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How-to Microsoft Tools

TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2007

System Center Operations Manager is the end-to-end service-management product that is the best choice for Windows because it works seamlessly with Microsoft software and applications, helping organizations increase efficiency while enabling greater control of the IT environment.

Register for these Virtual Labs to learn more on the SCOM 2007

TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2007- Introduction

After completing this lab, you will be better able to deploy an agent, import a management pack, create and use views, create and use tasks, monitor and override, create rules, use the web console, and use management pack templates.

TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2007- Advanced Topics

After completing this lab, you will be able to learn role-based security, active directory integration, distributed application modeling, notifications, client monitoring, reporting, and introduction to the Command Shell.

System Center Operations Manager has a lot of features, which include,

End-to-End Service ManagementSystem Center Operations Manager 2007

System Center Operations Manager provides end-to-end service management that is easy to customize and extend for improved service levels across your IT environment. This enables Operations and IT Management teams to identify, and resolve issues affecting the health of distributed IT services. End-to-end Service Management is not restricted to Microsoft-based environments. Support for WS-Management, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and partner solutions allow for non-Microsoft systems and hardware to be included in service monitoring within Operations Manager 2007. Learn more by reading the End-to-End Service Monitoring datasheet.

Best of Breed for Windows

System Center Operations Manager 2007 includes expertise from the Microsoft server, client, and application teams, providing you with knowledge and capabilities to drive greater efficiency. Improvements in Management Packs for Microsoft products have increased knowledge and reports based on the best practices of Microsoft IT and Product Support Services. Microsoft currently has more than 50 Management Packs for various Microsoft products, ranging from the Windows operating system to applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server and Internet Information Server. Learn more by reading these datasheets:

Increased Efficiency and Control

System Center Operations Manager 2007 automates routine, redundant tasks, and provides intelligent reporting and monitoring to help increase efficiency and enable greater control of your IT environment. Role-based security, Active Directory integration, and new infrastructure elements make it easier to monitor, configure and deploy in complex environments. Support for high-availability features such as clustering and failover ensure the IT environment is always monitored. Learn more by reading the Systems Center Operations Manager Overview white paper

You can read a few more Data Sheets and White Papers here to know more on the System Center Operations Manager 2007.

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Microsoft Tools Virtualization Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Keep Offline Virtual Machines up-to-date: Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1

The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1 helps organizations maintain virtual machines that are stored offline in a Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager library. While stored, virtual machines do not receive operating system updates. The tool provides a way to keep offline virtual machines up-to-date so that bringing a virtual machine online does not introduce vulnerabilities into the organization’s IT infrastructure.

The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool combines the Windows Workflow programming model with the Windows PowerShell™ interface to bring groups of virtual machines online just long enough for them to receive updates from either System Center Configuration Manager 2007 or Windows Server Update Services. As soon as the virtual machines are up-to-date, the tool returns them to the offline state in the Virtual Machine Manager library.

This Solution Accelerator includes the following components:

  • Brief Overview. Available online only on Microsoft TechNet. Summary for business and technical managers that briefly explains how this Solution Accelerator can fit into an organization’s IT infrastructure management strategy.
  • OfflineVMServicing_x64 and OfflineVMServicing_x86. Setup files for the tool, for 64 bit and 32 bit versions of Windows with Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 or 2008 R2.
  • Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool Getting Started Guide. Provides information about how the tool works, explains prerequisites for the tool, and describes how to install and configure the tool.
  • Offline_VM_Servicing_Tool_2.1_Release_Notes.rtf. Notes provide information about this release, describe known issues in the tool, and include feedback instructions.
  • Offline_Virtual_Machine_Servicing_Tool_Help. Help file for the tool. Provides instructions for using the tool.

Download the Tool here

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Microsoft Tools

Free Autoruns Tool to Take Charge of Startup Apps in Windows 7

Windows 7 has a few tools you can use to peek at programs and services that run automatically at startup or logon, most notably the System Configuration utility, Msconfig. But that built-in tool pales in comparison to the undisputed heavyweight champion of the category. “Autoruns” Tool, which is available for free from Windows Sysinternals monitors programs in your Startup folder and in registry keys, showing you the exact order in which those programs will run.

You can also configure Autoruns to show Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, and auto-start services, among other categories. Shortcut menus allow you to search for more information about a process or service whose name is unfamiliar, and clearing a check box to the left of each entry disables that item. The Everything tab shown here gives you an unfiltered look at everything your system starts automatically.

