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Vol. 11, #23 - Jun 5, 2006 - Issue #579
Server Virtualization Is Here In A Big Way

    • Server Virtualization Survey Results
    • SunPoll Results: Desktop AV Protection
    • What About Your Operational Risk Management?
    • June Seminar In San Francisco: Exchange DR and HA
    • Quote of the Week
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
    • Introducing
    • Open Source Virtual Computing With Xen
    • Using VMware To Cement Server Consolidation
    • Server Virtualization Myths And Realities Exposed
    • Choosing The Right Server Virtualization Solution
    • Blades: Good Fit, Bad Heat, But Nothing Ugly
    • Ballmer Personally Spent Two Days Fighting Malware... No Joy
    • Server Virtualization Is Here In A Big Way
    • One Single AV Vendor? -- A Security No No
    • Double-Take Software Acquires Sunbelt Europe
    • On Demand Spyware Appliance Webcast Alert
    • It's Hurricane Season Again!
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • Motorola Q Puts Treo Features in RAZR Body
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Server Virtualization Survey Results

With 700+ respondents this is a big one. Laura Didio has worked all week on the analysis of this major survey, and you will find the Exec Summary in the Windows Server News section below, with the title: "Server Virtualization Is Here In A Big Way"

SunPoll Results: Desktop AV Protection

SunPoll Results: "Which feature do you think is the most important for desktop antivirus protection? Here are your answers:
  • Protection of email: 51% 173 votes
  • Protection of Instant Messaging: 4% 16 votes
  • Mobile/plug-in devices protection: 6% 22 votes
  • A good end-user GUI: 18% 62 votes
  • Scheduled on-demand scanning: 19% 65 votes
And here is the new SunPoll:
"Does your organization plan to purchase any Tablet PCs for its users within the next 12 to 18 months?" Vote here, bottom middle column:

What About Your Operational Risk Management?

Operational risk management is one of the fastest growing sectors of the business world. New corporate governance and international management standards demand stricter compliance in the assessment, monitoring, managing and control of risk. It might be your task to either investigate or contribute to this in your own organization, so I decided to tell you a bit about a product I found that I like.

Only recently has it become possible to handle all operational risk requirements under one system. Guideline Risk Technologies, which has been developing risk management software for the past 11 years, has now tested and successfully marketed an enterprise-wide risk management solution that brings together all risk information under one system and provides an easy environment to assess, manage, monitor and control operational risk.

The system's name is RUBI, is embedded fully into an organization, and links and shares data with other systems and databases. All risks are revealed and highlighted. By bringing together all information, including data not previously seen or used, new risks are spotted and the need for separate databases is eliminated. RUBI is thus able to watch for risk indicators and alert the responsible people in real time. If this is something you are involved with (or know some one that is, you should check it out (or forward the link):

June Seminar In San Francisco: Exchange DR and HA

We?d like to invite you to attend the following seminar that we are hosting in June:

"What Every IT Manager Should Know About Protecting Microsoft Exchange and Centralized Backup" ? Join Sunbelt and Double-Take Software as we discuss strategies for implementing high availability, remote availability and offsite disaster recovery solutions for Exchange and other mission critical applications using Double-Take. Hosted at the Microsoft office in San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, June 27th. Register here:

Quote of the Week

"Nothing travels faster than the speed of light but bad news"
- Douglas Adams

"Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds."
- Siddhartha Buddha

Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]


Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

System Admin checklists! A new, updated version of an old list of mine, merged with another good list. These are the tasks:

Freeware for Microsoft AD & ADAM. Web Employee Directory + Self Service.

Get yourself state of the art attachment filtering for free for two years. Install Sunbelt Messaging Ninja on Exchange right away:

Joeware has great AD tools and very scriptable, especially helpful are adfind and oldcmp.


Introducing, the newest member of TechTarget?s Windows network of sites, is dedicated to helping IT organizations determine if virtualization is appropriate for their environments and, if it is, use that technology to gain unprecedented data center efficiency. To register for the site and receive regular updates about server virtualization news, articles and tips sign up here.

Open Source Virtual Computing With Xen

The most common virtual computing implementations are through commercial applications like VMware and Microsoft Virtual Server. But for open source enthusiasts, a GNU GPL variant called Xen uses an even more tightly integrated virtualization technique than the commercial products. Learn more in this tip at the new SearchServerVirtualization site:

Using VMware To Cement Server Consolidation

In this interview, authors David Marshall and Wade Reynolds offer their advice on what to do in heterogeneous environments, explain why they believe VMware trumps Microsoft Virtual Server and give their suggestions for useful management tools. At the new

Server Virtualization Myths And Realities Exposed

It saves money. It doesn't save money. It cuts staff. It adds staff. What's the truth behind common vendor claims about server virtualization? David Payne, chief technology officer at a Bloomington, Minn-based integration company has some answers.

