October 2006 - Posts

ARMY OF DARKNESS Movie Adaption Coming to Stores
31 October 06 03:52 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

This Army of Darkness TPB presents the complete adaptation of the Army of Darkness feature film! Featuring 88 pages of non-stop Ash action, and release in conjunction with the launch of the new AOD comic book series, this TPB is a must-have for your reading collection! Also features an interview with Bruce Campbell.

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Ash vs. Marvel Zombies
31 October 06 03:52 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Marvel Zombies Vs. The Army of Darkness is a five-issue crossover limited series (packaged by Dynamite, solicited by Marvel), co-published by Dynamite Entertainment/Marvel Comics and Marvel ’s first multi-part inter-company crossover since 2003’s JLA/Avengers. It debuts in March. 

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Stephen Wynkoop's Weekly SQL Server WebShow Gig
31 October 06 03:35 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Never to forget our roots.  Stephen Wynkoop is now hosting a weekly Internet show at SSWUG.org called SelectViews.  Take a look at this week’s episode:


Each week, the new episode is open to everyone.  No registration or membership is required, so bookmark it and check back frequently.  SelectViews is a video podcast/program typically released weekly (Fridays).

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Wyse and Altiris in the news together
31 October 06 03:02 PM | rodtrent | 1 comment(s)
Wyse Integrates With Altiris Software to Expand Options for Managing Thin Computing Environments in the Enterprise
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Microsoft responds: Information on New Address Bar Issue
31 October 06 11:38 AM | rodtrent | 1 comment(s)

This is Christopher Budd.  We’ve gotten some questions from customers about a new public claim of a spoofing vulnerability affecting IE 7. Because Microsoft had previously determined that this actually isn’t a security vulnerability, there has been some confusion over these new reports.  So, I wanted to take a moment and explain what’s going on here to help people understand the issue.

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Religent's SMS 2003 Mobility Pack
31 October 06 10:31 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

Many enterprises are utilizing Microsoft's SMS 2003 for maintaining laptop images and distributing software patches and updates. While a very robust platform, SMS has some limitations when used with intermittently connected devices. By using all the latest features of .NET and the SMS API Suite, the SMS Mobility Pack provides additional components and methods to better manage these mobile devices.


  Process Automation

  Bi-Directional File Transfer

  Directory Synchronization

  Connection Management

  Maintaining Connections for Critical Updates

  Session Reporting

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The Rapid Deployment Program for SCCM 07 nomination process
31 October 06 07:11 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

What is System Center Configuration Manager 07?


Microsoft is currently building the next version of Systems Management Server, named System Center Configuration Manager 2007.  Configuration Manager 2007 builds on the success of Systems Management Server 2003, enhancing and extending it in the areas of operating system deployment, security, simplicity, and desired configuration monitoring. Configuration Manager will provide the absolute best deployment experience for Vista and Office 07 so customers looking to deploy Vista and Office should be excellent candidates for the Rapid Deployment Program. 

The System Center Configuration Manager Customer team is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for participation in our Rapid Deployment Program.


What is the Microsoft Rapid Deployment Program (RDP)


The Microsoft RDP program is designed to provide our customers with access to pre-release code.  The customers enrolled in the SCCM 07 RDP program will be deploying the pre-release versions of System Center Configuration Manager 2007.


Program Benefits:


·         Participants will be able to a head start in the deployment of Microsoft’s next generation configuration management software.  When deploying into production they can taking advantage of new and enhanced features available in System Center Configuration Manager 2007.

·         Regularly scheduled conference calls with a member of the SCCM Team and other participating customers. Discussions will include deployment planning, feedback, and presentations from members of the Product Group, and other customer driven topics.

·         Production certified pre-release builds of the product.

·         Program participants will have access to connect.microsoft.com.  Connect provides the following program capabilities for our participants:

1.       Access to Newsgroups for the program

2.       Feedback  (Bug and Design Change Request)

3.       Downloads (Product Milestone Build Releases, Livemeeting Presentations, Tools)

4.       General Configuration Manager news and update information from the product team


·         Support and deployment guidance from the System Center Configuration Manager Product Group.

·         24x7 support for production deployment issues.

·         Customers will receive one week of MCS consulting free after purchasing one week.


Program Requirements:


·         Prior to program participation, have a signed TAP Agreement (sample attached), Signed Supplemental EULA for SCCM 07 (attached) and agree to the System Center Configuration Manager 07 RDP Program description (attached) on file with Microsoft.

