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May Free E-Book: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Resource Kit

  Disclaimer: Remember that these books are available as a free download for a limited period of time.  Microsoft Press released two new e-books to continue celebrating their 25th anniversary: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Resource Kit On this book you’ll find detailed information about what’s new in Windows Server 2008 regarding Terminal Services and common scenarios to use a Terminal Services ecosystem. As an always requested topic regarding to Terminal Services, you’ll see how the applications publications works within these environments, using Terminal Services RemoteApps (TS RemoteApps). Some of the topics: Planning and installing Terminal Server environment. Creating and maintaining user work environment. Installing and Publishing Applications. Terminal Services ecosystem management. Also, on the devs side again, you can find this another “best practices” book: “The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention”. Techniques to meet the demand for more reliable software. Enjoy and don’t forget to share the links. Cheers!

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GFI WebMonitor 2009: Review and Common Configurations

  For those that never heard about GFI WebMonitor; it’s an ISA Server (2004 or 2006) “add-on” that helps you monitor in real time the network traffic inside your organization, it also complements with ISA Server giving you the chance to directly configure white/black lists, set some access rules to the internet and scan all the traffic for virus and malware. In this post I’ll try to review the functionality, pros and cons, as well as the process of installing and configuring. GFI WebMonitor 2009 Requirements I’m evaluating the GFI UnifiedProtection Edition (that combines WebFilter and WebSecurity) in one package. Hardware Processor: 1.8ghz Memory: 2GB RAM Hard Disk: 10/15 GB free Operating System and Software Windows Server 2000 SP4 / Windows Server 2003 ISA Server 2004 SP3 / ISA Server 2006 Internet Explorer 6 or later .Net Framework 2.0   GFI WebMonitor Installation You can download the trial version for GFI WebMonitor from this link. The installation process it’s simple, you shouldn’t have any problem with this. Access Permissions. Here you can set from which of the IP address the GFI web configuration will be accessible. Take note that you can specify the users that can access it. Mail Settings. Configure it to receive mail notifications about when, for example, a user is trying to infringe a configured policy in WebMonitor. Testing mail notifications. Once the installation is complete, two new access rules are configured in your ISA Server Firewall […]

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Experiencing Lenovo W500 with Windows 7 (RC) – Part II

  No news to you if I tell you that Windows 7 RC has just become available for download to the public (starting May 5th, you can download it from here). So if you had the chance to read my previous review about Windows 7, you would now that having this operating system installed all this time has been a real good experience to me and my Lenovo ThinkPad W500. This time I want to share with you the experience of installing this release candidate on my laptop. So, what’s new on the RC? You are probably wondering what changes have been introduced in this version compared to the previous beta. I won’t lie, nothing much. Did you hear the rumor that said that the RC was going to introduce a significant change in the UI? Didn’t happen. Windows Media Player: Media Streaming. You can now stream music or video using the internet. Sharing the media with other friends and using Windows Live ID. That’s actually quite nice and using a smart technology adapting the streaming to your connection. More icons on Taskbar: You can now place around 30% more icons on taskbar (depending on your resolution). IE8. You can uninstall IE8 from Windows Features. Windows XP Mode (Beta) was also introduced as a feature to download for Windows 7 RC. It is an interesting move to achieve the always controversial application compatibility and motivate people to an early adoption […]

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Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part III

  Check also: Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part I Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part II After reviewing the necessary steps for preparing our environment (Post I) and building a custom image for a thin client (Post II); we’ll prepare the remote boot process as well as the remote boot server that will deploy that image on diskless devices. If you prepared the same environment with the XP Embedded version, the process does not have much differences. 1. Set the Image Ready Even though the building process of the image is complete, we need to run a few steps to set the image ready for deployment. The First Boot Agent (FBA) needs to be executed one time to complete this process. By booting the image one time, the FBA makes a hardware detection and finishing some other tasks like network configuration. Also, these tasks executed by the agent can be customized; check this link about FBA.  The image is already built, so we are going to take those files to a new disk (virtual in my case) and boot a client machine from there. 1.1 Add a second disk to the machine acting as Remote Boot Server. Create a new partition and set it to “Active”.   1.2 Copy the image files to that new logical disk. 1.3 Like I said, I’m using a virtual environment, so my next step would be to create a […]

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Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part II

  Check also: Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part I Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part III After reviewing Post I we’ve set our environment to start building the images. The process it’s practically the same that we executed on XP Embedded (Post I, Post II and Post III). And again, as I mentioned before, this deployment is oriented to Embedded images booting on diskless devices, so there will be steps that are not necessary if you are not looking for a remote boot environment with Windows Embedded Standard 2009 images. Building the Image 1. Get hardware information from your target This step is done with Target Analyzer, that is just an .exe file that compiles all of the hardware necessary information to be included on the image you are building. With the information gathered here, the corresponding drivers will be added to the image. Since I’m using virtual machines in the same physical server, I’m going to collect hardware data in the same machine where I’m going to build the target image. 1.1 Open a cmd and focus on “C:\Program Files\Windows Embedded\utilities”. 1.2 Run “tap.exe”. You’ll see that the program recollects information about your devices, and creates a new file on the same folder called “devices.pmq” containing all that data.  Target analyzer collecting information The files devices.pmq contains all the hardware information 2. Adding the Drivers to the Image The image builder from the Windows […]

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Free eBook: Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator’s Companion

Again, Microsoft Press is releasing a brand new book for you to download it completely free: Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator’s Companion But you should know that this book is going to be available for download for a short period of time: April 15 to April 22. So you better hurry up and get yourself a copy! The SBS platform that was introduced with Windows Server 2003 is oriented to small-medium organizations (between 5 and 75 computers) and gives you all the possibilities and solutions that you may need to use on your organization within a single server: Active Directory, Exchange Server, Internet Information Services (IIS), Sharepoint, SQL, Terminal Services, etc. Avoiding, this way, to consider the implementation of several servers and their hardware and licensing costs. Also, on the devs side, you can find this book also available: Microsoft® Visual Basic® 2008 Express Edition: Build a Program Now! Enjoy!

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Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part I

Check also: Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part II Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part III I’ve been reviewing, for a while now, the opportunities that Embedded operating systems has to offer. If you take a look to previous posts of mine that I’ve prepared about XP Embedded you’ll find a quick introduction to the platform + the steps for building, preparing and deploying XP Embedded images in your environment, including deploying it on diskless devices (remote boot): Preparing and Installing Windows XP Embedded Images – Part I: Setting up the Environment Preparing and Installing Windows XP Embedded Images – Part II: Building Images Preparing and Installing Windows XP Embedded Images – Part III: Using Remote Boot Windows Embedded 2009 Standard Overview Windows Embedded 2009 Standard is the newest version of the Embedded operating systems released by Microsoft, succeeding Windows XP Embedded. These operating systems are oriented to special devices or computers, where you need a secure, small, reliable and manageable OS. WES 2009 contains the same kernel as Windows XP with a few improvements: Windows XP kernel with SP3 included Internet Explorer 7 Windows Media Player 11 Silverlight 1.0 .Net Framework 3.5 (including also 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0). IPv6 support For more information about Windows Embedded Standard 2009 check the following links: – Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Home – [PDF] Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Overview – [PDF] Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Datasheet – [PDF] Windows […]

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