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TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows

June 30th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft have released a structured, introductory approach to the basic concepts and principles of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol suite, how the most important protocols function, and their basic configuration in the Microsoft® Windows Server® 2003 and Windows® XP operating systems. This book is primarily a discussion of concepts and principles to lay a conceptual foundation for the TCP/IP protocol suite and provides an integrated discussion of both Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

This 545 Page .pdf booklet has everything you will ever need to know about IPv4 and the new IPv6 Protocols.
Grab yourself a copy of it HERE

Posted in Products, Windows Server System, Windows XP | 2 Comments »

Microsoft’s Domain Service Goes ‘Live’ !!!

June 30th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

Microsoft said late Tuesday that its Custom Domains service had officially launched, making it the third Windows Live project to come out of beta. The service allows a customer to use a custom domain name with Windows Live Mail and Hotmail.

Windows Live Custom Domains is a free service, just like other Live offerings from the company. Additionally, with the final debut, Microsoft has launched a new feature called “open membership.”

More Windows Live services are expected to come out of beta through the rest of the summer. Microsoft has said over 20 new services are currently planned for the Live platform( Windows Live Ideas).

Windows Live Custom Domains

Do you own an Internet domain name? Custom Domains provides free hosted e-mail for your domain.
  • E-mail accounts for everyone. Create an unlimited number of accounts in your domain.
  • New e-mail features. Everyone at your domain will get an MSN Hotmail account. These accounts can upgrade for free to the new Windows Live Mail beta, which offers 2GB of storage and enhanced security features.
  • Use it for Windows Live Messenger and more. E-mail addresses at your domain can also be used for instant messaging and other services on the MSN and Windows Live network.
  • No hassle or fuss. Your e-mail is hosted by Microsoft, so there is no need to buy or manage e-mail servers.
  • Flexibility. The optional software development kit lets you choose how Custom Domains works with your website or application.


Posted in Introductions, MS News, Windows Live | Comments Off on Microsoft’s Domain Service Goes ‘Live’ !!!

Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 is released!!

June 29th, 2006 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Microsoft just released IE7 Beta 3 for Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP x64 and Windows Server 2003 Itanium today silently.

Please see IE’s homepage at:

Download links:
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition

Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 for Windows Server 2003 ia64 Edition (Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based systems)

I do not expect much changes between Beta 2 and Beta 3, but I’m sure the well known bugs will be resolved in this Beta 3.

In the meantime, do keep checking out the release notes at (haven’t updated to Beta 2 at news writing time).

Posted in Internet Explorer, MS News | 2 Comments »

First hand on Windows Live Mail Desktop (Beta)

June 29th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]


Well, I have been approved to download and try the Windows Live Mail Desktop, the build I downloaded is v8.0.0774.  I installed and try to login by using my Windows Live ID and I got a lot of error, including cannot migrate my OE6 folders/files to WLMD, and also cannot find my Microsoft Live ID, and also cannot synchronize my folders/files from Windows Live(same as Hotmail).

And the outlook of WLMD is cool, much like Office Outlook, and also I can access Newsgroup from WLMD. However, I found out that I cannot adjust the width of the right panel. And I found it out that it is the area for Advertisement. If you are a paid user in Hotmail or later the Windows Live, then you have choose to disable the Advertisement panel.

As it is still in Beta, so error sometimes come up.




Posted in Windows Live | 10 Comments »

Windows Server 2003 & Windows XP x64 Service Pack 2 Beta

June 28th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker


It doesn’t seem all that long ago that me and the other guys here at MSBLOG were testing Windows Server 2003 R2, but even our little baby is evolving again. A new service pack is going to become available by the end of this year, Service Pack 2 which is going to support:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (No Service Pack)
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (No Service Pack)
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Editions (No Service Pack)
  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Editions, Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard Edition, Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, Enterprise Edition, Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, Datacenter, Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard Edition x64, Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, Enterprise Edition x64, Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, Datacenter Edition x64, Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2003, Compute Cluster Edition
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Windows XP, Professional x64 Edition

Yeh that’s a long long list of operating systems, but basically anything Windows Server 2003 RTM and above, including Windows XP x64 (because they are essentially the same thing), then it’ll be supported. Currently only Beta 1 is out, but so far I’ve got some screenshots. Quite disappointing as so far all there is, is a whole load of hotfixes, security bulletin updates, as well as “increased reliability, robustness and security”… sure 😛

Posted in Windows Server System, Windows XP | 4 Comments »

Clickety-drag tabs for IE7 in Vista 5456

June 28th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Has anyone else noticed that in Internet Explorer 7 in the latest build of Vista, build 5456, you can click and
drag the tabs around to rearrange them? Cool stuff 🙂

Posted in Internet Explorer, Windows Vista | 8 Comments »

Microsoft Network Diagnostic Tool.

