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Microsoft has release version 1.0 of the Exchange System Manager for Windows Vista. With this tool you can manage your Exchange 2003 server from a Vista machine. There are a few restrictions in the software, belof a few of them:

  • SMTP current session node is not supported (SMTPadmin.dll cannot be registered).
  • NNTP property view is not supported (NNTPadmin.dll cannot be registered).
  • Installing Exchange System Manager on the same computer as Microsoft Office Outlook is not supported, because MAPI CDO cannot be installed.
  • You may encounter the following issues during uninstall:
    • If Exchange System Manager is open during the uninstall process, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is likely to crash. To resolve this, manually close the Exchange System Manager.
    • If the MAPI CDO package was uninstalled manually before uninstalling the Exchange System Manager, a runtime error may appear. This error can be ignored and the uninstall process will complete successfully.
  • Would you like to have this tool, then use the link below to download it.


    Network and volume icon disappeared

    Since tweaking some things in Vista the network and volume icon where not available anymore. Tonight I decided to google on it and I am not the only person who has this issue. There appeared to be a KB article from Microsoft about it. After reading the article and performing the suggestions I could enable the icons via the Control Panel. The network icon is indispensable. In the KB article everything is explained even how the issue is caused. It appears that when the system is very busy during startup specific values can’t be established because of a time-out. I have them back in any case 😉

    Microsoft KB artikel

    Windows ME

    It has been a while ago since I installed Windows ME on a pc but today I did have to do it. It’s really cool the setup goes really fast when you compare it with Vista. Microsoft doesn’t release any new patches for Windows ME, during Windows update you will get a nice warning that Microsoft doesn’t give support anymore on the product. It was nice working again with Windows ME, but I will go back to Vista, I begin to like it 😉

    Vista doesn’t recognize the game-port anymore

    Yesterday I decided to build in my “old” soundcard because I removed my SCSI card because I didn’t need it anymore. I was surprised to found out that Vista doesn’t recognize the game-port anymore. I started to google and found out that Microsoft doesn’t support it anymore, Microsoft assumes that you use a USB joystick instead of one you could connect to the gameport. After some research I got to the Creative Labs webpage via  Tweakers there has been some very active with writing a new game-poort drivr for Vista. Do you also have the same issue and would like the driver, then click on the link below.


    Vista SP1 released, XP SP3 released within 2 weken

    As you may now Microsoft has released the second wave of Vista SP1. In this wave the Dutch version is also included. Last night I downloaded and installed it immediately. The shutdown proces goes faster then before the update 😉 On 29 april Microsoft will release Microsoft XP Servicepack 3.  In the servicepack there will be a few new functions en according to earlier beta reviews it should be a lot faster too.

    Vista SP1 available next week in Dutch

    According to multiplte site Microsoft will release Servicepack 1 containing 36 languages, also Dutch. Microsoft doesn’t want to give the exact release date on an official press conference. The servicepack will be 500 MB for 32-bits systems and 700 MB for 64-bits systems.

    We will have to wait what the exact release day of the servicepack.

    Vista SP1 available

    Windows Vista SP1 

    Last night SP1 for Vista is release for all users. The servicepack is not available for all languages only: Engels, Frans, Spaans, Duits en Japans (Wave 0) are included. Microsoft has announced that some users can’t install the servicepack if they have specific drivers installed. There are some issues with drivers from Realtek, Intel, Conexant and a few other vendors. When the dutch version will be available is not announced.


    Install PHP and Mysql in Vista

    This tutorial will explain how you can get PHP and Mysql working with IIS 7. In IIS 7 several things have changed which will make the installation a little bit complicated then it was in previous versions or as with Apache. I found out the issues myself also and searched on Google for the solutions.

    First download the following software:

    • PHP 5.x (the zip file is the easiest)
    • Mysql 5.x

    When you downloaded both software packages we can start with installing. We will divide this is a few steps:

    • install PHP
    • configure IIS/PHP
    • install Mysql

    Install PHP

    The zip file contains all the files you need, extract them to a location such as c:\Program Files\PHP.

    You will see the directory contains a few sub-directories:

    • Ext
    • Extras
    • PEAR
    • Dev

    Especially the “ext” directory is important because it contains all extensions to expand PHP.

    Configure IIS/PHP

    The next step is configuring PHP and IIS. The configuration from PHP will be done by modifying the file “php.ini” which is a simple text file. This file can be found in the root of the PHP directory and needs to be copied to “c:\Windows”. You can make adjustments if you like, for example switch on some extensions.

    For using PHP with Mysql we need to remove the “;” in front of the next line: extension=php_mysql.dll.

    After this is done we need to copy some files: “php_mysql.dll” which can be found in the “ext” directory, and both “libmysql.dll” and “libeay32.dll” from the PHP directory, all of them need to be copied to  “c:\windows\system32”.

    When this is done we need to configure IIS. The IIS configuration is not much work but first we have to add some components because they are not installed by default. So start “add and remove programs” and choose the option “windows parts ..”. The next options need to be enabled:




    When this is installed we could continue with configuring IIS. Start up the IIS Management and choose the optie “Handler mappings”. When this is opened you will get an option to add a “add script mapping”, when choosing this you will get the following screen:




    Fill in all fields as above except “executable/file path” here you need to select the directory where PHP is installed. Press OK, Windows will ask you if this needs to be applied to all IIS parts, click OK this will safe you a lot of time.

    The handler mappings will look like this:




    To check if PHP is configures OK create a PHP file with the following content:


    Safe this file to the root of your webserver and open the file via Internet Explorer. When the installation is successful you will get an overview of all the settings you did in the PHP.ini

    Install Mysql

    The last step is installing Mysql you can use the default steps for this. The only option that may need to be changed is the type of server. For a developers machine you need to select “developer” if you want to use it for production then this option is not recommended.

    Handlertoewijzingen overzicht



    Scripttoewijzing toevoegen




    IIS component toevoegen

    This page contains an overview of all the tutorials:


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    SP1 blocks securitysoftware


    Microsoft has release a list with programs that may not work or lose functionality after installing SP1. Microsoft recommands to have a look at this list before installing SP1. Software such as BitDefender and Zone Alarm Security Suite may not work anymore after the installation of SP1. Microsoft tells on their site that if you have this issues you need to contaact the vendor of the software. Most vendors who are listed have brought out a patch for their software to get it working again.