Windows 7 And Live Messenger

One thing that I have found to be a nuisance in Win7 is the way it handles Messenger. In the
past messenger used to hide on the icon tray, and you could open it by double clicking on it.

Windows 7 has changed this and Messenger occupies a slot on your taskbar. Personally, I find
this uncomfortable. The solution, is to run Messenger in Vista compatibility mode. Find the
Messenger icon, right click it, and choose properties.
Choose the compatibility tab and select Windows Vista from the drop down box.

At this stage restart Messenger,and it will go back into hiding… 🙂

 

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Proximity Lock for your Computer

I love hi-tech toys,and I always said that it’s odd that there is no options
for my computer to sense whenever I “leave” it and lockup…Well now there is.

If you have a Bluetooth enable phone, then by using a piece of software from
Phoenix you can teach your computer to lock and unlock-handsfree…

http://www.phoenixfreeze.com/

Visio Add-In for Rack Server Virtualization

Documenting server rooms isn’t fun, not to mention having to draw out a neat Visio
schema… Well, it seems that those days are over as Microsoft releases an add-in for
Vision that will enable you to pull information from an Excel file and build out a Visio
schema for your server room. Note that it doesn’t stop there, this add-in can pull information
from your servers (e.g. CPU utilization, RAM, IP address).

For additional details click on the following link.

 

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Hyper-V security guide

 

This Solution Accelerator provides instructions and recommendations to help strengthen the security of computers running the Hyper-V role on Windows Server® 2008. It covers three core topics: hardening Hyper-V, delegating virtual machine management, and protecting virtual machines.

 

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10 Things I like about Windows 7

There are hundreds(exaggerating here?) of such lists floating around the Net and the printed media,
so why should I add one more? Well first of all because I want to, and because,
it’s a bit odd to see that the tables have turned-when Vista was released all you could find
was posts and lists of 10 reasons to hate Vista,today the world is different.

In general the current mood of the media seems to be favorable towards Microsoft in general
and Windows 7 specifically.

I have started using Windows 7 since build 7000 (released to the general public) and
have found it to be great (now what does that mean, am I also affected by the hype?).It seems
that Windows 7 has worked out most of the quirks that affected Vista and gave it such a bad
name (which I can’t always say was justified).

So my top 10 things to like about Vista in no particular orders:

  1. Speed– Not a feature yet in a world where everyone is in a hurry to get things done
    I found it very refreshing that everything in Windows 7 seems to be quicker, from the
    installation to running applications.
  2. Control over UAC– UAC was/is a necessary evil. No one can say that UAC is a
    a good feature from a user experience perspective, on the other hand it hugely boosts
    your ability to secure your environment since it is much more than that annoying pop-up
    we have learned to hate. Instead of simply turning it off, Windows 7 provides us with
    a relatively simple tool to “tune” the UAC.
  3. Built-in wallpaper changer- After you stop laughing,think about it for a second. Seriously,
    for how long have we been waiting for this feature? It’s not much of a productivity booster
    nor is it a huge leap in technology but it’s finally here.
  4. BitLocker to Go- Bitlocker was introduced by Vista and it grew an got better. Instead
    of just encrypting your fixed disks (and with some gymnastics some of your removable
    disks), with Windows 7 you can encrypt your removable disks. Bitlocker protection to your
    ”mobile” drives which are at a higher risk of being stolen. Once the removable disk
    is encrypted you can connect it to any other system and access it’s data by providing some
    type of authentication:

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  5. The Taskbar– Much has been said about the new taskbar but in my opinion there is only one
    ability that turns the taskbar into a killer application:being able to receive a quick preview of your
    open windows on the desktop while browsing the thumbnails on the taskbar. This ability saves
    time and makes my life a lot easier.
  6. HomeGroup– A simple user interface that enables Windows 7 systems to share information between
    Windows 7 computers (most likely to be used in a home). Setting up a simple home network
    between Windows 7 takes no more than a couple of clicks…
  7. Problem steps recorder– A tool to be used by many frustrated IT support personnel and their
    relatives. This tool enables us to record a step by step scenario of something that we are trying to
    do and fails or on the other hand succeeds (to be used as a reference by the recipient). The result
    of the recording is a ZIP file that has an MHT file inside it (viewable by IE).
  8. Boot from VHD – Yes, you can actually boot up from a VHD file and you can actually mount a VHD
    file from the Disk Management  snap-in.
  9. Default printer based on locations –Windows 7 will identify your location (office/home) and set
    the appropriate printer as the default printer.
  10. External display support– We no longer need to rehearse extremely difficult acrobatics to make
    external displays such as projectors show our screens. Simply press Win+P and you will be provide
    with a list of options that will solve all of your external display issues.

