July 2009 - Posts

Showing Our Thanks to Windows 7 Beta Testers…. - Windows 7 Team Blog - The Windows Blog
31 July 09 12:46 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

Last week, I blogged that members of the Windows Technical Beta Program would not be receiving a complimentary copy of Windows 7. Normally I hate to be wrong but in this case, I’m stoked that I am.

To show our appreciation, members of the invitation-only Windows 7 Technical Beta Program will be eligible for a free, final copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. For more information on how to take advantage of this, refer to Paul’s post in the .Beta_Program newsgroup for details.

Showing Our Thanks to Windows 7 Beta Testers…. - Windows 7 Team Blog - The Windows Blog

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HotFix Available: Multicast OS deployments fail with a hash value error when the Windows OS WIM file size is larger than 4 GB in System Center Configuration Manager 2007
30 July 09 06:21 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

Multicast OS deployments fail with a hash value error when the Windows OS WIM file size is larger than 4 GB in System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Multicast OS deployments fail with a hash value error when the Windows OS WIM file size is larger than 4 GB in System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Installing Visual Studio on Vista
30 July 09 01:05 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 Installing Visual Studio on Vista

Visual Studio setup attempts to install .NET Framework 2.0 but fails if the 2.0 Framework is already installed on the machine. On a Vista machine, this will fail because the 2.0 Framework is already is built into the operating system.

To correct this issue you can edit the unattend .ini file to prevent VS unattended setup from attempting to install .NET Framework 2.0.

  • Remove these lines: "gfn_mid framework", "gfn_mid framework ia64", and "gfn_mid framework amd64" from the following sections:
    [PreInstallOrder]
    [InstallOrder]
    [PostInstallOrder]
  • Change “InstallActionInteger=5” to “InstallActionInteger=1” in the following sections:
    [gfn_mid framework]
    InstallActionInteger=1
    [gfn_mid framework ia64]
    InstallActionInteger=1
    [gfn_mid framework amd64]
    InstallActionInteger=1

Enterprise Network Deployment Readme

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Microsoft SOLUTIONACCELERATORS Satisfaction Survey
30 July 09 01:02 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

SOLUTIONACCELERATORS are free tools and guidance created by Microsoft to help IT Professionals with the use of Microsoft products and technologies.

Your answers will help direct Microsoft investments in Solution Accelerators.

This survey contains less than thirty questions and should take less than ten minutes to complete.

SOLUTIONACCELERATORS Satisfaction Survey - Zoomerang Online Surveys

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Noteworthy post-SP2 Outlook 2007 update for Windows 7 users and those experiencing slow performance after installing Office 2007 SP2 - Aaron Tiensivu's Blog
30 July 09 06:51 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

Noteworthy post-SP2 Outlook 2007 update for Windows 7 users and those experiencing slow performance after installing Office 2007 SP2 - Aaron Tiensivu's Blog

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Silverlight 3 Deployment and Management
29 July 09 03:52 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

 

Feed: TechNet Edge
Posted on: Friday, July 10, 2009 3:01 AM
Author: David Tesar
Subject: Silverlight 3 Deployment and Management

 

Silverlight 3 has just released to the web and they have a virtual launch event! The big question for IT Pros is how can I deploy and manage it in my environment?

Thankfully, we created a Silverlight deployment guide to give enterprises guidance on the various options available to deploy Silverlight.  In summary you can deploy a new install or upgrade of Silverlight 3 in the following ways:

  • Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) – is an excellent way to deploy Silverlight along with your patches and other Microsoft updates.  Very easy with no configuration of Silverlight necessary. Also, WSUS install or update GUIDs are available in the release history.
  • SMS, SC Config Manager, or SC Essentials – are all great options to deploy Silverlight.  Just create a package to deploy it or utilize the integration of WSUS with SC to assist.
  • Group policy – utilizing startup or logon scripts is an option, but of course requires a bit of scripting and rolling out group policies. 
  • Microsoft Update – allows clients to discover the Silverlight updates when they check for updates via the built-in Microsoft Update over the internet.  This would be feasible for smaller companies where they allow clients to install
  • Advertise the executable – is not a deployment method, but nice to know we support this if you’d like to manually advertise the executable install file via a website, email, etc..
  • Allow the automatic update via the Silverlight built-in auto-updater - is a great option if you have Silverlight installed on non-Windows clients.  Similar to the previous two options, it only works if the users are administrators of their own machine.

