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An Archived Managed World This blog has moved to http://www.managed-world.com/blog November 2006 Entries
Vista-Only Features for Managed Developers
[Crosspost from Managed World] I recently came across a bunch of stuff done by Daniel Moth, a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft UK. If you are a managed developer and want to see the new stuff you can leverage on Vista, be sure to check out his stuff. If you want to digest some of these new features in Screencast format, be sure to check out some of these screencasts that Daniel Moth has also done: Windows Error Reporting and WinQual Application Recovery and Restart Restart Manager Developing a ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 4:07 PM

EasyBCD - A GUI for BCDedit
[Crosspost from ManagedWorld] Rob Atkinson recently blogged some screenshots from a new tool from NeoSmart called EasyBCD. What is EasyBCD? Directly from the horse's mouth: EasyBCD is NeoSmart Technologies' multiple award-winning answer to tweaking the new Windows Vista bootloader. With EasyBCD, almost anything is possible. Setting up and configuring Windows boot entries is simple, and there is no easier way to quickly boot right into Linux, Mac OS X, or BSD straight from the Windows Vista bootloader ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 3:55 PM

LHS Feature Of The Week #9 - Restart Manager
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. In this week’s edition of the “Longhorn Server Feature of the Week”, we will be taking a look at a new feature in Vista and Longhorn Server: the Restart Manager. What is the Restart Manager? The primary reason software updates require a system restart during an installation or update is that some of the files that are being updated are currently being used by a running application or service. The Restart Manager enables all ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 3:21 PM

LHS Feature Of The Week #8 - Windows Error Reporting
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we take quick dive into some of the enhancements that have been made to Windows Error Reporting (WER) in Vista and Longhorn Server. What is Windows Error Reporting (WER)? Windows Error Reporting enables users to notify Microsoft of application faults, kernel faults, and unresponsive applications. Microsoft can use the error reporting feature to provide customers with troubleshooting information, solutions, or updates ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 3:19 PM

LHS Feature Of The Week #7 - Boot Configuration Data
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we will be looking at the robust replacement for boot.ini in Windows Vista and Longhorn Server: Boot Configuration Data. What is Boot Configuration Data? Boot configuration data (BCD) provides a store that is used to describe boot applications and boot application settings. The objects and elements in the store effectively replace Boot.ini. The data in the store can be managed by a command-line utility, bcdedit.exe, ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 3:15 PM

LHS Feature Of The Week #6 - Windows Remote Management
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we will take a short little peek at the new Windows Remote Management infrastructure in Vista and Longhorn Server. What is Windows Remote Management? Windows Remote Management (WinRM) is the Microsoft implementation of the WS-Management protocol, a standard SOAP-based, firewall-friendly protocol that allows hardware and operating systems from different vendors to interoperate. The WS-Management protocol specification ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 3:13 PM

LHS Feature Of The Week #5 - Task Scheduler 2.0
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. In this fifth installment, we will take a short little peek at a series of enhancements coming in Vista and Longhorn Server to the Task Scheduler. What is the Task Scheduler API? The Task Scheduler API is an API that enables you to automatically perform routine tasks on a chosen computer. The Task Scheduler does this by monitoring whatever criteria you choose to initiate the tasks (referred to as triggers) and then executing ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 3:11 PM

LHS Feature Of The Week #4 - Kernel Transaction Manager
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. As mentioned last week, this week we will look at the component that enables new technologies like Transactional NTFS and the Transactional Registry in Vista and Longhorn Server: the Kernel Transaction Manager. What is the Kernel Transaction Manager? The Kernel Transaction Manager (KTM) is a transaction management service. It makes transactions available as kernel objects and provides transaction management services to system ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 3:07 PM

An evening with ZMan and Benny
As Benny mentioned on his blog, last night I had pleasure of going out to dinner with ZMan and Benny. We went to Ruby's Diner out at Redmond Town Center. For those of you "not in the know", Ruby's Diner is a 50's diner among the many other 50's diner clones and knock-offs that tend to invade the rest of the country like a sweeping parasite spreading with reckless abandon, all the while trying to convey a sense of the Good Ol' 50s with a disdain that shows just how warped and twisted our country seems ......

Posted On Saturday, November 11, 2006 2:12 PM

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