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After 15 years in the field with several world-wide customer companies of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Compaq Computers and more recently Hewlett Packard (HP), Alain Lissoir is now working as a Principal Program Manager in the Active Directory group at Microsoft in Redmond, WA, USA. He is primarily specialized in directories, scripting, automation and management technologies. Through his career, Alain delivered several Integration workshops and seminars world wide for various communities. Since 2002, he is a frequent speaker in various conferences such as Microsoft TechED, Microsoft MEC, Microsoft IT Forum, HP World and NetPro Directory Expert Conference (DEC). During these last years, Alain wrote several articles published in Windows & .NET Magazine, Exchange & Outlook Administrator and Windows Scripting Solution magazines. He also wrote white papers about scripting technologies available under Windows 2000/2003 (WSH and ADSI) and Exchange 2000 (WSH, CDOEX, CDOEXM and WMI) for Microsoft and Compaq/HP. Alain is the author of a double volume book on Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) under Windows Server 2003 (also covering Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and Windows XP):

 



HOT NEWS:

March 2008:
Microsoft to simplify Active Directory management - Chicago, USA

 


June 2007: WMI Fix to increase the WMI Repository reliability on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.
Knowledge Base article for Windows XP on Microsoft Support Center - Redmond, USA
  • Update for Windows XP x86 Edition (KB933062) available on Microsoft Download Center.
  • Update for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB933061) available on Microsoft Download Center.

  • Knowledge Base article for Windows 2003 on Microsoft Support Center - Redmond, USA
  • Update for Windows Server 2003 x86 Edition (KB933061) available on Microsoft Download Center.
  • Update for Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems (KB933061) available on Microsoft Download Center.
  • Update for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition (KB933061) available on Microsoft Download Center.
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    May 2007: WMI Fix to report correctly the number of hyperthreading-enabled processors or the number of physical multicore processors on Windows Server 2003.
    Knowledge Base article for Windows 2003 on Microsoft Support Center - Redmond, USA
  • Only available when contacting PSS.
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    January 2007: Use WMI Diagnosis Tool 2.0!
    WMI Diagnosis Tool on Microsoft Download Center - Redmond, USA

     


    May 2006: WMI Diagnosis Tool FAQ?
    WMI Diagnosis Tool on the WMI Team blog - Redmond, USA

     


    March 2006: How to use WMI Diagnosis Tool?
    WMI Diagnosis Tool on Microsoft TechNET - Redmond, USA

     


    March 2006: Do you want to fix a WMI issue or an error reported by WMI? Use WMI Diagnosis Tool!
    WMI Diagnosis Tool on Microsoft Download Center - Redmond, USA

     


    November 2005: WMI isn't working? Read this article!
    WMI isn't working? on Microsoft TechNET - Redmond, USA

     


    September 2005: Want to know the WMI team? Who is behind?
    Channel 9 Forums Managing Windows with WMI - Redmond, USA

     


    August 2005: Exhausted to create your own WMI code?
    WMI Code Creator v1.0

     



    ARTICLES:

    June 2005 (Microsoft Technet Script Center):
  • Scripting: Scripting for Exchange

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    February 2005 (Windows Scripting Solutions):
  • Scripting: A Windows 2003 and XP Command-Line Tools Sampler

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    January 2005 (Windows Scripting Solutions):
  • Scripting: 3 Ways to Protect Passwords in WSH Scripts

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    October 2004 (Windows Scripting Solutions):
  • Tools: Windows Server 2003 Directory Service Tools

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    August 2004 (Windows Scripting Solutions):
  • WMI Scripting: Managing IP Routes Through WMI

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    July 2004 (Windows Scripting Solutions):
  • WMI Scripting: Scripting Windows XP System Restore

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    June 2004 (Windows Scripting Solutions):
  • WMI Scripting: Catching Events in Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP

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    May 2004 (Windows Scripting Solutions):
  • Active Directory/WMI Scripting: Monitoring FSMO Role Modifications - Learn how to use WMI to monitor modifications to the five FSMO roles

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    April 2004 (Windows Scripting Solutions):
  • Active Directory/WMI Scripting: Using WMI to monitor AD - Learn how to use WMI to monitor AD group modifications

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    March 2004 (Windows & .NET Magazine):
  • Active Directory: Deactivating Schema Extensions

  • Active Directory: Reasons for Deactivation

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    March 2004 (Exchange and Outlook Administrator):
  • Exchange/WMI scripting: Managing Exchange 2003 with WMI, Part 3

