January 2010 - Posts

[MS KBs] New KB Articles At Microsoft 27 Jan 2010 - Weekly Summary

Internet Explorer 6.0


978207 MS10-002: Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer

978722 After the installation of security update 974455 or 976325, Internet Explorer 6 may stop responding (hang) when accessing Web sites that provide compressed content


Outlook 2003

975916 The custom form of a meeting request is not used in the recipients' calendar in an Exchange Server 2007 environment


Outlook 2007

978803 Some formatting is not displayed or is displayed incorrectly when you preview an Office Word document that is attached to an e-mail message in Office Outlook 2007 or in Outlook 2010


SQL Server 2008

976899 FIX: A slipstream installation of SQL Server 2008 fails intermittently

976379 FIX: A performance issue occurs when you perform a partition merge operation to move data between partitions in SQL Server 2008

200953 No VSS writers are listed when you run vssadmin list writers on Windows Server 2008

977305 A Java application crashes when it connects to SQL Server 2008 by using Java Database Connectivity Driver 2.0


Systems Management Server 2003

974014 Compatibility Pack for SMS 2003 SP3 that adds Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as supported clients


Windows Internet Explorer 8

978729 The Back button and the Forward button in Windows Internet Explorer 8 do not work correctly

979664 The BACKSPACE, DELETE, and TAB keys do not work in a customized Explorer Bar in Windows Internet Explorer 8

978723 Internet Explorer 8 opens a URL that links to a Microsoft Office file from the Temporary Internet Files folder

979672 A hyperlink in a 64-bit application starts a 64-bit version of Internet Explorer 8

979666 The cookie information for a domain is not displayed correctly in Windows Internet Explorer 8

978724 Windows Internet Explorer 8 crashes when you try to remove some add-ons by using the Manage Add-ons dialog box

979665 Error message in Mshtml.dll occurs when you use Windows Internet Explorer 8 on a computer that is running Windows 7: "Event ID: 1000"

978725 The Window.open method in a WebBrowser control application returns NULL in Internet Explorer 8

979667 A table that contains a People Picker control is not pasted correctly in Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007

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[MS Security Bulletin] Summary for January 2010 Issued: January 21, 2010

This bulletin summary lists the out-of-band security bulletin released on January 21, 2010.


The full version of the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for January 2010 can be found at
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms10-jan.mspx.


With the release of the out-of-band bulletin on January 21, 2010, this bulletin summary replaces the out-of-band bulletin advance notification originally issued on January 20, 2010. The revised bulletin summary Web page includes the out-of-band security bulletin as well as the security bulletin already released on January 12, 2010. For more information about the bulletin advance notification
service, see http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/advance.mspx.

To receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft Security Bulletins are issued, subscribe to Microsoft Technical Security Notifications on
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/notify.mspx.


Microsoft will host a webcast to address customer questions on the out-of-band bulletin on January 21, 2010, at 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada). Register for the Security Bulletin Webcast at
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/summary.mspx.


Microsoft also provides information to help customers prioritize monthly security updates with any non-security, high-priority updates that are being released on the same day as the monthly
security updates. Please see the section, Other Information.


