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  • Unix Tip: Viewing library dependencies with ldd

    Posted July 26, 2006 - 8:51 am

    The use of dynamically linked libraries makes a lot of sense when it comes to keeping system binaries small, but can generate some head-scratching problems when you are trying to install or run software and the required libraries appear to be missing. Let's take a quick look at what dynamic libraries are and how you can work around some of the common problems you might run into that involve their use.
  • Microsoft bets big on Vista security

    Posted July 25, 2006 - 1:58 pm

    Microsoft's Vista developers can't catch a break these days. After years of warnings from security researchers that old code in Windows was creating security risks, the software giant decided to rewrite key parts of the operating system. The result? Last week, Symantec Corp. published a report suggesting that all of this new code will introduce new security problems.
  • Next Debian release to support AMD64 chips

    Posted July 25, 2006 - 8:54 am

    The next release of the Debian Project's Linux distribution will run on Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s AMD64 processors for the first time, according to the organization's Web site.
  • Windows Tip: Know your IPv6 address types

    Posted July 21, 2006 - 11:15 am

    Is your enterprise planning or in the process of migrating your IPv4 network to IPv6? Did you know Windows Vista comes with IPv6 enabled out-of-the-box? And were you aware that some Vista applications like Windows Meeting Space use only IPv6 and not IPv4?
  • VMware slams XenSource-Microsoft deal

    Posted July 19, 2006 - 2:08 pm

    VMware has slammed Microsoft's tie-up with open source virtualization developer XenSource, announced earlier this week, calling it a "one-way street," and accusing XenSource of betraying its open source roots.
  • Windows Vista work creeps along with interim build

    Posted July 17, 2006 - 4:59 pm

    Microsoft Corp. continues to make changes to Windows Vista as the OS creeps along until its scheduled release later this year. The company Monday released an interim build of the OS that improves its overall performance and makes specific tweaks recommended by beta testers.
  • Microsoft pulls plug on private-folder software

    Posted July 17, 2006 - 10:30 am

    Responding to pressure from corporate users, Microsoft Corp. Friday pulled free software from the Web that allowed users sharing Windows PCs to shield information from other users in a private folder.
  • Windows Tip: Keep an eye on solid state disk technology

    Posted July 14, 2006 - 11:57 am

    IT departments have always known that the hard drive is the main performance bottleneck, and that's why the development of solid state disk technology (SSD) is exciting as it will push performance up significantly. Therefore, I suggest keeping your eyes on SSD technology as it makes inroads into the notebook, desktop, and eventually server arena.
  • Microsoft releases new OS for old PCs

    Posted July 13, 2006 - 10:01 am

    Microsoft Corp. released a new version of its operating system for businesses this week that extends the life of older PCs by effectively turning them into thin-client computers.
  • Microsoft says E.U. fine won't affect Vista launch

    Posted July 13, 2006 - 9:46 am

    European Commission fines levied against Microsoft Corp. won't affect the launch of Windows Vista, the head of the software maker's Japanese unit said Thursday.
  • Microsoft launches latest small biz bundle

    Posted July 11, 2006 - 9:13 am

    Microsoft Corp. plans to officially launch its Windows Small Business Server 2003 release 2 (SBS 2003 R2) integrated software bundle Tuesday.
  • Review: Can Xandros Linux Desktop replace Windows Media Center Edition?

    Posted July 10, 2006 - 10:40 am

    As Microsoft readies its next Media Center OS, Xandros Linux offers a cheap alternative today - but it's not for everyone.
  • Portable Linux DAW records, mixes

    Posted July 10, 2006 - 10:35 am

    Trinity Audio Group has built a portable digital audio workstation out of Linux and other open source components.
  • Novell to release updated SUSE Linux in July

    Posted July 10, 2006 - 10:31 am

    The newest version of SUSE's Enterprise Linux will be available later this month, fast on the heels of the public beta.
  • Windows Tip: Resources for regulatory compliance

    Posted July 7, 2006 - 1:50 pm

    Ensuring your company's IT infrastructure is compliant is no easy job. For one thing, you must first be aware of the laws and regulations that apply to your industry. Next you must be aware of how these laws impact IT operations. And finally, you must develop a set of internal procedures and controls to ensure your enterprise complies with these laws and regulations and can stand the test of an external audit or even worse, a lawsuit. Here are three resources to check out.
  • Windows Tip: Revisiting Group Policy Refresh

    Posted June 30, 2006 - 1:37 pm

    In a recent tip here in Windows in the Enterprise, I mentioned that administrators could remotely refresh Group Policy on desktop computers using a free tool from Sysinternals called psexec and that this can save them the labor of touching (visiting) desktops when Group Policy refresh needs to be forced for some reason. Several readers of this newsletter commented afterward that there are other tools that can be used to do this, and this week I'd like to thank these readers for their feedback and highlight their suggestions below.
  • Microsoft faces class action suit over WGA tool

    Posted June 30, 2006 - 8:23 am

    Microsoft Corp. is facing a class action suit over a tool that gathers data on a user's computer in an effort to detect bootlegged copies of its Windows operating system.
  • Red Hat revenue continues to rise

    Posted June 29, 2006 - 8:57 am

    Strong Linux sales drove Red Hat Inc. revenue up 38 percent in its fiscal 2007 first quarter, the company announced Wednesday.
  • Windows Advisor: Far and away

    Posted June 28, 2006 - 3:43 pm

    My partner in marital crime recently decamped for several weeks to the U.S. to gather stock footage for a documentary film. After a few days of single parenthood, I decided to regroup with our two miniature troops to my parents
  • Novell previews Suse Linux Enterprise

    Posted June 28, 2006 - 10:27 am

    Novell has released a preview version of its upcoming Suse Linux Enterprise distribution, amid a last-minute delay to the software's final release and wider turmoil at Novell.
  • User pressure spurs Microsoft to revise program

    Posted June 27, 2006 - 4:58 pm

    Responding to pressure from irked Windows users, Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday released an updated version of its antipiracy program that changes the frequency with which the program checks for pirated or counterfeit copies of its client operating system.
  • Windows Tip: Script for troubleshooting cached logons

    Posted June 27, 2006 - 4:36 pm

    >How can you determine whether you've either successfully logged onto a domain or are merely logged onto your own computer using cached domain credentials? One way to do this is to use Event Viewer to check your System log for an occurrence of event 5719 around the time when you last tried to log on to the domain. An even easier way to do this is to use the following script I wrote to query the System log on my machine for the most recent occurrence of event 5719.
  • WinFS to find a home in SQL Server

    Posted June 26, 2006 - 1:48 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has found a new home for WinFS, a file system that the company originally planned to include in Windows Vista.
  • Desktop Linux could take off at airports, says Unisys

    Posted June 26, 2006 - 1:46 pm

    The airport check-in desk could be where "desktop" Linux usage takes off, according to Unisys Corp.'s European coordinator of open-source software activities.
  • Microsoft exec: Linux no threat to Windows on desktop

    Posted June 23, 2006 - 4:48 pm

    Microsoft's chief platform strategist says that despite predictions Linux will gain steam as a desktop operating system, he sees no threat to Windows dominance because the coupling of the Linux development platform with the OS is just too complicated for most users.
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