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Is perception reality? The Mojave Experiment sheds some light
If you think Windows Vista sucks then I suggest you take a moment to view the recordings on the Mojave Experiment’s website – it’s where a large number of people who hadn’t tried Windows Vista for themselves were shown a sneak preview of a “brand new version of Microsoft Windows” and asked for their...
1 Aug 2008
What Virtual Private Networking software would I recommend for Windows and how to set it up?
I was recently asked this very question and I responded with "Windows Server 2008/2003/2000 and Windows Vista/XP" provide excellent built-in Virtual Private Networking features that are standards compliant and assuming they are correctly configured can be highly secure too. There's no additional license...
7 Aug 2008
Tweaking the file level security of the operating system is a bad idea!
Over the last week I've two people who are suffering pain due to corporate laptop builds that have been "secured" - meaning that an untold number of access controls have been changed and parts of the operating system have been removed to "enhance the security" of the system. A complete nightmare. The...
7 Apr 2008
How to make Vista look even cooler - here are some of the best third party add ons
Thanks to David Overton and James Senior for sharing the following... If you want to see what people are doing out there to make our OS look even better, look at these: (without modifying the OS) 3d cube based virtual desktop Rotation based Flip 3D Alternative to flip-3d (switcher) Changing the screen...
29 Mar 2007
Announcing Internet Explorer 7+ for Windows Vista
The IE Team blog have announced that Internet Explorer running on Windows Vista will be known as Internet Explorer 7+ (IE 7+) to distinguish it from IE 7 on Windows XP. This makes sense to me as the prime additional feature of Internet Explorer on Windows Vista is "protected mode" - this means that...
14 Jun 2006
How to secure a wireless network: Part 2 of 5 - How to change the SSID
This post follows on from How to secure a wireless network: Part 1 of 5 - Enabling WPA on a wireless router which includes a detailed description of some key security myths pertaining to wireless security. The first post also goes into detail about why these steps are only appropriate for small networks...
17 Aug 2007
Windows Vista Gadgets are cool - I've just found a great one for Windsurfers
Windows Vista's Gadgets provide a cool way to customise your desktop with handy tools and information feeds. I'm an enthusiastic Windsurfer so you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across WindGuru's windspeed gadget. It's cool because the gadget can be configured (via a pull down menu) to provide...
26 Oct 2006
How to set up Network Access Protection to measure compliance of DHCP clients
The Step-by-Step Guide: Demonstrate NAP DHCP Enforcement in a Test Lab explains exactly how to set NAP up in a lab to measure compliance (and optionally restrict network access) of DHCP clients. It's well worth a look. If you haven't come across Network Access Protection then I recommend reading my...
1 Apr 2008
Another tweak to get Aero Glass working reliably
In addition to my earlier post detailing how to get Aero Glass working I've found that making a change to the BIOS on my machine has ensured that I can now reliably use an external monitor and also project. The setting in question specifies whether the computer should attempt to automatically detect...
27 Jul 2006
Poor wireless signal? - how to improve the range of your wireless network
I recently set up a new wireless router at home and was disappointed to find that I couldn't connect to the network whilst upstairs. This didn't make a great deal of sense as I live in a house that's only ten years old so it's pretty much made of cardboard - hardly the stuff that's likely to block wireless...
10 Aug 2007
You'd better get your skates on if you'd like to join us for the Technical Roadshow this year
There are a handful of places left for the Glasgow leg of the technical roadshow tour 2007. If you'd like to join us then visit the registration site and sign up - as usual it's free. This year we'll be focussing on Vista, Office and Exchange of course and will SHOW YOU how to make the most of the exciting...
22 Jan 2007
Welcome back. Here's how to get hold of Vista and Longhorn and make the most of TechNet Plus
Happy New Year and welcome back for those of you who have enjoyed a well deserved break. I know that some of you will have found it difficult to resist the temptation to play with Windows Vista, Office and Exchange (EVO) when you should have been relaxing! Following the excitement of the launch...
