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  • Tuning Windows Vista security: The firewall

    The Windows XP firewall received its share of criticism. So, what has changed in Vista? At first glance, it looks the same, says Microsoft MVP Brien Posey, but with a little digging and some careful tuning, Vista's firewall should be a big improvemen... 

  • Prioritizing desktop patches

    Patching every month -- or sometimes more often -- can be a headache. Try killing the pain with a well-ordered plan. This checklist from contributor Serdar Yegulalp provides guidelines for prioritizing patches. 

  • Fighting through troublesome malware

    Some malware are nothing more than a pain in the butt. Others, however, can go as far as to prevent your most critical systems from opening properly. See what Windows security threats expert Kevin Beaver has to say about such malware here. 

  • Third-party patch management tools: Reasons to say yes, reasons to say no

    Struggling with patch deployment every month? Considering a third-party product? Contributor Serdar Yegulalp offers ten things to think about before making the jump from Microsoft utilities to a third-party product. 

  • Handling patch emergencies

    Managing an Active Directory environment means juggling hordes of Microsoft patches, which is even more precarious for domain controllers (DC). 

  • Process Explorer 10.2: Client security aid

    Hopefully everyone knows and uses Process Explorer, Sysinternals' replacement for Task Manager. Contributor Serdar Yegulalp is a big proponent of its many functions, which include a few client security features. 

  • Unpatched Windows flaws affect Help Viewer

    Updated: Proof-of-concept exploits demonstrate how attackers could crash vulnerable machines or launch malicious code. But the flaws aren't nearly as serious as recently exploited Microsoft glitches. 

  • Windows Vista deployment issues

    Improved security is bound to be one of the primary drivers of Vista adoption regardless of last week's Black Hat developments. But there are myriad challenges that await ambitious administrators, according to Brien Posey. Brien delivers his upgrade ... 

  • Patch Management Toolbox

    Even though Patch Tuesday only comes once a month, keeping up with the latest security fixes is no easy task. A patch is designed to be a quick fix, but implementing and managing these patches can prove to be quite time consuming, if not practically ... 

  • Patching Windows servers

    Patch management usually implies managing the updates of numerous client machines, but patching servers can be much more complicated -- even though there are usually fewer to patch. Contributor Serdar Yegulalp suggests some ways to ease the pain of p...