29 July 2007

Greg The Architect

Some great fun !

ISA 2006 Array & windows 2003 service pack 2

We had an issue between isa 2006 and the Windows 2003 service pack 2.
We firstly installed isa and then the SP2. It worked out. The Array was working with nlb, AD replicating between the two nodes.

We then built another time, but firstly the SP2 and then ISA 2006...Nothing working after installing isa...no Active Directory communication, even with the famous any/any allow.
Disabling the RSS changed nothing. It was complaining about syn packet missing (which is wrong).
We finaly built it again, after trying to remove the service pack2.

27 July 2007

Vista: resource memory desktop heap ? raise it !

When you open a large amount of windows / software, you may become short in desktop heap...

HKLM\SYSTEM\currentcontrolSet\control\Session Manager\SubSystems
Open the windows Key.
change the 2nd number of SharedSection, from 3072 to 4096 or even 8192


original post:http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=269

22 July 2007

QuickTime crashing on Vista

UPDATE: I found out, this came from ACE Mega codec Pack. Removing it make quicktime player and itunes Works immediatley... This is the second time i got trouble due to the ACE Mega codec Pack. The last time it was Windows DVD Movie Maker that was crashing !

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library
Buffer overrun detected!

Program: C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QuickTimePlayer.exe

A buffer overrun has been detected which has corrupted the program's
internal state. The program cannot safely continue execution and must
now be terminated.

This is the latest version of the Quicktime Player :'(
Consequence: Itunes 7.3.1 crashing too

21 July 2007

Cool plugin for Firefox


Magic Password:

Microsoft FTP site: PSS tools great resources

for those that never tried:

Best free Microsoft Tools !
Anonymous login accepted

Windows Mail bug

UPDATE: That comes from the newsgroup rating feature. Just turn it off.

I am trying to send a newsgroup message, but i got this window, looping forever:

Clicking OK make is still appears... I could save the message and close Windows Mail, but this windows need to be killed.

19 July 2007

Hide me this security tab i shoudn't see...

As you may know, Two security tabs are hidden from the ESM...

How to enable the Security tab for the organization object in Exchange 2000 and in Exchange 2003


in short:
Value Name: ShowSecurityPage
Data Type: REG_DWORD
Radix: Binary
Value: 1

Restart the ESM

New tool from Joeware: unjoin


It will unjoin a machine from a domain and not even start to ask the domain for permission or even tell it it did so, zip, out of the domain, have a nice day. You will find that this will likely be faster than NETDOM for any unjoin ops. It allows you to specify connection creds and will also allow you to specify a reboot. Of course it has a built in safety in that you have to specify -forreal to get it to do the real work or otherwise it will just tell you the current join status of the machine in question (i.e. in a workgroup named xxxx or in a domain named yyyy).

17 July 2007

Windows Home Server is finaly RTM'ed


MPSReports: New tool from Microsoft to collect information


The MPS Reporting utility PFE version is utilized to gather detailed system status and configuration information. The data collected will assist with fault isolation and general health-checks. The PFE version of MPS_REPORTS gathers a wide range of diagnostic information from Windows and limited information for server applications installed such as SQL or Exchange.The MPS Reporting Tool is self-extracting and will run on Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 x86. Windows Server 2003 x64 (AMD64), and Windows Server 2003 for Itanium.This reporting utility DOES NOT make any registry changes to the operating system and is entirely a batch command utility. There are files extracted during run-time as the utility is running. The reports gathered are compressed into a ".cab" file and then deleted. The compressed .cab file is normally 2-5 MB depending on the system configuration and is therefore easy to transfer in case the data is needed for analysis.

16 July 2007

Update: I created a vmware VSD Stencils

I created a VSD that is a compiled of many icons found....

