When I first migrated my users from Novell to Windows Server 2003, one of the issues that kept cropping up was, “Why do I keep getting ‘access denied’ when I try to go into this folder??”. With Novell, files and folders that users don’t have permissions to access, simply do not show up on their workstation.
Microsoft didn’t do that, until this dandy download came out. It’s also apparently being built into Windows Server 2003 R2.
Microsoft has decided to make Virtual PC 2004 free. This is great news for small I.T. shops that can’t afford a test environment. Between the for free Virtual Server and now Virtual PC, a test environment is only a production machine away.
Here is a very cool article on Microsoft’s Open Source Lab.
Microsoft�s Open Source Software Lab is an ambitious research project. Located on the company�s main campus, the lab houses more than 300 servers, which collectively run more than 15 versions of UNIX and 50 Linux distributions. It boasts a team of senior-level programmers and system administrators, some of whom were architects of popular Linux distributions or authors of well-regarded books. In short, the lab is one of a few such facilities in the world dedicated to open source research.
Could this be a Google Appliance Killer?
Without much fanfare, Microsoft launches today, a business version of their search software. It will help people more easily find documents, e-mail and other data. The interesting tidbit is that it’s designed for easy deployment by IT and can be modified (through GPOs) by IT to control how it’s used.
Link to Microsoft site for Windows Desktop Search – Enterprise
Internet Explorer 7 Beta
I’m on a machine that has the IE7 beta installed on it. I’ve had a brief chance to play around with it and have already settled on a list of what they got right and what they got wrong. While I do realize that this is beta software, something tells me that this list of things, is here to stay.
- The rendering engine. I’ve always found IE6 to render pages faster than any version of Firefox. IE7 doesn’t disappoint there.
- Tabbed browsing. Microsoft finally decided to make tabbed browsing part of IE7. However, it’s not all peachy (see the Wrong list).
- Anti phishing. I haven’t had a chance to test it, but it looks like IE7 has a built-in anti-phishing component. It appears to want to check a Microsoft website against the URL.
- Toolbars. Microsoft, why oh why do you insist on telling me YOU know best where to put my toolbars. In IE7, the menu bar has been moved below the address bar and the tab bar. You’re stuck with the address bar and the tab bar where they are. You can’t move them. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
- Tabbed browsing. See #1 under Wrong.
- Bookmarks. You still don’t have the ability to highlight and move or delete more than one bookmark at a time. I have hundreds of bookmarks! Why is it that bookmarks seem like an afterthought to you?
- The links toolbar. The buttons for the links toolbar don’t auto resize depending on what the link says. For instance, if I have a button on my links bar to digg and I name it “digg”, the toolbar button is just as long as if I’d named it, “digg – a very cool website that I visit often”. Come on.
- Mouse gestures. Don’t exist.
As you can see, the list of wrongs is certainly longer than the list of rights. I could have made the list of wrongs even longer, but I decided that it boiled down to extensibility. IE7 just isn’t extensible. Us Firefox users are spoiled. I’ve gotten to the point where Firefox does exactly what I want it to do. It handles bookmarks the way that I want it to, it handles toolbars the way I want it to. In short, it does what I want it to. I can live with a slower rendering speed.
Microsoft are you listening????
Check out this article over at msexchange.org (Is it just me or does this seem like it says “m” “sexchange”?????? It’s supposed to be “ms” “exchange” *grin*) for more about the upcoming SP2 for Exchange 03.Some highlights included:
- Increased mail database limit size from 16GB to 75GB for Exchange Standard (wo0t wo0t!)
- Improved Public Folder management
- OAB enhancements
- Allow/Block MAPI per user
- Improved SPAM prevention (i.e.: Sender ID)
As well as some other fixes, etc. This looks to be a huge SP install and hopefully won’t take more than a couple of hours on one of my weekends to accomplish. This service pack is still on track for a 2005 release. We’ve only got a few more months dudes, until 2005 is 2006.
One thing that I’d like to see implemented, is more control over Outlook clients via Exchange rather than GPO’s, but then that is just me.