Archive for the ‘Microsoft’ Category

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What’s the difference between Sharepoint Portal Server and Windows Sharepoint Services?

March 5, 2008

I’ve been working with SharePoint Portal Server this past week and this technote answered a lot of questions I originally had.

Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 is a collection of services for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that you can use to share information, collaborate with other users on documents, and create lists and Web Part pages. You can also use Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 as a development platform to create collaboration applications and information-sharing applications.

SharePoint Portal Server 2003 is a scalable, enterprise portal server that is built on Windows SharePoint Services 2.0.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;830320

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Vista SP1 due in March, 2008

February 5, 2008

It’s coming. I sure hope it takes care of these little issues I got going on here.

http://www.crn.com/software/206103959

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Outlook 2007 Connection Status for RPC/HTTP problems

December 17, 2007

Lots of people aren’t aware of this little “trick” and it is very handy when debugging a temperamental RPC over HTTP connection. Normally, the “Connection Status” dialog box only shows up if you launch Outlook with “/rpcdiag”.

If you hold down [Ctrl], and then right click on the Outlook tray icon, with Outlook 2007, “Connection Status” and “Test E-mail AutoConfiguration” appear. E-mail AutoConfiguration testing is handy for Exchange 2007 setups.
Just passing this along as an FYI because whenever I show it to people, 9 times out of 10, they have never seen those options before.

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Vista SP1 Release Candidate released

December 16, 2007

(thanks Slashdot)

Microsoft has made available the release candidate for Vista SP1, after a limited beta begun last September. Informationweek points out white papers telling business users that if they were waiting for SP1 to solve application compatibility issues, they needn’t bother waiting: SP1 won’t solve them, and in fact might cause applications to break that were running under Vista. Techworld outlines the hoops users will have to jump through to get SP1 installed.

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Edit your Outlook AutoComplete files

December 14, 2007

A fellow engineer at work passed this around the other day. A neat little utility that allows you to edit the contents of an Outlook 2000/XP/2003/2007  AutoComplete (.NK2) file. It’s called NK2.INFO.

It’s free and contains no spyware. It’s updated quite often. It can recover email addresses and names from a corrupted AutoComplete file as well. What more could you ask for?

Windows 2000/XP NK2 default location: drive:\Documents and Settings\user name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Windows Vista NK2 default location:  drive:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook

LINK: http://www.nk2.info/

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Weird Networking Problem in Vista Ultimate

November 4, 2007

I shouldn’t be using this blog as a tech support forum, but I’m at my wits end and I need someones help with this issue.

I have a fairly new Vista Ultimate install running on an Athlon 64 processor with 2GB memory.

I have lost all ability to view any network adapters. See pictures here: (click to enlarge)

I cannot adjust any NIC settings. Anyone have a clue of what I can do? I went back to my last system restore and it’s still not helping. I can only guess it was an update I installed. This has been an issue for about two months.

I cannot roll back drivers because I don’t have any older drivers.

I have tried to re-register:

regsvr32 netshell.dll
regsvr32 netcfgx.dll
regsvr32 netman.dll
regsvr32 firewallapi.dll

UAC is off, and it’s been off since day 1.

Can anyone help me?

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Windows Logon Screens Through The Years

October 26, 2007

What a trip down memory lane! I love hearing these old sounds!