Windows 8 Server

After a great evening with James Akrigg at Microsoft on Thursday I spent the weekend really pushing Windows 8 Server. The test rig is an HP Microserver with 4x2Tb drives and 2Gb Ram. The Ram will get increased later ā€“ but Iā€™m to lazy to open up the case again at the moment. Issues we…

Only a Rootkit?

Every day we are seeing machines with more and more insidious spyware and some items are rootkits. We are getting machines handed into our Edinburgh workshop all the time in various states of infection. A rootkit is a program designed to silently take control of a machine and then do whatever the installer wants on…

IE7 Security

It’s not very often that it happens, but when Microsoft stops everything to work on a security issue then we should all take notice. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-078.mspx So what do we do? Well within an hour of the release we started to deploy it for testing internally and after some testing we continued to deploy the patch…

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21 CN is Here

21 CN the 21st Century Networking from BT is finally here in Edinburgh, well the Waverley exchange anyway. The upgrade took place over a month ago and while most of our clients at that exchange were cutoff for 25 hours, they now have a faster and cheaper service. Looking back over ADSL in the last…

Windows 2008 RemoteApps

With Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Microsoft and simplified the ability to run a single application on a terminal server. This was previously available though locking down with group policies, but it is now very much a push direct to the end user. Once again Microsoft have shifted the way network administrators will use their…

Vista SP1

Now its here we can all talk about Vista’s Service Pack 1. Having istalled it on a number of machines we have had no problems and are pleasantly supprised with the results. Machines are running faster and are more stable. Even those machines with driver problems are now running fine. So now it’s just a…