Pigs fly! Microsoft leads in security according to InfoWorld

According to Roger Grimes at InfoWorld many leading security experts are giving Microsoft security accolades. Have a look at the article and decide for yourself but it does seem to me that the tide has been shifting for many years.


Some Notable Quotes from article:

  • “Many of the world’s most knowledgeable security experts are urging their favorite software vendors to follow in the footsteps of Microsoft.”

  • "Microsoft becomes high priest of secure software development." — CNET

  • “As an industry we should recognize the sea change in Microsoft’s approach to security… and encourage other vendors to follow Microsoft’s lead." — SANS NewsBites

  • “In 2004 Microsoft was a couple years into its Trustworthy Computing Initiative but it remained the software company IT security practitioners hated with glee…. That’s not so much the case today." — Computerworld


Dell site with drivers and walkthroughs for OSD for SCCM

Found this site from a post from Rod Trent a few days ago and I wanted to highlight it further. This site appears to have all of the drivers that you will need to deploy Dell Business Desktops through SCCM. This includes drivers and walkthroughs. Way to go Dell! Does anyone know if a site like this exists for other manufacturers?

Dell Business Client Operating System Deployment

Microsoft Announces Oct. 22 GA of Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

Microsoft announced at Computex 2009 in Taipei that Windows 7 will be available for the holiday shopping season. I had been hoping that it would also be available for “back to school” but I was also pleasantly surprised to see Microsoft offering a “Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program” which I am assuming will get consumers who purchase a new PC before October 22 a free upgrade to 7. The Windows Team Blog post indicates that they will release more details on this program at a later time.   I am ecstatic to see this great operating system released. Press release from Microsoft here.

Tim Pawlenty (MN Republican Governor) not running for reelection

OH MY… Let the campaign for 2012 begin. Most of you know that Mr. Pawlenty was a presumed running mate for Senator McCain. StarTribune Article

SharePoint SP2 Bug Warning from Microsoft

For those of you that have applied SP2 to your SharePoint farms please be aware that Microsoft has released an alert about a bug in the service pack. It appears that after application of the service pack the farm will go into trial mode that expires in 180 days. For those of you that have applied the service pack you can go get your product key from your MVLS site and apply it to the farm once and get around this. Otherwise there will be a hotfix issued soon. If you applied to search server the only way to fix this is to apply the hotfix. Detailed information on the SharePoint blog here:

Excellent usage article on SCCM

My friend Jarvis wrote an excellent article about how to manage the default collections to make them easier to use. This is one of those great usage articles that all SCCM administrators should read regardless of their experience.

Windows 7 Tips and Tricks

I have been running Windows 7 since M3, and I have to say I am VERY impressed. I can’t say that it is straight line faster than Vista but it doesn’t feel sluggish like Vista can at times. In that vein I came across a great article on Tips and Tricks that I wanted to share here. It is a great article and I encourage you to read it however. I wanted to call out a few of my favorite features.


  • The new task bar (Beta 1 and later), its ability to manage lots of windows is vastly improved. It groups things together but then when you click or hover it expands to show all windows with actual pictures (very hard to print screen). Also when you hover over one of the expanded windows it brings it to the forefront on your screen and removes other windows from view other than their outline.
  • The new calculator, I know simple right? It shows you what your calculations have been (Options | History)
  • Direct Access. No more VPN HORRAY!!!! This also gives me two factor login which I love.
  • Directly Mounting VHDs; this will prove to be very useful over time
  • Native burning of ISOs and IMG no more freeware app I worry about
  • Background images; now both RSS feeds and rotating pictures are supported


I hope that you find this useful, and no, I have not figured out how to deploy Windows 7 with SCCM OSD yet. I will though!