October 2006

Windows Media Player 11 Released

October 31, 2006 // 0 Comments

OK, it’s not really much of an infrastructure story, but things have been slow in the MS world over the last few days.  Windows Media Player 11 was released late last night.  There’s a 32 and a 64bit edition.  For someone like me who just listens to the odd MP3, CD or ESPN broadcast, [...]

Office Genuine Advantage

October 27, 2006 // 0 Comments

Betanews is reporting that starting from today, any downloads for Microsoft Office will require you to go through a validation process, regardless of your licensing.  Today it appears that only downloading templates is affected.  Starting in January, it appears all downloads will be affected. If [...]

RIS on VMware: No Boot Filename Received

October 26, 2006 // 0 Comments

I’m doing some stuff on VMware at home that requires a Windows 2003 SP1 RIS installation.  I set up my test domain with a DC and workstations.  I got RIS ready and started up a client in PXE mode only to get thisL VXE-E53:  No boot filename received PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROMOperating [...]

Terminal Services, Profiles and ABE

October 25, 2006 // 0 Comments

My current client is in the process of deploying a new Windows 2003 Active Directory and a Citrix PS4 environment.  Requirements for the Citrix environment are: They want to use mandatory profiles (if at all possible). They wish to use controlled start menus and desktops. They want to install all [...]

Internet Explorer 7 Automatic Deployment

October 25, 2006 // 0 Comments

Although it’s a great product, many have justification to be worried about the soon (November 1st) automated deployment of IE7.  IE7 will be made available via Automatic Updates and the Microsoft updates catalogue (SMS and WSUS).  Many are asking how to block this automatic installation. If [...]

Microsoft Update: Wireless Fix

October 25, 2006 // 0 Comments

Microsoft released a security patch or "security upgrade" for Windows XP SP2 machines with wireless NIC’s: WPA2 can be configured using group policy. A wireless computer can be configured not to broadcast the networks it wishes to connect to. A vulnerability for "parked" [...]

Windows Defender Debuts

October 24, 2006 // 0 Comments

Windows Defender has gone live!  After a very long public beta program, the anticipated anti-spyware solution has been made available for free download to licensed users of Microsoft Windows.  Features include:   Enhanced performance through a new scanning engine. Streamlined, simplified user [...]

Microsoft SMS 2003 Desired Configuration Monitoring 2.0

October 23, 2006 // 0 Comments

A new version (2.0) of the SMS 2003 Desired Configuration Monitoring feature pack has been released.  DCM 2.0 allows administrators to audit servers and desktops to ensure that they comply with approved configurations.  Reports can be generated to idenity non compliant machines.  This new [...]

SMS 2003 R2: Inventory Tool for Custom Updates

October 22, 2006 // 0 Comments

I’ve just finished a white paper on the Inventory Tool for Custom Updates feature pack that is included with SMS 2003 R2.  I also describe how to use the Custom Updates Publishing Tool. Although many organisations may not be aware or choose not to utilise them, we have manysolutions [...]

Microsoft Partner

October 21, 2006 // 0 Comments

I am now officially registered as a Microsoft Partner and have access to all the perks that come with that status including partner training, education resources and support from Microsoft on cirtical issues. Please follow and like [...]
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