HelpWithWindows Newsletter Volume 10, Number 19
November 17, 2007
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Microsoft Announces Windows 2008 Line-up and Pricing

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows Server 2008

Last Monday, at the TechEd IT Forum 2007 trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft announced the pricing, packaging, and licensing options for Windows Server 2008, the upcoming upgrade to the Windows Server OS.

"Windows Server 2008 redefines what a server operating system delivers to customers," Bob Kelly, corporate vice president of Infrastructure Server Marketing at Microsoft Corp said. "With more than 1 million downloads and evaluation copies, we've built Windows Server 2008 based on a solid foundation of customer feedback, which is reflected in the product's ease of management, security enhancements and overall reliability. The unprecedented range of customer choices and the virtualization enhancements will help customers tailor solutions built to fit virtually any business need."

In his keynote, Kelly also announced that the official name of the server virtualization technology within Windows Server 2008 (previously code-named "Viridian") will be named "Hyper-V".

Like Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 will be available in a multitude of product versions; eight to be precise, three of which include Hyper-V: Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Windows Server 2008 Datacenter.

Two versions offered without Hyper-V are targeted at specific workloads: Windows Web Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems.

To complete the product offering, Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Windows Server 2008 Datacenter will also be available without the Hyper-V technology.

All server versions will be available in 32-bit or 64-bit versions, with the exception of Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems, which will only be available as a 64-bit version. Other changes include the availability of Windows Web Server 2008, a 64-bit edition of Web server. The Hyper-V feature will only be available with 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008.

Pricing for all Windows Server 2008 products will be increasing by approximately 1 percent for all distribution channels. Estimated MSRP* are listed by each version below:

  • Windows Server 2008 Standard: $999 (with five Client Access Licenses, or CALs)
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise: $3,999 (with 25 CALs)
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter: $2,999 (per processor)
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems: $2,999 (per processor)
  • Windows Web Server 2008: $469
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V: $971 (with five CALs)
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V: $3,971 (with 25 CALs)
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V: $2,971 (per processor)

Windows Server 2008 is scheduled to launch in February 2008.

Microsoft Security

Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for November, 2007

The security update for November 2007 includes two updates for Microsoft Windows.

Severity Rating: Critical

Severity Rating: Important

Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2008

Windows Updates

Microsoft issued a number of updates for Windows Vista in the past weeks:

  • KB941600 - Update to resolve some reliability issues in the USB core components on the Windows Vista operating system.
  • KB941229 - Update to address issues with Media Center for Microsoft Vista.

Microsoft Settles Eolas Browser Patent Dispute

In early 2008, Microsoft will switch Internet Explorer 7 back to its original behavior of dealing with ActiveX controls, removing the current behavior, where users are required to click once on the controls before they're activated. You've probably seen it, the "Click to activate and use this control" prompt, although that prompt is becoming rarer nowadays as web sites learn how to work around the changes. Those changes where required by a ruling against Microsoft in a long-running Eolas patent- infringement case. But because Microsoft and Eolas have recently settled that case, Microsoft is now able to reverse the ActiveX controls 'activation' again.


Free Download: Windows SteadyState 2.5 Beta

The Windows SteadyState 2.5 Beta supporting Windows Vista is now available for testing. Whether you manage computers in a school computer lab or an Internet cafe, a library, or even in your home, Windows SteadyState helps make it easy for you to keep your computers running the way you want them to.

Supported OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista.

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Windows Vista Network Troubleshooting

There are many people complaining about Windows Vista networking. The networking problems discussed here are based on the assumption that you have a network that is working fine, but adding a Windows Vista computer to the network creates problems connecting this Vista computer to your network.

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Taming Vista's User Account Control

Although Microsoft's intentions were good when they decided to design the User Account Control (UAC) feature for Windows Vista, the end result was less than desirable, especially for the 'more than average' users who use their PCs for more things then to surf the Internet & read email.

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Windows XP: Prevent Writing to USB Storage Devices

Many system administrators have had some sleepless nights over this: it is too easy for users to connect a device (USB-key or MP3 player) to the USB port of a computer, and copy things off the system. This is an obvious security risk. This has been addressed in SP2 for Windows XP.

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Microsoft Launches Windows Live Suite

Microsoft Launches Windows Live Suite Last week, Microsoft took off the 'beta' moniker from its Windows Live Suite, a set of free applications and online services aimed at helping consumers communicate and share from anywhere they have Web access and across multiple devices.

"Today we take a significant step forward in helping consumers simplify their digital lives," said Chris Jones, corporate vice president of Windows Live Experience Program Management at Microsoft. "With over 400 million customers using the service today, we have a real opportunity to help consumers connect their online experiences, devices and networks in new and powerful ways. This new generation of Windows Live brings great enhancements to popular services like Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Spaces while introducing new, fun experiences with digital photos, planning and sharing events, publishing to the Web, and keeping in touch with friends that we think our customers will really enjoy."

The Windows Live Suite consists of a wide range of applications and services. They include Windows Live Mail, a full-featured desktop email client that will replace both Microsoft Outlook Express and Windows Vista's Windows Mail; Windows Live Messenger, the Instant Messaging solution that includes video calling and voice over Internet protocol capabilities; Windows Live Spaces, a Web-based blogging and photo album service; Windows Live Photo Gallery, a complete solution for finding, fixing, organizing and sharing your photos and videos; Windows Live Events, an event-planning, invitation and community-building application; Windows Live Writer, a software plus services application that allows users to create and publish rich content to Windows Live Spaces and other blogging services, with a "what-you-see-is-what-you-get" (WYSIWYG) editor; Windows Live OneCare Family Safety, a Web safety and parental controls service; and Windows Live for Windows Mobile, which provides rich client-based or browser-based access to Windows Live from a Windows Mobile-based device.

To download the components of the Windows Live Suite, go to the Windows Live Web site.

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