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Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 BETA2 is available for download!
Ben's blog (link below) has an announcement on the availability of Beta 2 for Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1. Included improvements are: AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) compatibility Intel Virtualization Technology (IVT) compatibility Volume Shadow Copy Service support Offline VHD mounting Active Directory integration using service connection points Host Clustering technical white paper Link to Virtual PC Guy's WebLog : Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 BETA2 is available for download ......

Posted On Thursday, August 31, 2006 12:02 PM

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 Documentation
I was very glad to read a post today from James O'Neill's blog on Virtual PC 2007. Coincidentally enough, I had just loaded Virtual PC 2004 on Windows Vista build 5536 and was wondering to myself if a new version was ever going to see the light of day. Well fear not! While there is no news on the beta or a release date (other than the "2007" moniker) there is documentation. This gives me hope! Improvements are: ยท Optimized for Windows Vista. The virtualization architecture has been optimized for ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 30, 2006 10:58 AM

SOEUG Meeting Announcement
The November meeting of the Southern Ohio Exchange User's Group has been tentatively scheduled for the 16th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Max Technical Training's southern Dayton facility. A map and directions can be found here. A more detailed post with a schedule of the speakers will be posted as the event gets closer and everyone has confirmed their participation. Of course we will have food, drink and some choice door prizes. I am also hoping to have some things from O'Reilly books for the group as ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 29, 2006 11:02 AM

Looking for Some Vista Anti-Virus?
Looking for some Vista compliant AV to run while you test out the latest OS? Most testers had been using the Avast product - and it supposedly doesn't work under the latest build. I cannot get McAfee's Enterprise 8.5i to work either. You are then left with three choices of note: Norton Anti-virus has an enterprise beta version (if you can get a copy) Trend Micro has a version of PC-Cillin And the below link to Computer Associates EZ trust (free for one year) trial Link to Computer Associates Product ......

Posted On Monday, August 28, 2006 2:17 PM

Running Windows Vista Build 5536
I installed Windows Vista build 5536 on Friday and I have been blown away. I know everyone's experience, like mileage, varies. However - having installed all the previous builds this is the first one that has me thinking they may make their projected ship date. Here is a report after kicking the tires for four days: The speed is very nice. I have not yet had an instance of Vista just "taking a break" and spinning its wheels for a couple of minutes. Everything I have thrown at it has executed crisply ......

Posted On Monday, August 28, 2006 8:23 AM

Microsoft Releases New Vista Build
Technical beta testers have just been given access to Pre-RC1 build 5536.16385 Windows Vista on Microsoft Connect. Downloading from the Asian and European mirrors nets you the best performance ...

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 7:33 PM

Pre-order Windows Vista RC1 Evaluation Kit
Microsoft has put up a website where you can pre-order copies of Vista RC1 for evaluation. There is a $9.95 charge for shipping and handling. Register for your copy of the Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) Evaluation and Resource Kit With the Windows Vista RC1 Kit, you will not only get the refreshed versions of the same great experiences you had with the Windows Vista Beta 2 Evaluation and Resource Kit, you will also get some new features, tools and resources to evaluate including: Software ......

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 11:22 AM

IE 7 RC1 Released
From the IEBlog: This morning we released our first public release candidate, IE7 RC1, for Windows XP. You can download it at The RC1 build includes improvements in performance, stability, security, and application compatibility. You may not notice many visible changes from the Beta 3 release; all we did was listen to your feedback, fix bugs that you reported, and make final adjustments to our CSS support. I do want to call attention to two changes in particular ......

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 10:42 AM

TechNet Virtual Lab: Antigen
TechNet virtual labs are now available for Antigen, Microsoft's latest security acquisition. The brand was recently released and updated to version 9.0 as part of the Microsoft ForeFront umbrella. There is also a beta version available for Exchange 2007 server. I found the lab to be well constructed, hitting all the needed areas for a good understanding of how Antigen can be configured in an Exchange environment. Highly recommended if you have a spare hour to learn more about this product. And if ......

