Codename: Bear Paw

Posted by bink on September 11 2003, 11:45 PM. Posted in Windows (general).

Bear Paw is the codename of the next generation terminal services. It is first mentioned at the Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting in a presentation by Eric Rudder.

Some curious engineers asked for more info at Microsoft about the Bear Paw project, a engineer posted parts of Microsoft's reply in a forum of a consultancy company (source below):

Microsoft have made it very clear at this time, the specific features that will be included in Bear Paw have not been confirmed.Eric Rudder did reference Bear Paw and did imply that it is targeted for Microsoft FY04 (July - June 04.) release.Eric Rudder's reference was pre-mature.We have now been advised by Chandra Shekaran, the Terminal Server group manager, that Eric Rudder should not have mentioned Bear Paw! Bill Veghte has already spoken to him and advised him that at this stage Bear Paw is undefined re features or Release dates.Microsoft public position on Bear paw at this time is - Bear Paw is the code name for the next release of Terminal Server. Its features set and release date are at this time undefined.Chandra confirmed to me that Bear Paw will not be released on its own, it will either be part of a Service Pack or a major release. He specifically said that it could be part of win2k3 SP2 or Longhorn - but nothing is decided.


Remembering September 11th

Posted by bink on September 11 2003, 6:54 PM. Posted in Site News.

I would like to take a moment to remember September 11th, with all the visitors.

A blog entry, which I just made, reproduced below:

I was in Earth Science, with a substitute teacher on that horrible morning.  Someone came on the public address system informing us that there has been an attack on the World Trade Center, and if we knew anyone that worked in or near it, to leave class and to call them.

My mom works in lower Manhattan - you could see the two awesome towers from the floor-to-ceiling window in her office's lobby.  I quickly called her, and was unable to get through to her cell phone.  After a few tries, I called my dad.  He assured me that she was alright, and was on her way home.

My mom - who is by no stretch a person who is in shape - was forced to walk across the entire Manhattan island - over the 59th Street Bridge, to Astoria.

When I got off the phone with her, I remember pausing to think if I knew anyone working in there.  I quickly recalled hearing stories of my friend's father - who worked on the 70th floor of the North Tower.  For the following periods of the day, I remember frantically looking for him - just to ask him the one question on all of his friend's mind - “Is he alright.”  The ending for his story is good - he made it out safely. 

My friends father's company, on the other hand, didn't.  For many other people the story turned out very tragically.  Thousands of children lost their fathers.  Hundreds of wives lost their husbands.  The New York City Fire Department lost countless firemen.

Continue at below link:

A link to the entry is here:  It may get updated with some more stories, if I feel in the mood to share them.

Office 2003 leaked......

Posted by bink on September 11 2003, 6:36 PM. Posted in Office.

ExtremeXP claims Office 2003 leaked....

It took a while, but Office 2003 leaked to the Internet via IRC chat servers.

Sources close to MS told me MS employees were threatened to be fired if Office 2003 leaks and is traced back to an employee. That's maybe why it took longer then previous RTM'ed products that leaked

Microsoft Envisions Storage Server 2004

Posted by bink on September 11 2003, 3:21 PM. Posted in Storage Server (NAS).

Microsoft's storage agenda for 2004 is to perfect its existing products through homegrown development and industry partnerships, officials said here today.

"We… conceptually see a Storage Server 2004," said Bob Muglia, senior vice president, enterprise management and storage, in an interview following today's official launch of Windows Storage Server 2003, formerly known as Server Appliance Kit.

Besides the 2003 version's inclusion of management and backup features, along with improved security, the 2004 version will add storage network management, Muglia said. That will come largely through the assistance of leading switch vendors Brocade Communications Systems Inc. and McData Corp., he said.

Storage Server 2004 will also expand its rollback features, so IT administrators can get back a whole Exchange inbox, for example, instead of just an individual file as in today's 2003 edition, he explained.

Another major 2004 upgrade is to fix Exchange's inability to run off of such network-attached storage at all. Not supporting that in Storage Server 2003 and the prior Server Appliance Kit version was a mistake, he acknowledged. "We need to fix this," he said.

