December 2005 - Posts

Use SMS 2003 for Server Patch Management
29 December 05 05:20 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Server Security Patch Management at Microsoft

PUBLISHED February 2004. Detailed discussion on how the Microsoft IT group manages server security patching. Details on internal processes, tools, and Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 features are given.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=227ad5a5-676f-4f00-bc7a-3c7058f1f327&displaylang=en

Updated: Systems Management Server 2003: Deployment at Microsoft
29 December 05 05:19 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

PUBLISHED January 2004. Detailed discussion on how Microsoft IT deployed Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 to its desktop environment.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=48125f8c-63fb-4654-a76b-837671f0c7b2&displaylang=en

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Updated: Planning and Deploying Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003
29 December 05 05:18 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

PUBLISHED August 2003. Detailed discussion of how Microsoft IT partnered with the Office, Exchange, Windows and SharePoint product development teams to develop a testing and deployment strategy that delivered Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 to nearly 70,000 computers within the corporation.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a3ed80a2-99c8-423c-b8c8-6dad3b25b29b&displaylang=en

Updated: Systems Management Server 2003: How Microsoft Does Patch Management
29 December 05 05:17 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

PUBLISHED January 2004. Discussion on how Microsoft IT patches its desktop and server environment using SMS 2003.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=96f673e9-cd87-4827-acad-992084974041&displaylang=en

Updated: Systems Management Server 2003: Desktop Patch Management at Microsoft
29 December 05 05:17 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

PUBLISHED January 2004. Detailed discussion on how Microsoft IT uses SMS 2003 to manage the process of deploying critical security updates and critical Microsoft Office System software updates to desktop computers.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d2884730-fe19-44fd-a8fb-acd96b895f40&displaylang=en

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Looks like a great deal...
29 December 05 05:16 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

If this holds up, I may have a few iPods ready for selling.

http://myitforum.com/blog/rcrumbaker/archive/2005/12/29/17915.aspx

From the Rod Trent way-back machine...
29 December 05 05:12 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Microsoft prepares to unfurl management road map

http://searchwin2000.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid1_gci864464,00.html

Amazing how things can change in a couple years.

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Windows image flaw now 'extremely critical'
29 December 05 11:35 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

Users are being asked not to save, open or even preview any untrusted image files from e-mail, instant messages, folders or network shares in Internet Explorer after an exploit targeting Windows Metafile Format files spread yesterday on fully patched systems.

http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid14_gci1154914,00.html?track=NL-102&ad=537902

Great info — but shouldn’t we be teaching this anyway???  If you don’t trust an email sender, why open an image or attachment?  It makes no sense we have to continue to go through this type of situation.  Folks…this is about teaching both our corporate users and our home users that there is a certain ettiquette for using the Internet and it’s resources.  I’d love to not see articles like this ever again.  It’s up to all of us to make sure these articles don’t show up.  Let’s not give the media orgs of the world something to write about.

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Movies We Love: Evil Dead
28 December 05 11:06 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

Here’s a great take on the Evil Dead movies:

http://www.dose.ca/toronto/movies/story.html?s_id=pAf2r0bnxMPO9tiv6qO4Fi5NKHfohBGdtfBEFnFqFvXxtysI3GqdxQ%3D%3D

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Building on Ron's "Wow what a year!"
23 December 05 01:26 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

It’s that time of year that you start to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments.  Ron posted his list here:  http://myitforum.com/blog/rcrumbaker/archive/2005/12/22/17567.aspx

Well, it’s been a whirlwind of a year at the Trent household.  I appreciate everyone that belongs to this community and there are so many folks that have become good friends — either through MMS, phone calls, columnist articles, forum posts and emails.  It’s amazing to see this community grow every day.  But, not just grow technically — there are so many friendships that have blossomed over the years.  I want to personally thank Ron Crumbaker for being there when his expertise was needed.  I would also like to give special mention to the myITforum.com Advisory Council who have been great friends over the years and have helped lead this community to be the top community for Windows Management.  They are:  Ed Aldrich, April Cook, Michael Mott, Dana Daugherty, and Michael Schultz.  These folks have worked really hard to make sure this community thrives and grows in the way it was intended.  There is no other community like it.

A few personal things have happened this year, though, that I wanted to mention (in no particular order).

1. We rescued two cats from the Katrina disaster. (if anyone wants one let me know) This actually means we have 7 (yes, 7) cats.  They are beautiful Persian cats.

2. We bought a horse for our daughter.

3. My wife’s brother was married.

4. myITforum.com became incorporated.

5. myITforum.com, Inc. set out on it’s own (finally).

6. My wife and I went to Hawaii and renewed our wedding vows.

7. My wife’s sister and husband finally bought their own home.

8. We now have a DOG!  (and I’m not a dog person)

As always there are also sad things that happen during the year, but it’s this time of year we can just dwell on the happy things.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

BC wanted over Gary Coleman...
21 December 05 09:39 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

He has my vote.

http://www.canmag.com/news/4/3/2664

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From Open Source to Pay for Source...
19 December 05 11:50 AM | rodtrent | 2 comment(s)

Chris makes a great post here:  http://myitforum.com/blog/cmosby/archive/2005/12/19/17498.aspx

But, can you read between the lines?  Here’s the line that gets me in a tussle:

While the software is free, it is now managed by the Mozilla Corporation, a for-profit organization established in August.

This to me sounds like Firefox will eventually NOT be free.  Those folks that have been lulled into the Firefox camp, are going to have a huge wake-up call in the next few months.

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William Shatner has an official DVD Club!
17 December 05 04:18 PM | rodtrent | 2 comment(s)

Looking for the best Christmas gift ever for that super-Trekkie in your life? Filmjerk.com has all the sweet scoop on The Offcial William Shatner DVD Club. That's right, kids -- Captain James T. Kirk himself, picking out all the obscure sci-fi DVDs you never even knew you needed to see! The DVD club is one of those "DVD-a-month" type clubs, showcasing "the best sci-fi movies that didn't come to a theater near you". Filmjerk reports that while many of the movies might not be household names, folks who have seen them really like them.

http://www.cinematical.com/2005/12/17/william-shatner-has-an-official-dvd-club-woot/

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Extended Security Update Inventory Tool
14 December 05 10:57 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

The Extended Security Update Inventory Tool is used to detect security bulletins not covered by MBSA including MS04-028, February 2005 bulletins, and future security bulletins that are exceptions to MBSA.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=2c93da1d-48a0-4e5c-991f-87e08954f61b&displaylang=en

Comments are now working on the myITforum web blogs...!
13 December 05 10:45 PM | rodtrent | 4 comment(s)
Thanks to Ron Crumbaker for figuring it out!  Have at it folks!
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