Vol. 11, #41 - Oct 9, 2006 - Issue #597
Vista And Exchange 2007 Adoption
- EDITORS CORNER
- Vista And Exchange 2007 Adoption
- Take A Minute And Vote For CSE And Ninja?
- October Seminar in Toronto, Canada
- Quote Of The Week
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- Moskowitz GPanswers Newsletter #20 Released
- How's your Infrastructure Comparing?
- Installing Microsoft Virtual Server From The Ground Up
- When Beta Doesn't Mean Beta
- Resetting Microsoft Outlook's 'nickname cache'
- WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
- Microsoft Buy Promises Easier Group Policy Management
- Chapter Download: Windows Server 2003 Overview
- New Anti-Piracy Tools Will Delay Vista Enterprise Adoption
- WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Data Protection for Healthcare
- Wanted: Spyware Warriors
- WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- "Should I Replace Antigen With Ninja?"
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Vista And Exchange 2007 Adoption
Thanks for responding to the last SunPoll on Vista adoption.
With Vista's promised ship date to corporate customers less
than two months away, the latest rumor is that Redmond might
release a new test build this week. Here was the SunPoll question,
we got well over 1,000 answers to it: "Now that Vista is close,
what are your plans for rolling it out?"
And your answers are enlightening. It's not going to be fast!
So here is the new SunPoll. This time about Exchange 2007. The
question is: "Gartner claims adoption of Exchange 2007 will only
begin in 2008, with the installed base reaching 40% in 2010. Let's
see if that is true. What are your plans?"
- I'm deploying it the moment I can get my hands on it!: 9.4%
- We'll wait 3 months: 5.4%
- We're going to give it 6-12 months: 18.4%
- We'll wait till Vista SP1 comes out: 32.7%
- We're going for a slow-and-steady replacement process, when new machines get put in.: 33.8%
Here are the answers you can vote for:
Vote here: bottom middle column:
- We plan to adopt right away after release in 2007
- We are going to roll it out in 2008
- We are going to roll it out in 2009
- We are going to roll it out in 2010
Take A Minute And Vote For CSE And Ninja?
SC Magazine has their yearly vote in the categories Best Anti-Malware
and Best Email Security Solution. Could you do me a biiig favor? If you
have not done so already, take a minute (this one is really fast) and
vote for CounterSpy Enterprise and Ninja? Thanks a million in advance!
Best Anti-malware Solution - CSE is 7-th from the top
Best Email Security Solution - Ninja is 8-th from the bottom
October Seminar in Toronto, Canada
We'd like to invite you to attend the following seminar that we are hosting:
"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 apps
Hosted at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, ON on Wednesday,
October 25th. Register here:
Quote Of The Week
"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the
set, I go into the other room and read a book." - Groucho Marx
PS: Remember, support for WinXP SP1 ends next week! It's really
time to upgrade to SP2 if you haven't yet and want tech support.
Moskowitz GPanswers Newsletter #20 Released
A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Here comes IE7. Does that
mean here comes trouble? And can you stop it if you wanted to? Group
Policy for Vista is coming. And there's a lot to learn. Let's at least
get the ball rolling. What about MS latest acquisition of DesktopStandard?
Will the face of Group Policy ever be the same? Find out in Issue #20:
How's your Infrastructure Comparing?