Microsoft has no storage-related acquisition plans, he added, in his first interview for the Redmond, Wash., firm's 18-month-old Enterprise Storage Group. Also, "We're not the company to focus on building broad SAN management tools that you're going to deploy in your data center. It's our classic line that we draw and that the marketplace draws for us," he said, at the Storage Decisions trade show here.

The division has just over 200 employees, three-quarters in Redmond and one-quarter in India, he said. Overall, "It's still in investment mode," he said. Microsoft next year will also begin to talk about other storage products, he said.

"They've been working on some of their own data management and lifecycle management stuff," which can get into application-aware management, added Randy Kerns, an analyst with Evaluator Group Inc., of Greenwood Village, Colo. But, "I think it's going to take a while, and it's going to be very slow to roll out," he said.

Eddie Puente, a storage administrator at human resources consultancy Hewitt Associates LLC, Lincolnshire, Ill., said he's concerned that other storage vendors won't want to interoperate with Microsoft. "I think they extend their claws a little too much already," he said. Hewitt runs 130 terabytes of storage from EMC Corp. and Network Appliance Inc., backed up with IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager. Microsoft should focus more on interface improvements and storage-specific security, he said.

Critical patch!

Posted by bink on September 11 2003, 5:34 AM. Posted in Security.

OK, this is another serious one. INSTALL this patch!!! dont wait for Blaster2

Title: Buffer Overrun In RPCSS Service Could Allow Code Execution(824146)Date: September 10, 2003Software: Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0; Microsoft Windows NT Server(r) 4.0; Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition; Microsoft Windows 2000; Microsoft Windows XP; Microsoft Windows Server 2003Impact: Run code of attacker's choiceMaximum Severity Rating: CriticalBulletin: MS03-039The Microsoft Security Response Center has released Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-039What Is It?The Microsoft Security Response Center has released Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-039 which concerns a vulnerability in the versions of Microsoft Windows listed above.Microsoft has released a tool that can be used to scan a network for the presence of systems which have not had the MS03-039 patch installed.More details on this tool are available in Microsoft Knowledge Basearticle 827363. This tool supersedes the one provided in MicrosoftKnowledge Base article 826369 which was developed to scan systems for the vulnerability patched by MS03-026.More information is now available at an effort to better communicate with our customers, Microsoft willalso be conducting a Webcast to provide guidance on Protecting Your PC and details of MS03-039.

Windows NT4.0 Workstation | Server | Terminal Server EditionWindows 2000Windows XP  Windows XP 64-bit Edition  Windows XP 64-bit Edition, Version 2003 

Windows Server 2003 | 64-bit EditionDetect tool: KB 824146 ScannerMicrosoft Knowledge Base article (824146)

SAK 3.0 anytime now?

Posted by bink on September 10 2003, 9:58 PM. Posted in Server Appliance.

Now that Windows Storage Server 2003 (NAS 3.0) has been launched I guess we can expect SAK 3.0 anytime now!

The Microsoft Server Appliance Kit 3.0 was scheduled to release shortly after the release of Windows Server 2003. SAK 3.0 will enable OEMs, IHVs and ISVs to build Windows Powered Server Appliances that utilize the new Windows Server 2003 operating system.

In addition to the new technologies included within Windows Server 2003, SAK 3.0 will add several enhancements to the Web User Interface, add new plug-ins specifically for Network Attached Storage (NAS) server appliances, and provide robust how-to documentation on how to best use the new toolkit.

Please note: SAK 3.0 will no longer provide a turnkey solution for building Web server appliances. OEMs wishing to manufacture Web server appliances powered by Windows Server 2003 will have a new turnkey solution with the new Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

To view additional Microsoft Server Appliance Kit product information, please visit the Technical Resources page.

To download the SAK and related software, please visit the Downloads page.

Inside Xbox 2

Posted by bink on September 10 2003, 9:09 PM. Posted in Xbox.