Choosing The Right Server Virtualization Solution

Ever wondered how you would choose the right server virtualization platform? Andrew Kutz offers a thorough analysis and comparison of the available options. Also at

Blades: Good Fit, Bad Heat, But Nothing Ugly

Are blades servers the best choice for virtualization? This article examines these much-hyped servers in terms of their physical space requirements, form and cost.

Ballmer Personally Spent Two Days Fighting Malware... No Joy

Even the Builders of Windows Find Tech Support a Challenge. According to Jim Allchin, Ballmer spent the better part of two days trying to rid this PC of worms, viruses, spyware, malware, severe fragmentation, and well, you name it. Picture it: the world's 24th wealthiest person, a man worth $13.6 billion according to Forbes magazine, sitting at a table for two days, playing tech support. It was, Allchin says, a humbling experience. Worth reading to the end!


Server Virtualization Is Here In A Big Way

Here is the promised Executive Summary of the Sunbelt Yankee Server Virtualization survey, by Laura Didio, Research Fellow, Application Infrastructure and Software Platforms.

Thanks to all 700+ of you subscribers who took time out of your busy schedules to respond to the latest joint Sunbelt Software/Yankee Group survey on Server Virtualization timetable, usage and deployment trends and also provide us with your anecdotal comments. As always, your participation, including your constructive criticism in the Comments section is much appreciated and always encouraged. Here are the results of the poll. Once again, your participation in this survey is greatly appreciated. As our way of saying "Thanks," anyone who filled out the survey and who would like a free copy of the complete report, once it is edited and published within the next 2 to 3 weeks, should send Laura an email request at: [email protected]

Server virtualization has arrived in a big way as a mainstream technology, with three out of four businesses or 76% of companies definitively stating they plan to deploy the technology. The survey results indicate that for the overwhelming majority of corporations -- from the smallest SMBs with under 50 users to the largest multinational enterprises with 100,000+ end users -- the major question is when, not if, they will implement virtualization in the corporate data center. Only 4% of the respondents said they had no plans to install a virtualization solution. And of the 76% that affirmed they will deploy virtualization, a nearly two-thirds majority -- 62% -- already have a virtualization solution in place or are in the process of migrating, while another 21% indicated they will install server virtualization within the next 12 months.

The reasons for the en masse migration to virtualization are readily apparent. Virtualization accomplishes what its name implies: it lets businesses turn a single server into multiple, virtual servers each of which operates as its own entity running different applications or even different operating systems in the same physical server. This saves money and crucial space in the data center. All of which translates into improved Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and faster Return on Investment (ROI).

And the fully half of you -- 50% of the 62% that have already deployed server virtualization in a production environment, responded affirmatively that you have achieved directly attributable cost reductions resulting from server consolidation, consolidation of software licenses and reduced management time. Once again, only 4% indicated there were no TCO improvements and only 9% of you who are using a server virtualization solution said you have not seen any perceptible ROI.

Most of you had near universal praise for the benefits and advantages of virtualization, although in a few notable and isolated incidents -- 3 customers to be exact -- said they have encountered problems with lost data and server abends. One corporation indicated the problem was so severe that they were removing the virtualization solution from their environment. But those are exceptions.

An overwhelming 90% of you told us in your anecdotal responses that deploying server virtualization technology was a positive experience. And you indicated that you were able to deploy the technology very quickly and efficiently. One-quarter or 25% said they deployed virtualization in a production data center in one week or less; 18% said they got it up and running within 1 to 2 weeks; another 18% indicated they spent 2 weeks to one month deploying the technology. So a 61% majority deployed server virtualization solutions in under one month. Nineteen percent of companies said it took them from 1 to 2 months to deploy virtualization; 9% reported a 3 to 6 month deployment cycle and 11% said it took them longer than 6 months.

And nearly two-thirds of the user population -- 62% -- have deployed server virtualization as a one-to-many (multiple instances on one machine) compared with only 10% that are using server virtualization as a many-to-one (grid or utility computing) solution. Storage virtualization is in use at 20% of corporations while the remaining 14% of organizations have implemented it as a network virtualization technology.

Reducing infrastructure costs was the primary reason cited by 43% of companies for installing the technology, followed by 18% of customers who said they chose virtualization for easier, more flexible application deployment and 15% who indicated they migrated to virtualization to improve server utilization rates. Another 12% said their primary reason for adopting server virtualization was driven by the need to consolidate physical space while 10% said their goal is faster server and application provisioning times.

