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Diskeeper 10 betas for Vista

by Michael 11. July 2006 20:51
We will be releasing a new build of Diskeeper 10 to support the latest Vista build later this week or early next. A few testers have written in with comments on where to get support or report issues. While we aren't supporting this in the typical sense (providing a quick bug fix), we do want to incorporate solutions as we progress with our beta releases for Vista. That said, please send your comments/issues to FieldTest@Diskeeper.com. Our Beta Project Manager will get the data over to our developers for resolution in a future release. My apologies on the Blogging hiatus, we've been very busy. We are in the midst of wrapping the next new Diskeeper (very exciting) which we expect to launch later this year - i.e. before Vista. We are still looking for a few more RC (release candidate) testers for that release. The offer is open to existing Diskeeper customers. If you're interested, email the same address above and write in the subject line you wish to test. I also recommend providing contact data, including company name and phone numbers and if you are a volume license customer or a home user (so we can provide the proper software to test). If you have a customer ID from a past purchase please add that as well as it streamlines our review process for admission to the test program. We do have limited openings so please understand that we cannot accept all requests. Also note that the RC testing is very, very short (only a few days). We send out what is essentially a final product, and are looking primarily for "marketing" feedback and maybe some fine-tuning. It does require you answer some survey questions. Other than the short time frame we require, our testers have noted they really enjoy the ability to test our software and provide us feedback.

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Diskeeper 10 beta for Windows Vista Beta 2

by Michael 5. June 2006 15:41
Diskeeper 10 (a beta version) is now available for Windows Vista builds 5381 and 5384 (aka Vista Beta 2). Beta 2 will be the first release available to the general public to test out. For MSDN/TechNet subscribers, you've likely already installed the latest OS. For the rest of us, you can sign up at Microsoft here (http://www.microsoft.com/betaexperience/default.aspx) to get access to it in the coming weeks as part of the Customer Preview Program.

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Using Sitekeeper to mitigate the new MS WORD security vulnerability

by Michael 25. May 2006 14:55
The latest security vulnerability to raise eyebrows is the trojan described in Microsoft Security Advisory (919637). Unfortunately the final fix from Microsoft is not scheduled for release until a few weeks from now, though I do commend Microsoft on informing the IT public and offering interim workarounds. Major antivirus firms currently rank the threat of this trojan as "low" and already have updates to detect it, so I'd suggest caution as the workarounds do inhibit user functionality. Read on and I'll present a customizable way to deploy these fixes to select targets...

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Diskeeper Affiliate Program

by Michael 23. May 2006 19:50
Our affiliate program is an excellent way for people to make money by recommending Diskeeper on their website. We currently have over a hundred affiliates which recommend Diskeeper on their website. When someone you recommend purchases Diskeeper you get a 10% commission. You can apply to join our Affiliate Program here. After you are accepted in our program, our Affiliates Portal provides simple instructions, graphics and box shots to get you started making money. -Paul

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Defragmenting databases

by Michael 17. May 2006 19:57
In order to squeeze optimal performance out of a database, there are two "layers" that need defragmentation; the database file(s) themselves, and the internal records/indexes within those files. Diskeeper, of course safely and automatically defragments files and free space (yes even live databases). Advanced Diskeeper features like I/O Smart ensure that defragmentation can occur during production without impact to the system. Diskeeper does not offer, nor perform, internal file defragmentation. I've authored several white papers that discuss the internal defragmentation/compaction tools Microsoft offers with their Exchange and SQL products. It is those tools, development by the application vendors, that have the understanding required to address internal fragmentation. You can read up on those white papers in the Knowledge Center. The problem with these free provided tools is they are cumbersome to use and integrate with IT operations. Fortunately there are vendors that have dramatically improved upon the basic scripting tools and offer powerful features so you can avoid the long and often complex coding normally required to operate them. I'd like to introduce you to a couple of great products I'm familiar with and personally recommend.

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