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  • 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

    for the one that failed.

  • 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.
  • Windows XP SP3 includes vulnerable Flash Player

    Posted June 3, 2008 - 1:49 pm

    Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) ships with an out-of-date version of Adobe's Flash Player that's vulnerable to recently-spotted attacks, according to Microsoft's support documentation.
  • Windows 7 sounds ridiculous

    Posted June 2, 2008 - 3:46 pm

    At D6, Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates took the stage to discuss Microsoft and the future of Windows with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher of the Wall Street Journal. After massaging each other
  • Making a USB flash drive letter persistent

    Posted June 2, 2008 - 11:26 am

    copying it onto a flash drive is a quick and easy way to do this.

  • Essential (and free) security downloads for Windows

    Posted May 28, 2008 - 9:24 pm

    If you use Windows, hackers have you in their cross hairs. Luckily, there's plenty of free software that can help protect your privacy and security. Download and install these 10 favorites and you'll be far safer against all the nastiness out there.
  • Windows 7 to have touch-screen interface

    Posted May 28, 2008 - 9:56 am

    Microsoft demonstrated its multitouch interface for its upcoming Windows 7 operating system on Tuesday. The interface provides a touch-screen input for users to interact with their computers.
  • Symantec: Microsoft to blame for Windows XP SP3 registry corruption

    Posted May 23, 2008 - 1:17 pm

    Symantec Thursday said it was Microsoft's code that crippled some PCs after upgrades to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) emptied Device Manager, deleted network connections, and packed the registry with thousands of bogus entries.
  • Verify web server availability using portqry

    Posted May 22, 2008 - 11:17 pm

    Say you have an IIS7 Web server somewhere on your Intranet, and users start calling Helpdesk complaining that "our internal website is down." What can you do to verify if this is really the case?
  • Users report more trouble with Windows XP SP3

    Posted May 19, 2008 - 4:11 pm

    The latest service pack for Windows XP continues to cause problems for users. According to an online user forum, the latest glitch in Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) causes problems with the remote desktop access feature of Windows Home Server.
  • Active Directory mistake: Moving domain controller objects into a child OU of the domain controller is unsupported

    Posted May 19, 2008 - 1:52 pm

    Learn about this and other classic Active Directory mistakes
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