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Daily News Archive

Missed a few days of tech news and need to get caught up? We archive our news items from the front page here for one year, so you can follow up on trends, scan an entire months headlines, or check up on the accuracy of major news channels. We focus our news selections on the information needs of the network administrator, and do our best to avoid news hype and filler topics that sites use on a slow news day. 

Online Articles and Whitepapers from around the Web
This Month:


Patch Tuesday brings a bumper crop of security fixes
Microsoft released several security bulletins for Patch Tuesday, fixing vulnerabilities involving remote attacks and client-side issues. Learn why you should install these patches. (October 13, 2009)

New AD features in Windows 2008 R2 outshine Hyper-V
IT pros are more excited about the new Active Directory features in Windows Server 2008 R2 than anything else, including Hyper-V with live migration. (October 8, 2009)

Microsoft releases Sysinternals disk conversion tool
Windows expert Mark Russinovich describes uses for the new, free Sysinternals tool, Disk2vhd. (October 8, 2009)

September  2009:

Linux fans see opportunity in Windows 7 changeover
Open source proponents say that the release of Windows 7 will give Ubuntu and other Linux distros a chance to grab desktop market share. (September 25, 2009)

Microsoft rolls partner technology into Dynamics AX
Microsoft buys technology from Fullscope and Computer Generated Solutions to add to its Dynamics AX ERP product line. (September 22, 2009)

Microsoft releases temporary fix for SMB2 zero-day vulnerability
The software giant released an automated fix disabling the server message block until a full patch is released. (September 22, 2009)  

MDOP 2009 R2 adds Windows 7 support
If you plan to upgrade to Windows 7 soon, you may want to download Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2009 R2, due out in late October. (September 14, 2009)

Microsoft bundles App-V with Remote Desktop Services
IT shops that upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 will get a bonus from Microsoft. The software vendor will include its application streaming technology in the license for free. (September 9, 2009)

Act fast with five critical September patches
Don't turn on your wireless laptop in a hotel or coffee shop, and limit your Web browsing until you install these five critical patches. (September 8, 2009)  


August  2009:

Exchange Server 2007 SP2 adds auditing, backup
Exchange Server 2007 SP2 is ready. One IT expert gives two reasons why Windows shops should migrate to the new service pack soon. (August 26, 2009)

Microsoft releases WSUS 3 SP2 with Win 7, R2 support
WSUS SP2 adds improvements to client performance, and increased server usability and reliability. It also patches Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. (August 26, 2009)

VMworld product deluge begins: News in brief
A week before VMworld 2009 takes the floor in San Francisco, virtualization vendors have announced several new wares. (August 25, 2009)

Microsoft spews preview software; other news
Microsoft preview deluge; RightScale puts BI on a budget. (August 19, 2009)

Microsoft's Hyper-V R2 about more than Live Migration
Microsoft Hyper-V R2's Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and Jumbo Frames support will improve scalability and speed data transfers, one tester says.  (August 19, 2009)

Avoid these Exchange Server migration pitfalls
One Exchange administrator gives IT shops some advice on migrating off older versions of Exchange Server. (August 18, 2009)

Which Windows skills are in demand?
There are fewer jobs in IT, and employers pay new hires less. But the news is not all bad. SharePoint experience, for one, is in demand in Windows shops. (August 17, 2009)

Windows Server 2008 R2 evaluation bits ready
The evaluation code for Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM is now available to volume license holders. (August 17, 2009)

Microsoft releases SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP
The first CTP of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers and previews new features such as application and multi-server management. (August 14, 2009)  

Microsoft’s August patches run the gamut
Of the nine patches released this month, the most critical security update patch helps prevent denial of service attacks on Internet Information Services. (August 11, 1009)

Cloud service provider releases Windows 7 testing sandbox
With the Windows 7 release on the horizon, cloud computing service provider Skytap released a cloud-based testing environment for Microsoft's latest desktop OS. (August 10, 2009)

Using SharePoint as a social network platform
Social networks are growing within the enterprise, and customization is the ticket -- at least with MOSS 2007. (August 10, 2009)  

Systems management tools: Microsoft takes aim at the Big Four
Microsoft systems management tools have come a long way in a short time. Should the Big Four be worried? (August 5, 2009)

Will Microsoft catch up with VMware?
An expert considers Microsoft's virtualization and cloud computing strategy and weighs its chances against VMware's. (August 4, 2009)

Google Wave to face off against Exchange, Domino
Microsoft Exchange may be king now, but VARs expect Google Wave cloud-based email to take a chunk of its business and ding Domino as well. (August 3, 2009)  

July  2009:

A turning point in the hypervisor war?
Can Microsoft capitalize on the release of its Hyper-V R2 virtualization hypervisor, or is VMware's lead insurmountable? It depends on whom you ask. (July 27, 2009)

Microsoft to issue security tool, report at Black Hat
In addition to updating the public on its new security programs, the software giant is issuing a guide outlining its patching process and how to assess vulnerability data. (July 27, 2009)

Enterprises eyeball new Windows server, Win 7 with care
IT pros using Windows XP are in no rush to upgrade to Windows 7, while Vista users are more eager. And despite Windows Server 2008 R2's compelling features, adoption will be slow. (July 23, 2009)  

Win 7 shoppers bring down online store; other news briefs
Win 7 rush crashes Microsoft store; Avnet picks up Data Domain. (July 17, 2009)

Microsoft VARs offer Windows 7 Professional discounts
Microsoft partners can give clients running Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista Business operating systems a healthy discount off the Windows 7 Professional upgrade. (July 17, 2009)

Microsoft readies refreshed install tool beta for Windows 7 and server
Microsoft released a second beta of its deployment toolkit for IT administrators looking at Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 adoption. (July 13, 2009)

Microsoft warns of new Office Web Components flaw
A Spreadsheet ActiveX Control vulnerability in Microsoft Office Web Components is being actively exploited by attackers. (July 13, 2009)

Microsoft partner program drops Gold certification
Microsoft overhauls its channel program, renaming it the Microsoft Partner Network, restructuring its tiers and streamlining partner specialization areas. (July 13, 2009)  

Microsoft shuffles Windows management; news in brief
Sinofsky promoted to lead Windows; Autodesk adds VARs (July 9, 2009)

Microsoft Azure to undercut Amazon Web Services pricing
Microsoft has told big customers that its Azure cloud-based services will cost 10% less than comparable Amazon Web Services. (July 9, 2009)

Microsoft partner program changes coming at WPC 2009
As the Worldwide Partner Conference approaches, Microsoft names a new U.S. channel chief and plans to restructure its channel partner program. (July 8, 2009)

New features in Windows 7 attract enterprise attention
New Windows 7 features, including DirectAccess and BitLocker, are attractive, but its enterprise application compatibility makes it a winner, users say. (July 2, 2009)

Netbook news: Android, Moblin and Win 7 duke it out
Netbooks, devices that fit between cell phones and laptops on the computing continuum, are a bright spot in IT sales. Get all the netbook news here. (July 1, 2009)

June  2009:


Microsoft to open two mega data centers: News in brief
Microsoft will open two mega data centers, one in Chicago and one in Dublin, Ireland; Oracle adds new management capabilities to its Oracle Enterprise Manager software; and more. (June 30, 2009)

IT wish list for SharePoint 2010: Keep it simple
Microsoft SharePoint is popular and widely deployed, but has it become too complicated? Many think it's an over-packaged package. (June 30, 2009)

Windows 7 prices set; other news in brief
Microsoft reduces prices on low-end Win 7 SKUs; IT pros sweat cloud computing details. (June 26, 2009)

Windows 7 downgrade plan changes: News in brief
Microsoft revises Win 7 downgrade game plan; Sun to ditch hardware? (June 19, 2009)

Documenting Twitter flaws; other news in brief
Researcher to track Twitter flaws; Dell adds new iSCSI SAN for small biz. (June 18, 2009)

Linux Netbooks loosen Windows grip on hardware
Netbooks running Intel Moblin, Google Android or other Linux flavors chip away at Microsoft Windows franchise. (June 16, 2009)

Partners still wary of Google Apps for business
Google Apps needed Outlook sync, but VARs won't buy into the latest Google business software push until they see the money. (June 12, 2009)

Microsoft enters the VDI market with Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft is entering the VDI market with Windows Server 2008 R2. How will competitors like Citrix and VMware react? (June 10, 2009)

Microsoft patches WebDAV in bevy of updates
Zero-day flaws in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Web server and Internet Explorer were among 31 vulnerabilities repaired Tuesday. (June 9, 2009)

Microsoft's Ozzie warns on cloud margins: News in brief
In today's news in brief, Microsoft's chief architect warns that the company's cloud margins may be low; VMware tells Veeam Software to discontinue free ESXI hypervisor support. (June 8, 2009)

VMware clampdown on free ESXi may prompt defection
A dustup between VMware and Veeam Software over support for the free ESXi hypervisor highlights the challenges of selling virtualization to small businesses. (June 5, 2009)

Windows 7 on for Oct. 22; Cisco UCS to come in rack and blade versions
Microsoft vows Oct. 22 date for Win 7; other IT channel news. (June 4, 2009)

Intel's Moblin raises stakes on netbook OS race
Intel's new Moblin netbook operating system gives business netbook buyers another non-Windows option besides Google Android. (June 1, 2009)

Security pros want strong policy for virtualization
Server virtualization adds complexity -- often not addressed -- to corporate security policy. (June 1, 2009)

May  2009:

64-bit SharePoint 2010 driven by demand
SharePoint 2010 will be 64-bit only, leaving 32-bit behind. Find out how this will impact you and your clients. (May 29, 2009)

Server 2008 SP2 with Hyper-V available
In today's news in brief, while the world waits for Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft posts Windows Server 2008 SP2 to the Web. (May 28, 2009)

