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Some useful Server Core resources

October 22nd, 2006 by Patrick S

Server Core specific:

  • Server Core TechNet Forum: HERE
  • Server Core SDK: HERE

Resources for more information on performing tasks from the command line:

  • Command-line reference A-Z: HERE
  • Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC): HERE
  • If you are dual booting Server Core, then using bcdedit.exe is very useful: HERE

Source Stright from the Server Core Blog

Posted in Windows Server System | Comments Off on Some useful Server Core resources

How true

October 21st, 2006 by Zack Whittaker



This is so true… you get through to customer services only to be bounced from one person to another because they can’t be arsed to deal with you, they’d rather spend their time talking to “Gladys” about the state of her relationship with her ex-husband and how their pet snake as a haemmoroid which needs surgery on…

Just wanted to spread the love 🙂
Source: Metro

Posted in Humour | 2 Comments »

ASP.NET Ajax V1 Beta

October 21st, 2006 by Patrick S

Announcing the new ASP.NET Ajax V1 Beta available for download from 
I have been looking forward to this… This will be one major step for WEB 2.0, more and more sites will begin to use it. Hopefully future version of WSS have this included 🙂

With ASP.NET AJAX, developers can quickly create pages with rich, responsive UI and more efficient client-server communication by simply adding a few server controls to their pages. This new Web development technology from Microsoft integrates cross-browser client script libraries with the ASP.NET 2.0 development framework. ASP.NET AJAX provides developers building client-based Web experiences with a familiar development process and programming model that they already know from using server-side ASP.NET development. Because ASP.NET AJAX is integrated with ASP.NET, developers have full access to the built-in ASP.NET 2.0 application services and the entire .NET Framework.

Download it from HERE

Posted in .NET Framework, Beta News, Visual Studio | 1 Comment »

Beta Refresh 2 for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 is released!

October 19th, 2006 by Patrick S

The windows server beta team today launched the brand spanking new Beta refresh for Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2. 

This build contains:

Roll up of hotfixes released to date
Roll up of security updates released to date
Fixes for bugs reported by Beta customers and other known issues on previous Service Pack 2 builds
Fix for Volume Licensing customers who are using Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

Due to a recent installer change, the update package of build 2805 will not install on Windows Server 2003 Small Business Server. This issue will be fixed in the next refresh.
Here is the list of releases:

Windows Server 2003 R2 Editions integrated with SP2 (32-bit x86): English, German and Japanese
Windows Server 2003 R2, x64 Editions integrated with SP2: English and Japanese
Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems integrated with SP2: English, German and Japanese
Standalone update packages: English, German and Japanese
Also please note that symbols for this build are available from the public symbols server

Go get it from Connect and bug it 😀

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Internet Explorer 7 – 24 hours and 1 vulnerability

October 19th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft released their latest Internet Explorer yesterday with so called new security features and functionality.

Less than 24 hours have passed and there is already a vulnerability.

A vulnerability has been discovered in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to disclose potentially sensitive information.

The vulnerability is caused due to an error in the handling of redirections for URLs with the “mhtml:” URI handler. This can be exploited to access documents served from another web site.

Test code is readily available and the threat is marked as less critical.

Source Neowin

Posted in Internet Explorer, MS News, Security | 3 Comments »

iPods shipping with Virus’s!

October 19th, 2006 by Patrick S

First McDonald’s and now Apple…

Apple Support has a very interesting notice available today. It seems that some of the iPod (video) units available for purchase from September 12th contain the RavMonE.exe virus. More details are available from:

Also of interest is Apple’s framing of this support issue. Note that the notice is located in a sub-folder named “WindowsVirus” rather than “virus”. In fact, the words “Windows Virus” appear eight times while the name of the virus – RavMonE.exe – is mentioned only twice. Let’s be clear, some Apple iPods have shipped with a virus that affects mass storage devices. So it might not be a Mac OS or an iPod issue. But this is an Apple issue, not just Windows.

“Small number”, “less than 1%”, “less than 25”, and “easily restore” are also mentioned frequently in the notice. With more than eight million iPods shipped in Apple’s third quarter we would be interested in a raw number for that 1% effected by this. What’s one percent of a few million?

From the notice: “As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not catching it.” Whom do you think the people that bought those iPods will be more upset with? Its just another little ploy to sell Apple computers. 

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IE 7 Released To Manufacturing!

October 19th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

🙂 IE 7 is officially released…. get it here!

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WLM 8.1 Testers…Where are my tabs?

