Manage your Microsoft Product support Lifecycles

Knowing what products are being used within your IT environment is key. From a technology planning point of view its also important to understand the entire product lifecycle of a given product, especially when the it’s being used by a large amount of users or if its use is business critical. For Microsoft products, the Microsoft Product Lifecycle Search site can help you creating your technology roadmaps. Simply choose one of the options and select Read More …

ToolTip: AM-Deadlink

Within our daily life in IT we often find interesting sources of information on the internet or on our company intranet. So after a while, most of us typically end up having a large number of Bookmarks. In my case these are 1168 items. Yesterday I cam across this nice FREE tool called AM-Deadlnk. With AM-Deadlnk you can check your bookmarks and find out if these are still valid. The utility is smart enough to Read More …

Another way to get a browser installed on Windows7 E

In my earlier post "How to download a browser on Windows7 E” I explained how to create a simple script to download a browser. I just came across another blog article that might be useful for those that do not want or can’t use a script. The article “Downloading a browser in E, without a browser, in 3 steps” explains how you can get access to a browser through Windows Media Player.

The “MZ” header in EXE files

When you open an executable in notepad, you might have noticed that every executable starts with the letters MZ These story behind these two letters is that these are the initials of Mark Zbikowski the designer of the DOS executable file format. These two letters are basically telling the system that this is an executable file. It must be a funny idea when going to sleep and knowing that your initials are spread on billions Read More …

Windows7 signed-off for RTM

Windows7 has been signed-off and now goes into RTM. See the video below where contributing development teams give their go to release Windows7. Windows Engineering blog – RTM announcement http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/07/22/our-next-engineering-milestone-rtm.aspx Windows 7 Team blog – When will you get Windows 7 http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2009/07/21/when-will-you-get-windows-7-rtm.aspx

ToolTip: Processor Check for 64-Bit Compatibility

In my earlier post “Detect XP Mode support” I wrote about a utility that checks the system for virtualization support. I have just found a similar one from VMWare that helps detecting if your CPU supports running virtual 64 bit guest operating systems. The VMWare Guest Check utility can be downloaded from here The following message appears when your system does not support running 64 bit guest operating systems: The following message appears when your Read More …

Windows7 BranchCache test results

Back in April I was playing with BranchCache in my home lab environment to get an idea about how things are supposed to work but simulating a real world WAN network isn’t that easy, unless you have access to some expensive software or you can simulate a network on a Linux box, but unfortunately my knowledge with Linux is near zero. So to see how BranchCache really works out in a real environment, I asked Read More …

How to download a browser on Windows7 E

As a response to the European Antitrust Commission, Microsoft will strip the Internet Explorer from Windows7 SKUs aimed for European markets. For end users this means that unless the hardware vendor has a browser pre-installed, which is going to be very unlikely, users must install a browser themselves. So how to download and install a browser if you don’t have a browser to access the internet? The geeks among us would probably use an ftp Read More …

Windows7 Enterprise Videos

The Windows7 Enterprise videos provide a great high-level overview for the following features: DirectAccess BranchCache Enterprise Search Scopes BitLocker AppLocker Virtual Desktop Enhancements Language Packs Click here to access the videos