Intel shows off eight-core Nehalem EX
Intel's upcoming Nehalem EX chip will sport eight cores, supporting 16 threads. (May 26, 2009)

EPA releases Energy Star server specification
After two years of work, the Environmental Protection Agency has released its Energy Star spec for servers. (May 21, 2009)

Microsoft updates Exchange Server 2007 SP1
IT managers this week can download a rollup released for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1. (May 20, 2009)

Microsoft OKs virtualized SQL Server clusters
In an about-face, Microsoft will now support failover clustering for SQL Server instances running in a virtual machine. (May 19, 2009)

Amazon embellishes cloud service; Intel fined and labeled a cheater
News briefs: Amazon adds monitoring, scaling to EC2; other IT channel news. (May 18, 2009)

TechEd crowd eyes Hyper-V R2 features
News Roundup: Microsoft Hyper-V R2 features and Windows 7 technology are the talk of TechEd 2009. (May 15, 2009)

Big Google glitch explained; Tech Data launches stimulus watch
Headlines: Another Google gotcha; other IT channel news. (May 15, 2009)

Lacking application support poses virtualization hurdle
Some software vendors will support virtualization only if users can re-create problems in a physical environment, which has hindered virtualization adoption. (May 15, 2009)

IT pros push back on Microsoft volume license deals
More tech execs question the value of Microsoft multi-year enterprise agreements. (May 13, 2009)

Microsoft Office update fixes serious PowerPoint flaws
One of the PowerPoint zero-day flaws was being actively targeted by attackers. (May 12, 2009)

Microsoft virtualization software generates buzz
Microsoft Hyper-V's new Live Migration and a unique solution to incompatibility problems stirred Microsoft virtualization software users at TechEd 2009. (May 12, 2009)

Microsoft reiterates Vista and gushes over new OSes
Microsoft still recommends Vista first, yet evangelizes future OSes such as Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to TechEd 2009 audience. (May 11, 2009)

Microsoft renames SQL Server release
Some say upping the logical processor support in SQL Server may be a reaction to Oracle's acquisition of Sun. (May 11, 2009)

Microsoft adds hypervisor support to Windows 2008 R2
Microsoft promises savings for companies running Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 operating systems. (May 11, 2009)

Microsoft to highlight Windows 7 and more at TechEd
IT pros await word on Windows 7, SQL Server 2010, Azure, Hyper-V R2 and more at next week's Microsoft TechEd 2009 conference in Los Angeles. (May 7, 2009)

Windows Storage Server released to OEMs; BakBone buys Asempra
News briefs: Windows Storage Server goes to OEMs; other IT channel news. (May 7, 2009)

Virtual desktop sites slowly gain critical mass
A year after the release of Citrix XenDesktop, virtual desktops are less of an oddity and instead are being included in more enterprise-strategic plans. (May 7, 2009)  

Citrix Dazzle opens app storefront for business users
Citrix brings self-service IT, consumer glitz -- including iPhone support -- to enterprise application delivery. (May 5, 2009)

Citrix XenServer now supports Active Directory
With role-based access control, Citrix XenServer 5.5 is an alternative to VMware in production. (May 5, 2009)

IBM packs more bundled solutions for the midmarket
In its latest solutions-selling push, IBM fires its dynamic infrastructure and smart products into the midmarket channel. (May 5, 2009)

Spammers capitalize on swine flu; SugarCRM, Microsoft make CRM moves
Headlines: Swine flu spam epidemic hits; SugarCRM, Microsoft make CRM moves (May 1, 2009)

April  2009:

Physicians enlist virtualization for stimulus funds
To adopt electronic health records prescribed by the federal stimulus package, physicians are now using virtualization and cloud computing technologies. (April 30, 2009)

Service Manager beta 2 enhances IT process automation
The long-awaited System Center Service Manager appears to be back on track as Microsoft releases a second beta with a handful of key service desk features. (April 29, 2009)

VMware launches vSphere 4  
VMware has officially launched vSphere 4, the successor to its wildly popular Virtual Infrastructure 3 platform. With new features like VMware Fault Tolerance and fully supported VMotion, beta users have much to say about the long-awaited vSphere. (April 21, 2009)

Oracle-Sun acquisition raises MySQL, hardware concerns
The $7.4 billion Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems leaves IT pros wondering about Oracle’s long-term plans for software and hardware. (April 20, 2009)

Uncertain future for Sun overshadows new products
With Sun Microsystems in limbo after IBM talks dissolved, the company faces user concern that has overshadowed its new products. (April 15, 2009)

Microsoft Hyper-V improves Linux support: News in brief
In today's news in brief, the release of Linux Integration Components for Hyper-V should improve Linux virtual machines' ease of use. (April 15, 2009)

Yahoo eyes more cuts; eBay to sell Skype
Yahoo layoff plans reported; eBay to spin off Skype; more IT channel news. (April 15, 2009)

Interoperable blades to hit market by year's end
The Server Systems Infrastructure Forum said that standards-based blade servers, chassis and components will be out this year, but not from HP, Dell, IBM or Sun. (April 7, 2009)

Microsoft Stirling security console delayed
Without integration of third-party security software, Microsoft's Forefront Security Management Console isn't worth much, IT managers say. (April 6, 2009)

IBM withdraws from deal to purchase Sun: News in brief
In today's news in brief, IBM has withdrawn its bid to purchase Sun Microsystems, and a Dallas colo raided by the FBI is under investigation. (April 6, 2009)

Attackers target new Microsoft PowerPoint zero-day flaw
Microsoft said it is aware of limited, targeted attacks against a new PowerPoint zero-day flaw that surfaced Thursday. The software giant hasn't ruled out an out-of-cycle patch. (April 3, 2009)

Google Android OS on netbooks strikes intrigue
Hewlett-Packard and Dell are considering the Android OS for their netbooks, giving Google instant credibility over Microsoft Windows. (April 2, 2009)

VMware to spill the vSphere beans on April 21
VMware users who have seen the upcoming version say there's a lot to look forward to. (April 1, 2009)

March  2009:

Inside the AD Integration feature for SCOM 2007
Microsoft MVP Pete Zerger shares his insight on a new feature in System Center Operations Manager designed to reduce TCO and minimize administrative effort. (March 31, 2009)

When to move off XP, onto Windows 7
IT shops that skipped Vista may want to get at least some desktops on the newer OS. Otherwise, upgrading to Windows 7 could get a little crazy. (March 26, 2009)

The economics of the cloud
If you're trying to determine the potential cost savings from a cloud computing model, consider cost savings from outsourcing utility computing and improved data center operations. (March 25, 2009)

Virtual desktop licensing: IT's next headache
Become familiar with virtual desktop licensing rules and learn some third-party tools to help ensure that your organization meets licensing guidelines.
(March 20, 2009)

January  2009:

Windows 7 beta hits; customers, VARs weigh migration
Windows 7 beta will be widely available Friday, VARs and their business customers can start contemplating migrations. Or not. (January 12, 2009)

Microsoft RPC worm spreads in corporate networks
A worm, exploiting the Microsoft RPC vulnerability, is wreaking havoc on some corporate networks, according to researchers at security vendor, F-Secure. (January 9, 2009)

Free tools and XP piqued admin interest in 2008
These stories grabbed the attention of administrators in 2008. Will these topics repeat in 2009? (January 7, 2009)

December 2008:

IT headline makers of 2008
The tech sector took a wild ride in 2008. Some technologies, like virtualization, entered the mainstream. Big name industry vets bid adieu. (December 22, 2008)

Microsoft issues emergency patch to fix IE flaw
The software giant repaired a dangerous flaw being exploited if a user browses some legitimate websites. (December 17, 2008)

Microsoft plans more open source outreach
Microsoft will continue the warming trend toward open source software in 2009. Pragmatism trumps ideology, according to one executive. (December 11, 2008)

Users eye VDI but may wait for client hypervisors
VMware, Microsoft and Citrix are building virtual desktop portfolios, but IT pros suggest vendors refocus on client hypervisors. (December 10, 2008)

Interest grows in virtualized Exchange, SQL Server
With proper planning, it's safe to virtualize Microsoft Exchange Server and SQL Server databases. (December 9, 2008)

Minasi says cloud computing is rife with flaws
Windows expert Mark Minasi says cloud computing may make sense only for the largest enterprises, while virtualization is already simplifying life for IT. (December 8, 2008)

SP2 beta coming for Windows Server 2008, Vista
Hundreds of fixes and new hardware support await IT administrators in this SP2 beta release, available on TechNet. (December 4, 2008)

Economic downturns call for AD proficiency
Sharp Active Directory skills and an understanding of identity management systems are crucial for IT administrators during corporate downsizing. (December 1, 2008)

Microsoft learns of successful RPC worm infections
Microsoft said a number of customers are infected with worms that successfully exploit the RPC flaw and download malware. (December 1, 2008)

November 2008:

New tool for managing offline VMs
Microsoft Offline Virtual Machine Servicing tool helps IT update untethered virtual machines. (November 25, 2008)

Novell, Microsoft ready management pack for SUSE Linux
Novell and Microsoft have set a date to deliver software that better integrates SUSE Linux and System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2. (November 20, 2008)

Is the time right for Microsoft Online Services?
Where others have fallen short, Microsoft hopes to conquer the online services market with its message of savings and flexibility. (November 19, 2008)

Microsoft aims for unified management console
Microsoft will bring a common look and feel across its System Center management products, and the upcoming Service Manager will help tie it together. (November 18, 2008)

Revised Service Manager beta expected within weeks
Microsoft System Center Service Manager is roaring back after a false start. The service desk has been rebuilt from scratch and is on track for completion in 2010. (November 10, 2008)

WSUS 3.0 SP2 will offer fixes only
A beta for WSUS 3.0 SP2 is due out later this year or early next year, according to one of the technology's developers. It will load on Windows Server 2008 R2. (November 7, 2008)