October 16th, 2006 by Patrick S

I signed into Windows Live Messenger 8.1 tonight and it seams that my beloved tabs have vanished from the face of my Messenger Client! A look at the version number shows the same as it was yesterday-so what’s the deal?
My shiny alerts bell has disappeared, however it has been replaced to the top of my contact list once I receive a new alert. Now i can dismiss alerts as you would reminders on a Pocket PC to remove them from the list. A quick glance at the Tabs menu in the options also is empty so at the moment there doesn’t seem to be a way to bring them back.

Why has Microsoft done this… Alerts are paid advertising for other companies… I want my Tabs back (especially the Shiny Bell) 🙁


My tabs have vanished...Whats happend to them...This is what they have been replaced with.

Update: John from the WLM team has stated that the missing tabs and buttons is a known issue at this time and was not a planned occurance due to server work.  There is no ETA for a resolution to the issue but it is being worked on.(Just like Zack said 🙂 )

Update 2 Tabs are back on tonight 🙂

Posted in Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger | 7 Comments »

Active Directory limits

October 16th, 2006 by Patrick S

We started MSBLOG with the intention of blogging about Windows Server most of the time (well that was my aim anyway :P) So lets bring it on back to earth. One of the guys over at the Technet Ireland Blog have done some research around the theoretical limits in an AD environment as part of a project they are working on.

It’s pretty unlikely that many people will ever actually hit these limits (if you do, you probably need to take a fundamental look at your infrastructure architecture and how you support it!) but I thought I’d post them anyhow – they may be useful to someone somewhere 🙂

  • maximum number of GPOs that can apply to a user/computer: 999 
  • maximum number of DNS servers in an AD-integrated zone (without manually adding the details): 850 (Windows 2000), 1300 (Windows 2003)
  • maximum number of supported DCs in a given domain: 1200
  • maximum number of members of a group: 5000 (Windows 2000), unlimited in Windows 2003
  • maximum number of DHCP servers in a forest: 850 (Windows 2000 SP1 or RTM), unlimited (Windows 2000 SP2 or later and Windows 2003)
  • maximum number of UPN suffixes that can be set through the UI: 850 (you can set more if you need to via ADSI scripts)
  • maximum number of objects that can be created over the lifetime of a given DIT (i.e. the AD database on a given DC): 2 billion

Server Rocks 😉

Posted in Windows Server System | 1 Comment »

IIS 6.0 Overtakes Apache in Fortune 1000

October 13th, 2006 by Patrick S

The Windows Server Team found a nice press release from Port80 Software, who have been tracking Web server usage among Fortune 1000 companies for the last few years.

Their report shows that, for the first time, IIS 6.0 has overtaken Apache in serving up corporate Web sites for the Fortune 1000. IIS 6.0 now has 27.0% of the market, with Apache on 23.3%. IIS 5.0 is still slightly ahead on 27.1%, but the trend clearly shows IIS 6.0 due to take the top spot very soon. A related study shows ASP and ASP.NET as the leading application server technologies in use on the same Web sites with a combined 48.4%.

Even though we are using Apache for this blog (for the PHP) Im a Windows Server person for life 😉

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Connect 2.2 Preview

October 11th, 2006 by Patrick S

Is finally here! Go to and take a look around. You can do most of the things you can on the main Connect site, although you’ll find that the available programs list is pretty limited. None of the feedback or sites from the production site are available here, with the exception of the Connect demo site.

Take a look around and see what you think. After you sign in, click the “Manage My Profile” link at the bottom and fill out your profile data in order to be able to submit feedback. Keep in mind that this is a beta site, so the feedback isn’t going to be processed or resolved. Don’t enter your real bugs here- or do, but enter them on the real Connect site as well!

 After you’ve taken a look around, if you have any comments you can file a feedback or suggestion form on the main Connect site at

A couple of notes about the beta site; some issues were found after the deployment to the beta site and have already been resolved internally.

  • File uploads may not work correctly with Firefox 1.5. This is known and has been corrected in a later internal build.
  • Feedback should work with both Opera and Firefox, although some display elements may not be correctly placed or visible in non-IE browsers. These issues have been largely eliminated in our internal builds.
  • After attaching files, you may notice that the “attached files count” on the Feedback Details page always remains 0. This has been corrected in our latest builds.