Critical Security Bulletins
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-002
  - Affected Software:
    - Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 4 when installed on
      Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
    - Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 when installed on
      Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
    - Internet Explorer 6 for
      Windows XP Service Pack 2 and
      Windows XP Service Pack 3
    - Internet Explorer 6 for
      Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
    - Internet Explorer 6 for
      Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
    - Internet Explorer 6 for
      Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
    - Internet Explorer 6 for
      Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
    - Internet Explorer 7 for
      Windows XP Service Pack 2 and
      Windows XP Service Pack 3
    - Internet Explorer 7 for
      Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
    - Internet Explorer 7 for
      Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
    - Internet Explorer 7 for
      Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
    - Internet Explorer 7 for
      Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
    - Internet Explorer 7 in
      Windows Vista,
      Windows Vista Service Pack 1, and
      Windows Vista Service Pack 2
    - Internet Explorer 7 in
      Windows Vista x64 Edition,
      Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1, and
      Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
    - Internet Explorer 7 in
      Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and
      Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
      (Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)
    - Internet Explorer 7 in
      Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and
      Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
      (Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)
    - Internet Explorer 7 in
      Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and
      Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
    - Internet Explorer 8 for
      Windows XP Service Pack 2 and
      Windows XP Service Pack 3
    - Internet Explorer 8 for
      Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
    - Internet Explorer 8 for
      Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
    - Internet Explorer 8 for
      Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
    - Internet Explorer 8 in
      Windows Vista,
      Windows Vista Service Pack 1, and
      Windows Vista Service Pack 2
    - Internet Explorer 8 in
      Windows Vista x64 Edition,
      Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1, and
      Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
    - Internet Explorer 8 in
      Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and
      Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
      (Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)
    - Internet Explorer 8 in
      Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and
      Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
      (Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)
    - Internet Explorer 8 in
      Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems
    - Internet Explorer 8 in
      Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
    - Internet Explorer 8 in
      Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems
      (Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)
    - Internet Explorer 8 in
      Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems
    - Impact: Remote Code Execution
    - Version Number: 1.0

[MS KBs] New KB Articles At Microsoft 20 Jan 2010 - Weekly Summary

Internet Explorer 6.0


979352 Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerability in Internet Explorer could allow remote code execution


Operations Manager (MOM) 2005

201282 MOM 2005 Reports have incorrect date values on the X-axis


Outlook 2003

977840 Description of the Office Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail Filter update: January 12, 2010


Outlook 2007

977839 Description of the Office Outlook 2007 Junk E-mail Filter update: January 12, 2010

977231 A canceled meeting is displayed unexpectedly in a manager's calendar in Office Outlook 2007


SQL Server 2005

977444 Cumulative update package 9 for SQL Server 2008

200819 Issues to consider when changing the default value of network packet size for SQL server connections


SQL Server 2008

977443 Cumulative update package 6 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1

201169 Updating a SQL Server 2008 cluster may fail on Cluster_IsOnlineIfClustered rule when using WSUS.

977813 A version of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express that supports the .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 is available at Microsoft Download Center

201413 SQL Server 2008 setup may fail with "Setup Failure in SetupActionName: " error message

975374 FIX: The check phase of the WMI service fails when you set up a SQL Server 2008 cluster

978250 FIX: Deadlocks may occur when you run multiple jobs concurrently to rebuild indexes offline in SQL Server 2008

976991 FIX: The LogReader agent unexpectedly consumes all CPU resources when the agent handles a failed connection in a SQL Server 2008 transactional replication

978301 FIX: All CPU resources are used when you use Connector for SAP BI in an SSIS 2008 package

977097 FIX: Error message when you make a DDL change to an IDENTITY column and then synchronize the change to the subscriber in SQL Server 2008: "Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'IDENTITY' (Source: MSSQLServer, Error Number: 156)"

978190 FIX: You receive error message 8630 when you run a query on a SQL Server 2008 server that is under memory pressure

978108 FIX: Some nTEXT, NTEXT, or IMAGE data whose size is not greater than 80 bytes cannot be replicated correctly in a transactional replication after you upgrade SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2008

977076 FIX: Error message when you run an ALTER INDEX statement on a table that has CDC enabled in SQL Server 2008: "Msg 22983: The unique index on source table is used by Change Data Capture"

976316 FIX: You receive error message 8672 when you run a MERGE statement in SQL Server 2008

977889 FIX: Error message when you try to run an SSIS 2008 package that contains a Flat File source and a text qualifier uses some special characters that are not supported by the W3C XML language specification: "An invalid character was found in text content"

975058 FIX: Connector 1.0 for SAP BI throws an exception when data is being loaded in parallel in a SSIS 2008 package

978020 FIX: Only the first 2000 characters are returned by the fn_get_audit_file() function when you use it to obtain the information of an audit file in SQL Server 2008

978629 FIX: Error message when you use the system_health Extended Event session to capture a deadlock graph in SQL Server 2008: "Msg 9436: XML parsing: line 54, character 12, end tag does not match start tag"

