December 17, 2008  9:11 PM

Essential out-of-cycle IE security update now available



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CVE-2008-4844, MS08-078, Security, vulnerability scanner, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2

When Secunia calls a Windows security update "extremely critical" you know a serious vulnerability is being patched. The Windows security community has been abuzz since last week when a number of remote code execution vulnerabilities originally thought limited only to IE 7 turned out to affect...


December 17, 2008  4:15 PM

Dig Into Vista Install Capabilities To Fit Target Hardware



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Vista deployment, Vista slipstreaming, WAIK, Windows Automated Installation Kit, Windows Vista

By itself, Vista does a pretty good job of fitting itself to the platforms on which it's installed. But savvy administrators can do a lot more to construct custom Vista install images with a bit of time and effort, and the right tools and approaches. To get a good sense of what kinds of...


December 14, 2008  9:37 PM

Digging into Crash Dumps? Try Dumpchk first



Posted by: Ed Tittel
crash dumps, Desktops, Dumpchk.exe, Enterprise desktop, Windbg.exe, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

There's no question that the Windows Debugger (windbg.exe) is a nonpareil tool when it comes to troubleshooting source code or digging into Vista crashdumps. But with the program's requirement for current debug symbols, complex syntax (the downside of amazing functionality is detailed and demanding...


December 12, 2008  6:52 PM

Mark Gives the Real Skinny on Vista Paging File Size



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, paging file size, physical memory, Process Explorer, Russinovich, Sysinternals, virtual memory, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Sometimes, the information I come across on Vista internals is just too good not to pass along. And when it comes to Vista internals nobody knows (or does) them better than Mark Russinovich, formerly a principal at SysInternals, now a Microsoft Fellow. In discussing paging file sizes in the context...


December 10, 2008  5:27 PM

Patch Tuesday Posts a Plethora of Critical Items



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, MS08-70, MS08-71, MS08-72, MS08-73, MS08-74, MS08-75, MS08-76, MS08-77, Patch Tuesday, Security, Windows Update, Windows Vista

The second Tuesday in each month is when Microsoft schedules its patches, fixes, and security updates. Recently, Microsoft has begun to offer Advance Notification for its Security Bulletins, which makes it a lot easier to...


December 8, 2008  8:07 PM

A Startling Side Effect of Notebook Power Conservation



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, green power, notebook energy conservation, Vista Notebook PC, Vista power plan, Windows Vista

In the process of compiling data for a review on notebook PC coolers recently, I had my face slapped by some dramatically different data from the selfsame notebook PCs as I sought to document the influence of an added external cooler when it came to running a notebook. This phenomenon might be...


December 5, 2008  6:55 PM

A Somewhat Hidden Secunia Benefit



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Secunia, Secunia Network Inspector (NSI), vulnerability scanner, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Last week I blogged about Danish information security firm Secunia's outstanding Network Software Inspector. In that capsule summary I neglected to mention that Secunia sends out e-mail...


December 3, 2008  5:47 PM

Windows Vista SP2 Beta Publicly Available 12/4/08



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Vista application compatibility, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista troubleshooting

I guess those guys at TechARP really must have some good sources: less than one week after they shared leaked information about release dates and content for Windows Vista SP2, Microsoft has announced its Customer Preview Program...

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December 1, 2008  5:43 PM

Rough Dates Leaked for Vista SP2



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Vista upgrade, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Adrian Wong's TechARP Web site (here ARP stands for "Adrian's Rojak Pot" not "Address Resolution Protocol" BTW) has been a reliable source of advance information about upcoming Windows Service packs for some time now. Just before Thanksgiving he disclosed some...


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