November 2009 - Posts

Booting Hyper-V R2 off a USB stick : http://sgwindowsgroup.org/forums/t/3333.aspx  post by: acchong

Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

http://www.microsoft.com/hyper-v-server/en/us/default.aspx

Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server 2008 R2 is a stand-alone product that provides a reliable and optimized virtualization solution enabling organizations to improve server utilization and reduce costs. Since Hyper-V Server is a dedicated stand-alone product, which contains only the Windows Hypervisor, Windows Server driver model and virtualization components, it provides a small footprint and minimal overhead. It easily plugs into customers’ existing IT environments, leveraging their existing patching, provisioning, management, support tools, processes, and skills. Some of the new key new features that are available in Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 are live migration, cluster shared volume support and expanded processor and memory support for host systems.

IT Pros can easily to leverage their existing knowledge and skills with Microsoft virtualization products, as well as the collective knowledge of the community, minimizing any learning curve. In addition, with Microsoft providing comprehensive support for Microsoft applications and heterogeneous guest operating systems, customers can virtualize with confidence and peace of mind.

Key Benefits

  • Improved server utilization

  • Small footprint

  • Minimal overhead

When to Use Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

Customers can use Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 for the following scenarios:

  • Test and Development

  • Server Consolidation

  • Branch Office Consolidation

  • Hosted Desktop Virtualization (VDI)

Customers should use Windows Server 2008 R2 to get application failover capabilities or flexible and cost-effective virtualization rights (one free virtual instance for Standard Edition, four free virtual instances for Enterprise Editions, and unlimited virtual instances for Datacenter Edition with the purchase of a license of Windows Server 2008), and flexible and cost-effective virtualization rights.

Here is a list of the features in Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.

 

 

Host clustering

Free

Live Migration

Free

Large Memory support (Host OS) =1TB

Free

Support for up to 8 Processors (Host OS)

Free

The following table showcases specific scenarios where Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 should be used:

Assessment Tool

Check to see if your servers are good candidates for Hyper-V virtualization.

Design Guides

Learn how to design a virtualized infrastructure for the first time.
Posted by Kwek

Download

x86: http://blogs.technet.com/uphclean/pages/uphclean-v2-0-beta-build-2-0-49-0-for-32-bit-platform-operating-system.aspx

x64: http://blogs.technet.com/uphclean/pages/uphclean-v2-0-build-2-0-49-0-beta-for-64-bit-platform-operating-system.aspx

UPHClean v2.0 is a new version that tries to help with the following scenarios:

Timing fix

In v1.6 there is a timing issue with where the profile unload process stopped trying to unload the user profile hive before UPHClean finished its work. UPHClean finished its release of user profile hive handles but Winlogon had already proceeded without unloading the profile causing it to report a profile hive unload failure.  This is now addressed by having Winlogon waiting until UPHClean has finished all of its work before proceeding.

Open file handles

Apart open registry handles that UPHClean v1.6 deals with open file handles to the user profile can have a bad influence on the profile load and unload process. Open references to profile files prevent the profile load and unload process from reconciling (copying files) from and to the roaming profile location.  This prevents the deletion of the locally cached profile.  Other symptoms of this is if the same user logs in again he or she gets a new profile with a name like username.000, username.001 etc.

UPHClean v2.0 takes care of these by releasing the handle to user profile files when the profile is unloaded.  This is not without risk.  Since UPHClean removes access to files or directories data that was cached by the application for the file is lost.  This could cause the process to fail because it cannot read from the file. During testing this has not been found to be true but there is still a chance that it could happen. This is the reason why the file handle remap feature is disabled by default.

To enable the feature you have to set the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UPHClean\Parameters
SHARING_VIOLATION_REMAP REG_DWORD 0X00000001

Without enabling the remapping feature UPHClean automatically detects sharing violation during the user logoff and retries the failed operation for a small amount of time. You can control the amount of time using the SHARING_VIOLATION_DELAY value. This value is specified in millisecond and has a default value of 1000 millisecond. 

