Windows XP/XPe and Remote Desktop Services Single Sign On

This week I was working with a retail customer that has plans to place HP Windows XP Embedded devices at their many retail stores.  Applications will be served up either locally on the XPe device, through a remote desktop, or through Remote Applications. There is a slight challenge with this setup because technically Microsoft supports…

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Automated install of Outlook Conferencing Addins

My customer (Mike Vrabel) and I got completely frustrated today in trying to find a way to deploy the Outlook Conferencing Addin for Live Meeting 2007 via SMS.  The Office web site gives you a ConfAddins_Setup.exe which is neither an MSI or provides you switches for automated install or answer file. Some digging turned up…

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Windows 2000 to XP Upgrade Nuances

In the process of helping a customer upgrade their remaining 5,000 desktops from Windows 2000 to XP, I have found a couple entertaining and frustrating issues with the upgrade process.   First of all, this only applies to an unattended upgrade of Windows 2000 Professional but it might also affect servers as our internal bugs…

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Updating drivers from the command line

So, I am off doing a desktop migration for a customer of approximately 5,000 desktops.  Vista you ask?  No, not that sexy.  Just trying to help one of our core telco customers get everyone off Windows 2000 onto XP.  And by the way, get in infrastructure in place like BDD using OSD with SMS (it’s…

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The making of Virtual Earth

Kinda, well almost funny: http://www.virtualearthinfo.com/video.asp  BTW, here is a cool app on virtual earth that tracks the International Space Station: http://www.vehacks.com/vehacks/nasaspacestation.htm

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Zotob, a hard and unfortunate lesson (again) for Enterprises

Unless you have been on vacation on the moon for the last few days, you know that there is new exploit in the wild that mainly affect Windows 2000 and pre SP2 Windows XP OS’s called Zotob (and variants).  This worm is hitting some of the same big name companies that were crippled by CodeRed,…

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Vista: Worth the upgrade?

I admit that I was pretty skeptical about whether I could see both office users and consumers upgrading to Vista.  To me it seemed like Vista was just XP SP 3 that we where going to charge for. After playing with a post Beta 1 build and a Brian Valentine demo this morning, I am…

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Office 12: Highlight of TechReady

We have gotten two incredible demos of Office 12 during the last two days. I’ll be the first to say that Office has been been pretty much the same product since Office 2000. Office 12 changes that, here are a couple morsels that should make the final release. SharePoint integration is essential, this takes every…

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Detour: Paving in progress

There comes a time in every person’s life that they need to make an important decision.  For me, that day is today.   I am going to backup my data and pave my Windows XP personal desktop.  This box has served me well for 2 years, but it has gotten to the point where things…

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MS AntiSyware team responds to Claria mumblings

The AntiSpyware team has posted a response to the articles that have arose recently concerning Claria.   The response is posted at http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/claria_letter.mspx  Not really what anyone is looking for in terms of why Claria is now set to “ignore” seeing how they are some of the biggest SpyWare offenders.

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