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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...


November 28, 2008  4:56 PM

More Out-of-Cycle Vista Updates Post



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Windows Update, Windows Update Agent, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting, WUA

On 11/25/2008 Microsoft pushed a slew of updates out the door For Windows Vista, as follows:

  • KB957321 - An update to add support to the XMP specification for complex data types in the Windows Imaging Component


November 26, 2008  5:22 PM

Secunia Network Inspector



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

I've been working in some depth around Windows security topics since 1997, when I began teaching Windows hardening classes at Interop with my colleague and co-author James Michael Stewart. In 2003, I started researching malware topics and tools, a quest that eventually led to my 2005 book "


November 19, 2008  5:59 PM

Exam 70-624 TS: Deploying and Maintaining Windows Vista Client and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops



Posted by: Ed Tittel
70-624, Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Group Policy Objects, MCSA, MCTS, MS Exam 70-623, MS Exam 74-134, Vista ACT, Vista ACT resources, Vista application compatibility, Vista System Health Report, Vista Upgrade Advisor, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting, Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

Another doozy of a title, this exam is likely to appeal to IT professionals who work with Vista in all situations (SOHO, SMB, tech support, enterprise, and so forth) and of all stripes (help desk, tech support, IT administration, and so on). As with other exams in the 70-620 through 70-625 Vista...


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 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 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...


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