Many of you took us to task for omitting disaster recovery as a primary driver for your server virtualization deployments. Mea culpa! This choice was actually in the original version but inadvertently got left off due to an editing mistake. You have our sincere apologies. However, based on the anecdotal comments and ?write in? votes for disaster recovery, Sunbelt and Yankee Group have ascertained that disaster recovery is on a par or a very close second to ?reducing infrastructure costs? as the chief reason that businesses choose to deploy server virtualization in their data centers.

Among the other survey highlights:
  • VMWare is the clear and convincing market leader. The majority of you, 45% are deploying or plan to use VMWare?s ESX, while another 10% will install VMWare?s GSX. That gives VMWare a total market share of 55%, which according to the survey responses; it should easily maintain this percentage over the next 12 to 15 months.
  • Microsoft?s Virtual Server is second with 29% market share.
  • All of the other server virtualization solution providers including the open source XenSource -- XenOptimizer built into Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell SuSE are very small niche market solutions which each have only about 1% market share.
  • To date, only 14% of businesses have not yet chosen a server virtualization vendor.
  • Although 50% of businesses indicated they have achieved TCO cost savings as a direct result of installing virtualization technology, only 47% of businesses were able to quantify the amount of the cost reductions. A 53% majority said that to date, they have either not attempted to calculate TCO savings or are unsure of how much they saved. Of those companies that said they did save money, 10% said they cut TCO costs by 10% to 20%; 13% indicated they shaved their TCO costs by 20% to 30%; another 17% said their TCO costs declined by 30% to 75% while 8% estimated they had achieved cost savings ranging from 50% to over 75%.
Once again, your participation in this survey is greatly appreciated!


One Single AV Vendor? -- A Security No No

Antivirus vendors have been around for two decades, and have a thriving business selling AV updates to their customers. They also cooperate, and send viruses that they have discovered to their competitors via (confidential) industry communities. But similar to spyware, no single AV vendor can span the full AV universe.

That means that they will sooner or later miss one and that one could be a -big- one. Simple conclusion, you'd better have at least two AV vendors scanning your environment for viruses. And since email is one of the major vectors of spreading viruses, your Exchange server definitely needs multiple antivirus engines.

Having just one AV vendor for both your email and desktops might sound like a convenient solution, and many companies buy multi-year contracts for this. However, using the -same- AV engine on Exchange and the desktop is ultimately an invitation to infection. For this reason, Sunbelt strongly recommends to replace your current AV filter on Exchange with Sunbelt Messaging Ninja. It comes out of the box with two award-winning AV scanners, and will give you a much more secure antivirus setup. When you see the price for Ninja's AV you will be even more motivated to switch AV for Exchange!

The six advantages are obvious;
  1. One powerful, user-friendly console for all messaging security;
  2. More reliable as it's just one product instead of two or three;
  3. Less resources consumed (Ninja's plug-ins play well together);
  4. A state of the art attachment filter at no cost;
  5. Extremely attractive pricing (unlike a recent 40% increase of yearly maintenance after a major player was acquired)
  6. Excellent, world-class and FAST Tech Support by Sunbelt!
To start with, get Ninja with 2-year free attachment filter here:

Double-Take Software Acquires Sunbelt Europe

Sunbelt U.S. sister company in Europe was acquired last week.

In a move to increase its global presence, Double-TakeŽ Software today announced the acquisition of their strategic partner, Sunbelt System Software headquartered in Paris, France, with offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and Belgium. The acquisition will extend the customer base of Double-Take Software by leveraging Sunbelt?s footprint across Europe, Middle East, Africa, (EMEA) Australia, and New Zealand.

"This year has been all about building upon our strengths and this acquisition punctuates our strong business momentum," said Dean Goodermote, CEO, Double-Take Software. "By adding Sunbelt System Software?s multilingual collaboration and product expertise we?ll continue to grow our market knowledge and world-class technical support, allowing us to maintain our leadership in this market."

Double-Take Software is best known for data protection solutions for disaster recovery, high availability, and centralized backup with first class professional services and training. Adding Sunbelt System Software to the equation, Double-Take Software will provide an established global presence thanks to a developed partner network across the EMEA region.

"We have always endeavored to bring customers the best products," said Jo Murciano, CEO, founder and chairman, Sunbelt Software. "The two companies? combined dedication and commitment to meeting customer needs with innovation and technology makes us a natural fit within the Double-Take Software business philosophy."

Sunbelt System Software and Double-Take Software started their partnership in July, 1998. Since then, Sunbelt has continually grown their business not only selling Double-Take Software products but also by becoming experts in supporting and implementing Double-Take Software. During this time, Sunbelt System Software became Double-Take Software?s exclusive distributor for EMEA. They are also one of the few Double-Take Software certified training organizations. Over the years, they have expanded their territory not only through direct sales but also by developing an excellent partner program.