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 6:14 AM

Windows Desktop Search Beta 2 - Very Nice!
An update to the Windows Desktop Search has just been released and I am happy to say it has a lot of welcome fixes. Dubbed version 3.0 beta 2 it is available here. Since beta testing Office 2007, I was forced to install an interim update to Windows Desktop Search so it would work with Office and also index Outlook and OneNote 2007. One of the undesirable side-effects was that it removed the GUI interface from the desktop or task bar that allowed me to search for files. I could only do it from within ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 23, 2006 8:30 AM

More Live Writer Experiences
Well, the Live Writer experience continues. I know - beta software! And even more beta are the community developed plug-ins. The FLICKR plug-in fails to work for me. It just churns and churns after I select my tag to search on and hit the magnifying glass. If I click on the window at any point after that - I get a crash - and I have sent it off to the beta team as it requests. I have also sent it off to the plug-in developer. So for the time being, when I need to insert a FLICKR image it is back ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 10:59 AM

SOEUG in Dayton or Cincinnati?
As I start to ramp up the advertising and collaboration around the Southern Ohio Exchange User's Group I have been approached about an interesting idea. For those unaware of the Southern Ohio geography, Cincinnati anchors the southern border with Kentucky and then approximately 45 minutes north is the smaller city of Dayton. The space between Dayton and Cincinnati has almost been completely developed, and some suggest Dayton could just be a suburb of Cincinnati someday. The Microsoft offices were ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 8:19 AM

Exchange 2007 Management Console Overview
Amanda has a great overview of the new Exchange 2007 management console over at the EHLO blog. It has some great screenshots and comparisons with the Exchange 2003 ESM to highlight the changes in the way you interact with Exchange 2007. Personally, I love the new console. The three pane layout allows for you to get more done in less screen real estate. However, once I finish mastering the PowerShell, I dont plan on being in the new ESM much ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 6:43 AM

One Live Writer Nit
Maybe I am overlooking it - but I dont see where I can set my default font in Live Writer. I have to compose in Trebuchet MS each time and then convert to another font before posting ....

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 10:50 AM

August TechNet in Columbus, Ohio
Come and see the always excellent Matt Hester in Columbus, Ohio on August 24th at the AMC Easton Town Centre 30. He will be presenting on Windows Vista, Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007. I have seen Matt present several times and he never fails to entertain and present some very in-depth and informational subject matter. And he's an Ohio State fan. He's not perfect however - he likes the Cleveland Browns - a team that cannot buy a center ... see all the details here ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 10:48 AM

Software Update Services to End

SUS 1.0 will no longer synchronize or provide new updates after December 6, 2006.

Link to Software Update Services

Posted On Friday, August 18, 2006 1:16 PM

Single Instance Storage for File Servers
I read with great interest today some specs on the new Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 R2. Anyone who administers an Exchange messaging system knows the value of something called "Single Instance Storage." Simply put, if I send an email to 50 people, there is not 50 copies of the email taking up space in the mail store. There is one copy with pointers to it from all the other mailboxes. Now imagine applying this principle to file servers. Those 50 people that got that email save the attachment ......

Posted On Thursday, August 17, 2006 1:45 PM

Right Brain Left Brain
I have always known I am very right brain. If you are unfamiliar with the terms check this out. Despite being math and syntax impaired it has never hindered me in my career as an infrastructure systems engineer. It takes me longer to script than most others and I will never be fluent in a programming language, I cannot subnet in my head and I need a calculator to do anything other than add and subtract. Math has always been my nemesis so I laughed out loud when I read this. I can feel your pain! ......

