Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0 Released

Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0 Released

We thought you might be interested to know that a new version of the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool has just been released.

Anyone who manages large numbers of virtual machines share the challenge of keeping the virtual machine client operating system up to date. Virtual machines that are left offline for extended periods of time do not automatically receive operating system, antivirus, or application updates that would keep them compliant with current IT policy. The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0 provides a way to automate the process of updating virtual machines with the latest operating system updates.

You can read more on TechNet and obtain the new Solution Accelerator at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc501231.aspx

Or see a demo video here: http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?vid=8b4ff511-feba-4741-9595-09836ddcae7a

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New IPD for Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios in Beta

New IPD for Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios in Beta

The Windows Optimized Desktop connects the business requirements (IT and user) for a flexible, efficient, and managed desktop environment to sets of complementary Microsoft technologies. It accomplishes this by defining and using five standard user scenarios that map business requirements to technology solutions. These core scenarios cover most desktop user situations. They are: Office Worker, Mobile Worker, Task Worker, Contract/Offshore Worker, and workers who need to Access from Home. Each scenario puts a different emphasis on computer equipment, applications, security, and networking. In this way they address the dilemma that different users have different business requirements for their computing environment,–yet customizing the experience for each user may not be feasible.

If you are interested in a preview of this new IPD, sign up for the Beta program here: https://connect.microsoft.com/programdetails.aspx?ProgramDetailsID=2660

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FW: Apple claiming iPhone 3G is ‘really fast’ deemed false by UK regulators

FW: Apple claiming iPhone 3G is 'really fast' deemed false by UK regulators

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Posted on: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 11:28 AM
Author: BetaNews.Com
Subject: Apple claiming iPhone 3G is 'really fast' deemed false by UK regulators

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority determined today that an Apple TV ad's claims about its iPhone 3G's relative download speeds is misleading and exaggerative, and must be pulled.      

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FW: Altiris Lab Demonstrations in Combining In-Band and Out-of-Band Management

FW: Altiris Lab Demonstrations in Combining In-Band and Out-of-Band Management

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Posted on: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 7:00 PM
Author: communityadmin@intel.com
Subject: Altiris Lab Demonstrations in Combining In-Band and Out-of-Band Management

The following YouTube videos demonstrate some examples of combining in-band and out-of-band management in an Altiris environment.

 

For those interested, the attached ZIP file contains the lab demonstration documents.

 

The first lab is called "Power-on and Patch" – demonstrating how to power-on via Intel AMT, deploy software via Altiris, and then initiate a graceful shutdown. All of this is accomplished via an Altiris TaskServer job.

 

 

The second lab is called "Isolate and Patch" – building upon the previous Power-on and patch concept, this lab employs the Network Filter capabilities (i.e. System Defense) to isolate the client, deploy a patch while in isolation, and then restore the client back to normal network activity.

 

 

The third lab is called "Boot Override" – providing the foundation on how IDE-Redirection can benefit an environment

       

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