October 26, 2009

Windows 7 Compatibility Center

Filed under: Windows 7 — Rahul Patel @ 9:10 am

Do you own a old hardware (for example printer, scanner, or any other device) or software and want to check its compatibility with Windows 7? Apart from using the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, there is an excellent online resource which tells you whether a software or hardware is compatible with Windows 7 or not.It’s the Windows 7 Compatibility Center which list thousands of products and clearly label their compatibility status for Windows 7.

Click here : Windows 7 Compatibility Center


October 24, 2009

Microsoft Releases “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool” for Installing Windows 7 from USB

Filed under: Windows 7 — Rahul Patel @ 11:55 am

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7 ISO file to USB flash drive or DVD. To create a bootable USB flash drive or DVD, download the ISO file and then run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. Once this is done, you can install Windows 7 directly from the USB flash drive or DVD.

Download: Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool or My Shared  Box

UPDATE 11/21:

Microsoft has confirmed their Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool does contains GPLv2 code (although they say it was not intentional). Microsoft will make the source code as well as binaries for this tool available next week under the terms of the General Public License v2.

October 21, 2009

Applications That Are Known to Work with RODCs

Filed under: Server 2008,Server Core — Rahul Patel @ 10:30 am

Overview of what applications are supported to run with a Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) implementation.

1.Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) server
2.Microsoft Office Live Communications Server
3.Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS)
4.Microsoft Office Outlook
5.Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM)
6.Windows SharePoint Services
7.Microsoft SQL Server 2005
8.Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)
9.Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)
10.Credential Roaming
11.Distributed File System (DFS)
12.Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) and File Replication Service (FRS)
13.Domain Name System (DNS)
14.Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
15.Group Policy
16.Internet Authentication Service
17.Internet Information Services (IIS)
18.Network Access Protection (NAP)
19.Terminal Services (Users and Computers snap-in)
20.Terminal Services Licensing server

Note:Exchange isn’t on the list. In fact, you can’t run Exchange (2000, 2003, 2007) if there’s only a RODC it can connect to. Exchange needs a full-DC around to function correctly.

October 20, 2009

Disk2vhd v1.0

Filed under: Hyper-V,Server 2008 — Rahul Patel @ 10:28 am

Sysinternals  offers a free P2V tool Called Disk2VHD that creates VHDs (Virtual Hard Disks) of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC and/or Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs).  You can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online, since it uses Windows Volume Snapshot (VSS) capability, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include.

To use VHDs produced by Disk2vhd, create a VM with the desired characteristics and add the VHDs to the VM configuration as IDE disk(s).
On first boot, a VM booting a captured copy of Windows will detect the VM’s hardware and automatically install drivers, if present in the image. If the required drivers are not present, install them via the Virtual PC or Hyper-V integration components.

You can also attach to VHDs using the Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Disk Management or Diskpart utilities.

Download here

For more information: Sysinternals website

October 3, 2009

Microsoft Security Essentials Released

Filed under: Micorosoft Windows,My Knowledge — Rahul Patel @ 5:56 pm

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

Download: Microsoft Security Essentials

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