Both ATI and Microsoft executives are absolutely refusing to answer questions on the Xbox successor, but that didn’t stop us in our mission to be the “Insider’s Choice for Xbox Information.” We’re proud to bring you today the very first info on the Xbox 2 GPU. Our highly placed source within the industry informed us that the graphic technology powering the Xbox successor is a derivative of the R500, the successor of the R420 to be unveiled later this year at Comdex.This graphic chip has been in design for longer than a year at ATI’s Marlborough, Mass. office and much like the Xbox’s nVIDIA GPU, the Xbox 2 graphic chip will also be a custom silicon that will have the R500 as its core technology. This graphic chip is aimed at the next version of the DirectX API, most probably called DirectX 10, which is already in development and simply code named: DirectX/LH. LH stands for Longhorn, the next major desktop Windows release, which will follow Windows XP. This same source also told us: “Microsoft chose ATI not just because the publicly known problems with nVIDIA but also because current technology shows ATI is the real winner when it comes to pixel shaders performance.” Something that is correct, as several publications have put in evidence that ATI’s Radeon 9800 Pro surpasses the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra in most Pixel Shaders 2.0 benchmarks. “And we all know graphics’ future is all about pixel shaders” our source added. technology.

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Windows Storage Server 2003 launched

Posted by bink on September 10 2003, 9:01 PM. Posted in Storage Server (NAS).

Windows Storage Server 2003 (codename NAS 3.0) is released:

Today at the Storage Decisions 2003 conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the general availability of Windows® Storage Server 2003. A dedicated file and print server solution, Microsoft® Windows Storage Server 2003 will be available through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Dell, EMC Corp., Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, INLINE Corp., Iomega Corp., MaXXan Systems, Inc., and NEC Corp.

"IT professionals continue to tell us they need cost-effective storage solutions to help ensure data availability, realize the savings of file server consolidation and maintain business continuity," said Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Enterprise Storage Division at Microsoft. "With enterprise-ready features like Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS), Virtual Disk Service (VDS) and failover clustering, Windows Storage Server 2003 meets those critical storage needs, all at a low total cost of ownership."

Windows Storage Server 2003 is available in two editions. Enterprise Edition is a highly scalable file storage server that meets the data availability and performance needs of enterprise datacenters. Standard Edition is a reliable, dedicated file and print server, ideal for enterprise departments, branch offices, and small and medium-sized businesses.

The United States Army Reserve 108th Division is an early Windows Storage Server 2003 customer. Its goal was to reduce IT costs for storage and file serving through consolidation, while increasing data availability and operational efficiency.

"We purchased the INLINE FileStorm NAS with Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 to realize cost savings through file server consolidation and to enable disaster recovery through replication," said Willie Bradham, information management officer of the 108th Division of the United States Army Reserve. "We were amazed at how easily we were able to integrate the solution into our existing WAN architecture for remote user file sharing."

To meet their specific needs and preferences, customers have a broad choice of OEM products powered by Windows Storage Server 2003. OEM storage products announced today are the Dell PowerVault 775N and 770N storage systems, HP StorageWorks NAS 2000s, the Iomega NAS P400m series, the INLINE FileStorm systems, and MaXXan Systems' SG110m NAS gateway appliance and the SG210m application card. The EMC NetWin 200, when generally available, also will be based on Windows Storage Server 2003.

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New MBS products

Posted by bink on September 10 2003, 3:51 PM. Posted in Dynamics.

Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) division has more than just the launch of the 1.2 release of Microsoft CRM on its plate in the coming months.Microsoft Business Solutions late last month released to manufacturing its Microsoft Business Network (MBN) code, a couple of months later than it had hoped. MBN officially RTM'd on August 22, a company spokeswoman confirms.

"It will be available in the next couple of months," she adds.

Prior to its acquisition by Microsoft, Great Plains was working on an EDI-like network that would be optimized for small/mid-size businesses (SMBs). MBN - a B2B network designed to connect suppliers to their customers - is the fruit of that labor. Unlike traditional EDI systems, however, MBN makes use of XML for sharing documents and data.

Microsoft plans to make MBN available through its volume-licensing programs, according to a customer guide published to its Web site. Microsoft will push the message that MBN can be used to connect to not only smaller trading partners, but larger ones, too, according to the guide. Integration with smaller partners is built around Outlook and Excel. But integration with mid- and large-size partners will mean shelling out for BizTalk Server, in many cases.

