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Source: PowerShell Webcasts available

I’m rocking out to As Tears Go By by Marianne Faithfull from the album Blazing Away

ReactOS 0.3.1 Released

A virtuális ügyek kipróbálására fogom használni.

fireballrus writes with news of the release of ReactOS 0.3.1 — press release, changelog, download packages. ReactOS is “an open source effort to develop a quality operating system that is compatible with applications and drivers written for the Microsoft Windows NT family of operating systems (NT4, 2000, XP, 2003).” The press release notes: “Please don’t forget this is an alpha-stage operating system, which means it is not suitable to replace your main OS. Also, this release is aimed to be run mostly in virtualizers / emulators (like QEmu, VMWare, Parallels, etc): because of the big amount of changes, our development team was not able to test/fix all problems which arise when running ReactOS on real hardware.”

Source: ReactOS 0.3.1 Released

I’m rocking out to Me & The Devil by W.A.S.P. from the album The Neon God part one: The Rise

Updated version of Jetstress (v.08.01.0075)

Hasznos segédeszköz. 

A while after the release of the new Jetstress 2007 (08.01.0038), Microsoft made a minor update to this storage performance testing tool, in order to correct some issues, as described in Hyungmin Lee blog: Jetstress 08.01.0075 has fixed a list of issues. Here are the links to download the new version (v.08.01.0075):

Use Jetstress to verify the performance and stability of a disk subsystem prior to putting an Exchange server into production. Jetstress helps verify disk performance by simulating Exchange disk Input/Output (I/O) load. Specifically, Jetstress simulates the Exchange database and log file loads produced by a specific number of users. You use Performance Monitor, Event Viewer, and ESEUTIL in conjunction with Jetstress to verify that your disk subsystem meets or exceeds the performance criteria you establish. After a successful completion of the Jetstress Disk Performance and Stress Tests in a non-production environment, you will have ensured that your Exchange disk subsystem is adequately sized (in terms of performance criteria you establish) for the user count and user profiles you have established. It is highly recommended that the Jetstress user read through the tool documentation before using the tool.

Note Jetstress is only supported when running with Exchange 2000, Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007 or newer versions of ESE.DLL. Also, due to this support limitation, Jetstress is only supported on Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Advanced Server, Datacenter and newer Windows OS platforms (Windows NT 4.0 and older builds are not supported).

Source: Updated version of Jetstress (v.08.01.0075)

Unpatched Vulnerabilities page

Ha egy ilyen To Do List-em lenne, elmennék nyaralni, mert vagy elintéződik magától, vagy bedől az oldala, de a vége nem látszik.

The Not So Real Time Monitoring of Reported Unpatched Vulnerabilities page here in CoU has been updated today.
Adjustment on number of unpatched advisories for the following products:

  • Windows Vista – 1 out of 0 to 1 out of 2
  • Windows XP Pro – 32 out of 170 to 32 out of 177
  • Windows XP Home – 29 out of 155 to 29 out of 161
  • Windows 2000 – 24 out of 146 to 24 out of 151
  • Outlook 2003 – 1 out of 12 to 1 out of 14
  • IE 7 – 3 out of 4 to 4 out of 6
  • IE 6 – 19 out of 110 to 19 out of 111
  • Firefox 2 – 1 out of 2 to 2 out of 3
  • Office 2003 Pro – 8 out of 31 to 5 out of 32
  • Office XP – 6 out of 35 to 3 out of 35
  • Windows Defender – 0 out of 1 (added in the list)
  • Live OneCare – 0 out of 1 (added in the list)
  • Trend Micro Anti-spyware – 0 out of 1 (added in the list)

Single Day Event On: 2/14/2007

Source: Unpatched Vulnerabilities page

SAN and NAS virtualization


After some years of false starts and false hopes, storage virtualization, also known as block virtualization, is finally proving its worth. All the major vendors have embraced it, most notably IBM, EMC, and HDS (Hitachi Data Systems); the solutions themselves have improved; and customers, typically large shops managing large SANs with intense data availability requirements, understand how to deploy it and where to get good ROI. No longer a technology in search of a problem, storage virtualization offers a way to address a wide range of storage management woes.