June 28th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft’s new Network Diagnostics for Windows XP tool (xpnetdiag) analyzes information about your network connectivity to help troubleshoot some of the most common connection problems encountered in a home networking environment. (Support Document: KB914440)
The Network Diagnostics for Windows XP tool analyzes the following tests:
• IP Configuration Test
• Default Gateway Test
• Winsock Test
• DNS Test
• Firewall Test
• Internet Connectivity Validation Test

I tried it out-its pretty good…esp to diagnose pesky network errors.
Grab it here

Posted in MS News, Uncategorized, Windows XP | 1 Comment »

Office Online (Running on R2!!)

June 27th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft have just launched a new site allowing users to use Office 2007 (office 12) in a real life sandbox environment. Every thing is pre-installed, you just have to try/test out the next version of office for Windows’s.
I was very surprised by the speed and stability of the remote system despite the hundreds of people pummelling it trying to get a taste of Office 07 (which explains the waiting queue before load).

The setup requires the user to download the citrix plug-in that allows you to remotely connect to the server through your browser window. However that’s all well and good but what OS is it running on? Windows Server 2003 R2 of course (with the Luna theme enabled I might add) Boy its good to see it running in a “hardcore” environment like this-what cant R2 do?

:-Patrick S

By the way check out the office live demo HERE

R2 on office online

Update: Zack here, nerdy note – I’ve just got around to checking this out out of curiosity – I’ve uploaded another screenshot available here but take note of the amount of RAM that this server has to offer – 13GB, that’s one hell of a powerful computer eh? 😛

Posted in Beta News, Office 2007, Windows Server System | 8 Comments »

Project Glidepath Public Beta has Launched

June 27th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]


Visit to participate in the Microsoft MicroISV Evangelism program that delivers an in-Visual-Studio experience providing the workflow-based guidance, sample code and technology to create applications for Windows Vista.

Project Glidepath delivers workflow-based guidance, code, templates and other content via a software factory, a Visual Studio add-in, consisting of tools for building a product which is a member of a product family.

Project Glidepath’s product family is defined as “applications for Windows Vista including applications that use .Net Framework 3.0 technology on down-level operating systems”.

Applications built with Project Glidepath focus on making their core application logic reusable so that the user experience can be delivered on many platforms (desktop, mobile, web).


Posted in .NET Framework, Beta News, Windows Vista | Comments Off on Project Glidepath Public Beta has Launched

Watercolour Reloaded – the first Aero enhancement for Vista

June 26th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Back in the days of the Windows XP beta (codename “Whistler”), the first theme available before the Luna theme came out (the standard blue theme) was the Watercolour theme. This wasn’t around for long, but Bryant has come up with a great idea – a mix between Watercolour in “Whistler” and Aero in Vista. He’s done it, and still working on it, but the results are spectacular.

I spoke to Bryant yesterday; he says this, “I actually came up with the idea a long time ago; I thought it would be interesting to see some adaptation of the old Watercolour theme from the “Whistler” beta in the form of translucent Glass. I began putting it through testing with Beta 1 but I made the decision to postpone the project for the public Beta 2 release of Windows Vista, simply because more people would have had the opportunity to try it out.” 

Watercolour Reloaded won’t be available to use yet as it’s still in development, but from the looks and the speed it runs at, I think it’s an amazing theme – if not the first custom made Aero enhancement for Windows Vista! Check out the screenshots below – simply click to open them up in a new window.


Posted in Windows Vista | 2 Comments »

Windows Live Spaces is coming!

June 25th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

Reading from MSN Spaces Team Official blog, found out that MSN Spaces will also change into Windows Live Spaces, and they will add some new and exciting functionality to yoru spaces. I specially love their new Friends Module which allow me to add more friends. Here is their original detail,

Hey Spaces fans,

Windows Live Spaces is arriving soon! Not only will your Space adopt the cool new Windows Live look & feel, but you will also be able to add new and exciting functionality to your space.  With the addition of the Friends Module, you can create a place to hang out with your friends.

The Friends Explorer, which will be integrated with and accessible through Windows Live Messenger, will enable you and your friends to explore others and create new friendships.

You’ll notice some changes we’ve made to the header, including the replacement of the current text ad links with banner ads across the top.  Of course, as always, if you prefer to see no ads at all in your space, remember you always have the option to switch them off as a subscriber. 

In addition, your title and tagline will no longer be limited to the Spaces header.  Instead, you can choose to display the title and tagline of your space as a module and have it appear wherever you want it to in your space.  Removing the title from the header means you have more freedom and control over things like your space title and navigation to stuff in your space. Instead of always being stuck at the top, you can place them wherever you want.

