Wednesday, June 21, 2006

New Job!

I am very excited to announce that I accepted an offer to work for Avanade ( as System Engineer in Madrid. Avanade is the leading technology integrator specializing in the Microsoft enterprise platform. I think the job is going to be very exciting.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

BETA: Microsoft Windows 2003 SP2 Build 2721

Microsoft releases today the pre-beta version of the SP2 for Windows 2003 (x86, x64 and Itanium) and Windows XP 64 bits.

Monday, June 12, 2006

MS: Exchange Server '12' requires Microsoft Management Console 3.0

One issue that seems to come up frequently for those of you that have tried installing Exchange 12 CTP build (Exchange 2007 Beta 1) is the following error at Setup:

"Exchange Server '12' requires Microsoft Management Console 3.0."

This happens even though the final (RTM), released version of MMC is installed on the system.

The problem here is that the CTP build of Exchange 12 setup actually needs a "RC1 refresh" build of MMC 3.0, and as this build is not found - the setup fails with the above error. E12 is looking for a registry key that is not there on the machine that has RTM version of MMC 3.0 installed. This issue is going to be fixed in later builds of Exchange 12 and will definitely not be there in final release version.

You can resolve this problem in 2 different ways:

1. Download and install the RC1 refresh MMC release, see
Microsoft Management Console 3.0 Pre-Release (RC1 Refresh).

2. If you would like to run the RTM version instead (as you already installed it) create the following empty registry key:


Thanks to Nino Bilic @ Microsoft Exchange Team Blog (

Thursday, June 08, 2006

MS: Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment

The Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) delivers end-to-end guidance for efficient planning, building, testing, and deploying Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 edition, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, and Office Professional 2003 Editions. It helps IT professionals realize a quick return on investment while also setting new standards for reliability, performance, security, and ease of use.

CTX: Configuring and Securing Citrix Shadowing

Shadowing is a valuable tool released with Citrix Presentation Server, however, taking time to implement and delegate this ability to support personnel often falls to the bottom of the priority list. Enabling your first responders with the shadowing ability, and a basic understanding of Citrix, will help them to identify the source of a problem and thus decrease the amount of escalated calls. This article will go over the different methods of configuring shadowing (including order of precedence), shadowing utilities, shadow logging, and to conclude, a summary of best practices.

CTX: A Listing of Free Tools for Citrix and Terminal Server Environments

There are a lot of great FREE tools and utilities out there that can really help in Citrix and Terminal Server deployments.

CTX: Unlicensed server error

CTX: Troubleshooting and Explaining Citrix ICA Shadowing

Reliability Survey: Windows Servers Beat Linux Boxes

Windows 2003 Server is a more reliable server operating system than Linux, a research firm said Monday.

According to the Yankee Group's annual server reliability survey, only Unix-based operating systems such as HP-UX and Sun Solaris 10 beat Windows on uptime. Windows 2003 Server, in fact, led the popular Red Hat Enterprise Linux with nearly 20 percent more annual uptime.

On a broader note, said Yankee analyst Laura DiDio, the major server operating systems all have a "high degree of reliability," and have showed marked improvement in the last 3 to 5 years.

On average, individual enterprise Windows, Linux, and Unix servers experienced 3 to 5 failures per server per year in 2005, generating 10 to 19.5 hours of annual downtime for each server.

But standard Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Linux distributions from "niche" open source vendors, are offline more and longer than either Windows or Unix competitors, the survey said. The reason: the scarcity of Linux and open source documentation.

The Yankee Group made a point of stressing that the survey was not sponsored or supported by any server OS maker.