15 Jan 2007
We're getting really close to Beta 2 of Windows Vista - I've moved across to one of the latest builds
I'm on 5353 which is really stable - so much so I've moved to it for my production system. Having said that the official advice remains "this is a test build and therefore shouldn't be relied upon in production". I like living on "the bleading edge of technology" so I'll take my chances. Doug cites...
12 May 2006
Congratulations to the Vista Squad
Last night's inaugural (don't ask me to spell that again!) Vista Squad User Group meeting was very sucessful. Around twenty technical enthusiasts gathered at the Microsoft Campus in Reading. I was particularly interested that the membership (approximately 40 people & it's only been going for a couple...
29 Mar 2007
How does PatchGuard protect with Windows Kernel from Malware?
There's been a great deal of discussion about exactly what the Kernel protection feature named "PatchGuard" can do and how it fits with third party software. Jeff Jones has published an excellent technical post that goes into detail on this very subject. I found his post interesting due to the comprehensive...
1 Sep 2006
What is the best security feature of Windows Server 2008?
There are plenty to choose from including the following: Read Only Domain Controller BitLocker on the server Active Directory Rights Management Active Directory Certificate Services Integrated firewall with IPSec task based interface Architectural improvements Increased scope...
26 Mar 2008
How can I get hold of Windows Vista Beta software? How much is TechNet Plus?
Following my post about recent builds of Windows Vista I received a comment from hir8er pertaining to frustration about the cost or difficulty of getting hold of the Beta software. This is the only blog post I've written over the last couple of years where I mention the price of anything or "push...
12 May 2006
How to project or use an external monitor from Windows Vista whilst running Aero Glass
I'm still struggling with this one. If you know of a reliable way to project or use an external monitor from Windows Vista Beta 2 with Aero Glass then please hit the comment button. I realise that most of you probably haven't had time / access to the software yet to get any where near being able to...
26 May 2006
Which business critical "off the shelf" software won't work on Windows Vista?
Please share by hitting the "Comment" button (or email me with the subject "These Apps don't work on Vista") which applications are critical to your business and yet don't work on Windows Vista. By compiling a list of applications and vendors then I can approach each and see how we may be able to help...
5 Apr 2007
How to make the most of the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK)
Thanks to James Senior for posting about the location of the recently released WAIK documentation . There's a wealth of free (no additional charge once you have a Windows license) tools in there including the Guided Help authoring tool ACWStudio2.exe and a huge range of deployment tools that work with...
29 Mar 2007
How well does the Apple Mac Air run Vista?
Pretty well I should think. If you've tried it or can recommenda good article then please don't be shy and hit the "comment" button!
15 Feb 2008
How can Public Key Infrastructure technologies improve your information security posture?
There’s a really good (free) TechNet webcast coming up on the 17th September which will be a great resource for those of you who’d like to learn how to take advantage of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in your organisation. The full details of the event are as follows “To register simply click on this...
16 Sep 2008
How to restore the display on Windows Vista following hibernation
OK so there is a minor practical problem with Windows Vista in it's current Beta form - if you suspend or hibernate your system the display doesn't come back up (on my machine anyway). Thanks to James for sharing with me the tip to get it to come back on - it's weird but strangely it works every time...
26 May 2006
How will Vista stop malicious code from compromising the Administrator account?
There are a range of new features and architectual changes in Windows Vista (and Server 2008) that help reduce the risk of using excessive privilege though you're still better off logging in as a non-privileged user where possible. If you log in as an adminstrator privileged account then you run the...
31 Jul 2007
Windows Vista's Patch Guard / Kernel Protection feature will only ship with 64 bit versions of Windows Vista
There's been a great deal of speculation and debate in the Press and online regarding Windows Vista (and Server 2003)'s Patch Guard feature. The name's a little misleading as many people associate the word "patch" purely with legitimate software updates whereas this feature is to prevent unauthorised...
28 Sep 2006
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