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February, 2011

February 28, 2011  8:42 PM

The Interesting Economics of Windows InTune

Posted by: Ed Tittel
MS InTune pretty good deal for SOHO users, MS InTune to go commercial 3/23/2011, Windows InTune offers monthly cloud-based MS desktop OS deployment management and DIY remote assistance/support

To my great interest and surprise, this morning MS announced it would be making its cloud-based Windows InTune desktop licensing, remote access, and management tools available for $11 (without...

February 25, 2011  4:01 PM

Post SP1 Install Clean-up for Win7 Needed?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Ed Bott reports Microsoft will repair "minor inconsistencies" in Windows Update, only minor problems found with Win7 SP1, Windows 7 may need Windows Update repair following SP1 install

In seeking grist for the blog mill this morning, I noticed Ed Bott's latest ZDNet blog post "Microsoft notes Windows Update 'inconsistencies,' provides...

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February 21, 2011  10:40 PM

Hobbyhorse Post: WHS Doesn’t Suck, Actually!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
loss of Driver Extender in WHS 2011 not as bad as it originally looked, lots of interesting new stuff in WHS 20111, WHS 2011 shows off some redeeming features

[caption id="attachment_1379" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Download page for WHS 2011 RC Beta at MS Connect"]

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February 18, 2011  5:03 PM

Exercise Care When Establishing Rapport!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Trusteer Rapport locks desktops down HARD, Trusteer Rapport software offers added phishing and efraud protection, Trusteer Rapport used to secure online banking and etransactions and block phishing attacks

I'm working on a book on phishing and online financial fraud right now. It's called Cyberheist: The Biggest Financial Threat Facing American Businesses Since the Meltdown of 2008. (You can read snippets about

February 17, 2011  9:18 PM

Windows 7 SP1 Is Here

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Win7 SP1 DVD is 1.91 GB in size, Win7 SP1 hits MSDN today

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February 14, 2011  4:09 PM

IE 9 RC Goes Live Today! But there’s a catch…

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IE 9 RC requires Windows 7 SP1 to run, IE 9 Release Candidate ready for download, interesting times for Internet Explorer

[caption id="attachment_1350" align="aligncenter" width="427" caption="IE 9 Release Candidate is available, but will not run without SP1 installed"]

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February 11, 2011  3:15 PM

There’s Never Time to Do It Right, But There’s Always Time to Do It Over

Posted by: Ed Tittel
add only super-critical drives to Windows 7 image backup savesets, use an extra internal drive for your Windows 7 image backups, Windows 7 image backup/restore has interesting quirks

Yesterday afternoon, I came back from running an errand in the afternoon only to find a BSOD waiting for me on my production Windows 7 machine. After I got it restarted, I realized something major had gone wrong. Not only had the OS "lost" all of the security updates and patches it's had applied to...

February 9, 2011  8:04 PM

Win7/Server 2008 R2 SP1 Inches Closer to Release

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Win7 SP1 nearly out the door, Win7/Server 2008 R2 SP1 release dates coming on 2/16 (MSDN/Technet) and 2/22 (RTW)

OK, so now we've got some dates for the upcoming release of SP1 for the combined Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 code base:

  • OEMs have already had it for a week or more
  • MSDN and TechNet will get it next Wednesday on February 16
  • RTW (Release to the Web) will...

February 7, 2011  4:04 PM

Ed Bott Strikes Gold with 3-Part “Windows 7 and SSDs” series

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Ed Bott's Windows 7 and SSDs trio is worth reading, tips for using SSDs with Windows 7

I'm a long time fan of Ed Bott's work with Windows 7, and frequently draw from his blog for mine. Recently, he's put together a three-part series on Windows 7 and SSDs that includes some very useful information and pulls together lots of tips and facts. IT professionals tasked with switching...

February 4, 2011  2:56 PM

Even Dozen Security Updates Coming 2/8/2011

Posted by: Ed Tittel
3 Critical plus 9 Important updates planned for Patch Tuesday Feb 2011 release, February 2011 Patch Tuesday to feature 12 updates, plan on wholesale system reboots following February 2011 Patch Tuesday updates

Take a look at this snippet from the Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for February 2011, folks! We've got a dozen security updates headed our way next week: [caption...

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