AD links aim to ease identity management in the cloud
In a services world, managing identities is a source of anxiety for IT managers. AD connectors to cloud computing platforms could be a first step in easing their concerns. (November 6, 2008)

Microsoft embraces VDI with revamped Terminal Services
Microsoft is repositioning Terminal Services as Remote Desktop Services to take advantage of the virtual desktop trend. (November 3, 2008)

Windows identity management tools closer to completion
Updated versions of two identity management tools, ILM and IAG 2007, add improved control for user access. (November 3, 2008)

Microsoft sees OS flaws drop, application breaches rise
In its semiannual Security Intelligence Report, Microsoft says it has seen a significant drop in vulnerabilities discovered in the operating system. (November 3, 2008)

October 2008:

In an economic downturn, Windows shops spend to save
Sure, the business climate threatens IT budgets. But for some Windows managers, it's a time to invest in new technology for savings and efficiency. (October 16, 2008)

Top five free Windows server management tools
Check out the most popular free server management tools Windows shops are downloading from Microsoft. Up next in this series are the most popular security management tools. (October 15, 2008)

Microsoft patches Active Directory, IE flaws
Microsoft patched dangerous holes in implementations of Active Directory on Windows 2000 Server and memory allocation issues with its Host Integration Server. (October 14, 2008)

New SQL Server BI features could cut IT chores
The next release of Microsoft's SQL Server database brings self-service analysis tools and better reporting features straight to end users. But will it be less work for IT? (October 6, 2008)

Microsoft releases Process Monitor 2.0
The popular utility adds a handful of features including the addition of real-time TCP and UDP monitoring. (October 1, 2008)

September 2008:

Five tips to improve SharePoint doc management
SharePoint expert Bill English says small companies that can't afford document management software can build document management into SharePoint. (September 30, 2008)

The next wave: Client virtualization
VMware and Citrix are among those developing client hypervisors as IT shops explore traditional desktop alternatives. (September 26, 2008)

Early Windows 7 code coming at PDC
If your IT shop is sending a developer to Microsoft's PDC next month, expect a pre-beta copy of Windows 7 to come home in the goodie bag. (September 24, 2008)

IT shops shaping 'internal clouds'
VMware and Microsoft are getting some IT shops thinking about building internal software services, or 'clouds.' For others, the concept of cloud computing is still ethereal. (September 17, 2008)

Microsoft polishes the latest MDOP
App-V 4.5 is ready to download and other management tools will be out shortly as Microsoft puts finishing touches on its newest version of the Desktop Optimization Pack. (September 17, 2008)

SharePoint performance needs tuned SQL Server, storage
You need proper storage, on-point SQL Server and 64-bit gear and settings to get the SharePoint performance you need. (September 16, 2008)

VMware counters Microsoft with its own dynamic vision
With new CEO in tow, VMware showcases its 'virtual data center OS' this week at its annual confab, VMworld. (September 15, 2008)

Microsoft positions virtualization in the private cloud
Consolidating servers is 2007 thinking. Windows shops need to detach computing from the physical world so users can get resources based on individual needs. (September 10, 2008)

Microsoft fine-tunes desktop virtualization story
Connection broker: Check. VDI suite: Check. Microsoft is polishing its desktop virtualization act with Citrix in a starring role. (September 3, 2008)

Unraveling the cost of Microsoft virtualization licensing
Confused about Microsoft virtualization licensing? Figure out how it applies to your cost management plan. (September 1, 2008)

August 2008:

Data breach discovery, disclosure outpaces 2007
More data breaches have been reported so far this year than in all of 2007, according to a report released by a nonprofit group that works to prevent fraud. (August 26, 2008)

Citrix readies app virtualization platform refresh
The former thin-client king is positioned to rule the application and desktop virtualization market, study says. (August 25, 2008)

Microsoft unveils virtual licensing changes
Microsoft is making strides toward helping IT shops develop dynamic data centers with changes to application virtualization licensing. (August 19, 2008)

Windows 7 is really Windows Server R2, Microsoft says
With Windows 7, Microsoft said it is sticking to its schedule of having one major release and one minor release for its server. (August 19, 2008)

July 2008:

Tools make capacity planning easier for Windows shops
Microsoft's System Center Capacity Planner and other capacity planning tools from hardware vendors can help IT managers get started mapping out the future. (July 31, 2008)

How MOF 4.0 enhances IT service management
The push to combine MOF 4.0 with a set of integrated tools that adhere to the IT service management lifecycle is just what the doctor ordered. (July 29, 2008)

Microsoft vs. VMware: What's the next move?
With their hypervisors finally slugging it out in the marketplace, Microsoft and VMware will now advance their battle for virtual world dominance. (July 25, 2008)

For some, the time is nigh for virtualizing desktops
Though the desktop virtualization market will likely see a shake-up within the next two years, some IT managers are ready to risk the chaos. (July 23, 2008)

Today's WSUS shoots for big enterprises
The Windows Server free patch manager has packed on the features over the years and adds even more functions through its APIs. (July 22, 2008)

Microsoft Hyper-V raises questions about Microsoft-Citrix partnership 
Solution providers aren't sure if the release of Hyper-V will bring Citrix and Microsoft together or drive them apart. (July 19, 2008)

With enterprise search the work is never done
Installing enterprise search technology isn't tough, but to maintain the software's effectiveness, it must be constantly tuned. (July 15, 2008)

ABCs of enterprise search
Enterprise search is old hat but not all search tools are created equal. Plus, with Microsoft and Google in the game it's all just that much more interesting. (July 14, 2008)

Microsoft adds standalone version of VMM to lineup
The next release of Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager adds support for the Hyper-V hypervisor as well as VMware's ESX. (July 12, 2008)

Hacker toolkit targets Microsoft Access zero-day
Symantec Corp. is warning that more users of Microsoft Access could be targeted by attackers using the Neosploit exploit toolkit. (July 11, 2008)

Midmarket server could save IT a bundle
Microsoft adds tools and upgrade discounts to its midmarket Windows Essential Business Server. This week the server combo hits its release candidate milestone. (July 7, 2008)

Microsoft to issue Windows, SQL Server updates
Microsoft said it would repair vulnerabilities in SQL Server and Windows that could allow an elevation of privilege, spoofing and remote code execution. (July 4, 2008)

Microsoft adds two security features to IE8
Microsoft said Internet Explorer 8 will have improved security protection against phishing and unwanted attacks. (July 3, 2008)

Microsoft seeks to simplify volume licensing yet again
There are perks to be had from Microsoft's new Select Plus licensing program, but there are also some gotchas. (July 1, 2008)

June 2008:

Alliance aims for better Apple Mac and PC integration
IT managers generally don't think Macs integrate well with Windows machines. A vendor group hopes to change their minds. (June 29, 2008)

Warning -- your IT shop needs a makeover
SharePoint, cloud computing and other Web 2.0 technologies promise to keep IT managers on their toes. You'll have to adapt to stay out of the tar pits. (June 25, 2008)

IT pros dish on the future of desktops
VDI is working out the kinks. Thin clients ease desktop management. And some say cell phones may replace fat clients. (July 23, 2008)

IT pros still kicking tires on virtual desktops
Is VDI just another buzzword or can it simplify, or even revolutionize, desktop management? The IT pros at BriForum this week are trying to figure it all out. (July 21, 2008)

IT managers split on consumerization of IT
Love it or hate it, social networking tools, mobile devices and collaboration services are coming to your enterprise. (June 17, 2008)

Can we improve on the virtual desktop experience?
Protocols like RDP and ICA were not built to handle today's multimedia requirements. As desktop virtualization moves to the mainstream, this will have to change. (June 15, 2008)

IT shops have full dance card without Vista, thank you
There is no shortage of IT projects in the enterprise, according to IT managers at TechEd this year. Vista and Windows Server 2008 rollouts are not among them. (June 13, 2008)

Microsoft updates IT on key product releases
The software company has new beta releases for SQL Server 2008, ILM and a handful of new topic-specific certifications in the pipeline. (June 11, 2008)

How will IT shops manage the new world of Windows?
Microsoft's Oslo, Velocity and the Sync Framework are new platforms for Windows developers. What will they mean for IT managers? (June 5, 2008)

Microsoft to fix Windows, Internet Explorer flaws
Three critical updates address flaws affecting Microsoft Windows and Windows Server. (June 4, 2008)

Sysinternals tools now available on the fly
IT administrators can now access Microsoft's free Sysinternals diagnostic tools via a new service being tested by the vendor. (June 3, 2008)

May 2008:

IT shops will likely mix and match virtualization tools
Most companies don't have one IT manager in charge of buying all of the virtualization software, which could lead to lots of management inefficiencies. (May 29, 2008)

Mixed reaction on keeping Vista kernel for Windows 7
Microsoft's decision to use a refined Vista kernel for its next OS, Windows 7, is a smart business move, say some. Others ask, how does this help IT managers?  (May 26, 2008)

Citrix, Microsoft execs discuss tight relationship
Microsoft SVP Bob Muglia said Microsoft briefly considered licensing the open source hypervisor, Xen. (May 21, 2008)

Citrix rounds out its desktop plans
Citrix extends its desktop strategy with the release of its desktop virtualization product XenDesktop. (May 19, 2008)

Microsoft will release three critical patches in May
There are four patches for May in total. The three critical patches are for the Office and Windows platforms. (May 12, 2008)

XP, Vista SPs out for all but Dynamics RMS users
Microsoft is releasing XP SP3 and Vista SP1 to those who are not using the retail management application software that caused the initial problem. (May 9, 2008)

For IT, desktop virtualization is a hard sell
It's still not clear whether desktop virtualization has any true value, but that may be because it's still early in the game. (May 5, 2008)

Microsoft demos hosted service to troubleshoot Windows
At MMS 2008, Microsoft demonstrated a database service that will one day help IT shops compare system performance. (May 1, 2008)

