Posted by bink on September 9 2003, 5:30 PM. Posted in Dynamics.

IT infrastructure and solutions provider, <Y>Datacentrix</Y>, garnered the title of Microsoft Business Solution Partner of the Year at Microsoft's recent annual partner summit. Anton Jacobsz, group manager: solution partners and authorised resellers at <Y>Microsoft Business Solutions</Y>, states that the Datacentrix Business Solutions division's 65% year-on-year revenue growth as well as its investment in and development of the Microsoft Business Solutions product, ensured its place as head of the partner list. "We believe that through their investment and determination, Datacentrix has been a key contributor to Microsoft's continued local growth and success." The Partner of the Year award follows last year's honour of the Microsoft Business Solutions Leadership award, which was presented to Charl Joubert, managing director of Datacentrix Solutions. "Our sustained recognition by Microsoft Business Solutions provides testimony to our outstanding performance over the past year and growth in presence within the enterprise market, a significant sector for Datacentrix," says Joubert. "We believe that this year's award is a clear signal that Datacentrix is on the map and we will continue to focus on this part of the market and invest in our skills base in order to fully develop and utilise our partnership with Microsoft Business Solutions," Joubert adds.

SMS 2003 launch at IT Forum 2003 in Denmark

Posted by bink on September 8 2003, 11:41 PM. Posted in SCCM (SMS).

Microsoft will release its long-awaited desktop management software in November at a conference in Denmark.

The software will be released to manufacturing sometime between September and then, and will be formally released Nov. 11 at the Microsoft IT Forum 2003 in Copenhagen, according to Microsoft.

The ship date for Systems Management Server 2003, which was previously code-named Topaz, has slipped before. The software was originally due out this summer, but it was held in trial longer so Microsoft could tweak some problems that users had complained about. Microsoft executives then said SMS 2003 would ship in September.

Customers have given thumbs up about the latest version of SMS 2003 in general, though those who are on older versions of Microsoft platforms don't get the same functionality as those on the newer versions. Release Candidate 1 was made available July 1, and apparently Microsoft ran into some issues the company wants to isolate and fix, one expert said.

The delay is not terribly important to SMS experts, who said they would rather see a quality product in the end. "We would rather them hold [SMS 2003] than release another [SMS] 2.0-like RTM," said Larry Duncan, a Nashville, Tenn.-based systems management consultant.

Customers agree. "SMS 2000 is working well enough for us so we're not worried about [the delay]," said Arch Willingham, vice president of T.U. Parks Construction, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Over time, Microsoft plans to merge its three manageability platforms, SMS 2003, Microsoft Operations Manager 2004 and Application Center, into a suite of products, and eventually into one integrated platform called System Center. System Center isn't due to appear until sometime around 2006 or beyond.

New Subscriber downloads

Posted by bink on September 8 2003, 11:27 PM. Posted in Licensing.

On MSDN subscriber downloads and Microsoft Licensing site news downloads are added.

Office System: Live Communication Server, Mappoint 2004 (Licensing site only)

One product added to the licensing downloads is Digital Image Suite 9. I believe I have some knowledge of Microsoft products, but I must have complete missed this one. I never saw/heard of Digital Image Suite version 1 to 8. So this is it:

Digital Image Suite including Digital Image Pro and Digital Image Library offers one integrated complete solution for all of your digital imaging needs. Digital Image Suite is packed with all of the tools you need to organize your photos, edit them using wide variety of easy-to-use tools, create hundreds of one-of-a-kind projects, print and share your work, and archive photos for safekeeping. Two Powerful Products in One: Includes all of the photo organization and archival power of Digital Image Library and all of the photo-editing power of Digital Image Pro. Complete: Digital Image Suite offers a complete photo system for finding, archiving, editing, and sharing photos Smart: Smart tools make it easy to manage your memories.

Click on pic for info of this product

Microsoft Main Target of Hackers

Posted by bink on September 8 2003, 11:26 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Major computer security breaches and big Internet attacks like the ones in recent weeks typically target software made by one company: Microsoft Corp.Microsoft's Windows operating systems are a favorite target of hackers for one simple reason — they run about 95 percent of all personal computers in the world. Hackers also say the software is riddled with security holes and therefore easier to exploit than other operating systems, such as Macintosh or Linux.

Microsoft has a system to fix flaws that can allow viruses and worms to attack customers' machines. But it is a cumbersome one that requires customers to voluntarily download and install software "patches" from its Web site. The patches are often hard to install and are issued so frequently — about 70 last year alone — that they're easy to ignore.

With the lessons of recent Internet attacks behind it, Microsoft is now contemplating significant changes, including making patches and Internet "firewalls" more automatic and adding anti-virus software directly to its next major operating system release.