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    February 2004 (Windows & .NET Magazine):
  • Scripting: Automated Deployment Services

  • ADS Sequence Files

  • ADS Device Variables

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    February 2004 (Windows Scripting Solutions):
  • WMI Scripting: Using WMI to Monitor Trust Status

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    February 2004 (Exchange and Outlook Administrator):
  • Exchange/WMI scripting: Managing Exchange 2003 with WMI, Part 2

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    January 2004 (Windows Scripting Solutions):
  • Active Directory/WMI Scripting: Using WMI to Manage AD Replication in Windows Server 2003

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    January 2004 (Exchange and Outlook Administrator):
  • Exchange/WMI scripting: Managing Exchange 2003 with WMI, Part 1

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    December 2003 (Windows Scripting Solutions):
  • WMI Scripting: Security Changes in Windows Server 2003 WMI

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    May 2003 (Exchange and Outlook Administrator):
  • Exchange Scripting: Exchange 2000 SP2 CDOEXM updates

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    January 2003 (Exchange and Outlook Administrator):
  • Exchange/WMI Scripting: Exchange 2000 SP2 WMI updates

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    August 2002 (Windows Scripting Solutions):
  • Scripting: Secure Script Execution with WSH 5.6

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    May 2002 (Microsoft TechNET):
  • Exchange Scripting: Automating Exchange 2000 Management with Windows Script Host

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    November 2001 (Windows 2000 Magazine):
  • Active Directory: Extending the Active Directory Schema

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    September 2001 (Windows 2000 Magazine):
  • Active Directory: Diving into the Active Directory Schema




  • WHITE PAPERS:

    October 2000 (Compaq Active Answers):
  • Active Directory Scripting: Part 1 - Introduction to the use of Exchange 2000 with Windows Script Host (Script Kit)

  • Active Directory Scripting: Part 2 - Managing Exchange with Scripts - Advanced Topics (Script Kit)



  • February 2000 (Compaq Active Answers):
  • Exchange Scripting: Part 1 - Understanding the Microsoft WSH and the ADSI in Windows 2000 (Script Kit)

  • Exchange Scripting: Part 2 - The powerful combination of WSH and ADSI under Windows 2000 (Script Kit)




  • BOOKS:

    March/May 2003 (Digital Press):

    Alain is the author of a double volume book on Windows Management Instrumentation covering Windows Server 2003 (including Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and Windows XP):
    • Understanding Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Scripting - ISBN 1555582664 (Digital Press)
    • Leveraging Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Scripting - ISBN 1555582990 ( Digital Press)
    "Understanding Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Scripting"
    Sub-title: "How to exploit the power of Microsoft's WMI to create mission-critical computing infrastructures"
    ISBN 1555582664 - March 2003 - 580 Pages
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    Script Kit of Volume 1

    "Leveraging Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Scripting"
    Sub-title: "Using WMI to solve Windows management problems"
    ISBN 1555582990 - May 2003 - 918 Pages
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    • Foreword (by Tony Redmond)
    • Preface
    • Acknowledgements
    • Chapter 1: The WMI Providers discovery
    • Chapter 2: The Win32 Providers
    • Chapter 3: The core-OS WMI providers
    • Chapter 4: WMI Security Scripting techniques
    • Chapter 5: The optional Windows components and application WMI providers
    • Chapter 6: A Look Into the Future of WMI Scripting
    • Appendix
    Script Kit of Volume 2



    CONFERENCES:

    March 2008
    NETPRO Directory Expert Conference 2008 - Chicago, IL, USA:
  • Active Directory Scripting/Tools: Extending Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Management with Windows Features



  • September 2007
    TechNET Webcast - Redmond, USA:
  • Active Directory Scripting/Tools: Extending Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Management with Windows Features (Level 300)



  • June 2007
    TechED 2007 - Orlando, FL, USA:
  • WMI Scripting/Tools: Secure Remote Management of Windows Vista with New Windows Management Instrumentation Features

  • WMI Programming: Create manageable .NET Applications with Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)



  • March 2007
    Microsoft Management Submit 2007 - San Diego, CA, USA:
  • WMI Scripting/Tools: Secure Remote Management of Windows Vista with New WMI Features



  • January 2007
    TechNET Webcast - Redmond, USA:
  • WMI Tools: Troubleshooting Windows Management Instrumentation with the New Diagnosis Utility (Level 300)



