Google brings Chrome’s renderer to IE with browser plugin

Google plans to drag Internet Explorer into the world of modern Web browsing with a new open source plugin that will inject Chrome’s renderer and JavaScript engine into Microsoft’s browser.

Who would have thought? Hopefully this takes off.

http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/09/google-brings-chromes-renderer-to-ie-with-browser-plugin.ars

Microsoft Server 2008 Foundation

Microsoft Foundation Server 2008

Microsoft have released a new operating system designed for the small business. Wait, don’t we already have one of those?

Microsoft Server 2008 Foundation is aimed at businesses with 15 employees or less. It’s an OEM product that only comes with new machines sold by either Dell or HP (at time of writing). Another thing to note are the artificial limitations placed on the OS.

  • 15 users maximum
  • Limited to 8gb of memory
  • Visualization disabled

At the same time it does have one benefit. It’s a very cheap Terminal Server.

The OS is upgradable to other versions of server 2008, but what is the point? I can guarentee that by the time this happens, the hardware will be out of date, or the hardware simply won’t be able to be upgraded significantly to improve the performance of the server with the upgraded operating system.

The biggest problem with Foundation is its lack of Exchange. What business operates without email these days?

I love Microsoft products, but this sounds like a knee jerk reaction to a slow uptake on Windows 2008 Small Business Server and will ultimately fail. Watch this space…

Lets just hope this is an April Fools joke.

Cluster Validate Error for Duplicate IP Addresses? Teredo may be the Culprit!

Having issues with networking in a 2008 cluster? Could be Teredo.

Verifying that there are no duplicate IP addresses between any pair of nodes.
Found duplicate IP address fe80::100:7f:fffe%13 on node node1.contoso.com adapter Local Area Connection* X and node node2.contoso.com adapter Local Area Connection* X.

Follow the instructions found here.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Update Rollup 2 Bugs

There are a number of small bugs with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Update Rollup 2. Since they are quite hard to spot I’ve decided to spell some out here. If you know of anymore, please let me know.

Download Update Rollup 2

  1. Corruption of web.config.
    Solution: Delete web.config and rebuild app
  2. Corruption of certificates.
    Solution: Re copy certificate
  3. System jobs not working.
    Solution: See point 1 and 2. Fix is not very obvious. You can use advance find under system jobs and select the message column to find the exact error.

New Zealand Blackout (Section 92 Copyright Act)

New Zealand's new Copyright Law presumes 'Guilt Upon Accusation' and will Cut Off Internet Connections without a trial. Join the black out protest against it!Support your fellow New Zealander and help get rid of this stupid law which comes in to effect later this month. Section 92 gives copyright holders the power to accuse people of copyright infringement without any proof! This law needs to be repelled.

Section 92 of the Copyright Amendment Act assumes Guilt Upon Accusation and forces the termination of internet connections and websites without evidence, without a fair trial, and without punishment for any false accusations of copyright infringement. We should speak out against injustices like Guilt Upon Accusation being done in the name of artists and protecting creativity.

http://creativefreedom.org.nz/blackout.html

Windows 7 maye be free…

In a statement to Betanews this afternoon, a Microsoft spokesperson refrained from explicitly denying that it would offer Windows 7 as a free upgrade to some Vista owners.

“Microsoft often explores options with our partners to determine product offerings,” the Microsoft spokesperson told Betanews. “We are not announcing anything new at this time.”

It would certianly be a good move since I’d expect the adoption of Windows 7 will be very slow.

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Windows 7 Beta Test Drive (build 7000)

Windows 7 is the newest operating system due out from Microsoft. Microsoft stated in 2007 they were planning Windows 7 development for a three-year time frame starting after the release of its predecessor, Windows Vista. Microsoft has stated that the final release date would be determined by product quality.

We decided to take Windows 7 for a test drive. There was a lot of fuss when Windows Vista was first released. First there were reports on how much slower it was than XP, then we had all the bugs that went with it. Finally Microsoft released Service Pack 1 and things seem to be a lot smoother for the troubled operating system. It is reported now that Windows Vista is finally being adopted by companies around the world. We wondered if Windows 7 will be any different.

We fired up our test box, a Quad Core AMD processor 9550, 4GB memory and 500GB Hard Drive.

First things first, lets install this puppy.

Install

Continue reading Windows 7 Beta Test Drive (build 7000)

Google Sync made possible through patent license with Microsoft

As it turns out, Google did not develop a calendar and contacts synchronization platform all on its own. Rather, it licensed Exchange Server patents from Microsoft, in a deal that company is describing today as an “open” license

This is very important.  Microsoft is now sharing protocols.  Interesting to see what happens next.

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When offline files go bad… [Offline files recovery]

Interesting situation. A few days ago I had a customers machine that had been pulled off a domain without syncing the offline files. These files had no been synced for a good 1.5 years. Ouch. Anyway, to cut a long story short, we had to recover a few GB of offline files to a new machine. Is this possible? Well yes it is. CSCCMD.exe is a command line executeable which comes on the Windows 2003 resource kit.  Extended commands for csccmd.exe are here.

Here is how to do it:

Instructions:
1. Copy c:windowscsc to folder to the new computer
2. On the new computer select the start button and click on run. Type cmd.
3. Type csccmd.exe /enable
4. Type csccmd.exe /EXTRACT /RECURSE /TARGET:c:recovered_files

CSCCMD.exe Download:
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