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Active Directory and Group Policy
Active Directory Discussions Mailing List - ActiveDir.org
8/30/2007
ActiveDir.org started in January 2001 with the aim of providing a forum for discussing various aspects of Microsoft's Active Directory technology. Since then the list has grown to a membership of over 1000 subscribers, has become extremely active, and includes many of the foremost experts in Active Directory.

Logon Script Generator
8/1/2007
This free tool is an HTA that generates a fully functional VBScript logon script. Now you can script without scripting! At the very least you can quickly generate the foundation of a VBScript logon script that you can further modify and extend. The HTA generates VBScript code, lets you preview it and then save it to a file.

Altiris
SVS4All.com
7/3/2007
This site is focused on the benefits of using Virtual Applications based on the agent of Altiris Software Virtualisation Solution­.

FAQs and Answers about the Symantec Acquisition of Altiris
6/12/2007
FAQs and Answers about the Symantec Acquisition of Altiris, PDF format document.

App-V (formerly SoftGrid)
SoftGrid Migration Tool Express v0.6
9/27/2007
The purpose of the SoftGrid Migration Tool is to help you “convert” existing automated application setups to SoftGrid Virtualized Applications (aka streams or sequences) with the least possible amount of user intervention. Freeware!

Take Your Apps Virtual with Microsoft SoftGrid
8/22/2007
The concept of software virtualization, in some form or another, has been around since the 1960s. However, it has taken the IT industry decades to begin to realize the potential of application virtualization. People are now catching on, and major developments are being made.

Exchange Server
Offline Folder Wizard
7/6/2007
To find out which mailboxes store their offline data in OST files and which do not, system administrators can use the Offline Folder Wizard. The wizard analyzes the mailboxes of the selected servers and provides three lists: one containing the Distinguished Names of the mailboxes storing their offline data in the OST files, a second containing the Distinguished Names of the mailboxes not storing their offline data in the OST files, and a third containing a list of the errors that occurred when the wizard attempted to logon to mailboxes. The wizard can analyze both Exchange 5.5 and Exchange 2000/2003 servers.

How Outlook 2007 works with different Exchange Server versions
6/8/2007
Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 works well with a variety of e-mail servers, and you can take advantage of an even richer feature set by using Outlook with the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server. Features of Office Outlook 2007 that work better with Microsoft Exchange 2007 include scheduling meetings, Offline Address Book (OAB) downloads, automatic configuration of Exchange server accounts, and enhanced Out of Office functionality. In addition, some features of Office Outlook 2007 require or work better with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or later.

Hardware and Gadgets
Creativyst® Dell-Number Widget
7/20/2007
This form will convert Dell Service Tags (alpha-numeric serial numbers) to Express Service Codes and vice versa. Just type the alpha-numeric Service Tag number into the field labeled "Service Tag (serial) " and the Express Service Code will be displayed in the other field. Or, type the Express Service Code into its field, and the corresponding Service Tag will display.

lcdtest: LCD Monitor Test Pattern Generator
6/13/2007
lcdtest is a utility to display LCD monitor test patterns. It may be useful for adjusting the pixel clock frequency and phase on LCD monitors when using analog inputs, and for finding pixels that are stuck on or off. lcdtest uses the SDL library, and is known to work on Linux and Windows.

Microsoft Office
IntelliAdmin Profile Generator
7/24/2007
Stop spending time setting up Microsoft Outlook users on your network. A single line in your login script allows new users to use Microsoft Outlook XP, 2003 or 2007 for the first time without any wizards or setup.

Office 2007 RibbonCustomizer
7/23/2007
RibbonCustomizer is an add-in for Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word 2007. It allows you to customize the Ribbon (Office Fluent) User Interface with only a few mouse clicks! Microsoft did not include that ability in Office 2007, but with this add-in you are no longer stuck with a static User Interface!

Miscellaneous
Find a Job
8/27/2007
Let SnagAJob help you find a job that's right for you. No matter your skills or experience, SnagAJob can find a job that's what you've been looking for.



FlightAware
8/16/2007
FlightAware is a free flight tracker that will change what you think about live flight tracking and aviation data.

MOM
Monitoring at Microsoft with Operations Manager Blog
8/23/2007
Have you ever wondered how Microsoft monitors its internal server infrastructure? For instance, what products are we using, how are using them and what challenges have we faced when scaling these products in our environment? Hopefully we can shed some light on these topics and in the process provide you with some information that can help in solving challenges you are facing in your specific environments.

