Windows Enterprise Desktop:

April, 2009


April 29, 2009  3:26 PM

Vista SP2 is Done, Done, Done But Not Yet on Tap



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise Vista, enterprise Vista desktop, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista SP2 availability

BitTorrent is turning into an unofficial prerelease mechanism for Microsoft software these days. It's cartainly become a nonpareil source for Windows 7 builds that's right in synch with Microsoft's own internal releases. Yesterday Vista SP2 was already available online in Torrent form hours before...

April 27, 2009  4:13 PM

Installing an OS on x64 Vista insides Virtual PC 2007



Posted by: Ed Tittel
64-bit Vista, Enterprise Vista, installing an OS into Virtual PC 2007, lessons learned on Virtual PC 2007, Remote Desktop Connection, Virtual PC 2007, Windows Vista, x64 Vista

OK, so I'm climbing a learning curve with x64 Vista and Microsoft Virtual PC that is at times frustrating, at other times just plain weird, but always interesting and even sometimes moderately entertaining. I'm starting to get the hang of this whole Virtual Machine thing at long, long last and have...


April 24, 2009  6:18 PM

64-bit Vista: Myths and Realities



Posted by: Ed Tittel
64- vs 32-bit Windows Vista, Enterprise Vista, Virtual PC 2007, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista x64

For a long time now — perhaps even too long, if recent experience is any indication — I've avoided x64 Vista on my production and test machines. Myths and rumors about lack of drivers, stability issues, software compatibility problems, and more, had dissuaded me from using the product on my...


April 22, 2009  7:10 PM

Oracle + Sun = What kinds of certs and programs?`



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT certification, Java certification, Oracle certification, Sun certifications

In case you've been hiding out lately, you may not be aware that Oracle has made an offer to buy Sun, and that Sun's board of directors has accepted that offer. All that's left now to do to consummate the merger is to get past any government objections (none are expected), consolidate operations...


April 22, 2009  6:48 PM

Taking the Plunge: Signed up For Collection 5347



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCTS Configuring Vista, Microsoft e-courses, Microsoft e-Learning, MS Certification, MS Exam 70-620, Vista certification, Vista training

OK. I did it. Today I visited the Career Assist page at Microsoft Learning, signed up for the Second shot offer therein, and got my promotion code to buy a collection online class for $35 (it added up to $37.89...


April 21, 2009  12:07 PM

Windows 7 Captures Hearts and Minds of Beta Testers



Posted by: Ed Tittel
ChangeWave Research, changing Vista deployment and purchase plans, Enterprise Vista, enterprise Vista desktop, Windows 7 vs. Windows Vista

In a survey conducted in February, 2009 by ChangeWave Research, over four times as many respondents professed themselves to be "very satisfied" or...


April 17, 2009  4:52 PM

Windows 7 Predictions: Hits and Misses



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, Windows 7, Windows 7 predictions, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Of the many and varied sources of Windows information I read regularly, the coverage at OSNews.com is always interesting, often insightful, and even funny or mordant on occasion. That's why I read Thom Holwerda's recent story "Y


April 15, 2009  5:37 PM

Patch Tuesday Apr 09: 8 Patches, 23 Vulnerabilities, Plenty of Vista Elements



Posted by: Ed Tittel
April 2009 Scheduled Updates, Enterprise Vista, Microsoft Patch Tuesday, MS09-009, MS09-010, MS09-011, MS09-012, MS09-013, MS09-014, MS09-015, MS09-016, Windows security updates

Patch Tuesday items hit yesterday between 1:00 and 1:30 PM Central Daylight Time on servers that I could see. The MS09-April Bulletin Summary from Microsoft covers all the details, but here's what I hope...


April 13, 2009  3:12 PM

“Roll Back To Vista for Next Win7 RC” sez MS



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise Vista, suprising production use of Win7, upgrading Vista to Win7, Win7 clean install, Win7 Release Candidate install, Win7 upgrade install, Windows Vista

An interesting report from ComputerWorld surfaced this morning — namely, a request from Microsoft for Windows 7 beta testers to restore Vista on their test machines before upgrading to the upcoming release candidate (RC) version of that software. This is a reworked version of a story that...


April 10, 2009  4:34 PM

Patch Tuesday Preview for April 09



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Patch Tuesday, Windows Update, Windows Vista critical security updates, Windows Vista Important security updates, Windows Vista Moderate security updates, Windows Vista security updates

Next Tuesday, April 14, is Patch Tuesday for this month. As usual, Microsoft e-mailed its Advance Notification yesterday to let us all know what's coming (there's also a Web version as well). Here's what to expect,...


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