Learn what the Infrastructure Optimization Model has to say about the
state of your organization's IT systems, and discover the steps to take
to move to the next level. By answering the questions, you'll receive
an assessment that shows where your IT infrastructure fits into the
model in four areas: identity and access management, desktop lifecycle,
security and networking, and disaster recovery. A results page will
summarize next steps at the MS technet site:
Installing Microsoft Virtual Server From The Ground Up
Got a ticket for the virtualization train? Jump in with Anil Desai, and
he'll teach you how to install Microsoft Virtual Server from beginning to
end, starting with this article at SearchServerVirtualization:
When Beta Doesn't Mean Beta
Software betas were once treated as unfinished products that you
needed to use in test situations, but now they're marketed as ready
for technical prime time, which can cause big problems in your
operations. At SearchWinIT:
Resetting Microsoft Outlook's 'nickname cache'
Microsoft Outlook uses name lists called "nickname caches" as part of
the auto-complete feature. These lists occasionally become corrupted
and need to be manually erased and rebuilt. At SearchExchange:
||WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
Microsoft Buy Promises Easier Group Policy Management
Microsoft snapped up closely held DesktopStandard, a small software
company that specializes in policy-based management tools. IT managers
looking to manage their complex Group Policy environments may get the
help they need with Microsoft's acquisition today of a small company
that makes policy management tools. Microsoft acquired privately held
DesktopStandard Corp., based in Portsmouth, N.H., for an undisclosed
sum. The deal includes the acquisition of the DesktopStandard's tools
GPOVault, ProfileMaker, PolicyMaker Standard Edition and Share Manager.
The acquisition does not include DesktopStandard's PolicyMaker Application
Security business. That tool will be spun off into a separate company
called BeyondTrust Corp., both companies said. Read more at SearchWinIT:
Chapter Download: Windows Server 2003 Overview
What does Windows Server 2003 offer that earlier NT 4 and Windows 2000
Server didn't? Is it worth the upgrade? Will it "play well" with NT 4
and Windows 2000-based domains? Find out the answers to these questions and
more in Chapter 1 of Mark Minasi's book "Mastering Windows Server 2003."
(free registration required)
New Anti-Piracy Tools Will Delay Vista Enterprise Adoption
eWEEK reported that the the new anti-piracy and validation tools that MS
plans to ship starting with Windows Vista and Longhorn Server will help
ensure that there will be little corporate uptake of these OSen in 2007,
according to analysts. That is because when Windows Vista is released to
manufacturing in the next month, it will include the volume-license KMS
(key management service), which will also be available for the beta of
Windows Server Longhorn. The same applies to Microsoft's Volume Activation
Management tool, which will help with proxy activation. That tool can be
run on a single machine that talks to all the machines in, say, a lab,
and harvests the hardware identity data from them. The single proxy machine
talks to Microsoft, gets the activation identities back for all the machines,
and then shoots this out to those machines and activates them. Customers
can also use this method to activate their entire organization.
But the problem is that many enterprises are not allowed to run client or
beta server software in production environments, so they will not be able
to use these new tools until they are made available for existing production
servers like Windows Server 2003, which is expected some six months after
Vista is released to manufacturing. Read more at eWEEK:
||WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
Data Protection for Healthcare
The need for business continuity and disaster recovery planning is as vital
in the healthcare industry as it is in any major industry. Traditional backup
systems, commonplace in many organizations, do not offer the level of data
protection that is critical to professional productivity and practice
Realizing the need to offer 24/7 support, paired with government regulation
requirements, many healthcare organizations are looking towards a more complete
data protection solution paired with business continuity and disaster recovery
Is your organization disaster-prepared? What will you tell patients when you
can't access their records in an emergency? Who's going to pay the price when
HIPAA or JCAHO compliance is not met? HIPPA ensures money moves quickly between
healthcare providers and insurance companies. What happens if that breaks?
Breathe Easy. With Double-Take Software solutions offering real-time data
replication, you can ensure up-to-the-minute access to business-critical data
instead of relying entirely on the tape backup from last night. Thousands of
companies including over half of the Fortune 500 protect their data with
Double-Take. Many like Jefferson City Medical Group use it today instead of
tape-only backup solutions to provide cost-effective data protection and
disaster recovery for their headquarters and branch offices.
With Double-Take data replication, patient data is always available through
continuous data replication and fail over capabilities. Your applications are
also protected and compliant. Double-Take also complements your existing tape
backup solution and provides a comprehensive disaster recovery solution as
mandated by regulatory organizations. Lastly, the entire system stays running
at all times. Regardless of multiple applications, platforms and companies,
Double-Take ensures reliable data protection and availability.