Migrating from MOM to Operations Manager 2007
8/22/2007
Server monitoring and management is a critical part of any modern IT infrastructure. It is vitally important to ensure that your IT infrastructure is not only working correctly but that it is adequate to support the load exerted on it by users.

MOM Reports, Scripts, and MPs
Contoso.se
8/8/2007
Microsoft Operations Manager & System Center Operations Manager by Anders Bengtsson, Microsoft MVP

myITPodCasts
PodCast: 10 Steps to Conquering the Microsoft Management Summit 2007
3/2/2007
Warren Byle gives some valuable tips on how to get the most out of MMS 2007. This PodCast is light, entertaining, but extremely valuable for those who have never attended and those that want to get the most out of their MMS experience.

NetIQ
NetIQ Security Management Pack for MOM 2000
5/14/2002
For companies implementing Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 (MOM) as their core system for monitoring Windows events and system performance and automating response actions, NetIQ provides an integrated security management solution. NetIQ's Security Management Pack for MOM (SMP for MOM) extends the MOM architecture and functionality, allowing you to react to security events in real-time to protect critical systems and data.

Networking
Network PDF Server Appliance
7/30/2007
Network PDF Server Appliance is a VMware Virtual Appliance based on KNOPPIX technology, Jakarta Tomcat and the freeware PDF-Composer/ Printer/ Mailer YAFPC (www.yafpc.net). The Appliance can act as a PDF-Printserver which provides an unlimited number of network shared virtual PDF-Printers. No operating system or other software installation is required.

Reporter Express
7/6/2007
Reporter Express is a tried-and-true solution that lets network administrators on Windows 2003, Windows 2000 and NT quickly assess and run only user based reports. Reporter Express is unsupported freeware.

Patch Management
Toolkit to Temporarily Block Delivery of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
6/23/2005
While recognizing the security benefits of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1), some organizations have requested the ability to temporarily disable the automatic delivery of this update through Automatic Updates (AU) and Windows Update (WU).

Patch Management for Servers
6/15/2005
Overview of how Microsoft Information Technology (Microsoft IT) effectively deploys updates to servers. Effective patch management promotes security, higher systems availability, and improved auditing.

Scripting
PrimalTask
8/8/2007
A standalone version of the "To Do" browser to PrimalScript 4.1 Enterprise and Universal. Allows you to create project task lists so that you don't forget anything.

Create SMS RDP Sessions
8/3/2007
Script to generate shortcuts to MSTSC.EXE pointing at all SMS Sites discovered on a Central SMS Site server. Rather than creating these manually, modify the script to point at your Central site server, modify the destination folder the shortcuts will be created in, then run this script with enough rights to read the v_site view on the Central. You'll end up with a bunch of RDP sessions. Easy.

Security
SecureIIS Personal Edition
8/9/2007
Now available for personal, non-commercial usage, SecureIIS Personal Edition goes beyond add-on web server security tools by providing extended protection, easy-to-navigate configuration interfaces, site statistics, and a real-time log viewer.

Pasco v1.0
7/31/2007
An Internet Explorer activity forensic analysis tool. - Many computer crime investigations require the reconstruction of a subject's internet activity. Since this analysis technique is executed regularly, we researched the structure of the data found in Internet Explorer activity files (index.dat files). Pasco, the latin word meaning "browse", was developed to examine the contents of Internet Explorer's cache files.

Sharepoint
SharePoint Server 2007 SDK: Software Development Kit and Enterprise Content Management Starter Kit
7/23/2007
The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Software Development Kit (SDK) contains conceptual overviews, programming tasks, code samples, references, and an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) starter kit to guide you in developing solutions based on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Discovery Wizard for SharePoint Freeware
7/2/2007
Discovery Wizard for SharePoint FREEWARE is a discovery tool that identifies all SharePoint servers, site collections and sites within an environment. Users can quickly view and browse the discovered content and sites for further understanding of SharePoint within an organization.

SMS 1.2
MS Systems Management Server 1.2 Resource Guide Online
11/5/2001
The Microsoft Systems Management Server 1.2 Resource Guide is part of the Microsoft BackOffice Resource Kit, Second Edition. The four volumes in this Kit are the essential resource for computer professionals who aim to get the most from their enterprise systems.

SMS 1.2 Service Pack Download Site
8/14/2001
This FTP site includes all of the released SMS 1.2 service packs and hotfixes.

