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  • Blog Post: Microsoft is Having a Big Patch Tuesday – Webcast Announced

    For October we are releasing 13 bulletins (eight critical and five important), addressing 34 vulnerabilities, affecting Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Silverlight, Forefront, Developer Tools, and SQL Server. Most of these updates require a restart so please factor that into your deployment planning...
  • Blog Post: PWC Says UK Executives Don’t Get Security

    Price Waterhouse Coopers has released their 2008 Global State of Information Security Study titled “safeguarding the new currency of business.”  The report called out the UK and the neighbour across the channel, France, for failing to make meaningful progress in the areas of compliance testing,...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Cuts Cord to Internet Explorer

    Windows 7 Engineering today confirmed that that Windows 7 will allows users and IT Pros the ability to disable or turn-off IE8.  Although IE will on by default, administrators who want to standardized on a different browser will be able to turn off the IE components.  Read the Engineering 7...
  • Blog Post: Do You Deploy Windows with Floppy Disks?

    Of course not, if you do, you're dumb.  Please unsubscribe from my RSS feed now please.  During a late night after-party recap, me and James started talking about cool stuff *deployment? Where's Kanye? *  that people should do but don't, stuff that is really practical to IT Pros and partners...
  • Blog Post: Orange Broadband Router SE572 Fix – Block UDP 500

    I just got a Orange Broadband since they have a deal for Microsoft UK employees.  They conveniently provide a wireless b/g router from Seimens, unfortunately its not the most high-performance access point on the market.  For the last few days I’ve been scouring the internet on forums for a...
  • Blog Post: How To: Open All Office Applications in 0.5 Seconds!

    Did you ever wish you could defrag your workstation in 3 seconds?  Have you ever accidentally opened ALL the applications in your start menu *not really* ?  What about jump up and down with 24 running hard drives in your hand?  The boys at Samsung have and they have a pretty amazing story...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: Deploying SharePoint

    One of the greatest things that don't happen at most corporate IT departments is giving back to the community and communicating best practices. Microsoft is one of the few companies that invest heavily in IT R&D so that it is an active partner in solving the business's problems and is able to create...
  • Blog Post: Tips: ‘Group Policy Preferences’ are a Better Alternative to Logon Scripts

    One great new feature in Windows Server 2008 is a feature called Group Policy Preferences .  Unlike Policies , Preferences are not enforced.  Before this feature was introduced, IT administrators would have to often write a whole bunch of logon scripts or tediously build the settings into an...
  • Blog Post: Burton Group Responds to ODF Alliance's Critique

    This is what I call a healthy and civilized debate unlike much of the garbage and FUD being released by the blogosphere and press. If you aren't aware, Burton Group recently released a document outlining the business implications of ODF vs. OpenXML Although I agreed with the technical merits of the document...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Knowledge Base Upgraded to Become Soulless IT Troubleshooter

    Who needs people any way.  Of all the times I’ve had to deal with less than professional IT administrators who more closely resemble Nick Burns, company computer guy, than a well spoken service professional, it’s about time that IT troubleshooting has a level automation to it.  What I’m refering...
  • Blog Post: Documentum and FileNet Connectors for SharePoint Released

      The links went live on May 23rd: - Enterprise Search Indexing Connector 2008 for EMC Documentum - Enterprise Search Indexing Connector 2008 for IBM FileNet We also have tutorial videos set up – you can view them at: - ESIC2008 for DCTM tutorial : - ESIC2008 for FileNet tutorial :  ...
  • Blog Post: TechNet December WebCasts and Videos

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Virtualization Best Practices for SharePoint (Level 200) Wednesday, December 02, 2009 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time Vipul Shah, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation Tom Brauch, President, Fpweb.net - SharePoint Hosting Pioneer Steve Laux, Product Manager, Fpweb...
  • Blog Post: OneNote Changes Student Computing Paradigm at Pharmacy School

    Palm Beach Atlantic University students in the Pharmacy program have adopted tablet PCs and Microsoft OneNote as the standard for academic collaboration and courseware. One interesting item in the statement says, "Course content documents are available 48 hours before a lecture for students to...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 to “Nag” 29% Less than Vista

    Interesting article from ComputerWorld about UAC improvements and a reduction in prompts to the end-user by the operating system. “Among the changes Microsoft's made to UAC that will drive that decrease, Cooke cited several specific examples, then pointed to the new "slider bar" that will let...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Launches Office 2003 SP3

    OKAY....so maybe it's not so much of a launch as it is a quiet, understated announcement.  I'm sure everyone using 2003 will still want to download this service pack. "Microsoft® Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) represents a major evolution in security for Office 2003. It further hardens...
  • Blog Post: What’s New In SharePoint 2010

    There is a lot of noise in the SharePoint world post SharePoint Conference 2009 and PDC.  I’m getting hammered for requests regarding briefings and overviews of the product so I thought I should just make my slides available.  Check it out!   Share Point 2010 Product Overview BETA View...
  • Blog Post: Yellow Park interviews Microsoft Evangelist

    Chris Dalby of Yellow Park Tech Watch has put up a two part series with Eileen Brown , IT Pro Evangelist with Microsoft UK. They cover a lot of ground from the social aspects in technology to the latest scoop on OCS, TechED, and UC. Part 1 Part 2
  • Blog Post: Audit Your IT Environment with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 is Now Available! With Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 becoming available in the near future, the Solution Accelerators Team is offering customers and partners a head start on deployment planning with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit...
  • Blog Post: How To: Deploy Office Compatibility Pack with an MSI package

    KB 952273 The Office Compatibility Pack has been available for a long time as a free EXE download, but some IT administrators needed to deploy the pack centrally via MSI and AD.  The natural question for these people was, “where is the MSI download?” For one reason or another, an MSI download doesn...
  • Blog Post: Office Binary Formats Released to the Public under Open Specification Promise

    Finally what the open-source community has been asking from Microsoft has come to fruition, we've released the Office Binary Format in it's entirety and put it under our IRREVOCABLE, GPL-compatible, legally binding Open Specification Promise .  This is an honest gesture by Microsoft to the developer...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RC Tweaks Explorer Address Bar

    There has been a lot of press about the leaked Windows 7 RC.  For the most part, the press and bloggers have been extremely positive. One very minor but significant tweak that I’ve found useful as an IT Pro has been full path display in the address bar.  In Vista and Windows 7 Beta looked like...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's New Year is Gonna Bring a lot of Change

    Bink.nu has an extensive list of new software that Microsoft will be unleashing in the marketplace. It is amazing to be part of this company during a time where there has been just a dramatic change in product life-cycles. This is in stark contrast to the Microsoft of six years ago that was somewhat...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Gets Top Marks in SAML 2.0 Interoperability

    Microsoft security experts have never really been fans of SAML, a markup language, that is crucial to many e-government initiatives and SSO models.  The problem with SAML is that it is obese and almost no one had a full implementation of it until recently, yet it was always Microsoft that receive...
  • Blog Post: How To Upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 In-place

    There has been a lot of noise about the fact that Microsoft is not providing an in-place upgrade for Windows XP users to Windows 7.  This is ironic considering that during the Vista launch, I got laughed at every presentation for actually recommending an in-place upgrade to Vista.  No one believed...
  • Blog Post: Comprehensive OCS Resource Laundry List

    Arthur Pounder who has been posting for sometime now about LCS 2003 & 2005 has posted about OCS Licensing and provided a full reference library including the trial software and other reference material which can be found at : Microsoft Unified Communications User Group (UK) Careful, this post is...