Exchange: Make a shared contact folder available Offline

If you need a shared contact folder available offline:
-Add the folder to your favorite in Outlook
-Change your exchange account to get all public folders favorites available offline

PowerShell: getting all Active Directory computers running a particular service

$strCategory = "computer"
$objDomain = New-Object System.DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntry
$objSearcher = New-Object System.DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher
$objSearcher.SearchRoot = $objDomain
$objSearcher.Filter = ("(objectCategory=$strCategory)")
$colProplist = "name"
foreach ($i in $colPropList){$objSearcher.PropertiesToLoad.Add($i)}
$colResults = $objSearcher.FindAll()
foreach ($objResult in $colResults)
where{$_.name -eq 'Dhcp'}
If($temp.status -eq "Running")
Write-host $objComputer.name

I am "People Ready" !

For those that speak french, i got interviewed for Microsoft advertisement, "People Ready" :)
It's about our deployment of Windows Mobile smartphones...

15 July 2007

PowerShell: Playing with the env value

Simple question: do the same as cd %TEMP% in a cmd...

well, you have many ways in PowerShell to make the work. First, we can have a look at the TEMP variable:

PS C:\Users\gollum> get-item ENV:\TEMP

Name Value

---- -----
TEMP C:\Users\gollum\AppData\Local\Temp

After playing around a while, i found the correct way to do it:
PS C:\Users\gollum>
PS C:\Users\gollum> cd $env:TEMP
PS C:\Users\gollum\AppData\Local\Temp>

Here is an extract from what i tried without any success:
cd (get-item ENV:\TEMP select-object -property value)
cd < get-item ENV:\TEMP select-object -property value

Free MS addon to remove hidden data on office document


ith this add-in you can permanently remove hidden and collaboration data, such as change tracking and comments, from Word 2003/XP, Excel 2003/XP, and PowerPoint 2003/XP files. When you distribute an Office document electronically, the document might contain information that you do not want to share publicly, such as information you’ve designated as “hidden” or information that allows you to collaborate on writing and editing the document with others. The Remove Hidden Data add-in is a tool that you can use to remove personal or hidden data that might not be immediately apparent when you view the document in your Microsoft Office application. You can run the Remove Hidden Data add-in on individual files from within your Office XP or Office 2003 application. Or, you can run Remove Hidden Data on multiple files at once from the command line. In either case, to run the tool you must have the application installed in which the document was created.

Office 2007 issue when opening files

When i try to open a word or Power point, after 10 seconds i got:
However, if I try to open it few seconds after, it works...anyway how big is the file...
Desactivating my antivirus (NOD32) changes nothing..
As you can find on some forums, i made again the file extension association (by the way, it's hidden in <> through the control panel)..no way...

Repairing office 2007 didn't do the trick
Any clue folks ?

14 July 2007

SCOM 2007 issue with VmWare ESX VM ?


I am getting what could be an issue with VmWare ESX Windows VM. After discovering the VM and installing the agent, i got an alert:

The process started at 4:23:08 PM failed to create System.PropertyBagData.
Errors found in output: E:\SCOM2007\Health Service State\Monitoring Host
Temporary Files 2\678\GetOpsMgrDBPercentFreeSpace.vbs(63, 2) Microsoft VBScript
runtime error: Type mismatch: 'CDbl' Command executed:
"C:\WINDOWS\system32\cscript.exe" /nologo "GetOpsMgrDBPercentFreeSpace.vbs"
XXXXXXXX OperationsManager Working Directory: E:\SCOM2007\Health Service
State\Monitoring Host Temporary Files 2\678\ One or more workflows were affected
by this. Workflow name: Microsoft.SystemCenter.OpsMgrDBPercentFreeSpaceMonitor
Instance name: XXXXXXXXXX Instance ID:
{85E3BAF5-9229-2BB9-E50D-F3BE40378AF7} Management group: YYYYYYYY


Any clue on that ? I will digg it any way!

great training video for SCOM 2007


Notebook Hardware Control (NHC) Freeware


Working on my Windows Vista, Dell XPS M1210

Iphone interface on WM5 for Free

Some guys have been making a hard work to get a very similar interface as the iphone on WM5.