Source straight from The Feedback Loop

Posted in Beta News, Bugs, MS News, Testing | 8 Comments »

Google – the not so serious corporation with a refined sense of humour

October 11th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Google Google Google. We’ve seen it grow from only 7 years ago to beta to the world’s most used search engine. It’s so good that even most of Microsoft use it. It’s so good that they’ve just bought YouTube without exchanging any money whatsoever. Google is reknowned for it’s sense of humour, it’s laid back lifestyle and it’s jokes on April Fools day. But one thing I’ve discovered over checking through some comments is that Google has Easter eggs all over the place.

 Easter Egg – noun [eeh-stehr-ehgg]: In computing, Easter eggs are messages, graphics, sound effects, or an unusual change in program behavior, that occur in a program in response to some undocumented set of commands, mouse clicks, keystrokes or other stimuli intended as a joke or to display program credits. An early use of the term Easter egg was to describe a message hidden in the object code of a program as a joke, intended to be found by persons disassembling or browsing the code.

I’ve been doing some research, and found these following Easter Eggs and/or hidden websites within Google:


  • The Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything – gives the answer from Google Calculator
  • French Military Victories – type it in at Google and press “I’m Feeling Lucky” for a hilarious result
  • Failure – type it in at Google and press “I’m Feeling Lucky” – with this one I can’t disagree with at all!
  • Liar – type it in at Google and press “I’m Feeling Lucky” – not as bad as the George Bush one though! 😛

If anyone knows any more – feel free to leave a comment.

Posted in Humour | 8 Comments »

Vista features that didn’t make the cut

October 10th, 2006 by Patrick S

Everyone knows that when Microsoft did the reset, a lot of features that were anticipated for Longhorn didn’t come back.  Furthermore, those who have been in the beta program for a long time know that there are even some features that were in one or more betas but that didn’t make it into the RC, like Advanced Query Pane and Lists. 

So the guys over at the Windows Shell blog have written an article of features that didnt make it into the next build of Vista.
Some of the features that didnt make the cut were Mimesweeper, SafeDelete (Aww i wanted that one 😛 ) and the start menu action field.

Dissapointing to see some of the things we missed out on but now you see the tough choices the Vista team is up against.

Read the full Article over at the Shell Blog

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Slam 1.0 Release!

October 10th, 2006 by Patrick S

The Slam team is pleased to annouce the first release of Slam: your Windows Mobile social software client and service. Slam allows users to make and manage social groups right from their phone for group-based messaging and photo sharing. You can also use Slam through the SMS and/or web interfaces.

See screenshots and learn more about Slam on the about Slam webpage, and get started your self by downloading the installer or having a link sent to your phone.

Source Slam blog

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Microsoft forced to revoke Patchou’s MVP award

October 10th, 2006 by Patrick S

One week after it named the creator of a Windows Messenger add-on to its list of Most Valued Professionals (MVPs), Microsoft has revoked the award.  The news spurred criticism from fellow MVPs and the Windows Live Community due to Patchou’s Messenger Plus product being bundled with an optional adware.

Patchou’s popularity grew after he created Messenger Plus, a free program that adds some useful functions to Microsoft’s instant-messaging software (Windows Live Messenger), like the ability to stack several chat windows together and access them via tabs.
He was nominated and then last week, Microsoft named Cyril Paciullo, the creator of Messenger Plus and Messenger Plus Live, to its list of MVPs. The award recognizes people with expertise in Microsoft products who make significant contributions to other users, often in the form of technical advice.

Once the award was handed to Patchou people were up in arms over the issue alciming that his software distributed LOP,  a major source of annoyance and anger for web-users. This however is not true… Patchou switched to a different vendor that installs a small harmless and above all OPTIONAL software package with ads targeted at people from particular countries. These complainers won and the rest is history…

Microsoft released this following statement:
Microsoft today issued the following statement: “Cyril Paciullo was awarded with MVP status this year on the basis of his technical expertise and strong community contribution. However, his active MVP Award status was revoked as soon as the extent of the connection between his application and spyware was made apparent to the MVP Program.“.

While one could easily understand the company’s reaction in this matter, the very fact that Patchou was awarded the MVP award in the first place proves that Microsoft has acknowledged his extraordinary product expertise and significant contribution to the MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger, now and in the past. Once again it’s been proven that all the criticism regarding the optional adware doesn’t devalue the quality of the addon in the eyes of its millions of users and those millions of users cant be wrong.

I can see where people are coming from complaining but in my honest opinion it dosen’t really matter.
Source derived from

Posted in Daily Life, MVP Program, Windows Live | 10 Comments »

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