Windows Enterprise Desktop:

January, 2009


January 30, 2009  5:19 PM

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 Ups Vista Support



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CIFS, Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3, RHEL 5.3, Samba

Hey! It seems that not all the latest Vista new and information is completely negative. According a recent Red Hat Newsblog entry RHEL 5.1 Offers Customers New Features and...

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January 28, 2009  7:04 PM

Delays for Vista SP2 Loom Large



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, TechARP, Windows Vista financial results, Windows Vista SP2

TechARP, our regular source for Microsoft release rumors, has updated its estimated dates for Windows Vista SP2 release dates. As of last week, dates have slipped by at least one month. That means that the SP2 release...


January 28, 2009  6:39 PM

Other Uses for a Bootable WinPE UFD



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, Windows Vista boot UFD, Windows Vista troubleshooting, WinPE, WinRE

I've just finished writing a story for Tom's Guide on using a bo0table WinPE UFD, and doing the research  for that story led me to a few interesting discoveries. First and foremost, no self-respecting Vista administrator should be without a bootable WinRE UFD--but perhaps, WinRE is more...


January 21, 2009  6:11 PM

Playing with the Vista SP2 Beta



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista SP2 schedule

Over the past week or two, I've been messing around with the Windows Vista SP2 beta. For a release with beta status, it's amazingly stable, and some of the new functionality is welcome (burning Blu-ray media works as advertised, and indeed wireless connectivity is a bit easier and more...


January 19, 2009  8:19 PM

MS eLearning Course 5352: Fundamentals of the Vista Startup Process



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, career development, career planning, continuing education, Microsoft courses, Microsoft e-Learning, OS training, Windows Vista

Starting Up Windows Vista covers hardware startup, BIOS, POST, then bootstrap load via MBR, and takes you all the way through the boot-up process until the initial log-in prompt appears, after which the login process, services start-up, and the overal startup process completes. I learned a fair...


January 19, 2009  4:48 PM

Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool



Posted by: Ed Tittel
antimalware, antispyware, antivirus, HijackThis, rootkit, Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (mrt.exe), Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Like clockwork, Microsoft proffers up a new version of the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tools on each and every Patch Tuesday. In January, 2009, that item is described in Knowledge Base article KB890830. This tool is not intended to...


January 16, 2009  6:27 PM

Patch Tuesday Brings SMB Relief



Posted by: Ed Tittel
KB890830, KB905866, KB959141, MS09-001, Patch Tuesday, Realtek RTL8168B/8111B GbE Ethernet driver update, Windows Update

Microsoft kicked off 2009 with a very interesting critical security update on the first "Patch Tuesday" of this year: MS09-001 Vulnerabilities in SMB Could Allow Remote Code Execution addresses issues with the Server...


January 14, 2009  6:17 PM

Using the WinPE Boot UFD, Part 1



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Trinity Rescue Kit, TRK, WinPE, WinPE Bootable UFD

This weekend, I was fooling around with my Windows Home Server machine (a very nice HP EX475 MediaSmart Server) and found myself forced to repeatedly reinstall the Windows Home Connector software on one of my client machines. As I would learn from HP Tech Support, I was as much a victim of my own...


January 12, 2009  10:12 PM

The MS eLearning Adventure Begins



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Microsoft e-Learning, Windows Vista skills development, Windows Vista speech recognition, Windows Vista training

Today, I signed up and paid for 3 Microsoft eLearning courses

  • Course 3392: Working with Windows Vista
  • Course 5352: Fundamentals of the Windows Vista Startup Process
  • Course 5353: Fundamentals of Windows Vista File Systems
I paid about$14 for the first...


January 9, 2009  11:37 PM

Lucky 7, or 7 Deadly Sins



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Windows 7, Windows 7 and Vista, Windows 7 and XP, Windows 7 release dates, Windows 7 upgrades

Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride are the seven deadly sins. How many of these will Windows 7 cause, or is it likely to be more of a "Lucky 7" phenomenon. It's still way too early to tell, but gosh the news and rumors about Windows 7 are flying thick and fast this week. Here...


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