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.


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.


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.


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.


Microsoft Rolls Exchange Labs Into [email protected]

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?


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?


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.


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.


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


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


Microsoft Appeals $1.3B European Commission Penalty

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


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.


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 Scraps Yahoo Acquisition Plans

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


Microsoft Quietly Rolls out Vista Service Pack 1

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


The Importance of Being Clustered

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


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.