A video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohJ7eevds-k

download here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=302739


it works on my HP 6915, but i got lifts up to now (240x240)

13 July 2007

Hyper Terminal gone in Vista

Hyper Terminal is gone on Windows Vista..

Safari on Windows

No, it's not a joke !
Apple is going to deliver safari on Windows...Easier to test web site with safari browser !http://www.apple.com/safari/

12 July 2007

Sysinternal new tool : ADExplorer

Active Directory Explorer (AD Explorer) is an advanced Active Directory (AD) viewer and editor. You can use AD Explorer to easily navigate an AD database, define favorite locations, view object properties and attributes without having to open dialog boxes, edit permissions, view an object's schema, and execute sophisticated searches that you can save and re-execute.
AD Explorer also includes the ability to save snapshots of an AD database for off-line viewing and comparisons. When you load a saved snapshot, you can navigate and explorer it as you would a live database. If you have two snapshots of an AD database you can use AD Explorer's comparison functionality to see what objects, attributes and security permissions changed between them.

Outlook refusing to delete mail rules

If you have broken Outlook mail rules that you can't remove from the outlook rules UI, you can remove all of them (bad AND good!):

Outlook.exe /cleanrules

Take care, it will remove ALL rules, not just broken ones

08 July 2007

Changes in Functionality from Windows Server 2003 with SP1 to Windows Server 2008

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 the next release of Windows Server 2008, based on the functionality expected to be included in the Beta releases in 2007. They do not describe all of the changes that are included in Windows Server 2008. Instead, they highlight changes that will potentially have the greatest impact on your use of Windows Server 2008 and provide references to additional information.

Download: Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 Technical Overviews


These technical overviews provide IT Professionals with information about how a Windows Server 2008 technology works.

Download: Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 Step-by-Step Guides


you will find:
  • Creating and Deploying Active Directory Rights Management Services Templates Step-by-Step Guide.doc
  • Deploying Active Directory Rights Management Services in an Extranet Step-by-Step Guide.doc
  • Deploying Active Directory Rights Management Services with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Step-By-Step Guide.doc
  • Server Core Installation Option of Windows Server Longhorn Step-By-Step Guide.doc
  • Step-by-Step Guide for Configuring a Two-Node File Server Failover Cluster in Windows Server Longhorn.doc
  • Step-by-Step Guide for Configuring a Two-Node Print Server Failover Cluster in Windows Server Longhorn.doc
  • Using Identity Federation with Active Directory Rights Management Services Step-by-Step Guide.docWhat's New in Failover Clusters.doc
  • What's New in Terminal Services for Microsoft Windows Server Code Name Longhorn.doc
  • Windows Server Active Directory Rights Management Services Step-by-Step Guide.doc
  • Windows Server Code Name Longhorn Beta 3 Active Directory Certificate Services Step-By-Step Guide.doc
  • Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 Release TS Gateway Server Step-By-Step Setup Guide.doc
  • Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 Release TS Licensing Step-By-Step Setup Guide.doc
  • Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 Terminal Services RemoteApp Step-By-Step Guide.doc
  • Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 Windows Deployment Services Step-by-Step Guide.doc

download: Windows Server 2008 Security Guide


The Windows Server 2008 Security Guide helps organizations efficiently create, deploy, and maintain a secure environment for a variety of servers running Windows Server 2008, the next major release of Windows Server.

Exchange Server 2003 Performance Tools


  • Exchange Stress and Performance (ESP)
  • Jetstress
  • Load Simulator (LoadSim)

SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer (July 2007)


The SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) gathers data from Microsoft Windows and SQL Server configuration settings. BPA uses a predefined list of SQL Server 2005 recommendations and best practices to determine if there are potential issues in the database environment.This download is the July 2007 release of SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer.