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riva11 | 19 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

An interesting news coming from Microsoft that will not release a third service pack for Windows Server 2003.

Chrissy House, Windows Server Operation Manager, declared  “We have received inquiries from our customers and partners on whether or not there will be a need for a Service Pack 3 for Windows Server 2003. Microsoft will not have a SP3 release for Windows Server 2003".
Also the Extended Support for Windows 2000 Server will end on July 13, 2010, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 will move on to extended support phase after July 13, 2010.

Source :Support changes coming July 2010 for Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003

riva11 | 21 Aug 2009 | 7 comments

In this post I'd like to give you some information where to locate old software. You wonder, why do I need to look for an old programs ? 
The answer is you need to run the old version for some reason.  For example the newer program is not really better than the previous one, or there are so many issues that you prefer to use the old version instead of upgrading to the latest version.
Other examples could be in case you are a programmer and you need to test a program with other application in many different versions , for example, Java Runtime Environment,, etc. or Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5, 6.0...

The main problem could be locating the different program versions, usually on the website of the majority of software companies you find easily only the current version. For this...

mikejansen | 18 Aug 2009 | 0 comments

So first of all, I'm as biased as can be when talking about the future of VDI and second of all, this is my view on the world of VDI and Virtualization in general. You may or may not agree with me.

For the past year I've been working with Erik Westhovens of DinamiQs to architect and develop the fastest, most scalable and best performing Virtual Desktop platform in existence today.

That's a bold statement. Intentionally, of course. Like I said, I'm biased. However, this bias is not because I'm just rooting for the home team. I have in fact researched many technologies for one of my customers (the training center of a globally operating business software vendor) who was struggling with the challenges of deploying a 5.000 user environment with future growth to the corporate environment which contains another 40.000 desktops.

Challenges and Demands

The challenges of the traditional VDI solutions are many:

  • deploying of...
riva11 | 09 Aug 2009 | 1 comment

In the article " Dumb Windows 7 upgrade chart sparks spat " by Gregg Keizer published on Computerworld, there are many comment about a  chart Microsoft provided to a Wall Street Journal columnist.
This chart shows which versions of Windows and XP can be upgraded to Windows 7 without perform a "clean installation" , in other words a backup before the update and a restore to rebuild the user environment.
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More detailes :  Dumb Windows 7 upgrade chart sparks spat

riva11 | 09 Aug 2009 | 0 comments

If you need to make a screenshot of a command lines but you don't have Windows running , the CmdCapture is the right tool for you.
There are several examples about how to use this tool, produce documentation for manuals, procedures or websites, or just print out a page with many errors during an installation ..

But the solution is CmdCapture , this free tool can be used in a command line to create a screenshot and save it in a png format (other format files available).
In case you have to save on a different folder the /d parameter can be used to specify another directory.


  • /f choose the output file type - png ( default ), jpg, bmp, tif, xpm
  • /h displays help on the command line parameters.
  • /d can be used to specify another...
riva11 | 06 Aug 2009 | 1 comment

Snowbird is a portable software program that can be considered an easy and light alternative to Google Desktop or Microsoft Search. This small tool , only 267 Kb , provides a basic search interface that allows users to select a folder and search files and folders. In the Search field is possible to use wildcards to replace one character (?) or multiple characters (*). Also Snowbird allows to manage files and folders with the classic Windows basic commands.

Main features: 

  • Find what you are looking for , Locate files quickly and easily using the integrated search tool.
  • Copy files quickly  , Efficiently copy large amounts of data. Skip errors while copying and even pause transfers temporarily.
  • Browse faster , Access extremely large folders and network resources at lightning speed. Navigate faster using bookmarks, mouse gestures and Vista-style breadcrumb navigation.


Manoranjan | 03 Aug 2009 | 0 comments

IMPORTANT: RC downloads end August 20, 2009

Now Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is available for beta testing. The downloads will be closed on August 20,2009. Because I think it will realease Windows 7 till August 22,2009.

For more Details Check :

riva11 | 03 Aug 2009 | 1 comment

One step behind from Microsoft. In fact last month announced that the new Operative System Windows 7 will be released in Europe without Internet Explorer. Now the new proposal is offer a choice to customers about the internet browser. 

Extract from Windows 7 and Browser Choice in Europe article :

Shortly after new Windows PCs are set up by the user, Microsoft will update them over the Internet with a consumer ballot software program. If IE is the default browser, the user will be presented with a list of other leading browsers and invited to select one or more for installation. Technically, this consumer ballot screen will be presented as a Web page that can be updated over time as new browsers become available

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riva11 | 27 Jul 2009 | 0 comments

VMWare has released an interesting 54 pages ebook “Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 4.0” about the principal guidelines to optimize the performance of VMware vSphere 4.0 , this book is available for a free download from VMware site.

Link :

riva11 | 24 Jul 2009 | 0 comments

I'd like to share an intersting article about PowerShell scripting for VMware ESX written by Eric Siebert and pubblished on .

PowerShell scripting for VMware ESX: Using Quest's PowerGUI PowerPack script editor

Read also PowerShell scripting with VMware ESX tutorial: Installing and using the PowerShell tool article from the same author.

For other information about Powershell , Windows PowerShell commands ( )

Reference: Windows XP commands and others