File permissions

In some cases a program might change file permissions or creates a new file/folder within the profile but incorrect permissions.  This may leave the profile load/unload process unable to copy it or delete it. To resolve the issue you have to take ownership first before you can delete the file or folder. UPHClean takes care of those situations.

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and UPHClean

UPHClean fails to install on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  This happens because the User Profile service included with those operating system includes the functionality of UPHClean v1.6 built in.  There is no point in having UPHClean perform its monitoring work when the profile service does all necessary work to prevent user hive fails from occuring.

Whereas UPHClean logs event 1401 to indicate that it took action to resolve a problem that would have prevent a user profile hive from unloading, the User Profile service logs event 1530.  It looks like this:

Log Name: Application
Source: Microsoft-Windows-User Profiles Service
Date: 2/28/2008 2:56:52 PM
Event ID: 1530
Task Category: None
Level: Warning
Keywords: Classic
User: SYSTEM
Computer: RCARON-PC
Description:
Windows detected your registry file is still in use by other applications or
services. The file will be unloaded now. The applications or services that
hold your registry file may not function properly afterwards.

DETAIL -
1 user registry handles leaked from
\Registry\User\S-1-5-21-2641105361-2081720548-7543625-1000:
Process 896 (\Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\svchost. exe) has
opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-2641105361-2081720548-7543625-1000

This event is letting you know that when the profile was being unloaded svchost.exe with process id (PID) 896 had a registry key handle to the profile hive for the user with SID S-1-5-21-2641105361-2081720548-7543625-1000.

The event is there so you know that the system took action.  That way you could know that if the application fails in some way you can investigate whether this action might be involved in the failure.  Generally my advice for this (as for UPHClean event 1401) is to ignore it.

This version will likely install on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  It is in beta but currently the beta bits do not yet install on those operating systems.

Posted by Kwek
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http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/ee691939.aspx

Office 2010 volume activation methods

You can use the following methods to activate Office 2010 by using Office Activation Technologies, which are the same methods that are used for Windows Vista and later versions of Windows:

  • Multiple Activation Key (MAK). With a MAK, clients activate Office 2010 online with the Microsoft hosted activation servers or by telephone.
  • Key Management Service (KMS). KMS uses a KMS host key to activate a KMS host computer and establish a local activation service in your environment. Office 2010 connects to the local KMS host for activation.
  • A combination of KMS and MAK.

For detailed information, see Overview of volume activation for Office 2010 in the technical library.

For information about when you would use each activation method, see the four scenarios described in detail in Volume activation quick start guide for Office 2010 in the technical library.

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http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/download-office-professional-plus/default.aspx

Download Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta

Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 empowers your people to do their best work from more places – whether they’re using a PC, phone or web browser. It can maximize existing investments and help people accomplish more by bringing server capabilities to everyone through familiar and intuitive applications. Office Professional Plus 2010 provides smart, simple, time-saving tools to help everyone do more with less. 

See Microsoft Office 2010 for yourself

We are inviting IT professionals around the world to work with the Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta in your lab environments, with your secondary PCs, and with your Microsoft Office enthusiasts, in order to help ensure smooth adoption when the final product is available and to gather feedback from real-world settings.

Here’s what you need to know:

This is pre-release software, so please read the following to get an idea of the risks and key things you need to know before you try the Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta.

  • Protect your PC and data. Be sure to back up your data and please don’t test Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta on your primary home or business PC.
  • Uninstall any previous versions of Microsoft Office. We highly recommend that previous versions of Microsoft Office be removed from your test machine before installing Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta.
  • Technical details/updates. Before installing the Beta please read the Release Notes.
  • Keep up with the news. You can keep up with general technical information and news by participating in the Microsoft Office 2010 Forum (on TechNet) and reading the Microsoft Office 2010 Team Blog.
  • Keep your PC updated. Be sure to turn on automatic updates in Windows Update in case we publish updates for the Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta.
  • Microsoft Partners. Learn more about Office Professional Plus 2010 on the Microsoft Partner Portal.