978504 FIX: An insert operation fails when you insert data from one database into another database when the destination database contains a user-defined data type in SQL Server 2008


Windows Server 2008

974901 MXDW crashes when you run Print Driver Stress Test in Windows Vista SP2 or Windows Server 2008 SP2

972270 MS10-001: Vulnerability in the Embedded OpenType Font Engine could allow remote code execution

978909 The wrong fonts appear in Web pages, in printed Word documents, or in printed PowerPoint presentations after you install security update 961371


Windows Server 2008 R2

978258 USB devices that are connected to a computer may not work after the computer is idle for more than one hour Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

977392 Error message when you press CTRL+SHIFT+F3 to enter audit mode from the OOBE Wizard in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

977692 The Lsass.exe process exits unexpectedly on a domain controller that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 after a password is synchronized in Identity Management for Unix (IDMU)

977132 Error message when you click the "Control whether Narrator starts when I log on" link in the "Microsoft Narrator" dialog box during the setup process of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

[FAQShop] Announcing the new FAQShop Twitter Feed to Help Keep YOU in the Know

One of biggest problems I have is finding and keeping up-to-date with the ever increasing mountain of information “out there”. This recently came to a head when for some bizarre reason I lost all of my RSS feeds in Outlook. It was more than a chore to add these all back in again and it got me thinking “wouldn’t it be great if there was a way of centralising and consolidating all of my feeds?”.

Well you know if I do something I think will be of use to others I like to share.

I’ve also been looking at Social Networking (which I didn’t “get”until recently), and I’ve been Tweeting away and have created a FAQShop Facebook Group. Now “wouldn’t it be cool” I thought “to try and stitch this all together?”

Well that’s exactly what I’m aiming to do.

The first piece of the jigsaw is seeking out and consolidating RSS feeds for the System Center family and other sources I fell will be of use and that what exactly I’ve done in creating the FAQShop Twitter feed which you can access at:

http://twitter.com/FAQShop

If you’re a Twitter user/ fan then feel free to follow FAQShop. If you’re not a Twitter user or would prefer to subscribe to the RSS feed then the link is on the right or you can just click here:

http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/102016867.rss

I’d welcome your comments and feedback and if you’ve got any suggestions for feeds then feel free to contact me(cliff [AT] faqshop.com).

Enjoy and hope you find it useful.

BTW - I’ll keep you posted on the new FAQShop Facebook Page I’m creating and progress on the rewrite of FAQShop itself.

[News] Press Release - Enhansoft Goes Gold!

I’m delighted to be able to blog about this Press Release I just received from my very good friend Garth Jones – congratulations to you my friend.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 19th 2010, Ottawa, Ontario

Contact: Garth Jones
Chief Architect
Enhansoft

Tel: 613-297-0245

Email: Garth@Enhansoft.com

Enhansoft Goes Gold!

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, January 19, 2010--- Enhansoft Inc., a leading developer of System Center Configuration Manager solutions, was awarded Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status on January 15th 2010. Holding the Systems Management competencies confirms Enhansoft’s commitment to Microsoft customers and technologies. 

Microsoft Gold Certified Partners have access to exclusive resources and early product information. The program includes direct access to Microsoft staff, product support, new products and technologies, and planning tools and events on the latest Microsoft product developments and future direction.

Our new partnership provides us greater access to the Microsoft System Center team. Our dedication to providing the best solutions and support in the industry has paid off.

Garth Jones
Chief Architect

About Enhansoft Inc.
Enhansoft, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, specializes in providing software solutions and consulting services within the system management area focusing on Microsoft System Center products. Maximize the potential of your systems, the productivity of the company workforce and, best of all, the impact on the bottom line.

Our products have a worldwide reputation for extending and enhancing Microsoft technologies by leveraging Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr / SCCM) & Systems Management Server (SMS) technologies to extend their asset information and reporting capabilities.

Enhansoft professional services bring together a deep product knowledge of system management focused on Microsoft System Center products.

