’s new in this release for developers

Date: 17/01/2008 13:30 – 16:15 GMT


Date: 23/01/2008 18:30 – 21:20 GMT


Date: 24/01/2008 09:30 – 12:15 GMT



TechNet Webcast: Practical Active Directory Delegation (Level 300)

Friday, January 11, 2008 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)



Windows HPC Server 2008 – New and Advanced Features

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 8:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)



Windows HPC Server 2008 – New and Advanced Features

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)



IT Manager Webcast: Introduction to the Windows Server 2008 Server Core Installation Option (Level 200)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)



TechNet Webcast: Windows Compare (Part 1 of 6): Reliability in Windows and Linux(Level 200)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)



TechNet Webcast: Windows Compare (Part 2 of 6): Supporting Linux Users in a Windows Environment (Level 200)

Friday, January 25, 2008 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)



TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT is Improving Network Performance with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista (Level 300)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)



TechNet Webcast: Windows Compare (Part 3 of 6): IIS 7.0 vs. Apache (Level 200)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)



On-Demand Microsoft IT Webcasts for IT Managers



On-Demand Microsoft IT Webcasts for IT Pros


Live Webcasts:
Full list can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/events/default.mspx

Interactive Webcast Calendar

The interactive calendar will help you quickly find live webcasts that fit your schedule as well as on-demand webcasts to view at your convenience. You can choose your time zone and filter this list by audience, webcast series, product or topic, and presenter.

Monthly Archived Webcasts:

New KB’s 



Description of the Jet 4.0 Database Engine hotfix package for Windows XP SP2, for Windows Server 2003 SP1, for Windows Server 2003 SP2, and for Windows Vista: October 23, 2007


Error message when you try to install a WSD printer on a Windows Vista-based computer after the first installation attempt fails: “Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000643)”


Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerability in Web Proxy Auto Discovery (WPAD) could allow information disclosure


Windows Vista uses the profile path that is defined on the Terminal Services Profile tab instead of on the Profile tab when a user logs on to a Windows Vista-based client computer by using a Remote Desktop session


The “wake on ring” feature still wakes a Windows Vista-based computer when you set an HD audio controller not to wake the computer


A USB 2.0 device that is attached to a USB 2.0 hub may stop working correctly in Windows Vista


Error message when you try to print an .xps document in Windows Vista or in Windows XP: “An error occurred in the application you were using”


The Rasdial API may free the same memory two times and the dial-up application stops responding on a multiprocessor computer that is running Windows Vista


System restore points and shadow copies of files are missing after you install Windows Vista Service Pack 1


You experience a long delay when you try to access to a WebDAV share for the first time on a Windows Vista-based computer


The preview function does not work correctly in Windows Movie Maker on a Windows Vista-based computer


Error message when you migrate user data to a new Windows Vista computer: “An error occurred in the Handwriting recognition personalization tool”


Recognizer training is not triggered in the Windows Vista handwriting recognition personalization tool after you enter 50 sentences


You notice timing jitter and clock drift when you perform an editing operation or a playback operation on a MIDI audio device in Windows Vista


MIDI notes are played in the wrong order when you perform a capture operation on a MIDI audio device in Windows Vista


An application that sends an IOCTL_SFFDISK_DEVICE_COMMAND request to a Secure Digital (SD) card receives an error message on a 64-bit version of Windows Vista: “ERROR_ACCESS_DENIED”


The “chkdsk /r” command and the “chkdsk /f” command take a long time to run on a Windows Vista-based computer


How to obtain information about hotfixes and security updates that are included in Windows Vista Service Pack 1


An application returns incorrect values for the conversion mode and for the sentence mode of an Input Method Editor (IME) on a Windows Vista-based computer


On a Windows Vista-based computer, you cannot access certain directories on a Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) server


FIX: Internet Explorer in Windows CE .NET 4.2 deletes cached content if program memory is low


FIX: Internet Explorer in Windows CE 5.0 may delete cached content if program memory is low


FIX: The memory load increases, and the operating system runs out of memory after you execute an application that uses an EDB database on a Windows Embedded CE 6.0-based device