"Clearly there's room for improvement . . . or we wouldn't be looking at changing," acknowledged Steve Lipner, Microsoft's director of security assurance.Microsoft and even the Department of Homeland Security warned computer users for weeks to download a patch to prevent the recent Blaster worm, for instance. Yet an estimated 200,000 or so computer users failed to do so, exposing not only their computers but everyone connected to them through the Internet to Blaster's wrath."Patches aren't working because the strategy is a poor one," Fred Cohen, a computer security consultant and teacher widely known as the inventor of the first computer virus, said in an e-mail interview. "The alternative is to engineer systems well."Users of the newest Windows operating systems can activate a program to automatically download patches. But Lipner said Microsoft is considering making this a "default" or pre-installed setting in future releases.Likewise, Windows XP users can activate a built-in Internet "firewall" to restrict unwanted Web traffic that might contain viruses or worms, but many apparently don't do that either. Making the firewall a default setting may be standard in the next Windows release too, Lipner said.Microsoft also is considering integrating virus protection software directly into its operating systems. It recently purchased an anti-virus company to help do so.Just taking those relatively simple steps could significantly cut down on the number of e-mail infections worldwide, other security experts say."Microsoft has already tried to make things easier for the end user . . . but over time it's really apparent that some steps are still a little too much to put on the end user," said Craig Seamugar, virus research engineer with Network Associates Technology Inc., which owns the McAfee line of anti-virus software. Other companies, however, are planning changes that could help. Atlanta-based Internet service provider Earthlink Inc., for instance, plans to add anti-virus software on its e-mail servers sometime in the next six months to catch viruses before they are even sent to customers.Such server-based software is somewhat controversial — it could filter out e-mails that customers want by mistake — but Earthlink executive vice president Linda Beck said it's needed, given the constantly growing number of computer viruses."It's just an extension of our current product strategy of blocking the bad things that affect customers on the Internet," she said. "It's a never-ending battle."

New Office locks down documents

Posted by bink on September 8 2003, 7:48 AM. Posted in Office.

As digital media publishers scramble to devise a foolproof method of copy protection, Microsoft is ready to push digital rights management into a whole new arena--your desktop.

Office 2003, the upcoming update of the company's market-dominating productivity package, for the first time will include tools for restricting access to documents created with the software. Office workers can specify who can read or alter a spreadsheet, block it from copying or printing, and set an expiration date.

The technology is one of the first major steps in Microsoft's plan to popularize Windows Rights Management Services, a wide-ranging plan to make restricted access to information a standard part of business processes.

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Analysts say it represents a badly needed new avenue for boosting sales of Microsoft's server software and an opportunity to lock out competitors, including older versions of Office. It also gives businesses that skipped on the last round or two of Office upgrades a new reason to bite this time.

"If Office 2003 was just another incremental upgrade, they'd have a hard time getting businesses interested," said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst for Jupiter Research. "For most people, the pinnacle of functionality in Office applications came in 1995. But there are more things that can be done using Office as a platform for delivering new services."

The new rights management tools splinter to some extent the long-standing interoperability of Office formats. Until now, PC users have been able to count on opening and manipulating any document saved in Microsoft Word's ".doc" format or Excel's ".xls" in any compatible program, including older versions of Office and competing packages such as Sun Microsystems' StarOffice and the open-source OpenOffice. But rights-protected documents created in Office 2003 can be manipulated only in Office 2003. View: Read Full Article

XP Tweaking Experience

Posted by bink on September 8 2003, 1:15 AM. Posted in Tools & Utils.

The Tweaking Experience previously known as the "XP-Tweaking Guide"

The Tweaking Experience brings together all tweaks for Microsoft Windows XP/2000 such as Internet, Miscellaneous, System Performance and User Interface related tweaks into a single easy-to-use centralized helpfile.

Whats new?

- Change name to Tweaking Experience - Added Forums to Contact and Support section - Added more than 40 various tweaks - Added new sections: IIS, Active Desktop and Windows 2003 Server - Removed How-To section - Added History tab in navigational panel - Added link inside options to the homepage   Download: Screen-shots:

Microsoft Certification News

Posted by bink on September 8 2003, 12:36 AM. Posted in Training & Certification.

New MCP Titles Highlight Exchange Expertise Microsoft adds two new specialist titles to its MCSA/MCSE tracks, follows up with some details on two new Exchange 2003-based exams.

Microsoft announced new specialist titles, MCSA: Messaging and MCSE: Messaging, for the systems administrator and systems engineer certifications. The titles are aimed at certification candidates who seek a title that denotes skills in planning and administering a messaging system based on Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server and Exchange Server 2003, the company's newest messaging software system that will be officially released mid-October.

Both Exchange 2000 Server and Exchange Server 2003 versions of the MCSA: Messaging specialist titles require four exams

Now available: Microsoft certification exams for Windows Server 2003

Small Business Server Gets First Exam Microsoft will shortly be releasing the first exam for people who want to prove their expertise in Small Business Server 2003.Exam 70-282, Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for a Small- and Medium-Sized Business, is expected to go into beta testing between September 22 and September 28. The live exam will be released in December, according to David Lowe, Product Manager, Business and Product Strategy, Microsoft Learning.

The exam will be accepted as an elective for the Windows Server 2003 MCSE track. Microsoft official training will be offered in course 2395, Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for a Small and Medium-Sized Business.

