Outlook Express Update:OE Does Not Use 3DES to Enc

Posted by bink on September 17 2003, 2:21 PM. Posted in Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer 6 SP1 Update: Outlook Express Does Not Use 3DES to Encrypt Mail When the Recipient's Capabilities Are Not Known.

All versions of Outlook Express, including the version that is shipped with Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1, use RC2 40-bit encryption when the recipient's encryption capabilities are unknown. This fix permits you to use 3DES instead of 40-bit encryption when the recipient's encryption capabilities are not known.

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Another free MSN service to be payed for

Posted by bink on September 17 2003, 2:18 PM. Posted in MSN.

If you are accessing MSN Hotmail®* on your wireless device, this free service will expire on Wednesday, December 3, 2003. This only affects access to your Hotmail account from a mobile device (cell phone or wireless PDA).To continue managing your Hotmail inbox from your mobile device and receiving mobile alerts when important e-mail arrives, click here to subscribe at our introductory rate of just $19.99** a year. Here are the services you'll get with your subscription:
  • New! With MSN Messenger you can now chat wirelessly with family and friends virtually anywhere.
  • MSN Calendar - Receive mobile alerts for important dates like birthdays and anniversaries.
  • MSN Mobile Web - Use your mobile device to browse MSN for weather, news, sports, horoscopes and more, to get the information you want, when you need it most.
  • MSN Hotmail - Read and reply to messages and receive mobile alerts when important e-mail arrives.
  • MSN Alerts - Receive customized alerts for weather, news, sports, stocks, traffic, horoscopes and more
Discover the freedom you'll experience by staying connected to the people and information that matter most when you are on the go. If you choose not to sign up at this time, your mobile access to Hotmail will end on Wednesday, December 3, 2003.

New Forum Functionality!

Posted by bink on September 17 2003, 6:25 AM. Posted in Bink.nu Site News.

The forums have some new posting functionality! 

[i]<CONTENTS>[/i] - Italics[b]<CONTENTS>[/b] - Bold[u]<CONTENTS>[/u] - Underline[img]<CONTENTS>[/img] - Insert Image[mail]<CONTENTS>[/mail] - Email Link[link]<CONTENTS>[/link] - Link to an external site

I hope ya guys enjoy!

Update: Most emoticons work now too!

Microsoft Clustering Examples

Posted by bink on September 17 2003, 4:49 AM. Posted in Windows (general).

Using Clustering for a Highly Available Web Site: An Example


This white paper discusses the Network Load Balancing (NLB) clusters that support the Microsoft.com Web site.

Using Clustering with Exchange 2003: An Example

 This white paper describes how Microsoft® uses clustering to manage the Exchange servers that provide messaging for the company. This paper provides detailed information about the hardware, software, and configuration of the cluster, and explains why the configuration was chosen.

MS releases 802.11g wireless networking solution

Posted by bink on September 17 2003, 4:34 AM. Posted in Broadband Networking.

Wireless Base StationMicrosoft Corp. today unveiled Wireless-G, an innovative Wi-Fi®-certified 802.11g wireless networking solution. Utilizing powerful security technologies, the new lineup of wireless networking products enables consumers to simply share a broadband Internet connection, information files, printers and more between all the computers in the home — at up to five times the speed of a typical 802.11b wireless network.

The new products introduced today are Microsoft® Wireless Base Station MN-700, a router with an integrated 802.11g wireless access point and four-point Ethernet switch; Wireless Notebook Adapter MN-720, which adds a notebook computer to the wireless network; Wireless PCI Adapter MN-730, which adds a desktop computer to the network; Wireless Notebook Kit MN-820, with everything users need to create a wireless network for a desktop and notebook; and Xbox® Wireless Adapter MN-740, the only comprehensive, first-party solution for high- performance Xbox gaming without the hassle of wires.

"Wi-Fi is an exploding technology with adoption growing at a rapid pace," said Todd Greenberg, product manager for Microsoft Broadband Networking. "Microsoft Wireless-G products feature standards- based technology to ensure compatibility; an enhanced, proprietary Setup Wizard for easy network setup; and premier security out of the box, making it easy for consumers to join this trend."

Key features of Microsoft Wireless-G include the following:

  • Easy installation. Microsoft Wireless-G is designed to make high- performance wireless home networking easy. An enhanced Setup Wizard provides step-by-step instructions for installation and enables additional PCs to be added to the network quickly and efficiently.
  • Auto Update. Microsoft’s proprietary Auto Update service automatically sends a message when updates are available, keeping consumers up to date with ever-changing software enhancements. The Wireless Base Station MN-700 is powered by Windows® CE .NET 4.2, enabling Microsoft, its partners and other developers to create additional applications and benefits for customers.
  • Premier security. Wireless-G helps keep the network safe from wireless eavesdroppers with premier, easy-to-use security features, including Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). In addition, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is automatically turned on by the Setup Wizard and a stateful packet inspection (SPI) hardware firewall helps protect users from Internet intruders.
  • High performance at the speed of G. Wireless-G supports speeds of up to 54 Mbps and includes Parental Controls, the first key feature written for the flexible Windows CE platform. Parental controls allow parents or employers enhanced control over access to Internet content via the network.
  • Innovations in wireless gaming. Co-developed by Xbox and Microsoft Broadband Networking, Xbox Wireless Adapter enables gamers to play on the Xbox Live™ service from any Xbox-connected television in the home — without wires — by adding Xbox to an existing 802.11g or 802.11b Wi-Fi network.

