Exchange, Virtual Server, ISA, XP, SMS, LCS, Live Meeting, Windows, SQL, MOF, Project Server, Biztalk, Security, Misc.

Exchange:
Microsoft Exchange Server Disaster Recovery Analyzer Tool v1.0
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c86fa454-416c-4751-bd0e-5d945b8c107b&DisplayLang=en


SP2:
http://blogs.technet.com/evand/archive/2005/10/30/413295.aspx – Evan speaks…
http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/11/04/413669.aspx – DSProxy Referrals
http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/12/14/416070.aspx – IMF
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Configuring-enabling-Sender-ID-filtering-Exchange-2003-SP2.html – Sender ID
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Explaining-Database-size-limit-changes-Exchange-2003-Service-Pack-2.html – DB limits


How Daylight Savings Time Date Changes affect Scheduling in Outlook Client – Interesting…
http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/11/28/415197.aspx


Exchange 12 Beta 1:
http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/12/19/416271.aspx
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Overview-E12-Features-Part2.html – Overview Part 2


Microsoft Exchange Server Profile Analyzer
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8f575f60-bd80-44aa-858b-a1f721108fad&displaylang=en


Configuring Exchange SMTP Gateways at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=85dc356f-301b-4e61-b239-870047251997&displaylang=en


Are you moving a large number of mailboxes?
http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/10/24/412983.aspx


Achieving High Availability with Exchange Server at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a8cf167d-e23c-4a14-86cb-02d19ee3b8fe&displaylang=en


Configuring SMTP for Both Authenticated and Anonymous Connections at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=b1e05053-3e12-4603-89d4-9c5e5d83cd46&displaylang=en


Top 11 Hidden Features in Outlook Web Access for Exchange 2003
http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/10/27/413172.aspx


Microsoft Windows Kernel Memory Management and Microsoft Exchange Server – Geek series Part 1
http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/12/07/415733.aspx


Configuring Hot-Add and Large Memory for Exchange 2003 – Geek series Part 2
http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/12/14/416065.aspx


The Art and Science of Sizing Exchange 2003 (Part 2)
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Art-Science-Sizing-Exchange-2003-Part2.html
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Art-Science-Sizing-Exchange-2003-Part3.html – Part 3


Creating an Active Directory Site for Exchange Server
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=6b263452-7a61-4253-9c9e-b337cb80d460&displaylang=en


Exchange Server 2003 Design and Architecture at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5c76219a-4e30-4b51-a963-4a3896c9bb78&displaylang=en


Backup Process Used with Clustered Exchange Server 2003 Servers at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=63fa9270-563f-4627-a0a0-8a07e02cf9bf&displaylang=en


Deploying a Worldwide Site Consolidation Solution for Exchange Server 2003 at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=aa7d3048-d063-45b7-a445-5ee0c6f9c949&displaylang=en


Messaging Hygiene at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=17dc35ad-8ba1-48b1-91f3-563313ee878a&displaylang=en


Offline Address Book – Best Practice
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Offline-Address-Book-Best-Practice.html


Exchange 2003 Message Tracking and Logging
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange-2003-Message-Tracking-Logging.html


Exchange 2003 – Disaster Recovery Analyzer Tool (ExDRA 1.0) – Good stuff!
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange-2003-Disaster-Recovery-Analyzer-Tool-ExDRA-10.html
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c86fa454-416c-4751-bd0e-5d945b8c107b&displaylang=en – download


Exchange 2003 – Performance Troubleshooting Analyzer Tool v1.0 (ExPTA) – More good stuff!
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange-2003-Performance-Troubleshooting-Analyzer-Tool-v10-ExPTA.html
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4bdc1d6b-de34-4f1c-aeba-fed1256caf9a&displaylang=en – download


The Importance of Auditing your Exchange 2003 Server(s)
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Importance-Auditing-Exchange-2003-Servers.html


Best Practices for Using Volume Shadow Copy Service with Exchange Server 2003
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/vssbp.mspx


Understanding the Exchange Information Store
http://www.msexchange.org/articles/Understanding-Exchange-Information-Store.html