Our Clients Benefit From:

Our Focus - We specialize in the system management area, focusing on Microsoft System Center products with an emphasis on asset management.

Our Experience - The team at Enhansoft combines real-world system management experience with high-level programming expertise to design software that is easy to implement and has an immediate impact on workload and company bottom line.

Our professional services team helps customers realize value within their system management environment. Many of our consultants have more than 10 years of experience within system management area, are leaders in their respective IT communities and user groups, and have presented at such conferences as Microsoft Management Summit, Techdays, and EnergizeIT.

Our Expertise - Our products and services are designed for ConfigMgr experts by ConfigMgr experts.

From global corporations to institutes of higher learning and public school systems, to global government agencies, Enhansoft has the software and expertise to help any organization realize the long-term efficiencies and cost savings associated with asset management. Our headquarters are located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with remotes offices in Chicago, Illinois. We leverage hands-on experience, as well as client feedback to continually refine our products. We also work with a network of partners — including software resellers and consulting firms — who recommend our products, service and expertise to their own clients.

Garth Jones
Chief Architect

www.Enhansoft.com

Enhancing Your Business

[MDT] New FAQShop Article 15th Jan 2010

Why are items like mapped drives and network printers not migrated using MDT 2010 and USMT 4.0? [15/01/10]
Contributed By: Cliff Hobbs [MVP ConfigMgr/ SMS]
If you're attempting to backup items like mapped drivers and network printers using MDT 2010 and USMT 4.0 it may not work "out of the box" but you can easily fix it...

[MS Security] Advisory Notification - Issued: January 14, 2010

Security Advisory Released Today
* Microsoft Security Advisory (979352)
  - Title: Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could
    Allow Remote Code Execution
  - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/979352.mspx
  - Revision Note: Advisory published.   

[MS KBs] KB977565: Network drives and network printers are not migrated when you use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010…

Full Title: Network drives and network printers are not migrated when you use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 with the User State Migration Tool (USMT) 4.0

SYMPTOMS

You back up the user state on a client computer by using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 together with User State Migration Tool (USMT) 4.0 that is included with Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7. However, items such as mapped network drives and network printers are not migrated from the source computer.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977565

[News] HP and Microsoft Simplify Technology Environments with Solutions Built on New Infrastructure-to-application Model

Needless to say when I read this I got VERY excited especially the part about System Center. Below is the official HP Press Release, followed by the post from the Microsoft News Center (where you can watch videos from Steve Ballmer and Mike Hurd giving more details), and finally Brad Anderson’s (Corporate Vice President, Management and Services and Division  at Microsoft) thoughts on this announcements.

HP Press Release

World’s largest technology company and No. 1 software provider plan to advance cloud computing with industry’s most integrated technology stack

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 13, 2010


HP and Microsoft Corp. today announced a three-year agreement to invest $250 million to significantly simplify technology environments for businesses of all sizes.

The companies plan to deliver new solutions that will:

  • be built on a next-generation infrastructure-to-application model;
  • advance cloud computing by speeding application implementation; and
  • eliminate complexities of IT management and automate existing manual processes to lower the overall costs.

This agreement represents the industry’s most comprehensive technology stack integration to date – from infrastructure to application – and is intended to substantially improve the customer experience for developing, deploying and managing IT environments.

With this strategic partnership, HP and Microsoft will collaborate on an engineering roadmap for data management machines; converged, prepackaged application solutions; comprehensive virtualization offerings; and integrated management tools. Delivered through the industry’s most extensive sales and partner network, these dynamic IT solutions will provide:

