05/01/2008

May 2008 - The Multi-Core Muddle

PCs are moving to multi-core as OSes, apps and languages try to keep up. Also in this issue, VPN concentrators boost security; spring means time to clean up your AD; managing multiple SQL Server installs; SCOM 2007 is a welcome change; and much more!


In-Depth

VPN Concentrators: A Must for Small Business

You may not have heard of them, but VPN concentrators can help you properly secure your virtual private network.


The Multi-Core Muddle

PCs are moving to multi-core as operating systems, applications and languages struggle to keep up.


In Search of Desktop Search

Finding a data needle in the haystack that is your hard disk requires more than just a magnifying glass and a huge dose of patience.


Spring Cleaning for AD

Spring is here, and it's time to clean up some of the dark corners of your Active Directory forest.


Management Leaps Ahead

With its improved console, easier reporting and service-oriented health checks, SCOM 2007 is a welcome improvement over MOM 2005.


Product Reviews

Easy Does It

If you manage multiple SQL Server installations, this tool lets you seamlessly scale your efforts.


Barney's Rubble

Multi-Core Morass

Servers are keeping pace, but clients are another story.


Beta Man

Internet Explorer 8 Shows Promise

The new version of the IE browser renews Microsoft's commitment to the Web.


Foley on Microsoft

Microsoft Watchers Are Missing the Boat

For a company that's under almost-constant scrutiny, Microsoft has been grossly misunderstood.


Mr. Roboto

Showstopper

It's Windows PowerShell to the rescue, as Mr. Roboto looks for a way to see what services need restarting.


Never Again

I'll Tell You Where to Put That CD

Hint: It won't be in your floppy drive.


Sometimes You Have to Say No

One admin realizes too late that he might have taken more than he could handle.


Security Advisor

The New Face of Internet Threats

It's a brave new world in anti-malware protection. Joern analyzes the latest security trends.


Windows Insider

Wagging the Finger

Admins need to wean themselves from the GUI and embrace the command line.


News

Microsoft Revamps MSDN and TechNet

Microsoft late last week launched a revamped iteration of its highly trafficked resource sites for developers and IT professionals.


Small Business Server 2008 Preview Released

Microsoft yesterday issued a public preview of Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 RC0.


ISA Server 2006 SP1 Planned for This Summer

Sometime this summer, Microsoft plans to roll out Service Pack 1 for Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2006 according to a recent team blog announcement.


Windows 7 Demo Focuses on Touch Interface

A touch user interface turned out to be the big surprise in Windows 7, the latest operating system being developed by Microsoft.


Microsoft Rolls Exchange Labs Into Live@edu

Microsoft's suite of online tools focused on education has been expanded to include a "hosted" Exchange service with prototype features not yet available to the public.


UPDATE: Gates and Ballmer To Demo Windows 7

Windows 7, the code-name for Microsoft's upcoming operating system, will be demonstrated at "D6: All Things Digital," according to a blog note for the sold-out event.


IE 8 Beta 2 Coming 'Third Quarter'

Senior Technical Account Manager at Microsoft New Zealand Nick MacKechnie posted on his MSDN blog that Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 is coming in the "third quarter" of this year.


Office Live Workspace Beta Released Internationally

Microsoft released an international beta of its Office Live Workspace (OLW) suite of productivity tools. The company also quietly launched an Office Live Update last week.


Beta Update of Windows Home Server Offered

Microsoft has begun enlisting the support of beta testers for Windows Home Server Power Pack 1.


Microsoft's High Performance Computing Server 2008 Beta 2 Debuts

Microsoft released High Performance Computing Server 2008 (HPC Server 2008) Beta 2, the next-generation version of Compute Cluster Server 2003.


Microsoft To Adopt ODF, Support Other Document Formats

Microsoft Wednesday posted plans for expanding file format support in the next major revision of Office 2007.


Will SQL Server 2008 Slip Again?

Microsoft's announcement that it will release SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 (SP3) this summer raises the question: What's the status of SQL Server 2008?


Microsoft Wants Yahoo's Search Biz, Reports Say

Microsoft now wants to buy just a part of Yahoo, according to the latest rumors hitting the dailies.


