The website BentUser has taken a comprehensive look at how Windows Vista has improved and extended many of the features that are currently in Windows XP.
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Common scenario: you log on with your Windows domain account, which you have removed from the Administrators group (as well as from Power Users, Backup Operators, etc.). When you need to perform tasks that require elevated privileges, you use RunAs to start a program with the local Administrator account. You quickly realize two things:
  1. The program running as local Administrator cannot access network resources, since your local account is recognized only on your own computer; and
  2. Any per-user settings apply to the local Administrator’s profile, not to the profile you normally work with.
Read more and get this little script at Aaron Margosis' weblog.
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SP2 for ISA2004 is due to launch late next week. Besides some bug fixes, it will contain new features for branch office deployments including:
  • caching of BITS traffic
  • HTTP compression
  • HTTP QoS
  • Setting of DIFSERV options
Wolverine (ISA 2006) is planned to RTM late July/August. No feature set publicly available yet. Currently the product is not yet ready for Beta testing. The Beta should start in March.
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Microsoft has selected testers to help with scenarios on a Service Pack 1 update for Microsoft Update. The beta is only expected to last until the end of January. Microsoft released the Update service last year after extensive testing that brought together Windows and Office Updates on one page. End users have the option to use Windows Update or the new Microsoft Update service.

No new features will be added to the service, the purpose of the beta is to test fixes that have been made since the release last July.
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NewsFactor Network wrote :
Leading hard-disk vendor Seagate Technology this week started shipping the industry's first 2.5-inch notebook PC drive built with perpendicular recording, a technology that promises to improve the storage capacity of all kinds of hard drives.
Read the comlete article at NewFactor Update: People, you just got to watch the flash animation... It's... Really, just go see it.
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There is two IBM RedBooks covering various ThinkVantage tools like ImageUlta Builder, System Migration Assistant, Secure Data Disposal, ThinkVantage Access Connections, Active Protection System.
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Ryan Naraine wrote at :
Symantec Corp. has admitted to using a rootkit-type feature in Norton SystemWorks that could provide the perfect hiding place for attackers to place malicious files on computers. More at
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It has been a big jump from 3.1.4 until 3.1.9, main reason for this is the multilanguage support which really took a lot of time to integrate.

Main changes:

  • Multi language support, menus, dialogs, message and the help pages can be translated.
  • Improved starburn functionality, can burn DVD, added a verify option.
  • Added a new search dialog that helps users search for windows installation files. See PE Builder menu "Source/Search".
  • Registry files are now build directly into the output location.
  • Many more changes, see

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Monad, the Windows scripting environment, has hit the Beta 3 milestone and is now considered "feature complete."

Read about it at Arul Kumaravel's WebLog (Monad and other technologies of interest)

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Traditionally, in order to integrate patches from Microsoft into a desktop build, the process would include downloading the updated executables (either from the WindowsUpdate Catalog or from the individual update Knowledge Base article or Security Bulletin) and creating a command shell script to run each update in turn with the correct switches for silent installation.

RunUpdates.cmd is a script that comes to us from Michael Murgolo, a Senior Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services specializing in desktop deployment. RunUpdates.cmd provides an automated framework for integrating hotfixes and updates into an enterprise desktop image.

This is an extract from the Utility Spotlight column of the December 2005 issue of Technet Magazine.
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Ana Kronschnabl and Tomas Rawlings picked the best open source project in an article for The Independent. Here's the top ten - Wikipedia, Firefox, Open Office, Bittorrent, MediaWiki, Xvid, pbb, Outfoxed, dyne:bolic, GIMP, Apache and SourceForge.
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Windows PE 2.0 is the core deployment foundation for Windows Vista. It is designed to make large-scale, customized deployments of the new Windows Vista operating system notably easier. When Windows Vista launches, Windows PE 2.0 will be available to all Windows Vista corporate customers. [Windows PE for Windows XP will remain exclusive to customers who have a Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) agreement.] Windows PE enables users to inject drivers, configure Windows Vista offline, provide recovery solutions as well as diagnose and troubleshoot system problems.
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Today I found zoto (I'm a slow finder). With this site you can upload and share up to 2 Gb of photos. You can even keep the picture at their original sizes. The best part is that it is FREE.

You could try my personnal page, but it is empty for the moment.

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With Hamachi you can organize two or more computers with an Internet connection into their own virtual network for direct secure communication.

Hamachi is fast, secure and simple. It is also free.

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