The objectives list for the exam, available here, encompasses a wide-ranging set of topics, including analysis of the existing environment; design of the solution; installation, configuration, support and maintenance of the SBS software; and migration of the system to the Windows Server 2003 platform.

According to Microsoft’s Web site, SBS 2003 will be available in 34 days, on October 9. A free preview kit, which includes the release candidate of the software, is available here.

New Windows Server 2003 exam focuses on data center

Microsoft has teamed up with Unisys Corp. to produce a certification exam for IT professionals who want a credential that includes experience with high-end servers.  The exam, which is completing its beta test this week, is called "Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Solutions in the Data Center." A final version of the exam will be available in late October, said John Vivola, program manager for Unisys Data Center Certified Professional Program.

It is considered an elective for the Microsoft Certified System Engineer for Windows Server 2003 certification track.

Vivola said the exam's objectives are around implementing and managing server hardware and resources in a high-end computing environment. "These situations are really a marriage of hardware and software," Vivola said. "Hence, the specialization."

The companies decided to create a data center specialty because they recognized not all MCSEs are created equal. Just because MCSEs are certified to work in a Windows shop, it does not mean they have the skills to support products in the data center, he said.

"When you think about lost revenue for an hour of downtime, it can be millions," Vivola said. continue reading on Datacenter Exam.

Networkdrive-to-location Mapper

Posted by bink on September 8 2003, 12:15 AM. Posted in Tools & Utils.

My friend richard developed a special tool. If users need to map a drive to a central server but need data from a diferent location or department, this tool lets the user choose the location or department (folders on the fileserver) and the drive is automaticly mapped to that location/department folder.

This can be usefull in Terminal Server environments.

Get KLIP on your desktop

Posted by bink on September 8 2003, 12:08 AM. Posted in Site News.

Thanks to the great work on the site by Tekmaven, RSS newsfeed is now enabled. There are many tools to read headlines via RSS. A popular one is KLIP. Get this tool to get headlines on your desktop! Many other sites have a KLIP so start collecting.

Download KlipFolio, then get  after that search there for other KLIPS. Site Updates

Posted by bink on September 7 2003, 11:25 PM. Posted in Site News. has recieved a few updates and bug fixes!

New Features:

  • RSS Feed! 
  • News articles now have author
  • # of comments now displayed on each news article
  • New “Downloads“ links under Links Tab
    • These are links to downloads in news articles
  • New, reworked links section
  • [Administrative] Created ASP.NET ad click counter

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed 404 error when clicking an article category
  • Re-worded register screen (no email will be delievered on signup)
  • Speeded website page loading time (by removing slow old ad system and adding a new ASP.NET based one)
  • Fixed spelling error on article detail page

I'm pretty sure I fixed some more bugs, but its late ;-) and I can't remember them all.  And remember, post in the bug forums if you have a problem!

New Windows Update Covers More Products

Posted by bink on September 7 2003, 2:57 PM. Posted in Windows Update.

The fifth revision of Windows Update is set to enter beta testing, as Microsoft continues efforts to improve its facility for keeping customers' systems up to date. Windows Update V5 is slated to be a significant upgrade, eventually extending the service's reach beyond Windows to all Microsoft products. The company will initially support updates to Office 2003, as well as SQL and Exchange. The first test version -- what Microsoft calls "the Alpha" release -- of V5 will launch in late September, according to the company. Subsequent updates will be made every two or three months. "The vision for Windows Update V5 is to provide an efficient and effective means to keep all Microsoft products secure and up to date with the latest patches, starting with Windows, Office, SQL, and Exchange," Microsoft wrote in an e-mail to beta nominees. Microsoft is accepting applications for the Windows Update V5 beta program until Friday, September 12. The nomination survey can be accessed by signing into BetaPlace with the guest ID: WUV5Prev. Applicants who tested V4 are asked to click a special link named "WU V5 Preview Program Participation for currently in WU V4." "The key to an effective pre-release program is having customers participate who are willing and able to install, exercise, and provide feedback on the product in a timely manner," noted Redmond beta coordinators. "Please carefully consider your willingness and ability to follow through on these commitments."New Windows Update Covers More Products”

MSN Messenger 6.1.114 Leaked with MSN 9

Posted by bink on September 6 2003, 2:41 AM. Posted in MSN.

Earlier today, Microsoft's new future version of its MSN Software, was leaked. This is a beta build and serves as a preview. Neowin has given us a list of new features we can expect in this new build:

  • MSN Messenger 6.1
  • MSN Explorer 9
  • Photo Mail & Photo Show
  • MSN Encarta Plus!
  • Enchanced Email
  • Picture It! Express
  • Picture It! LibraryIt seems the beta will be launching very soon. The installer for MSN 9 Beta downloads the components from the web. The UI for MSN 9 Explorer is standard, same as MSN 8/8.5. Changes are mainly to do with Outlook connector and Email settings. MSN Messenger 6.1 has also been added to the client. MSN Messenger 6.1 boosts new customizing features like no menu bar and colour changing.