The introduction of breadcrumbing and an optional new navigation module will enable you and your visitors to easily navigate through your space.

We are also going to offer many new ways to express yourself and customize your space.    You’ll be able to add mini-applications called Windows Live Gadgets developed by the community for the community. Can’t find headlines, games, or other gadgets that reflect YOUR personality?   Build your own gadget or bribe a techie friend to do it for you!

Of course with all this great stuff, we also have to make some changes to our URL structure.  As Greg Phipps blogged about last month, your URL will be changing one final time with the switchover to Windows Live Spaces.  Don’t worry though, we are working hard to make this as seamless as possible for you and the visitors to your space.

Here’s a glimpse of what the new Windows Live Spaces will look like:

* Note text & UI  may change.

Thanks for making Spaces your home. We’re working hard to get this created for you and we hope you’re as excited as we are!

As always, we look forward to hearing from you.

The Spaces Team

Posted in Daily Life, Introductions, MS News, Windows Live | Comments Off on Windows Live Spaces is coming!

Business Desktop Deployment 2007 Training Guide Released!

June 25th, 2006 by laidaniel

Finally, I completed my BDD 2007 Training Guide.=)

Spent 6X14hrs to complete the scenario tests =.=”

You can download and use it to migrate users, deploy Windows Vista, Office and other applications.

PS. I will write another guide for additional information of Windows Deployment Service, Application Compatibility and Office 2007 Deployment later. (Maybe =P)

It will avaliable on Microsoft Hong Kong Community Site and My Technical Blog too.

30Jun Training Guide Updated.

Posted in Learning, Products, Windows Vista | 9 Comments »

Windows Vista 5456 released to testers

June 24th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

OK covering a bit of old news now (it’s been a crazy day…) but yesterday, Microsoft released the latest build of Windows Vista (x86 and x64) to testers. It currently contains the versions, Ultimate, Home Basic, Home Premium and Business, and obviously the actual version install depends on which key you enter in on the Setup screens.

You can still use the same key that you used for build 5342 and above without a problem, so you shouldn’t need to generate new keys. Not sure if MSDN subscribers will get this – it’s doubtful as it’s only another interim release.

Windows Vista x86 (32-bit): ISO format – 2,572.91MB (2.57GB)
Windows Vista x64 (64-bit): ISO format – 3,356.90MB (3.35GB)

Note: there are also localised builds for German, Japanese and Arabic, so your best bet is to download your localised build instead of the English one (unless you’re English of course!)

Microsoft Connect users, go and download now!

Posted in Windows Vista | 12 Comments »

MSBLOG Exclusive: Messenger Plus! Live debuts publically

June 24th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

MSN Messenger for a long time has been expanded and enhanced by Messenger Plus! for some time now, a good few years. Now, seeing as MSN Messenger has died and gone to rest in an urn on Leah’s shelf for the rest of eternity, Windows Live Messenger has blossomed out of the beta cupboard kick starting the Windows Live wave of products, and as usual Messenger Plus! Live is never far behind.

But now it’s here! That’s right, the world’s most used Messenger add-in has finally arrived and is back on the scene. It’s got a much cleaner, newer interface and has a whole load of new features that are even said to be in the next version of Messenger itself. So, what are you waiting for? It’s 4.25mb in size, and already the download servers are being pushed, but check it out anyway!

Messenger Plus! Live – Version 4.00.234
Messenger Plus! Live Website
Messenger Plus! Live Download

Click to open the images in a new window (more screenies coming soon!)


Posted in Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger | 2 Comments »

Business Desktop Deployment 3.0

June 22nd, 2006 by laidaniel

Business Desktop Deployment 3.0 STD Edition for Windows Vista Training Guide [Part 1]
Author: Daniel Lai, MVP-Management Infrastructure

Table of Contents


Lab Environment 
-Deployment Server  
-Windows Client (Upgrade, Refresh, Replace-Source)
-Blank Client (New, Replace-Destination)
-Reference Computer (Master Image) 

Prepare the Deployment Server 

Prepare USMT for Users Migration 

Prepare Microsoft Office Unattended Installation 

Configure Distribution Share 
-Add Operating Systems 
-Add Applications 
-Add Build 
-Add Deployment Point 

Deploy the Build 
-Upgrade Computer Scenario 
-Refresh Computer Scenario 
-Replace Computer Scenario 
-New Computer Scenario 

-Capture the Master Image 
-Deploy the Master Image

In fact, how many people want to get it? 😛 Any suggestions?

Posted in Products, Windows Vista | 3 Comments »

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