April 2008:

Microsoft plants itself in center of a virtual universe
Microsoft hammers home the message of how it will use its own management platform to compete against virtualization powerhouse VMware. (April 30, 2008)

Will services bring superior security to all?
ecurity software services are growing in popularity. But those services are not always cheaper than premise-based options, and they're not right for every situation. (April 24, 2008)

XP SP3 ready in late April
IT shops are so happy with Windows XP SP2 that they're not moving to Vista. Will they even be wooed by a new service pack? (April 23, 2008)

System Center making strides but still second string
In big, diversified IT shops, Microsoft System Center underpins other established systems management vendors' products. Better integration tools may improve standing. (April 20, 2008)

With VM security at the fore; security software vendors respond
Virtual machines are more vulnerable than virtualization vendors let on, but that doesn't mean new security software can solve VM vulnerabilities. (April 14, 2008)

Microsoft buffs image of openness, one deal at a time
Microsoft was never known as a bastion of standards compliance. But over time, courts, customers and the network have forced the company to open up and interoperate. (April 10, 2008)

New beta out for Microsoft security management dash
This Stirling beta adds a feature called dynamic response, which automates responses to malicious attacks based on policies set by IT. (April 9, 2008)

Microsoft releases April trove of patches
Windows, Office and IE all have patches deemed 'critical' by Microsoft this month. (April 8, 2008)

March 2008:

Next services play for Microsoft: Systems management
More System Center online services will be on tap at the Management Summit later this month. Don't expect enterprises to be an easy sell. (March 31, 2008)

Windows enterprises will stick with XP
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is here, but many IT managers see Vista as a step back. For that matter, some managers aren't so hot on XP SP3 either. (March 30, 2008)

New user interface in Vista may affect applications
Changes in the Windows Vista interface may pose compatibility problems. (March 27, 2008)

Windows deployment toolkit now available
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 and an update for Business Desktop Deployment 2007 are ready for download. (March 26, 2008)

Microsoft warns of actively exploited Word flaw
Microsoft is investigating active attacks on a database engine vulnerability being exploited through malicious Word documents. (March 25, 2008)

Microsoft Hyper-V hits RC milestone
Windows Server 2008's hypervisor is on track for an August release, Microsoft says. (March 19, 2008)

Hosted email will boom in the short term, study says
Attractive pricing, more relaxed views about off-site security and the acceptance of SaaS will accelerate hosted email adoption. (March 16, 2008)

Microsoft boosts virtual desktop plan with Kidaro buy
Kidaro's desktop virtualization management software will be added to the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. (March 13, 2008)

VMware releasing management tool based on PowerShell
Microsoft's PowerShell scripting language figures into VMware's plans for its virtual environment management tool. (March 12, 2008)

A glimpse of new AD tools and ILM beta bits
New task-based Active Directory tool lets IT customize the view, while Identity Lifecycle Manager v2 removes IT's burden of managing ID profiles. (March 10, 2008)

February 2008:

Microsoft server chief weighs in on key IT trends
Microsoft's Bob Muglia knows IT administrators have a lot more to worry about today than just server management. (February 27, 2008)

Microsoft deployment tools ready as new server arrives
With Windows Server 2008 on the brink of general availability, planning tools abound. But also keep in mind installation options like Server Core. (February 25, 2008)

SharePoint brings app challenges to Windows shops
Users love Microsoft's Office SharePoint Server, but the application brings fresh responsibilities to IT managers accustomed to infrastructure issues. (February 19, 2008)

Lack of scripting skills could derail a Windows career
Active Directory and Exchange Server administrators must learn scripting language and command prompts to keep their careers on track. (February 15, 2008)

Microsoft service desk delayed until 2010
Microsoft will reengineer System Center Service Manager after receiving complaints about its performance from participants in the initial beta trial. (Feburary14, 2008)

Virtual desktops promise much, but how do we get there?
IT managers have desktop virtualization goals in mind, but they are unclear on the impact of this technology. (February 11, 2008)

Microsoft to release Vista, IE, Office updates
Microsoft on Thursday said it expects to release seven critical updates next week addressing flaws in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Office. (February 9, 2008))

Microsoft capacity planner 2007 is ready to go
Microsoft's System Center Capacity Planner 2007, a tool for infrastructure planning, was released to manufacturing this week. (February 7, 2008)

New certifications hit as Windows Server RTM arrives
Microsoft's revamped certification program and the debut of Windows Server 2008 go together, giving IT managers new accreditation choices. (February 6, 2008)

Windows Server 2008, Vista SP1 RTM
Two major releases from Microsoft get February off to a big start. The question is, will enterprise customers bite?  (February 4, 2008)

January 2008:

SQL Server 2008 pushed out to Q3 2008
The next-generation database server, which will offer business intelligence and policy-based management features, will be available later than originally planned.  (January 27, 2008)

Microsoft tightens Citrix ties, adds tools
As the release of Windows Server 2008 and the Hyper-V hypervisor draw nearer, Microsoft is turning up the heat on virtualization rival VMware. (January 22, 2008)

Microsoft woos Domino users with annual tool upgrade
Microsoft scales Exchange migration tools for IT shops with the stomach to run large messaging systems side by side. (January 2, 2008)

Help for nagging Windows server problems from PsTools
Microsoft Sysinternals' PsTools suite is a treasure trove of free Windows NT and Windows 2000 command-line tools that remotely diagnose system ills. (January 19, 2008)

Calculating ROI for Windows Server 2008 migration
Don't let faulty reasoning sabotage your decision to migrate to Windows 2008. Here are some ideas for calculating your ROI numbers and avoiding problems down the road. (January 15, 2008)

Expert offers AD prep tips for Windows Server 2008
Microsoft MVP Brian Desmond gives administrators some tips and tricks for working with the next generation of Windows Server and Active Directory. (January 14, 2008)

Changing of guard spells opportunity for Microsoft
With Gates and now Raikes bidding adieu, Microsoft is positioned for new talent not tied to the fat app mentality. (January 13, 2008)

Expert eyes AD changes in Windows Server 2008
Microsoft MVP Brian Desmond talks about new Active Directory changes and features in Windows Server 2008 that will ease management of passwords and installation.  (January 10, 2008)

Microsoft patches Windows TCP/IP, LSASS flaws
Attackers could exploit Windows TCP/IP, LSASS flaws to hijack targeted computers and do a variety of damage, Microsoft warned Tuesday. Windows Vista is affected. (January 9, 2008)

Microsoft plans two security updates in January
Only one of the two security updates for Windows coming from Microsoft this month is deemed critical.  (January 3, 2008)

Windows Server 2008 and virtualization dominate in 2008
IT managers in Windows shops say the high-impact technologies next year will be Windows Server 2008 and virtualization.  (January 2, 2008)

December 2007:

Microsoft's IT product challenges for 2008
The big servers for IT will arrive as expected from Microsoft in 2008, but the promised service desk isn't likely to make the cut. (December 27, 2007)

Microsoft fixes critical DirectX, Windows and IE flaws
Microsoft's December 2007 security update includes seven patch bulletins -- three of them critical -- for flaws in various versions of Windows, IE and DirectX. (December 11, 2007)

Windows shops set sights on encryption in 2008
Windows security is a never-ending battle, and IT managers have ongoing plans to add layers of protection in 2008.  (December 10, 2007)

Windows Server 2008 second release candidate hits
Microsoft gave beta testers an early holiday gift this year with the release of Windows Server 2008 RC1.  (December 6, 2007)

Windows XP SP3 sits high on user wish list
DLL fixes and NAP interoperability are a couple reasons why Windows managers put Windows XP SP3 on the top of the pile.  (December 5, 2007)

Microsoft warns of Windows zero-day
Attackers could exploit a zero-day flaw in Windows' Web Proxy Auto-Discovery (WPAD) feature to access sensitive data, Microsoft warned Monday. (December 4, 2007)


November 2007:

OS deployment tools have broader role with new server
Deployment tools for Microsoft's OSes will accommodate Windows Server 2008. Expect to see more features coming in early 2008.  (November 19, 2007)

Microsoft readies new Windows Server 2008 CTP
Microsoft released a November test build of Windows Server 2008 to a group of beta testers.  (November 17, 2007)

On standalone Hyper-V, a fuzzy picture emerges
Microsoft's standalone virtualization server, now called Hyper-V, won't be ready until late 2008. It's already stirring up questions. (November 15, 2007)

Microsoft offers tools to thwart Office 2007 threats
Microsoft released a free tool and security guide to help IT managers find malicious code and lock down Office 2007.  (November 14, 2007)

Under the hood: Microsoft's desktop and server manager
Microsoft puts several tools in its System Center product line into general availability this week, including its new desktop and server manager.  (November 13, 2007)

Microsoft plans ESX killer with standalone hypervisor
Windows Server 2008 prices set as Microsoft discloses plans for Hyper-V.  (November 12, 2007)

Microsoft's midmarket server comes together
For medium-sized IT shops, Microsoft's midmarket server has one license and one management console for Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2007 and more.  (November 6, 2007)

Here's how three IT shops manage passwords
See how three Windows administrators use password management tools to remove some of the burden of password resets off of the help desk. (November 5, 2007)

Simple steps help Windows shops go green
Windows managers will be the front line to a more eco-friendly and energy-efficient IT environment. Just a few tweaks can help you go green.  (November 3, 2007)

October 2007:

Viridian beta may precede new server software
A top executive on the Windows Server 2008 virtualization team says the next milestone may fall before the new server RTMs in February.  (October 31, 2007)

Early plans hatched for virtualization management
With its end-to-end virtualization strategy already on the table, Citrix brass is now cooking up ideas for a management console as well.  (October 25, 2007)

