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Vol. 11, #41 - Oct 9, 2006 - Issue #597
Vista And Exchange 2007 Adoption

    • Vista And Exchange 2007 Adoption
    • Take A Minute And Vote For CSE And Ninja?
    • October Seminar in Toronto, Canada
    • Quote Of The Week
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
    • 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'
    • Microsoft Buy Promises Easier Group Policy Management
    • Chapter Download: Windows Server 2003 Overview
    • New Anti-Piracy Tools Will Delay Vista Enterprise Adoption
    • Data Protection for Healthcare
    • Wanted: Spyware Warriors
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. 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!
  • 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%
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?"
Here are the answers you can vote for:
  • 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
Vote here: bottom middle column:

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 using Double-Take.

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.

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


Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

The biweekly TechNet Flash IT newsletter delivers the latest IT news, security bulletins, product updates, event announcements, and more:

System Center Capacity Planner 2006 helps size and plan deployments of Exchange 2003 and MOM 2005. Tools to deploy and "what-if" analysis.

Did you know that Andrew Baker, one of the MVP's on the NTSYSADMIN list has a KB, built from YEARS of answering questions on the list?

Tired of resetting passwords? Let end users reset their own passwords for AD and ADAM. Check out myPassword from Namescape:


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:


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:


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 continuity.

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 plans.

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?

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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!

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WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS

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


"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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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..)
  4. Ease of use and configuration. Groupshield required Java on the Exchange server. Ninja did not.
  5. The pricing. We save a BOATLOAD of money switching to Ninja AV and dropping Groupshield (while still keeping McAfee on the client machines.)
  6. The pricing.
  7. Did I mention the pricing? ;)