TS and Connected TS Clients Pause When a TS Client Logs On or Logs Off

Posted by bink on October 9 2003, 8:46 PM. Posted in Windows 2000.

When a Terminal Services client logs on or logs off (either in a session or on the console of the Terminal server), the Windows 2000-based Terminal server together with the connected Terminal Services client computers may stop responding or may pause for several seconds. Users may also experience one or more of the follow symptoms:Symptoms

When a user types in a document, characters do not appear on the screen until this pause has ended.

Keyboard input and mouse input are queued, but they are not processed until this pause has ended.

Live performance monitoring (Perfmon) graphs have missing data points during this pause.

All running programs appear to stop responding, or "hang," during this pause.

  • When Spooler is under a load from a large number of users, a high CPU usage is displayed for it.ResolutionA hotfix that can be obtained at Microsoft Product Support Services.This hotfix replaces a lot of critical system files on Windows 2000 systems with services pack 3 installed. The hotfix is about 14MB! Wow.After you install the hotfix and restart the computer, you must turn on the Power Protect write cache option for each hard disk that has write caching enabled and that has its write cache protected against accidental loss of power.You must also configure several registry subkeys on the Terminal server.More information: Q324446This article was recently modified. Probably based on customers' experiences. Kous.net
  • Microsoft's ridiculously bad implementation of bluetooth

    Posted by bink on October 9 2003, 5:31 PM. Posted in Blue Tooth.

    From an MS employee's Blog who is having the same issues as I have:

    So yesterday I tried using my new Nokia 3650 with my friend's bluetooth keyboard. Dominic warned me that the MS bluetooth dongle was crap, but alas I didn't listen...

    I had my new phone today I headed home from work - I wanted to get this bluetooth thing going. You see, at work I tried the IrDa connection from my laptop to the phone, however for some reason (random Longhorn issue, device issue, sun spots, whatever) the IrDa connection would only last for about 5 seconds and the phone would never successfully connect. With that, I set out on a mission.

    I went to the company store and bought a new keyboard and mouse combo - we get a nice discount on the hardware for this, so I figured that even if the keyboard & mouse were just OK, it would still be a reasonably good deal depending on the cost of a bluetooth reciever. I brought the combo home, and searched the web...

    You see, the company store has a policy that hardware can only be returned if it is unopened or defective - if I found that a bluetooth reciever was relatively cheap I wouldn't keep the keyboard and mouse, but rather just get the reciever... I searched the web and found that recievers were going for around $50 - so the keyboard & mouse were an OK deal (not a stellar deal, we don't get that good of discounts <G>)

    I also research the web and find a MS KB article about hooking up my Nokia phone to the bluetooth reciever [located through RingTonerFest]... At this point I haven't broken the seal on the hardware, and I'm confident that with a little registry hack I will be good to go.

    I install the keyboard and mouse... pretty cool actually. The nice electric glow of the blue at the top of the reciever is quite pretty.

    Configure the phone. Try to connect. No. Try again. No.

    Time for more web research... Ahh, Nokia says that to connect their phone you need the "Serial Port Profile (SPP)", but of course... and I remember reading from Dominic that they only shipped a few profiles... more searching...

    Found a thread where someone says they talked to people from MSFT - they don't support SPP and probably won't until later in the year. However, their is a third party that has hacked it - BlueSoleil. Of course the demo version only supports 2MB of transfer, and my keyboard will stop working if I try it. Also, their install gives about 40 warnings about installing it... maybe not.

    Tommorrow I'll post some mail and see if I can find out anything internally - this is ridiculous.

    Source found via this Blog

    Customize Outlook's Display Map of Address link

    Posted by bink on October 9 2003, 3:27 PM. Posted in Office.

    One useful but often forgotten feature of Outlook’s Contacts is the ability to map the contact’s address using MapPoint on CD or through a web site if MapPoint is not installed.

    Use the Com Addin dialog to disable the MapPoint AddinWhen you need a map of a contact’s address, open a contact and press the Road sign icon uses web-based maps Display Map button to connect to a web-based mapping service. If MapPoint is installed, the yellow icon is replaced with a Map and pushpin icon uses MapPoint CD map icon and it uses MapPoint to map the contact's location. (Or use Actions, Display Map of Address menu.)

