Windows Vista Resource Kit

Recently I received a copy of the Windows Vista Resource Kit.  This is the best resource kit I have seen since the box set was released for Windows 2000.  This book is worth buying as it is a great resource to have on all things Windows Vista.  Among the 1500+ pages of goodness are several chapters dedicated…

1

Microsoft TechNet Session: Network Diagnostics in Windows Vista

Recently I recorded this TechNet webcast focusing on the new network diagnostics built into Windows Vista: http://www.microsoft.com/winme/0702/20430/index.html  This webcast focuses on the Network Diagnostics Framework (NDF) and the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI).  These features will help you determine if you are connected to a local network and the Internet, and get you re-connected when there…

1

Windows Vista Network Diagnostics Whitepaper

Recently my team published a whitepaper on the Network Diagnostics that we built into Windows Vista.  The target audience for the paper is IT Professionals.  The paper covers the Network Diagnostics Framework (NDF) and the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) in depth including related registry keys/values and event log IDs. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1698e42b-03fd-4cd9-b568-d948de55b0f8&displaylang=en This is a great resource if…

1

Windows Vista Support WebCast: Troubleshooting Network Issues on Windows Vista – New Network Diagnostics

Recently I recorded this webcast focusing on the new network diagnostics built into Windows Vista: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927551 During this 45 minute webcast I introduce two new features in Windows Vista: the Network Diagnostics Framework (NDF) and the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI). The webcast is worth a look if you are interested in advances in network…

0

The Problem with Network Support Tools – Windows Vista Will Help

  For the better part of the last two years I have been working as a Program Manager on the Network Experience team in the Core Operating System Division at Microsoft.  I have been working on the network diagnostics built into Windows Vista with a team of talented and dedicated Developers, Testers and Program Managers. …

2

List of Tim Rains’ Windows Support Tools

Wow, it’s been a while since my last blog post.      I have developed and released numerous networking and security support tools over the years.  I get e-mail weekly from customers who use my tools.  Frequently I get e-mail from people who have difficulty finding some of my tools.  Many of these tools have been…

1

New Tool to Detect Network Sniffers Running on Windows Systems

Do you know whether your Windows system is sniffing network traffic off the network without your knowledge?     This type of passive attack can be very difficult to detect.  There are numerous third party tools that try to detect network sniffers running on the network by looking for signs of systems with network interfaces…

14

DNSLint – what does Lint mean?

One of the most popular tools that I have developed over the last few years is DNSLint.  This tool shipped with the Support Tools on the Windows Server 2003 CD and has been available for download from the download center on www.microsoft.com for a few years.   I frequently get asked where the idea for…

2

Is Windows Automatic Update Client rebooting your system unexpectedly? Read this to “fix” it….

Recently I exchanged e-mail with several people who were complaining that the Windows Update (AU) client on their Windows system was guilty of automatically rebooting their system.  They were upset that their system was rebooted even though they had unsaved work open or were using the system when it was rebooted.   Some examples…One person’s…

8

Why you still run Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS)

When Mark Minasi wrote this very flattering article about me, I felt it was only right to develop the tool that he had been waiting years for.    http://www.winnetmag.com/Article/ArticleID/39436/39436.html   Why does Mark, and many other people, think that NetBIOS name resolution is still so important?  You still run WINS on your network…right?  The vast…

1