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Microsoft Security Updates: June 8th 2010

Microsoft Security Updates: June 8th 2010

Security Updates Update: MS10-032/KB979559 Type: Important Affected Systems: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 2008, 2008 R2 What it does: A trio of bugs in the Windows kernel can allow the use of malformed fonts to allow escalation of privileges attacks. It would be a bit hard to sneak a font onto the system without some sort of install privileges [...]

Adobe Security Issue

Adobe Security Issue

    Apparently there is a big security hole in the Adobe Products affecting the following Products: Systems Affected Adobe Flash Player 10.0.45.2 and earlier 10.x versions Adobe Flash Player 9.0.262 and earlier 9.x versions Adobe Reader 9.3.2 and earlier 9.x versions Adobe Acrobat 9.3.2 and earlier 9.x versions Other Adobe [...]

Q&A Monday: Disable Taskbar Preview

Q&A Monday: Disable Taskbar Preview

Question: Hi Jim, I am a big fan of you blog, and found your site a while back while looking for blue screen problems I was having on my XP machine.  I just bought another computer with Windows 7 on it, and I hate the task bar preview, is there a way to get rid of it? Patricia Mackey Minneapolis, MN Answer: As many people have [...]

Backups: Tape vs. Replication

Backups: Tape vs. Replication

I’ve been asked this question enough since this site started, so I’ve finally decided to take the time and write the article.  What are my thoughts on the relatively new debate on Tape Backus versus replicating the data off-site.  You’ll find many people taking up sides in this debate, but in my opinion no one has a knockout win quite yet, [...]

System Admin’s Vacation Checklist

System Admin’s Vacation Checklist

Now that we are officially in summer, there are a lot of administrators that are planning their vacation.  The problem is that many of them will have to still be tethered to the office solving problems.  I’ve been in that situation, where while on vacation, I’ve gotten the phone call about a small problem that I could have avoided if I just [...]

Classic Start Menu in Windows 7

Classic Start Menu in Windows 7

One of the first things that I’ve noticed when I moved over to Windows 7 was the loss of my classic start menu in Windows.  Switching to the classic menu has been one of the first things that I’ve done on a new install of Windows.  Apparently I wasn’t the only one who was upset about it, if you looked around the internet.  I eventually [...]

Q&A Monday: Upgrade vs Fresh Install

Q&A Monday: Upgrade vs Fresh Install

Question: Hi Jim,     I am a new System Administrator, and the first thing that is assigned to me was to plan our upgrading our operating systems to Windows 7.  Our environment is a mix of Windows Vista and Windows XP, and I’m not sure if we should just use the upgrade option or complete a clean install. I’m not sure what the [...]

Cisco Security Advisory: Multiple Vulnerabilities in Cisco Network Building Mediator

Cisco Security Advisory: Multiple Vulnerabilities in Cisco Network Building Mediator

Multiple vulnerabilities exist in the Cisco Network Building Mediator (NBM) products. These vulnerabilities also affect the legacy Richards-Zeta Mediator products. This security advisory outlines details of the following vulnerabilities: Default credentials Privilege escalation Unauthorized information interception Unauthorized [...]

Google Releases Chrome Update

Google Releases Chrome Update

Google has released Chrome version 5.0.375.55 for Linux, Mac, and Windows to address multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to bypass security restrictions, execute script in an unsafe context, or mislead users. You can check out this entry for more information about exactly what updated where applied to this new [...]

Microsoft Security Updates: May 25th 2010

Microsoft Security Updates: May 25th 2010

On Tuesday May 25th Microsoft released a round of minor updates for the Windows Operating System.  Here’s what they are and what they do: SECURITY UPDATES: Update: KB982632-Windows 7/KB981793-XP Type: Recommended Affected Systems: 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, 7, NT What it does: Install this update to resolve issues caused by revised daylight [...]

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