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  • Windows Tip: Determine bandwidth using WMI script

    Posted March 16, 2007 - 1:17 pm

    To use this script, copy the text into Notepad (with Word Wrap turned off) and save it as ReportBandwidth.vbs. To run this script on a Windows Vista machine, open an elevated command prompt and type cscript reportbandwidth.vbs /? to view a list of different arguments you can use with this script. Here's the script, minus some comments at the beginning:
  • New Red Hat OS features modular design

    Posted March 15, 2007 - 8:36 am

    The newly launched Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system features a modular design that counters the argument by critics that operating systems are becoming too large and complex, a Red Hat Inc. executive said at launch ceremonies Wednesday in San Francisco.
  • Red Hat launches Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

    Posted March 14, 2007 - 2:49 pm

    Red Hat has launched Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5). As ever, the server OS incorporates many of the features previewed in Fedora, the community version of the open source OS but Red Hat is also changing both the open source operating system's packaging and the way it sells support.
  • Microsoft releases major Server 2003 update

    Posted March 14, 2007 - 9:00 am

    Microsoft Corp. has queitly released a major update to its server operating system designed to make the product more stable and secure.
  • Red Hat release renews OS debate

    Posted March 14, 2007 - 8:58 am

    As Red Hat Inc. prepares to launch the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system on Wednesday, the question is again being asked whether a robust and feature-laden operating system is really needed for some computing situations.
  • Dell polls PC users on favorite Linux varieties

    Posted March 13, 2007 - 1:23 pm

    Dell Inc. began polling customers about their software preferences on Tuesday as part of an effort by the struggling PC vendor to meet a popular request for desktops and notebooks that run on Linux instead of Windows.
  • Sun's new virtualization edges closer

    Posted March 13, 2007 - 1:04 pm

    Sun is delivering on its promise, made last October, to roll out a new form of virtualization, which it is calling logical domains or LDoms.
  • VC firm, ex-Microsoft execs back Internet OS company

    Posted March 13, 2007 - 10:24 am

    A venture capital firm has given a $10 million boost to a Swedish company that could soon be in the competitive crosshairs of Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.
  • McAfee says Vista's StickyKeys could be misused

    Posted March 12, 2007 - 4:22 pm

    A Windows feature designed to simplify computing for disabled users could be misused in Vista, a McAfee Inc. researcher reported Monday.
  • Mandriva revamps enterprise desktop

    Posted March 12, 2007 - 3:56 pm

    Mandriva, formerly MandrakeSoft, last week launched a public test version of its enterprise-dedicated desktop operating system, Corporate Desktop 4.0. The software offers enterprise-orientated features such as directory integration, secure mobility, new security features and a redesigned desktop.
  • IBM's Handy on managing Linux

    Posted March 12, 2007 - 10:55 am

    As vice president for Linux and open source, Scott Handy is one of the main public faces articulating IBM's open-source strategy. In this interview, Handy talks about how the industry giant manages to support a vast product portfolio for Linux and open-source initiatives.
  • Windows Tip: Managing Windows Firewall in mixed environments

    Posted March 12, 2007 - 10:46 am

    If you migrate all the desktops in a given organizational unit to Windows Vista, you can simply manage the firewall on these computers using the new Group Policy node found under Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Windows Firewall With Advanced Security. But what if your OU will contain a combination of Windows XP and Windows Vista computers? What's the best way to use Group Policy to manage the Windows Firewall on these computers? Here's a brief answer taken with permission from the soon-to-be-released Windows Vista Resource Kit.

  • Linux ready for primetime?

    Posted March 9, 2007 - 3:05 am

    Hewlett-Packard Co. is considering adding a Linux-powered PC to its line-up despite having flopped with one a few years ago, a company executive says.
  • The InformationWeek Vista roundtable: Part five

    Posted March 9, 2007 - 3:05 am


  • Microsoft signs first E.U. protocol licensee

    Posted March 8, 2007 - 9:26 am

    Microsoft Corp. has signed up the first licensee for the workgroup server protocols the European Commission ordered it to open up to competitors in a 2004 antitrust ruling, it said Thursday.
  • VMware questions rivals' virtualization

    Posted March 8, 2007 - 9:10 am

    The president of virtualization software leader VMware Inc. Wednesday questioned the strategy of rivals that are integrating virtualization functionality into their operating systems.
  • DOJ, states concerned about Vista docs

    Posted March 7, 2007 - 3:55 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general are concerned that Microsoft Corp. is revising deadlines that it agreed to as part of its antitrust settlement. At issue are changes that Microsoft says it needs to make in the schedule for releasing documentation related to Vista, according to a court document filed Tuesday.
  • VMware updates beta virtualization software for Mac

    Posted March 7, 2007 - 12:17 pm

    VMware has released a new version of its VMware Fusion Beta, its desktop virtualization product for Macs.
  • CEO Schwartz says the key to Sun's growth is Solaris

    Posted March 6, 2007 - 4:40 pm

    The key to Sun Microsystems Inc.'s success going forward is increased adoption of its Solaris 10 operating system, company CEO Jonathan Schwartz said Tuesday.
  • Virtualization now comes in a USB drive

    Posted March 5, 2007 - 9:52 am

    VMware is introducing Monday a public beta version of ACE 2 Enterprise Edition, an upgrade of its two-year-old ACE program for virtualizing desktop computers. One of the new features is Pocket ACE, which allows the user to store the ACE desktop virtualization tool on a USB drive, a portable hard drive or an Apple iPod, plug it into a remote computer, and run the virtualization software on that computer.
  • Red Hat updates RHEL 4

    Posted March 2, 2007 - 11:16 am

    Red Hat will provide a taster of the upcoming version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) by adding Xen into the current version of RHEL. Version 4 becomes 4.5 and is the first version of the OS to include the open source Xen, which uses para-virtualization technology to enable virtual machines. Xen is already included in the latest version of the Fedora kernel, Red Hat's community release, and is also part of Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise 10.
  • Microsoft, E.U. interoperability fight intensifies

    Posted March 1, 2007 - 3:15 pm

    No one used the 'L' word, but both sides in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust battle in Europe accused each other of lying about basic facts surrounding the latest twist in the long-running saga that emerged Thursday.
  • User-privilege flaw hits Vista

    Posted March 1, 2007 - 11:19 am

    A security firm has discovered one of the first security flaws to directly affect Windows Vista, a bug that it claims allows local users to escalate their privileges.
  • E.U. criticizes Microsoft interoperability efforts again

    Posted March 1, 2007 - 9:36 am

    The European Commission has again criticized Microsoft Corp.'s response to a 2004 antitrust ruling, opening up the possibility of further fines for the company. The regulator said that the software giant proposes overcharging for vital interoperability information needed by rival software makers to allow their products work properly with the Windows operating system.
  • Apps not 'certified' for Vista may still work on the OS

    Posted March 1, 2007 - 9:07 am

    Major applications from Symantec Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Apple Inc. and IBM Corp. aren't included on an official Microsoft list of applications that qualify for a "Certified for Windows Vista" or "Works with Windows Vista" logo. However, chances are they could currently be involved in the testing process to achieve those logos, Microsoft and its partners said.
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