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  • Microsoft releases Windows Server 2003 R2

    Posted December 6, 2005 - 7:28 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday released to manufacturing a long-awaited interim update to the current version of Windows Server OS, Windows Server 2003 R2.
  • Setting Up a DHCP Server for your Organization

    Posted December 2, 2005 - 12:25 pm

    One of the most basic processes on a network is that of assigning IP addresses to network clients. Although there are many different types of DHCP servers that can do the job, you can configure Windows Server 2003 to act as a DHCP server. In this article, I will show you how.
  • Microsoft under pressure for timely Vista release

    Posted December 1, 2005 - 11:16 am

    Microsoft's business customers may have come to expect delays in product releases, but the company is going to be under pressure over the next year to deliver its Vista OS on time.
  • Users, peers lead firms to consider desktop Linux

    Posted November 29, 2005 - 10:31 pm

    While employees and competitors are putting pressure on companies to deploy Linux on desktops, a lack of applications remains the biggest hurdle for the operating system, according to a survey from Linux development consortium Open Software Development Labs released Tuesday.
  • Microsoft to test feature-complete Vista by early 2006

    Posted November 29, 2005 - 9:57 pm

    Microsoft is accelerating the development of the next version of its Windows client OS and plans to test a feature-complete version by early next year, a lead on the Windows Vista development team said Tuesday.
  • Gartner 'clarifies' its Vista upgrade advice

    Posted November 28, 2005 - 10:41 am

    Gartner has issued a "clarification" to its recent advice on Windows Vista upgrades, pointing out that, after all, it doesn't think companies should ignore the operating system until 2008.
  • Extremely critical Windows flaw code appears

    Posted November 23, 2005 - 9:33 am

    A U.K. security researcher has released exploit code for a bug in Internet Explorer that could allow a remote attacker to take over Windows systems -- even Windows XP with Service Pack 2 installed, according to security experts.
  • Configuring Windows Server 2003 to act as a NAT router

    Posted November 18, 2005 - 12:11 pm

    More years ago than I care to think about, IP addresses were handed out to companies on an indiscriminant basis. As the popularity of the Internet increased, IP addresses soon grew to be a scarce commodity. Internet service providers began to strictly limit the number of IP addresses that they would lease to companies. This presented an interesting challenge. A PC has to have an IP address in order to communicate with the Internet, but there weren
  • Sun backs PostgreSQL, unveils OpenSolaris file system

    Posted November 18, 2005 - 11:04 am

    Sun Thursday announced several open-source milestones, adding support for the PostgreSQL database on its Solaris 10 OS and unveiling new technologies in OpenSolaris, including a next-generation file system.
  • Microsoft strikes deal for cable-ready Media Center PCs

    Posted November 16, 2005 - 5:56 pm

    Microsoft Wednesday edged one step closer to its vision of offering a complete home digital entertainment system through PCs running Windows XP Media Center Edition OS. The company revealed a deal with a cable television consortium that will allow PC vendors to offer digital-cable-ready Windows Media Center PCs by next December.
  • Gartner: Proceed with caution on Vista upgrade

    Posted November 16, 2005 - 10:35 am

    A new research report by Gartner advises customers that they likely won't complete a full migration to Windows Vista until 2008, even though the next version of Microsoft's Windows client OS is scheduled to ship at the end of 2006.
  • Novell backs down, will continue to support KDE

    Posted November 15, 2005 - 12:20 pm

    Early in November reports revealed that Novell was planning to make Gnome the default interface on Suse Linux Enterprise Server and Novell Linux Desktop lines. Now the company has backed down on the decision to end support for the KDE desktop on the Suse Linux distribution, following an outcry from users.
  • Microsoft brings XP Starter Edition to new markets

    Posted November 15, 2005 - 12:09 pm

    Microsoft will introduce versions of Windows XP Starter Edition in two additional languages, Arabic and Turkish, the company announced on Tuesday. The stripped-down version of its PC operating system is one of three Microsoft initiatives aimed at PC users in developing markets.
  • Microsoft settles with Daum for US$30M

    Posted November 11, 2005 - 9:18 am

    Microsoft moved a step closer to clearing up its legal problems in South Korea on Friday when local Internet portal operator Daum Communications Corp. agreed to accept a package worth US$30 million from Microsoft in settlement of its antitrust complaints, the two companies said Friday. However, the agreement won't necessarily end an investigation into Microsoft by Korea's Fair Trade Commission that began in April 2004.
  • Slipstreaming Windows Service Packs

    Posted November 10, 2005 - 4:10 pm

    Have you ever had to reinstall Windows in an effort to fix a malfunctioning machine? Performing a clean install of Windows is no big deal, but reinstalling a non service packed version of Windows on top of a copy of Windows that does contain a service pack can cause some major problems. One solution to this dilemma is to create a Windows installation CD that already contains the service pack. That way, when you install Windows, you are installing the correct version. In this article, I will show you how to create such a CD.
  • Windows bug allows repeat invasions

    Posted November 10, 2005 - 2:56 pm

    A Microsoft Advisory warns an "unexpected behavior" in Windows Firewall could allow attackers to leave back doors once they gain entry to your PC. Only PCs running either XP with SP2 or Windows Server 2003 are susceptible.
  • Palm CEO reiterates commitment to Palm OS

    Posted November 8, 2005 - 7:56 pm

    The unrest among Palm OS developers over Palm's forthcoming Windows Mobile-based Treo smart phone has prompted Palm President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Colligan to pen a letter to Palm's developer community with promises to continue releasing Palm OS products.
  • Analyst: One million Windows users switch to Mac

    Posted November 8, 2005 - 12:20 pm

    As many as one million Windows users may have switched to Macs this year as the iPod halo transforms Apple into a technology industry "darling", an analyst said Monday.
  • Linspire offers to license all Korean PCs for $5M

    Posted November 8, 2005 - 12:05 pm

    Following a warning from Microsoft that it may stop selling Windows in South Korea, Linspire head Kevin Carmony has offered to license his company's distribution of Linux and basic office productivity software for use on every computer in the country for US$5 million.
  • Active Directory Design Considerations for Small Networks

    Posted October 27, 2005 - 2:32 pm

    A lot of people who are new to networking or who work primarily on larger networks seem to underestimate the design considerations for small networks. It kind of makes sense when you think about it though. From an Active Directory standpoint, what
  • 'Nightmare' drove desperate user to open source

    Posted October 24, 2005 - 2:36 pm

    IT managers who want to deploy an open source solution but are worried about company politics should go ahead and do it without asking, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Japan IT manager Mark Uemura.
  • Microsoft patch problems continue

    Posted October 21, 2005 - 3:54 pm

    Windows users are continuing to experience problems with Microsoft Corp.'s latest round of security patches. This time a problem with a critical patch relating to Microsoft's DirectShow streaming media software is leaving some Windows 2000 users unprotected, even after they've installed a patch.
  • Ballmer eyes Linux, Google users for growth

    Posted October 19, 2005 - 2:03 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer believes the company has ironed out all of the security problems in its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system so that users can consider adopting it the first day it is released. For the most part.
  • A standardized Linux desktop?

    Posted October 18, 2005 - 10:41 am

    The Free Standards Group has launched the Linux Standard Base Desktop Project, an initiative supported by a number of leading Linux vendors to create a unified Linux desktop standard.
  • Microsoft updates Windows Vista beta

    Posted October 18, 2005 - 8:53 am

    Microsoft Corp. has released a new version of its Windows Vista beta code that sheds some light on how the software giant plans to improve networking and PC manageability in this next major release of the Windows operating system. The new release also gives testers an early look at some important new features for Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7.0 browser.
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