As for management of Silverlight, there really isn't much you should need to manage.  However, there are a couple group policies you could use by importing the Silverlight custom ADMX/L file (website).  More settings will be added to this same website as they become available.

Resources:
Watch the Virtual Launch Event at seethelight.com
Download the Silverlight Deployment Guide
Install Silverlight 3 on your own machine
Watch technical developer videos on SL3 from Ch9


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The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog : A step by step for using OSD through System Center Configuration Manager 2007
29 July 09 02:35 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog : A step by step for using OSD through System Center Configuration Manager 2007

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The Microsoft/Yahoo Choice/Value/Innovation web site
29 July 09 02:29 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

Choice. Value. Innovation. - Home

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Event: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
29 July 09 01:05 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

Featured Product/Topic: Microsoft Operations Manager

Recommended Audiences: IT Managers, IT Professionals, IT Directors

Microsoft has just released the newest version of System Center Operations Manager, 2007 R2. OpsMgr, AKA SCOM, allows an enterprise to monitor the health and performance of the IT infrastructure from hardware all the way to the applications. Component monitoring, audit logging, service delivery monitoring and performance monitoring have been with us since 2007. SLA monitoring has been enhanced in 2007 R2 and Cross Platform Extensions add the ability to natively monitor UNIX and LINUX from the Microsoft platform
This session by expert Paul Keely will introduce you to OpsMgr and to the new features added in OpsMgr 2007 R2.

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Nexus SC: The System Center Team Blog : Brad Anderson promoted to Corporate Vice President of Management and Services Division
29 July 09 12:56 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

In a bit of a break from our normal System Center topics, today we thought we’d share the exciting news that earlier today it was announced within Microsoft that Brad Anderson has been promoted to corporate vice president, Management and Services Division (MSD).  We know that many of you know Brad through videos and posts on the System Center blog or interaction with him at events such as the annual Microsoft Management Summit conference and have come to appreciate his knowledge of the IT management space and customer environments.

Nexus SC: The System Center Team Blog : Brad Anderson promoted to Corporate Vice President of Management and Services Division

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SqlMonitoring Tool
28 July 09 02:46 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

The SqlMonitoring tool makes it possible to monitor SQL 2000, 2005, 2008 environments and send alerts to a central database (SQL 2008). A client can be used to view the alerts en perform actions on them. This tool is a good alternative if you do not have the budget or infrastructure for tools like SCOM.

SqlMonitoring Tool - Home

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Sign up for a 3-day System Center training course before August 15th – get a free Dell Mini 10 netbook!
28 July 09 01:30 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

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Systems Center Configuration Manager Training | Train Signal
28 July 09 01:16 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

Systems Center Configuration Manager Training | Train Signal

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Txt Gateways for Sending Txt Messages from an Email Client
28 July 09 06:40 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

You can send a txt message to anyone who can receive txt messages on their phone or smartphone using your favorite email client – you just need to know the remote phone number along with the provider gateway information.

Here’s a few:

Verizon: 10digitphonenumber@vtext.com
AT&T: 10digitphonenumber@txt.att.net
Sprint: 10digitphonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
T-Mobile: 10digitphonenumber@tmomail.net
Nextel: 10digitphonenumber@messaging.nextel.com
Cingular: 10digitphonenumber@cingularme.com
Virgin Mobile: 10digitphonenumber@vmobl.com
Alltel: 10digitphonenumber@
message.alltel.com
CellularOne: 10digitphonenumber@mobile.celloneusa.com
Omnipoint: 10digitphonenumber@omnipointpcs.com
Qwest: 10digitphonenumber@qwestmp.com

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Exchange Message Store not mounting – one fix…
25 July 09 05:20 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

I saw an issue recently where an update to the server’s AV caused the Exchange Information Store service not to start.  It was first identified when the server was rebooted for some other reason, and the service would not start automatically.  There were strange errors like: 0(0x0), which really didn’t tell me much.  After a bit of sleuthing I found that the VirusScan portion of Exchange was causing the service to actually time-out when starting.  Renaming the VirusScan key solved the problem to allow email to start flowing again.  If you’re out of options trying to figure out why a store will not mount and the service will not start, give this fix a shot.  It could get you back up and running.

To do this, find this key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSExchangeIS\VirusScan

Rename, “VirusScan” to something different like “NotVirusScan” or something so that Exchange doesn’t see the key when the Information Store service is started.

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