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  • Sources: Windows Vista SP1 beta due this week

    Posted July 19, 2007 - 9:12 am

    Microsoft Corp. could pull the trigger on putting out a beta of the first service pack for Windows Vista any day, with a final release by November, sources close to the company said.
  • Unix Tip: Use your Unix scripting skills to write a batch file

    Posted July 18, 2007 - 9:35 pm

    Attaching a remote drive or directory on a Windows box is called "drive mapping" though the process is essentially the same as what we call mounting in the Unix world. While I rarely spend any significant time working on the Windows end of a Samba connection, I recently had an opportunity to assist a user who was tired of repeatedly having to manually connect directories from a couple of Solaris servers equipped with samba for sharing directories with select Windows desktops. The solution was to whip up a batch file that mapped the drives on login. Batch files, though far less sophisticated than their Unix shell script counterparts, nonetheless have many of the important features that I have become accustomed to working with on my Unix systems. These include such things as redirection, testable return codes, the ability to test for the existence of a file and the equivalent of /dev/null for discarding command output, errors and all.
  • Windows Tip: More fun with Outlook 2007

    Posted July 18, 2007 - 9:10 pm

    Last week, I started sharing some Outlook 2007 tips based on our recent migration to the 2007 Microsoft Office System. Judging from reader response, this is obviously a hot topic so let's continue along this path for awhile. One of the difficulties users often have when their applications are upgraded is finding new ways of performing old tasks. For example, I have a lousy memory and so I often find myself searching mail folders for a particular keyword or subject. In Outlook 2003 this was easy -- simply right-click on a mail folder and select Advanced Find and then enter your search parameters.
  • Oracle 11g for Linux to debut in August

    Posted July 11, 2007 - 3:54 pm

    While Wednesday marked the official unveiling of Oracle Corp.'s 11g database and a look at its new features, pricing and availability information was pretty thin on the ground. All the vendor would confirm is that the Linux version of 11g will ship this quarter, probably in August.
  • MS WPC: Microsoft to launch next product wave in February 2008

    Posted July 11, 2007 - 5:00 am

    Microsoft Corp. Tuesday said it would formally unveil the next wave of its enterprise products -- including the long-awaited "Longhorn" version of Windows Server -- in February 2008 at a launch event in Los Angeles.
  • Windows Tip: Fun with Outlook 2007

    Posted July 9, 2007 - 1:19 pm

    So last week we took the plunge and migrated our workstations to Office 2007, mainly so we could take advantage of the new Outlook and the cool ribbon bar or ribbon or whatever you want to call it. Very nice, but after only a few days, I found myself in trouble. I was trying to do something , and accidentally deleted the Unread Mail folder under my Favorite Folders. This raised the question of how to get it back. It's easy to create a new favorite by dragging a folder from the Mail Folders pane into the Favorite Folders pane, but unfortunately there's no Unread Mail folder in the Mail Folders pane
  • Microsoft to release six security updates next week

    Posted July 6, 2007 - 8:52 am

    Microsoft Corp. will release six groups of security patches next week including three critical updates for Windows and Excel users.
  • Google argues for right to comment on Microsoft case

    Posted July 4, 2007 - 8:18 am

    Google Inc. still hopes to influence changes that Microsoft Corp. plans to make in Vista's desktop search function, even after the parties involved in Microsoft's 2002 antitrust settlement agreed to alterations to the search system.
  • Windows Tip: Another classic Active Directory mistake

    Posted June 29, 2007 - 11:09 am

    Say you do regularly scheduled backups of the system state on your domain controllers, but you still feel nervous and want to make sure you can recover your forest should your schema somehow become corrupt. You set up an additional domain controller on a separate subnet (that is, a separate Active Directory site) and then scheduling inter-site replication to occur only once a week with the rest of your forest. This idea sounds reasonable af first blush, but it's not. Here's why.
  • Windows Server 2008 makes hosting debut at Microsoft.com

    Posted June 27, 2007 - 9:17 am

    About 2,600 Web sites are already running Microsoft Corp.'s forthcoming Windows Server 2008, a small but increasing number that indicates rising interest in the OS, according to new statistics from Netcraft Ltd.
  • Microsoft kills continuation of Longhorn client project

    Posted June 25, 2007 - 10:25 am

    Microsoft Corp. has forced developers to close down a project aimed at reviving the original Windows client code-named "Longhorn."
  • Microsoft kills continuation of Longhorn client project

    Posted June 22, 2007 - 3:16 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has forced developers to close down a project aimed at reviving the original Windows client code-named "Longhorn."
  • Windows Tip: Building a supportable enterprise, part 2