You can download the AutoRuns Tool here

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General How-to Microsoft Tools

Want to install Office 2010? – Use this Assessment Tool (OEAT)

This is a comprehensive Environment scanning tool (OEAT) for use in deploying Microsoft Office 2010.  This tool (along with documentation) assists a customer in the assessment phase of deployment. It identifies:

  • Currently installed applications and installation environment
  • Add-ins currently in use by Office clients
  • Programs that are not registered as add-ins but still interact with Office programs
  • Provides a report on the Environmental assessment (potential upgrade issues)
  • Also reports the  Add-ins assessment–list of third party programs and information about the compatibility of those programs with Microsoft Office 2010

You can download this Assesment Tool (OEAT) here!!!

When you execute the downloaded exe, it wil show a dialog to extract the files. (Select a folder, where the application has permission to write the files into)

Once extracted, there will be 2 files in the folder (OEAT.exe and Readme). On executing the OEAT.exe, you will see the Assesment Tool,

Use the option 1, if you are running it for an individual machine. Administrators can choose Option 2, to run a Wizard for advanced configuration like passive scan, UNC Path, Hidden execution options.  Invoking this button, will first scan your machine and create a XML file report and create it in the same location of the executable. Check a sample xml file below.

Once the scan is complete (either by Option 1 or 2)., you can compile the report. This will compress the collected data, compile them into readable format and gives the output in a excel file. On clicking the button “Compile Results”

You can Review the excel sheet (which is present in the same folder of the OEAT.exe), to analyze the follow different parameters,

  1. Machine Summary Report
  2. All Installed Addin
  3. Installed Addins which were not shipped with Office
  4. Disk Space
  5. 32bit vs. 64bit
  6. Antivirus State

For information on getting started, please see OEAT Quick Start Guide and OEAT User Manual

I would also recommend you download and use the Office 2010 Compatibility Inspector to check the Code Compatibility for Office 2010.

The key features of the Office Code Compatibility Inspector include the following:

  • It consists of four add-ins that load, one add-in per application, in Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Word 2010, and Visual Studio 2008.
  • It runs on a per-user or a per-document basis. For VBA, users open a document and run the tool from the Developer tab. For Visual Studio projects, the developer runs the tool from the Tools menu.
  • It adds comments in the code where it finds other potential issues.
  • It displays a summary and a detailed report of its findings after it completes its inspection.
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Google Tools

Google Pack – Get free software for Windows 7

Google Pack is the collection of Softwares selected by Google., which are free and ready to use in just a few clicks for Windows 7.

You also get an option to select and de-select the softwares, which you want to install. The pack contains softwares like,

  1. Google Chrome Web BrowserMake browsing the web faster, safer and easier, Search from the address bar itself
  2. Google AppsUse Google email, calendar and document applications; Create, collaborate, communicate and share with friends and family
  3. Picasa Find, edit and share your photos in seconds, Easily remove red eye and fix photos
  4. Spyware Doctor with Anti-VirusProtects your PC with advanced anti-virus detection and removal, Detects and removes spyware, adware, trojans and keyloggers
  5. Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar
  6. Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
  7. RealPlayerPlay popular media formats, organise music and videos
  8. Google DesktopFind all your email, files, web history and more
  9. Adobe ReaderView, print and search PDF files via a redesigned interface
  10. Google EarthZoom from space to street level — tour the world
  11. SkypeMake free voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype

 Download the Google Pack Softwares here!!!

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Best Practices Google Tools

Website Optimization – Want to know what readers are seeing in your website?

Browser Size is a tool from Google Labs, which provides you visualization of browser window sizes for people who visit your website. This is useful for ensuring that important parts of a page’s user interface are visible by a wide audience. Knowing this fact would encourage the designer to move the most important information much higher in the page so it can be seen without scrolling. For example, the “90%” contour means that 90% of people visiting the website have their browser window open to at least this size or larger.

The sizes represented in this contour are client area sizes, not browser window sizes. This means they represent the size of the browser without the title bar, toolbars, status bars, etc., and thus give a true representation of how much content can be seen by a particular segment of the Web-using population.

Check the Browser Size Tool here!!! – http://browsersize.googlelabs.com/

To view your own Web site with this same visualization overlaid on it, simply type its URL into the “Enter URL here” textbox at the top of the window and click Go. As you move the mouse around the window, you will see a transparent rectangle following the mouse pointer. This feature allows you to interact normally with the page you’re examining even though it has a graphical overlay atop it.

You could choose either a Opaque layout map or even set the translucent effect!

Check the Browser Size Tool here!!! – http://browsersize.googlelabs.com/

If you’re interested in learning more about the technical descriptions of Browser Size Tool, check out this post on the Google Code Blog.

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General Microsoft Tools

Ever wanted to type Indian language text easily into any application?

Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool helps you enter Indian language text easily into any application in Microsoft Windows or on any page on the Web. The primary input mechanism is transliteration. Additionally, it provides a visual keyboard to assist with editing words that do not transliterate properly. It currently supports Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali and Telugu languages.

The majority of the transliteration schemes in existence use capital letters to distinguish long vowels from short vowels and hard consonants from soft consonants. In classic free-form transliteration, this distinction is lost. For this reason, apart from free-form transliteration, Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool also allows users to be more specific by using capital letters. The MS team also expects that with time, as new users get more proficient, they will find use for this feature, as it will help them more accurately transliterate with minimal spelling revisions.

In short, it allows users to enter a capital letter to specify a preference for a long vowel (e.g. bA for बा in Hindi or kE for கே in Tamil) or a hard consonant (e.g. De for डे in Hindi or Li for ளி in Tamil).

You have an option to use between a Desktop Version and Web one!

You can install and find more information about this product here – http://specials.msn.co.in/ilit/


You can install the Web Version of Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool for any of the language by dragging the language name above to the Bookmarks toolbar. This tool is supported on all the major web browsers (Thankfully). Translating is as simple as typing in the textbox. Start typing in English and hit Space after each word.

  

You can install and find more information about this product here – http://specials.msn.co.in/ilit/

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General Microsoft Tools

SysInternals tools – December Update

This blog post briefs up the updates which are made to the following SysInternals Tools.

VMMap v2.5: This update to VMMap, a process memory analysis utility, now identifies thread environment blocks (TEBs), the process environment block (PEB), and reserved memory.

Disk2vhd v1.4: Now includes an option for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 that directs it to fix up the kernel and HAL to make the VHDs generated for these systems bootable in Virtual PC. It also skips sectors with CRC errors to enable the conversion of systems with failing disks.

Sigcheck v1.63: Instead of reporting ‘unsigned image’ for all signature check failures, Sigcheck now reports specific errors, such as the root not being trusted and the signing chain not being valid.

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Autoruns v9.57: Now reports more group policy script entries.

PsExec v1.97: This update to PsExec fixes the interactive (-i) switch for Windows XP and a bug in the copy-to-remote (-c) switch that would sometimes prevent the copy from succeeding.

PsKill v1.13:  Fixes a bug in the process tree termination logic.

You can also use these tools using Internet, Check here – http://live.sysinternals.com/

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General Tools

Maintenance version of the VirtualBox is released – VirtualBox 3.0.12

VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software. The Virtual Box Team did a maintenance release “VirtualBox 3.0.12” last week.

The following items were fixed and/or added in this maintenance release:

  • VMM: reduced IO-APIC overhead for 32 bits Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 guests; requires 64 bits support (VT-x only)
  • VMM: fixed double timer interrupt delivery on old Linux kernels using IO-APIC (caused guest time to run at double speed)
  • VMM: reinitialize VT-x and AMD-V after host suspend or hibernate; some BIOSes forget this (Windows hosts only)
  • VMM: fix loading of saved state when RAM preallocation is enabled

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  • BIOS: ignore unknown shutdown codes instead of causing a guru meditation
  • GUI: never start a VM on a single click into the selector window
  • Serial: reduce the probability of lost bytes if the host end is connected to a raw file
  • VMDK: fix handling of split image variants and fix a 3.0.10 regression
  • VRDP: fixed occasional VRDP server crash
  • Network: even if the virtual network cable was disconnected, some guests were able to send / receive packets
  • Network: even if the virtual network cable was disconnected, the PCNet card received some spurious packets which might confuse the guest
  • Shared folders: fixed changing case of file names
  • Windows Additions: fix crash in seamless mode (contributed by Huihong Luo)
  • Linux Additions: fix writing to files opened in O_APPEND mode
  • Solaris Additions: fix regression in guest additions driver which among other things caused lost guest property updates and periodic error messages being written to the system log

You can check this article, to know how to create a VM using the Sun VirtualBox software – Here

Download this version of VirtualBox here!!!

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Microsoft Tools

Repairing Windows issues using FixWin v1.0

The Windows Club team is pleased to release a first-of-its-kind application for Windows 7 & Vista: FixWin. FixWin v 1.0 is a 529 KB freeware portable application to repair & fix common Windows annoyances & issues.

While there were several tutorials and how-to’s already available on the Internet to deal with such annoyances, FixWin as a single utility was conceptualized, to fix some of the common annoyances which may be faced by a Windows user.

FixWin v 1.0 has been developed by my MVP colleague & Windows Registry Guru Ramesh Kumar, for The Windows Club.

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50 problems … 1 solution … FixWin is the Windows Doctor all have been waiting for!!

You can download the Utility Here!!!

For more information on this Utility refer this article – Here!!