Semi-regular web-link clearance (2) – January 2010

Dealing with VMs, Snapshots and the dreaded broken security channel

The problem with that perfect world is that you might want to snapshot a single machine to perform a what-if test and then be able to roll back if the idea is a bust. But if you do not snapshot all the VMs at the same instance, you run the risk of one of the machines changing it’s secure channel password during the what-if period. When you revert the changes during that session and you attempt to login, you will get an error message saying that the trust relationship with the domain controller is broken. You only option is to remove and re-add the machine to the domain.

Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals

We released the Windows 7 Compatibility Center a few weeks ago. This lets you look up one application at a time. You can find that at http://windows.com/compatibility.

Today, we have a downloadable list indicating vendor support. If you want to write some automated matching against your list of application, you can use this – it is an Excel download of all known information from vendors. You can find that at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=890e522e-e39e-4278-aebc-186f81e29173&displaylang=en.

Support for Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2 will end on July 13, 2010

How to open a parachute during free-fall: Introducing Quick Security References (QSRs)

A QSR is designed to provide the information necessary to quickly understand and address specific security threats from the perspectives of four IT-focused job roles (business decision makers, architect/program manager, developer, and tester). QSRs will also help establish security practices and provide a framework for addressing future incidents.

Package This

Package This is a GUI tool written in C# for creating help files (.chm and .hxs) from the content obtained from the MSDN Library or the TechNet Library via the MSDN Content Service. You select the content you want from the table of contents, build a help file, and use the content offline. You are making personalized ebooks of MSDN or TechNet content. Both help file formats also give full text search and keyword search.

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