Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 18 Sep. 2004, Vol 7 No. 31

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w   Microsoft Releases Virtual Server 2005
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Recommended Book: PC Magazine Windows XP Solutions
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Administrivia


Microsoft Releases Virtual Server 2005

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows Server System This week, Microsoft announced the general availability and pricing of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005. Virtual Server 2005 is available in both Standard and Enterprise editions.

"Our customers are looking for ways to cut infrastructure costs and make better use of their IT and development teams. They want to streamline application testing and development, consolidate to fewer servers and move legacy applications to new hardware running on the Windows Server (TM) 2003 platform," said Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Windows Server Division at Microsoft. "Virtual Server 2005 meets these needs and provides easy, automated deployment and configuration. This improved efficiency and simplicity represents progress toward our Dynamic Systems Initiative vision of reducing IT complexity."

Virtual Server is a useful product under specific scenarios. This could include software testing and development, server consolidation, and legacy application hosting.

Virtual Server 2005 Standard Edition supports up to four processors, with an estimated retail price of $499 (U.S.). Virtual Server 2005 Enterprise Edition supports up to 32 processors, with an estimated retail price of $999 (U.S.). Both versions will be available within 30 days through retail and volume licensing and will be licensed on a per-physical server basis.

More information on Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 - including a 180-day trial version - can be found at the Microsoft Windows Server System Web site.

Microsoft Security

Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for September, 2004

The Microsoft Windows security update for September 2004 address a newly discovered issue in Windows.

Severity Rating: Critical

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Recent Support BBS Postings

What will SP2 give me i don't already Have? - XP-SP 2 Questions
New Releases & Security Vulnerabilities - Netscape and Mozilla
I want a SCRIPT to map my network drives - Windows 2000 / 2003
250GB drive reduced to 137GB - Windows XP


Server Performance Advisor V1.0

Service Performance Advisor is a server performance diagnostic tool developed to diagnose root causes of performance problems in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system, particularly performance problems for Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 and the Active Directory directory service.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003

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More Time to Test Windows XP SP2

The expiry date for the Automatic Update expiry mechanism has been extended to April 12, 2005, giving users extra time to test and evaluate Windows XP SP2.

Microsoft IT Resources

Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility

The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility helps you determine if an MPEG-2 video decoder (also called a DVD decoder) is installed on your Windows XP computer and whether or not the decoder is compatible with Windows Media Player 10 and Windows XP Media Center Edition.

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Handling unwanted e-mail (spam)

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