Readers Respond: Vista Deployment
Readers respond to eWEEK coverage of Vista's security features and release to RTM.ICMP [Internet Control Message Protocol] ping response is mandatory in [the IEEEs] RFC 1122, yet Microsoft chose to block it in Windows Firewall. Now, in Vista, it is buried so deep it takes an expert to enable. We mandate ping in-house and use it for network managementa device that doesnt respond for months may get its address reassigned. In my opinion, having stealth PCs on the network is more dangerous than risking the odd data leak from a Trojan. Andrew Daviel
On Nov. 8, Microsoft announced that Vista had been released to manufacturing. That same day, eWEEK Labs Jason Brooks, who has been testing Vista bits from the start, invited comment on the operating system and its potential impact (here).