Getting to know Vista better.

July 23, 2008 at 3:17 pm (Microsoft, Sysadmin, Tech, Tech support) (, , , )

I admit it, I was initially skeptical of Vista, I bought into all the negative hype surrounding it and avoided it like the plague for close to a year after it came out. Then a few months back I was building a new PC for home use and I decided I would give it a try, though I told colleagues at the time that I’d probably end up uninstalling it within a week.

Well, it’s several months later, and not only have I not uninstalled Vista, I have grown to really like it. I know my experience may not be typical, but so far Vista has given me less grief than any version of Windows I’ve worked with. The initial install went smoothly and I was pleasantly surprised to find Vista finding the correct drivers for all my hardware right away. Of course, this might have something to do with me using pretty much all-new parts that had been manufactured after Vista was released, but I can’t recall any other time in history I haven’t had to do a bunch of driver updates after the main OS install was done. Also the install process is much much faster than previous versions of windows.

My  install was of the 32-bit Business edition of Vista.  This is the version of Windows I suspect will be most common in Small to medium sized businesses. All in all I found it to be a very stable and dependable product. My only issue with it was that as with other 32-bit operating systems it is limited to 4GB of physical memory. I suspect this will not be a major issue in most corporate environments, except for some higher end workstations used for software development, AutoCAD etc.

In the next couple posts I will focus on some of the nice new features of Vista that will make life easier for techs and sysadmins. I will not be discussing the more widely discussed features of Vista like the UAC, Aero etc, but rather focus on the things most of us may not be aware of, but which will make  administration easier.

Stay tuned

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Blog ressurection

July 21, 2008 at 11:45 am (Microsoft, Tech, Tech support) (, , , )

Somewhere out there I’m sure there are some statistics on how most blogs never make it past 5 posts or so. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone told me most blogs die after the first post. It definitely seemed like this blog was going to die a quiet death as my life and career became too hectic for me to really focus on it anymore.

Since my last post a number of things have happened. I’ve completed my Server 2003 MCSE, I’ve switched jobs from being the all-around IT guy at a small company to being a small cog in the great IT machine of a very large company, I’ve gone from being a Vista naysayer to becoming an enthusiastic Vista supporter (more on that in later posts) and I’ve rearranged my life to have time to update the blog more frequently.

Despite working in a more specialized role currently, I still consider myself a Generalist at heart. I will mostly be focusing on Microsoft technologies in the foreseeable future, but may drift into Linux, Cisco or other areas as well. The first thing I will be covering is Vista and some of the really nifty features you don’t see mentioned all too often. Yes I realize Vista was released a year and a half ago, but it really hasn’t been adopted widely in Business environments yet and  a lot of admins and techs are still unfamiliar with it, so I hope I can provide some useful information. After that I’ll be covering Server 2008, which is one of the most impressive Microsoft products I’ve ever seen.

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