Performance wise, it improved Windows 7 logon time by 15%

It, being a Microsoft enterprise hotfix rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

And the 15% logon time improvement was just when I applied it to the Windows 7 client.  We’re yet to apply it to our Windows 2008 server farm.

I first saw this hotfix mentioned at the Microsoft “Dude where’s my PFE?” blog.

Update 18th April:
It may cause issues with esri’s suite of products (ArcGIS, ArcInfo …)

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W2K3 to W2K8 Active Directory Upgrade Considerations

I have collected some upgrade considerations from a couple colleagues of mine and have been sharing them on our internal technical DLs as the question comes up.  I have gotten positive feedback on the notes and have been encouraged to post them.  So, here they are.  Though, the real thanks go out to my colleages Tom and Arren.

Here are some of the problems customers run into when upgrading W2K3 DCs to W2K8

A very comprehensive list of solutions to problems people run into when upgrading from a Windows 2003 domain to a Windows 2008 domain.  Thank you Glenn LeCheminant.

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Installing Windows 2008 Server Core on the ASUS EEE Box PC


  1. Install Windows 2008 Server Core
  2. When finished, logon to console with Administrator / <no password>
    You will be prompted to change the password.
  3. Install the RealTek network driver, with the command
    pnputil -i -a <path to extracted driver files>netrtx32.inf
  4. Configure a (static) IP address
  5. Enable Remote Firewall Management.  This will allow you to manage the firewall from a client PC
    netsh advfirewall set currentprofile settings remotemanagement enable
  6. Enable Remote Desktop Access, by typing the following commands on the Server 2008 Core console
    cscript C:\Windows\System32\Scregedit.wsf /ar 0
    netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”Remote Desktop” new enable=yes
  7. Apply any patches from Windows Update
    Fermin Sanchez Central – How to patch Windows Server 2008 Core




Installing PHP / MYSQL / WordPress

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Windows Server 2008 SP1? – WTF???


Microsoft releases Windows Server 2008 to manufacturing, and it’s already at SP1!


Yeah.  At first glance you may think it strange that a first version of a product would already be at SP1 level.  So I thought I would throw out a couple of reasons why Windows Server 2008 is at SP1 already.  NOTE: Only ONE of the following reasons is correct:

A.  We call it Service Pack 1 because we want to have something to say to the customer who is always “waiting for SP1”.  “Here you go!”

B.  We call it Service Pack 1 because it sounds like it’s of a higher quality.

C.  We call it Service Pack 1 because it IS of a higher quality.

The correct answer is C.  Windows Server 2008 is indeed of a higher quality,

Why is Windows Server 2008 at SP1 already-

Microsoft (Kevin Remde) claims C.  To my mind, it’s marketing BS.  Listening to my cynical heart, the REAL answer is A.
I’m sure the market will decide whether to wait until SP2 before adopting.  I’d be tempted to adopt it now for WDS Multicasting.