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

RTM RSAT and SP1 Win7 (shot, over)

Hi all, Ned here. Update 4/7/11: The Remote Server Administration Toolkit update to support Windows 7 Service Pack 1 has released. Come and get it: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d  Yesterday we announced Windows 7 SP1 availability info. For those that use RSAT to admin from their clients, I am launching a preemptive strike before the comments flow: If… Read more

Service Pack 1 for Win7 and Win2008 R2 is RTM

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 SP1 has shipped. Here’s the bottom line: Volume Licensed, MSDN and TechNet subscribers get access February 16. All customers get access February 22 through Windows Update and direct download. More info and high-fiving here at the Windows Server team blog. Besides the usual fixes and rollups, this SP… Read more

SP1 and Directory Services: What’s New

Updated to include SP1 being RTM and some last minute fixes that were included post RCHi all, Ned here again. Back in October I joined the Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 beta support team. Our job is to support customers in a special early adopters program. As SP1 has now released, I’m frequently… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Pew Pew Pew Edition

Hello folks, Ned here again. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, mainly due to me being a huge dirtbag. Today I discuss USMT, certificates, service packs, DFSR, and other random goo. Before I get rolling though: Don’t forget to give to the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. They distribute new toys to… Read more

Service Pack 1 Beta out for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Ned here again. You may have missed this on Monday, but the Beta version of Service Pack 1 for Win7/2008R2 was publically released. Besides offering the usual bevy of hotfixes and security update rollups, SP1 also offers servers two big new features: Hyper-V Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX. Download Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2… Read more