IT shops all ears about virtualizing desktops
Application and desktop virtualization have officially captured the fancy of IT managers -- if the energy at iForum 07 is any indicator.  (October 24, 2007)

Mobile device management server hits Microsoft lineup
Microsoft this week added a management server for mobile devices that will allow IT shops to update devices on the fly.  (October 23, 2007)

Release policies set standards for rollouts
Before deploying Vista, make sure you develop a release policy that identifies how the rollout will be managed so that business requirements are met, tested and implemented.  (October 14, 2007)

October patches fix four threats
A memory corruption problem that allows arbitrary code to run is one of the big issues addressed in this monthly patch parade.  (October 10, 2007)

How to design monitoring controls to manage mistakes
Plagued by calls from angry users? Using workarounds regularly to do your job? Then it's time to design and implement controls that will address potential failures.  (October 9, 2007)

Four critical Windows patches coming in October
Microsoft will deliver four critical security patches that prevent remote code executions on Windows this coming Patch Tuesday.  (October 8, 2007)

Data center growth and SaaS drive systems management
Brad Anderson, general manager of Microsoft's management and services division, says software as a service, data centers and mobility are priorities for his team. (October 7, 2007)

New Windows management czar touts fall releases
Brad Anderson, the new general manager in Microsoft's management and services division, discusses what's new in Configuration Manager and his vision for community building and VMM.  (October 4, 2007)

Service provider Microsoft balances IT and partners
After dancing around its plans for business customers for some time, Microsoft has clarified its software as a service strategy. But there are still issues to resolve.  (October 2, 3007)

Russinovich finds his place at Microsoft
The Windows developer, now a Microsoft fellow, is busy integrating Winternals and Sysinternals tools in Windows and, as always, looking ahead for new ideas.  (October 1, 2007)


September 2007:

AutoPatcher lives
Microsoft shut down AutoPatcher in August, but its creator says he thinks he has found a way to revive it that will satisfy IT managers and Microsoft.  (September 28, 2007)

Gadget patch tool tackles free office apps
IT managers can't stop the encroachment of free applications, but new tools can help keep end users properly patched.  (September 27, 2007)

Virtualizing applications: The who and the how
This is the second article in a two-part series on application virtualization that explores the choices in software vendors and what to consider before you deploy.  (September 26, 2007)

Windows Server 2008 RC hits with Viridian beta
The first Windows Server 2008 release candidate is ready for download with a Viridian hypervisor CTP.  (September 25, 2007)

Application virtualization myths debunked
App virtualization stands to resolve DLL hell and reduce the ills of OS migration. But its capabilities are often overstated.  (September 24, 2007)

Use SLAs to assign help desk incident priorities
Service-level agreements help service desks categorize and prioritize IT incidents according to an organization's strategic plan.  (September 22, 2007)

IT shops mull new IBM office apps option, Symphony
Windows shops could have an alternative to costly Microsoft Office with IBM's free Lotus Symphony, which includes document sharing, spreadsheets and presentation applications.  (September 20, 2007)

WSUS, security suites own patch management these days
IT managers don't go for the patching tool point products as much as they used to. Broad security suites do the job.  (September 19, 2007)

One insurer shares Vista deployment early hiccups
The IT manager at Puerto Rico's largest insurance provider shares the good and the bad of his team's Vista migration -- and why virtualization will play a key role.  (September 18, 2007)

The benefits of detective controls in change management
Change is a way of life in Windows IT shops. By using detective controls, Windows managers can minimize the risks associated with changes to production services.  (September 17, 2007)

Microsoft, Sun expand interoperability, add OEM deal
Mostly Sun shops with Windows stand to gain by each company's expanded warm fuzzies that include virtualization interoperability testing and a Windows Server OEM deal.  (September 13, 2007)

Critical September patch could hit Win 2000 SP4 systems
IT managers got a light load of patches this month with only one rated critical.  (September 12, 2007)

Microsoft, Citrix join on common VHD format
Uniting against VMware, Microsoft and Citrix will create a common VHD format for virtual OSes and applications.  (September 11, 2007)

Microsoft makes its case for virtualization
Microsoft's says its virtualization all-in-one play is the way to go. New licensing terms for its Virtual Machine Manager reflect that view.  (September 10, 2007)

One critical Windows patch coming in September
The solitary critical Windows patch for September repairs a remote code execution vulnerability, natch.  (September 8, 2007)

Microsoft spotlights its white hat hackers in new blog
Microsoft hired white hat hackers for their security expertise and is now spotlighting them for the public on a blog.  (September 4, 2007)

In PowerShell 2.0, Microsoft adds remote management
PowerShell creator Jeff Snover gives a glimpse into PowerShell 2.0 and the third-party support that's popping up around the popular scripting language.  (September 1, 2007)

August 2007:

Microsoft puts kibosh on AutoPatcher
Microsoft pulled the plug on AutoPatcher, a free patch distribution tool created by an independent group.  (August 30, 2007)

Windows Server 2008, real release slides into next year
Microsoft has pushed Windows Server 2008 out one quarter. Instead of seeing the bits at the end of this year, it will land sometime in the first quarter.  (August 29, 2007)

Windows XP, Vista service packs coming in 2008
Vista's first service pack is arriving in early 2008, but IT shops will likely give a warmer welcome to XP SP3, due out sometime in the first half of next year.  (August 28, 2007)

Microsoft's desktop manager released to manufacturing
System Center Configuration Manager v5 hits the streets with BitLocker and Virtual Machine Manager integration and Wake-On-LAN. (August 27, 2007)

New security technology bypasses the OS
More vendors are opting to develop security software on the hardware layer and not the OS to improve system manageability.  (August 26, 2007)

Future of WSUS includes integration into other products
Microsoft's popular and free patching tool may morph into something a little different down the road. (August 23, 2007)

Virtualization events add options for Windows shops
Virtualization expert John Palmieri reacts to shifting sands in the virtualization market and the benefits to Windows administrators.  (August 16, 2007)

Microsoft releases beta for Exchange Server 2007 SP1
The second beta for the first service pack for Exchange Server 2007 is feature complete.  (August 15, 2007)

Microsoft has six critical Windows patches in August
Remote code execution vulnerabilities continue to pile up.  (August 13, 2007)

Integrating mobile devices in a disaster recovery plan
Because of their growing popularity in the workplace, don't overlook mobile devices when creating an action plan in the event of a disaster.  (August 11, 2007)

Users hold fast to public folders despite iffy future
Popular demand kept Microsoft from dumping public folders from Exchange Server 2007, but support won't last forever.  (August 9, 2007)

Survey says IT shops without plans patch late
Patching Windows systems quickly is important. but many IT managers do an 'atrocious' job, according to a Forrester analyst.  (August 6, 2007)

Experts pick Windows security technologies to watch
Network access control, remote attestation and virtualization are some of the best bets for better Windows security coming down the road.  (August 4, 2007)

Avoiding software conflicts in a Vista migration
Before considering a Vista rollout, take an inventory of existing applications to determine how well they will work under the new operating system.  (August 2, 2007)

July 2007:

IT managers fret over skipping Vista for Windows 7
IT shops running Windows XP are worried about whether to wait for the next OS release, dubbed Windows 7. A Gartner desktop expert says the fuss is premature.  (July 31, 2007)

Virtual machine manager will RTM in September
Microsoft's new systems management boss, Brad Anderson, gave a glimpse into the company's System Center release roadmap.  (July 30, 2007)

Microsoft desktop manager RC1 ready for download
The first release candidate for System Center Configuration Manager 2007, the cornerstone of Microsoft's systems management play, bests SMS on several counts.  (July 28, 2007)

Bug-weary Windows shops may accept all-in-one tools
Comprehensive endpoint security tools for Windows are coming, and many battle-scarred IT managers are willing to look.  (July 21, 2007)

Cracking the TPM chip – is it possible?
The integrity of the TPM chip is vital to the future of computer security and the value of Windows Vista's BitLocker technology. Cracking it could turn the IT industry on its ear.  (July 19, 2007)

Microsoft unified communications overwhelms IT managers
IT shops find the long list of features in Microsoft's unified communications platform to be daunting and unnecessary, at least for now, say the company's partners.  (July 17, 2007)

Here's what Windows IT shops are buying today
Despite all the hype about Microsoft's new Vista desktop, it sits on the shelf. Microsoft partners say their big sellers are Windows Server 2003 and SharePoint.  (July 16, 2007)

IT communication builds incident management successes
The key to successful incident management is a strong connection among the incident management, service desk and problem management staffs.  (July 15, 2007)

Microsoft barrels toward a services world
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer made it clear that Microsoft's future and the future of IT in general is one where services are the predominant platform.  (July 14, 2007)

Microsoft will launch Windows Server 2008 next February
New versions of Windows Server, Visual Studio and SQL Server will all roll at the same time.  (July 10, 2007)

A revised vulnerability rating system gains steam
A common vulnerability rating system is reworked to help IT managers make better, quicker decisions about security threat levels.  (July 10, 2007)

Postini buy helps Google address IT compliance demands
With Postini in its pocket, Google hopes to win over IT shops running Microsoft Office to Google Apps with its new security credentials.  (July 9, 2007)

Windows Server 2008 RODC adds to branch office security
Laura E. Hunter describes how Windows Server 2008 could improve your ability to manage remote servers securely, but there are some operational gotchas you'll need to master first.  (July 7, 2007)

Fake Microsoft patch email sends users to Trojan Horse
A bogus patch update claiming to be from Microsoft is the latest phishing scam to keep IT managers on their toes. (July 2, 2007)

June 2007:

Microsoft releases nine Windows Vista updates
Microsoft has released nine updates for Windows Vista that range from fixing time zone issues to addressing problems in its dictionary. (June 29, 2007)

Microsoft pushing app development for Office 2007
Office 2007 as an application development platform could mean more tasks in the hands of end users -- or more of a burden for IT managers.  (June 28, 2007)

