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Filed Under (Windows Vista) by on 05-02-2007

On January 29th Microsoft lit up the streets of NY with a big thank you sign on Times Square. Microsoft gave a personal thank you to Intel that was 8 stories high. The sign measure in at 120 feet by 90 feet and made up of 8,000 panels displaying 16 million colors.

If you migrating to Windows Vista or playing with Longhorn you may be interested in this newly released utility. The Windows NT Backup – Restore Utility allows you to restore files that were backed up in Windows XP or Server 2003 to Windows Vista and Longhorn.

If you haven”t noticed my links on the left hand side of my blog you really need too!!! I”ve had the Terminal Services Team Blog up there for some time now and I check it often. Tonight I just saw another great post from the team. This post addresses a lot questions that have been raised with the new authentication features introduced with the latest RDC client. If you have questions this is the first place to stop and read up on it.


Microsoft has always had a great track record of detailing all of the Group Policy settings within their operating systems. They are keeping with that tradition and have released an update to their very popular Group Policy Spreadsheet. The update is that it includes all of the Windows Vista Group Policy settings.

This is by far the greatest tool to use if you use Group Policy. The reason being is that you can search it since it is an Excel spreadsheet. When I”m not sure if a Group Policy setting exists I will open this spreadsheet up and do a search for the feature and it usually leads me to the correct setting. Enjoy!

I posted yesterday that Microsoft is having a Windows Vista launch in Phoenix on the 17th of January but there is some really exciting news to now go with that.

I just heard from Microsoft that each REGISTERED and ATTENDED individual (MUST be registered and MUST attend) will receive a free copy of Office 2007 Professional and Groove 2007.  What a remarkable deal.

This January Microsoft will be having one of their launch events here in Phoenix on January 17th.  If you”re interested in finding out more details on Windows Vista, Exchange 2007 or Office 2007 then you”ll want to show up.  Heck even if you want to get some kewl swag you need to show up.  You can register for the event here.

The event will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center.

I”ll be there…hope to see you there!!!


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On the subject of managing your servers, Microsoft recently released the Remote Desktop software to go along with the one that is built into Windows Vista. If you have Windows Vista you don’t need this but if you are using XP SP2 or Server 2003 you may want to download it and try it out.

This will also allow you to connect the operating systems below to Vista and Longhorn using the new Network Layer Authentication technnolgy 

Here is download links for Remote Desktop Connection 6 for various OS:

Updated here 

I”ve been playing more and more with Windows Vista and for the most part like what I see.  However one thing is killing me!!!!  There is no AdminPak for Windows Vista.  How the heck am I or you supposed to manage your AD environment without ADUC?  For the time being you can install Server 2003”s AdminPak.  Go ahead and download the Windows Server 2003 AdminPak and install it.  For the lucky few that will be all you have to do. (2 out 6 attempts for me)If you are not so lucky there is more you can do by registering of the components.  Once it is installed go ahead and copy the items below and put them into a command prompt.  Just make sure you copy those with an account that has the appropriate privs.

regsvr32 /s adprop.dll
regsvr32 /s azroles.dll
regsvr32 /s azroleui.dll
regsvr32 /s ccfg95.dll
regsvr32 /s certadm.dll
regsvr32 /s certmmc.dll
regsvr32 /s certpdef.dll
regsvr32 /s certtmpl.dll
regsvr32 /s certxds.dll
regsvr32 /s cladmwiz.dll
regsvr32 /s clcfgsrv.dll
regsvr32 /s clnetrex.dll
regsvr32 /s cluadmex.dll
regsvr32 /s cluadmmc.dll
regsvr32 /s cmproxy.dll
regsvr32 /s cmroute.dll
regsvr32 /s cmutoa.dll
regsvr32 /s cnet16.dll
regsvr32 /s debugex.dll
regsvr32 /s dfscore.dll
regsvr32 /s dfsgui.dll
regsvr32 /s dhcpsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s dnsmgr.dll
regsvr32 /s domadmin.dll
regsvr32 /s dsadmin.dll
regsvr32 /s dsuiwiz.dll
regsvr32 /s imadmui.dll
regsvr32 /s lrwizdll.dll
regsvr32 /s mprsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s msclus.dll
regsvr32 /s mstsmhst.dll
regsvr32 /s mstsmmc.dll
regsvr32 /s nntpadm.dll
regsvr32 /s nntpapi.dll
regsvr32 /s nntpsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s ntdsbsrv.dll
regsvr32 /s ntfrsapi.dll
regsvr32 /s rasuser.dll
regsvr32 /s rigpsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s rsadmin.dll
regsvr32 /s rscommon.dll
regsvr32 /s rsconn.dll
regsvr32 /s rsengps.dll
regsvr32 /s rsjob.dll
regsvr32 /s rsservps.dll
regsvr32 /s rsshell.dll
regsvr32 /s rssubps.dll
regsvr32 /s rtrfiltr.dll
regsvr32 /s schmmgmt.dll
regsvr32 /s tapisnap.dll
regsvr32 /s tsuserex.dll
regsvr32 /s uddi.mmc.dll
regsvr32 /s vsstskex.dll
regsvr32 /s w95inf16.dll
regsvr32 /s w95inf32.dll
regsvr32 /s winsevnt.dll
regsvr32 /s winsmon.dll
regsvr32 /s winsrpc.dll
regsvr32 /s winssnap.dll
regsvr32 /s ws03res.dll