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No new Vista CTP release today!

February 21st, 2006 by Dennis Fraederich [MCP]

A little bird confirmed me that there will be NO new Vista CTP release today! So stay tuned for a new release date.

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MSBLOG Exclusive: Windows OneCare Live for Servers?

February 21st, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

This came into my mailbox only yesterday (by the way, I’m feeling much better :)) about Windows OneCare Live and their plans in the future to make it available to servers or small businesses. At the moment, Windows OneCare Live is in beta and can only be installed on a Windows XP Service Pack 2 machine with more than 256MB of RAM. However, this statement from Microsoft might shed some light on how they will progress in the future with the product.

“Microsoft as a company is committed to providing valuable security-enhancing protections and services for enterprise use, but Windows OneCare Live is a PC care service built with consumers in mind.”

So I guess not then. I personally deceipher this as:

“Microsoft is very aware about security seeing as Windows XP kept having to be patched again and again because nasty virus writers kept attacking our lovely operating system. So we invented Windows OneCare Live which is pretty good at the moment, but is only really directed at home users and single computers because they’re the ones which get attacked more often, and generally servers are protected by a great big software bundle virus-wall, something that we can’t really make because we’re already behind on Vista.”

Thanks very much to Romain Gilbert from Heaven (Fr) for helping with this 🙂

Posted in Beta News, Windows Live | 2 Comments »

New Site: Windows Vista Help and Support

February 20th, 2006 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Microsoft has released a new support site: Windows Vista Help and Support.

Windows Vista Help and Support website is the primary portal for end-user Windows Vista support on the web. Its fundamental goal is to help customers use their computers confidently and successfully. Customers should start with this site to solve an immediate problem, learn how to accomplish a task or project, or discover new things they can do with their computer. Our new continuous publishing model for the connected client and the Windows Vista Help and Support website. This continuous publishing model is currently in place today with the launch of Windows Vista Help and Support beta site later this year.

You can find the site at:

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MSBlog, down for a day

February 20th, 2006 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

MSBlog has been down for a day due to server migration. It’s now proudly hosted by, and hopefully there won’t be that much of downtime.

We are still working on restoring the Album, Forum and Counter and hopefully it will be fixed within the next 24 hours.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused.

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Microsoft Plans Six Core Windows Vista Versions

February 19th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft has finalized the members of its next-generation desktop line-up. As expected, standalone Tablet and Media Center Editions are no more.

According to a posting on its Web site, Microsoft is readying six core Vista packages, or SKUs, plus two additional releases customized for the European Union that won’t bundle in Windows Media Player, as ordered by European antitrust regulators.

The Edition’s that will be offered (and are confirmed are….)

•Windows Starter 2007 -(Previously Windows Vista Starter Edition). This version does not use the Vista branding because it will not include the Aero graphics display found in the Vista line of products, and will only ship in a 32-bit version.
•Windows Vista Enterprise -Optimized for the enterprise, this version will be a true superset of Windows Vista Pro Edition. It will also include unique features such as Virtual PC, the multi-language user interface (MUI), and the Secure Startup/full volume encryption security technologies (“Cornerstone”). There is no analogous XP version for this product.
•Windows Vista Home Basic -A simple version of Windows Vista that is aimed at single PC homes. Windows Vista Home Basic is the baseline version of Windows Vista, and the version that all other product editions will build from. Home Basic N is aimed at the EU and will lack Windows Media Player.
•Windows Vista Home Premium -Whole home entertainment and personal productivity throughout the home and on the go. As a true superset of Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium Edition will include everything from Home Basic, as well as Media Center and Media Center Extender functionality (including Cable Card support).

•Windows Vista ultimate -The best operating system ever offered for a personal PC, optimized for the individual. Windows Vista Ultimate Edition is a superset of both Vista Home Premium and Vista Business, so it includes all of the features of both of those product versions, plus other features.

•Windows Vista Business -(Previously Windows Vista Professional Edition). Windows Vista Business is roughly analogous to XP Pro today. This version is aimed at business decision makers and IT managers and generalists. Business N is aimed at the EU and will lack Windows Media Player.

•Windows Vista Home Basic N (No Media Player)-Whole home entertainment and personal productivity throughout the home and on the go. As a true superset of Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium Edition will include everything from Home Basic, as well as Media Center and Media Center Extender functionality (including Cable Card support).

•Windows Vista Business N (No Media Player) -Previously Windows Vista Professional Edition). Windows Vista Business is roughly analogous to XP Pro today. This version is aimed at business decision makers and IT managers and generalists. Business N is aimed at the EU and will lack Windows Media Player.
   The new SKU list contains relatively few surprises, as Microsoft had been widely expected to fold features from its current Windows XP Media Center Edition and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition into other SKUs, rather than continue to sell them as distinct editions. Company officials also previously discussed plans to offer a Windows Vista Enterprise Edition – a variant of Vista that Microsoft is using as an incentive to attract more users to sign up for its Software Assurance licensing plan by making it available to Software Assurance customers only.