    Posted June 22, 2007 - 11:25 am

    IT pros are by nature people who like to "mess around" with things. They're basically creative people who are easily bored, who enjoy challenges, and who usually prefer to tweak than to leave well enough alone. At least, that's me in a nutshell -- maybe I'm just a frustrated entrepreneur. Unfortunately, tweaking can easily get you in trouble, even when the best of intentions are involved.
  • Microsoft clears antitrust hurdle in Iowa

    Posted June 21, 2007 - 8:15 am

    The latest status report on Microsoft Corp.'s compliance with an antitrust settlement in the U.S. has cleared the company of a separate accusation of not complying with orders to disclose information to make its products more interoperable.
  • Microsoft to change Vista desktop search by year end

    Posted June 20, 2007 - 2:26 pm

    Microsoft Corp. will change how desktop search works in its Vista operating system by the end of the year, in response to an antitrust complaint by rival Google Inc., the company said in court documents released late Tuesday.
  • California gets Microsoft to change Vista

    Posted June 20, 2007 - 8:27 am

    California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Tuesday that Microsoft Corp. has agreed to make "significant changes" in its new Vista operating system to stay in compliance with a U.S. court agreement in Microsoft's antitrust case.
  • Microsoft interoperability team: Bring on Red Hat

    Posted June 18, 2007 - 1:19 am

    Leaders of Microsoft Corp.'s strategy to make its products more interoperable with competitive technologies said the company still hopes to strike a Linux pact with Red Hat Inc. similar to the partnerships it's forged with Linux vendors Novell, Xandros and Linspire.
  • Windows Tip: Building a supportable enterprise, part 1

    Posted June 15, 2007 - 3:19 pm

    There are lots of different ways you can approach building an enterprise Windows network. Some of these ways are supportable though while others aren't. A supportable network is one you can administer easily and where you can get help from Microsoft Customer Support Services (which was formerly called and still frequently referred to as Product Support Services or PSS). An unsupportable network however is one that has become difficult to administer, and if it gets really bad then CSS may tell you that your only option is to flatten and rebuild everything from scratch. Clearly it's better to keep your Windows-based network supportable than let it become unsupportable. How do you do that?
  • Schwartz to Torvalds: Dinner at my place?

    Posted June 13, 2007 - 9:05 pm

    A day after Linux creator Linus Torvalds publicly questioned the authenticity of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s interest in serving the open-source community, Sun Chief Executive Officer and President Jonathan Schwartz invited Torvalds for a sit-down over dinner to discuss how Sun and the overseers of the Linux kernel can join forces.
  • Windows Home Server edges toward final release

    Posted June 13, 2007 - 6:38 pm

    Microsoft Corp.'s first server OS aimed at helping Windows users organize and share files on a home network is nearly ready for prime time. The company is releasing Windows Home Server Release Candidate 1 (RC1) to early adopters this week in anticipation of the product's final release later this year.
  • Microsoft clarifies virtualization licensing -- for now

    Posted June 13, 2007 - 6:13 am

    Microsoft Corp. has released a white paper clarifying how licensing for its current version of Windows Server works when paired with virtualization software. However, customers may face a whole new set of licensing rules once the next version, Windows Server 2008, is released later this year.
  • Windows Tip: Shrinking XP partitions using diskpart

    Posted June 11, 2007 - 3:16 pm

    The version of the diskpart command included in Windows Vista allows you to shrink partitions to free up space on your hard drive so you can create additional partitions. Unfortunately, the version of diskpart included in Windows XP doesn't include this functionality, so the usual way of shrinking XP partitions is to use a third-party tool like Symantec's Norton PartitionMagic. If you have a Windows Vista product DVD around however, you can use Vista's version of diskpart to shrink partitions on a computer that has Windows XP installed. To accomplish this bit of magic, do the following:
  • TECH ED: Tools aim to ease Vista deployment pains

    Posted June 6, 2007 - 10:20 am

    Microsoft Corp. released tools to help companies deploy Windows Vista, acknowledging that there are deployment and application-compatibility pains enterprise IT managers face when updating business desktops to the new OS.
  • Microsoft sued by French TV company over Vista name

    Posted June 6, 2007 - 9:25 am

    French television presenter Philippe Gildas has sued Microsoft Corp. for "violation of intellectual property," accusing the software publisher of illegally using the trademark "Vista."
  • Windows Tip: Installing WINS on domain controllers

    Posted May 31, 2007 - 3:21 pm

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