Welcome to Alain Lissoir's home page!

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 Program Manager 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):

 



WMI HOT NEWS:

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 NOW!
    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? DO NOT DELETE THE REPOSITORY right away! Use WMI Diagnosis Tool instead!
    WMI Diagnosis Tool on Microsoft Download Center - Redmond, USA

     


    November 2005: WMI isn't working? DO NOT DELETE THE REPOSITORY right away! Read this article instead!
    WMI isn't working? on Microsoft TechNET - Redmond, USA

     


    October 2005: Do you want to communicate with the WMI team? Hey! Here is the dedicated WMI team blog! It is just opened!
    WMI team blog on Microsoft MSDN - 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 for Exchange

     


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

     


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

     


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

     


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

     


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

     


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

     


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

     


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

     


    March 2004 (Windows & .NET Magazine):
    Deactivating Schema Extensions
    Reasons for Deactivation

     


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

     


    February 2004 (Windows & .NET Magazine):
    Automated Deployment Services
    ADS Sequence Files
    ADS Device Variables

     


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

     


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

     


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

     


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

     


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

     


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

     


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

     


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

     


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

     


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

     


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



    WHITE PAPERS:

    October 2000 (Compaq Active Answers):
    Part 1 - Introduction to the use of Exchange 2000 with Windows Script Host (Script Kit)
    Part 2 - Managing Exchange with Scripts - Advanced Topics (Script Kit)


    February 2000 (Compaq Active Answers):
    Part 1 - Understanding the Microsoft WSH and the ADSI in Windows 2000 (Script Kit)
    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
    (Security Management Samples updated for latest Windows 2003 Updates and Windows 2003 SP1!)



    CONFERENCES:


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

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

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

    April 2006
    Microsoft Management Submit 2006 - San Diego, CA, USA

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

    September 2005
    Microsoft MVP summit - Redmond, USA

    September 2005
    Channel 9 Forums Managing Windows with WMI - Redmond, USA

    July 2005
    Microsoft TechEd 2005 - Amsterdam, NL

    June 2005
    Microsoft TechEd 2005 - Orlando, FL, USA

    April 2005
    Microsoft Management Submit 2005 - Las Vegas, NV, USA

    March 2005
    NETPRO Directory Expert Conference 2005 - Vancouver, Canada

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

    June 2004
    Microsoft TechEd 2004 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

    April 2004
    NETPRO Directory Expert Conference 2004 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

    March 2004
    Microsoft Management Submit 2004 - Las Vegas, NV, USA

    November 2003
    Microsoft IT Forum 2003 - Copenhagen, Denmark

    September 2003
    NETPRO Directory Expert Conference 2003 - Ottawa, Canada

    August 2003
    HP World 2003 - Atlanta, GA, USA
    April 2003
    NETPRO Directory Expert Conference 2003 - Phoenix, AZ, USA

    October 2002
    Microsoft Exchange Conference 2002 - Los Angeles, CA, USA

    November 2002
    Microsoft IT Forum 2002 - Copenhagen, Denmark

    October 2002
    NETPRO Directory Expert Conference 2002 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    May 2002
    ITUG/DECUS 2002 Joint European Conference - Lyon, France
    July 2000
    Microsoft TechEd 2000 - Yokoha