·         Commit to providing resources for the duration of the program.

·         Deploy System Center Configuration Manager 07 Beta 2 into a lab environment within 14 days of beta 2 release

·         Upgrade server and have managed clients at the RC milestone release + 14 days of availability.

·         Deploy System Center Configuration Manager to 5000 or more computers by RC milestone release + 30 days

·         Upgrade to the RTM version of System Center Configuration Manager 07 within 30 days of RTM availability.

·         Must be able to participate in public relations activities as identified in the TAP agreement and the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 RDP Program description.

·         Have a Microsoft Premier Support contract which includes at least 1/8 Microsoft Technical Account Manager resource.

·         Participants will need to have a pre-existing SMS 2003 SP2\SP3 production hierarchy

·         SMS 2003 site servers must be running SQL Server 2005 RTM\SP1 and Windows Server 2003 SP1\R2

·         Account teams lead nomination process



Participant Selection:


Priority will be given to those who validate functionality in production for the following requirements:


·         Participate in public relations activities with Microsoft

·         Deploy SCCM 07 RC to 5000 production clients before RTM

·         Commit to using at least 3 major features sets of SCCM 07:

1.       Operating System Deployment

2.       Internet Based Clients \ Native Mode Security

3.       Software Update Management

4.       Network Access Protection

5.       Desired Configuration Monitoring

6.       Branch Office Distribution

·         Manage Windows Vista RTM production clients



Program Timetable (all dates are estimates and subject to change)


Month of early October

Initial Nomination period

Submission of Nomination Surveys by or on behalf of interested customers.

By November 10th


Customers selected for the program are notified and given information regarding initial participation. 

By late-November

Legal Agreements signed

If organization does not have a TAP Agreement with Microsoft, a signed TAP Agreement must be returned.  Additionally, a signed Supplemental License must be on file at Microsoft and the Program Description must be returned acknowledge by the organization.

Q1 2007


Deployment in lab environment.  Committed number of client agents deployed within 14 days of Beta2 availability.

H1 2007


Deployment in production environment.  Committed number of client agents deployed within 30 days of RC availability. Product validation and feedback submitted.

H1 + 30 days

Release to Manufacturing

Upgrade to RTM build and enterprise-wide deployment.


How to Submit a Nomination


Nominations will be accepted now until Nov 10th.  Microsoft will contact prospective TAP customers by November 24th


Contact your Technical Account Manager and request enrollment into this program.  Your Technical Account Manager should have you complete a nomination survey. 


Have a Question?


If you have any questions concerning this email or the nomination process please send an email to smscust@microsoft.com.



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The System Center Essentials Wiki
31 October 06 07:05 AM | rodtrent | 1 comment(s)

There’s already some good information in this Wiki, but feel free to add Log In and add your own:


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ScriptLogic Corporation Strengthens Desktop Authority Product Suite with Solution for Desktop and Server Provisioning and an Enhanced Application Management Tool
30 October 06 05:41 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

ScriptLogic Corporation Strengthens Desktop Authority Product Suite with Solution for Desktop and Server Provisioning and an Enhanced Application Management Tool


Company Offers Complete Desktop Lifecycle Management with Desktop Authority Image Center at Onset of Lifecycle and Desktop Authority MSI Studio to Package Software for Easy Distribution 


Boca Raton, FL - October 30, 2006 - ScriptLogic® Corporation (www.scriptlogic.com), a leader in network administration software for Microsoft® Windows®-based networks, today delivered on its promise to release complimentary solutions into its Desktop Authority product family, covering the desktop lifecycle management from PC birth to decommission. ScriptLogic introduced Desktop Authority Image Center, a new solution for centralized desktop and server provisioning. The company also announced the availability of Desktop Authority MSI Studio 3.5 and Desktop Authority MSI Studio Pro 3.5, featuring enhancements for pain-free application installs on desktops across the enterprise.


Desktop Authority Image Center helps enterprises reduce the time associated with the initial deployment and configuration of desktops and servers by centralizing the capture, customization and deployment of hard disk images. Desktop Authority Image Center enables rapid deployment of desktops with the standard operating system, patches, service packs and applications as defined by IT policy.


