25 February 2007

slow network file copy from Vista to earlier Windows

When you copy large files to or from earlier operating systems, the copy operation may be slower than expected on some Windows Vista-based computers


Group Policy Settings Reference Windows Vista

This spreadsheet lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations included in the administrative template files (admx/adml) delivered with Windows Vista (RTM build 6000):


Superfetch slow down performance

On my laptop, superfetch (Vista RTM - last updates) make my laptop slow down a lot.

Superfetch analyze and things many files needed to be superfetched but this is not true.
It try to preload VMDK (VmWare) files, and files accessed frequently by emule.. :'(

Impact of many I/O on notebook's hard drive is huge. Because then on next boot superfetch wants to read all this files to preload them. Even with the QOS, on a 5400 tr/mn this has much impact.

Any clue on how to exclude folders or files type from being superfetched ?

24 February 2007

Microsoft Network Monitor 3

Network Monitor 3.0 is a protocol analyzer. It allows you to capture network traffic, view and analyze it. This version is a complete overhaul of the previous Network Monitor 2.x version.


22 February 2007

Top 10 of my favorite tools

-VmWare Workstation
-avant browser
-Free Download Manager
-One Note 2007
-Drive Crypt Plus Pack (DCCP)
-O&O Defrag

Fibre Channel Information Tool (fcinfo)

Works on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows 2000 systemsTool for discovery of SAN resources and configuration information on your Fibre Channel SAN

Windows Desktop Search 3.01

a new version is out:
-support For UNC
-ADM for GPO
-more stable


Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 1.0

The Windows Vista Hardware Assessment solution accelerator is an inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that will find and determine if computers on a network are ready to run the Windows Vista operating system.

18 February 2007

install of LCS 2005 on multiple server

I just installed LCS 2005 on a VM and SQL 2005 on another VM.

The pool's creation can't be created on the LCS itself. It will failed on the wscript part.

I have done this part on the SQL Server itself instead.

Works well :)

17 February 2007

DCPP: upgrading from 3.8 to 3.9

to upgrade:
-decrypt all volumes
-deinstall version 3.8
-install version 3.9

I successfully decrypted one volume, but on the system one i got:
Extra compatibility info
Failed on Call Device Driver 2 DISK_INFO

any clue ? seems to me a bit "dangerous" to deinstall before decrypting all volume.

ps: i am on Vista RTM

Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and the 2007 Microsoft Office System

Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and the 2007 Microsoft Office System:

How to calculate your token size

TokenSize = 1200 + 40d + 8s This formula uses the following values:

d: The number of domain local groups a user is a member of plus the number of universal groups outside the user's account domain plus the number of groups represented in security ID (SID) history.

s: The number of security global groups that a user is a member of plus the number of universal groups in a user's account domain.

1200: The estimated value for ticket overhead. This value can vary depending on factors such as DNS domain name length, client name, and other factors.

extracted from:

Troubleshooting Group Policy


MBSA 2.1 Beta is out

the main new feature is the compatbility with Windows Vista:



16 February 2007

Exchange 2007: bye bye IIS SMTP

I am just firing up exchange 2007 32 bits on my VM.
It request IIS but refuses the smtp one (used to be installed with previous Exchange version) !
good news !

12 February 2007

tool to identify Intel CPU

Intel release a free tool to identify their CPU.
It works with Bootable CD or directly from Windows:

11 February 2007

Windows 2003 / ASP .NET 2.0 / Sharepoint 2007

i am trying to install Office Sharepoint 2007 into a VM.
I ran in the following error:
---------------------------Setup Errors---------------------------
Setup is unable to proceed due to the following error(s):This product requires ASP.NET v2.0 to be set to 'Allow' in the list of Internet Information Services (IIS) Web Server Extensions. If it is not available in the list, re-install ASP.NET v2.0.Correct the issue(s) listed above and re-run setup.
---------------------------OK ---------------------------

It's right, ASP .NET 2.0 is not in the web extension list ! :'(
I tried adding it manually..no way.
I installed .NET 2.0 over the existing one. Works !

Damned IIS that doesn't like to get installed after .NET

10 February 2007

tool to debug http proxy request

I found a free tool to debug http session even through proxy: Fiddlertool


Techdays 2007: The Devil in Prada by MS Exchange 2007

That's fun:

Vmware workstation: failed to open (The file is too large).

I just bought an external usb hard drive (Seagate 160GB Dancer) to put my vmdk files on it.
As it was already formated, i didn't check it out...damned!
After copying 46GB of vmdk, i wanted to give it a try..:
Vmware is giving me a nice : failed to open (The file is too large).

After searching on the web for this message without success, i watched the log:
failed to open (32776): Underlying file system does not support that big files.

Damned, i am on FAT32 even on a 146GB drive..
How to waste hours in copying!

07 February 2007

GFI Faxmaker & network card

We are having an issue with GFI Faxmaker.
We have two network Card:
-Eicon PRI Access (20 channels)
-Eicon BRI Access (ISDN / 2 Channels)

This two cards can't be both on the same server, or only the BRI works.
Deactivating the card doesn't workaround the problem..

We already had a problem with GFI trying to autocreate the SMTP connector. We had to uninstall the GFI Fax maker component on our Exchange cluster and then create the smtp connector by hand

Are we collecting all the GFI bug's?

VmWare Workstation 6 Beta on vista as host

Just to say it's better than a beta from my experience :)
It's a bit slower than usual due to the debug option but stable and working !
No more memory leak!

Dell M1210 & video projector

I couldn't investigate further, but Vista became crazy after plugging a video projector on my laptop...
The screen rotated 90° counterwize ! No way to put it back with the video projector plugged in...
So strange ! My nvidia driver is the previous - last one.

Drivecrypt 3.8 & Vista: I love it

just to say Drivecrypt 3.8 is working great on my Laptop with Windows Vista RTM :)

MS TechDays 2007/PARIS: I have been there !

I went two half day to the TechDays 2007 :)
I subscribed to:
-Deploying IPSEC
-Tools and methods for security
-Quest Tools to manage SQL (Longhorn A-Z was full)
-Deploying Exchange 2007 at Microsoft

that's cool !
And now waiting for the webcasts :)

04 February 2007

Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center Driver for Windows Vista final

Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center Driver for Windows Vista final is out !
Also available in French/ francais ! :)