Demystifying the OWA 2003 FE/BE Logon Process
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Demystifying-OWA-2003-FEBE-Logon-Process.html


How to Regain Access to an Exchange Server 2003 Organization
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Regain-Access-Exchange-Server-2003-Organization.html


Virtual Server:
Support for Exchange on Microsoft Virtual Server – Finally!!!
http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/10/27/413172.aspx
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=320220 – Support policy 
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/897614/en-us – is currently wrong, but will be updated some day the SP2 version on R2 is supported


Using iSCSI with Virtual Server 2005 R2
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d112aa63-a51e-4722-a41b-98b3ab3700a3&displaylang=en


Virtual Server 2005 R2 Release Notes
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=26b4a2f8-30ad-4740-8508-860749f4d188&displaylang=en


ISA:
Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 Best Practices Analyzer Tool
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d22ec2b9-4cd3-4bb6-91ec-0829e5f84063&displaylang=en


XP:
User Profile Hive Cleanup Service – help slow logoff
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=1b286e6d-8912-4e18-b570-42470e2f3582&displaylang=en


Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows XP
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d48e808e-b10d-4ce4-a141-5866fd4a3286&displaylang=en


Improving Security at Microsoft through Deployment of Windows XP Service Pack 2 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=36648245-6eac-458e-87bd-046a16f3d385&displaylang=en


SMS:
Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Desired Configuration Monitoring
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=93a72ab8-bf54-4607-b9bb-ac9739c6c292&displaylang=en


Desktop Patch Management
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=428d8ba0-f2b6-4991-b5ab-2e79591123fe&displaylang=en


Patch Management for Servers
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8b3a2818-a220-4de7-bdd2-1af5d94f89f6&displaylang=en


LCS:
Live Communications Server 2005 Document: Configuring Certificates
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=779dedaa-2687-4452-901e-719ce6ec4e5a&displaylang=en


Deploying Office Live Communications Server 2005 and Office Communicator 2005 at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=61e90c28-3840-4c89-9b19-2814a6a62aaf&displaylang=en


Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a7499ac3-09a6-4491-bdd1-1e41f4719e90&displaylang=en


Office Communicator Web Access: Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access Release Notes
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=625eb967-1d79-4202-9caf-cc9325c44da9&displaylang=en


Office Communicator Web Access: Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access Planning and Deployment Guide
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=b70782d2-c9ab-423e-a126-9e2882863969&displaylang=en


Office Communicator Web Access: Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access Lab Quick Start
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=2d7727d6-7601-4cfd-a5b8-4ae525de4669&displaylang=en


Live Meeting:
Live Meeting 2005 Document: Live Meeting 2005 Registration User’s Guide
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=00dcdee3-b39a-4092-9f93-4f0397414478&displaylang=en


Live Meeting 2003 Document: Administrator’s Guide
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0a3c82e5-7aec-4845-b05a-17ea555ec0e2&displaylang=en


Live Meeting 2003 Windows-based Meeting Console Standalone Installer
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=aefa3023-3806-4c0d-a79c-d008072f9dbb&displaylang=en


Live Meeting 2005 Windows-based Meeting Console Standalone Installer
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ba25749f-ca2f-451b-a20f-205896a79e60&displaylang=en


Live Meeting 2005 Document: Live Meeting 2005 Add-in Deployment Guide
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=69021ddb-d8d0-4bd2-9551-9500c2e66521&displaylang=en


Windows:
Active Directory Migration Tool v3.0 – Way cool. This version runs on SP1 of 2003 
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6f86937b-533a-466d-a8e8-aff85ad3d212&DisplayLang=en


Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003 Upgrade
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0da4c9a1-afd1-4c6b-8b5e-fc2eef929287&displaylang=en


Windows Vista Step-by-Step Guides for IT Professionals
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=311f4be8-9983-4ab0-9685-f1bfec1e7d62&displaylang=en


Group Policy Object Infrastructure Management
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=43090fae-e22a-4b6f-abc7-487a58b303a5&displaylang=en


