Windows Enterprise Desktop:

October, 2008


October 30, 2008  3:16 PM

More out-of-cycle Vista patches on Windows Update!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, KB953155, KB957200, Microsoft e-courses, Microsoft e-Learning, Patch Tuesday, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

On Tuesday, October 28, as I was knocking off for the day, after 11 PM, I noticed that the autoupdate function in Windows Update had posted two more items to my primary production Vista PC. Both look interesting, but so far I've had some trouble trying to ferret out more details about one of these...

October 28, 2008  11:37 AM

Need Help or Insight into Vista GPOs? Try These Books…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Derek Melber, Desktops, GPOs, Group Policy, Group Policy Objects, Jeremy Moskowitz

It's difficult to make the most of a modern Windows desktop in an enterprise environment without dealing with Group Policy, and the many objects (usually called GPOs) used to implement and enforce Group Policy in the Windows environment. Group Policy has tons of functionality that is both very...


October 24, 2008  10:38 PM

Post SP1 Cleanup on Vista



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, vsp1cln.exe, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Whenever you install a service pack on a Windows machine, it’s not unusual for it to leave plenty of files strewn about the system disk in its wake. What’s unusual about Windows Vista SP1, however, is that it includes its own clean-up utility. If you run it after performing an SP1 install it...


October 24, 2008  10:29 PM

Out-of-schedule Security Patch Posts to Windows Update



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, KB958644, MS08-067, Patch Tuesday, Windows Server service, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting, Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

Normally, Microsoft reserves its security patches, fixes, updates, and other software tweaks and maneuvers for the second Tuesday in each month, aka "Patch Tuesday." Yesterday afternoon I was somewhat surprised to see various sources trumpeting the release of an out-of-schedule security patch...


October 15, 2008  8:11 PM

Toward a more positive Vista uninstall experience



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, KB290301, Revo Uninstaller, Windows Installer Cleanup Utility, Windows uninstaller, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Like it or not, sometimes applications wind up on Vista desktops that have to go. Either they've been replaced with something different, newer, or better, or they never should have been there in the first place. Count yourself lucky if a program's uninstall utility does a thorough job of removing...


October 13, 2008  3:29 PM

Generate a Vista System Health Report



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Spyware Doctor, Vista System Health Report, Vista System Reliability Monitor, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

I recently stumbled across a hitherto unknown gem inside Windows Vista--to me, anyway. It's called a "System Health Report" and it provides a pretty comprehensive view of a Vista system's state, status, and current behavior. To my surprise it comes from the same facilities that support the System...


October 9, 2008  9:10 PM

The Application Compatibility Check Process a la Microsoft



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Vista ACT, Vista ACT resources, Vista application compatibility, Vista Application Compatibility Toolkit, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

For the next couple of weeks, I'll be digging into issues related to application compatibility for organizations and enterprises considering the move to Windows Vista. For such outfits, one of the most important and pressing concerns that surround a migration has to be application compatibility,...


October 8, 2008  6:46 PM

Managing Application Compatibility for Windows Vista



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, MS Technet Windows Client TechCenter, Vista ACT, Vista ACT resources, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

In a perfect world, IT professionals wouldn't have to worry about application compatibility issues: everybody would already have embraced the latest versions of Visual Studio (2008) and the .NET Framework (3.5), and all code would run on Vista seamlessly and unhindered. Yeah, right! In the real...


October 6, 2008  3:23 PM

Dealing with Failed Windows Updates



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Even in enterprise situations where IT professionals will disable Windows Update on desktop and server machines, in favor of staging updates to test machines in the background, and using their own deployment tools and techniques to roll them out, there will be occasional problems in downloading or...


October 3, 2008  6:45 PM

Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor Provides Basic HW Assessments



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Vista migration, Vista upgrade, Vista Upgrade Advisor, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting, Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

In enterprise environments, desktop hardware configurations tend to be standardized, and are usually limited to at most a handful of different setups that will be deployed for various job tasks or roles. For companies and organizations considering a move to Windows Vista for those machines it might...


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