Virus Scanning: Microsoft-Recommended Exceptions

Microsoft has published on their support site interesting article Virus scanning recommendations for Enterprise computers that are running currently supported versions of Windows. It applies to the systems that experience slow-downs or instability when using virus scanning software (whatever the vendor), and proposes a solution (temporary solution?) for the issue.

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Computer Security Identifier (a.k.a. SID) Myth

Would never believe this, if it would not come from Mark Russinovich:

NewSID has been retired and is no longer available for download. Please see Mark Russinovich’s blog post: NewSID Retirement and the Machine SID Duplication Myth

Sounds fantastic, isn’t it? :) I wonder, if one should use reseal on Windows Embedded images in light of this information: reseal is renaming machine (can be done other way), resets some settings, e.g. mount points (can be done other way), and changes SIDs (which seems obsolete if you are not in domain)…

Debugging MSBuild Scripts (VS2010)

I did not actively search for the subject, but once I bumped into a three-part article about the MSBuild script debugging (Part I, Part II, Part III) on The Visual Studio Blog I immediately though that it is worth remembering about it when (I am not saying if, but rather when here) I need it in the future. The blog itself is also worth checking, as there is much information about VS IDE, MSBuild, and extensibility from the Visual Studio development team.

BlueScreenView

BlueScreenView scans minidump files created during BSOD crashes, and displays the information about all crashes in one table. For each crash, BlueScreenView displays the minidump filename, the date/time of the crash, the basic crash information displayed in the blue screen, and the details of the driver or module that possibly caused the crash. Seems to be nice utility for troubleshooting.

System Information for Windows (SIW)

SIW is a free Windows tool (there is commercial version as well) that gathers detailed information about your system and displays it in a comprehensible manner. Information includes software inventory (OS, installed software and hotfixes, processes, services, users, open files, etc.), hardware inventory (motherboard, CPU, all kinds of sensors, BIOS, chipset, devices, S.M.A.R.T., etc.), network onformation(NICs, shares, etc.), and some nice tools. On top of this, it is a standalone utility that does not require installation.

Catalyst 10.6 + Flash 10.1 = Kaboom! :x

Children, never ever put these two beasts together in their default configurations, or you will get spectacular crash (a.k.a. BSOD, a.k.a. blue screen; the problem is that usually it crashes so thoroughly that there is no way to even see BSOD) whenever you open a web page with Flash video in it, e.g. YouTube. The workaround is simple – disable hardware acceleration in Flash player. To do it, right click on the Flash player in browser (preferably on the page without Flash video, or BSOD will come and eat ya! just kidding), select Settings…, and then clear the Enable hardware acceleration box on the Display tab (first tab in settings). That’s it! After this fix Catalyst 10.6 + Flash 10.1 – Hardware Acceleration = Nirvana :)