Windows Server 2008 CTP now available
The Customer Technology Preview includes IIS 7.0 as part of Windows Server 2008's Server Core minimal install option.  (June 27, 2007)

Four simple steps to a more secure database
Refresh your knowledge for securing your customer database and make sure no vulnerabilities are being overlooked.  (June 26, 2007)

New threat attacks transactions in Microsoft browsers
Windows shops can protect themselves against man-in-the-browser attacks with third-party tools and client-side certifications.  (June 25, 2007)

Experts weigh the good and bad of Windows Server Core
Windows Server 2008 Server Core and its nine server roles offer a new way to administer Windows Server. Experts explain the set-up-and-go install option.  ( June 24, 2007)

Quest snaps up Windows tool maker ScriptLogic
Quest Software has devoured ScriptLogic, one of the few remaining independent providers of Windows desktop and server management tools.  (June 21, 2007)

Server Core roles could include Exchange and SAP
With Service Core, IT managers can take advantage of virtualization and better performance, says Ward Ralston, a product manager on the Window Server team.  (June 19, 2007)

SharePoint is bursting local boundaries, study says
Once thought of only as a means of group collaboration, an IDC study shows that IT managers now use Microsoft SharePoint to collect and organize data throughout the enterprise.  (June 18, 2007)

Incident management made easier with Microsoft Service Desk
Stuart Galup gives the skinny on Microsoft Service Desk and explains why help desk software and automated incident management can make your life a lot easier.  (June 17, 2007)

What service-level management means for IT managers
Expert Harris Kern explains what Windows service-level management encompasses and how SLAs fit into the service-level management framework.  (June 15, 2007)

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 now available
The long promised Virtual Server R2 SP1 is finally ready for download.  (June 14, 2007)

Microsoft service desk beta 1 ready for download
Testers will get a glimpse of System Center Service Manager's features, including the CMDB and an end user self-service portal built on SharePoint Server 2007.  (June 13, 2007)

Microsoft delivers critical Vista patches in June
Despite the new software security development procedures at Microsoft, Vista has some significant holes that should be plugged right away. Source:  (June 12, 2007)

Windows Server 2003 SP2 released via Automatic Updates
The service pack includes the customary hotfixes and offers IT managers "out-of-the-box" provisioning via Windows Deployment Services.  (June 11, 2007)

Microsoft June patches include four rated critical
On patch Tuesday, Microsoft will have updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express and Windows Mail.  (June 9, 2007)

IT managers slow to hop onto Windows Vista
Microsoft says that Windows Vista is seeing strong adoption in the enterprise, but IT managers at TechEd 2007 seem in no hurry to upgrade.  (June 8, 2007)

Better connections promised in next Forefront beta
With the upcoming beta of Microsoft's Forefront, code-named Stirling, IT managers can look forward to managing security threats to the client and server from a single console.  (June 6, 2007)

More free tools coming under Sysinternals brand
Look for Sysinternals to expand its lineup of free Windows tools and add others from the Microsoft Download Center.  (June 5, 2007)

Microsoft's TechEd 2007 -- high concepts, few products
At Microsoft's biggest Windows confab, IT managers learned about a new generation of security tools, IIS 7.0 integration with Windows Server and little else.  (June 4, 2007)

May 2007:

Microsoft crosses signals on open source
Days after saying that open source software infringes on its patents, Microsoft discloses its plan to build bridges between Active Directory and OpenLDAP.  (May 25, 2007)

Six steps to Windows IT service management
Expert Harris Kern explains how to harness the complicated world of Windows IT service management and shares his experiences with implementing and executing a solid structure.  (Maqy 23, 2007)

Considering BitLocker for remote server encryption
Windows Server 2008 plays up improvements to BitLocker drive encryption. IT managers should take steps to prep for the technology.  (May 22, 2007)

Microsoft touts server hardware improvements
IT managers can expect at least one release candidate before Windows Server 2008, previously known as Longhorn Server, is released to manufacturing this year.  (May 18, 2007)

Windows Longhorn public beta spurs flurry of downloads
In just three weeks, more than 100,000 downloads are circulating of Windows Longhorn Server, now named Windows Server 2008.  (May 17, 2007)

Free tool battles Microsoft Office exploits in email
Technology in Microsoft Office 2007 to help block zero-day exploits in Office 2003.  (May 14, 2007)

Microsoft Viridian hypervisor 'lobotomized'?
Features in Windows Server virtualization hypervisor, code-named Viridian, are being cut and relegated to a future release.  (May 12, 2007)

Future SQL Server to add policy management
Microsoft said its plans for the next generation of SQL Server, code-named Katmai, will include rules-based policy management.  (May 11, 2007)

Older platforms get the brunt of May patch activity
Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Exchange Server are getting critical patches this month. Most, though not all, are on older versions of the software.  (May 9, 2007)

Microsoft releases beta for network monitor
A beta of Microsoft's latest network traffic monitor is available for download. Windows Vista support and improved wireless tracking are among the new features.  (May 9, 2007)

Taking a fresh look at content and collaboration
Burton Group collaboration expert Peter O'Kelly tells IT managers why now is the time to develop a serious content and collaboration corporate strategy.  (May 8, 2007)

Case study: One IT department tackles security with NAP
Fulton County's IT shop started to investigate Network Access Protection, Microsoft's new quarantine technology for laptops, after the Welchia worm brought down its network.  (May 7, 2007)

Critical fixes coming for Windows, Office and Exchange
On Patch Tuesday, Microsoft will release 14 updates, and seven will be for security issues.  (May 4, 2007)

Windows roadmap ties security tools to management
Microsoft's Forefront and System Center Essentials are using Dynamic Systems Initiative technology to integrate security and management processes.  (May 3, 2007)

Viridian available to TAP testers
Microsoft's Windows Server virtualization hypervisor code-named Viridian is now open to testers in the software maker's Technology Adoption Program.  (May 3, 2007)

Microsoft releases WSUS 3.0
Free scanning tool has improved reporting features and a Microsoft Management Console-based user interface.  (May 2, 2007)

April 2007:

Downloads hint of PowerShell's powerhouse potential
Although the PowerShell scripting language might be tricky for IT managers at first, early adopters say learning it is well worth the effort.  (April 30, 2007)

Microsoft to release Systems Management Server SP3
This new service pack gives IT managers using SMS 2003 the ability to support Windows Vista.  (April 29, 2007)

First public beta for Windows Longhorn Server arrives
Microsoft is touting better task automation and security features such as quarantine and read-only domain controller in Windows Longhorn Beta 3.  (April 27, 2007)

Unclear definition undermines app virtualization
IT managers are interested in exploring application virtualization but aren't sure if it can conquer DLL errors and ease Vista migration and incompatibility issues.  (April 17, 2007)

Host-based anti-malware tools help fend off attacks
IT managers looking for multi-protection products are checking out host-based anti-malware tools. Microsoft will enter the fray in May with its Forefront Client.  (April 17, 2007)

Microsoft delays betas for virtualization software
Beta releases for Microsoft's Viridian hypervisor and Virtual Server 2005 SP1 have been pushed back. Analysts say ship dates and third-party vendors could be affected too.  (April 16, 2007)

Special Report: IT managers take on compliance
The complexity of adhering to compliance regulations can make any IT manager's head spin. Read our special report that helps you to navigate the murky waters of compliance.  (April 4, 2007)

Overlooking features trips up email archiving projects
IT managers and archiving experts share a few tips on what elements to look for in an email archiving system.  (April 9, 2007)

Five security patches expected on Patch Tuesday
Microsoft said it will make available four updates for Windows, at least one of which will be critical, and one critical security update for Microsoft Content Management Server.  (April 6, 2007)

Microsoft intros virtualization-friendly Vista license
Microsoft's new Vista Enterprise license makes it legal – and cost-effective – to virtualize your desktops using VDI.  (April 4, 2007)  

Regulations spark growing demand for data encryption
Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA are prompting IT managers to use encryption for securing personal data on mobile devices. Microsoft is responding with its own encryption toolkit.  (April 2, 2007)

March 2007:

Companies could buy into SaaS sooner than expected
Quick corporate pick up of collaboration services, like those from Google, will hinge on how fast the digital generation can get their way.  (March 23, 2007)

Lawsuits drive email archiving
Litigation and compliance requirements are giving email archiving systems a higher profile in corporations.  (March 21, 2007)

IT managers turn to training to reduce internal threats
Microsoft and security companies offer materials and services that help companies educate careless users who expose networks to information breaches.  (March 20, 2007)

Embed disaster recovery for best results
Most companies strive to create a disaster recovery plan with a one-size-fits-all template, but the key to a good DR plan is to integrate its components into daily operations.  (March 20, 2007)

Securing enterprise endpoints is key to IT control
IT managers need all the help they can get locking down enterprise end points. This is especially true with mobile devices.  (March 19, 2007)

Windows Server 2003 SP2 drops on patchless Tuesday
New service pack from Microsoft includes mostly security updates. (March 13, 2007)

DST switch offers lessons learned
Those who survived the daylight-saving time deadline offer some words of wisdom in case the laws change yet again.  (March 12, 2007)

No March security patches issued from Microsoft
Patch Tuesday this month is security patch-free, which will give administrators some time to recover from getting their DST patches in place.  (March 9, 2007)

Expert releases tools to demystify Group Policy
Getting the most from Group Policy is tough for IT managers if they don't stay on top of it. One expert has launched his own products to help simplify the process.  (March 5, 2007)

IT managers need to be half techie, half detective
Some basic forensic skills should be part of the job these days as security threats and litigation become more widespread.  (March 5, 2007)

Worm uses Symantec tools to infiltrate SQL Server
Considered a moderate threat, the worm gains access to Microsoft's SQL Server and SQL databases by exploiting vulnerabilities in Symantec's antivirus software.  (March 2, 2007)

