Links for April 14, 2009

Burn ISO Images Natively in Windows 7 from Windows Vista Team Blog

Geeks and IT Pros often have to burn an ISO image (.iso file) to physical media such as a CD or DVD to test out and install software. We have made it easier to burn ISO images in Windows 7 by natively supporting the ability to burn ISO images directly within Windows without the need of a third party tool.

To burn an ISO image in Windows 7, all someone needs to do is simply right-click on an ISO image and choose “Burn disc image”.

New Oracle Security book out from Pete Finnigan’s Oracle security weblog

I received a copy of Ron Ben Natan’s new book " How To Secure and audit Oracle 10g and 11g ". This is a good book…

5 Minute Screencast: Use a calculated column to group list items by month from End User SharePoint

Presenting information in a manner that is easy for your users to read is sometimes challenging in SharePoint. I have used the trick in this screencast many, many times to help people sort and group information they have in a SharePoint list so that it presents well and is easy for their users to read.

Partner Training Update – MS EPMU Course Schedule from Project business blog

As you probably know – the Microsoft EPM University offers beside of other learning and certification resources a comprehensive 4 to 5 days educational package for customers and partners who want to quickly ramp-up with EPM solution via rich instructor led online experience. The courses are designed to build and enhance the required knowledge to successfully plan, deploy, configure and extend Microsoft Office EPM solution. Participants get access to EPMU’s virtual classroom environment that includes a professional instructor and hosted computer environment to run the course labs on.

We have listened to your feedback and we are taking changes in the way the EPM University courses are being delivered from the second half of this year.  Please review carefully the changes. If you want to register for any remaining course – the details are here.

Recently added or updated Project Server 2007 articles in TechNet from Microsoft Office Project 2007

With MED-V, Microsoft Moves One Step Closer to the Future of App Compatibility from Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows RSS

MED-V decouples application compatibility from Windows…

Blow-By-Blow on S.773–The Cybersecurity Act of 2009–Part 1 from The Guerilla CISO

Rybolov Note: this is such a long blog post that I’m breaking it down into parts.  Stay tuned for more. =)

So the Library of Congress finally got S.773 up on  For those of you who have been hiding under a rock, this is the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 and is a bill introduced by Senators Rockefeller and Snowe

Good overview and commentary of the bill.

Wiki-in-the-Box – Is SharePoint Wiki Really that Bad? from Woody Windischman – The Sanity Point

Wiki-in-the-Box – Is SharePoint Wiki Really that Bad?

Today I’m going to get off the SharePoint Designer shtick, and go back to SharePoint basics. In particular, I want to take a closer look at SharePoint’s built-in wiki functionality.

SharePoint’s wiki has taken a lot of grief online lately. Some people look at various dedicated wiki systems, then at SharePoint, and come to the conclusion that SharePoint’s wiki just doesn’t measure up to the "best of breed". There is a big difference, however, between "not the best" and "totally inadequate".

April 2009 Monthly Bulletin Release from Microsoft Security Response Center Blog!

April is here and is turning out to be a typical, busy month, if one can call it that. In general, when we have a large release, the number of updates ranges from 7-12. With this in mind, we released eight security updates this month: 5 rated as Critical, 2 rated as Important, and one rated as Moderate.

As a postscript to this posting I want to share some thoughts with you regarding the advisories.

Of the eight updates, five address vulnerabilities that Microsoft has issued security advisories for:

· Excel vulnerability: Security Advisory 968272 was released Feb. 24, 2009,

· WordPad: Security Advisory 960906 was released Dec. 9 2008, more related information can be found at Security Research & Defense blog.

· CarpetBombing: Security Advisory 953818 was released May 30, 2008, more related information can be found at Security Research & Defense blog

· Token Kidnapping: Security Advisory 951306 was released April 17, 2008, more related information can be found at Security Research & Defense blog.

The question becomes, why does it take so long for Microsoft to release a security update?

When we here at Microsoft are asked this question: our answer is “we want to get this right.” Or to put it another way, we are constantly asking ourselves during any given release cycle “are we doing the right thing for our customers?” If as a result of any given investigation, we find a variant of a vulnerability we are fixing; do we dig deeper to make sure we cover all our bases, or do we just fix what we can see and ship the update because of external pressures? “Are we doing the right thing for our customers?”

April 2009 Critical Patch Update Released from The Oracle Global Product Security Blog

Today Oracle released the April 2009 Critical Patch Update (CPUApr2009).

Windows 7 – Libraries Under the Hood from The Windows Blog by Yochay Kiriaty

By now, you should have a better understanding of what Windows 7 libraries represent and how they can benefit users as well as developers. This is the third post in a series of Windows 7 Libraries posts. In the previous post, Understanding Windows 7 Libraries, we explained what libraries are and the important role they play in users’ day-to-day work. In this post, we explain the underlying architecture that supports libraries.

Steve Mullen has been involved in information technology for over 35 years. He is also actively involved in the music program (voice and English hand bells) and Vestry of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Damascus, MD.

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