SMS 2.x
Extended Security Update Inventory Tool
4/14/2005
The SMS Extended Security Update Inventory tool is a scan tool built for the sole purpose of helping customers determine SMS client computers that may need security updates that are not detectable using the existing SMS Security Update Inventory Tool built on MBSA. Like the SMS Software Update Inventory tool, this tool also has the instructions for locating each applicable update, downloading it from Microsoft, and deploying it using SMS.

Patch Management Using Systems Management Server 2.0
3/21/2005
This solution accelerator provides guidance for deploying software patches, service packs, and Quick Fix Engineering patches using Microsoft® Systems Management Server (SMS). It builds on Microsoft Operations Framework and the service management functions within the MOF Changing Quadrant.

SMS 2003
A Pretty Good Frontend for BDD 2007
8/30/2007
Features: Only appears if computer is not in the BDD Database already. Allows for entering a computer name. Allows for Selecting target OU (Selection list is from live Actice Directory data). Allows for entering UDDIR folder (for replace scenarios). Allows for OSD/ZTI Image selection (Selection list is from live SMS data). Allows for role selection (Selection list is from live BDD database). Configured from rules in bootstrap.ini, no hardcoded values in the Frontend. Started as a userexit (no scripts on the winpe image).

Business Desktop Deployment 2007 Source Code
8/17/2007
This is a complete release of the BDD 2007 source code including the Patch 1 updates posted in June 2007. It will install into a separate directory and will not overwrite the original source to permit inspection of the differences and avoid disturbing any customer modifications to the original source code. The changes are summarized in KB 937191.

SMS Alliance
1E's Reed Elsevier Case Study
3/1/2007
This Case Study explains how Reed Elsevier (a large publishing firm based in London) Headquarters had a requirement to deploy Vista & Office 2007 at RTM throughout their offices. Reed chose to implement a “Microsoft only” infrastructure to enable this fully automated deployment, and subsequently chose 1E to deliver this. The infrastructure included SMS 2003, OSD Feature Pack Update, BDD 2007, and WDS. As this engagement (August of 2006!) involved a large amount of Beta Technology prior to the release of BDD2007 & WDS, 1E worked very closely with the SMS & BDD product teams in Redmond.

SMS Installer
AdminStudio SMS Edition
10/1/2004
AdminStudio SMS Edition provides the ability to prepare, publish, and distribute software packages via SMS 2003 without ever touching the SMS console.

MakeScut
8/6/2002
MakeScut is a command line utility that will dynamically create shortcut (.lnk/.pif/.url) files from within your logon script or from the command line.

Software Management
The Complete Guide to AdminStudio SMS Edition
8/16/2007
The Complete Guide to AdminStudio SMS Edition examines the role of AdminStudio SMS Edition in the predeployment software packaging process, including converting setups to the reliable Windows Installer (MSI) format, customizing those MSI packages for different business units, and handing off those packages to SMS 2003 for deployment.

Application Packaging Service
8/14/2007
Element IS Consulting Service has in-house expertise in the field of application packaging and software setup solutions. We are experts in Windows Installer technology, and can assist in all stages of the application packaging process.

SQL Server
LINQPad
8/31/2007
Can't wait for C# 3.0 and LINQ? Well you don't have to! Dynamically query SQL databases today in LINQ: no more struggling with antiquated SQL. Download LINQPad and kiss goodbye to SQL Management Studio: LINQPad supports LINQ to objects, LINQ to SQL and LINQ to XML—in fact, everything in C# 3.0 and .NET Framework 3.5. LINQPad is also a terrific learning tool for experimenting with this exciting new technology.

Query Express
8/31/2007
Query Express is a simple Query Analyzer look-alike, but being small and free it can be run where the SQL Server client tools are not installed or licensed. This makes it especially useful as a query tool for MSDE and SQL Express. It also connects to Oracle and other OLE-DB compliant databases.

Support Management
Find a Job
8/27/2007
Let SnagAJob help you find a job that's right for you. No matter your skills or experience, SnagAJob can find a job that's what you've been looking for.



Keeping the customer satisfied by Andy Dominey, MOM consultant at 1E
6/28/2007
You’re monitoring your servers, your network devices are in check and you know exactly what your applications are doing. However, there’s a problem. What about your users? You know, the people who pay your wages. It’s in your best interest to keep them happy.

