Nick MacKechnie

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  • Blog Post: Windows Management Framework is here!

    Hi All, Windows Management Framework, which includes Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0, was officially released to the world this morning. By providing a consistent management interface across the various flavours of Windows, we are making our platform that much more attractive to deploy...
  • Blog Post: Server Virtualization Validation Program

    Hi All, To improve customers' support experiences when running Windows Server on virtualization technologies other than Hyper-V™ and Virtual Server, Microsoft has launched the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). SVVP is open to any vendor that delivers a machine virtualization solution that...
  • Blog Post: Rapid Deployment of Applications on the Microsoft Extranet

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Rapid Deployment of Applications on the Microsoft Extranet , which discusses RXP Security, a high-performance, scalable, security-enhanced, adaptable framework for deploying applications on the Microsoft extranet.  RXP Security is a...
  • Blog Post: Changes in Functionality from Windows Server 2003 with SP1 to Windows Server 2008

    Hi All, This document describes new features and technologies, which were not available in Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1), that will help to increase the security of computers running Windows Server 2008, increase productivity, and reduce administrative overhead. These topics apply to...
  • Blog Post: Structured Active Directory Schema Management at Microsoft

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Structured Active Directory Schema Management at Microsoft, which discusses Microsoft IT's Active Directory schema change management process.  Structured Active Directory Schema Management at Microsoft Details Microsoft IT's Active...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 read-only domain controller compatibility pack for Windows Server 2003 clients and for Windows XP clients is out.

    Hi All, This article describes the Windows Server 2008 read-only domain controller (RODC) compatibility pack for Windows Server 2003 clients and for Windows XP clients. This update addresses compatibility issues that occur with down-level clients that do not support Windows Server 2008 RODC features...
  • Blog Post: WS2008 RSAT tools (Vista SP1 required) now available for public download

    Hi All, Many customers have noticed that installing Vista SP1 removes the GPMC, if it was previously installed. This has come up several times over the past few weeks, so I wanted to put the word out that the RSAT tools are now available for public download. This download will restore GPMC functionality...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2003 POST-SP2 Hotfix recommendation KB948496

    Hi All, There is a * new * High-priority /Non-Security update for Windows Server 2003 Post-SP2 which was released yesterday, and you should consider installing this update on any Windows Server 2003- SP2 Server. This hotfix disables the new Scalable Networking Pack, SNP, features that were delivered...
  • Blog Post: Terminal Services and Licensing on Windows Server 2003

    Hi All, I was recently asked how a Terminal Server holds the license on the client side. In doing the research into this question i came across some really good information about how terminal services works and also the licensing models available. This email is broken down into the following...
  • Blog Post: MSTSC /console switch in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1

    Hi All, In Windows Server 2003, the /console option was used for several purposes. With the introduction of the /admin option in Windows Server 2008 this have changed. Windows Server 2008 doesn’t have a concept of a console that you can login to as that session (session 0) is for services...
  • Blog Post: New Sysinterals Utilities released

    Hi All, PsExec v1.90 : This version of PsExec, a command-line tool for executing programs locally and remotely, significantly improves handling of arguments passed to the specified application by not modifying spacing or quotation marks. It also fixes a number of minor bugs, including ones related...
  • Blog Post: AD Insight Tool (SysInternals) Available

    Hi All, ADInsight v1.0 : Introducing ADInsight, an LDAP (Light-weight Directory Access Protocol) real-time monitoring tool aimed at troubleshooting Active Directory client applications. Use it’s detailed tracing of Active Directory client-server communications to solve Windows authentication, Exchange...
  • Blog Post: MS07-058 and Windows 2003 SP1

    Hi All, Over the past 3 weeks we have been monitoring any potential issues with the October patches. MS07-058 introduced a regression that has affected a very limited number of customers, but I wanted to bring it to your attention. Below are the details of the regression and ways to mitigate any...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) is released (UPDATE)

    There have been a few questions regarding Windows Server 2003 SP2, so I wanted to provide some additional information. Known issues with Windows Server 2003 SP2 have been published in the release notes: 1. Release Notes for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 http://technet2.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (32-bit x86) has been released – lifecycle information has been updated

    http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifesupsps#Servers Product Name General Availability Date Service Pack Support Retired Notes Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 0 (RTM) 28-May-2003 10-Apr-2007 Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 0 (RTM) will exit...
  • Blog Post: Prepping for Windows Server 2003 SP1....

    Windows Server 2003 SP1 RTM is currently scheduled for the end of March 2005 . To help you prepare for deployment to your Enterprise I’ve provided the following links to Windows Server 2003 SP1 information. Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003...
  • Blog Post: Server Stress Tools

    SQL I/O Stress Tool Here is the link where you can download the SQLIOStress utility. The download has a 47-page white paper . This utility will simulate SQL Server disk I/O activity. You can use it to stress out the disk subsystem prior to the migration. You should add the -H option to the defaults...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Introduces Data Protection Server

    Industry Partners Demonstrate Broad Support for Microsoft Data Protection Server To Provide Customers With Rapid and Reliable Disk-Based Data Recovery At the Storage Decisions 2004 conference, Microsoft Corp. announced it is entering the disk-based backup and recovery industry with Microsoft® Data...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit Beta

    Overview You can use the beta version of VSMT to create images of physical computers and deploy them in virtual machines running on Virtual Server 2005. With VSMT, you can migrate source computers running the following operating systems to virtual machines in Virtual Server 2005: • ...
  • Blog Post: Command line scripts for AD

    Creating an Active Directory Site http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/scriptcenter/network/scrnet13.mspx Creating an Active Directory Site Link http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/scriptcenter/network/scrnet14.mspx Creating an Active Directory Subnet http://www.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 x64/ Windows XP Professional x64

    We’ve just announced the beta customer preview program for Windows Server 2003 x64 and Windows XP Professional x64. This supports the new hybrid 32/64-bit architecture that AMD released a while ago (Opteron), and Intel just released (Intel Xeon with Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology, or EM64T). It...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Domain Rename Tools

    New Version posted to the web last week. The Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Domain Rename Tools provide a security-enhanced and supported methodology to rename one or more domains (as well as application directory partitions) in a deployed Active Directory forest. The DNS name and the NetBIOS...
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