  • Increased business efficiency through solutions that respond to changing business requirements by seamlessly converging server, storage, network and application resources in a highly automated, self-managed environment.
  • Improved application performance, reliability and availability for some of the industry’s top business applications, including Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server, by creating a deeply optimized “machine” environment. This is achieved through turnkey, pre-integrated server, storage, networking and application packages. These data management and email machines provide “push button” simplicity in deployment and management.
  • Enhanced operations through integrated, interoperable virtualization and management tools that allow technology environments to be automatically provisioned, managed and continuously self-tuned. Through the integration of HP Insight Software, HP Business Technology Optimization software and Microsoft System Center, enterprise customers use a unified management solution to automate application deployment along with infrastructure-to-application monitoring. This integration also delivers power and performance optimization, while ensuring interoperability in a heterogeneous data center environment.
  • Investment protection and low total cost of ownership, enabling customers to deploy systems with confidence. The joint solutions are built on industry standards and designed to utilize existing data center investments, all managed through a common framework. This approach is designed to enable customers to integrate private or public cloud computing models as their business requires. HP and Microsoft will collaborate on the Windows Azure platform, with HP and Microsoft offering services, and Microsoft continuing to invest in HP hardware for Windows Azure infrastructure.

“Driving innovation helps businesses establish a competitive advantage,” said Mark Hurd, HP chairman and chief executive officer. “This collaboration will allow HP and Microsoft to offer our customers transformative technology that will reduce costs, generate business growth and accelerate innovation.”

The new infrastructure-to-application model from HP and Microsoft will be delivered as integrated offerings for large, heterogeneous data center environments as well as through solutions designed for small and midsize businesses. Solutions are available immediately, with new offerings being introduced throughout the next three years.

“This agreement, which spans hardware, software and services, will enable business customers to optimize performance with push-button simplicity at the lowest-possible total cost of ownership,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer, Microsoft Corp. “Our extended partnership will transform the way large enterprises deliver services to their customers, and help smaller organizations adopt IT to grow their businesses. Microsoft and HP are betting on each other so our customers don’t have to gamble on IT.”

Driving opportunity for HP and Microsoft Frontline channel partners worldwide

Under the terms of the expanded partnership, the two companies will increase their global investment by 10 times to drive new opportunities for the 32,000 HP and Microsoft Frontline channel partners. Partners will support customers in modernizing their environments through a combination of software and hardware infrastructure-to-application packages and services. Partner benefits include:

  • Quicker time to revenue with simplified and shortened sales cycles resulting from Smart Bundles and all-inclusive packages as well as new offerings that provide add-on application and service sales opportunities.
  • Flexible financing options through HP Financial Services, which will enable resellers to drive customer adoption by making technology solutions more accessible and easy to acquire.
  • Increased support with dedicated field resources focused on presales initiatives and extensive partner training.
  • Jointly funded worldwide marketing campaigns, lead-generation programs and sales tools, available at www.hpmspartners.com.

Driving customer success with HP professional services and Microsoft Services

To speed return on investment (ROI) and increase business value, the integrated portfolio is complemented by new design, implementation and support services for the joint solutions. Through more than 11,000 Microsoft-certified HP professionals worldwide, HP Services, in partnership with Microsoft Services, will support the entire integrated hardware and software solution from simple implementations to the most critical enterprise infrastructure. Service offerings include:

  • Strategy workshops, ROI and business value services. Other available services include architecture, design, pilot, global implementation, support for server virtualization and management solutions, client virtualization, data management and cloud computing as well as per-seat fixed-price Microsoft Exchange Server upgrade/migration services.
  • Application modernization services for large-scale online transaction processing (OLTP) implementations.
  • Planned customized Business Intelligence Solutions that provide faster time to application value.
  • Assistance for customers who seek to run their technology on-premises, outsourced or via the cloud.

More information about the HP and Microsoft agreement is available at www.hp.com/go/microsoft/infra2apps.

Microsoft and HP executives will discuss this announcement during a public audio teleconference today at 11:15 a.m. ET. Interested parties can listen to the audio teleconference by visiting http://hpbroadband.com/program.aspx?key=SKPNSKDIKG. Interested parties can participate in the audio teleconference by calling +1 800 369 1191 (U.S., toll-free) or +1 212 519 0829 (international, toll). The passcode is 3022632.

The teleconference replay and other media materials are available at www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/infrastructure/ and www.hp.com/go/HPMSFTalliance.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.

