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Preview: Windows Week in Review

Windows Week in Review

A podcast

Published: Fri, 14 Nov 2008 15:15:26 +0000

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Microsoft to release new Service Manager and issues fixes for Patch Tuesday

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 14:52:53 +0000

This week Microsoft revealed more details about its upcoming System Center Service Manager, the company’s long-awaited service desk product. Hear when the newly designed beta is scheduled to be released and get info on October’s fixes and which applications were affected. Highlights: (0:26) Service Manager info (1:57) Patch Tuesday details… (4:04) Microsoft launches Windows Essential Business Server (5:35) Info on [...]

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Getting your Microsoft SharePoint deployment up and running

Wed, 12 Nov 2008 16:20:04 +0000

So you have SharePoint deployed in your enterprise — now what? This tipcast offers some pointers on what the best deployment strategy for your SharePoint installation is, and reviews the biggest pitfalls to avoid when getting SharePoint up and running. Other Microsoft SharePoint Resources: Does your SQL Server database improve SharePoint performance? Rookie mistakes to avoid during the [...]

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Microsoft hosts TechEd 2008 Europe, separately releases emergency bulletin fix

Fri, 07 Nov 2008 16:29:49 +0000

TechEd 2008 Europe was held in Barcelona this week, at which Microsoft announced a Terminal Services tweak and offered more info on Windows 7 and its AD Services Connector tool. Hear what IT pros and experts are saying about these new releases and other products Microsoft has in the works. Plus find out why Microsoft [...]

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Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Azure take center stage at PDC 2008

Fri, 31 Oct 2008 13:23:09 +0000

Microsoft held its Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles this week, and kept attendees at the edge of their seats with talk of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and its new Azure Services Platform. Hear what features will be included in the new OSes and what experts are saying about the company’s cloud computing [...]

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Microsoft issues emergency patch, gears up for VMM 2008 and SQL Server 2005 SP3

Fri, 24 Oct 2008 15:53:25 +0000

On Thursday, the company released an out-of-cycle patch to repair a critical vulnerability that leaves Windows systems open to attack. Learn which systems are affected and defensive measures to protect against it. Also hear what the company is saying about its upcoming releases of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and SQL Server 2005 SP3. [...]

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Microsoft releases 11 fixes for Patch Tuesday, demos OCS 2007 R2

Fri, 17 Oct 2008 14:02:54 +0000

In this month’s Patch Tuesday cycle, Microsoft dished out 11 security patches to fix 20 flaws. Get info on these fixes and find out what applications were affected. Also, hear the details on Microsoft’s latest product, Office Communications Server 2007 R2. Highlights: (0:33) Patch Tuesday details (2:51) Info on OCS 2007 R2 (4:49) Why Microsoft is stickin with Windows [...]

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Fri, 10 Oct 2008 15:11:01 +0000

Community site has a free Windows Installer repackaging tool that helps streamline the application installation process. Also, hear about the critical patches Microsoft plans to deliver this month. Highlights: (0:30) Free Windows Installer repackaging tool released (1:37) Select Plus licensing program causing confusion (3:32) What next version of SQL Server will feature (5:15) Microsoft Patch Tuesday preview Other recent news: Top [...]

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Process Monitor 2.0 now available for Windows admins

Fri, 03 Oct 2008 14:30:54 +0000

Microsoft this week released Process Monitor 2.0, the newest version of the popular administration tool. Also, hear about Microsoft’s release of its free version of Hyper-V, the state of virtualization and cloud computing and the pros and cons of concurrent licensing. Highlights: (0:29) Process Monitor 2.0 released (1:40) Free version of Microsoft’s Hyper-V released (3:00) VMware cofounder discusses virtualization [...]

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Early look at Windows 7 coming at PDC

Fri, 26 Sep 2008 14:41:50 +0000

Rumors about what Windows 7 is (and what it isn’t) have been circulating for months, but attendees at the Professional Developer’s Conference in October will get a sneak peek at Microsoft’s yet-to-be released operating system. Also, learn about the release of Windows HPC Server 2008 and the SDL Pro Network. Highlights: (0:31) Pre-beta Windows 7 to be [...]

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VMworld 2008 puts focus on ‘cloud computing’

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 15:17:11 +0000

VMworld 2008 was held in Las Vegas this week, and this year ‘cloud computing’ took center stage. Hear what attendees and presenters alike had to say about this new concept, plus info on Microsoft rival VMware’s new product line-up. Also, learn which Microsoft product was released to manufacturing this week. Highlights: (0:21) Cloud computing concept takes [...]

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Microsoft SharePoint planning and deployment best practices

Thu, 18 Sep 2008 13:46:23 +0000

As Microsoft SharePoint grows in popularity, Windows managers should have the right tools, technologies and knowledge in place to ensure a successful deployment. This Q&A with Mike Watson, technical architect for Microsoft SharePoint Server, offers some helpful tips for Windows managers who are ready to deploy this collaboration platform or add more sites. [...]

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Microsoft demos Live Migration, offers free hypervisor

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 15:21:57 +0000

The company that once downplayed the need for live migration recently announced that the feature will be included in its next release of Windows Server 2008. Hear what Microsoft said about the feature and get info on the company’s latest move to offer up free hypervisor technology. Plus, Patch Tuesday came and went this week, [...]

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Has Internet Explorer met its match?

