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  • So long, Adam Kinney...

    Good luck on figuring out what it is you're now supposed to be doing, Adam! Sure you'll enjoy it anyway.

  • The Challenges of Application ​Compatibili​ty

    JoshRoss wrote:
    I would like to nominate HP printer driver installers.


    To anyone from HP who may be reading, installing a printer should NOT give me an error if:

    1) I'm using RunAs
    2) I'm using Remote Desktop
    3) I don't have 32 bit colour depth selected. I mean WTF is that all about? How can an installer be that broken?
  • UAC - What. How. Why.

    Sven Groot wrote:
    The Power Users group is deprecated, the only reasons it's still there is for (wait for it) backwards compatibility (even says so in the group's description). You shouldn't be using it.

    Oh, I know that. It's just that putting someone in the Power Users group does at least allow them to share folders, albeit after jumping through a few hoops.

    There should be a cleaner way to delegate that right, I just can't figure out what it is.
  • UAC - What. How. Why.

    Ok, you asked, so I'll tell you the one UAC issue that is bugging me right now: File sharing.

    On XP members of both Power Users and Administrators can share folders on the network. The same appears to be true on Vista, but only if you create a custom MMC snap-in, as the 'Share...' context menu item insists that you must elevate to a full Administrator account (both with and without the wizard). Is there any workaround for delegating the right to share folders to standard users, or at least to make the experience a little less odd for members of the Power User group?

    The other (minor) annoyance is the way Journal bugs you to elevate to add the printer driver every time you start it until you finally let it. Grrr.

    Overall though, the UAC implementation is really well done and I'd congratulate everyone who worked on it as you've done a great job of making my job (a sys admin) a whole lot easier!
  • Adam Carter and Mike Adams on Managed Services

    Very interesting video. Having been involved in rolling out a similar environment without granting developers full administrative rights, it's certainly interesting to see how Microsoft deal with things.
  • Scott Field: How secure is Vista, really? - Part II

    SecretSoftware wrote:

    MS should have moved the WinKernel from Ring0 to Ring1 in that onion. PatchGuard can then secure Ring1 Code. This way you get rid of the impracticality of securing code with same priviliage level that exist in Vista.

    Nice idea, but it would have broken every bit of virtualisation software out there. It is the way they are going by introducing low-level virtualisation support and a hypervisor though.
  • London Niners: Tour, Drinks and Debate

    Well nobody sounded even remotely like what I'd have imagined (well except Charles obviously), but cool video nonetheless. Could probably do the weekend of the 28th/29th too, assuming it's nowhere too remote.
  • Rory Blyth: The Exit Interview

    O fit. Emotion = me other rorty's "exit" interview or Beer (Not 28) Greet news Rory, you mother".
  • Seventeen Minutes With Bill

    Mia'cova wrote:

     Being his first Channel 9 interview, I figure he'll be reading the comments like the rest of us. (And a nice interview too).

    Actually, it's his second. You can watch his first Channel 9 video here.

  • Virtualizat​ion

    AIM48 wrote:

    I don't understnad if I have hardware that has a 5% utilization rate then just add more apps to this server instance itself - instead of loping off another x percent for the virtualization software to run an entire new instance of the OS?

    Imagine you're running Exchange and a web server on the same machine. If a patch comes out for Exchange that requires a reboot, you have to take down the web server unnecessarily.

    With virtual servers, you can keep separate applications in separate VMs, thus improving availability. Plus you know with absolute certainty that the Exchange patch won't break the web server since they are running on separate (albeit virtual) machines.

    Virtualization is very, very cool indeed!
  • Virtualizat​ion

    Fantastic video. Everything from Assembly to Managed code, how much cooler can you be?

  • Office 12 - Word to PDF File Translation

    Printing to PDF is easy (there are already free solutions), the problem is that you lose a lot of information that way (hyperlinks, document flow etc) - this is something that can only really be added by native PDF support at the application level.

    PDF support in Vista would be great, not sure we'll see it though (sadly)