 

New HP and Microsoft Agreement to Simplify Technology Environments

Top Executives Discuss New Agreement
Jan. 13
Watch Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, HP chairman and CEO Mark Hurd, and other executives discuss today’s agreement to simplify technology environments for businesses of all sizes.


Video: Watch Microsoft and HP executives discuss the agreement

Top Executives Discuss New Agreement

 

Brad Anderson - HP, Microsoft and the Future of IT

Today Microsoft and HP announced some great news for customers and partners of our infrastructure software and server applications: a $250 million engineering, sales and services partnership to advance cloud computing and help customers better use IT for business success. You can read the press release and watch videos of executives commenting on the agreement here.

This is a broad, far-reaching agreement with a range of components, building on our 25-year partnership with HP and ongoing efforts to deliver what we call Dynamic IT. As one of the main architects of the agreement, I wanted to provide some insights about what it means for customers and partners.

This is clearly a big commitment on our part. Overall, our intent is to deliver no less than a next-generation computing platform. The goal is to lead the adoption of cloud computing while helping companies realize immediate business benefits through IT. With this partnership the two companies are working toward new models for application delivery, hardware architecture and IT operations.

Together HP and Microsoft will deliver a deeply integrated IT stack for business applications. We are driving architectural innovation that connects IT infrastructure to applications for better performance, reliability and availability of the industry’s top business applications with push-button simplicity – all at a lower cost of ownership than ever before.

For example, pre-integrated hardware, software and application solutions, based on HP Converged Infrastructure and optimized for Microsoft Exchange 2010, will help customers boost employee productivity and protect sensitive information at a lower cost per mailbox.

Key to this deal is integrating virtualization and systems management across heterogeneous datacenter and cloud environments. Seamless management for both physical and virtualized systems will provide automatic provisioning, power management and self-tuning, which together will help customers streamline the deployment of new business capabilities across their companies.

For example, we’re integrating HP’s Insight Software and Business Technology Optimization software portfolio with Microsoft’s System Center suite. That will enable customers to uniformly manage virtualized IT services in mixed datacenter environments, which will dramatically simplify management for administrators and increases their contribution to the business.

We’re excited about our joint engineering roadmap and commitment to innovation for both today and the future. I feel strongly that this partnership will give customers the confidence to deploy new business solutions using IT they already have in place, and take advantage of the new world of private and public cloud resources. Case in point: HP and Microsoft will collaborate on the Windows Azure platform, with HP offering services and Microsoft continuing to invest in HP hardware for Windows Azure infrastructure.

The partnership also entails big investments in HP Technology Services and Microsoft Services to provide design, implementation and support for our joint technologies. And we are increasing our joint investment in our HP/Microsoft Frontline channel partner network by 10 times, empowering partners to help customers implement and manage the solutions.

This is a big day for Microsoft and HP. More importantly, it represents the beginning of a new period of opportunity and possibilities for customers and partners worldwide.

[MS KBs] New KB Articles At Microsoft 13 Jan 2010 - Weekly Summary

Internet Information Services 6.0


941940 FIX: Passive mode FTP client connections never time out when they are connected to IIS 6.0 on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003


SQL Server 2005

200716 Log Reader Agent reports “The process could not execute 'sp_replcmds' on '%s'” on a partitioned table with more than 92 partitions


System Center Essentials 2007

978360 A push installation of the Operations Manager 2007 agent on a computer that is running Terminal Services fails


Windows Server 2008

200006 LDAP and Kerberos Server May Reset TCP Sessions Immediately After Creation

979233 You cannot delete READ-ONLY files hosted on a Unysis MCP server from a Microsoft client Operating Systems

200185 Separator pages fail to print after applying MS09-022 (KB 961501)

971357 User password is set to NULL when you use Group Policy Preferences to create a user account

201184 IBM TSM backup fails while backing up system state on Windows Server 2008 based Computer

200865 Windows 2008 Failover Cluster network name online request fails with Event 1207: "...Unable to get Computer Object using GUID"

200152 Password Reset Using Active Directory Users & Computers Fails with Error "The System cannot find the path specified"