Alex explains a bit about the relationship of Sunbelt US and Sunbelt Europe and the details of the acquisition in his blog of May 31st:

On Demand Spyware Appliance Webcast Alert

Mi5 Networks and IT Security Expert Bob West to Discuss Anti-Spyware Best Practice Strategies. What are the latest tactics for controlling spyware and mitigating security and privacy, while maintaining high levels of productivity?

Who: Bob West, renowned security expert, and Mi5 Networks' Doug Camplejohn, CEO & Founder, will lead a Webinar on how companies can protect against information spyware (such as keylogger, remote access terminals (RATs), and phone-homes. West is a respected IT security expert and the founder of Echelon One, LLC. Previously, Bob was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati where he was responsible for the enterprise information security strategy.

What: A Webinar titled, "Essential Strategies for Protecting Against the New Wave Of Spyware Threats." Some enterprises believe they have the spyware problem covered because they have desktop anti-spyware software in place or their Help Desk organization isn't seeing many complaints from users - but this is a false sense of security. Desktop anti-spyware software should be part of any good defense-in depth strategy, but it's generally focused on after-the-fact cleanup and should be your last line of defense, not the first. Most spyware infections that are brought to the attention of the Help Desk team are adware that display pop-up ads, take over browser pages, and/or degrade a PCs performance to the point of making it unusable. This type of spyware can affect productivity, but is less of a security risk. The real security risk comes from spyware that is much more difficult to detect: keyloggers, remote access terminals, password hijackers, trojans, etc. These types of spyware never make themselves obvious to an end-user, and it's likely that several exist in your enterprise without your knowledge today. In this webcast we will discuss specific strategies on how to best protect your enterprise from the spyware that you don't see.

When: On Demand ? Download On-Demand Webcast Now and view it at your convenience, right here:

It's Hurricane Season Again!

Paul Robichaux, the Exchange Editor of WinITPro wrote (and he's right): "A gentle reminder: The first day of June is the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. If you're near the coast and don't have an up-to-date disaster-recovery plan, you should develop one posthaste. It's worth remembering that large storms can strike anywhere on the eastern coast of the United States and Canada--don't assume that they're only a Gulf Coast problem. Even if you're not in a hurricane- prone area, this is a good time of year to revisit your disaster- recovery and high availability strategies and to ensure that they reflect your business needs."

WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.

Yup, it's here now. A fully automated Adidas Shoe. Tech Support will be an even "smellier than normal" business!

The crazy stuff teenagers come up with... will it explode? (video)

I went over to Google Video and checked out the top 100. This girl is flexible beyond comprehension. Did not know you could do this with a human body! Many more cool videos there BTW

Friend of mine got one at ToysRUs for $20. They are a lot of fun! (video)

Why software developers sometimes ship software with bugs. This is a very interesting and insightful article by a developer:

Bizarre as it may be, most of these urinals (!) are worth a look.

Hurricane simulated animation what happens with a house at the different wind speeds. Quite interesting indeed:

These rims are really High Tech. Modify while you drive! (video)

Visual Tour: 20 Things You Won't Like About Windows Vista

A dedicated site about cow abductions. Yes, you read that right:

Redmond has a website that explains what you need to get ready for Windows Vista, all the hardware required and the like...


Motorola Q Puts Treo Features in RAZR Body

A tech buddy of mine who contributes regularly to the Faves sent me this write-up. Don't know where it came from but it sounds good:
"Motorolas hotly anticipated Q phone finally premiered this week, with fanfare befitting its Bond-like good looks. Taking a cue from the top-selling RAZR line, Motorola has flattened the phone out as far as a broadband Windows Mobile Smartphone with a QWERTY thumb keyboard and MiniSD slot can go. At .45 inches, it's about half as thick as the Treo 700w, yet it has a full-color 320-by-240 pixel screen, 1.3MP camera, five-way navigator, and dedicated function buttons. It even adds a scroll-wheel and button on the side, for easier one-handed operation. Perhaps most importantly for many, it's also about $200 cheaper than a Treo. The honor of being the first provider to offer the Q falls to Verizon, and its EV-DO version will be available online beginning May 31 for $199 with a two-year contract. The Q has Bluetooth, and while it won't be available at launch, Verizon will soon be offering a tethering plan to use the phone as a modem for your laptop for an extra $15 per month. The only big omission is Wi-Fi, but you should be able add this capability through the MiniSD slot, as with the Treo 700w, after appropriate drivers have been written by third-party vendors." Check it out at: