This morning I received a much anticipated e-mail stating the Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007 is now available.
Systems Administrators for Windows Servers know they can encounter strange errors within their event viewers. On Windows 2000 Server-based Domain Controllers especially you might encounter 3034 errors with MrxSmb as their source. Referring to KnowledgeBase Article 263142 you have to query the last byte in the data section to ntstatus.h and winerror.h. The KnowledgeBase Article advices … Continue reading "Err.exe"
Some of the people that managed to stay awake while listening to Bill Gates CES Keynote speech heard him unveiling Microsoft plans for Windows Home Server. I've been digging into this product, which many people referred to as "Quattro" and more recently as "Q", because to me it means one thing: Active Directory benefits at home!
The Windows Server team released a new build of Windows Server Codename "Longhorn" to the Technical Beta participants a couple of days ago and named it the "December 2006 Community Technology Preview". According to Steven Bink the build number is 6001.
It's been a long time since we've seen fixes-only service packs to Microsoft Windows. After looking at Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Release Candidate 1 (SP2 RC1) it looks to me that this upcoming service pack will be more like Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2. Not necessarily a bad … Continue reading "Be prepared! (Windows Server 2003 SP2 coming)"
Many IT people I know require their users to come up with complex passwords and require them to change them often. I guess this gives them a sense of security. It's actually not as secure as they think. Even after implementing a good (Microsoft ISA Server) firewall, implementing IPSec on your network, running NAP or NAC there are … Continue reading "Complexity of authentication ("the Password problem")"
With Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 comes a new security model to publish your servers to the Internet: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 boxes configured with the Edge Transport Server Role. This new model replaces the current Front-End / Back-end model.
After three years of development the Microsoft Exchange team released Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, previously codenamed "E12" to manufacturing. (RTM)
Treehugger magazine has a very clear statement on Microsoft Windows XP and its "high-performance" yet "energy-consuming" default settings this week. They boldly state Microsoft Windows XP wasted $25 billion of Energy with the help of Foreign Policy.
The Group Policy Settings Reference for Microsoft Windows Vista is available here (as the SBS diva pointed out). Now we can finally look at the Group Policies that will be available for administrators instead of guessing on the information that was available for Beta 2 and RC 1.