February 2007:

All features now available in new SMS beta
Systems Management Server v4 beta 2 is ready for download. The new desktop manager supports Wake-On-LAN and sports a new console.  (February 26, 2007)

IT jitters grow as DST deadline nears
What's patchable for daylight-saving time and what is not? What will it cost to patch? The experts lay it out here.  (February 22, 2007)

Loaded USB stick helps fend off hacker attacks
A tool inspired by hackers can give IT managers the edge they need to thwart attacks directed at their Windows systems.  (February 21, 2007)

Microsoft releases free tools for Notes migration
Transporter Suite for Lotus Notes allows users to analyze their Notes application infrastructure and determine the best course of action.  (February 18, 2007)

Service Desk to have its own reporting capabilities
Despite reports to the contrary, Microsoft says System Center Reporting Manager will remain a standalone product.  (February 15, 2007)

Web services and open source will link directories
Microsoft and Novell are testing three ways to improve Active Directory and eDirectory interoperability. Novell says more info is forthcoming later this spring.  (February 14, 2007)

Microsoft to release five patches for Windows
Twelve security patches will be made available on Tuesday, including some critical ones for Windows and Office, according to Microsoft's monthly security bulletin.  (February 12, 2007)

Microsoft puts final touches on System Center road map
IT managers look forward to more standard features in SCCM 2007 and less need for third-party tools.  (February 8, 2007)

Gates sees end-to-end security through cooperation
Microsoft chairman announces a handful of security products in his RSA Conference keynote and a renewed commitment to work with others for safer computing.  (February 7, 2007)

Many IT managers still dousing security fires
As Bill Gates touts policy-based security as a potential cure-all at RSA this week, IT managers may not have the resources or infrastructure to make it happen.  (February 6, 2007)

New zero-day attack targets Microsoft Excel
Microsoft says maliciously crafted Excel files may permit the execution of arbitrary code. Other Microsoft Office applications may be at risk. Source:  (February 5, 2007)

IT shops balance security with other priorities
Fixed budgets require a longer view and wider results when safeguarding systems.  (February 2, 2007)

Free translator tool ready for download
Microsoft and Novell serve up an OpenXML Translator, which lets users open and save documents in both OpenXML and ODF.  (February 2, 2007)

Microsoft uses Whale technology in new gateway device
Intelligent Application Gateway helps IT managers balance remote access with network security in a single piece of hardware.  (February 2, 2007)

January 2007:

Microsoft ambitious service desk tool revealed
More details are emerging about Microsoft's upcoming help desk product, code-named Service Desk, during a company road show for partners.  (January 29, 2007)

What to look for in a CMDB
If you are shopping for a configuration management database, make sure it has four key capabilities, Gartner says.  (January 25, 2007)

Windows, systems management players gird for battle
Microsoft has a good shot at grabbing business from the Big Four systems management vendors. But can it ever do more than Windows?  (January 24, 2007)

IT shops explore connectivity options for remote users
VPNs are prevalent in enterprises, but Terminal Services and streaming application technology from Microsoft are slowly gaining ground for remote connectivity.  (January 17, 2007)

Out-of-cycle Microsoft patch likely, experts say
Patch specialists and IT administrators were surprised Microsoft didn't fix much-publicized Word zero-day flaws Tuesday. But they don't fault the company for holding back.  Source:  (January 15, 2007)

Vista features that may hurry your migration plans
Expert Bernie Klinder talks about the new Vista features that really improve end users' experiences and may have them clamoring for a quicker upgrade plan from IT managers.  (January 12, 2007)

IT shops explore connectivity options for remote users
VPNs are prevalent in enterprises, but Terminal Services and streaming application technology from Microsoft are slowly gaining ground for remote connectivity.  (January 11, 2007)\

Bumper crop of malware expected in 2007
Malware attacks will strike three-quarters of enterprises this year, according to Gartner analysts. As threats abound, IT managers scramble to plug holes.  (January 10, 2007)

Critical fixes for Excel, Outlook and Windows
Microsoft starts the year with security updates for Excel, Outlook and Windows. Three of the fixes are rated critical. Source:  (January 9, 2007)

Microsoft nixes four patch bulletins
Eight security updates were originally scheduled for Tuesday, but Microsoft has decided to hold back on half of them. Source:  (January 8, 2007)

Virtual PC 2007 release adds Vista support
New feature gives IT managers the ability to test how applications will perform on the operating system while still maintaining a Windows XP environment for users.  (January 3, 2007)

December 2006:

Employers to seek more security talent in '07
Learn what certifications are growing in demand and how employers are looking at the job market in 2007. Source:  (December 24, 2006)

You can't pretext an exploding laptop: Winners, losers
They were the biggest losers -- and winners. From exploding laptops to a 29-year-old media millionaire, 2006 saw players either rising from the ashes, or falling from grace. Source:  (December 23, 2006)

Geeks name the must-see movies of 2007
From the wacky wall-crawler to the Man of Steel, geeks talk about the year in movies and give their top picks for 2007.  Source:  (December 22, 2006)

Microsoft releases end of the year code
The elves at Microsoft are still cranking out code. Bits for Windows Server 2003 SP2 and Longhorn Server came out this week.  (December 21, 2006)

Kill the IT buzzwords
IT analysts, executives and administrators list their least favorite tech words. If the comments give you a case of securanoia, maybe you should avoid lists like this next time.  (December 20, 2006)

IT managers offer up holiday wish lists
With visions of virtualization dancing in their heads, IT managers are hoping the holiday spirit will loosen up budgets this season.  (December 19, 2006)

More free downloads claim space on corporate desktops
End users are downloading consumer tools like IM and Skype to use at work -- a trend that is making some IT managers cringe.  (December 14, 2006)

Windows shops weighing Service Desk as an option
IT managers' interest is piqued by Microsoft's foray into the help desk space, but many high-end and low-end software players are already entrenched in IT organizations.  (December 12, 2006)

Microsoft fixes two zero-day flaws
The December security update from Microsoft includes patches for zero-day flaws in Visual Studio and Windows Media Player, but two zero-day flaws in Word remain unfixed. Source:  (December 12, 2006)

IDC predicts 'disruption' in 2007
Analysts offer their forecasts on what IT managers can expect in the new year.  (December 11, 2006)

Exchange Server 2007 ready to go
The server that Microsoft describes as the cornerstone to its collaboration strategy – Exchange Server 2007 – was released to manufacturing late this week.  (December 8, 2006)

New zero-day affects Microsoft Word
Microsoft confirmed reports of "limited" zero-day attacks and warned customers to be cautious when opening unsolicited Word attachments. Source:  (December 6, 2006)

Microsoft flip-flopping on future Exchange features
Will the next version of Exchange Server have a new data store or public folders? Even Microsoft doesn't seem to know for sure.  (December 1, 2006)

November 2006:

It's showtime for Vista, Office and Exchange
Early adopter IT administrators can start the downloading. Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 are ready to rock.  (November 30, 2006)

Office 2007 collaboration features puzzle IT managers
As Microsoft touts SharePoint as a collaboration boost for Office 2007, IT managers are left wondering why SharePoint is right for them.  (November 28, 2006)

The business case against migrating to Vista
There are plenty of benefits to using Windows Vista OS, but migration has its downsides as well. Expert Bernie Klinder outlines his reasons for thinking twice before migrating. (November 27, 2006)

The business case for Microsoft Windows Vista
In part one of this series, expert Bernie Klinder discusses some of the operating system's major improvements.  (November 20, 2006)

Microsoft's SUS gets a reprieve
IT shops that still use SUS 1.0 will get a little more time to migrate to the new version of the free patching tool.  (November 15, 2006)

Critical flaws fixed in IE, Windows
Five of the bulletins Microsoft released are critical and patch flaws in Internet Explorer, Windows and Macromedia Flash Player. Attackers could exploit them to hijack a PC. (November 14, 2006)

Free software converts Group Policy templates in Vista
IT shops should save a one-time conversion problem using a free tool to help migrate Group Policy templates in older versions of Windows to Vista.  (November 14, 2006)

Users eye iPods as cool enterprise tools
The holidays may bring a flood of new consumer gadgets into the enterprise. New research shows that corporate IT should find ways to include them.  (November 13, 2006)

For some, the new Exchange is the old Exchange
Microsoft is queuing up Exchange Server 2007, but for many IT shops, their interest will remain with Exchange Server 2003 for a long time.  (November 9, 2006)

Microsoft to patch critical zero-day flaws in Windows
Microsoft plans to repair five critical flaws in Windows and a flaw in XML Core Services as part of its monthly patch update next week. (November 9, 2006)

Mark Manasi highlights Vista pluses
New features in Vista 2007 will include better security, but users are still figuring out how that will affect applications, said the Windows guru.  (November 6, 2006)

IT admins search for beef in Microsoft-Novell pact
Is the alliance between Microsoft and Novell just another Kumbaya moment between vendors, or will there be some serious benefits for multi-vendor IT shops?  (November 6, 2006)

It's a wrap for Office System 2007
Microsoft has officially sent its Office 2007 suite to manufacturing.  (November 6, 2006)

Symantec to reactivate IT support discussion boards
A year after shutting down its discussion forums for IT professionals, Symantec is set to reactivate them as part of a revamped technical support portal community coming in 2007.  (November 1, 2006)

October 2006:

Virtualization going gangbusters, market data shows
Recent market data proves what we already knew: the virtualization market is on fire, and sales of VMware are fanning the flames. Source:  (October 30, 2006)

Windows desktop search tool gets upgrade
As analysts say desktop search's time has come in corporate environments, Microsoft tries to stay in the game with its own tool.  Source:  (October 25, 2006)

Microsoft releases beta for digital certificate tool
Certificate Lifecycle Management Beta 2 is out, but experts say the technology is still a solution waiting for a problem.  Source:  (October 24, 2006)

