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Jun 3, 2011

Prowess Updates SmartDeploy

SmartDeploy is a tool for, as the name implies, deploying Windows more easily...More
May 18, 2011

Odyssey Athena: Best of TechEd Interview

Athena provides device management for a wide variety of device types, integrated with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). SCCM has some ability to manage a limited selection of Exchange ActiveSync-compatible devices, but Athena's agent-based management greatly expands the selection....More
May 17, 2011

JOOB: Best of TechEd Finalist Interview

JOOB is basically middleware that makes it easier for you to connect enterprise systems to devices. It sits between an enterprise system—think of, for example, a CRM application—and an app on a device....More
May 16, 2011

Small Business Server Essentials and Small Business Strategy at TechEd 2011

Michael Leworthy. senior product manager for Windows Server SMB, presented about Windows Small Business Server Essentials on Sunday at the TechEd Reviewers' Workshop. He focused mainly on Essentials, but the most interesting thing to me was this slide, summarizing what different versions of Windows Server offer small businesses...More
May 15, 2011

MultiPoint Server: 20 Computers on One

MultiPoint was RTM'd in February, but this is the first time I'd heard of it. The gist of it is that MultiPoint Server lets you run lots of physical machines—which is to say, sets of monitors, mice, and keyboards—from one server....More
May 15, 2011

SCCM 2012 at TechEd

Jeroen van Eesteren presented on System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012 Sunday morning at the Reviewers' Workshop at TechEd in Atlanta....More
May 11, 2011

How Ubuntu Ditched Me and Why I Ditched Ubuntu 7

Ubuntu Linux is the most well-known Linux OS, and it's presented as the user-friendly, free alternative to Windows that doesn't need a powerhouse machine. It's the Linux that, they say, is supposed to provide a nice transition away from Windows and into the peace, love, and understanding of the Free Software world. Well no, Ubuntu. I'm done with you....More
May 3, 2011

Playing in the Consumer Cloud: Amazon Cloud Player

You could call that offsite backup, but marketing people hate anything that isn't expressed in buzzwords. So you get products named like the recently released Amazon Cloud Player. Cloud Player is actually a few different products—there's Cloud Player for Web and Cloud Player for Android, and both work from Amazon Cloud Drive (which has been around for a while). All the players and tools to use them are free, and your first 5GB of storage is free too....More
Apr 26, 2011

Product Brief: Flexera AdminStudio Suite 10

Flexera's AdminStudio is an application management, reporting, and migrating suite. One current focus at Flexera is AdminStudio's ability to help with Windows 7 migrations....More
Apr 19, 2011

MMS 2011 Product Roundup

The Microsoft Management Summit moved to Mandalay Bay in Vegas this year. The common opinion on the floor was that there were fewer vendors than last year, but it looked awfully full to me....More
Mar 29, 2011

The Lighter Side of MMS

With several colleagues, I attended MMS last week. I got a lot of good information from the sessions there and saw several interesting new products on the expo floor. Windows IT Pro has already posted about the news for System Center Configuration Manager and Virtual Machine Manager and provided a wrap-up. Today I write about a little event that wrapped up the show....More
Mar 1, 2011

Windows 7 SP1 fixed docking on my laptop!

Despite what I and everyone else has said, apparently Windows 7 SP1 did make at least some fixes that at least some users will notice....More
Feb 23, 2011

Windows 7 SP1 exactly as exciting as we thought

I just finished installing Windows 7 SP1, and in case you haven't taken the plunge yet, I'll tell you this—just believe the hype....More
Feb 10, 2011

Windows 7 SP1 is open to the public Feb. 22, be ready to block it

You can block installation of SP1 using the Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit from Microsoft....More
Feb 8, 2011

Windows 8 everywhere? Literally? Sure, why not.

Microsoft’s recent talk about Windows 8 (or whatever it ends up being called) running on ARM processors and system-on-a-chip gear bring to mind thoughts of desktop windows running on tablets and smartphones, the current domains of non-x86 processors....More
Feb 7, 2011

Product Brief: Bomgar 10.6 gets high availability

On Feb. 1 Bomgar announced version 10.6 of their software. The main improvement this time is to enable what Bomgar calls Atlas Technology, which a Bomgar rep explained was basically a way to set up a private cloud of Bomgar appliances....More
Feb 4, 2011

Systems Management Buyer’s Guide Table

Rather than post information from a very few vendors, I’ve decided to create an online, regularly-updated version that covers the larger systems management space....More
Feb 3, 2011

Product Brief: Prowess SmartDeploy moves to WinPE 3.0

With the upgrade announced Jan. 25, Prowess SmartDeploy Enterprise uses the Windows 7-based version of the Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE)....More
Dec 1, 2010

Desktop Linux is Dead and the Number One OS

Look at my Google alert for “desktop OS” today:...More
Nov 19, 2010

Windows 7 Deployment Articles

If you're deploying Windows 7, or just thinking about it, these articles will help you see the variety of options you have....More
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