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  • Blog Post: Vista, Server 2008 and the Case of the Bitlocker Dual Boot

    This week, I received my shiny new work laptop, which I'd been anticipating for some time.  Normally, I'm not much of a hardware geek and don't get overly excited with new kit, but I was really looking forward to this as it is 64-bit and finally allows me to install Server 2008 and Hyper-V for customer...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista File and Registry Virtualisation

    Windows Vista is designed to be more secure than previous versions of Windows. Part of the improvements are related to User Account Control (UAC), which encourages the good practice of not logging on with an Administrator account (and even if you do, it limits your available rights by default). While...
  • Blog Post: (Re-)Start Me Up ...

    As I mentioned in a recent post , I'm currently working on a Windows Vista workshop. As part of that, I've created a simple application that demonstrates the basic interaction of the Windows Installer with Vista's new Restart Manager (RM). I thought I'd post some information on how easy this was to do...
  • Blog Post: Protecting Removable Drives with Bitlocker

    In a recent post , I explained how easy it was to use Bitlocker to secure your drives in a dual-boot scenario with Windows Vista and Server 2008.  Following this I had some discussions with colleagues about how to securely backup copies of the files from the encrypted drive.  Specifically,...
  • Blog Post: Forcing Theme Settings in Windows Vista

    Recently I was working with a customer to find a way to automate forcing a specific Aero theme in Windows Vista.  The idea was to have the Vista clients "colour-coded" according to their use; so whenever a user logs on the window border colour would indicate the type of system (which was...
  • Blog Post: Service Security in Windows Vista

    After a long break from blogging due to holidays and a heavy workload, I've finally got round to writing something new. To follow on from my last post on File and Registry Virtualisation , I thought I'd take a look at another Vista security-related topic: Service Security . Services generally run...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Resource Kit Released

    If you're a long-time Windows Admin, then you'll know how invaluable the Windows Resource Kit has been for the various Windows versions over the years. Now the Windows Vista version has been released and with 1,500 pages of in-depth technical information and over 150 scripts and tools I'm sure it will...
  • Blog Post: Vista Link Extravaganza

    Following on from my last post on vitualisation, I've compiled a similar "one-stop-shop" list for an up-coming session I'm delivering on Windows Vista, except this time you get to see the information before the workshop attendees (unless, of course, you will be attending the workshop, in which case,...