FREE: Windows File Protection Switcher
Monday, January 24 2005 @ 08:06 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
For many software packagers, disabling Windows File Protection is necessary from time to time. However, the manual procedure differs depending on the version of Windows. This little utility...

FREE: Crimson Editor 3.70 Released
Friday, January 21 2005 @ 08:58 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Crimson Editor 3.70 has been released and is now much more functional for those who use it on Windows 2000 or later as it now supports...

Gartner Predicts Virtualization Takes off for PCs
Wednesday, January 12 2005 @ 09:30 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Gartner is predicting that virtualization will continue to grow and gain significant momentum over the next couple years. Read their free report.

FREE: Ultra VNC - Fast and Free
Tuesday, December 28 2004 @ 07:05 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Ultra VNC is another variant on the free VNC remote control utility. This version provides special video drivers that allow the host and server to directly share frame buffers - speeding things up while also reducing CPU overhead.

Vendor Support for XP SP2 Memory Protection (NX)
Thursday, December 23 2004 @ 03:20 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
VMWare and Sysinternals have new tool support for those of you looking to leverage XP SP2's built-in memory protection.

VMWare Workstation 5 In Public Beta
Thursday, December 23 2004 @ 02:47 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
VMWare Workstation 5 is a major release with many new enhancements - especially in the area of leveraging and sharing multiple virtual machine configurations.

ISO Recorder Powertoy
Wednesday, December 8 2004 @ 12:35 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
One thing missing from XP's built-in CD recording is the ability to make and burn ISO files. This free utility extends the built-in recording to do these functions.

Real Time Command Line Event Monitor
Wednesday, December 8 2004 @ 12:24 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
This handy command line utility monitors for events in the event log and displays them in the command console when they occur.

Google Desktop Search Locks Hot Swappable Drives
Saturday, November 6 2004 @ 07:25 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
This item is from personal experience, so I'm not sure if it affects everyone. I use a hotswappable drive bay in a Tecra 9100 and when I go to swap out the drive...

FREE: Adobe Reader Speed Up
Wednesday, October 13 2004 @ 10:11 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Here is a handy program that simply disables many of Adobe's add-ins that are not generally used much.

FREE: Super-fast Outlook Search Add-On
Monday, October 11 2004 @ 07:25 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
I have waaay too much stuff in Outlook. Doing a search can be pretty frustrating - not anymore.

XP SP2: Application Compatibility Testing and Mitigation Guide
Monday, October 11 2004 @ 07:19 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Microsoft has published a 100 page guide on making applications run with XP SP2. It includes accompanying scripts for deploying and configuring SP2.

WebCast: Application Compatibility - Level 300 - 10/26/04 @ 9:30AM PT
Wednesday, September 29 2004 @ 08:02 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Microsoft is holding an Applicatio Compatibility Toolkit webcast aimed to facilitating operating system migrations.

Transitive Announces New Virtualization Software
Wednesday, September 15 2004 @ 10:24 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Transitive announced the availability of their virtualization software. QuickTransit allows binary interoperatiblity between software compiled for x86, Itanium, PowerPC, MIPS and Mainframe binaries.

Application Compatibility Toolkit Version 4 Beta (Invitation Phase)
Tuesday, September 14 2004 @ 12:04 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
DesktopEngineer.com reported earlier that the next version ACT would focus on XP SP2 application compatibility. Microsoft is in the invitation phase for the beta of the next release.

How to build a PXE (like MS RIS) server on Linux
Friday, September 3 2004 @ 03:39 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
This article and the associated scripts and utilities allow you to build a PXE server on Linux. Microsoft's RIS is an implementation of a PXE server.

FREE: RIS Menu Editor
Thursday, September 2 2004 @ 03:45 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
About 3 years ago 3com had a freely downloadable utility for editing the Boot Menu for a Microsoft RIS server - then it disappeared. Now it's back and it's still free.

arstechnica Virtual Machine Shootout: VMWare 4.5 and VPC 2004
Saturday, August 28 2004 @ 06:36 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
arstecnica got down to brass tacks with the latest releases of VMWare and Virtual PC. Features, Performance and Usability were all...

