Stories by Oliver Rist

Vista: Evolutionary or revolutionary

Since Part One of my little Vista venture last week, I've received a few not-so-nice e-mails from folks telling me to make sure I prove to them that Vista will really be revolutionary rather than evolutionary. For the most part, that's a subjective t...

Vista may mark OS revolution

I'm obstinate. It's a character flaw. But it's deeply ingrained, so when everyone started pumping out Vista Beta 2 reviews I was determined to hold my head up high and not bother. Until someone in command pointedly asked me why I'd ignore something l...

Snap up SNP to boost server

The recent Microsoft WinHEC was a throwback to last year's developer and small business partner trade shows: new announcements by the bushel. Microsoft was tossing so many new acronyms around that newbies were getting dizzy and passing out. (It could...

There is an Office server

Office 2007 is set to release nigh the end of this fine year. I managed to get a real early look at the client package this past December. But a fresh client look and the addition of several smart client features are just the beginning of what's new ...

Windows Server 2003 R2 prints well

I've been doing a lot of "hack" coverage lately -- cool things you can do with stuff you already own instead of having to go beg for new stuff. I'm looking to do another one of those for this column, but that'll take a little while to put together. M...

Clustering the Microsoft way

I can't talk about the embargoed Longhorn meeting I had Tuesday, except to say that I got one Microsoft rep to say that Redmond doesn't think there'll be any more service packs after Longhorn sees daylight. But then he burst out laughing, so I'm not ...

802.11n-compliant WLAN products are here

Cisco's Linksys is making noise with its release of new 802.11n-compliant WLAN products, specifically the WRT300N router and the WPC300N PC Card. They're supposed to be faster, more secure, and priced like a Linksys, so we should be happy. But before...

SharePoint, wikis truly wise

We won our second Maggie award! For the second year running, "Enterprise Windows" won the <a href="http://www.wpa-online.org/">Western Publications Association's</a> industry award in the category of Best Regularly Featured Web Column/Trade. And if ...

Dark tales from your friendly IT help desk

The features I normally tend to write for InfoWorld are ... well, let's call them "technically thick" ... somewhat dense studies in micro- and macro-IT management issues. Good reads if your life revolves around these things, but not exactly where you...

Top six steps toward disaster-recovery

I recently got to write a fun piece for InfoWorld called "Stupid user tricks" about protecting your network from human error. Researching the article revealed to me how many variables folks tend to miss when running a network, as well as when plannin...

Rootkit means rebuild

So I was skimming Slashdot the other day and found <a href="http://it.slashdot.org/it/06/04/04/1426238.shtml">this</a> gem: Seems a program manager in Microsoft's Security Solutions Center came out and said that recovering from the newest breed of ma...

Ready Vista migration map

Office 2003 to Office 2007. Windows XP Pro to Windows Vistax-of-6. It's all looming on the horizon, and even though that horizon moved to early 2007 as of this week, it's still going to spawn headaches if you don't make adequate preparations. To avoi...

SMBs should consider axing Exchange

As I was writing my feature about strategies for managing Microsoft Exchange, a question naturally popped into my contrarian head: What about something besides Exchange?

Don't neuter the Net

Senator Ron Wyden: We love you. Wyden's the Oregon Democrat who introduced legislation this week seeking to end this attack on Net neutrality.

Dynamics line gets Snap-Ins

Around September of last year, new technology platform announcements were spewing out of Microsoft like last night's liquor from a high-school freshman. Vista, Avalon, Dynamics, WWF (Windows Workflow Foundation), the list goes on -- enough so, in fac...

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