06/01/2008

June 2008 - Vista SP1: That's It?!

This month, we examine Vista SP1's hits and misses. Plus, we show you how IT is becoming more social; process automation can be a boon for IT -- if done right; e-mail archiving, storage and compliance pose a tough challenge; product and rearder reviews; and much more!


In-Depth

Vista SP1: Dissected

The hugely anticipated Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista hits the mark in some instances. In others -- not so much.


Process Automation for the People

Automating IT processes can help keep your staff focused on critical tasks, but starting a project involves inherently complex decisions.


Making IT Social

The flood of social-networking technologies rushing into the enterprise is forcing IT to become still more flexible.


SCE: Big-Time Management for SMBs

Microsoft's new System Center Essentials fits the bill for managing small to midsize businesses.


More Than One Way

New and established tools help admins get control of Windows Vista on the enterprise network.


Save Your E-Mail and Save Your World

E-mail archiving and storage that ensure compliance with regulatory standards continue to be an ongoing challenge.


Product Reviews

I Am a Strange Loop

This appliance can help accelerate ASP.NET Web traffic over your network.


Barney's Rubble

Owning Up to Vista

More than a year after its release, users still haven't warmed to the new OS.


Beta Man

Forefront's Communications Are 'Stirling'

Upcoming anti-malware suite offers integrated solution across the enterprise.


Foley on Microsoft

Will Windows Service Pack History Repeat Itself?

Vista SP2 might be a whole new OS in everything but name only.


Mr. Roboto

Showstopper: Round Two

These routines take last month's tool a few steps further.


Never Again

Making Sure the Backup Backs Up

Testing and backup problems result in an all-nighter for a health care IT staff.


Population Explosion

Or, "The Vacation That Wasn't."


Security Advisor

A Long-Overdue Facelift

Microsoft's Certificate Services has a new name and new functionality. Here's an overview.


Windows Insider

5 Rules for Managing User Desktops

Here are some tips for dealing with users in a relatively pain-free fashion.


News

Vista SP1 'Update' Released for OS Reliability

Three months after the release of Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Microsoft has issued what it calls a "reliability update" to sweep out any glitches.


Security Certification Rules Could Shake Up IT Management

Requirements for professional security certification for IT workers in civilian agencies, now being readied by the Office of Management and Budget.


Microsoft Advisory Targets SQL Injection Attacks

Microsoft on Tuesday issued a new security advisory after the discovery of "a recent escalation in a class of attacks" targeting Web sites.


Windows XP's Death Is for Real, Microsoft Official Explains

Microsoft is serious about June 30 being the end date for selling XP licenses with new computers.


Many Microsoft Patches Are Going Uninstalled

The results of an online test conducted by U.K. anti-virus firm Sophos found that more often than not, PC users don't install Microsoft's monthly patches.


New Bluetooth Patch Fixes XP Security Hole

Microsoft reissues a "critical" patch relating to Bluetooth wireless technology that was released last week as part of its June update cycle.


Survey: Few Have Plans To Migrate to Vista in 2008

Computer Economics released a new report characterizing the adoption rate of Windows Vista by businesses as "slow."


Microsoft Patches Blocked for Some Admins

Microsoft works to correct issue that kept some administrators using System Center Configuration Manager 2007 from downloading the latest security updates.


RC1 for Hyper-V Now Available for Download

IT pros wanting to try out the latest Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization technology can now get the Release Candidate 1 (RC1) version via Windows Update.


Majority of Data Breaches Go Unnoticed, Study Finds

Verizon Business reports that more than half of the data breaches on enterprise systems go undetected and are caused by general negligence and lax security.


Microsoft Announces New Master-Level Cert Track

Masters series aims to fill gap between Professional series and Architect series of certifications.


Virtualization Exam Now in Beta Testing

Exam 70-652 offers MCPs a chance to prove expertise in setting up and configuring virtual machines.


Report: Office 14 May Be Office 2009

Technology reporter Mary Jo Foley discovered a Microsoft FAQ that appears to indicate Microsoft's official name for the next version of Office.


Microsoft To Issue 7 Patches This Month

Redmond projects a rollout of seven fixes, with three rated critical, three important and one moderate.


Microsoft Starts Global Rollout of Retail Consumer Web Sites

Microsoft Corp. is now selling its wares directly to consumers.


Tech-Ed: Gates' Farewell to Developers Focuses on Silverlight, Velocity, Oslo

Microsoft's founder and chairman kicked off Tech-Ed with a keynote that took an opportunity to look back, as well as provided a glimpse into the future.


Threats to Office's Dominance Multiply with New Offerings from Adobe, IBM

Paying for word processing software may soon be a thing of past if Microsoft competitors Adobe, Google and IBM have any say.


XP, Vista Vulnerability Triggered by Safari Browser

Microsoft continued to investigate what it called public reports of a remote code execution threat for XP and Vista when Apple's Safari Web browser is installed.


Microsoft and Yahoo: Now What?

Microsoft and Yahoo! look to uncertain futures as merger falls through.


Social Networking Is No IT Fad

Ringside Networks' Bob Bickel brings customers closer with social-networking technologies.


DO NOT USE


Bit9 May Help Vista Deployment

Updated service has compatible metadata.


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