Desktop Authority MSI Studio reduces the cost of application ownership and software distribution by simplifying the creation, modification and deployment of application installers. Its comprehensive toolset empowers administrators to develop, enhance and test Windows Installer (MSI) packages for seamless software distribution on all network desktops. The Pro version introduces extra features to identify application deployment problems before they happen.


According to industry research firm Gartner, organizations considering computer purchases in 2006 or 2007 should plan on a four-year (48 month) refresh strategy, with the option of extending to five years if business needs/requirements allow. Gartner's recommendation for notebooks remains at three years (36 months).[1]


When replaced, these machines need to be replaced or re-imaged, meaning that all the software running on the machine is wiped and re-installed, giving the computer a new life. Desktop Authority Image Center addresses IT administrators' need for a centralized imaging solution that pushes the operating system and a set of applications to a workstation, the first step in computer lifecycle management. Using Desktop Authority and Desktop Authority MSI Studio, IT administrators can then easily deploy applications, desktop configurations and user preferences, creating a uniform environment and allowing an end user to be instantly productive.


"By staying in close contact with our customers and resellers, we've seen a shift toward vendor consolidation - enterprises want software solutions from a vendor that address all phases of the desktop lifecycle," said Andrew Langsam, COO at ScriptLogic. "Recognizing this trend, ScriptLogic now offers Desktop Authority Image Center to enable desktop provisioning, the first step in comprehensive PC lifecycle management. In conjunction with the rest of the Desktop Authority product family, ScriptLogic now offers solutions which manage the entire life of a Windows desktop computer."


Through an intuitive console, Desktop Authority Image Center answers the needs of IT administrators challenged with centrally provisioning and re-provisioning desktops and servers. It offers multiple common methods of image deployment, including bootable media, a Pre-boot Execution Environment and support for alternate Hardware Abstraction Layers and storage drivers. Desktop Authority Image Center makes optimal use of network resources with unicast or multicast communication (allowing more than one machine to be imaged at once), bandwidth control, and the ability to place image deployment servers at suitable points on the network.


Desktop Authority MSI Studio gives IT administrators the ability to take complex installs, which normally require extensive administrator or user intervention and scripting, and generate an automated, unattended installation. In addition, ScriptLogic will offer Desktop Authority MSI Studio Pro, an enhanced version, which adds two significant new capabilities:


·         Zero-Touch Testing - reduce failed deployments by simulating MSI package creation and installation before releasing it throughout the organization.


·         Conflict Detection and Resolution - realize potential package conflicts when compared to other installed packages. This allows problems to be corrected before releasing the package.


"At First Southwest Company, it's important for users within certain groups to have access to uniform workstations - each with the same software and configurations - as this makes it easier to service them and keep them up to date. Using Desktop Authority Image Center in conjunction with Desktop Authority, the IT department has the ability to quickly deploy a usable OS and standard environment so the user is instantly productive," said Brian Davis, IT Support Services Supervisor. "Since IT administrators are tasked with so many daily activities, tools provided by trusted vendors like ScriptLogic have become essential for desktop configuration and daily network management."  


ScriptLogic provides enterprises with the essential tools to manage desktops and servers on networks of all sizes and is the first desktop management vendor to offer solutions which not only cover the desktop lifecycle at a high-level, but also give unlimited flexibility and granular control in day-to-day management of the individual user's Windows environment.


ScriptLogic recently released Desktop Authority 7.5 - see release: "New Features in ScriptLogic Corporation's Desktop Authority 7.5 Provide Complete Management of the Windows Desktop Lifecycle," September 18, 2006.  It works together with Desktop Authority Image Center and Desktop Authority MSI Studio to deliver a complete desktop management solution.


Pricing and Availability


Desktop Authority Image Center and Desktop Authority MSI Studio 3.5 are both available immediately. A free 30-day evaluation of the products and all software solutions from ScriptLogic is available at www.scriptlogic.com.


Desktop Authority Image Center is priced by the number of computers that will be imaged and have images deployed to them, including a year of technical support and maintenance. The product will be bundled with ScriptLogic's Service Explorer. Desktop Authority MSI Studio is priced at $399 and Desktop Authority MSI Studio Pro at $799. Volume discounts are available through ScriptLogic's global network of reseller partners.


