Windows 7 RC

This is now available for download for anyone on who has access to:

TechNet Plus SA Media; TechNet Plus (Retail); TechNet Direct (Retail); TechNet Plus (VL); TechNet Plus Direct (VL); TechNet Cert Partner; TechNet Gold Cert Partner; T1;

x64 is 3,119.30 (MB), while x86 is 2,413.73 (MB)

Windows 7 RC will expire June 1, 2010, and the bi-hourly shutdowns will begin on March 1, 2010.

Also check out: http://blogs.technet.com/springboard/archive/2009/04/30/windows-7-rc-is-available-for-technet-and-msdn-subscribers-to-download.aspx

Windows Vista SP2 RTM

Cant find the download just yet … Source: http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windowsvista/archive/2009/04/28/windows-vista-sp2-rtm-windows-vista-sp1-blocker-tool-removed.aspx

Today we are announcing the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. SP2 represents the latest step in Microsoft’s commitment to continuous improvement. It includes all updates that have been delivered since SP1, as well as support for new types of hardware and emerging hardware standards.

ServerManagerCmd –query

http://twitter.com/flaphead/status/1647660316

Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Now available for download .. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b444bf18-79ea-46c6-8a81-9db49b4ab6e5&displaylang=en and on Windows Update

The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2) provides customers with the latest updates to the 2007 Office suite (the products that are affected by this update are listed below).

Also check out: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953195 . Description of 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2) and of Microsoft Office Language Pack 2007 SP2 and Download the 2007 Office Service Pack 2 Changes.xlsx package now

RIM / BES

Just heard this .. RIM, the providers of Blackberry, are currently experiencing issues with their infrastructure that means that Blackberry is unavailable for all customers globally.

Microsoft Network Monitor 3.3

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=983b941d-06cb-4658-b7f6-3088333d062f

Version: 3.3 1641
Date Published: 4/21/2009

Network Monitor 3.3 is a protocol analyzer. It allows you to capture network traffic, view and analyze it. Version 3.3 is an update and replaces Network Monitor 3.2. Network Monitor 3.x is a complete overhaul of the previous Network Monitor 2.x version.

Potential Windows 8 design?

WOW … http://blogs.technet.com/eileen_brown/archive/2009/04/22/potential-windows-8-design.aspx

Preview BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0

Check it out .. nothing on if it still uses CDO/MAPI to talk to exchange


Source: http://www.blackberry.com/newsletters/connection/it/i309/enterprise_server.shtml

  • In BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0, the admin console will switch from a desktop administration client to a web-based client
  • New high-availability options allow you to configure primary and standby BlackBerry Enterprise Servers for automatic or manual failover. ** About time too ! **
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  • When the BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0 is running in High Availability mode, there is no single point of failure. To ensure a rapid, graceful response to problems as—or before—they occur, system health checks generate scores that are shared amongst systems, components and administrators
  • With BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0, software updates, applications, and even entirely new OS versions can be pushed to BlackBerry smartphones wirelessly

New to BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0
5 Features that Will Make Your Job Easier

BlackBerry Enterprise Transporter Tool: With the BlackBerry® Enterprise Transporter tool you can run parallel BlackBerry Enterprise Server environments, allowing you to do real-world testing in the new BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0 environment with part of your team before making a full migration. There’s no need to wipe devices before transferring to BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0, and backing out to the pre-existing environment is easy.

Threshold Assistance Tool: The Threshold Assistance Tool resides within the BlackBerry® Monitoring Service; it uses the information gathered by your monitoring database to suggest acceptable operating thresholds for your particular server and network environment. As your company grows, you can run the tool again to set new baselines.

High Availability: Utilizing High Availability is easier than you think—three clicks and you’re done. Learn more about this feature in an upcoming edition of BlackBerry Connection.

Role-Based Admins: BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0 allows for granular control of admin permissions. You can now scope a given role to a set of users the admin can take action on. For example, you can create an executive-support IT group, which would allow for only particular employees to perform administrative tasks against the execs’ accounts.

Maintenance Windows: You can now opt to suspend alerts during specific periods, for example, during server maintenance. Using this function just might end those early-morning wake-up calls that occur during scheduled server downtime.

New version of Spb Mobile Shell 3.0

I use this a lot with my omnia .. will u know what the new version is like


Source: http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/press/pressreleases/2009/apr21.html

St. Petersburg, April 21st, 2009 – Spb Software, a leading maker of mobile software, releases Spb Mobile Shell 3.0, the next-generation user interface for Windows phones. According to Handango Yardstick, Spb Mobile Shell was the world’s number one bestselling application of 2008 among all mobile platforms.

Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 accounts for two different smartphone use scenarios: at work and at play. The application offers distinctive ‘professional’ and ‘lifestyle’ desktops, integration of picture contacts with Facebook, account-sensitive email indicators, handsome time and weather screens, widgets, responsive kinetic scrolling, signature 3D animation engine, and other appealing assets that change the way a Windows phone is used altogether.

Previous versions of Spb Mobile Shell were shipped by a number of innovative phone makers, such as Acer, O2, Pharos, Sony Ericsson, and Toshiba, have won numerous awards, and have been the choice of millions of customers. “It was challenging to design 3.0, as customer expectations are quite high,” – comments Yaroslav Goncharov the Spb Mobile Shell Product Manager and CTO at Spb Software – “On the other hand, this level of success gave us confidence in our basic ideas and design philosophy, and we certainly feel that Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 has all it takes to be the strong foundation for a host of new and immensely popular Windows phones.”

Spb Mobile Shell Windows Mobile Solution
Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 Main Features
  • Professional and Lifestyle home screens (for work and for play)
  • Widget-based photo contacts with Facebook integration
  • Widgets
  • 3D carousel and hardware accelerator support
  • Ringtones, Contacts, Profiles, and Wireless management
  • Many integrated tools such as Weather, World Time, etc.
  • Highly customizable for the needs of phone makers and mobile operators

Clone NTFS Permissions

I have done this before when moving log file locations in Exchange and it’s well cool and make life very easy!


Source: http://powershell.com/cs/blogs/tips/archive/2009/03/24/clone-ntfs-permissions.aspx

NTFS access permissions can be complex and tricky. To quickly assign NTFS permissions to a new folder, you can simply clone permissions from another folder that you know has the correct permissions applied.

md $homesample
# manually assign correct permissions to folder “sample”
$sddl = (Get-Acl $homesample).Sddl
md $homenewfolder
$sd = Get-Acl $homenewfolder
$sd.SetSecurityDescriptorSddlForm($sddl)
$sd.Sddl
Set-Acl $homenewfolder $sd

Unfortunately, setting ACLs this way always requires administrator privileges.