Posted On Thursday, August 17, 2006 7:41 AM

Exchange Wiki Created
A few Exchange blogs have already posted this but I wanted to get it out as well. Exchange Ninja's has put up an Exchange wiki. If you are not familiar with the concept of a wiki go here. Community organization and submission of information - by the community, for the community. This one looks like it is off to a good start. Given that this one focuses on technical topics where there arent always cut and dry correct answers, just "best practices" I will be curious to see how the postings go ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 16, 2006 6:40 PM

Windows Vista Build 5505 Screenshots
Enthusiast site is showing screenshots from build 5505. IMO the visual consistency for Vista is really starting to come together. I see a lot less of the visual "mash-up" between the new icon style and older "legacy" icons\visuals than in previous builds. I hope they continue down this path and get everything totally re-written. I don't want to see one old Hyperterminal icon or mis-matched shell border. The whole UI team should be focused on this like a laser for RC1. Think of it as ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 16, 2006 11:06 AM

Scratch That Last Complaint
Just a moment ago I had posted that I didn't like the fact that Live Writer didn't allow you to post to "groups," more than one blog at a time. Well, after I published that post the post remained on the screen and I simply switched accounts to my second blog and hit publish again. Now that is just as good!

Posted On Tuesday, August 15, 2006 1:32 PM

Testing Windows Live Writer
I decided to give Windows Live Writer a try after hearing reading some good things about it. I have been using BlogJet for awhile and am very happy with it. In fact, Dmitry was a little upset that a bunch of Live Writer's features had seemed to have been pulled from BlogJet. And I can see why he is upset. I think his tool was just beginning to gain traction and take off and now Microsoft has released a free tool that is - for the most part - comparable to BlogJet. I would be upset if I was him as ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 15, 2006 1:29 PM

Exchange Server 2007 Transport Diagrams

I love pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words. It is amazing how easily and more quickly technical concepts can be explained with a picture. Here are some great transport diagrams for two new roles in Exchange Server 2007. Hub and Edge Transport roles. From the Exchange Blog.

Posted On Monday, August 14, 2006 12:26 PM

Rod's Right About Charles Cooper
Rod Trent wrote today “Charles Cooper Shows He Simply Writes for Page Views.” He asked readers to read the latest CC post and provide their views. I did. And I agree. How easy is it to write an inflammatory article about Microsoft’s record with vulnerabilities and patch release schedule? I can only imagine the article he would right if no patch had been released. I love this quote especially: “Defenders will argue that it's unfair to demand perfection from Microsoft; that ......

Posted On Friday, August 11, 2006 10:44 AM

Mounting an Image With ImageX
After you have created a *.wim image file using ImageX you may want to take advantage of the tools ability to mount the image file. Since the image file format is file-based (and not bit-based like Symantec’s Ghost) you can mount it as read-only or read-write. Files can easily be extracted from it or added to it. No more needing to image a workstation, modify it, and then re-image it back when you want to make a change. New driver? Add it. new DLL? Add it. Simple as that. However, before you ......

Posted On Friday, August 11, 2006 10:17 AM

Hasta la vista, Vista
I guess it was only a matter of time before the Apple clue-less train started to pound on Vista at the annual gathering of the faithful in San Francisco. The Moscone center will be the venue again for the annual gathering of Apple fanboys hanging on Steve Job’s every keynote word. I can only imagine what the nearby Apple Store will look like post keynote! Taken from Engadget, here are some of the banners from the conference – taking a swipe at Microsoft’s Vista. Apple is always ......

Posted On Monday, August 7, 2006 9:21 AM

End of Support for Windows XP Service Pack 1
From the Microsoft TechNet Flash: End of Support for Windows XP Service Pack 1 < Effective October 10, 2006, assisted support for Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) will end. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide any incident support or security updates. To enhance the security of your computer and to continue receiving updates, we recommend upgrading to Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). To learn more about upgrading to Windows XP SP2 and the ......

Posted On Thursday, August 3, 2006 5:30 AM

Back From Vacation
I just returned from a brief vacation with my family in South Florida. I was about as disconnected from technology as I have been in quite some time. I checked my personal email three whole times and never checked my work email (okay I forgot my RSA token!) the whole time. I had a digital camera and an iPod and that about did it. Otherwise it was an all analog time with the wife, kids and family. It is amazing just how much time kids can spend in the water. They would have had me server dinner in ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 2, 2006 7:05 AM

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