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DNS Patches Slow Servers, but Fast Action Is Advised

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| Microsoft issued a mea culpa about its DNS update on July 17, saying that the
| patch was crippling some machines running its Windows Small Business Server
| suite. Then, on July 25, it said the patch could also affect some network
| services on systems running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 and
| Windows 2000. In both instances, Microsoft detailed work-arounds.



Microsoft DNS fix causes trouble for some

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| The Microsoft Corp. released a DNS fix in its patch slate for July, but the
| company seems to have problems just getting it to end users. Moreover, some
| users of the DNS fix have experienced additional difficulties.
| So far, since Microsoft's DNS fix was issued on July 10, there have been two
| separate problems associated with its installation.



Microsoft Customers Irate over Daylight-Saving Time Woes

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| Updated: This year's daylight-saving time change is causing major
| frustration for IT administrators running Microsoft programs that
| need to be individually patched to reflect the change. *


No Saving Time in Microsoft DST Patches?

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| IT managers are feeling grumpy about Microsoft's preparations for
| this year's early daylight-saving time. If anything, the situation
| shines another glaring light on patch management problems, how long
| Microsoft supports products and how much longer businesses tend to
| use them.


Microsoft customers melting down over Daylight Saving patches

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| A number of users in the DST chat room are reporting problems
| getting their Blackberry servers and devices to sync up with
| their DST-patched Exchange servers. Others, in spite of Microsoft
| warnings to apply DST patches in a specific order, are running
| into problems because they are attempting to patch Exchange
| before Windows.


Microsoft Cuts Price of Daylight Savings Time Patches

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| For users running that software, Microsoft charges $4,000 per product
| for DST fixes.


Microsoft's plans for XP

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| In yet another conspiracist theory, I explain how Microsoft plans to phase
| out XP and force upgrades to Vista.


DST change reveals stone-age OS routines

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| While we await for the U.N., the clockmasters of the world, or someone else
| to fill this need for a central DST database, what is Microsoft's solution to
| all this?. They put their stellar defender blogger to babble. In a recent
| post, product manager Alejandro "OpenOffice is more expensive than Microsoft
| Office" Panicke said the firm "is working internally to create a new Time
| Zone that reflects the change, but as happens with everything, it will take
| some time.". No pun intended, surely. But really, as KLF said: what time is
| love?.


Microsoft preps customers early in hopes of avoiding DST fallout


Bang Goes the DST Time Bomb

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| Monday brought more jeers than cheers from IT organizations
| about daylight-saving time fixes and the immediate impact
| on Microsoft software.

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