Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) invented one of the world's first and best search engines, AltaVista, in 1995. Altavista was designed to use the new Alpha 64-bit RISC processor.
One of the biggest challenges when upgrading to Windows 7 is in testing and preparing applications. This blog puts together a few conclusions that might assist you in planning the work.
Intel announced on 19 Aug 2010 that it will buy McAfee for around $8bn. This has caused some surprise. Intel does not sell directly to the end-user, and it does not develop application software. It is not obvious what it achieves by acquiring a software vendor. Here's my guess as to why Intel is doing it.
A colleague was talking to me yesterday about his recent experience in implementing Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for a customer. He is using the System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) to deliver Dell firmware and software to clients. This got me thinking again about the best tools to use for keeping your non-Microsoft software up to date.
Until recently it has been possible to automate the installation of most software on a Windows computer using Group Policy. Group Policy is a standard component of a Windows domain and so there is no additional cost. Starting with version 11.2 Citrix no longer recommend using Group Policy to install the Citrix Online plug-in. Are they off their trolley?
The standard user desktop can be delivered in radically different ways. While this is interesting technically, what difference does it make to your business? Some of the claims are just plain confusing or misleading.
Microsoft Forefront Client Security (FCS) server components do not run on 64 bit servers. OK, that's no problem, we will have a dedicated 32 bit server. It should be simple enough, shouldn't it?
There are several different tools for installing drivers in Windows 7. This blog aims to describe them and show how they differ.
Importing a block of drivers into an image takes quite a bit of time. This is not important before deployment, but during deployment it can add many minutes to the imaging process. During deployment you really want a process to inspect the target computer and obtain just the drivers required for it. For this we need specialist tools. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 does this. It is interesting to see how it does it.
If you have only a few standard models of computer in the organisation then you can maintain specific Windows 7 images for each. But if you have many models you may want to be able to add or update drivers without capturing a new image.
This piece looks at the different ways you can add drivers, and what happens when you do.