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Windows Server 2003 R2 RC0 is out in Public Beta

August 31st, 2005 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Microsoft has finally released the Release Candidate for Windows Server 2003 R2 for the Public Beta, which is an update release of the Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 operating system, available via download Tuesday. The code for RC0 (release candidate 0) can be downloaded from Microsoft Corp.’s Web site. This is the first release candidate since the product was in beta, and will be followed by RC1, a Microsoft spokesperson told eWEEK.

The final Windows Server R2 code is scheduled for release by the end of 2005, and Microsoft officials say it brings improved branch office server solutions, identity and access management and storage management, and better enables application development inside and outside an organization’s traditional boundaries.

For more information about Windows Server 2003 R2, Visit Windows Server 2003 R2 page.

Posted in Windows Server System | 3 Comments »

MSN announces “Roaming Favourites” Beta1

August 31st, 2005 by Zack Whittaker

I’m not to sure about this; with many different beta’s going on at the moment with many popular and highly anticipated releases such as Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista, Windows Server “Longhorn” and Hotmal Wave 11. However, I’m seeing some pretty useless looking beta’s at the moment and to be quite honest, this “MSN Roaming Favourites” is no exception to me.

Some time ago there was a very small, and I mean almost unheard of beta test called “NDISTest” of which is a small program which just tests different things in your hardware, preferably a server. But there were no newsgroups, no real team behind it, it looks like something that I’d write whilst drunk. I think that “Roaming Favourites” is destined to go the same way.

With the MSN Toolbar and the Roaming Favourites plugin, you can synchronise your favourites on your computer with a small webspace that’s available from anywhere, thus meaning you can get your favourites menu from anywhere in the world. But with search engines and the power of the human mind, what is the point? Any web addresses I need are either one click buttons such as in MSN Messenger (Email, MSN Space, contact cards and all that malarky), and there are those which are so easy to remember I don’t even use the favourites menu. One good example is BBC News, click the address bar and just type in “” and off you go; get the daily fix of the news that I crave so badly.

Also with the addition of incredibly, mind blowingly powerful search engines such as Google, who needs to remember anyway? If you wanted to look for a website that has cute, toy puppies with red bows around their necks, you just type in at Google “toy puppy red bow” and there you have it; most of the time you can just click “I’m Feeling Lucky” and you’ll get right there.

So, should Microsoft spend more time working on Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn”? Of course they should, and in the meantime they can get people to use their minds a bit more and get them to remember web addresses instead of being lazy and just right clicking and selecting “Add to Favourites”.

Posted in Beta News, Products | 5 Comments »

Newbie here, and plenty to talk about

August 31st, 2005 by Zack Whittaker

Well I’m new here. It’s a little strange getting used to the whole new interface of another blog as I’m so used to my personal blog on MSN Spaces, but I’m liking this a whole lot! So I’m new, and a lot of the time whenever people join clubs or Scouts or even online community, the newbie’s tend to stay quiet for sometime and make the occasional squeak before muttering something and finally learning the ropes.

So, hopefully I’ll be able to update you all as well as the other members of the team, about the going’s on with Microsoft and some of their products.

Nice to be working with you all!

Send me a free instant message 🙂
Check out my website

Posted in Introductions | 5 Comments »

New Look

August 31st, 2005 by Patrick S

Last night My DVD writer arrived 😀 and with that I got myself a copy of Photo Shop CS 😀 …

For a while now I have been looking at the nice header (Blue one) at the top of the blog and…sure it was good but I wanted to be original and different from all those wordpress blogs out there…So I whipped up the header you are seeing right now 😛

Also I added statistics to the page and I am loving them too…

Please tell me if you like the new look (I do) but if y’all don’t ill change it back 😛

Thanks and Regards,

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Microsoft begins test of new Windows file system

August 30th, 2005 by Patrick S

Microsoft on Monday posted the first test version of a new Windows file system. Called Win-FS for those who dont know…

The company made the test version the file system, called WinFS, available to subscribers to its Microsoft Developer Network service.

The software was originally intended as a key feature of Windows Vista–developed under the code name Longhorn–the next release of the operating system expected somtime next year.

However, roughly one year ago, Microsoft announced that it wasremoving WinFS from Vista and would release it separately in order to meet its delivery schedule for Longhorn.

Microsoft says WinFS will make it easier to find information stored on both local PCs and across networks.

“WinFS bridges the gap between file systems and databases and provides a unified, rich programming platform for all data: structured, semi-structured, and unstructured,” according to information posted to MSDN on Monday.

Posted in MS News, Windows Vista | Comments Off on Microsoft begins test of new Windows file system

Hurricane Katrina Wallpaper

August 29th, 2005 by Patrick Elliott


This was captured by the United States NOAA GOES Sattelite, and shows a great view of Hurricane Katrina prior to making landfall. I modified the original GOES image to fit a standard screen resolution.