Managing Active Directory at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=229d34aa-6d9e-45d9-8a2f-04ad1a143e6e&displaylang=en


Windows Server 2003
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c03023e6-e853-4571-a9ff-585cdc09e70d&displaylang=en


Volume Expansion Using Diskpart.exe
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=bcb9100d-698f-40a3-bf53-692d793c6e4f&displaylang=en


Manageability Services at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=45dc1d14-a54b-443d-89c0-ca442683f397&displaylang=en


Printer Connectivity Technical Overview
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=b324d321-a354-4a00-b313-606d2222ad78&displaylang=en


Clear Cache Feature for Internet Explorer
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5cbd4659-3b28-4801-8729-05335902ce79&displaylang=en


Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9ccc14ef-617b-4597-b87a-2742f189ead9&displaylang=en


Microsoft File Server Resource Manager
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8a081a66-4fa0-42fe-ad43-2ef80dee5f34&displaylang=en


DFS Operations Guide: Using the DFSRAdmin Command-line Tool
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=49caf978-49e9-4eb6-9cc9-72b5dd160505&displaylang=en


Understanding Mobile IPv6
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=f85dd3f2-802b-4ea3-8148-6cde835c8921&displaylang=en


Updates to Understanding IPv6
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=42bf4711-27af-4c4c-8300-7bcf900de5c3&displaylang=en


IPv6 Transition Technologies
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=afe56282-2903-40f3-a5ba-a87bf92c096d&displaylang=en


SQL:
Microsoft SQL Server 2000 SP3a Replication Components
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a9e0cea0-6f8d-4625-af71-fc8d671f64b6&displaylang=en


Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Mobile Edition Server Tools
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=6ed0fb7e-7c05-4f59-879a-8fb619e36612&displaylang=en


Moving to SQL Server 2005 at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=df27b96a-0331-4b62-8520-181da89e7a6f&displaylang=en


SQL Server 2005 System View Map
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=2ec9e842-40be-4321-9b56-92fd3860fb32&displaylang=en


Cumulative Hotfix for SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4 – Build 2162 for x86 and x64 Based Systems
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4773bf7e-21ae-4f1e-ad48-6ca739e10217&displaylang=en


Excel 2002/2003 Add-in for SQL Server Analysis Services
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=dae82128-9f21-475d-88a4-4b6e6c069ff0&displaylang=en


Improving Data Security by Using SQL Server 2005
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=cb112966-8d62-45b3-82f6-f8f88230f1f9&displaylang=en


MOF:
MOF: An Actionable and Prescriptive Approach to ITIL
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a030626b-c2e4-4d7c-ab75-832d360c86ed&displaylang=en


Project Server:
Project Server 2003 Service Pack 2a (SP2a)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=413d99fd-2965-4faf-bd48-3cbcc5031e46&displaylang=en


Enterprise Project Management at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=95b9f89b-fb34-4606-a92c-de2274eeea7b&displaylang=en


Biztalk:
Application Integration and Process Intelligence using BizTalk Server 2004
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4559e717-5db7-4478-b9a1-97f5d918b36a&displaylang=en


Security:
Windows Server 2003 PKI Operations Guide
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8e25369f-bc5a-4083-a42d-436bdb363e7e&displaylang=en


Certificate Autoenrollment in Windows Server 2003
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=b83c37c6-c022-488a-a135-568c8858c7ee&displaylang=en


Improving the Wireless Network Infrastructure at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4fae2f2a-6844-4924-8ec7-ecd6b2b5e7cd&displaylang=en


Certificate Migration from Key Management Service and Key Recovery at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=f8398636-d73c-4435-93f9-f2c9bac77d32&displaylang=en


Overview of Information Security at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=b0de3b24-46ca-49f4-bead-6e9fbd82b8e9&displaylang=en


Microsoft IT Attack and Penetration Testing Team
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=385fcec0-d4ec-4108-8edd-85b5facd7ec5&displaylang=en


Windows Server 2003 Security Guide
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8a2643c1-0685-4d89-b655-521ea6c7b4db&displaylang=en


