December 2010 - Posts

It begins with an ending: BigFix will be aligning it's data privacy policy with that of IBM
21 December 10 03:30 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

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As you may be aware, BigFix was acquired recently by IBM.  The combination of BigFix's security and systems management software and IBM's IT service management technology will provide a comprehensive approach for managing your sophisticated IT environments.  BigFix's real-time visibility and control for globally distributed computing devices will complement IBM's existing smarter data center offerings and strengthen our ability to build security into the fabric of the enterprise.

As part of the recent acquisition and in preparation for our up-coming integration into IBM, we would like to inform you that BigFix will be aligning it's data privacy policy with that of IBM.  In order for you to continue receiving BigFix communications and/or information, as well as any subsequent IBM communications (other than transactional or relationship communications or information pertaining to commercial transactions that you have already entered into with us), we request that you validate your details and reconfirm your communication preferences.  You may choose to unsubscribe from this service at any time or in the future by simply using the unsubscribe link provided in the footer of any of our communications.

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We thank you for your continued interest in our products and services and look forward to continuing to be your business partner long into the future.

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Download details: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 4 RTM
18 December 10 02:09 PM | rodtrent | with no comments


Download Service Pack 4 for Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Download details: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 4 RTM

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Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard
16 December 10 06:28 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard lets customers track application and operating system deployments, security updates, the health status, and IT compliance with key regulations—with an easy to use, customizable Web interface. Because the Dashboard is built on Windows® SharePoint® Services, IT staff can access information without using the Configuration Manager console.

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AVICode myITforum Article Section Released
16 December 10 03:49 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Microsoft’s recent acquisition of AVICode is slowly coming to fruition, so it has become time to open a new section on specific to AVICode articles.

Direct to section:

Why AVICode on is the original, largest, and most active System Center community, providing support for Microsoft systems management products since 1999.  1999?  Yep.  We were supporting systems management long before even Microsoft was. Smile


For more information about AVICode and the Microsoft acquisition:

Dell Repository Manager 1.2 released - includes Client capabilities
16 December 10 03:13 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Dell Repository Manager 1.2 has been released and includes support for Client systems in addition to server systems.  Critical links can be found at the Dell TechCenter page below.  More information on use cases is on its way with a couple quick notes below.

Primary use would be for creating and localizing a repository for Dell Client System Update (DCSU).

It’s not a replacement to Dell System Updates Catalogs (SCUP).

It’s not a replacement for Driver CABs.

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App-V: Why it should be the most important tool in your virtualization tool belt
16 December 10 11:03 AM | rodtrent | with no comments


As discussed in previous posts, Microsoft’s Desktop Virtualization allows flexibility to deliver, test and manage the user settings, applications and your operating system, Windows 7, more easily. Today I’d like to further explore Application Virtualization, which is a key component to a complete desktop virtualization strategy. More specifically, I’ll review some of the business benefits customers are already experiencing today and how Microsoft partnerships can deliver added value.

App-V: Why it should be the most important tool in your virtualization tool belt

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Enhansoft SQL Server Reporting Service Reports Giveaway - Dec 2010
16 December 10 10:35 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

Each month we are going to give away a SSRS report. For this month we are going to make a suggestion, but for next month, we will use one or two of the suggestions that are posted by you!

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WordPress For Windows Phone
16 December 10 10:19 AM | rodtrent | with no comments


Earlier this week the new WordPress app for Windows Phone 7 hit the Marketplace providing an easy way to update your blog from the phone.

WordPress For Windows Phone

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Microsoft’s Datacenter Efficiency Strategy Brief
16 December 10 10:04 AM | rodtrent | with no comments


The Datacenter Efficiency Strategy Brief discussed Microsoft's approach to right-sizing datacenter infrastructure to improve efficiency

Download details: Datacenter Efficiency Strategy Brief

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Windows Phone 7 Guides for IT Professionals
15 December 10 03:05 PM | rodtrent | with no comments


The Windows Phone 7 Guides for IT Professionals is a series of articles intended to help you evaluate how to integrate and support Windows Phone 7 in your organization.

Download details: Windows Phone 7 Guides for IT Professionals

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IE hang after latest patches?
15 December 10 02:55 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

There are a few reports about Internet Explorer hanging after applying the latest patches.  Apparently, it has something to do with installed add-ons.  However, the following Microsoft Fix-it appears to resolve the issue.

Specops Software Announces Release of Specops Deploy 4.2
15 December 10 11:18 AM | rodtrent | with no comments
Proven software and OS deployment solution includes new ease-of-use features

Stockholm, Sweden – December 15, 2010 -- Specops Software, a global innovation leader in Group Policy and Windows PowerShell-based desktop and password management software, today announced the availability of its latest version of its flagship product, Specops Deploy.