Source: SAN and NAS virtualization

IBM announces sHype

Vesd össze:
Robert McMillan, IDG News Service
Friday, February 09, 2007 12:00 PM PST
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,128888-c,vistalonghorn/article.html elképzeléseivel az IBM announcement-et. A vágy és a tett esete.

“We’re going to look at a fundamental piece of enabling technology. Maybe its hypervisors, I don’t know what it is,” he said. “Maybe it’s a new user interface paradigm for consumers.”

“It’s too early for me to talk about it,” he added. “But over the next few months I think you’re going to start hearing more and more.”

Quoting from the IBM official announcement:

The IBM secure hypervisor architecture, or “sHype,” is a Research technology designed to run in conjunction with commercial and open source hypervisors that control servers and data in a shared environment. sHype aims to provide a security “wrapper” around distributed workloads in the data center, extending mainframe-like security to pooled data and resources across multiple IBM and non-IBM systems.

sHype is designed to bring stronger security guarantees to popular x86 and blade servers. As is increasingly common, IBM Research developed the sHype technology not just in its own labs, but implementing early versions of sHype with customers to test and evaluate the code. Additionally, portions of sHype have been contributed to the Open Source community and are being used, for example, as part of the open source Xen hypervisor kernel.

sHype works in conjunction with hypervisors by establishing a virtual machine to act as a data center “security foreman.” The foreman uses preset configurations, business policies and exceptions set by the customer to lock down all content of the data center. It then automatically sets policies that evaluate, rank and code workloads as well as the physical and virtual resources needed to run each workload. Once workloads and resources are locked together, the integrity of the data and resources is assured and can be better managed by hypervisors accordingly…

Source: IBM announces sHype

A potential "Y2K7 problem", avagy "Boldog Új Év"

Hihi .

A member of the Visual Studio team at Microsoft blogged about a “Y2K7” (year 2007) problem they were facing with the build numbers they were using. They used a file versioning scheme like Major.Minor.Build.QFE where the Build number representend the build date. For example 50325 means the file was built on March 25, 2005. The problem is that this number would become 70101 on January 1st, 2007, but this version number field is only a 16 bit integer which can hold a maximum value of 65535. Therefore Microsoft changed their build numbering scheme earlier this year. If you are using a similar scheme you only have few days left to change it.


Source: A potential “Y2K7 problem”

Dear Santa Bill and Santa Ozzie

Felőlem hozhatná Bill Haley (vagy Ozzy Osbourne) is, csak a http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/ -ról legyen letölthető minden decemberben az összes lokalizált változaté tárgyévi összes patch-e egy ISO file-ban.
We'll even leave cookies and milk (and Cherry Coke) under the tree for you. Cherry Coke is lesz egy kartonnal.


I have just installed WXP Pro SP2 on my newly rebuilt machine.  Do you have any words of wisdom with regard to how I can make sure that I have all of the critical patches up to date without going through everything that has been released over the past 3 or 4 years?  I don’t want to spend two weeks of work time installing patches.

Dear Santa Bill (or Ozzie):

I know what you’d like me to answer that with… “Buy Vista!” but the reality is that Vista isn’t out for the retail marketplace yet. Now hopefully the inlaws will be over during Christmas so it will give this person an excuse to be in their home office and take the eons of time to go from XP sp2 to final patched up versions.  The reality is that you haven’t made it easy for the home user to take a XP sp2 machine up to full patch status for one machines.  Oh sure, you’ve given us admins things like WSUS and what not..but for the one machines that we have to deal with, or that hopefully you’ll have to deal with over your Christmas vacations with your families….. how about reconsidering once again a roll up cdrom.

http://www.incidents.org/diary.php?storyid=1939&isc=83521d98ca25d669c73156778eb3e00e While that gives us some idea…. What I’d really like from Santa Bill or Santa Ozzie is an official Microsoft ISO available in December of each year of “fill in the blank” supported consumer operating systems so that we as sons and daughters of folks that use us a tech support at home can do it easily, or, as in the case of the person who asked, someone trying to get one business system up to full patch state quickly.

P.S.  I’ll even leave cookies and milk under the tree for you.


Source: Dear Santa Bill and Santa Ozzie