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  • Another Use for Diskpart Shrink

    Posted July 16, 2008 - 4:10 pm

    In last week's post we saw how to shrink a disk volume using the SHRINK subcommand of the DISKPART command. Today we'll look at another use for this command.
  • Shrinking a volume using diskpart

    Posted July 10, 2008 - 5:09 pm

    The Diskpart command in Vista lets you shrink a disk volume, but sometimes not very much. Here's a way you may be able to make your volume even smaller.
  • Who's Logged On?

    Posted July 10, 2008 - 6:28 am

    How do you know who's logged on to a Vista machine? For example, what if you're sitting down at a client computer and you're not sure who's logged on and what privileges they have? No problem. You can use the WHOAMI command to get all kinds of useful information about the user who is currently logged on to the computer. Here's the syntax:
  • Microsoft offers free Vista-to-XP downgrade help

    Posted July 9, 2008 - 4:28 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Monday said it would offer free technical support to small businesses that buy new PCs with Windows Vista in the next three months, its latest attempt to convince users that moving to Vista is a good idea.
  • Microsoft patches security bugs in products

    Posted July 8, 2008 - 4:40 pm

    Microsoft has patched bugs in its Exchange, SQL Server and Windows software that could give hackers new ways to break into computers.
  • Microsoft to release new 'Essential' servers in November

    Posted July 7, 2008 - 8:37 pm

    Microsoft plans to release a new Windows server OS aimed at midsized businesses as well as the next version of its small-business server software worldwide on Nov. 12, the company said Monday.
  • XP SP3 to reach most users 'shortly,' says Microsoft

    Posted July 7, 2008 - 2:00 pm

    Microsoft Monday said that it would begin pushing Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) to most users "shortly."

  • Script to make Microsoft Knowledge Base searches easier

    Posted July 3, 2008 - 7:36 pm

    Do you ever get tired of typing "" into the search box when you're using Google to search the Microsoft Knowledge Base? I certainly do--here's a short script to give your fingers a break.
  • XP deadline matters little to business customers

    Posted June 29, 2008 - 4:55 pm

    The countdown is nearly over: Monday marks the long-awaited date after which PCs preloaded with Windows XP will no longer be available.
  • Microsoft repairs PCs crippled by XP SP3 update

    Posted June 29, 2008 - 4:43 pm

    Nearly three weeks after security vendor Symantec Corp. released a free tool to clean up PCs crippled by the Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) update, Microsoft Corp. issued a fix that should reestablish lost Internet and wireless connections.

  • Hiding Your Shared Folders

    Posted June 27, 2008 - 8:21 am

    Setting up user accounts with strong passwords and then applying shared-folder permissions on those accounts are the necessary network security tasks, and in most small networks they're also sufficient for achieving a decent level of security. However, when it comes to securing your network, a healthy dose of paranoia is another good "tool" to have at hand. For example, the properly paranoid network administrator doesn't assume that no one will ever infiltrate the network, just the opposite: The admin assumes that someday someone will get access, and then he or she wonders what can be done in that case to minimize the damage.

  • Using Remote Assistance Across a NAT

    Posted June 26, 2008 - 5:49 pm

    Use this cool tool from Microsoft to verify whether your NAT router supports Vista's enhanced Remote Assistance capabilities.
  • Microsoft posts Vista SP1 reliability patches

    Posted June 25, 2008 - 8:26 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday released a reliability update for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) that fixes several bugs in the OS update, including one that threw off errors when users tried to run large applications, such as Microsoft's own Excel 2007 and Windows Media Player.
  • Microsoft plugs downgrade option as XP deadline nears

    Posted June 24, 2008 - 1:47 pm

    Businesses that aren't quite ready to deploy the Vista operating system as of the June 30 expiration date can continue to use XP, said Microsoft Corp. in a letter released to its customers this week.
  • Controlling Service Security Using Windows Server 2008

    Posted June 24, 2008 - 11:49 am

    With Windows Server 2008 Microsoft has added some fantastic new control over services. When you combine all of the control that Microsoft provides for services in a Group Policy Object, you can ensure that your services are protected.
  • More on preventing RAID problems

    Posted June 20, 2008 - 3:42 pm

    Mix and match a bit with the drives in your arrays, and avoid whenever possible using drives from the same manufacturing lot. And to be safe, implement RAID 6 that allows recovery from two failed drives instead of the one failed drive that RAID 5 protects you against.
  • Microsoft's critical Bluetooth patch didn't work on XP

    Posted June 20, 2008 - 9:29 am

    Microsoft has reissued a critical Windows security patch, saying that the fix didn't initially work on the most recent versions of Windows XP.
  • The future is bleak without XP

    Posted June 19, 2008 - 2:26 pm

    In just under two weeks, Microsoft will discontinue Windows XP and make way for a new era in the world of operating systems. The days of Start bars will give way to wonky buttons and a refreshed design, stable operation will give way to frequent crashing, and XP will die at the hands of a misguided killer: Microsoft.
  • Resolving an RPC error

    Posted June 19, 2008 - 11:54 am

    This week I was busy with a number of things, including trying to deploy a distributed file system (DFS) namespace using several servers running Windows Server 2008. Setting up the namespace was simple enough: I created the namespace root, added namespace folders, and configured various folder targets. Then I tried to configure replication between the folder targets for one of the namespace folders, but the replication wizard wouldn't start -- it said something about "RPC Server unavailable" and that the shared folders underlying the folder targets couldn't be found.
  • The end is near -- again

    Posted June 19, 2008 - 10:39 am

    Well, here we go again. And this time it looks final. Every integrator, VAR, reseller, dealer, or whatever you're calling yourself this week, needs to know this. Microsoft discontinues the sales of Windows XP effective Mon., June 30. That means there's only two weeks left.
  • Vista woes could hurt Microsoft's revenue, analysts say

    Posted June 11, 2008 - 8:40 pm

    The negative perception of Windows Vista may be catching up to Microsoft in the bank. On Wednesday a financial analyst firm lowered its revenue estimate for Microsoft's 2008 and 2009 fiscal years, citing a negative perception about the OS that is affecting its adoption by businesses.
  • Preventing RAID problems

    Posted June 9, 2008 - 2:39 pm

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  • Desktop virtualization: Vista's secret weapon?

    Posted June 5, 2008 - 8:56 pm

    As Microsoft continues to recommend that business customers not pass over Vista in favor of the forthcoming Windows 7, the company has been working quietly to improve its software for desktop virtualization, which could in the future alleviate obstacles like application compatibility that have plagued Vista adoption.
  • Windows XP SP3 omits critical security update

    Posted June 4, 2008 - 3:32 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday confirmed that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) omits a critical security update issued by the company in November 2006.
  • Microsoft clarifies XP SP 3 Flash issue

    Posted June 3, 2008 - 9:18 pm

    Amid concerns that users of its Window XP Service Pack 3 operating system may be vulnerable to online attacks, Microsoft has finally broken its silence and explained which XP users need to upgrade their Adobe Flash Player software.
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