FREE: Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Release Candidate Download
Monday, August 23 2004 @ 07:46 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Microsoft is providing the release candidate of their much anticipated server-based virtualization product. To download it you must...

Tool To Temporarily Block XP SP2 on WU and AU (From Microsoft)
Monday, August 23 2004 @ 06:38 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Microsoft is providing a tool that will temporarily block XP SP2 from downloading on computers. It is capable of blocking SP2 for 120 days starting from...

GFI Languard Security Suite
Friday, August 20 2004 @ 03:05 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
GFI Languard is a suite of tools to help you secure and monitor your networked computers. It consists of three main utilities...

.NET Primer for Administrators
Tuesday, August 3 2004 @ 01:54 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
This webinar describes the .NET architecture and how to deploy .NET applications. It serves as a great background for administrators who...

Next Version of Application Compatibility Toolkit to Focus on XP SP2 Incompatibilities
Friday, July 30 2004 @ 11:11 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
The Application Experience team at Microsoft is focusing on XP SP 2 incompatibilities with the next release of their application compatibility toolkit. If this set of tools has been a mystery to you - now is the time to become familiar with them.

Group Policy .ADM Updates Now Downloadable from MS
Wednesday, July 28 2004 @ 07:43 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Up until now the only way to see new policies in the policy editor was to upgrade the computer containing the Microsoft Server Tools with the latest service pack. Microsoft is now providing these as seperate downloads...

From Microsoft - Group Policy Scenarios with Sample GPO Objects
Thursday, June 24 2004 @ 08:24 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Microsoft has put together some sample group policy scenarios that not only include white papers discussing scenarios - but actual importable Group Policy Objects. It includes scenarios for...

New Version (SP1) of Group Policy Management Console (GMPC)
Thursday, June 24 2004 @ 08:09 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Microsoft has published a new version of the Group Policy Management Console on 6/15/04. The new release includes...

FREE: Autoruns 4.31 - Temporarily Disable Autorun Items
Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 12:02 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
The latest release of autoruns has a very handy feature that is available in msinfo on Windows 98 - the ability to temporarily disable items to test if they cause any problems with your system before removing them.

FREE: FreshDevices MultiThreaded Download Manager
Friday, June 4 2004 @ 09:03 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
If you are familiar with Download Accelerator, you can think of this as the striped down version that has no advertising. Make your downloads smoke...

FREE: Encryption for Instant Messenging
Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 02:11 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
If you would like to make sure no one can eves drop on your instant messenging you may be interested in this free encryption utility that works with...

Altiris Joins the Distributed Management Task Force
Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 12:28 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Altiris has announced that it has joined the Distributed Management Task Force a standards body for management of computer systems. The DMTF manages the popular...

FREE: Disktective - Diskspace Manager
Thursday, May 20 2004 @ 01:02 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
From time to time I have discovered a huge downloaded file in an unexpected sub-folder. I might have been dragging the file around for several years, not knowing it was there - not anymore...

FREE: New Release - Autoruns 4.11 from Sysinternals
Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 01:53 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
This execellent utility now reveals everything set to run in the ACME Setup keys. This is the legacy method of triggering "Per User" setups before Windows Installer.

MSI 3.0 Goes to Release Candidate
Thursday, May 6 2004 @ 02:56 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
The Windows Installer 3.0 Beta has gone to a Release Candidate status. Microsoft has publically given some details of the contents...

FREE: Visual Basic.NET Standard Edition (NFR)
Wednesday, May 5 2004 @ 11:50 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Microsoft is giving away copies of Visual Basic.NET Standard Edition. In order to claim your copy you must...

Walmart Linux PC + MS Action Pack =Heaven
Friday, April 30 2004 @ 12:30 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
It galls me to keep paying the price of integrated operating system bundles when I already own enough operating system licenses via the Microsoft Action pack. Walmart and Sams Club are offering an even better selection of Linux PCs - so guess how you get around the cost of the bundled operating system?