  • July 2006
    TechNET Webcast - Redmond, USA:
  • WMI Tools: Roadmap and Best Practices for Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Troubleshooting and Scripting (Level 300)



  • June 2006
    MSDN Architecture Webcast - Redmond, USA:
  • WMI Programming: .NET Application Instrumentation Using WMI.NET 2.0 (Level 200)



  • April 2006
    Microsoft Management Submit 2006 - San Diego, CA, USA:
  • WMI Tools: Windows Management Instrumentation: Roadmap and Best Practices for WMI Troubleshooting and Scripting



  • April 2006
    Longhorn Software Design Review 2006 - Seattle, WA, USA:
  • WMI Programming: Easily Instrument Your .NET Application with WMI Provider Extension 2.0



  • March 2006:
    TechNET Webcast - Redmond, USA:
  • WMI Tools: Troubleshooting Windows Management Instrumentation (Level 300)



  • September 2005
    Microsoft MVP summit - Redmond, USA:
  • WMI: Windows Management Instrumentation in Vista



  • September 2005
    Channel 9 Forums - Redmond, USA:
  • WMI: Meeting the WMI Team, managing Windows with WMI



  • July 2005
    Microsoft TechEd 2005 - Amsterdam, NL:
  • Scripting: Windows Server 2003 R2 and Beyond



  • June 2005
    Microsoft TechEd 2005 - Orlando, FL, USA:
  • Scripting: Windows Server 2003 R2 and Beyond



  • April 2005
    Microsoft Management Submit 2005 - Las Vegas, NV, USA:
  • Scripting: Scripting with WMI, Firewall and WS-Management



  • March 2005
    NETPRO Directory Expert Conference 2005 - Vancouver, Canada:
  • Scripting: Running Scripts Securely While Handling Passwords and Security Contexts Properly



  • February 2005
    MSDN Webcast - Redmond, USA:
  • Scripting: Running Scripts Securely While Handling Passwords and Security Contexts Properly (Level 300



  • June 2004
    Microsoft TechEd 2004 - Amsterdam, Netherlands:
  • WMI Scripting: Best Practices in Managing Windows via Scripts

  • Tools: 61 new tools in Windows Server 2003 to manage your Windows Environment from the command line with NO scripts!



  • April 2004
    NETPRO Directory Expert Conference 2004 - Amsterdam, Netherlands:
  • Directories/Meta-Directories: Introduction to the meta-directories



  • March 2004
    Microsoft Management Submit 2004 - Las Vegas, NV, USA:
  • Scripting: Best Practices in Managing Windows via Scripts - Part 1

  • Scripting: Best Practices in Managing Windows via Scripts - Part 2



  • November 2003
    Microsoft IT Forum 2003 - Copenhagen, Denmark:
  • WMI Tools: Managing Windows from the Command Line with WMI



  • September 2003
    NETPRO Directory Expert Conference 2003 - Ottawa, Canada:
  • Scripting: A monitoring script step-by-step

  • Active Directory: Schema Extension Deactivation



  • August 2003
    HP World 2003 - Atlanta, GA, USA:
  • Scripting: Windows Management with Secure Scripting



  • April 2003
    NETPRO Directory Expert Conference 2003 - Phoenix, AZ, USA:
  • Scripting: A monitoring script step-by-step

  • Scripting: Leveraging Active Directory Through Scripts



  • November 2002
    Microsoft IT Forum 2002 - Copenhagen, Denmark:
  • WMI Scripting: Leverage the power of WMI scripting

  • Scripting: Managing Windows with Secure Scripting



  • October 2002
    Microsoft Exchange Conference 2002 - Los Angeles, CA, USA:
  • Scripting: Managing Windows with Secure Scripting



  • October 2002
    NETPRO Directory Expert Conference 2002 - Amsterdam, Netherlands:
  • Active Directory Scripting: Leveraging Active Directory Through Scripts



  • May 2002
    ITUG/DECUS 2002 Joint European Conference - Lyon, France:
  • Active Directory/Exchange: Understanding Exchange Migration using the Active Directory Connector (ADC)

  • Active Directory: Extend Your Active Directory Schema

  • WMI Scripting: Leverage your Windows Infrastructure Monitoring to the WMI scripting power



  • July 2000
    Microsoft TechEd 2000 - Yokoha, Japan:
  • Exchange Scripting: Advanced Exchange 2000 Development: Building Administration Tools

  • Exchange Programming: Advanced Exchange 2000 Development: Developing with Transport and Protocol Events