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Windows Vista/Server SP2 RTM

April 30th, 2009 by Patrick S

Hi there,

Wow 2 Blog posts within a week…whats up with that?
Regardless of this miracle Microsoft just let the guys on the SP2 Beta that its RTM’ed and available for download-Here’s an excerpt of what they said to us:

Hello SP2 Beta testers…The following message was released…

 

Today we are proud to announce the launch of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  Service Pack 2 (SP2) represents the latest step in Microsoft’s commitment to continuous improvement.  It includes all of the updates that have been delivered since SP1, as well as support for new types of hardware and emerging hardware standards.  And since it comes with a single installer for both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, SP2 will be easy for IT Pros to manage, deploy, and support.  For an overview of the changes introduced in SP2 check out the notable changes document.

 

Consumers with Windows Vista SP1 don’t need to do anything special to get SP2; simply turn on Windows Update and sometime during the coming months your computer will download and prompt you to install SP2.  Business customers with Windows Vista will find that the transition to Windows 7 will be significantly more straightforward due to the high degree of compatibility between Windows Vista and Windows 7.  If your Windows Vista SP1 deployment is already underway we recommend you continue with SP1 as planned.  Then you can deploy SP2 using your systems management infrastructure.  If you are in the early stages of deployment or still planning Windows Vista deployment our best advice is that you plan on testing and deploying Windows Vista SP2. 

 

So there you have it…Go grab a copy from Technet and check out the notable changes here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd335036.aspx

Regards,

Patrick Squire

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MSN NZ HACKED

April 21st, 2009 by Patrick S

Wow long time no post…

Today whilst opening up the default MSN homepage in I.E I was stunned to find that it had been hacked by “Peace Crew”.

I asked Nathan Mercer at MSFT what the story was and apparently the Hijackers stole the DNS entry from their registrar and redirected.

Windows Server had no part to play in this incident the attackers simply took the site down at a higher level. Looks like not everyone is immune to hackers then huh.

http://www.msn.co.nz

MSN NZ Hacked

An output of their DNS entries shows:

name class type data time to live
msn.co.nz IN MX
preference: 0
exchange: msn.co.nz
14400s (04:00:00)
msn.co.nz IN SOA
server: fatih1.turkguvenligi.info
email: thug_west__.live.nl
serial: 2009042002
refresh: 86400
retry: 7200
expire: 3600000
minimum ttl: 86400
86400s (1.00:00:00)
msn.co.nz IN NS fatih1.turkguvenligi.info 86400s (1.00:00:00)
msn.co.nz IN NS fatih2.turkguvenligi.info 86400s (1.00:00:00)
msn.co.nz IN A 95.211.11.163 14400s (04:00:00)

Edit: Appears to be fixed now 😉

Edit2: Looks like they took over a raft of New Zealand websites including WindowsLive.co.nz, MSN.co.nz, Microsoft.co.nz, Hotmail.co.nz, Live.co.nz next to HSBC.co.nz, Sony.co.nz, Coca-Cola.co.nz, Xerox.co.nz, Fanta.co.nz, F-Secure.co.nz and BitDefender.co.nz. (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=3185)

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Need to be Microsoft certified? Fret not, here’s your Discount voucher!

April 3rd, 2009 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Hey All!!

Do you want to get certified, but it’s too expensive? I have great news for you! From now till  April 31st, you can get a 10% discount off Microsoft certification exams. To get the 10% discount, just follow the easy steps below:

1. Go to http://www.learnandcertify.com/

2. Use the voucher code: MY3909BC

3. Schedule an exam and you are ready to go! 🙂

Again, this offer ends on April 31st, so what are you waiting for? Get certified now! And the above voucher is only for Malaysia.

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