System Center Configuration Manager
TechNet Conversations Podcast Show with Cliff Hobbs talking Management
10/2/2007
Welcome to the TechNet Conversations show of the 31st August. This week we are joined by Cliff Hobbs - an expert in management technologies. Cliff is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), a leader for the Windows Management User Group (WMUG) and the author of the faqshop.

A Pretty Good Frontend for BDD 2007
8/30/2007
Features: Only appears if computer is not in the BDD Database already. Allows for entering a computer name. Allows for Selecting target OU (Selection list is from live Actice Directory data). Allows for entering UDDIR folder (for replace scenarios). Allows for OSD/ZTI Image selection (Selection list is from live SMS data). Allows for role selection (Selection list is from live BDD database). Configured from rules in bootstrap.ini, no hardcoded values in the Frontend. Started as a userexit (no scripts on the winpe image).

System Center Essentials
Getting Started with System Center Essentials 2007
8/21/2007
System Center Essentials 2007 is a new IT management solution specifically designed for midsize businesses with 50 to 500 PCs and 5 to 30 servers. Essentials 2007 came about in response to extensive feedback from IT professionals regarding their specific needs for a unified management solution. Essentials 2007 addresses those needs and enables you to get up and running quickly with a single install and easy configuration.

System Center News
Contoso.se
8/8/2007
Microsoft Operations Manager & System Center Operations Manager by Anders Bengtsson, Microsoft MVP

System Center WebLog by Russ Slaten
7/19/2007
escalation engineer | customer service & support.

System Center Operations Manager
WS-Management v1.1
8/28/2007
WS-Management OOB is a targeted release for supporting WS-Management functionality on the following platforms: Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows 2003 Server R2. It replaces the WS-Management version that shipped in Windows Server 2003 R2. Customers are advised to update their Windows 2003 Server R2 with this update. This is a required component for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 and Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1.

How to change the credentials for the OpsMgr SDK Service and for the OpsMgr Config Service
8/24/2007
This article describes how to change the credentials for the OpsMgr SDK Service and for the OpsMgr Config Service in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007. Additionally, this article describes how to change the Management Server Action Account.

Web Technologies
Nico's IT Rumblings Blog
8/27/2007
myITforum's own lnesta431's web blog covering SMS, OSD, and other IT stuff.

Job Site Script - Best Employment or recruitment Software
8/23/2007
Jobs script from Phpshoppy offers far more features for creating a wonderful job portal. Php job site script for anyone who wants to run an employment website and manage the resumes and jobs online.

Windows
Royal TS: Easy Remote Desktop Connections
10/19/2007
Royal TS allows you to organize and manage multiple remote desktop connections. Connect to any machine where terminal services are enabled. Organize connections in custom categories for quick access. Connect directly to the console session and find out who else is connected to the machine.

Kenny Kerr's Window Clippings
10/2/2007
Window Clippings is a powerful yet unobtrusive screen capture tool. It is designed to produce the highest quality screenshots with the least amount of effort.

Windows Mobile
SQL Server CE version 2.0 Update for use with IIS and SQL Server 2000 SP4
6/9/2005
This release of SQL Server CE Server Tools updates the servers running IIS to support connectivity solutions to SQL Server 2000 SP4 databases.

Mobile Locator for Pocket PC Phone Edition Sample Application
1/28/2005
With the Mobile Locator for Pocket PC Phone Edition sample application, users provisioned for MapPoint Location Server can locate themselves and one another.

Windows PowerShell
PoshConsole
8/17/2007
PoshConsole is a more modern PowerShell Console. We aim to have a complete open source implementation of the PSHostUserInterface and PSRawHostUserInterface written in WPF and including a custom ConsoleTextBox control which could be reused for other purposes.

Powershell Plus
8/17/2007
Powershell Plus extends the windows Console adding functionality that has long been amiss in windows. Additionally its a fully featured Powershell Host including an editor and debugger.

Wise Solutions
Application Packaging Service
8/14/2007
Element IS Consulting Service has in-house expertise in the field of application packaging and software setup solutions. We are experts in Windows Installer technology, and can assist in all stages of the application packaging process.

Application Management "Black Belt" Seminar Series from Wise
6/6/2002
Acclaimed Windows management experts discuss the latest trends and technology. At Wise, we're proud of our position as the application management experts. Now, we're bringing the expertise to you with the Application Management Black Belt Seminar Series. Join fellow local system administrators and learn about important application deployment trends and technology from leading experts. With a focus on Windows management, our seminar speakers will discuss important topics and deliver presentations packed with information that will help you break through the barriers to successful application deployment.


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