Microsoft Unleashes New Fast and Easy-to-Use Home Networking Products With Automatic Security

Xbox Wireless Adapter

Now you can add your Microsoft Xbox® video game console to your high speed wireless network! Play Xbox on any TV in your home, with the assurance of the leading wireless security.


SBS 2003 RTM

Posted by bink on September 16 2003, 8:44 PM. Posted in Small Business Server.

Wininformant reports

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it had released Windows Small Business Server 2003 (SBS 2003) to manufacturing, setting the stage for a new generation of low-cost server hardware running this exciting new Windows Server version. SBS 2003 will soon be available in two editions, a Standard Edition which includes Windows Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2003; and a Premium Edition which adds ISA Server 2000 and SQL Server 2000.

"Windows Small Business Server 2003 delivers unprecedented innovations in simplicity, resulting in a new solution that uniquely enables a broader population of small businesses to more quickly realize returns on their IT investment while providing new opportunities for channel partners to profitably service an even larger spectrum of small-business customers," says Bill Veghte, the corporate vice president of the Windows Server Group.

With this version, for the first time, SBS will be available with low-cost server bundles from Dell, HP and other major PC makers. This change means that small businesses will be able to purchase cheap PC servers, enter a few location-specific bits of information on first boot, and have a functioning and secure Active Directory (AD) infrastructure up and running in less than 15 minutes, complete with email, remote access, a sophisticated intranet, and more. These servers will start at about $999, Microsoft tells me.

Ballmer: On Microsoft's virus strategy, Apple, Ado

Posted by bink on September 16 2003, 8:18 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer warned on Monday that recent security vulnerabilities represent a "new and growing challenge to innovation" and conceded that his company is under attack from "thieves, con artists, terrorists and hackers".

In response, the Redmond, Washington, software giant plans to develop new means for thwarting such attackers and aims to shut down the invasions before they wreak the havoc seen with recent viruses such as MSBlast.

"The most important technology area we are focused on is shield technology," Ballmer said in a speech to the Churchill Club, a gathering of Silicon Valley businesspeople in Santa Clara, California. "We know bad guys keep writing viruses. The goal is to block them before they get on PCs."

Such technology has traditionally been the domain of anti-virus software makers but Ballmer stressed that he wants to work more closely with companies such as Symantec and Network Associates.

"This is an industrywide problem that must be fought not only by Microsoft," Ballmer said, noting that it is not just the software giant's operating system that is threatened but also other areas of network infrastructure that are at risk, including routers, databases and ISP connections. In June, Microsoft purchased GeCad Software, a Romanian maker of anti-virus software.

Ballmer said he understands that customers expect more from his company.

"Many of our customers are feeling the pain," he said. "We have to raise the bar on the quality of products when it comes to security."

In particular, Ballmer said Microsoft must improve the way it distributes and manages the software patches that it uses to update its operating system and other programs. The software maker also is looking for ways to involve other companies in what it calls the "post processing" of its code - that is, looking through existing programs for vulnerabilities and using the latest viruses to see if they point to other flaws.

"There is still a lot of work ahead of us," he said.

The one thing Microsoft can't do, Ballmer said, is stop innovating. "In the old West, the banks didn't shut down when there were robberies. They improved the banks. They improved the law enforcement." continue

Longhorn build 4029 M5 leaked

Posted by bink on September 14 2003, 9:25 PM. Posted in Windows Server 2008.

Despite for the fact that it was compiled back in June, this is still the latest milestone-build of Longhorn that ever surfaced outside Microsoft's campus.The most noticeable changes compared to the previously leaked build 4015 are an somewhat enhanced sidebar as well as minor improvements that have been made throughout the infamous Plex-skin... Sorry folks, no Aero yet!If you want to take a sneek peak on this build yourself, be sure to check out the screenshot gallery that has been posted by Paul Thurrott over at his SuperSite for Windows a while back!

View: Longhorn Build 4029 Screenshot GalleryNews source: Iexbeta

Windows Rights Management Services RC1

Posted by bink on September 14 2003, 12:51 AM. Posted in Windows Server 2003.

Windows Rights Management Services provide the platform for an organizational rights policy management system. Since this server component is provided as a premium service for Windows Server, a Windows RMS Client Access License (CAL) is required for each user publishing and/or viewing rights-protected content. However, up to two users may simultaneously access or use the RMS solely for administration of the software without a CAL. For more details on licensing requirements, please review the End User License Agreement when downloading this premium service. 

Download: Windows Rights Management Services (Pre-Release RC1)Download: Windows Rights Management Client 1.0Download: Windows Rights Management Client Software Development Kit (SDK)Download: Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) Software Development Kit (SDK)