Thursday, June 22, 2006

Top 100 security tools

Fyodor, the author of Nmap, has released the results of his 2006 network security tool survey.

Source : SecTools.org

WSUS SP1 Known Issues

Bobbie Harder (MSFT) has posted a list of Top known issues whilst upgrading WSUS to WSUS SP1 on microsoft.public.windows.server.update_services. These issues will be updated in a KB and in the online WSUS SP1 readme.

Source : PatchAholic...The WSUS Blog

Friday, June 16, 2006

How to use HotPatching to install security updates for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1

This step-by-step article describes how to determine whether a security update supports HotPatching, how to set up an environment to test HotPatching, and how to install security updates that use HotPatching.

If you use HotPatching, you can install General Distribution Release (GDR) security updates on servers that run 32-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1), without restarting the servers.

Source : Microsoft Technet KB

Friday, June 09, 2006

PowerShellIDE

Check out the amazing PowerShellIDE at http://PowerShell.com. PowerShellIDE is the World's first PowerShell Editor and IDE.

Currently, PowerShellIDE is absolutely free.

SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide

This 350-page document contains guidance for SQL Server administrators, developers, and IT decision makers who would like to move their SQL Server 2000 or 7.0 databases to SQL Server 2005.

Source : Microsoft.com

Monday, June 05, 2006

Common Mistakes When Upgrading a Windows 2000 Domain To a Windows 2003 Domain

This Microsoft KB helps avoiding common mistakes while upgrading their system.

Source : Microsoft.com

Friday, June 02, 2006

Embeding Internet Explorer in a Mozilla/Firefox tab !

Yes it is possible. Just install the IE Tab extension for Firefox.

Souce : ietab.mozdev.org

Windows Server Update Services Service Pack 1

Microsoft has released a service pack for Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

WSUS SP1 includes the following improvements:

  • Support for Windows Vista: WSUS SP1 lets you update computers that are running Windows Vista.
  • Full client language support: WSUS SP1 supports all Microsoft Office and Windows Vista languages.
  • New version of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (Windows): WSUS SP1 upgrades SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (Windows) Service Pack 3 (SP3) to SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (Windows) Service Pack 4 (SP4).
  • Faster performance: WSUS SP1 improves performance. This includes accelerated user interface response times.
  • All hotfixes: WSUS SP1 includes all the changes and hotfixes that have been issued since the release of WSUS.
  • Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005: WSUS SP1 lets you use SQL Server 2005.

Get all the détails and download at Microsoft.com

Microsoft Standard User Analyzer

The Standard User Analyzer helps developers and IT professionals diagnose issues that would prevent a program from running properly without administrator privileges. On Windows Vista, even administrators run most programs with standard user privileges by default, so it is important to ensure that your application does not have administrator access as a dependency.

Source : Microsoft

Thursday, June 01, 2006

The ultimate WSUS blog !

I you are a WSUS administrator here's what I think is the absolute must read blog about WSUS. There is a lot of info and tools there.

PatchAholic...The WSUS Blog