FREE: RoboCopy 2003 (XP010) Includes Bandwidth Throttling
Monday, April 26 2004 @ 11:10 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
The version of RoboCopy that comes with the Windows 2003 resource kit include the ability to prevent Robocopy from saturating bandwidth when copying. It is freely available...

FREE: PendMoves from Sysinternals
Wednesday, April 21 2004 @ 12:40 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
During workstation build some companies like to suppress the reboot on a large set of application installs. One of the big risks is that the "pending" file replacements and deletions of all these installs will conflict and leave some programs not working. This utility...

XP Command Line: fsutil
Tuesday, April 13 2004 @ 01:46 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
You may keep hearing that there is nothing in XP to cause organizations to upgrade to Windows XP. True for CIOs - but not for systems administrator and support professionals. Fsutil is yet another one of those little gems built into the XP command line that does things you would normally have to dig up 5 different utilities for.

XP SP2 Technical Preview
Saturday, March 20 2004 @ 11:46 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Microsoft has made XP SP2 publically available in a "Preview" status.

VMWare Ships GSX Server 3
Tuesday, March 16 2004 @ 06:37 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
VMWare shipped GSX Server 3 this week. This release enhances integration with VMWare's Virtual Center adds PXE support and boosts performance.

FREE: Process Explorer 8.30 Released
Tuesday, March 9 2004 @ 01:00 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Process Explorer is SysInternals replacement for task manager. Very full featured with items such as per-process performance information, object locks on a per-process basis, process tree (showing which processes created others), Commenting (persistent) and much more!

FREE: Getting Started with SMS 2003 TechNet Webcast
Tuesday, March 9 2004 @ 09:44 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Microsoft's SMS Guru Wally Mead will host this webcast and give you the low down on new features in SMS 2003 and how to plan for them.

RELEASE: Bart's PE Builder 3.0.30
Thursday, March 4 2004 @ 12:36 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
You've heard of WinPE - Microsoft's preboot environment to replace DOS boot disks for building Windows - but reserved for enterprise clients? Now the world famous boot disk website has devised one that everyone can have.

The big news in this release is support for networking!

XP's Defrag Can be Scripted and Scheduled
Wednesday, March 3 2004 @ 12:48 PM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
For a long time it seemed Microsoft made it difficult to work with the defragmentation utilities built into NT and 2000 so as not to hurt the sales of third party products. With XP that has changed.

Microsoft Action Pack Update
Saturday, February 28 2004 @ 06:32 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
I am continually impressed with Microsoft's Action Pack offering. In the latest update there were 10 licenses for Virtual PC 2004 and 10 licenses for One Note 2003.

FREE: Mount ISO's as CDs with Microsoft Virtual CD Control Panel
Thursday, February 26 2004 @ 08:43 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
This handy little tool allows you to mount iso images as CD drives.

FREE: Graphical Batch File Creator
Wednesday, February 25 2004 @ 05:51 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Need to create a quick batch file to copy some files and start a program? Batchrun lets you build it's own flavor of batch files in a graphical environment.

FREE: .NET Scripting Host
Friday, February 20 2004 @ 10:57 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
Need the power of .NET, but would rather script than compile your code? This scripting host is your answer.

SlipStreamerXP - Build XP CDs with Service Packs Included
Friday, February 20 2004 @ 10:10 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
This handy utility allows you to build XP or Office XP CDs that include the service packs already slip streamed. In addition to simplifying the process you can automatically create an ISO image for burning a CD.

Tech Bargain: Access 4 Free Dial-Up ISP
Wednesday, February 18 2004 @ 08:07 AM CST
Contributed By: Darwin Sanoy
If you have broadband at home, it is hard to shell out another $20 per month for dial-up backup access and for use when travelling. Access 4 Free charges $5 to set you up and nothing for your first 10 hours of access per month after that $1/hour after that to a maximum of $10 per month. Great for backup or road trips.

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