Windows Enterprise Desktop:

October, 2008

October 30, 2008  3:16 PM

More out-of-cycle Vista patches on Windows Update!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

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 28, 2008  11:37 AM

Need Help or Insight into Vista GPOs? Try These Books…

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

It's difficult to make the most of a modern Windows desktop in an enterprise environment without dealing with Group Policy, and the many objects (usually called GPOs) used to implement and enforce Group Policy in the Windows environment. Group Policy has tons of functionality that is both very...

October 24, 2008  10:38 PM

Post SP1 Cleanup on Vista

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

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

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

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 15, 2008  8:11 PM

Toward a more positive Vista uninstall experience

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Like it or not, sometimes applications wind up on Vista desktops that have to go. Either they've been replaced with something different, newer, or better, or they never should have been there in the first place. Count yourself lucky if a program's uninstall utility does a thorough job of removing...

October 13, 2008  3:29 PM

Generate a Vista System Health Report

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

I recently stumbled across a hitherto unknown gem inside Windows Vista--to me, anyway. It's called a "System Health Report" and it provides a pretty comprehensive view of a Vista system's state, status, and current behavior. To my surprise it comes from the same facilities that support the System...

October 9, 2008  9:10 PM

The Application Compatibility Check Process a la Microsoft

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

For the next couple of weeks, I'll be digging into issues related to application compatibility for organizations and enterprises considering the move to Windows Vista. For such outfits, one of the most important and pressing concerns that surround a migration has to be application compatibility,...

October 8, 2008  6:46 PM

Managing Application Compatibility for Windows Vista

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

In a perfect world, IT professionals wouldn't have to worry about application compatibility issues: everybody would already have embraced the latest versions of Visual Studio (2008) and the .NET Framework (3.5), and all code would run on Vista seamlessly and unhindered. Yeah, right! In the real...

October 6, 2008  3:23 PM

Dealing with Failed Windows Updates

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

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...

October 3, 2008  6:45 PM

Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor Provides Basic HW Assessments

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

In enterprise environments, desktop hardware configurations tend to be standardized, and are usually limited to at most a handful of different setups that will be deployed for various job tasks or roles. For companies and organizations considering a move to Windows Vista for those machines it might...

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