Microsoft Launches SharePoint Deployment Planning Services

SharePoint Deployment Planning Services is available now for customers with Volume Licensing Software Assurance through partners with an SDPS certification.


Orphaned Accounts Are a Growing Security Concern, Study Says

IT auditors examine accounts just like their financial auditing counterparts. Instead of trial balances, they look at system user accounts to determine who signed on when and who did what. But what about who's logging into what account and when? More important, do these people even work here anymore?


Microsoft Renews Talks With Yahoo

Talks between Microsoft and Yahoo are back on the table again, but maybe not about the acquisition bid.


One Laptop Per Child Will Sport XP

Microsoft and One Laptop per Child announced an agreement Thursday to put Windows XP Professional on OLPC XO laptops in emerging markets along with Linux.


Vista Security Debate Continues with Follow-Up Study

Security software vendor PC Tools on Friday fired the latest salvo in the argument over whether Windows Vista is as secure as Microsoft says it is.


MCP Exam Retake Registration Ends May 31

MCP exam takers who want to participate in the program have until the end of May to register into the program and register for an exam.


Ex-Microsoft Employee Takes Lead on XP SP3 Reboot Problem, Offers Free Fix

A former Microsoft employee appears to be coming to the rescue of those suffering from the XP SP3 endless reboot cycle that can happen on computers with AMD processors


Survey: Developers Not Jumping on Vista Bandwagon

Evans Data research indicates only eight percent of developers in North America are writing applications for Vista, even though the OS has been live for 15 months.


Vista Vulnerability Study Puts Microsoft on Defensive

Microsoft and some independent security researchers had the blogosphere buzzing Wednesday over a series of denunciations after one company claimed that Vista was more vulnerable to malware and other exploits than previous operating systems.


Windows Essential Server Previews Announced

A preview version of the server for small-to-medium businesses is now available, according to a Microsoft announcement that included pricing and licensing details.


Microsoft Releases 3 Critical Patches

On Tuesday, Redmond rolled out four patches for the month of May as expected, with three deemed "Critical" and one "Moderate."


Office 2007 SP1 Arriving Via Auto Update

Microsoft Office 2007 users will be able to get a new service pack delivered automatically via Microsoft Update as early as mid-next month.


Some XP SP3 Users Hit by Endless Reboot Problem

An endless reboot problem associated with Windows service pack installations is back, but this time it is vexing some users who installed XP SP3.


Survey: IT Struggling Over Security, Compliance Issues

IT pros are having a hard time balancing security, software patch management and IT auditing with a host of other duties, says a Shavlik Technologies survey.


Windows Home Server Backup Problem Fixed

A bug that caused problems when backing up files in Windows Home Server has been fixed, according to an announcement issued by Microsoft on Wednesday.


Microsoft Appeals $1.3B European Commission Penalty

Microsoft appealed penalty for noncompliance with an earlier European Commission antitrust ruling against the company.


Four Patches Coming in May

Three patches will target critical remote code execution exploits in Microsoft Office, Publisher and the Jet Database Engine.


CTP2 of Windows PowerShell V2 Released

Microsoft issued the second community technology preview of its scripting and management tool for servers using Windows operating systems.


Microsoft Sets Sights on Data Mining Dominance

Redmond hopes to challenge SAS Institute and SPSS for data mining and predictive analytic bragging rights.


UPDATE: XP SP3 Available Via Windows Update

Microsoft said that users of Windows XP can now gain access to Service Pack 3 through Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center.


Microsoft Hiring Program Managers for SQL

Anyone interested in working for Microsoft on future editions of SQL Server might want to check out this blog post from Lead Program Manager Debra Dove.


Microsoft Scraps Yahoo Acquisition Plans

Citing a hefty price tag and other concerns, Microsoft this weekend officially scrapped its plans to acquire Yahoo.


The Importance of Being Clustered

Sanbolic's chairman Bill Stevenson sees clustered file systems as a key technical piece in the virtualization puzzle.


Microsoft Quietly Rolls out Vista Service Pack 1

The update introduces a few changes, but no noticeable performance improvements.


Ballmer Has 'Nothing To Say' on Yahoo Deal

Leaks from unnamed sources to The Wall Street Journal constitute the only "news" so far this week about Microsoft's unsolicited takeover bid for Yahoo.


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