977426 Error message on a blue screen when encryption software is installed on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008: "STOP: 0x000000E3"

978155 A memory leak occurs when an ADO Recordset object calls the UpdateBatch method


Windows Vista Enterprise

977983 Group Policy preferences client-side extension hotfix rollup for Windows Vista

[News] Red Cross launches Haiti Earthquake Appeal

13 January 2010

After seeing the news of the devastating earthquake in Haiti I didn’t think it would be long before the Red Cross and other aid organisations would be asking for help. On visiting the Red Cross website I wasn’t wrong:

A devastating earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, killing hundreds and affecting thousands more.
Man surrounded by rubble

Red Cross volunteers in Haiti are currently assisting the injured and supporting hospitals. The British Red Cross has launched the Haiti Earthquake Appeal to support the relief effort.

The earthquake, which hit the capital Port-au-Prince and other areas of the country, is reported to be the worst quake to strike the country in 200 years. The most affected area is Haiti's West Province with a population of 2.2 million.

More details including how you can make a much needed donation can be found at:

http://www.redcross.org.uk/news.asp?id=102172

[Photography] Where I’ll be on Sunday: Architectural Interior Photography (Superclass) with Alan Carville

I can’t wait for Sunday as I’ll be attending an “Architectural Interior Photography (Superclass)” being run by Alan Carville who is

an award winning, internationally published and exhibited photographer located on the islands of Malta. Specialising in architectural interior and exteriors, his work has been exhibited in Canada, America, England, Malta, Australia, Japan, Egypt and China. His work is published monthly in leading local interior magazines.

I was lucky enough to meet Alan at the SWPP Convention last year and he blew me away with his knowledge of the subject and he’s a genuine, open and very helpful person. Plus he was telling me about the beautiful churches they have in Malta which has firmly planted it towards the top of my “Places to visit” list.

It looks like there may still be places on the course which is being run on Friday and Sunday. For full details goto:

http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/programmes-10/carville2.htm

[Microsoft Security Bulletin] Summary for January 2010 - Issued: January 12, 2010

This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for January 2010.

The full version of the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for January 2010 can be found at
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms10-jan.mspx

With the release of the bulletins for January 2010, this bulletin summary replaces the bulletin advance notification originally issued on January 7, 2010. For more information about the bulletin
advance notification service, see
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/advance.mspx.

To receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft Security Bulletins are issued, subscribe to Microsoft Technical Security Notifications on
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/notify.mspx

Microsoft will host a webcast to address customer questions on these bulletins on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada). Register for the Security Bulletin Webcast at
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/summary.mspx.


Microsoft also provides information to help customers prioritize monthly security updates with any non-security, high-priority updates that are being released on the same day as the monthly security updates. Please see the section, Other Information.


Critical Security Bulletins
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-001
  - Affected Software:
    - Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
    - Windows XP Service Pack 2 and
      Windows XP Service Pack 3
    - Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
    - Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
    - Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
    - Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
    - Windows Vista,
      Windows Vista Service Pack 1, and
      Windows Vista Service Pack 2
    - Windows Vista x64 Edition,
      Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1, and
      Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
    - Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and
      Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
      (Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)
    - Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and
      Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
      (Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)
    - Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and
      Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
    - Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems
    - Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
    - Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems
      (Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core installation not affected)
    - Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems
    - Impact: Remote Code Execution
    - Version Number: 1.0

[Microsoft Security Bulletin] Re-Release - Issued: January 12, 2010

Summary
The following bulletin has undergone a major revision increment.
  * MS09-035 – Moderate

Bulletin Information:
* MS09-035 - Moderate
- http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms09-035.mspx
- Reason for Revision: V3.0 (January 12, 2010): Rereleased this
    bulletin to add Windows Embedded CE 6.0 to affected software.
    The new update for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 (KB974616) is
    available from the Microsoft Download Center only. Customers
    using the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 platform should consider
    applying the update. No other update packages are affected by
    this rerelease. 
- Originally posted: July 28, 2009
- Updated: January 12, 2010
- Bulletin Severity Rating: Moderate
- Version: 3.0

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