 

During the compilation of this list a good feeling about Windows 7 engulfed me. It seems that this OS
is good and to some extent more importantly, it is being perceived as a good OS. So,see in you in April
with the RC installed!

Microsoft FTP Service 7.5 for IIS 7.0

Missed it,well here it is:

Microsoft has created a new FTP service that has been completely rewritten for Windows Server 2008. This new FTP service incorporates many new features that enable web authors to publish content better than before, and offers web administrators more security and deployment options. This new FTP service supports a wide range of features and improvements, and the following list contains several of the improvements in this version:

  • Integration with IIS 7.0: IIS 7.0 has a brand-new administration interface and configuration store, and the new FTP service is tightly integrated with this new design. The old IIS 6 metabase is gone, and a new configuration store that is based on the .NET XML-based *.config format has taken its place. In addition, IIS 7.0 has a new administration tool, and the new FTP server plugs seamlessly into that paradigm.
  • Support for new Internet standards: One of the most significant features in the new FTP server is support for FTP over SSL. The new FTP server also supports other Internet improvements such as UTF8, IPv6, and adaptive networking bandwidth usage.
  • Shared hosting improvements: By fully integrating into IIS 7.0, the new FTP server makes it possible to host FTP and Web content from the same site by simply adding an FTP binding to an existing Web site. In addition, the FTP server now has virtual host name support, making it possible to host multiple FTP sites on the same IP address. The new FTP server also has improved user isolation, now making it possible to isolate users through per-user virtual directories.
  • Extensibility and custom authentication: The new FTP server supports developer extensibility, making it possible for software vendors to write custom providers for FTP authentication. Microsoft is using this extensibility feature to implement two new methods for using non-Windows accounts for FTP authentication for IIS Managers and .NET Membership.
  • Improved logging support: FTP logging has been enhanced to include all FTP-related traffic, unique tracking for FTP sessions, FTP sub-statuses, additional detail fields in FTP logs, and much more.
  • New supportability features: IIS 7.0 has a new option to display detailed error messages for local users, and the FTP server supports this by providing detailed error responses when logging on locally to an FTP server. The FTP server also logs detailed information using Event Tracing for Windows (ETW), which provides additional detailed information for troubleshooting.

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Windows 7 Hotkeys

I always loved hotkeys in Windows,they make the user experience a more
pleasant and comfortable one.

The standard hotkeys found in Windows Vista can be found here and Brandon
Paddock posted the hotkeys that are new to Win7 here.

Selecting Part of a Text (Word 2007)

This is a neat trick that I encountered while browsing the web: If you need
to select a part of a text from a Word document you can simply press ALT
and drag your pointer of the part of the text you want to select…Cool.

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Vista Gets Stuck During File Copy

Ok, so this isn’t a new topic. It’s been around for quite a while but I have never
encountered it, so now that I have- it’s time for a post about it.

I have installed a new PC (Windows Vista 64bit) and connected it to my home
network using a wireless NIC (Realtek RTL8168B/8111b). The wireless router I
use is an Edimax BR-6215SRg. The same network has several other PCs connected
to it wirelessly and one PC that is wired.

When copying files to/from the new PC (HTPC) it seemed to simply freeze up. Even
though I could move the mouse pointer I couldn’t really do anything else…Now keep in
mind that this is a new PC (and it’s fully patched:SP1 and everything). Since this
is a new PC I started worrying that I have a hardware issue, yet after some research
on the Internet I found others that had similar problems due to the TCP receive window
auto-tuning issue in the new TCP/IP stack.

The advice was to simply turn off the auto-tuning feature by running the following
command:

netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled

I decided to give it a try, and not surprisingly it worked. Personally, I find it very odd that
due to a networking your whole OS freezes up. When dwelling deeper into the issue
it seems that the new TCP/IP stack tries to manage data flow in a more efficient way by constantly
tuning the receive window set by TCP. This window allows the receiver to define the amount
of data it will receive before the sender has to stop data if it hasn’t received acknowledgments.

In older versions of Windows, the window size was set once (not tuning) which causes data flow
to be less efficient. Once I disabled the feature, I could see that my copying speed has dropped from
4.5 to 3.7. On the other hand it no longer froze my system…

I am not sure who is at blame here, my gateway, the NICs driver or the favorite target of the last few
years:Vista…