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New Diskeeper 2008 Build (12.0.770)

by Michael 28. February 2008 17:50
We have a new update of Diskeeper available on our website. You can use the Check for Updates feature in the software or simply pull down the new Diskeeper 2008 trialware and install it over the top of your existing full version of Diskeeper 2008. Here is a list of main changes in build 12.0.770: 1. Full feature support for Windows Server 2008. Note the previous builds of Diskeeper already installed on Server 2008 but did not include Bootime defragmentation. 2. Changes have been made to improve the logic (the new Smart Defrag of v2008) that determines when Diskeeper should run it's "extreme defrag" engine (low free space or severe fragmentation). Previously the volume had to be really badly fragmented AND extremely low on free space. In other words there was a middle ground where DK might not provide expect results. Now Diskeeper will detect if its other defrag engines aren't doing well enough and then, if needed, run this powerful new engine. 3. Fixed the problem with the Volume Map for volumes larger than 8TB and a cluster size of 4KB. It is now displayed correctly. 4. Fixed the problem with running on clustered servers where Diskeeper would lose volume settings after one of the nodes was shut down. 5. Microsoft Logo Certification for Windows Vista (Diskeeper 2008 Professional) and Windows Server 2008 (Diskeeper 2008 Server). 6. Fixed several other minor bugs. 7. Diskeeper News and Information feature added.

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The Sexy Laptop? - Move Over MacBook Air

by Michael 26. February 2008 17:27
Rob Enderle, president of Enderle Group and a well known and respected technologist had this to say about the new super lightweight laptop from Lenovo: "It's the first ThinkPad since the mid-'90s that I actually think is sexy," he added. "Thinkpads are known as solid products, but not really for being sexy. It's just very thin, very light. It's kind of a technology showcase. This thing has all the bells and whistles that you could possibly aspire to in a notebook." I can't say that I've ever heard that adjective used to describe computer hardware, but hey, to each his own :-). Weighing in at under 3 lbs. it sports a 64GB Solid State Disk. To keep that SSD in top form, Lenovo chose to include Diskeeper software as part of the pre-install. Lenovo testing showed that only Diskeeper, with some special changes, could keep that SSD optimized. Find the full system specs here. I'm just wondering - does that qualify Diskeeper as "sexy software"?

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Diskeeper at the Windows Server 2008 Launch Event

by Michael 25. February 2008 12:57
If you registered for the sold out Launch Event in Los Angeles this Wednesday, stop by our booth. We're in the MS Partner cheap seats as a Bronze partner. After the Steve Ballmer keynote ends (10:15-ish), the partner exhibits will be open. We are located near the food court on table top #68. In addition to trialware CDs with a new update release, we'll be handing out free "Put More Fervor in Your Server" t-shirts.

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Defrag and Encryption

by Michael 14. February 2008 16:30
WiFi availability and performance coupled with faster and cheaper hardware have made laptops the workstation of choice for an increasing percentage of knowledge workers. Smart Phones are making a bid to be the only business device some people need to travel with. Laptops have, depending where you read it, overtaken the desktops in new units sold in recent months. The trend certainly makes this a reality in the near future if those statistics aren't quite exact. And then, with seemingly weekly news reports of another laptop being stolen that contains tens of thousands of customer accounts with credit card information or social security numbers, disk encryption isn't a luxury item for the corporate road warrior. Laptops need more security than NTFS affords, Smart Phones need it to. Windows Vista (Enterprise and Ultimate) brings a pretty good solution to the table with BitLocker. Freeware such as TrueCrypt is also very popular. However, we've found that system administrators often look for third party solutions beyond what BitLocker or freeware offers. In come Independent Software Vendor's (ISVs) such as Check Point, PGP, or GuardianEdge. A common question that comes up is are Disk Encryption programs compatible with Diskeeper. The answer is yes. In some cases the disk encryption vendors have improved their software to ensure that it can operate with a disk defragmenter. We've worked with numerous customers over the years and their corresponding encryption ISVs of choice to make this possible. That is also where InvisiTasking technology is vital. Defragmenters without InvisiTasking can interfere with the

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11 Things for Patchkeeper to do today

by Michael 12. February 2008 17:12
It's been a while since Patch Tuesday offered so many updates. Here's a list provided by Shavlik Technologies, the software that powers Sitekeeper's Patchkeeeper module. Once Shavlik engineers test and certify these patches, they will be available for deployment in Patchkeeper. If you are running this Sitekeeper module make sure you are running the latest update (3.5.209). MS08-003: Vulnerability in Active Directory Could Allow Denial of Service (946538) Severity: Important MS08-004: Vulnerability in Windows TCP/IP Could Allow Denial of Service (946456) Severity: Important MS08-005: Vulnerability in Internet Information Services Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (942831) Severity: Important MS08-006: Vulnerability in Internet Information Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution (942830) Severity: Important MS08-007: Vulnerability in WebDAV Mini-Redirector Could Allow Remote Code Execution (946026) Severity: Critical MS08-008: Vulnerability in OLE Automation Could Allow Remote Code Execution (947890) Severity: Critical MS08-009: Vulnerability in Microsoft Word Could Allow Remote Code Execution (947077) Severity: Critical MS08-010: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (944533) Severity: Critical MS08-011: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Works File Converter Could Allow Remote Code Execution (947081) Severity: Important MS08-012: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Publisher Could Allow Remote Code Execution (947085) Severity: Critical MS08-013: Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (947108) Severity: Critical

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