Fri, 05 Sep 2008 14:26:31 +0000

Microsoft’s Web browser has a new competitor, Google Inc.’s Chrome. Hear whether experts believe Chrome will affect the dynamic between Microsoft vs. Google, plus info on Microsoft’s latest products to hit the RTM milestone. Highlights: (0:35) IE meet Chrome (2:17) Microsoft fine-tunes desktop virtualization plans (4:26) How DAS helps cut Exchange Costs (6:10) New privilege elevation attack is making the [...]

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Microsoft drops restrictions to virtual licensing

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 14:43:56 +0000

For many who want to experience the promise of a dynamic data center, there is one less roadblock — Microsoft plans to make changes to its virtual licensing structure on September 1. In this podcast, hear why the company decided to lift its current licensing restrictions, plus info on Windows 7 release schedule. Highlights: (0:32) Virtual licensing [...]

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Microsoft produces several critical updates for Patch Tuesday

Fri, 15 Aug 2008 13:56:19 +0000

Patch Tuesday came and went this week leaving IT pros with a bevy of security updates to deal with. In this podcast, get the details on all of these fixes and find out what Microsoft applications were affected. Also, hear the latest on Microsoft’s rumored plan to reveal new licensing policies for virtual machines. Highlights: (0:33) [...]

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SQL Server 2008 makes its official debut

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 14:53:43 +0000

Months after its “launch” at a February Microsoft marketing event, SQL Server 2008 was finally released to manufacturing this week. In this podcast learn about some of the database software’s new features, plus details on Microsoft’s plan to revamp its patching, exploitability index. Highlights: (0:33) SQL Server 2008 debuts (3:10) Microsoft revamps patching, exploit index (4:33) VMware offers [...]

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Microsoft setting stage to bid adieu to Windows?

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 16:12:22 +0000

Could there be life after Windows for Microsoft? Seems like the company is preparing for this scenario, as this week rumors of a new OS design started to churn. In this podcast, learn more about Microsoft’s plans for their new operating system, plus info on IT services spending forecast. Highlights: (0:33) A closer look at Midori (2:19) [...]

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Dangerous DNS flaw surfaces, Microsoft exec parts ways with Redmond

Fri, 25 Jul 2008 13:45:01 +0000

There’s no doubt that Microsoft is feeling the heat during these dog days of summer. This week, the software vendor found itself dealing with a dangerous DNS flaw and a shake-up at the executive level. In this podcast, learn why IT pros are calling this flaw a very serious situation, plus info on the future [...]

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Microsoft releases infrastructure updates for server products

Fri, 18 Jul 2008 16:13:14 +0000

Thought you could rest easy this summer? Think again. This week, Microsoft released a series of updates and fixes that address its line of server products. So before you check out for vacation, check in with Windows in Week in Review. In this podcast, learn if these infrastructure updates apply for you, plus info on [...]

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Microsoft puts the heat on VMware

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 14:12:46 +0000

Feeling the squeeze from Microsoft, virtualization rival VMware’s board of directors shook things up by replacing its president and CEO with a former Microsoft executive. In this week’s podcast, hear what experts are saying about this move, plus details on two new Microsoft software services offerings. Other recent news: Microsoft adds two security features to IE8 Microsoft seeks [...]

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At long last, Hyper-V hits the streets

Fri, 27 Jun 2008 15:26:12 +0000

Microsoft made their presence felt in the virtualization game with the release of Hyper-V this week. In this podcast, get the latest on Hyper-V’s features, as well as what experts are saying about the virtualization technology. Also, hear what Microsoft has to say about future migrations from Windows Vista to Windows 7, plus what’s being [...]

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News from BriForum 2008

Fri, 20 Jun 2008 15:50:00 +0000

The sixth annual BriForum conference was held in Chicago this week. In this podcast, hear what IT pros are saying about virtual desktop infrastructure technology, and which vendors are leading the pack. Also, learn how IT managers feel about social networking and collaboration tools in the enterprise. Highlights: (0:33) Is VDI ready for primetime (2:33) How desktop virtualization [...]

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News from Microsoft TechEd 2008

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 19:34:23 +0000

Microsoft held its annual TechEd conference for IT professionals in Orlando this week. Hear which topics were hot this year, as well as tips for planning a SharePoint deployment from Microsoft technical architect Mike Watson. Highlights: (0:45) Senior News Director Margie Semilof calls in to discuss TechEd keynote, new product announcements (3:07) SharePoint deployment best practices (5:32) Microsoft [...]

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Microsoft tests new Sysinternals Web-based file service

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 14:26:00 +0000

This week, Microsoft revealed that it is testing a new service that allows admins to access its free Sysinternals diagnostic tools. Hear how IT pros are reacting to the news, as well as a preview of next week’s Patch Tuesday releases. Highlights: (0:29) Sysinternals Live details (2:05) Hosted Exchange Server adoption infiltrates enterprise (5:04) Consolidated Windows server offerings for [...]

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Windows 7 rumors quelled, details revealed

Fri, 30 May 2008 15:40:56 +0000

This week, Microsoft clarified some of what customers can expect from its next desktop OS, Windows 7. Hear about the new features and why the company is hesitant to provide too much detail. Also, learn what Microsoft executives said when asked about the Windows 7 shipping date. Highlights: (0:34) Microsoft clarifies Windows 7 info (1:56) IT managers react [...]

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