Windows Server 2008 SP1 and Windows Vista SP1 now UNSUPPORTED

Ned here with the last word on this: Windows Server 2008 SP1 and Windows Vista SP1 are no longer supported. You must install Service Pack 2 to get updates and support from Microsoft going forward with those OSes. But me no buts. I made a helpful diagram of how to resolve this – or indeed… Read more

Last Week Before Vista and Win2008 SP1 Support Ends

Last chance folks. Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 1 support ends on July 12. As in, one week from now. This means computers running SP1 won’t get security updates after the next Patch Tuesday. The bomb represents malware. Or your next review… For those not running WSUS or SCCM, grab SP2 here:… Read more

Under One Month Before Vista SP1 Support Ends

Hi Folks, Ned here again. Remember how a month ago, I said Vista SP1 support was ending on July 12, 2011? Well, it’s still ending on July 12, 2011. Make sure you have SP2 fully deployed or just finishing up, as we are down to the wire. Download Vista SP2 (x86 version) Download Vista SP2… Read more

Vista SP1 End of Support Reminder

Hi folks, Ned here again with a quick public service announcement: Are you running Windows Vista Service Pack 1? SP1 support ends on July 12, 2011 – that’s barely two months from now. Once that happens, computers running Vista SP1 do not get further security updates, MS Support will insist on SP2 installation before further troubleshooting, and you… Read more

The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet.

Hi folks, Ned here again. Despite the reputation for cutting edge technology, a lot of IT departments can get stuck in the now or worse, the past. Since it’s a new year, a new economy, and winter is coming to a close, here are some articles you should find interesting if you are looking to… Read more

Goodbye Windows 2000

On April 9, 1999 the first Windows 2000 Active Directory domain went online in Redmond Washington. Microsoft’s first truly enterprise operating system had been born. After 11 years and countless follow-up OS versions, Windows 2000 retired today and it is no longer supported. It will live on only in our memories… and as a steel… Read more

Reminder: Windows 2000 Support ends July 13 (and other lifecycle stuff for 2003, XP, SfU)

Ned here again. If you’ve been under a rock for the past year, here it is one more time: Windows 2000 support ends on July 13, 2010 That is just a week from now. For more info on how to upgrade, migrate, and otherwise remove the last traces of Win2000 from your environment, make sure… Read more

FRS to DFSR Migration Tool Released

Heya, Ned here again. I am out of my barrel and on the road again this week, coming to you live from Las Colinas Texas. As you may have noticed, I recently wrote a TechNet Whitepaper on how to migrate your old custom FRS data to DFSR. Hopefully that’s been useful. In the meantime though, Mike Stephens… Read more

Friday Mail Sack – Tweener Clipart Comics Edition

Hey folks, Ned here again. For those keeping score, you’ve probably noticed the full-on original article content has been a bit thin in the past few weeks. We have some stuff in the draft pipeline so hang in there. In the meantime, here’s a weeks worth of.. stuff. I like to move it, move it…. Read more

Reminder: End of Life for Service Pack 1 in Windows Server 2003 Coming Soon

Ned here again with a quick reminder: Support for computers running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 ends on April 14th, 2009. Yes, that’s just under a month from now. After that point there will be no hotfixes, security updates, or support for computers that do not have SP2 installed. If you don’t have SP2 on your… Read more