Windows XP Service Pack 3 delayed until 2008
Microsoft is pushing back the release of XP Service Pack 3 until the first half of 2008 and the release of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 until first quarter 2007.  Source:  (October 19, 2006)

IT managers go on the offensive against threats
As attitudes about system security shift from passive to aggressive, vendors rush to develop proactive products.  Source:  (October 18, 2006)

Microsoft serves up Virtual Hard Disk for free
Microsoft hopes to take a bite out of VMware's dominance in the virtualization space with free access to its virtualization technology.  Source:  (October 18, 2006)

Quest expands features in Active Directory tool
End-user provisioning and cross-platform identity integration are added, giving IT managers cross-platform control from a single console.  Source:  (October 17, 2006)

Heat from vendors forces changes to Vista security
To accommodate third-party security vendors and appease antitrust regulators in Europe, Microsoft will make some final tweaks to Windows Vista.  Source:  (October 16, 2006)

Linux saves day by recovering data in Windows servers
Expert Gary Olsen provides some options for retrieving lost data, including a cool way to recover data from a Windows disk using a Linux server.  Source:  (October 12, 2006)

ITMU gets fix in SMS Service Pack 3
An upcoming service pack for SMS will fix the lingering ITMU problem and include technology acquired from AssetMatrix.  Source:  (October 10, 2006)

Microsoft fills in Group Policy gaps with latest buy
With its purchase of DesktopStandard, Microsoft's Group Policy adds much to customers' wish lists, but Microsoft keeps mum on what its exact plans are for the technology.  Source:  (October 9, 2006)

Vista, Office hit new marks
On Friday, the company told beta testers that Office 2007 will go to manufacturing within weeks. There is also a new Vista build.  Source:  (October 6, 2006)

Microsoft buy promises easier Group Policy management
Microsoft snapped up closely held DesktopStandard, a small software company that specializes in policy-based management tools.  Source:  (October 2, 2006)

IT must keep close eye on growing SaaS
With software as a service on the rise, IT administrators have to know which applications will be entering their lines of business.  Source:  (October 2, 2006)

September 2006:

Windows PowerShell RC2 ready to go
PowerShell technology gives Windows administrators a command line shell and scripting language of their own.  Source:  (September 28, 2006)

Microsoft offers beefed-up backup beta
System Center Data Protection Manager 2006 version 2 now covers Exchange 2000 Server, Exchange Server 2003, SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005.  Source:  (September 27, 2006)

Microsoft patches IE flaw early
Attacks against the Internet Explorer VML flaw were increasing to the point where Microsoft saw the need to fix it outside its normal patch cycle.  Source:  (September 26, 2006)

Fending off an Active Directory attack
Whether you view the security of Active Directory as a matter of defense or of improving its configuration management, it's a system that must be protected.  Source:  (September 26, 2006)

Unsecured devices worry IT professionals
IT admins keep working to make networks secure even as more unsecured personal gadgets, like smart phones and BlackBerrys, find their way into companies.  Source:  (September 25, 2006)

IE attacks intensify, patch due in October
Microsoft aims to patch the Internet Explorer VML flaw as part of its October security update, as the browser comes under attack from an increasing array of malware.  Source:  (September 20, 2006)

IT admins get help minding remote users
With mobile user numbers growing each year and IT managers desperate for ways to keep tabs on wireless devices, new features in Exchange Server 2003 SP2 bring relief. Source:  (September 19, 2006)

Microsoft betas progress toward completion
Windows Server 2003 SP2 beta is inching along, and a new package, Essentials, has reached a new milestone. Source:  (September 19, 2006)

Microsoft warns of new Internet Explorer threat
Days after Patch Tuesday, Microsoft warned of a new threat against Internet Explorer. Attackers could exploit it to crash machines or take them over. Source:  (September 15, 2006)

New Exchange exams likely to emphasize roles, security
Brush up on your knowledge of Exchange Server roles and security. These changes in the next generation of Exchange will likely factor heavily in the certification exams.
Source:  (September 12, 2006)

Three patch updates coming for Windows, Office
Microsoft said it will release two security updates for Windows and one for Office this week. The Office update will address at least one critical security flaw. Source:  (September 11, 2006)

Users anticipate joint Cisco and Microsoft security
Users are all for the plan of interoperable security architecture by Microsoft and Cisco. For enterprise security, however, Cisco still wins more respect from IT shops. Source:  (September 7, 2006)

Microsoft, Cisco release NAP/NAC roadmap
Microsoft and Cisco released plans on just how they would make their competing security architectures interoperable. A private beta will start later this year. Source:  (September 6, 2006)

New Microsoft Word zero-day exploit discovered
Trojan.MDropper-Q is exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft's word-processing application that could allow attackers to take control of certain machines. Source:  (September 5, 2006)

August 2006:

Google eyes a home in the enterprise
Later this year, Google will offer a desktop collaboration suite for enterprise users. Will IT shops bite? Source:  (August 30, 2006)

Vista pricing goes public
Prices are posted for Microsoft Windows Vista courtesy of But users will likely pay more after they factor in hardware and other software. Source:  (August 29, 2006)

Microsoft tweaks legacy software support program 
Microsoft has restructured its custom support program for those who choose to patch products forever.  Source:  (August 28, 2006)

Microsoft and Cisco ready to demo NAP/NAC
Harmony at last between two high-tech elephants: At a Boston security conference, Microsoft and Cisco will demonstrate how their competing security technologies will co-exist. Source:  (August 23, 2006)

Microsoft and Citrix woo IT with branch combo
More love for the branch office. This time Microsoft will team with Citrix to develop an integrated appliance. Source:  (August 23, 2006)

Microsoft says ITMU fix is in the works
It might take another month, but a Microsoft executive said the company is preparing a fix for Microsoft Update's scan engine. Source:  (August 22, 2006)

Get ready for Exchange Server 2007 with a tool check
With a new release of Exchange Server coming next year, it's time for IT administrators to check their toolbox in advance of planning a migration. Source:  (August 21, 2006)

VMware users worry about VM sprawl 
Server virtualization makes it easy as pie to deploy a new system -- maybe a little bit too easy, say industry observers.  Source:  (August 17, 2006)

Microsoft to fix IE patch glitch
IT administrators have reported configuration problems with last week's Internet Explorer patch. Microsoft will tweak and re-release the patch Aug. 22. Source:  (August 16, 2006)

WSUS 3.0 public beta is ready
The next version of Microsoft's free patch management tool, Windows Software Update Services, is all set for downloading. Source:  (August 15, 2006)

Comparing app streaming to thin clients: Pros and cons
When is application virtualization the way to go instead of thin-client computing? They're both right in different scenarios. Source:  (August 14, 2006)

IT managers on software licensing: Keep it simple
Licensing software in a world where multi-core processors and virtualization are expected to be the norm is raising a whole new set of challenges for IT managers. Source:  (August 10, 2006)

Microsoft's August update patches 23 flaws
Microsoft releases a dozen security updates Tuesday, nine critical, addressing a range of serious vulnerabilities in Windows, Office and Internet Explorer. Source:  (August 9, 2006)

Microsoft readies VM Manager beta
Microsoft's foray into virtual machine management came closer to reality today with the release of the first beta for its Virtual Machine Manager. Source:  (August 8, 2006)

Easing patching pain with virtualization
IT managers are learning that using desktop virtualization software to patch their enterprise desktops has the potential to save time, money and energy.  Source:  (August 7, 2006)

Twelve Microsoft fixes coming on Patch Tuesday
Microsoft Tuesday will release a dozen new security bulletins for its Windows and Office products, likely including fixes for several outstanding PowerPoint flaws.  Source:  (August 4, 2006)

Windows Update bug brings computers to crawl with scan
Windows experts said a bug in Microsoft Update causes computers to slow down considerably when scanning the system. Microsoft is looking into the problem.  Source:  (August 3, 2006)

Filemon, Regmon will stay free
Sysinternals founder Mark Russinovich says Microsoft's top priority is keeping widely used admin tools like Filemon, Regmon and Process Explorer freely available.  Source:  (August 2, 2006)

July 2006:

Virtualization-enhanced chips may rev up performance
Intel and AMD promise virtualization will lead to better performance with their enhanced processors  Source:  (July 31, 2006)

IT angst continues over future of Filemon, Regmon
With Vista migrations on the horizon, IT managers want more details about the future of Filemon and Regmon, two of their favorite free utilities, which are now a part of Microsoft.  Source:  (July 27, 2006)

The risks of using free virtualization products
Although free virtualization products are handy and benefit the industry, using them in the enterprise without proper planning could cause problems.  Source:  (July 26, 2006)

Microsoft aims management bundle at midsized users
System Center Essentials 2007 is a Windows manageability package ready for public beta this fall. The features are targeted at midsized companies, but how about the price?  Source:  (July 25, 2006)

IT professionals worry about availability of Sysinternals tools
In the wake of Microsoft's acquisition of Sysinternals, IT managers worry about how long the software giant will continue to make free tools available on the Web site. Source:  (July 24, 2006)

Microsoft delivers Exchange Server 2007 public beta
Microsoft released a public trial of its next generation messaging server, Exchange Server 2007, along with its email security package, newly dubbed Forefront Security for Exchange Server.  Source:  (July 24, 2006)

Branch office software bundle aims for enterprise
Microsoft is readying another branch office software bundle, this time for the enterprise branches. The SKU offers full-strength Windows Server 2003 R2. Source:  (July 13, 2006)

Microsoft channels rich client to IT shops
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer told partners to bet on a host of new technologies that add up to a very rich client. Will IT shops buy what's barreling through this channel? Source:  (July 12, 2006)

Multi-core processing infiltrates the enterprise
 The days of single-core chips are limited, experts say, as more IT shops move with mixed success to multi-core. Source:  (July 11, 2006)

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