    When MapPoint is installed, you can create web-based maps by disabling the MapPoint Com addin by opening Tools, Options, Other, Advanced Options, Com Addins and remove the check from the MapPoint Addin.

    Outlook originally used maps on the Expedia website and Microsoft recently redirected the URL to mappoint.com. However, Outlook 2000 does not redirect properly and users are unable to use the external mapping service. If you use Outlook 2000 and don’t have MapPoint installed, you can edit the registry to enable another web-based mapping service.

    See source and instructions via www.slipstick.com

    Top Vulnerabilities to Windows Systems

    Posted by bink on October 9 2003, 3:11 PM. Posted in Security.

    Microsoft expects security effort to take time

    Posted by bink on October 9 2003, 3:04 PM. Posted in Security.

    Microsoft plans to announce on Thursday a detailed plan to combat a recent wave of security threats, but one executive told CNET News.com things won't change overnight. "I don't think it is a big bang thing," Microsoft Senior Vice President Bob Muglia said in an interview Wednesday. "I think it's an evolutionary, multistep thing."   As earlier reported, Microsoft is moving toward a strategy known as "securing the perimeter," which involves a greater reliance on firewalls and other "shields" to stop hackers from reaching potentially vulnerable PCs. Thus far, Microsoft has focused its efforts on a Trustworthy Computing initiative designed to improve the way the company writes its software as well as on finding flaws and quickly patching them as they are uncovered.

    However, Microsoft executives have said in recent weeks that the patch approach alone is not working, with many customers choosing not to install the latest updates to Windows, or at least not quickly enough to thwart hackers.

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer first referred to a greater reliance on shield technology during a Sept. 15 speech before a crowd of Silicon Valley executives.

    The software giant has come under increasing pressure to step up its security efforts, particularly in the wake of the MS-Blast worm, also known as Blaster. In addition to concern among customers large and small, Microsoft faces a proposed class-action lawsuit in California over its security flaws.

    However, Muglia said Microsoft has realized that it needs to take action on more levels to try to thwart hackers.

    "You need to have multiple levels of defense," Muglia said, likening it to the steps one might take to secure his or her house.

    "You need to have a fence outside your house, sort of like a gated community," he said. "Then you need to have your doors locked and maybe you need your alarm turned on as well."

    Muglia stressed that security is Microsoft's top priority right now. "We are also looking at ways we can detect some, whether there is some aberrant behavior that is happening on the network, and find intruders," Muglia said.

    At the same time, Muglia said a lot of customers stopped the Blaster attack by using tools that are already available, such as the Internet Connection Firewall that is built into Windows.

    "We're looking at ways that we can get customers to...turn ICF on and to make sure ICF is as effective as it can be and tools like it," Muglia said. "The fact is that for most of these customers, there are a lot of steps they can take right now to make themselves less vulnerable." Source

    File Replication Service Diagnostics Tool (FRSDiag.exe)

    Posted by bink on October 9 2003, 2:59 PM. Posted in Tools & Utils.

    FRSDiag provides a graphical interface to help troubleshoot and diagnose problems with the File Replication Service (FRS). FRS is used to replicate files and folders in the SYSVOL file share on domain controllers and files in Distributed File System (DFS) targets. FRSDiag helps to gather snap-shot information about the service, perform automated tests against that data, and compile an overview of possible problems that may exist in the environment.


    Note this is not included in Win2k3 Resourcekit tools


    Sonar.exe: File Replication Service (FRS) Status Viewer


    &quot;HTTP 404 - File Not Found&quot; Error Message When You Try to Visit Web Pages That Are Opened by JavaScript.....

    Posted by bink on October 9 2003, 2:53 PM. Posted in Internet Explorer.

    Note this fix is included in October IE cumalative patch!

    "HTTP 404 - File Not Found" Error Message When You Try to Visit Web Pages That Are Opened by JavaScript Functions in Frames or in Windows

    After you apply the cumulative security patch for Internet Explorer that is included in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-032, you may receive the following error message when you try to visit Web pages that are opened by JavaScript functions in frames or in windows: HTTP 404 - File not found This problem occurs because the cumulative security patch for Internet Explorer that is included in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-032 changes the base URLs of JavaScript functions to the direct scripting sites. If the JavaScript functions use relative URLs to open Web pages, this change will cause the URLs of the Web pages to be incorrect and you will receive the error message.

