A new article was just published by the ASKCORE team on the topic of the WinSXS folder and just what it is, why it is so big and why it keeps getting bigger.

An excerpt:

“The only way to safely reduce the size of the WinSxS folder is to reduce the set of possible actions that the system can take – the easiest way to do that is to remove the packages that installed the components in the first place.  This can be done by uninstalling superseded versions of packages that are on your system.  Service Pack 1 contains a binary called VSP1CLN.EXE, a tool that will make the Service Pack package permanent (not removable) on your system,  and remove the RTM versions of all superseded components.  This can only be done because by making the Service Pack permanent we can guarantee that we won’t ever need the RTM versions.”

Click here to read the entire article…

To learn a bit more about WinSxS, disk space and Windows 7 click here…

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Network Monitor 3.2 Released

September 17, 2008

in Microsoft

Network Monitor 3.2 is a protocol analyzer. It allows you to capture network traffic, view and analyze it. Version 3.2 is an update and replaces Network Monitor 3.1. Network Monitor 3.x is a complete overhaul of the previous Network Monitor 2.x version.

What’s New

  • Process tracking: Categorize network traffic based on the name and ID of the owning process.
  • Extensive parser set: For over 300 public and Microsoft proprietary protocols.
  • Improved capture rate: Drop fewer frames on high-speed networks.
  • ContainsBin plug-in: Search frames for strings or arbitrary byte sequences.
  • Find conversations: Quickly isolate related frames.
  • Network Monitor 3.2 API:  Create your own applications that capture, parse, and analyze network traffic.
  • Support for frame truncation.
  • Indication of the number of dropped frames.
  • Streamlined UI toolbar

Click here to download… (Updated for Netmon 3.3)

Read about the release on the TechNet: Netmon blog…

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Having trouble finding out where to get the Live Meeting 2007 client and conferencing add-in for Outlook?

I’ve also included direct links to download the client below.

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This is a good news for those companies that use Blackberry and have deployed (or are looking to deploy) OCS 2007.

Click here to learn more and download the Blackberry client…

Features
  • Initiate and manage group chat sessions of three or more participants from your smartphone
  • View the presence status of contacts, such as online, busy, do not disturb, be right back, away or appear offline and set your own status to inform others of your availability
  • Enjoy a synchronized contact list, with the same contacts available on your BlackBerry smartphone and your computer
  • Find contacts quickly with the quick find function and picture association
  • Receive alerts when team members become available
  • Communicate more effectively with emoticons
  • And more
Integrates with other BlackBerry Apps
  • Set your presence status from your home screen icon
  • View the presence status of contacts directly from your address book
  • Check your spelling and edit autotext on your instant messages
  • Initiate phone calls or browser sessions directly from phone numbers or URLs embedded in instant messages
  • Voice integration with ‘Click to Call’

Click here to read some lessons learned from Matt McGillen’s deployement…

Originally spotted this post via the LCSKid.

Updated 9/10/2008: Updated download link and added bullet lists on features and integration.

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