A very hot topic among Vista user is the seemingly robust size of the WinSxS directory and it’s ability to grow with apparently no limit.  While most users are not too overly concerned with disk space and have GBs to burn, the majority (myself included) still like to keep the footprint of the operating system as small as possible.  I have posted on the topic a couple times before:

I came across an interesting post today by Michael Beck on the Engineering Windows 7 blog about Disk Space.  As I began to read the post I realized that this was by far the best explanation of the WinSxS directory to date.  I encourage anyone and everyone who is interested in understanding the WinSxS directory in Vista to give this post a thorough read through.  You may just change your mind about moving or deleting the WinSxS directory.  A couple interesting tidbits to wet your appetite:

The Windows SxS directory represents the “installation and servicing state” of all system components. But in reality it doesn’t actually consume as much disk space as it appears…

In practice, nearly every file in the WinSxS directory is a “hard link” to the physical files elsewhere on the system—meaning that the files are not actually in this directory.

The WinSxS directory also enables offline servicing, and makes Windows Vista “safe for imaging”.

While it’s true that WinSxS does consume some disk space by simply existing, and there are a number of metadata files, folders, manifests, and catalogs in it, it’s significantly smaller than reported. The actual amount of storage consumed varies, but on a typical system it is about 400MB.

Click here to read the post…

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PowerGUI 1.5.3 released

November 20, 2008

in Microsoft, Script

Maybe your company has Exchange 2007 or maybe you are using Quest’s PowerShell commands for AD, either way if you haven’t had a chance to try out this FREE tool you are missing out. The GUI has come in handy for me on several occasions but the real hidden gem here is the PowerGUI Script Editor. This handy utility is worth it’s weight in code. PowerPacks are available for:

  • Active Directory
  • Exchange
  • Hyper-V
  • WSUS
  • SQL
  • Windows Server
  • VMWare
  • Citrix
  • …and more

Read about the latest update here…

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As an AD engineer and PowerShell aficionado this is something to get excited about. I can just imagine all the wonderful scripts that is going to make life so much easier for those AD administrators. These aren’t going to be out until Server 2008 R2 but it’s nice to day dream a bit.

Get the full list here…

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Came across a very nice post that illustrates a lot of new functionality for Active Directory that will be introduced with Server 2008 R2.

New Features include:
  • A Recycle Bin
  • Managed Service Accounts
  • PowerShell (BIG ONE)
  • MMC 4
  • Offline Domain Join

Read the post here…

Other Server 2008 Links:
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