    More info and download

    SMS 2003 RTM October 22

    Posted by bink on October 9 2003, 2:47 PM. Posted in SCCM (SMS).

    Microsoft on Wednesday announced that it's long-awaited Systems Management Server 2003 will be released to manufacturing on October 22.

    I Reported on last month that it will be formally released Nov. 11 at the Microsoft IT Forum 2003 in Copenhagen.

    The new release, formerly dubbed Topaz and over two years in coming, will emphasize greater support for mobile devices in a new Advanced Client that automatically checks the size of the connection and adjusts transfer rates accordingly. SMS 2003 will also add a much needed checkpoint/restart function that restarts a failed transmission where it left off—down to the byte level. In addition, Microsoft announced that its Microsoft Operations Manager 2004 release, announced last spring, is now in private beta testing with about two dozen customers. The software will go into public beta testing by year's end, according to David Hamilton, director of Microsoft's Enterprise Management Division in Redmond, Wash.

    MoM 2004 will include a series of Management Packs for managing Web services components such as UDDI, ASP, .Net and IIS.

    It will also include an end-to-end Management Pack for monitoring services that operate across multiple applications and systems.

    In addition, Microsoft streamlined the tool's deployment, making it simpler to administer.

    Third-party Web services management providers such as Amberpoint Inc., Actional Corp. and Computer Associates International Inc. will integrate with MoM 2004, Hamilton said.

    Meanwhile, Microsoft also created a Connector Framework for MoM 2000 to link the tool with heterogeneous network and systems-management tools. It has created three specific connectors for IBM's Tivoli and CA's Unicenter enterprise management systems as well as a connector for Systems Management Arts Inc.'s root-cause-analysis software for networks. These connectors will be released to manufacturing in two weeks. Additional connectors could follow later this fall, the company said. source

    AD test tool for win2k3

    Posted by bink on October 8 2003, 9:15 PM. Posted in Tools & Utils.

    ADTest is an Active Directory load-generation tool. It allows you to simulate client transactions on the host server. By varying client load, you can relate the transaction rate to resource utilization on the server and get some idea about the requirements for your environment. Because ADTest can perform generic Active Directory requests, it can also create an organizational unit structure inside Active Directory. You can add many organizational units and user objects in those ADTest-created organizational units. You can also add attributes to the user objects. Once you have created the Active Directory structure you require, you can use ADTest to perform various Active Directory requests, including Modify and Search. Several pre-built tests have been written to reproduce some typical activities you might want to evaluate. Examples of these pre-built tests are: an interactive logon, a batch logon, a search for a random user, and a modification of an attribute of a random user. By varying your hardware environment or other test parameters, you can gain insight into the performance sensitivities of your particular setup.Remember that benchmarking and performance exercises are useful for comparing platforms or for getting a general understanding of the hardware requirements for common implementation scenarios. However, because these tests are run in constrained environments, such as an isolated lab, they do not necessarily translate directly to deployable scenarios. Therefore, it is important to understand that while this tool is meant to help you prepare for a fairly comprehensive server-sizing and capacity-planning effort, any data generated is only meant for general sizing, benchmarking, or deployment recommendations.

    Note: This is not included in the win2k3 resource kit tools pack, works for Win2k domains too!

    Download installs only on WinXP and Win2k3

    InfoPath 2003 demo

    Posted by bink on October 8 2003, 8:59 PM. Posted in Office.

    InfoPath 2003 HL7 CDA Demo is based on a doctor visit scenario where the patient is received, examined, a diagnosis is made and a medication prescribed. The demo is comporised of two InfoPath 2003 solutions, the Physician's Progress Note and the Pharmacy Order Forms. These electronic forms are based on the Health Level 7 (HL7) Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) standard and show how medical data can be retrieved, stored and transmitted electronically to streamline the paperwork normally associated with this encounter, reduce errors and imporove the quality of healthcare.

    cdademo2.0.exe      cdadoc.exe

    The Mystery smartphone is: Sierra Wireless

    Posted by bink on October 8 2003, 8:22 PM. Posted in Windows Mobile.

