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  • 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

    controllers. Here's why.

  • Windows Tip: Disabling system tasks

    Posted May 17, 2007 - 12:19 pm

    Ever had a scheduled task on your computer that you can't disable or configure? This can happen if an application running under the built-in SYSTEM account creates the task, and even if you are logged on as the local administrator you may not be able to configure the task. If you find yourself in this situation, you can try doing the following:
  • Windows Tip: Clustered DHCP Servers

    Posted May 17, 2007 - 11:19 am

    DHCP servers are at the heart of network client availability, and I've seen administrators bend over backwards trying to build some sort of high-availability solution that can kick in when their main DHCP server fails. And believe me, seeing your average administrator try to bend over backwards isn't a pretty sight. One company I heard about recently apparently does the following: They have two DHCP servers configured with identical scopes, but one of the servers (we'll call it the fallback) has its scopes deactivated. The administrator created a netsh script that is scheduled to run periodically on the main server and which first backs up this server's DHCP configuration and then restores the configuration onto the fallback server. So is this a good idea? Probably not.
  • Windows Tip: A classic Active Directory mistake

    Posted April 30, 2007 - 10:22 am

    If you're spinning off a part of your business into a separate unit, migrate your Active Directory, don't split it. There's a risk you could put it into an unsupportable state.
  • Windows Tip: VBScript and security policies

    Posted April 30, 2007 - 9:43 am

    You can't prevent VBScript from running on client computers in order to comply with a corporate security policy. Instead, replace the the policy with a more reasonable one that requires all scripts to be signed and that uses Group Policy to allow only signed scripts to run on client machines.
  • Windows Tip: Killing hung applications more quickly

    Posted April 26, 2007 - 10:02 am

    Ever been right in the middle of working on something and your application hangs? I get that from time to time with Outlook when I try to rush things, especially when accessing large mail folders over a slow connection. Here's what to do next time that happens.
  • Windows Tip: Forcing a remote reboot

    Posted April 16, 2007 - 11:46 am

    Unfortunately, sometimes when you try and reboot a remote system it may not behave as expected. For example, one business I know has scheduled reboots for one of their servers using Task Scheduler and the shutdown /r, but from time to time the reboot fails for no apparent reason, even when using the /f (force) command. How can you make sure your server reboots when you tell it to?
  • Microsoft pressures testers after software leak

    Posted April 13, 2007 - 9:20 am

    Microsoft Corp. is taking tough measures to find out who leaked a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Home Server to The blog after the software preview was posted on the site by a user named "Richard" soon after it was released to a small group of testers.
  • Time is running out for Windows XP

    Posted April 12, 2007 - 11:29 am

    Microsoft will force PC makers to stop selling machines running XP by the end of this year, despite ongoing compatibility problems and demand for XP from users.
  • Microsoft's top lawyer happy with Vista Ready info

    Posted April 12, 2007 - 9:21 am

    Microsoft Corp.'s top lawyer said Thursday that he is happy with the information the company provided about its Vista operating system, and its compatibility with existing PCs, ahead of the software's launch in January this year.
  • Microsoft: Vista Capable site description unchanged

    Posted April 11, 2007 - 9:27 am

    Despite reports to the contrary, Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday it has not changed wording at its Web site to explain more clearly how hardware with a "Windows Vista Capable" label will perform when running the OS, in light of a class-action lawsuit filed against the vendor last week.
  • Windows Tip: Troubleshooting Group Policy processing on terminal servers

    Posted April 6, 2007 - 3:57 pm

    Here's a tip concerning troubleshooting Group Policy application when you have Windows terminal servers on the back end of your Windows clients. User Configuration policy settings will usually be applied when a user logs on to a terminal server, with one main exception: when the terminal server is configured to use loopback processing with replace mode.
  • Retail stores report strong demand for Vista

    Posted April 4, 2007 - 1:56 pm

    Best Buy and Circuit City Wednesday both reported high demand for Windows Vista in their retail stores, though this demand had a different effect on each company's business.
  • Microsoft offers new Vista enterprise licenses

    Posted April 2, 2007 - 10:28 am

    Microsoft Corp. is offering two new licensing options for Windows Vista enterprise customers that want to take advantage of emerging scenarios for large data centers. The first gives enterprise users the ability to run the Windows Vista Enterprise client on a diskless computer. The second option, called the Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop, lets users run a client version of Windows on servers in a data center so the OS can run locally via virtual machines.
  • Microsoft: Vista intro outsold XP

    Posted March 27, 2007 - 10:16 am

    Sales of Vista during the first month that the newest Windows operating system was available to consumers were more than double the sales that Windows XP racked up in twice the time, Microsoft Corp. said.
  • Windows Tip: Using FR and RUP in mixed environments

    Posted March 26, 2007 - 10:33 am

    Folder Redirection (FR) and Roaming User Profiles (RUP) are two separate but complementary methods for enabling users to roam between different computers on your network and access their desktop environments together with their personal data and settings. Here's a tip that provides recommendations on how to implement FR and/or RUP in mixed Vista/XP environments.
  • Compatibility woes make UK firms wary of using Vista

    Posted March 22, 2007 - 10:15 am

    U.K. firms show little enthusiasm for the Windows Vista operating system, with nearly six out of 10 businesses saying they have no plans to deploy it, research has revealed.
  • Oracle, Sun fixing J2SE bug with E-Business Suite

    Posted March 20, 2007 - 1:30 pm

    Oracle Corp. is working with Sun Microsystems Inc. to fix a bug affecting how the E-Business Suite runs on Windows Vista.
  • Vista's tunnelling protocol poses risk

    Posted March 20, 2007 - 10:46 am

    Windows Vista's implementation of a tunnelling protocol called Teredo can be added to the list of security problems posed by the operating system, according to recent research from Symantec Advanced Threat Research.
  • Apple, Microsoft working to add Vista support to iTunes

    Posted March 19, 2007 - 3:26 pm

    Apple has published an updated technical support document regarding iTunes compatibility with Windows Vista. The document confirms that the latest (7.1.1) version of iTunes does address a number of compatibility issues with Windows Vista, and is recommended for use with most editions of Microsoft's OS.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
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