The new version of Specops Deploy utilizes the latest release of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1, and also automates the front end of Windows Deployment Services. This allows an administrator to deploy a complete operating system, as well as other software, legacy files, patches and batch files all within one hour of downloading the Specops Deploy product. Specops Deploy 4.2 now offers:

  • Support for MDT 2010 Update 1
  • Updates to User State Migration Tool (USMT)
  • User interface enhancements
  • Logviewer – Easier to open and monitor log files

“With the latest enhancements, Specops Deploy greatly reduces the burden on IT departments by deploying software faster and simpler than ever before,” said Thorbjorn Sjovold, chief technology officer at Specops Software.

Specops Deploy uses existing infrastructure and requires no additional hardware investment. This gives Specops Deploy users the advantage of managing the efficient deployment of operating systems and applications in a stable, properly controlled environment.

Several customers including Saab, Volvo and Anderson School District 5 have chosen Specops Deploy for its high degree of automation, simple task management, rapid return on investment (ROI) and ease of integration with existing Microsoft platforms.

"The decision to go with Specops was certainly the right one for our school district," stated Ben Willis, senior network engineer, Anderson School District 5. "We are now able to easily update our network and deploy applications seamlessly to more than 15,000 users. This is exactly how software deployment should work."

As one of Sweden’s leading municipalities, Täby Kommun utilizes Specops Deploy for distribution of operating systems and applications to more than 2500 users.

“We evaluated several solutions and chose Specops Deploy because the product is both efficient and easy to implement,” said Jan Granvik, head of IT, Täby Kommun. “With the new Specops Deploy solution in place, we can re-install any computer in less than 30 minutes, either with our standard Windows XP platform or with our new Windows 7 platform. We are able to deploy all of our applications without the need to be physically on site. We couldn’t be happier.”

For more information on the future of deployment please visit:

To download Specops Deploy 4.2 or arrange an in-person demo, visit the Specops Deploy product page »

About Specops Software
Specops Software™,, is an international software vendor offering management products enhancing Active Directory, Group Policy and PowerShell-based technologies. The company was founded in 2001 and is privately held. More than 3000 clients of all sizes in 49 countries appreciate the innovation and simplicity associated with award-winning software from Specops Software.

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System Center Service Manager 2010 Service Pack 1 available December 16, 2010
14 December 10 05:11 PM | rodtrent | with no comments


After a very successful launch of System Center Service Manager 2010 last April, Microsoft is pleased to announce the release of Service Pack 1, which will be available globally for download on December 16, 2010.

System Center Service Manager 2010 Service Pack 1 available December 16, 2010 - Nexus SC: The System Center Team Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Shavlik's Statement on December Patch Tuesday
14 December 10 04:11 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

“Microsoft has released 17 new security bulletins addressing 40 vulnerabilities in the December 2010 edition of patch Tuesday.  This is yet another record breaking month for the number of security bulletins released at one time; although, only two of the bulletins are rated as critical.

The first bulletin that needs to be addressed is MS10-090.  This bulletin addresses seven vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.  One of the vulnerabilities, as explained in Microsoft Security Advisory 2458511, is being actively exploited in the wild.  Over the weekend, Microsoft saw an uptick in attacks against the vulnerability.  These attacks are primarily being conducted against Internet Explorer users in China and Korea.  With any security bulletin that is being actively attacked, it is critical that you deploy this to your network immediately.

The second bulletin that should be addressed immediately is MS10-091.  This bulletin addresses and issue with the OpenType Font Driver.  If a shared folder that contains a malicious OpenType font file is viewed, an attacker could run code in the Windows kernel.  In order for a successful exploit, an attacker must convince a user to open a share that contains a malicious OpenType font file.  If the folder has thumbnail view set, no user interaction is required for a successful exploit.  If the folder has any other folder view set (such as detail), the user must open the malicious file to be exploited.

Five of the bulletins released today address a common issue, but each bulletin affects different components.  All five bulletins (MS10-093, MS10-094, MS10-095, MS10-096, and MS10-097) address the Insecure Library Loading issue identified in August by Microsoft.  This issue was detailed in Microsoft Security Advisory 2269637.  At the time of the release of the advisory, Microsoft announced that patches would be coming for any affected products they found.  It is not surprising these five bulletins were released.  Products that are affected by this vulnerability are still being found by Microsoft.

If you have applied the workaround detailed in the Microsoft knowledge base article 2264107, machines on your network cannot be attacked by this vulnerability.  It is still important though to apply any security patches vendors release.

This is the time of the year where maintenance windows may be tight due to the holidays, vacations and office closures.  With 17 bulletins, take the time to thoroughly review each bulletin and identify which bulletins require your immediate attention.”

-- Jason Miller, data and security team leader, Shavlik Technologies, Minneapolis, MN

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for December 2010–I count 17 for December 14
09 December 10 02:51 PM | rodtrent | with no comments


Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for December 2010

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