You can download a full (1024×768) image here

Posted in Daily Life | 1 Comment »

Microsoft Redraws Its Virtual Server Roadmap

August 29th, 2005 by Patrick S

Microsoft has decided to christen Virtual Server 2005 Service Pack 1 as Virtual Server 2005 R2. But the follow-on release is still due out in the latter half of 2006.

Microsoft is adding another member to its growing family of R2 servers.

The latest addition is Virtual Server 2005 R2. Microsoft officials announced at the Intel Developer Forum this week that they had decided to christen the first service pack (SP) update for Microsoft’s Virtual Server 2005 product as an R2 release instead of SP1. The renamed product is still due to ship in the fourth quarter of this year.

Other products for which Microsoft is releasing R2 interim updates include Windows Server 2003 R2; Small Business Server 2003 R2; and Speech Server 2004 R2.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Windows Server System | 2 Comments »

Crackdown on phishing and worm writers…

August 27th, 2005 by Patrick S

I am real happy because I got a new toy (Motorbike) so I guess I will be busy playing around with that over the next few days 😛 (A Road bike is just what you need with the high fuel prices! You should get one Patrick 😛 )
To tell you the truth I found lots of information on Microsoft and their security successes today but…I don’t have the energy to type all of it out…So i got it from Neowin (Ill try harder next time I promise!!) Anyway without further ado heres the news…

Microsoft Corp. will soon make available to the general public a tool for warning users about “phishing” scams that could lead to identity theft. Currently, such a tool comes only with the Internet Explorer 7 browser, which is available in tests only to a select group of developers.

But within a few weeks, Microsoft will incorporate it into a toolbar for older versions of IE. While still officially a test, the anti-phishing tool will be available to anyone running the Windows XP operating system with the Service Pack 2 security upgrade from last summer. The company will eventually make it available to older Windows systems, too.

The tool was built to address scammers who try to trick people into revealing passwords by posing as legitimate banking or e-commerce site. When an unfamiliar site is encountered, users have the option of passing that address to Microsoft to check against a database of known phishing sites. A “red” warning page appears when there’s a match. Even when there isn’t a match, the tool will display a pop-up “yellow” warning when it sees telltale signs of phishing, such as the lack of SSL encryption when submitting passwords.


Local police have arrested several people in Turkey and Morocco under suspicion of involvement in last week’s spate of computer worms, according to Microsoft. The worms known as Zotob, Rbot and Mytob, targeted the software giant’s Windows 2000 operating system.

Microsoft worked in conjunction with the Turkish and Moroccan authorities and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), according to a release from the company. The software vendor provided the FBI with technical information and analytical support that was then shared with Turkish and Moroccan police.

Posted in MS News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Crackdown on phishing and worm writers…

Lotso Messenger News

August 24th, 2005 by Patrick S

Woah today there has been ALOT of news about IM’s in general…

  • MSN Messenger 7.5 final has been Released (the release build is 7.5.0299) you can grab the latest copy from HERE It sounds pretty nice..Ill prob Download a copy today 😀 😀 😀

    Source- neowinNeowin:

    “Among the new features are Dymanic Backgrounds and Voice Clips. Dynamic Backgrounds fill your MSN Messenger conversations and subtly animate during the conversation. Voice Clips allow you to send short audio clips (15 secs max) to your friends on MSN Messenger.

    New audio improvements mean talking over MSN Messenger is far improved from recent versions.”

    You can also do the following by adding them as links into your own personal website:

    Start a conversation with a contact:


    Add a contact to your contact list:


    Send an invitation to start a voice conversation:


    Send an invitation to start a video conversation:


    Download MSN 7.5 Final


  • ALSO… Google has released an IM client… Google Talk From what I see it looks okay…Ill prob try that too (there are so many IM clients now!! ) :S

    “Talk enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free–anytime, anywhere in the world. Google Talk is simple and intuitive to use. There’s no clutter, no pop-ups, no unnecessary software to install. Talk also features some interesting VoIP features like Skype. Google Talk uses the Jabber protocol however instant messaging members of other clients doesn’t appear to be supported. There’s no Linux or Mac client yet, but there are guides to connecting to the protocol on iChat, Gaim, and Trillian.”< /blockquote>

    Who knows what will happen but i am betting that Google talk will be popular too…
    Ill tell you what i think of them when I get some time to download them…Untill then…

    See ya later,
    Patrick S

  • Posted in Windows Live Messenger | Comments Off on Lotso Messenger News

    Microsoft’s Paul Donnely – Longhorn Blogs are OK!

    August 24th, 2005 by Patrick Elliott

    According to Microsoft’s Paul Donnelly – “There have been a number of questions around this so I would like to clarify this. If you check the EULA for Beta 1 you will see there is no requirement of confidentiality. This means you are absolutely allowed to discuss Beta 1 with 3rd parties, your blogs etc. Properly credited screenshots etc are of course, allowed.”

    Look for posts showing new features of Windows Server “Core” Codename “Longhorn” from me, as well as Vista Professional Beta 1.