About ScriptLogic


ScriptLogic Corporation is a worldwide leader in network administration software for Microsoft Windows-based networks. ScriptLogic's award-winning suite of desktop, server, and Active Directory management products help empower network administrators to proactively save time, increase security, and maintain regulatory compliance. More than 18,000 customers use ScriptLogic solutions to manage approximately 4.5 million desktops and 100,000 servers. ScriptLogic solutions benefit any size network in any industry. ScriptLogic is a privately held company headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.  Reach ScriptLogic at (561) 886-2400 or on the Web at www.scriptlogic.com.

Windows Media Player 11 installed and ready...
30 October 06 04:02 PM | rodtrent | with no comments
OK – now what?  Everything seems to work.  Dang, I guess I’ll have to jump out to the new Windows Media 11 home page to figure out what’s new…
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Great response by Rich Bentley...
30 October 06 03:28 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

I wanted to highlight a response from Rich Bentley, after I posted a link to an article he commented in recently.

Here’s the original post:  Remember our buddy Rich Bentley?

Rich responded to the post itself, but I thought I’d highlight it here, too, for convenience:


I’m glad you posted this as it gives me the opportunity to provide a bit of context around this for your readers.  When I first saw this article I was surprised at how negative it appeared – apparently I was aggressively bashing not only Microsoft, but all of the industry analysts as well.  That certainly wasn’t my intention, and I believe my remarks were misconstrued and definitely are not representative of my true opinions on the topic of Vista.

This article was a result of a presentation I did at the Altiris ManageFusion conference in Vienna.  There were several members of the press from various publications in attendance.  In the first few minutes of my talk I attempted to provide an overview of the market and to show some industry analyst data, with the intent being to present a measured, conservative view of the market.  Unfortunately, the article focused only on this first part of the presentation, and not what I considered to be the main themes, which included the importance of planning, best practices for migration, our product strategy, and the importance of the Vista deployment market to Altiris in 2007 and beyond.

I see Vista migration as a significant opportunity for Altiris.  Although we have some customers that will wait, we have many others that are planning to deploy it company-wide very soon after release.  I spoke with many of these customers at both our European and U.S. ManageFusion conferences, and they obviously see tangible benefits in migrating.

Over the past several months, Altiris has been putting significant effort into product development to ensure that we’re ready to deploy and manage Vista as soon as possible after it is released.  Vista migration will be the focus of a major marketing campaign for Altiris in 2007. Vista was one of the primary topics of our opening keynote at ManageFusion.  We are sponsoring an eBook, The Definitive Guide to Vista Migration, with the first chapter coming soon.  We have created a Vista resource center (www.easyvistamigration.com) which will include best practices, white papers, Web-casts and more to help customers prepare for their migration.  And we are embarking next week on a six city road show to talk about Vista deployment and migration best practices.  These are clearly not the actions of a company that is pessimistic about Vista adoption.

Hopefully this helps to clarify my views on Vista adoption. Going forward, I plan to be more cautious not to make remarks that could be easily misinterpreted, and to leave the market predictions to the analysts.


Rich Bentley

Windows Media Player 11 downloaded...getting ready to install
30 October 06 03:24 PM | rodtrent | with no comments
Wish me luck…
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Sysinternals to Microsoft migration plan
30 October 06 03:20 PM | rodtrent | 1 comment(s)

It’s started.  The entire Sysinternals site has been flagged to be migrated into various areas of the Microsoft domain.  Find out where each component will end up:

Sysinternals Site Migration

Original Sysinternals Site

Microsoft Service

Mark’s Blog

TechNet Blog - Mark

Yahoo Groups Newsletter

TechNet Blog – Sysinternals

Web Site

TechNet TechCenter


Microsoft.Com Downloads


TechNet Forum

Source Code

Not being migrated.

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Windows Media Player 11 Releases
30 October 06 03:13 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Windows Media Player 11 offers great new ways to store and enjoy all of your digital media. It's easier than ever to access all of your music, video, pictures, and recorded TV on your computer. Play it, view it, organize it, and sync it to a portable device for enjoying on the go, or share with devices around your home - all from one place. Windows Media Player 11 is designed to work with all versions of Windows XP with Service Pack 2, including Windows XP Home Edition N and Windows XP Professional N.


Windows Media Player 11 Home Page

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First Firefox 2.0 Vuln reported
30 October 06 03:10 PM | rodtrent | 1 comment(s)

A newly discovered vulnerability, which the CTO of security services firm Secunia described this morning as affecting Internet Explorer 7.0, can also affect not only IE6 but Firefox versions 1.5 and 2.0, as observed by BetaNews in our own tests.

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