Buttons are missing after you upgrade from MSN Toolbar to Windows Live Toolbar


FIX: You cannot play Windows Media content that is encoded by using the VC1 codec in Windows XP, in Windows Server 2003, or in Windows 2000


How to manually update the time zone definition in Windows SharePoint Services for the Venezuela time zone change


Windows Server 2003 does not issue security event 523 even though the WarningLevel registry entry is configured


A Windows Server 2003-based computer may stop responding when many connections are created and then disconnected if IPsec is configured


On a Windows Server 2003 R2-based computer, a POSIX application that calls the Sleep function does not work correctly if the system clock is changed during the sleep interval


FIX: An access violation may occur when you use the 64-bit version of the DV Video Encoder filter in a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003 or of Windows XP


Error message on a Windows XP-based computer when you work with a network share: “STOP: 0x000000C2 BAD_POOL_CALLER”


USB devices may not work after your computer resumes from standby in Windows XP on Lenovo portable computers


When you use a drag-and-drop operation to move or to copy an Outlook e-mail message on a Windows XP SP2-based computer, the operation fails without any notification


After you update a storage driver, you may be prompted to reactivate Windows Vista


On a Windows Vista-based computer, you may be prompted for your passport credentials every time that you try to access documents on a WebDAV site from a new workspace


December 2007 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems


You may be unable to save a file in a Microsoft Office program on a Windows Vista-based computer


IP networking over the IEEE 1394 bus is not supported in Windows Vista and in all later versions of Windows


A word still has an “Add” option after you add the word to the dictionary by using the Windows Vista Tablet PC Input Panel


When you change the theme on a Windows Vista Tablet PC, the “Handwriting recognition personalization” tool becomes distorted


Graphics performance can be improved in certain multiple-GPU scenarios on a Windows Vista-based computer


System icons may not appear in the notification area on a Windows Vista-based computer until you restart the computer


User profiles are unexpectedly deleted after you configure the “Delete user profiles older than a specified number of days on system restart” Group Policy setting on a Windows Vista-based computer


FIX: Kerberos authentication may fail on a Windows CE 5.0-based device


You may receive a “Cannot connect to the Windows Live ID service” error message when you sign-in to Windows Live Family Safety


Metadata that is assigned to a photo in Windows Live Photo Gallery is not visible in the Windows Explorer Properties dialog box in Windows XP


Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 services that were previously removed are restored after you restore the system state on a Windows Server 2008-based computer


An application that uses the CDOSYS library or the System.Web.Mail namespace in a non-English version of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 may receive a corrupted error message


On a computer that has Microsoft Data Access Components 2.8 installed, an application receives an incorrect value for the identity column from a SQL Server 2005 database


A Cluster node may lose an MNS quorum, and the Cluster service may stop on a Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition-based computer


Event 1164 is logged when a disk or a mount point is mounted in a Windows Server 2003 cluster that uses a Majority Node Set (MNS) quorum


Authorization Manager in Windows Server 2003 cannot add roles from other domains in the forest after security update 926122 or Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 is installed


Error message when you use a mobile device to access an ASP.NET Web site that is hosted in IIS 6.0: “HTTP 400 – Bad Request”


Name resolution may fail on a Windows Server 2003 DNS server if conditional forwarding is configured and if records have different TTL values


Event ID 14079 is logged every 49.7 days on a Windows Server 2003-based computer that is running ISA Server 2004


A Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition-based computer does not automatically restart as expected after the .crash command is executed to generate a dump file


You may experience slow Web browser performance when you iew a Web page that uses JScript in Internet Explorer on a Windows Server 2003-based computer or on a Windows XP-based computer


On a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer, you cannot access the correct DFS share after information about the link target is updated


After you use a smart card to unlock a Windows XP-based computer, you are prompted for authentication when you access resources that require NTLM authentication


The first logon to a Windows XP-based computer through terminal services is not denied even though the user is not a member of the Remote Desktop Users group


The two sides of an audio call may not hear one another on a Windows XP-based computer that has Communicator installed


Error code when you try to update end-user-defined character (EUDC) TrueType fonts on a Windows XP Service Pack 2 -based computer: “1224:ERROR_USER_MAPPED_FILE”


Video series information is lost when you update your Zune 30GB device to the v2 software