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  • Microsoft confirms Vista editions after leak

    Posted February 27, 2006 - 9:58 am

    Microsoft Corp. has officially verified the editions for Windows Vista a week after the information leaked when it prematurely appeared on the company's Web site.
  • Configuring DFS Namespaces

    Posted February 24, 2006 - 4:56 pm

    In my previous article titled Implementing DFS Namespaces on, we saw how to create a namespace (a virtual folder tree) using the enhanced DFS Management console of Windows Server 2003 R2. This article expands on the previous one by looking at how to configure namespaces in enterprise environments where there are multiple sites. Since a site, in Active Directory terminology, basically refers to a collection of computers that are connected together as a LAN, a multi-site environment usually means multiple LANs, each located at a different geographical site. For example, a company that has its headquarters in Vancouver (Canada) might have a secondary site or branch office located a few hours south in Seattle (USA). Even though both locations may belong to the same domain, they may be separate sites to better manage replication traffic over a slow WAN link connecting them. DFS Namespaces includes new features that makes DFS work more efficiently for scenarios like this than the older DFS component of Windows 2000 worked in such scenarios. We

  • Microsoft tests enterprise release of Windows Vista

    Posted February 22, 2006 - 2:34 pm

    Microsoft Corp. is set to release a feature-complete test version of Windows Vista on Wednesday, an offering the company will encourage enterprises to deploy in preparation for the general availability of the operating systems later this year.
  • Full-featured test version of Vista due this week

    Posted February 21, 2006 - 5:19 pm

    Microsoft Corp. this week is expected to release another build of its Windows Vista OS, one that should be feature-complete according to a plan laid out by Jim Allchin, co-president of the Platforms, Products & Services Division, in January.
  • Implementing DFS Namespaces

    Posted February 19, 2006 - 5:00 pm

    This article examines the changes to DFS in Windows Server 2003 R2 and walks you through the steps in setting up domain-based DFS namespaces. Topics covered include creating a namespace, creating folders, and adding folder targets to your namespace.
  • RSA: Gates outlines ID management for Vista, XP

    Posted February 14, 2006 - 6:01 pm

    Microsoft Corp. plans to include technology in both Windows Vista and Windows XP for allowing users to manage their passwords and identities across multiple Web sites, according to the company's Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates.
  • Microsoft contest hints Vista will ship on Dec. 1

    Posted February 10, 2006 - 5:24 pm

    A Microsoft Corp. contest to guess Windows Vista's ship date hints that the product's release date could be Dec. 1, though the company itself is remaining characteristically mum on the topic.
  • Microsoft to EMEA: Guess Vista ship date, win prizes

    Posted February 7, 2006 - 10:08 am

    In an effort to promote the next release of Windows Vista outside of the U.S., Microsoft Corp. is offering a chance for users in Europe and the Middle East to win prizes if they can guess the launch date of the next version of its Windows OS, according to a company Web site.
  • Allchin: Services, software will coexist

    Posted February 1, 2006 - 10:19 am

    In an interview with the IDG News Service last week, Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's Platforms, Products & Services Division, said that offering services will add new business models to Microsoft's repertoire, but even 10 years from now it will not replace software licensing.
  • Analyst: No effect from tardy XP service pack

    Posted January 18, 2006 - 6:03 pm

    Microsoft's plan to release a third service pack for Windows XP later than expected should not have much effect on sales of Windows Vista, the company's upcoming desktop upgrade, according to a market analyst.
  • Windows Media Center to go mainstream in Vista

    Posted January 10, 2006 - 11:20 am

    Windows XP Media Center Edition OS may not yet be the standard home entertainment hub that Microsoft hopes it will be, but analysts said that could all change once the company releases the next consumer client version of the Windows OS later this year.
  • Flaws in Windows trail open-source vulnerabilities

    Posted January 6, 2006 - 2:01 pm

    US-CERT recorded more than 5,000 security vulnerabilities in 2005, with nearly half of the total affecting the Linux, Unix and Unix-based Mac OS X platforms. Linux/Unix bugs outnumbered Windows flaws by nearly three to one, according to US-CERT.
  • Ballmer, Gates take on CES

    Posted January 5, 2006 - 5:36 pm

    Shortly before Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates gave the opening keynote address at the CES show Wednesday, IDG News Service Executive News Editor Marc Ferranti sat down with company Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer to explore how the software giant's new emphasis on Internet services, particularly via Windows Live, plays in the consumer market. Gates sat in and reviewed aspects of the company's Vista pitch to corporate IT.
  • Choosing Whether to Run Performance Monitor Locally or Remotely

    Posted December 27, 2005 - 10:28 pm

    The Performance Monitor is designed to measure what
  • Gartner warns of metadata troubles with Vista OS

    Posted December 23, 2005 - 9:53 am

    Microsoft does not adequately address metadata management in its upcoming Windows Vista OS, posing risks that documents with potentially embarrassing data could inadvertently be revealed to customers or partners, Gartner Inc. warned in a report.
  • Quick hits: Palm against Palm, Windows Vista, and Sun's Server Giveaway

    Posted December 21, 2005 - 11:15 am

    So much news, so little space. Here's a quick roundup on three recent stories and how they could impact solutions integrators.
  • Implementing File Screening in Windows Server 2003 R2

    Posted December 19, 2005 - 1:13 pm

    Administrators can use file screening to easily prevent users from saving audio and video files to their network folders to avoid having their folders fill up and exceed their quota and to deter employees from storing illegally copied media files on company servers. You can even configure file servers to send email notifications to administrators when users try to save files that are blocked by file screens, and you can create templates that can be used to simplify deployment and management of file screens across multiple shared volumes and folders. In short, file screening clearly is an administrator
  • Analysts: Marketing Vista key Microsoft hurdle for 2006

    Posted December 16, 2005 - 10:48 am

    A research firm has identified its top 10 concerns facing Microsoft in 2006, putting the challenge of making Windows Vista appeal to enterprise customers at the top of the list.
  • Windows earns Common Criteria certification

    Posted December 15, 2005 - 10:42 pm

    Several of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows platform products have achieved a Common Criteria certification of 4+, a rating that bolsters their profile among government and other vertical-market customers that have high-security needs for IT products, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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