The Threats and Countermeasures Guide
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=1b6acf93-147a-4481-9346-f93a4081eea8&displaylang=en


Security Enhancements for Remote Access at Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5dac8310-29b8-4e38-a987-6983ff7acc6c&displaylang=en


Improving Security with Domain Isolation: Microsoft IT Implements IP Security (IPsec)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a97ddc48-a364-4756-bb3c-91da274118fe&displaylang=en


Miscellaneous:
TechNet Quarter – Tons and tons of demos and great stuff
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=7dbb4ff6-b7db-4f70-89c2-bb610d60bf4d&displaylang=en
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=7d8fbaa4-b0ce-4fb4-bb94-01f2bf0250f6&displaylang=en


IT Change and Configuration Management
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=49dcfa57-5b1c-40e6-b802-9126ae58f745&displaylang=en

Clustering information you may have missed…

Server Clustering:


High Availability Computing at Microsoft


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=641fa026-6dde-457b-9d79-dff2cae67e17&displaylang=en


 


Achieving High Availability with Exchange Server at Microsoft


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a8cf167d-e23c-4a14-86cb-02d19ee3b8fe&displaylang=en


 


Server Clusters: Network Configuration Best Practices for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a8de96f3-75c0-48d7-a20b-fa82f07799e0&displaylang=en


 


Virtual Server Host Clustering Step-by-Step Guide for Virtual Server 2005 R2


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=09cc042b-154f-4eba-a548-89282d6eb1b3&displaylang=en


 


Upgrading to E2k3 SP2 cluster – Evan speaks…


http://blogs.technet.com/evand/archive/2005/10/30/413295.aspx


 


HPC:


More from the floor of SC’05


http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2005/11/17/More_from_the_floor_of_Supercomputing_2005.aspx


 


Chat January 13, 2006


http://www.microsoft.com/communities/chats/default.mspx#06_0113_TN_cluster


 


CCS Website


http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/ccs/default.mspx


 


NLB:


Network Load Balancing: Security Best Practices for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a101ca7d-6fcd-44bf-8be1-47f1462dcb24&displaylang=en


 


Windows Cluster Technologies: Remote Setup, Unattended Installations and Image-based Installations of Network Load Balancing


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=e2015300-735d-41d3-a1e6-d1768d18a3d8&displaylang=en


 


Live Communications Server 2005 Document: Enterprise Pools and Windows 2003 Network Load Balancing


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=649EE26C-0A3C-4FB0-81C6-42AFC3CB08E4&displaylang=en


 


LCS 2005 – Reasons why NLB is not recommended but instead a Hardware Load Balancer


http://blogs.technet.com/toml/archive/2005/05/03/404430.aspx


 


Load Balancing an RMS Cluster Using NLB


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ddd11851-aa48-4929-847f-7f0af20e3cf8&displaylang=en

64 bit and you?

At Tech Ed 2005 in Orlando several Microsoft presenters said that 64-bit was the future. One went so far as to say that he would only recommend buying 64-bit machines from here on out and that in a 1 and ½ you would not be able to buy 32-bit machine. At the time, it still seemed strange or bold, take your pick.


 


Later at the IT Forum in Barcelona Microsoft announced that the next version of Exchange would be 64-bit only.


 


As part of its commitment to 64-bit computing, Microsoft has been delivering products that are optimized for 64-bit, including the newly released SQL Server(TM) 2005, Visual Studio(R) 2005 and Virtual Server 2005 R2. To help customers take full advantage of the power of 64-bit computing, products including Microsoft(R) Exchange Server “12”, Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, Windows Server(TM) “Longhorn” Small Business Server, and Microsoft’s infrastructure solution for midsize businesses, code-named “Centro”, will be exclusively 64-bit and optimized for x64 hardware. In a future update release to Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Server “Longhorn” operating system, code-named Windows Server “Longhorn” R2, customers will see the complete transition to 64-bit-only hardware, while still benefiting from 32-bit and 64-bit application compatibility. For the highest-scale application and database workloads, Windows Server on 64-bit Itanium-based systems will continue to be the premier choice for customers for years to come. (http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/nov05/11-15ITForum05UmbrellaPR.mspx).