Wanted: Spyware Warriors
Got a friend who is a developer and their job got outsourced? We
develop and support all our tools in the U.S. and we're hiring.
Could you please forward to them? Thanks in advance!
Cutting edge apps, exciting challenges! You get the chance to
be one of the White Hats and keep the bad guys out. Your code
will make a difference, it will run on hundreds of thousands of
machines. Come and help Sunbelt Software fight malware!
C++ Developers (2 openings)
Job summary: A senior engineer to develop and maintain commercial
Windows security applications using Microsoft C++. This is a lead
Qualifications: Qualified applicants will be a design-focused developer
with a minimum of 5 yrs of experience in MS Windows development in C++.
Required skills: C++, Win32, MFC, STL, multithreaded programming.
Desirable skills: XML/SOAP, COM, ATL, STL.
||WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- Roy Raphaeli demonstrates an amazing card trick:
- A while ago a well meaning friend forwarded an email about an 8
year old boy caught stealing, punished in a public place. It was
disturbing as it looked like a car ran over his arm. Snopes has the
truth about this though:
- This is a Forum for airline crews. The discussions about repairs
and celebrities are quite enlightening!
- Aunt Calamity Strikes Again: "Ghost in the machine. Sometimes I swear
it's alive. Other times, I just swear. When Microsoft announced its
'IntelliSense' initiative in 1994, I laughed. But since then, I've been
keeping an eye on those dialog boxes, which seem to have become much
more than just 'context sensitive.' "
- Fly a lot? Germophobe? Here's the solution. Throwaway airplane seat
covers, in appropriate colors both for ladies and gentlemen:
- MousePrint.org, turns advertising on its head by focusing on an ad's
asterisked fine print footnote rather than the headline. Interesting!
- Yup, I decided that this is going to be my Halloween costume!
- Grappa is a java applet that allows you to create artworks with your
mouse in a fun way. Click to clear, move mouse to draw!
- This is a much more advanced site to doodle, and it needs shockwave.
The results are quite impressive though, cuz' you can do 3D doodles!
- This week's fave video. Four billards, lots of dominos...
- And talking about dominos, here is a better use for maxtor hard
disk drives than store data! Video at YouTube:
- Peter Coffee's Dirty Dozen IT Embarrassments. Real World IT
screwups that caused a lot of damage...
- Ikea is know for its creative and sometimes naughty ads. This site is
specialized in searching for videos and has a bunch of Ikea funny ads:
- What are the most expensive items on eBay? You can actually buy
||WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
"Should I Replace Antigen With Ninja?"
This is a real question and the answers are real too.
Q: "Our Antigen is about to expire... I'm seeking advice about either
renewing Antigen or trying Ninja's Anti-virus module. We're already
using Ninja for spam... Having spam and anti-virus in one easy to
manage product sounds enticing, but, that is weighed against having
all your apples in one basket... Any thoughts?" -- Bill
A1: "That is what I would suggest, I have messaging Ninja for both
spam and Anti-Virus and could not be happier."
A2: "We demo'd Antigen with Trend and Symantec's mail solution and we
found Ninja easier to configure, simpler to use, and very cost effective.
We are pretty happy with the product right now."
A3: Bill, We switched from McAfee Groupshield Exchange to Sunbelt. We still
use McAfee for our client side stuff, but after testing Ninja's AV, we
decided to drop Groupshield. Our reasons:
- We wanted to kinda "mix things up" by using a different email AV vs
our client-side. This way if a virus gets through our email AV, hopefully
the client-side will catch it.
- The reports. It is nice having one place to get reports on the "health"
of our email system. We can see virus counts, plus spam counts in one place.
- The ninja AV seemed to be updating it's defs more often then McAfee.
I don't know if it really was, but it SEEMED to be. (take this one with
a grain of salt..)
- Ease of use and configuration. Groupshield required Java on the Exchange
server. Ninja did not.
- The pricing. We save a BOATLOAD of money switching to Ninja AV and
dropping Groupshield (while still keeping McAfee on the client machines.)
- The pricing.
- Did I mention the pricing? ;)