However, as some Web commentators have noted, there is no Windows Vista Small Business Edition on the current list. Such a SKU was supposedly part of Microsoft’s Vista plans, as of quite recently. There also is no mention of any 64-bit-specific Windows Vista editions on the Microsoft Web site.

According to information on the Microsoft site, all of the planned Windows variants will include integrated games. The Vista Business, Home and Enterprise editions all will include built-in support for mobile

Microsoft currently offers six different versions of Windows XP. The line up includes XP Home, Professional, Media Center, Tablet PC, and Professional x64, and the Windows XP N editions.

(SOURCE: | Microsoft Watch | Neowin | Paul T )

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Microsoft could be teaching police to hack Windows Vista

February 19th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft may begin training the police in ways to break the encryption built into its forthcoming client PC operating system Vista.The news was revealed in a parliamentary committee session, where Professor Ross Anderson of Cambridge University warned MPs that if such a move was being considered then the police should start learning sooner rather than later.

The need to decrypt hard drives was a prominent reason given for extending the length of time that the police could hold terrorism suspects.

“It is our goal to give PC users the control and confidence they need so they can continue to get the most out of their PCs,” said a Microsoft spokeswoman.

“At the same time, we are working with law enforcement to help them understand its security features and will continue to partner with governments, law enforcement and industry to help make the Internet a safer place to learn and communicate.”

This is not the first time such links between Microsoft and the security services have received attention. In 1999 journalist Duncan Campbell alleged that Microsoft had reached a secret deal with the National Security Agency in the US to allow them backdoor access to Microsoft systems.


Posted in MS News, Security | 2 Comments »

Odd DPM Agent Behavior

February 18th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

  Several people are reporting an issue with the DPM File Agent’s service starting/stopping after applying recent hotfixes. The symptoms are in the event logs and resemble:

DPM File Agent service entered a running state.
DPM File Agent service was successfully sent a start control.
DPM File Agent service entered the stopped state.

  This behavior occurs on a frequent and definitely not designed basis.

 Anyone experiencing this problem should add a comment to this post and/or post in the DPM NG with details at microsoft.public.dataprotectionmanager… or the web UI through the Community page at Please specify whether you recently installed any DPM or other product hotfixes. Thanks!

– Joseph Bittman MCSD.Net DPM MVP

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Visual Studio 05 Suggestions/Bugs?

February 18th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

Do you think there is a way to improve Visual Studio 2005 or does it have a bug? I definitely think so…. lol LOTS. Be sure to report them at the MSDN Feedback Center! People like me can then validate them and vote on their importance of being fixed. This is the MAIN PORTAL FOR ALL BUGS TO BE REPORTED, and therefore your bug has a very high chance of being looked/commented on direct by the VS 05 team!!!

 Report them at:


– Joseph Bittman MCSD.Net DPM MVP

Posted in Bugs, Products | 1 Comment »

The first virus’s for Mac OS X

February 18th, 2006 by Patrick S

Nearly Everyday i get lectured on how Apples and their Operating System (Mac OSX) Are superior to PC’s and Windows Distributions, simply because they are resistant to virus’s and Malware! Well today TWO- count em’ TWO Virus’s were found for Mac OSX. 

The first virus for Mac OS X has been found today. It is called OSX/Leap.A.

The malware was originally posted via link to MacRumors forum pretending to be screenshot for Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard.

Leap.A propagates through iChat and infects local applications using the companion method. Our description is located at

That there ^^ Is Number one of 2-The Second appears to be quite different indeed.

OSX/Inqtana.A is a proof of concept worm for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). It tries to spread from one infected system to others by using Bluetooth OBEX Push vulnerability CAN-2005-1333.

Inqtana.A has not been met in the wild and it uses Bluetooth library that is locked into specific Bluetooth address and the library expires on 24. February 2006. So it is quite unlikely that Inqtana.A would be any kind of threat.

 Ha MSFT Windows Forever 😀 🙂 😉

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Say goodbye to Office “12”, say hello to Microsoft Office 2007

February 17th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Microsoft has announced that previously codenamed Office “12”, it shall now be called Microsoft Office 2007. I think to be perfectly honest we all expected it to be this, as Office Live has already been taken by the Windows Live lot for web-based small business services. 

