Author: AFinn

Microsoft Forefront Client Security

Back in 2003, Microsoft unoffically notified the world of their intention to venture into the world of anti-virus and anti-malware solutions by buying out Romania-based antivirus firm GeCad.  The world waited but nothing happened.  Then Microsoft bough Giant, an anti-spyware provider.  We waited and then got a limited functionality product called Defender that has been in…

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Best of MMS TechNet Roadshow – Dublin

Microsoft TechNet Ireland has just started advertising a free day of briefings on some of the new System Center products including those available now and those that are coming next year.  It will basically consist of some of a main sessions from the MMS conference that was held earlier this year in the U.S. This…

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WinRE – Windows Recovery Environment

A new team blog has been launched by Microsoft.  WinRE is a derivative of WinPE and is intended as a replacement for the Recovery Console.  We’ll see it "live" for the first time with Windows Vista.  MS says: "WinRE provides two main functionalities: Automatic diagnosis and repair of boot problems using a tool called Startup Repair.…

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TechNet Webcasts

Microsoft TechNet Ireland has put a post on their blog detailing MS’s upcoming webcast calender.  Subjects to watch out for are Windows Server 2003 R2, Desktop Deployment, Exchange 2007, Windows Vista, Antigen and ISA 2006. Please follow and like us:

Virgin Bans “Exploding” Laptops

ENN is reporting that  Virgin Airlines is taking steps to ban the inflight use of most Dell and Apple laptops after the recent spate of exploding batteries that was followed by a recall.  Quantas and Korean Air have already done this.  Virgin is allowing up to 2 individually wrapped batteries to be carried but they…

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Windows Vista Security Guide

Windows Vista is coming.  You can live in denial all you want but change is on the way.  Vista features lots of changes: h/w requirements, user interface, deployment, but most of all, the biggest changes seem to be in the security features and functionality. My gut is telling me that most organisations will be slow to…

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MOM 2005 Management Pack for ISA

A new (version 2.0) management pack for ISA 2000/2004/2006 is avaiable for download.  Microsoft’s comments are: "The ISA Server Management Pack monitors ISA Server events and alerts for all ISA Server versions (2000, 2004 and 2006). With detailed alert information you can quickly identify and troubleshoot ISA Server issues, minimizing time-to-resolution when problems occur. Collect and…

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PubForum Amsterdam

If you are into or working with Microsoft Terminal Services or any of the Server Based Computing (SBC aka "thin client") solutions out there, I’d highly recommend that you attend PubFourm Amsterdam, starting on 2/11/2006.  The name correctly suggests that the the social side of things is good fun (don’t try to keep up with those…

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Windows Time And The W32TM Service

Nathan Winters, a MS infrastructure pro, has an article on the TechNet blogs site that goes into great detail on how time works and is synchronised in a Microsoft Active Directory network.  It’s a good read and goes into all sorts of detail.  I doubt you’ll have any questions after reading it. Windows Time is critical…

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