 


Yes, you read it correctly; even Small Business Server will be 64-bit only! That is serious stuff, that means * (http://msmvps.com/blogs/clustering/archive/2005/12/23/79709.aspx) will be 64-bit soon.


 


So, should you go out a buy 64-bit machines now? Will your current systems run on them? Yes, yes, and YES! http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/11/18/414796.aspx.


 


Then Microsoft releases the Exchange 12 Beta 1 and does this – http://hellomate.typepad.com/exchange/2005/12/exchange_12_bet.html – they have a 32 & 64 bit version! DOH! Now, my head hurts!

The Meaning of Life? A computer tip based on the number 42

This computer tip needs a little explaining.  The subject might throw you off a little; I am not talking about the famous move The Meaning of Life (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085959). No, it goes much deeper then that.


 


It all started when I read The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (http://www.douglasadams.com/creations/hhgg.html). In case you have not read it yet, which you really should have by now. It started out as a trilogy in 4 parts and ended with having 5 parts. Yes, I am well aware that a trilogy should have 3 parts, after you read the books; it will all become clear as mud. In the series a question is asked of the supercomputer Deep Thought – What is the meaning of Life? To be exact, for the computer to find The Answer of Life, the Universe, and Everything (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Answer_to_Life,_the_Universe,_and_Everything). The answer can back as 42. Yes 42. Actually Douglas wrote it like this:


 


“Seven and a half million years our race has waited for this Great and Hopefully Enlightening Day!” cried the cheerleader. “The Day of Answer”…”Never again will we wake up in the morning and think Who am I? What is my purpose in life? Does it really, cosmically speaking, matter if I don’t get up and go to work? For today, we will finally learn once and for all the plain and simple answer to all those nagging little problems of Life, the Universe, and Everything!”


 


 …the large computer terminal sat in sparkling glory on the desk’s leather top, as bright as if it had been constructed yesterday.


 


 …”Shhh…I think Deep Thought is preparing to speak!”


 


 …”The Answer to the Great Question…Of Life, the Universe and Everything…Is…Forty-two“, said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.


 


 …”Forty-two!” yelled Loonquawl. “Is that all you have to show for seven and a half million years’ work?”


 


 “I checked it quite thoroughly,” said the computer, “and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem…is that you’ve never actually known what the question is.”


 


 “But it was the great question!…” howled Loonquawl.


 


 “Yes,” said Deep Thought with the air of one who suffers fools gladly, “but what actually is it?”


 


 “Well, you know, it’s just Everything…” offered Phouchg weakly.


 


 “Exactly!” said Deep Thought. “So once you do know what the question actually is, you’ll know what the answer means.”


 


Ok, so let’s look at the “42” answer closer. Get out your ASCII chart (http://www.lookuptables.com). Find an ASCII 42 on the chart. You can also open Notepad, Hold down the Alt (Alternate Key http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/A/Alt_key.html) and type 42 on the keypad, then let go of the Alt key.



 


In either case what do you get? * (Asterisk, splat, star, shift-8). Yes the famous wildcard (http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/w/wildcard.htm).



 


Now for the long awaited and winded computer tip. Open Windows Explorer. Highlight any folder structure (the c:\Windows folder will do nicely) and hit the * on the numpad (http://www.elmlane.com/ez_tutor/pics/numpad.gif). This tip works on all Windows versions and has for many years. It even works in MMC’s like Active Directory Users and Computers or Site and Services J


 



Douglas Adams had it right, ASCII 42 or * is the meaning of life, at least for computer geeks. It’s a wildcard and can be used for lots of things. If you are LINUX fan try this command rm –r * (ok, maybe that is not a good idea, but it sure is fun to do from the root).



 


Yes, I know I am weird, no need to tell me. Yes, I know I am a geek, putting a book, numbers, an ASCII chart, and computers together (MacGyver would be so proud of me http://rdanderson.com/macgyver/macgyver.htm).