ADMX Migrator

November 14, 2006 // 0 Comments

The ADMX Migrator is an MMC snap in for converting existing group policy ADM templates to ADMX which is the XML equivilent for Windows Vista and Windows "Longhorn".  It’s available for download now. ADMX offers: Multilanguage support. An optional centralised data store (maybe the [...]

Some IT Forum News

November 14, 2006 // 0 Comments

IT Fourm (the big MS conference in Europe) kicked off with it’s keynote presentation in Barcelona this morning.  Some announcements as reported by Bink: Windows 2003 SP2 RC1 was released. Windows "Longhorn" Hypervisor public beta will be released in Q1 2007 and will RTM within 180 [...]


November 10, 2006 // 0 Comments

Up to now I’ve been using beta releases and evaluation copies for all of my test and lab work.  That’s about to change.  Products only stay in beta for so long.  Evals are fine but they timebomb.  Microsoft TechNet gives you a range of products where you can get a very wide range of [...]

Stuff I’m Hoping To Do Documentation On Soon

November 9, 2006 // 0 Comments

I only get limited time to play with stuff in my virtual lab between working 8 hours a day and commuting for another 3.5.  This is some of the stuff I’m looking to work on (or have worked on) and want to document and put up on this site. I’m a big fan of SMS 2003 and MOM 2005 and that [...]

Update #3: Brightstore 11.5 Disk Staging Option

November 9, 2006 // 0 Comments

Last night’s backup ran with 8 concurrent streams.  The time for Agent to Tape was 3 hours exactly.  An identical traditional backup two weeks ago took 13.5 hours.  One interesting thing: The same two machines had TCP communication timeouts again.  I dug back further in the logs and [...]

Update #2: Brightstore 11.5 Disk Staging Option

November 8, 2006 // 0 Comments

Last night’s backup time was cut once again by running 15 concurrent streams from agent to disk.  The differential backup took only 2.7 hours instead of the 3.5 the night before (10 streams).  Disk to tape took 1.4 hours instead of 1 hour but that’s not a problem because it’s an [...]

Windows Sysinternals

November 8, 2006 // 0 Comments

Anyone who’s done any decent amount of Windows administration or consulting will be familiar with the name Mark Russinovich and his old company, Sysinternals.  A while back, they were bought out by Microsoft and Mark became one of Microsoft’s "fellows", a big brain [...]

Windows Vista RTM

November 8, 2006 // 0 Comments

It’s been much talked about.  It’s late.  It’s here.  Windows Vista has just gone RTM.  Jim Allchin made one simple blog entry to announce the fact on the Vista Blog.  Another entry goes into a little more detail I’m hoping to find out when TechNet and Volume Customers [...]

SQL 2005 Service Pack 2 CTP

November 8, 2006 // 0 Comments

A customer technology preview (CTP) release of SP2 for SQL 2005 has been released for general consumption.  The list of changes is way too long to list here but you can find them on the Microsoft website.  Key additions include:   Support for Office 2007 business intelligence functionality. [...]

Web Server Downtime

November 7, 2006 // 0 Comments

Apologies to anyone who tried to download any of my documents from my site today.  My web server (a VM) failed to autostart after it’s host rebooted according to a schedule last night.  That was quickly sorted out when I got home.  All of my documents are stored on this web server and [...]
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