    Sierra Wireless Announces Voq™ Professional Phones with Innovative E-Mail Solution for Business Users Voq professional phones to arm business users with compelling voice and data functionality in a single, pocketable Microsoft Windows Mobile™ based device Demonstrations available at Sierra Wireless booth (No. 2045 Hall 2) at ITU Telecom World 2003, Geneva Sierra Wireless (announced today the Voq line of professional phones and value-added software for business users. New Voq-branded professional phones will be based on Microsoft Windows Mobile™ software for Smartphones and will feature both a familiar phone keypad and unique flip-open QWERTY thumbpad. The Voq product line also includes other hardware and software innovations for easy information navigation and retrieval, compelling text entry, and email that is automatically updated. The first Voq model will support global markets by operating over the GSM and GPRS wireless networks and is planned for commercial availability in the first half of 2004. "Sierra Wireless is in a great position to succeed in the Smartphone market, from their strong background in wireless data to their established relationships with wireless carriers," said Roberta Wiggins, Director, Wireless and Mobile Services, The Yankee Group. "Our research points to an upcoming spike in the adoption of Smartphones and Voq´s key features including the flip-open QWERTY thumbpad, make it a formidable offering in this market space." "Sierra Wireless´ Voq promises to be the most important new entrant in the messaging device space in 2004. By going with the Windows Mobile platform and leveraging their proven experience in wireless data, Sierra Wireless and Voq are setting the standard for future phone/messaging handhelds," said Ken Hyers, Senior Analyst, In-Stat/MDR. "Traditional handset manufacturers are struggling to produce a Smartphone that truly addresses the needs of the corporate mainstream," said Dale Vile, Senior Analyst, Quocirca. "The ability to store and access business information is of little benefit if it cannot be navigated conveniently, and effective business messaging requires a comfortable input mechanism. Sierra Wireless understands that innovative ways of tackling these issues are essential if service providers are to gain acceptance of Smartphones and tap new revenue streams in the business sector." The Voq professional phone is based on Windows Mobile™ software for Smartphones, which enables users to synchronize their most important information from Outlook, browse the Internet, listen to music, and customize their phones with personalization options. It has a 200MHz Intel® PXA262 processor with stacked flash memory with value-added hardware and software product capabilities that include: A familiar 12-key dial-pad for full mobile phone functionality and a unique flip-open QWERTY thumbpad for easy text entry; A remarkably simple way to store, navigate and retrieve information; Secure, automatically updated e-mail requiring no desktop redirector or dedicated server. The e-mail solution supports standard enterprise email systems including Microsoft Exchange™, Lotus Notes™, and Novell Groupwise™ ; Software upgrade options with advanced e-mail functionality and support for existing Virtual Private Networking (VPN) security systems. These capabilities are the result of extensive primary market research into the communications needs of mobile professionals. Sierra Wireless has an active IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) program and has applied for patent protection to cover the unique hardware and software differentiators it has conceived in the Voq product line. "Sierra Wireless has expertise in providing wireless data solutions for business users, and we´re pleased to welcome their new handset based on our Windows Mobile software," said Juha Christensen, Corporate Vice President of the Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft. "The Voq brand of Smartphones from Sierra Wireless combines the power and familiarity of our Windows Mobile software into an exciting and unique design." "Sierra Wireless has done a great job creating a family of computing and communications devices with very innovative designs," said Ron Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Intel´s Wireless Communications and Computing Group. "With the power and performance of the Intel processor and memory components, the Voq professional phone has delivered convergence and mobility for the business user." "Voq leverages our own expertise in enterprise wireless data and our existing channels and relationships," said David Sutcliffe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Wireless. "Busy professionals and corporate users need a wireless solution that can deliver compelling voice and data functionality in a single, pocketable device. We are investing in expanding our product line to meet these needs and are doing so with a continued business focus on growth and profitability." For more detailed information on the Voq professional phone, visit our website at www.voq.com. | source

    see also: LG Electronics announced new smart phone