Windows Server/System Center MVP Speaker Series

Don’t miss this -  Starting in April, 2013 MVP’s share their knowledge on a variety of topics to the broader community.

If you are interested in attending these online meetings, which will take place once a week, please follow this link where you can add all the meeting invites to your calendar and listen in and participate.

Each presentation will be recorded and available later for viewing if there is an instance where you are unable to tune into the meeting on the actual date.

Microsoft Lync is required in order to “attend” these on-line meetings.  If you need to install Lync, you may do so from here.

Want to be virus free?

As we all know, a Antivirus system is a must on your computer today but unfortunately this is not always the case if you look at your friends and family computers (and even if they have one it is not updated). So here is two very good tools (and free) that will help you get some free dinners if you invite to help you friends and familySmile

 

Microsoft Security Essentials

A real-time protection that helps guard your home or small business PCs against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software

Note that Microsoft Security Essentials is also available for small businesses with up to 10 PCs

Download Microsoft Security Essentials

 

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta is a recovery tool that can help you start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to and identify and remove rootkits and other advanced malware. In addition, Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper can be used if you cannot install or start an antivirus solution on your PC.

Note that Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper is not a replacement for a full antivirus solution providing ongoing protection; it is meant to be used in situations where you cannot start your PC due to a virus or other malware infection.

Download 32-bit version

Download 64-bit version

SCE 2010 support for Windows 2008 R2 SP1

Today the SCE team published a statement for running SCE 2010 on Windows 2008 R2 SP1.

“System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE 2010) is certified to work with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. 

Important Note – SCE2010 will not be enhanced to support Dynamic Memory and Remote FX which are new features that were added in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.”

Support statement from the SCE team

A nice to have tool – Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool

If you have a Notebook and want to install a fresh Windows 7 you have a “small problem” – you probably won’t find a DVD. Another situation can be if you want to install Windows 2008 R2 on your server (it might be an older system with a CD). To fix this problem you need to create a USB disk to boot from. This can be done “manually", but now Microsoft released a tool that makes this a bit easier.

  1. Download and install the tool from Microsoft
  2. Download Windows 7/ Windows Server 2008 R2 as ISO
  3. Start Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool and follow the wizard (in the example below I use the Windows 2008 R2 ISO)

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UPDATE – Windows 7 RC1 Released (Now it is)

Today Microsoft has remove the information, someone was a bit to fast to publish it on the partner site:-)

Quote from the partner site:

We are pleased to announce that Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is available. Windows 7 RC is the prerelease version of Windows 7. Since this is not the final release, your PC will gather and send information to Microsoft engineers to help them check the fixes and changes made based on testing of Windows 7 Beta. Test-drive Windows 7 RC today to see for yourself—and to show your colleagues and customers—how Windows 7 delivers improved management, security, reliability, and performance. Download Windows 7 RCPartners: If you have a subscription to MSDN or TechNet, you can download Windows 7 RC now. Otherwise, you can download Windows 7 RC starting May 5, 2009.

Apparently Windows 7 RC is not available yet. As of now (21:30 Swedish time) I’m still seeing the old beta version.

If you have an MSDN or Technet subscription you can now download Windows 7 RC

Microsoft – What were you thinking when you decided the different Vista versions?

Since I in the past weeks have had a couple of hardware failures on both my laptop and media center machines I wanted to make sure I had good backups of the machines. I’ve used the Vista Complete Backup on my laptop in the past, that time only to test a disk replacement. I really liked the feature so I thought this would be a good “extra” backup of my media center computer (except for file backup).

The problem  – I couldn’t find it under “Backup and Restore Center”. I did a web search and found out it wasn’t included in the Vista version I use (Vista Home Premium). How come a feature like this is removed from any version of Windows. If you do need to remove it, remove it from the enterprise versions, not for the home users that really need a feature like this. So I the took the decision to upgrade to Vista Ultimate, this is where I run into the next problem:-( I use Swedish version of Vista and the Vista Ultimate DVD I had was in English. I couldn’t see any problem with this since Vista is language natural but I was wrong. I couldn’t do an upgrade between languages so I had to download a Swedish version of Vista Ultimate and do the upgrade. The other part I don’t understand is why I need to do a full upgrade when I upgrade between Vista versions – I thought it would be easi to this since Vista is componentized.

Conclusion – I really hope Microsoft reduce the Windows 7 versions to 2, one for the home users and one for the enterprise and to include all type of applications that can help home users to secure there data.

How do you document your Active Directory and Exchange environment

Have you ever wanted to document your Active Directory and Exchange Environment? A couple of years ago, you could use Visio 2000 to do just this. The problem is that Microsoft removed that function from newer versions of Visio. Today I found a new cool application from Microsoft (and it’s free) that fixes this problem. You install the application and select what you want to document (see print screens below). When you have done your selections, just click “Draw” and it will create Visio document.

 

 

Download The Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer from Microsoft 

 

Brief Description

The Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer reads an Active Directory configuration using ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), and then automatically generates a Visio diagram of your Active Directory and /or your Exchange 200x Server topology. The diagrams include domains, sites, servers, administrative groups, routing groups and connectors and can be changed manually in Visio if needed.

Are you evaluation Windows Server 2008?

Are you evaluating Windows Server 2008? Then you probably seen the new function “Granular Password policy”. The bad part of this function is the lack of a “GUI” to create the policy. The good thing is that you can now download a free tool from one of our partner Special Operations Software to create them (and if you don’t like to use a GUI tool, you can use the PowerShell cmdlets).

Download Specops Password Policy Basic