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. IT Professionals can now easily manage their Windows XP,…


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 hosts Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2000 Server Service Pack…


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 high-performance, scalable, security-enhanced, adaptable framework for deploying applications on the Microsoft extranet. Its centralized, shared platform…


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 the next release of Windows Server 2008, based on the…

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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 Directory schema change management process. Schema changes are frequent at Microsoft, and require a structured workflow to…

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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. You do not necessarily have to apply this update before you…


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 to Windows…


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 with Windows Server 2003 SP2. These SNP features were designed to…

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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 areas: ·         Terminal Server…

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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 and doesn’t…

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