Only a quick one – been told that I’m mentally exhausted, so I’ll be taking it easy for some time. I’ll blog when I can, if I can, but it’s not going to be easy. Take care everyone, I’ll be back soon no doubt. 🙂 

Quote: Microsoft
“Microsoft Corp. today announced the lineup of its upcoming 2007 Microsoft® Office system products, previously code-named Microsoft Office “12,” including new and improved suites, applications, servers and services to be available by the end of 2006. The 2007 release is designed to increase individual impact, simplify collaboration, streamline business processes and content management, and improve business insight. The product and packaging lineup is grounded in a deep understanding of how customers’ needs intersect with trends in the workplace. Microsoft will make available both enhanced and new packaging options to make it easier for customers to purchase the solutions that best meet their unique business needs.” 

Have a look: Microsoft PressPass  

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Windows Vista editions not correct according to

February 17th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Some news just in, that because of the stooopid European Union (I live in the UK so I’m allowed to say so :D) they haven’t quite finalised the editions that Microsoft will release of Windows Vista. As with XP, because of anti-trust laws and regulations and all that, they will have to release “N”o software versions, as they did with Windows XP Professional “N” that has “N”o Windows Media Player and other media playing devices installed, to give other companies a bit of a chance when it comes to software development.

We should have seen this one coming really, but Bink has announced this that the list isn’t final but we have an idea of what’s to come.

  • Windows Vista Starter Edition
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Business N
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Basic N
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Small Business
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Source: – Bink (Watching Microsoft Like a Hawk ;))

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    Look who’s here…

    February 16th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

    Original MSN Messenger testers, Windows Server 2003 R2 testers…

    Wendy’s back… 😀

    Posted in Beta News | 6 Comments »

    Microsoft Office live Launched today

    February 15th, 2006 by Patrick S

    Today Microsoft Launched the “Microsoft office Live Beta” (We got a glimpse earlier this year when the URL was leaked)

    I was told that it is currently U.S Residents only that get to use it. You Also need a key in order to access the beta side of the page itself.

    If you’re interested in the Office Live program then register at today. You will require a key in order to gain access to the beta.

     Or check out the Office live main page at

    Posted in Office 2007, Windows Live | 2 Comments »

    Microsoft Announces Vision and Roadmap for Active Directory

    February 15th, 2006 by Patrick S

     Microsoft have posted a bulletin about its Roadmap and vision’s for AD. Its a bit of a read but worth it.

    On Feb. 14, 2006, Microsoft Corporation announced the vision and roadmap for Active Directory, which includes expanded capabilities that customers will see in future versions of Microsoft Windows Server, starting with the release code named “Longhorn.” Customers, developers, and partners will begin to see these new, richer capabilities in Beta 2 of Windows Server “Longhorn,” which is due in Q2 of this year.

    Active Directory will evolve by bringing together the identity and access services of Windows Server 2003 R2; adding new services for building and managing connected systems; and aligning these services around a unified architecture, policy model, developer model, and management experience. Active Directory will help organizations unleash the power of identity by providing users of Windows Server a single infrastructure with which to manage all of their identity and access needs. Active Directory will deliver the following capabilities:

    domain and directory services
    strong credentials
    access control
    single sign-on
    federated identity
    information rights protection
    process automation

    As a first milestone in delivering against this vision, Microsoft is aligning all of the identity and access capabilities available in Windows Server around Active Directory to help customers simplify deployment and administration, lower the total cost of ownership, enhance security, and streamline compliance. This work includes the renaming of several capabilities with the Active Directory brand in Windows Server “Longhorn”:

    Active Directory Domain Services, formally Active Directory Domain Controller
    Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services, formerly Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM)
    Active Directory Rights Management Services, formerly Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (RMS)
    Active Directory Certificate Services, formerly Windows Certificate Services
    Active Directory Metadirectory Services, formerly the Identity Integration Feature Pack (IIFP)

    The new server role names reflect Microsoft’s commitment to unify the architecture of these currently disparate technologies in order to reduce complexity, simplify deployment, and improve manageability.

    Customers with current installations of Active Directory (Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003), or any of the stand-alone server technologies that are being integrated, can continue through their existing upgrade path with minimal disruptions. For those customers who wish to take advantage of the new capabilities being integrated in Active Directory, these capabilities can be added to existing Windows Server 2003 Active Directory infrastructures.

    Later in the Windows Server “Longhorn” wave, Microsoft will add new capabilities to Active Directory, such as the Security Token Service, to simplify identity and access for connected systems. The Security Token Service will also support the issuance and management of “InfoCards” to provide a safer online experience to both consumer and enterprise applications.

    Posted in MS News, Windows Server System, Windows Vista | Comments Off on Microsoft Announces Vision and Roadmap for Active Directory

    New Vista CTP next week!

    February 15th, 2006 by Dennis Fraederich [MCP]

    A little bird told me today that a new Vista CTP build will be released next week to beta testers.

    The exact release date is not set yet. Maybe it will be on february 21nd or later. Time will tell.

    Posted in Windows Vista | 5 Comments »

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