Vol. 11, #32 - Aug 7, 2006 - Issue #588
Redmond's One Big Vista Mistake
- EDITORS CORNER
- Redmond's One Big Vista Mistake
- Sunbelt August Seminars
- How Should Archiving For Exchange Really Work?
- Quote Of The Week
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- August: Another Big Patch Month
- More Internet Traffic Tools
- Learning Guide: Managing Virtualized Environments
- Three Ways To Improve Wireless Network Access For Your Users
- Why HTTP Can Hurt Exchange ActiveSync Attachments
- Filemon, Regmon Will Stay Free
- WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
- eWEEK Labs Review: From MOM to SCOM?
- Redmond Management Deck Shuffle
- Get Yer Red-Hot Compute Cluster Servers Rite Heah!
- Microsoft Reveals Additions to W2K3 SP2
- WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Double-Take for Windows Small Business Server Edition
- WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- What is Your Favorite Firewall?
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Redmond's One Big Vista Mistake
Well, if you believe recently published data from Jupiter Research,
about 50 percent of companies either won't deploy Windows Vista at
all or will wait at least 13 months after the system's November
corporate release to begin installation. Why am I not surprised?
There's a lot that stands in the way. First of all hardware. You
need some pretty advanced 'schtuff' to run Vista flawlessly. But
there are also upgrade issues. For instance W2K users will not be
able to upgrade to Vista, but can buy it at a discount (you will
need a clean install though). XP Pro users will only be able allowed
to upgrade to the Vista Business and Ultimate editions due to
complications arising from built-in XP Pro features.
And what is Redmond's One Big Vista Mistake? Ballmer admitted recently
that one big, wrong decision led to all the Vista delays. They took a
"Big Bang" approach and tried to overhaul all of the OS core components
at the same time. That strategy eventually led to a fiery development
crash. But now they have their act together, and the new OS seems to
be a lot more secure than earlier ones. The proof is in the pudding
though, so we'll believe it when we see it.
Sunbelt August Seminars
We'd like to invite you to attend the following seminars that we are
hosting in August:
"Winning the War on the Spyware Battlefield" - Join renowned spyware
researcher and Sunbelt's Director of Malware Research, Eric Howes, for
an engaging discussion on the scope of the spyware problem, as well as
outline how CounterSpy Enterprise can help better protect your organization
from spyware threats.
Hosted at the Microsoft office in Issaquah, WA on Thursday, August 24th.
"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 Marriott Las Vegas Suites in Las Vegas, NV on Friday, August
25th. Register here:
Hosted at the Microsoft office in Boston, MA on Tuesday, August 29th.
How Should Archiving For Exchange Really Work?
Sunbelt Messaging Ninja V2.1 will soon come out with a powerful Disclaimer
plug-in, based on your input! Content Filtering and Auditing are also
underway, and we are now in the phase where we are defining how the
archiving needs to work. Please let us know how you would like archiving
to really work? This is your chance to influence product features!
Here is the survey:
Quote Of The Week
"Thus the metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless
you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet."
-- Dave Barry
August: Another Big Patch Month
They will release 12 security bulletins next Tuesday to fix holes in
both Windows and Office. Ten patches are for Windows, with at least
one rated as "critical". The other two security updates, at least one
of which also is rated "critical," affect Office. The patches, some
of which will require a restart, will be released on Aug 15. That same
day, they will release an updated version of its Windows Malicious
Software Removal Tool.
More Internet Traffic Tools
Want to know exactly what's happening on the net, without having to
launch a browser every time? If so, your dreams have come true - the
Internet Traffic Report (ITR) client is now available to grace your
So just what exactly will this wondrous program do? Most of the time
it will sit happily in your system tray (normally in the lower right of
the desktop, where the time is shown). While in the system tray, it will
indicate the current ITR rating for network performance. Not in the US?
No problem, in the configuration you can specify which region you would
like to monitor, and that will be the ITR rating displayed! But the ITR
client doesn't stop there, it also includes a super-fast trace route
utility to help spot problem areas on the Internet, as well as let you
see what other computers you move through when going to other locations
on the net. A visual ping utility is included, to help visualize what's
happening - while the graphs look cool, the import information is the
minimum, maximum and average output displayed at the bottom.
It's on their links page. There is a blue sidebar on the right of the page
that has their tools on it, where you can download the ITR client.
Learning Guide: Managing Virtualized Environments
This guide explores best practices and pitfalls to avoid when managing
virtualized environments. You'll find virtualization performance, security
and configuration checklists, tips, white papers and more to help you
manage your virtual environment efficiently (free registration required):
Three Ways To Improve Wireless Network Access For Your Users
Wireless networking has been a massive boon for those organizations with
employees constantly on the go who need to have network access no matter
how far they are from a LAN port. If your company has workers who rely
on wireless networking, here are three tips to improve your wireless
strategy - especially if the company has it in multiple locations
(free registration required):
Why HTTP Can Hurt Exchange ActiveSync Attachments
Exchange ActiveSync uses certain custom extensions on the HTTP protocol --
called HTTP "verb" commands -- that are sent in the context of an HTTP
request to tell the server what the mobile client is trying to accomplish.
If one of these "verbs" is blocked by a proxy, firewall or server-side
constraint, attachment synchronization to mobile devices will fail.
The same issue can create SharePoint errors as well. At SearchExchange:
Filemon, Regmon Will Stay Free
Sysinternals founder Mark Russinovich says Microsoft's top priority is
keeping widely used admin tools like Filemon, Regmon and Process Explorer
freely available. At SearchWinIT.com
||WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
eWEEK Labs Review: From MOM to SCOM?
Microsoft SCOM 2007 streamlines a host of operations, but there's no
upgrade path. SCOM 2007 Beta 2 System Center Operations Manager 2007
Beta 2 is a big step forward for Microsoft's management platform,
although there is no way to upgrade current MOM installations. New
user roles, design templates and discovery methods will ease installation
and make the product easier to use in audit-conscious organizations.
The Lab Review is recommended, it's at the eWEEK site:
Redmond Management Deck Shuffle
Microsoft announced yesterday that Brian Valentine, senior vice president
of the Windows Core Operating System Division (COSD), Dave Cutler, a
senior technical fellow, and Amitabh Srivastava, corporate vice president
of COSD, will leave the Windows team after the completion of Vista to
pursue other opportunities within the company. After Vista is released
to manufacturing, Cutler and Srivastava will work to develop Microsoft's
Live online products and services directly with Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's
Chief Software Architect. Jon DeVaan will serve as senior vice president
of engineering and will share co-leadership of COSD with Valentine until
his departure. DeVaan will assume full control of the division following
Get Yer Red-Hot Compute Cluster Servers Rite Heah!
As expected, Microsoft announced this week customer availability of
its first entry into high-performance computing circles. Windows Compute
Cluster Server 2003 was released to manufacturing (RTM) in July with
customer deliveries starting this month. Read more at ENTMag:
Microsoft Reveals Additions to W2K3 SP2
Redmond revealed more detail about some new features of the coming
SP2 for Windows Server 2003. The development team released more
data on their Windows Server Division Weblog this week. Instead
of repeating everything, you should definitely check out their blog!
||WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
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||WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
What is Your Favorite Firewall?
Self-proclaimed firewall expert David Matou?ek is running a poll on
his site and has over 6,800 votes. Feel free to vote on your favorite
firewall (even if it's not our Kerio!). Link here, on the front page.