Here’s what you need to have*:

  • Internet access (to download Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta and get updates)
  • A PC with these minimum recommended specifications:
    • 500 MHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor or higher
    • 256 MB of system memory or more
    • 3 GB of available disk space
    • 1024x768 or higher resolution monitor
    • DVD-R/W Drive
  • Supported Operating Systems:
    • Windows XP with Service Pack (SP) 3 (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista with SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit)
    • Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit or 64-bit)
    • Windows Server 2008 with SP2 (32-bit or 64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)

*Please note these specifications could change.

Get the download

After registering, you will be able to select the version (we recommend 32-bit which runs great on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows) and your software language. Downloading the Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta could take an hour or more. The exact time will depend on your provider, bandwidth, and traffic. The good news is that once you start the download, you won't have to answer any more questions – you can walk away while it finishes. If your download gets interrupted, it will restart where it left off.

Once the download is complete, launch the downloaded file and follow the set up instructions.

Important changes in product activation

We’ve made some important changes to how Microsoft Office products are activated.  The new activation method is based on the Software Protection Platform first introduced in Windows Vista and currently used in Windows 7. Please take note of the information provided on the Product Key page that displays during the download process. Follow the instructions on that page for activating your beta software immediately after the setup procedure completes. For more information please see the Release Notes.

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  You can use these steps when you experience one of the following symptoms :

  • When you try to uninstall Windows Live Essentials from Control Panel, nothing happens.
  • You would like to uninstall Windows Live Essentials from your computer but you don’t see it from the list of programs in Control Panel’s Add/Remove Programs list

WINDOWS XP, Vista 

  1. Click on Start then click on Run.
  2. Type C:\Program Files\Windows Live\installer\wlarp.exe then press Enter.
  3. A new window will open. Select Uninstall and click on Continue.
  4. Select the Windows Live Program that you want to remove and click on Continue.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.

 

Posted by Kwek

Windows 7 Edition comparison chart

Features / Availability

Starter

Home Basic

Home Premium

Professional

Enterprise

Ultimate

 

OEM licensing

Emerging markets

Retail and OEM licensing

Retail, OEM and Volume licensing

Volume licensing

Retail and OEM licensing

 

Maximum physical memory (64-bit mode)

2 GB

8 GB

16 GB

192 GB

192 GB

192 GB

 

32-bit and 64-bit versions

32-bit only

Both

Both

Both

Both

Both

 

Maximum physical CPUs supported]

1

1

1

2

2

2

 

Backup and Restore Center

Cannot back up to network

Cannot back up to network

Cannot back up to network

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Remote Desktop (Client and Host)

Client only

Client only

Client only

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Home Group (create and join)

Join only

Join only

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Multiple monitors

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Fast user switching

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Desktop Wallpaper Changeable

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Desktop Window Manager

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Windows Mobility Center

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Windows Aero

No

Partial

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Multi-Touch

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Premium Games Included

No

No

Yes

Disabled by default

Disabled by default

Yes

 

Windows Media Center

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Windows Media Player Remote Media Experience

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Encrypting File System

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Location Aware Printing

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Presentation Mode

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Windows Server domain joining

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Windows XP Mode

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Software Restriction Policies

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Aero glass remoting

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

 

Windows Media Player multimedia redirection

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

 

Audio recording over Terminal Services

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

 

Multi-display Terminal Services

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

 

Federated Search

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

 

AppLocker

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

 

BitLocker Drive Encryption

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

 

BranchCache Distributed Cache

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

 

DirectAccess

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

 

Subsystem for Unix-based Applications

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

 

Multilingual User Interface Pack

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

 

Virtual Hard Disk Booting

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

 

 

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Signing in to Windows Live Messager failed because the service is temporaily Unavailable.

Error Code:8000401a

 

Solution for Error code: 8000401a is only 10 seconds away


Open Registry Editor

Goto

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID\

Then search this entry & delete it

380689D0-AFAA-47E6-B80E-A33436FE3

That's All

Enjoy Live Messenger

Posted by Kwek