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  • TechEd Video Blog #5 - Born to be SQL!

    Chopper Chris and the  Oh baby! 

    TechEd 2005 Video Blog entry #5! 

    Chris Henley and Bryan Von Axelson came to me with a great idea: Let’s shoot some footage of the SQL Server Chopper to promote the contest going on now.


    You can also view it at The Blogcast Repository


  • Today is a US Holiday

    Independence!  Freedom!

    No longer are we subjects of the British Crown!

    I think they celebrate this in the UK.  By now they are probably happy to be rid of us, too.

  • Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.0 is HERE!

    Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)

    Getting Started

    MBSA is an easy-to-use tool designed for the IT professional that helps small and medium businesses determine their security state in accordance with Microsoft security recommendations and offers specific remediation guidance. Improve your security management process by using MBSA to detect common security misconfigurations and missing security updates on your computer systems.

    Here is the MBSA home page containing all versions, including this information about 2.0.

    “What’s new?”

    MBSA 2.0 offers an intuitive user interface and more informative dialogs compared to previous versions. Using the new Windows Update Agent and Microsoft Update catalog, MBSA 2.0 has automatically expanding product support.

    Users who primarily have:

     Windows 2000+ SP3 and later

     Office XP+ and later

     Exchange 2000+ and later

     SQL Server 2000 SP4+

    in their environment should switch to MBSA 2.0 today.

    MBSA 2.0 is compatible with Microsoft Update (MU) and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and the SMS Inventory Tool for Microsoft Update (ITMU). MBSA 2.0 offers customers improved Windows component support, expanded platform support for XP Embedded and 64-bit Windows, as well as more consistent and less complex security update management experience.


  • TechEd Video Blog #4 - Out-and-About

    Teched Video Blog #4

    Here we are with TechEd 2005 Video Blog entry #4 already!  These are some out-and-about video shot at TechEd 2005 on Monday, June 6. (8min 16sec)

    You can also view it at The Blogcast Repository

    WARNING: This video contains an obscure Jimmy Buffett reference.


  • R2? Or not R2?

    Runs on Windows NT Embedded 4.0

    No… not THAT R2! 

    I’m talking about the next version of Windows Server 2003!  Coming later this year, R2 will have some great new features.

    “What are the new features?”

    Well… rather than list them here, let me point you to Bruce Cowper’s blog entry for a good description and an exhaustive list of links to additional information and whitepapers.