But MBN's not the only SMB hot spot. Microsoft Business Solutions also is working on adding demand-planning capabilities to its stable of offerings.

Demand-planning software helps customers schedule and plan manufacturing-production activities.

Microsoft has confirmed it is working on adding a demand-planning module to the next refresh of its Microsoft Business Portal. But it seems this business-planning functionality is coming from a third-party partner, not from Microsoft itself.

Milan, Italy-based TXT - a supplier of content-management, supply-chain and customer-management software - has signed a deal with Microsoft to provide the Redmond software vendor with demand-planning functionality for not only its business portal, but also for its Navision, Axapta and Great Plains software products. The deal is non-exclusive. TXT will receive license royalties for each sale. That's all according to a TXT press release, issued on August 27.

TXT is planning to complete the integration of its demand-planning technology into Microsoft's wares in time to show it off to Microsoft partners in the fourth quarter, according to the TXT release.

TXT did not reply to a request for further details. A spokeswoman for Microsoft's MBS unit declined to comment on the TXT announcement.


More Windows 2000 SP4 issues

Posted by bink on September 10 2003, 3:42 AM. Posted in Windows 2000.

SP4 Might Overwrite Local Security Policy Settings

If you use either a Group Policy Object (GPO) or the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Local Security Policy snap-in to modify system security settings, the Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) Setup utility can, in some cases, overwrite the active values with those that are stored in the most recent secedit.sdb template. For compatibility with Windows Server 2003 platforms, SP4 adds two new security-related privileges: "impersonate a client" and "create global objects." The security policy bug occurs when Setup adds these new privileges to the local user rights list. The documentation provides no details about why the security template might not contain current security settings but does state that after an SP4 upgrade, security options might revert to previous settings. While Microsoft continues to debug this problem, you can avoid this problem by forcing a refresh of the secedit.sdb security template---to do so, open the system's Local Security Policy before you start an SP4 upgrade. Read the Microsoft article "Local Security Policy Values Revert to the Values That Are Stored in SecEdit.sdb After You Install Windows 2000 Service Pack 4" ( for more details.

Terminal Services Shared File Bug Fix The network redirector mrxsmb.sys creates one data structure per computer for every user that accesses a shared file on a Win2K system. The redirector per-computer data structure causes problems when a Win2K system is configured as a Win2K Server Terminal Services server and multiple Terminal Services clients access the same file. To properly maintain connection information, the redirector needs one data structure for each client session. In the current implementation, when two or more Terminal Services clients open the same file and one of the clients closes the file, the redirector incorrectly closes the connection for all Terminal Services clients. You can find documentation about the unexpected behavior in two Microsoft articles: "Programs Run from Network Share on TS Close or Generate Errors" ( and "PRB: 'Error reading file' Error Message on Windows 2000 Terminal Services" ( Microsoft now has a permanent solution for this problem, which exists in all versions of Win2K through SP4. Call Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS) and ask for the June 4 version of the redirector components mrxsmb.sys and rdbss.sys. These new components have an option you can enable to create data structures on a per-user, rather than a per-computer, basis. On Terminal Services servers, after you install the new redirector, you need to activate the per-user data structure feature by modifying the registry. Locate the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MRxSmb\Parameters registry subkey, and add the value entry MultiUserEnabled:REG_DWORD: 1 in the right pane. Note that this modification is unnecessary on Win2K systems that aren't configured as Terminal Servers. For more information about this problem and solution, read the Microsoft article "Problems When More Than One User Accesses the Same File Through Terminal Services" (

Major Citrix Logon Delays on SP4 Systems When you use a Citrix client to connect to a Win2K SP4 system running Citrix MetaFrame or Citrix 1.8 installation, plus Terminal Services, clients might wait for 5 to 30 minutes for the desktop to appear. This problem occurs only for clients running the ICA protocol and connecting to a Win2K system on which you have redirected printing to a local printer on the client system. PSS has a bug fix that solves this problem--updates to 12 files, most of which have a file release date of July 17. When you call PSS, cite the Microsoft article "Very Long Logon Time When You Try to Connect to Citrix MetaFrame or Citrix 1.8" ( as a reference.