Friday, November 12, 2004

Microsoft Licensing: 7 Steps to a Better Bargain. It would save you LOTS of $$$

This is great read at Redmond Magazine (previous MCP Magazine). You get some overview on licensing (if you are not into reading the lengthy licensing guides at Microsoft website). Then you get a drilldown on cost saving when negotiating software licenses.

Links: (the article) (Microsoft Licensing WebSite)


Wednesday, November 10, 2004

The New ISA Server and Exchange Deployment Kit

Greetings folks,

For those working on ISA2004 and Exchange 2003, here is a latest document from Microsoft on "ISA Server and Exchange Deployment Kit". There are lots of information on all possible deployment of ISA and Exchange server.

Note, the document is 11MB and about 700 plus pages.


Here is the short link : or click the title.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

.Net Framework based CLI (nothing like what you have used/seen before)

Jeffrey Snover, architect on the Monad (MSH-Microsoft Shell) team, demonstrates and discusses Monad.

It is one awesome CLI (command line interface). Imagine doing a "dir" on Active Directory, Registry Key, list of installed certificates or list of processes, and awhole bunch of other cool stuff.

It will be available in Longhorn but since it is .Net Framework specific technology, you could download the beta now and run it on a current OS with .net on it.

This link, will take you a Windows Media video presentation about the tool.

Think what you want, write it down, and get what you want. Unix folks hold on to your jaws.

A couple of reasons why you should use this tool:
1. Strong Naming (manage 80% of the system with under 50 verbs)
2. Help (just like the "man")
3. It is a object-based system i.e. the help is a reflection of a Help Object
4. SQL type utility (select, sort, condition, present)
5. Pipelining concepts

Just watch that video!!

To download the tool, goto, use a passport account to login, then to get the tool use account id: mshPDC.


Monday, November 01, 2004

The other command line tool

A little history on WMI first.

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a component of the Microsoft® Windows® operating system and is the Microsoft implementation of Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM), which is an industry initiative to develop a standard technology for accessing management information in an enterprise environment. WMI uses the Common Information Model (CIM) industry standard to represent systems, applications, networks, devices, and other managed components. You can use WMI to automate administrative tasks in an enterprise environment.

Where applicable WMI can be used in all Windows-based applications, and is most useful in enterprise applications. System administrators can find information about using WMI on TechNet, and in various books about WMI.

Lots of folks may not know this, but, there is this great command line tool in Windows XP (yes !!Windows XP. Was originally written for Windows 2003 but is it released with Windows XP as well) and above (Windows 2003 and SBS 2003). WMIC.exe gives you access to WMI on your Windows machine. The information you could collect now is simple amazing.

Here is a link to "A Description of the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Command-Line Utility (Wmic.exe)" support article at

Microsoft's msdn website.


Using Netsh: the coolest Windows command line utility (besides WMIC.exe)

At recent newsletter from, author Robert J. Shimonski wrote about Netsh, a Windows based command line tool that if you master, can be very helpful in quickly getting your network setting changed from the command line without having to navigate the GUI for all your setting changes.

The Netsh tool once mastered can make life much easier for you and your administration of systems on your network or at home. In this article we will also look at how to create files to simplify changes further.


You will truly appreciate this tool. Changing network settings is just one of the functionality. You could also work with anything from IPSec to Windows Firewall (Win. Xp SP2)