    Patrick Elliott

    Screenshot from Windows Server Codename “Longhorn” Beta 1 – (C) Microsoft Corporation

    Posted in Beta News, Windows Vista | 1 Comment »

    Floors found and Patched up…

    August 19th, 2005 by Patrick S

    Yay the 20th post 😀 anyway…

    Source- neowinNeowin: &
    Microsoft has made available a free software tool to help victims of the worms that hit Windows computers in the past days clean their systems.

    The Zotob worm started spreading on Sunday. Since then, the worm, its variants, and other worms that take advantage of the same security flaw have hit Windows computers, especially those running Windows 2000. Systems at ABC, CNN and The New York Times were among those infected.

    The cleaning program, released Wednesday, is an updated version of Microsoft’s Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, said Debby Fry Wilson, a director at the company’s Security Response Center. “You click on it and it will tell you if you are infected,” she said. “And if you are, it will clean the worm off your PC.”
    FrSIRT have identified a critical vulnerability with Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP SP1 and SP2.

    The problem could be exploited by remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands. The issue is due to a memory corruption error when instantiating the “Msdds.dll” (Microsoft Design Tools Diagram Surface) object as an ActiveX control, which could be exploited by an attacker to take complete control of an affected system via a specially crafted Web page.

    Unfortunately for users of Internet Explorer 6 there is 0day Exploit Code readily available for would be hackers to create web pages. This is un-usual and brings into question whether FrSIRT were taking decent measures to ensure Microsoft were aware of this threat.

    According to a Microsoft Spokesperson, “Microsoft is aggressively investigating new public reports of a possible vulnerability in Internet Explorer. Upon completion of this investigation, Microsoft will take the appropriate action to help protect our customers. This may include providing a security update through our monthly release process or providing an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs. Microsoft is concerned that this new report of a vulnerability in Internet Explorer was not disclosed responsibly, potentially putting computer users at risk.”

    The rmoval tool can be found HERE

    Posted in Bugs, MS News | 5 Comments »


    August 18th, 2005 by Patrick S

    I just got an invite for web2messenger. Its a cool new feature written by TM and lord of the earth. It gives you the ability to add a form onto your web site etc and get contacted through MSN messenger. It’s awesome!
    Though still getting the bugs worked out of it I think its a great service and has high potential.
    Ill put a button at the bottom of this post. You can give it a try if you like 😀
    Heres what TB says about it…

    “Have you ever wanted to give your blog or webpage visitors the ability to message you on MSN, without having thousands of random people adding you?
    Or are you just sick and tired of spambots harvesting your email for purposes you wouldn’t like ?
    Would you like to display your current status, name, and personal message on your site, in your forum avatar, or anywhere else on the web ?
    From now on, this will no longer require you to spend hours trying to program your own PHP-script to do so, if you would even be able to. is a site that will do all this for you, all you have to do is sign up, and everything will be arranged by us.”

    So long for now :),
    Patrick Squire

    Click this to test it out… 🙂

    Posted in Windows Live Messenger | 11 Comments »

    Microsoft Security Advisory (899588)

    August 17th, 2005 by Patrick Elliott

    Microsoft released this updated advisory to Monday’s 899588 advisory:

    – Title: Vulnerability in Plug and Play Could Allow Remote Code
    Execution and Elevation of Privilege (899588)

    – Reason For Update: August 16, 2005: Advisory has been updated
    to document additional information about variations of
    Worm:Win32/Zotob.A and additional information about the
    ongoing investigation.

    – Advisory Web site:

    – Bulletin Web site:

    Posted in MS News | Comments Off on Microsoft Security Advisory (899588)

    Opportunity To Ask All Your R2 Related Questions

    August 16th, 2005 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

    As part of the Microsoft Community Preview Program, R2 Beta 2 is publicly available for download at R2’s Download Page. You can find LOTS of whitepapers, blogs, articles, etc about R2 at R2’s Home Page.

    Microsoft has also set up a newsgroup available to the public to ask all your R2 related questions! You can point your newsreader to: | username: privatenews\r2User | password: CPP to subscribe to this new newsgroup. You can also find this info at Newsgroup Access Info. Feel free to post all your R2 related questions and there will be people that will be happy to answer them! 🙂 Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

    Posted in Beta News, Products | 5 Comments »

    Europe gets a new Windows XP – well, sort of

    August 14th, 2005 by Patrick Elliott

    To comply with a recent decision by the EU, it appears customers in Europe will be seeing a new Windows XP “N”, without any Windows Media Player, or other multimedia components built in to it. Customers will still be able to download Windows Media Player from the website.

    From MSDN Subscriptions:

    “In compliance with the European Commission Decision, Microsoft has produced for distribution in Europe new versions of Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional. These new versions will not contain certain multimedia-related components specified in the European Commission Decision. These multimedia-related components are comprised of 186 files in these versions of Windows. A complete list of these files is available at

    The regular versions of Windows XP Home Edition and Professional will continue to include those components and will remain available to European consumers.

    These new versions of Windows XP Home Edition and Professional are not intended for distribution to customers outside of Europe.”

    Back in Virginia now folks!
    Patrick Elliott

    Posted in MS News | 3 Comments »

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