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Vol. 13, #19 - May 12, 2008 - Issue #673
More Important XP SP3 Gotchas

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    • Virtualization Wars Are Not In Your Interest
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • WinXP SP3 Means You Are Locked Into IE7
    • More Important XP SP3 Gotchas
    • COFEE - "Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor"
    • Tip: Establishing Multiple Hardware Profiles In Windows XP
    • How To Use Exchange Management Shell's Filter Command
    • Podcast: How To Manage User Rights, Patches And Group Policy
  4. Windows Server News
    • Windows Server 2008 vs. Linux Ubuntu In Power Test
    • Does Upgrading To SharePoint Server 2007 Mean Rebuilding?
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Also Available From Double-Take: TimeData
    • Save XP: Make Your Voice Heard!
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Editor's Corner

Virtualization Wars Are Not In Your Interest

You may have heard the news that Hyper-V will likely ship earlier than the 180 days Redmond promised after the W2K8 ship date. That's both good and bad. Normally you would say competition is good. But with hypervisors the deal is a bit different. Ultimately it would be better for all of us System Admins that there would be just one (commoditized) virtualization platform, and a rich choice of different management environments built on top of that. Example; TCP/IP is used by everyone, but you can choose between many sniffer product to look the traffic. But with virtualization it's going to look like the old HD DVD vs. Blu-Ray wars again.

The problem is that the Hyper-V and VMware layers are not compatible and thus the management environments aren't either. Both players are trying to lock you into their architecture. This is not going to be beneficial and will give us management headaches. The hypervisor code itself is just a very thin slice of code that sits directly on top of the hardware and is the abstraction layer that makes all the virtual servers above think they own all the hardware exclusively.

Microsoft knows perfectly well that managing dozens of virtual servers quickly becomes a nightmare. And so they are making their play "By taking our knowledge of the Windows environment and expanding it to address heterogeneous management needs across platforms, applications, hardware and virtualization, we are opening up a new level of opportunity for companies to drive greater efficiency, responsiveness and value for their business." as per Bob Muglia, MS Senior Veep Server and Tools.

Microsoft is looking at VMware as the market leader and wants to get a foot in the door. Multi-platform management tools are that Trojan Horse. And then MS will try to replace the VMware layer. Kind of ironic and a sign of the new times we live in that Microsoft wants to win the coming Virtualization Wars with a heterogeneous approach.

Quote of the Week

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Tech Briefing

WinXP SP3 Means You Are Locked Into IE7

This week, Redmond notified the world that updating to WinXP SP3 means they won't be able to downgrade from IE7 to the older IE6 without uninstalling SP3 itself.

This juicy bit of technical news appeared in a blog written by the IE dev team. It states: "If you choose to install XP SP3, Internet Explorer 7 will remain on your system after the install is complete,... Your preferences will be retained. However, you will no longer be able to uninstall IE7. If you go to Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs, the Remove option will be grayed out." Here is the blog posting:

More Important XP SP3 Gotchas

Late last Friday afternoon Redmond announced that it had posted what it called "slipstream builds" of SP3 for download by subscribers of its IT professional and developer services. These slipstream builds integrate SP3 with WinXP itself into one single file that can be used to install the now upgraded OS on multiple machines without hooking up to a WSUS server.

Redmond also seems to have found a workaround for the Dynamics RMS bug. And so after about a week, they re-released SP3 to the general public. XP users trying manually on Windows Update on Tuesday were able to get SP3, approximately 67MB in size. Oh, and it seems that the SP3 FAQ is an identical copy of the SP2 FAQ, some one in the UK tells me.

The first major problem also seems to have surfaced. Some machines with AMD CPUs seem to go into endless reboots. Blogger Johansson said there are two separate issues. One is AMD-equipped PCs sold by HP. "The problem is that HP, apparently along with other OEMs, deploys the same image to Intel-based computers that they do to AMD-based computers," said Johansson. "Because the image for both Intel and AMD is the same, all have the intelppm.sys driver installed and running. That driver provides power management on Intel-based computers. On an AMD-based computer, amdk8.sys provides the same functionality." The other problem, according to Johansson, also seems to affect only AMD machines, and involves an error message indicating trouble with the PC's BIOS. I'm not going to copy his whole blog though, here is a link to the details:

The other thing you might want to check is this FAQ: What you should know before installing Windows XP SP3:

COFEE - "Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor"

Microsoft is now talking about COFEE, a tool they have released to some law enforcement agencies to let them take a look at Windows computer in a faster, less intrusive way that's easy to use. COFEE stands for "Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor" and details about what it can do are thin on the ground. That's understandable from a law enforcement perspective but when you combine a lack of hard facts to a distrust of Microsoft and some government agencies you get plenty of rumor, guesswork and outright paranoia all across the Internet. Office Watch has the whole story:

Tip: Establishing Multiple Hardware Profiles In Windows XP

Administrators can use hardware profiles in Windows XP to enable or disable hardware devices. Microsoft MVP Brien Posey explains how to create and configure hardware profiles in a Windows environment in this tip. (registration required)

How To Use Exchange Management Shell's Filter Command

Understanding how to use the basic syntax of Exchange Management Shell commands in Exchange 2007 will allow administrators to perform tasks that may not be possible through the Exchange Management Console. The problem is that Exchange Management Shell commands can return thousands of search results. In this crash course, get expert advice on how to use the Filter command to obtain more granular search results.

Podcast: How To Manage User Rights, Patches And Group Policy

This installment of's Ask the Security Expert podcast takes a look at Windows patch management, user rights management and Windows network security. Learn how you can know for sure if your Windows patches have actually been installed, how to prevent software installations with a Group Policy setting, and how to manage general user rights for files and folders.

Windows Server News

Windows Server 2008 vs. Linux Ubuntu In Power Test

Going green has been the latest craze and has even found a niche in the computer world with power consumption comparisons. In this exclusive article, contributor Pam Derringer pits Windows Server 2008 and Ubuntu against one another to examine their power consumption.

Does Upgrading To SharePoint Server 2007 Mean Rebuilding?

Learn how to plan and perform a gradual upgrade from Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to MOSS 2007 by testing, rebuilding and redeploying custom Web parts.

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Save XP: Make Your Voice Heard!

Close to 200,000 people have signed the petition since January 14. However, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer thinks we're not serious about the Save XP movement, nor does he seem to take the people who signed it seriously. That's where you come in. Help InfoWorld meet their goal of 300,000 unique petition signatures by June 2008. Please ask your friends, family and colleagues to join the movement by signing up at:

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