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Windows Server 2008 Virtualization

Get an early look at Windows Server 2008 virtualization by downloading this product overview. This document provides an overview of Windows Server Virtualization and explores Microsoft’s Virtualization Strategy, how it addresses key business needs including server consolidation, business continuity, testing and development, moving toward a dynamic data center and branch office.

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HOWTO: Drop an Offline Full-Text Catalog in Microsoft SQL Server 2005

First use the database you are looking for.
Then run as below:
SELECT name, ftcatid FROM sysobjects WHERE ftcatid > 0
For each returning table name (which are the tables with Full-Text Index), run below command:
EXEC sp_fulltext_table ‘tblName’, ‘drop’
After all drop the Full-Text Catalog with:
DROP FULLTEXT CATALOG catalogName

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Iran Blocks, Unblocks Access to Google

Hopefuly they are claiming ‘The Google Block was an Error’. What about the other ones which they do wrongly and the website never gets back? Some other countries have also blocked our access to their websites… I have faced this in many cases recently; The one which would remain will be ‘iran.ir’ one day…

“Iran has blocked access to the Google search engine and its Gmail email service as part of a clampdown on material deemed to be offensive. Hamid Shahriari, the secretary of Iran’s National Council of Information did not explain why the sites were being blocked. Google, Gmail and several other foreign sites appeared to be inaccessible to Iranian users from Monday morning. Iran has tough censorship on cultural products and internet access, banning thousands of websites and blogs containing sexual and politically critical material as well as women’s rights and social networking sites.” That didn’t take long. Iran has now unblocked Google claiming the censorship was an error.

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Move Microsoft DNS Server

If you are looking to transfer an entier DNS Server which would be having AD settings and things like that, you may better use DNSDump.cmd. (Remember to rename the file from .cm_ to .cmd)
If you are looking to migrate the zones, simply do as bellow:

1. On the DNS server that is currently hosting the DNS zone(s), change any Active Directory-integrated zones to standard primary. This action creates the zone files that are needed for the destination DNS server.
2. Stop the DNS Server service on both DNS servers.
3. Manually copy the entire contents (subfolders included) of the %SystemRoot%System32DNS folder from the source server to the destination server.
4. On the current DNS server, start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
5. Locate and click the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetServicesDNSZones
6. Export the Zones entry to a registry file.
7. Locate and click the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionDNS ServerZones
8. Export the Zones entry to a registry file.
9. On the destination DNS server, double-click each registry file to import the Zonessubkeys into the registry.
10. Bring the current DNS server down and transfer its IP address to the destination DNS server.
11. On the destination DNS server, start the DNS Server service. To initiate the registration of the server’s A and PTR resource records, run the following command at a command prompt: ipconfig /registerdns
12. If this server is also a domain controller, stop and restart the Net Logon service to register the Service (SRV) records, or run the following command at a command prompt: netdiag /fix
13. The standard zones that were previously Active Directory-integrated can be converted back to Active Directory-integrated on the replacement DNS server if it is a domain controller.
14. Verify that the SOA resource records on each zone contains the correct name for the primary server and that the NS resource records for the zone(s) are correct.

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BizTalk Major Users

Major BizTalk users among the world are as follow: (Via Mick Breez Blog)

  • 12 of the 15 largest Retailers in the World run Microsoft BizTalk: Elsevier Food International, September 2006 (sourced from PlanetRetail database)
  • 5 of 10 largest Hotel Chains in the World with over 2 Million rooms use Microsoft BizTalk: Hotels Magazine, July 2007
  • 6 of the 8 largest U.S. Pharmacuetical Companies use Microsoft BizTalk: Fortune 1000 by Industry, April 30, 2007
  • 4 of the 5 largest U.S. Electronics Parts Manufacturers use Microsoft BizTalk: Fortune 1000 by Industry, April 30, 2007
  • 9 of 10 largest U.S. Telecommunications Companies use Microsoft BizTalk: Fortune 1000 by Industry, April 30, 2007
  • 9 of the 10 largest Aerospace and Defense Companies in the U.S. run Microsoft BizTalk: Fortune 1000 by Industry, April 30, 2007
  • 5 of the 8 largest U.S. Chemical Companies run Microsoft BizTalk: Fortune 1000 by Industry, April 30, 2007 4 of the 5 largest Railroads in the U.S. run Microsoft BizTalk: Fortune 1000 by Industry, April 30, 2007
  • 9 of the 10 largest Insurance Companies in the World run Microsoft BizTalk: Insurance Information Institute (from Fortune Global 500 data)
  • 23 of 27 EU member governments use Microsoft BizTalk to provide more efficient government services: European Union web site
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