(Out of Band) Brothers: Call to Arms! Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-078

Issuing an out-of-band security update is a pretty rare occurrence. Must be important! Better go check now at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS08-078.mspx No, seriously, go check now. It is important. Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-078 is rated Critical for Internet Explorer 5.01, Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1, and Internet Explorer 7.

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IT Pro How To: Get Those Pesky End-Users off Your Back…

…for all things Vista-related that take you away from supporting servers. Point them to the new Windows Vista Answers | Microsoft Answers site. It is a new community driven web site for everyone who uses Windows Vista at home, and has questions about using or fixing problems with Vista. With community-driven forums, it is a…

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Hyper-V How To: HA Design for Hyper-V

Here are some resources for your High Availability planning efforts for Hyper-V: Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide  Design for a Failover Cluster in Which All Nodes Run Hyper-V  Hyper-V Step-by-Step Guide: Hyper-V and Failover Clustering  Requirements and Recommendations for Failover Clusters in Which All Nodes Run Hyper-V    Checklist: Failover Cluster in Which the Servers Run…

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TechNet Troubleshooting: Now With 30% Less Trouble

TechNet has launched a new troubleshooting page to help you in your times of need. Here’s a before-and-after screenie. How do you like the changes? Leave comments here and I will forward to the TN boffins…. Before After

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Son of traduttore? traditore!

The phrase is understood by many to mean “translators, traitors” (I like my punctuation better, makes it read more like the vocal curse I believe it was). In The Craft of Translation, the author puts it this way: “”Traduttore e traditore.  The translator betrays.” I wrote about this first in the context of the nifty…

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Hyper-V: 3 Minute Warning

When the Hyper-V server (well, technically it is the management operating system running Windows Server 2008 – aka “parent partition”) starts a shut down, all of the VMs that are running on it go to their configured Automatic Stop Action: Save State Turn Off Shutdown You can check/manage these actions on the Virtual Machine settings…

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Hyper-V How To: Plan-Deploy

Here are some links to help you as you begin planning to deploy Hyper-V: Hyper-V Release Notes Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide Hyper-V RAM Calculator Spreadsheet Webcast: Virtualization Capabilities of Windows Server 2008 (Level 100) Hyper-V: Hardware Considerations Hyper-V Solution Accelerators: Infrastructure Planning and Design -Windows Server Virtualization Dell Solutions Guides for Microsoft Hyper-V Planning…

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Hyper-V How To: Balance VM I/O

Wondering how all the I/O requests by virtual machines are handled in Hyper-V? Hyper-V has a storage IO balancer which prevents one busy VM from starving another VM. The Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 at http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/sysperf/Perf_tun_srv.mspx provides the following detail: I/O Balancer Controls The virtualization stack balances storage I/O streams from different VMs…

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Do You Know Where Your 3rd Party Scripts Are?

The UK’s Register website recently posted an article on the security risks of 3rd party analytic code on your website. Specifically, they say Google Analytics — Yes, it is a security risk. You have a policy in place about placing external client side scripting in a page you own, and you certainly prevent it from…

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