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May 2009 - Posts

  • Another search engine about to hit the internet highways

    Check out Bing, a new search engine from Microsoft.

    Time of this posting it's not ready for public consumption, I believe it'll be ready for us on the 1st of June 2009.

    They do have a video posted, click here to view

    A few words on the subject over on CNET. They say it'll take market share from Google, is a lot more "solid" than Windows Live search, guess by that they mean it answers more questions.

    Search for Bing on Google

    Search for Bing on Windows Live


  • WSUS SP2 Beta - available for public consumption on Connect

    WSUS SP2 Beta is now available for evaluation on Connect.

    Here's an overview taken from the WSUS Product Team Blog:

    WSUS 3.0 SP2 Beta Overview

    New Windows Server and Client Version Support
    ·       Integration with Windows Server® 2008 R2

    ·       Support for Windows 7® client

    ·       Support for the BranchCache feature on Windows Server® 2008 R2

    WSUS Beta Feature Improvements and Fixes
    Auto-Approval Rules
    ·       New functionality lets you specify the approval deadline date and time.

    ·       You can now apply a rule to all computers or to specific computer groups.

    Update Files and Languages
    ·       This release provides improved handling of language selection on downstream servers. A new warning dialog appears when you download updates only for specified languages.

    Cross-Version Compatibility
    ·       The user interface is compatible between Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2 for WSUS 3.0 on both the client and the server.

    Software Updates
    ·       Stability and reliability fixes for the WSUS server, such as support for IPV6 addresses greater than 40 characters.

    ·       The approval dialog now sorts computer groups alphabetically by group name.

    ·       Computer status report sorting icons are now functional in x64 environments.

    ·       Fixed setup issues with database servers running Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008.

  • WMUG Event: June 18th, 2009

    I am delighted to be able to announce our next meeting on Thursday 18th June at Microsoft’s office in Cardinal Place London where this time we'll be kicking off with an in-depth look at Windows 7, courtesy of Viral Tarpara and Andrew Driver from Microsoft.

    After some refreshments, Johan Arwidmark (MVP) will be presenting highlights from three of his ConfigMgr / MDT sessions from this year’s MMS.

    Coupled with SWAG give always, networking opportunities, etc. this promises to be a great evening and best of all everything is FREE.

    To register simply use the following links so we know how many are coming so everyone gets fed and watered:

    Look forward to seeing you there.

  • Microsoft Security Advisory (971492) - Vulnerability in Internet Information Services Could Allow Elevation of Privilege

    Related to WEBDAV and the Anonymous account (IUSER_<>)

    Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a possible vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS). An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists in the way that the WebDAV extension for IIS handles HTTP requests. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by creating a specially crafted anonymous HTTP request to gain access to a location that typically requires authentication.

    We are not aware of attacks that are trying to use this vulnerability or of customer impact at this time. Microsoft is investigating the public reports.

  • Simple SQL query - Show collections a client is a member of

    Was just asked to create a ConfigMgr query to show which collections a client is a member of:

    Note: Collections do not replicate upwards, so running this on your Central for a Tier 2\3 client will not show anything. Either run it on the assigned site server, or from a higher up site server where all the collections are managed ...

    SELECT     v_FullCollectionMembership.CollectionID, v_FullCollectionMembership.Name as [Client], v_Collection.Name AS [Collection Name],
    FROM         v_FullCollectionMembership INNER JOIN
                          v_Collection ON v_FullCollectionMembership.CollectionID = v_Collection.CollectionID
    WHERE V_FullCollectionMembership.Name = '<MACHINE NAME>'

    This can even go in to a report, create the report, create a prompt called @ClientName, edit the above '<MACHINE NAME>' text (don't forget to strip the apostrophes out too) and replace with @ClientName, then replace the existing default query in the new report with the modified SQL statement from above.

    You could even link this report to the built-in "All resources in a specific collection" report, a good idea as that report then links to another report showing you the advertisements for that client which can then be drilled in to even further to give you the "Status of a specific advertisement". Very handy if you first want to know what collections the client is a member of (for deployment troubleshooting), then go through to the advertisement information.

    This will probably work on SMS2003 as well, I don't think those views changed ...

    (PS ... I hate the way community server messes with formatting, gets font sizes wrong, won't let you reformat easily, and generally makes a mare of things I post ... yes I even blame CS for my typo's, factually incorrect postings and everything else, grrr, double grrr)



  • WMI Troubleshooting tips

    More from the Configuration Manager team blog, which you really should subscribe to their RSS feed, or make a habit of frequenting their website for some really good ConfigMgr info.

    Brian Huneycutt has posted a super cool run down on solving WMI issues over on the Configuration Manager team blog

    A good summary of the steps to get WMI back on its feet. And a word of warning about just deleting the WMI repository (which we've all done I'm sure!)


     Bhaskar Krishnan has posted a great SRS FAQ over on the Configuration Manger team blog.

    Worth a read, and the team blog is worth bookmarking Smile

  • MMMUG - Exchange 2010 - 27th of May 2009

    MMMUG (Microsoft Messaging & Mobility User Group) is hosting an Exchange 2010 centric event on the 27th of May 2009 ... Read on:


    No point rewriting what Nathan has already done a superb job on ...





    Hi All,

    As you will no doubt have heard, Exchange 2010 was launched to the public on the 15th of April. This of course means that there is now a huge amount of new features and functionality to learn. So, to help you get started MMMUG will be running a series of events over the next few months covering many of the key areas.


    We start on Wednesday May 27th with an overview of Exchange 2010. I will introduce things by taking a look at the future of email, Microsoft Style! Then Brett Johnson will dive deeper into a few of the key new areas.


    To sign up for the event see the link below:



    In the mean time, if you want to get started then check out my blog posts on Prerequisites, Installation and Certificates here:









    Looking forward to seeing you at the event.



  • Getting a CMD prompt as LSA in Vista\W2008

    One of the best tricks for us sms admins to use while troubleshooting access (amongst other things) is to use a CMD prompt elevated to SYSTEM context. A godsend for those of us that are permissions challenged, such as Secondary site servers that we the sms admins have no permissions to access, but the parent site server does, or doing diagnostic tests (such as running Internet Explorer in SYSTEM context etc).

    Traditionally, we could pull this off on pre-Vista\W2008 OS's, but Microsoft have controls in place now to try to stop this kind of elevation from taking place (session 0 isolation).

    Kim Oppalfens linked me to Ben Griswold (JohnnyCoders) blog on how to make it happen. Definitly worth a read.

  • First Graphics Game written on and for a (16 bit) Home Computer

    Another Rob "Retro" Marshall posting i'm afraid Smile

    Well worth taking a peek at this link, worlds first graphical game for a 16-bit computer from the Adams family (Richard, Eric, Scott!) ...

    Today many computer enthusiasts write programs at home for their own graphical games. It's fun. This page documents the first graphical computer game written at home on capable home computer hardware. It turns out that both the game software and the computer hardware were created at home by three brothers all in college in the mid '70s.

    What a contrast to todays high-powered 3D computer games eh! I was about 4 years old when this was happening ...

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