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Vol. 11, #49 - Dec 11, 2006 - Issue #605
Ninja: HALF the Time To Manage Email Security

  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • Ninja: HALF the Time To Manage Email Security
    • Hello, Vista, Have Some Malware
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • Trojan Disguised As Vista Activator
    • Learning Guide: Upgrading to SQL Server 2005
    • Legacy Hardware Plus Free Virtualization
    • Microsoft Flip-flopping On Future Exchange Features
    • VMware Server On Windows vs. VMware Server On Linux
    • 32-bit Vs. The 64-bit SQL Server Performance Surge
  4. WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
    • Microsoft Warns Of Zero-day Attack On Word
    • Critical Fixes for Windows, Visual Studio Coming Next Week
  5. WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • Virtualization For Applications
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • BOOK: Microsoft SQL Server 2005: The Complete Reference
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EDITORS CORNER

Ninja: HALF the Time To Manage Email Security

We have some really important news. To understand your perceptions about various email management systems, we engaged Osterman Research to survey organizations that are using five different email management systems. The results are in. The Osterman report presents the results of those findings, comparing Sunbelt Software's Messaging Ninja with an average of the other four systems.

The research shows that Messaging Ninja is rated very highly by users, relative to other email management products with which it competes and Ninja can be managed at a lower cost per user. Ninja was compared to:
  • Barracuda Spam Firewall
  • GFI MailEssentials
  • McAfee GroupShield for Microsoft Exchange
  • Symantec Brightmail
Ninja is easier to manage, has excellent anti-spam functionality, and is rated highest as 'extremely reliable'. The time in person-hours spent deploying Ninja is 2.3 hours per 1,000 email users versus 7.4 hours for other products, and the time spent managing messaging security for 1,000 email users per week with Ninja is 1.1 hour versus 2.3 hours for other solutions.

This finding is significant: Messaging Ninja requires one-half (!) of the IT time during a typical week to manage, compared to an average of the other systems. Extrapolate that, and you will find Ninja has a labor cost of $2.25 per user per year versus $4.50 per user per year for the average of the other systems. This is extremely important ROI information and saves your time for more important tasks. The full Osterman whitepaper is here:
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-Osterman


Hello, Vista, Have Some Malware

Security researchers at Sophos have identified three viruses already in circulation that can potentially affect computers running Vista -- a less-than-auspicious discovery for the operating system's official launch. ComputerWorld reported on this first so here is their story:
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-Vista-Malware


Quotes Of The Week

"Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language". -- Ludwig Wittgenstein
"True philosophy invents nothing; it merely establishes and describes what is". -- Victor Cousin
"An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject, and how to avoid them"- Physicist Werner Karl Heisenberg.

PS: check out the Learning Guide: Upgrading to SQL Server 2005! After we upgraded we had dramatic performance improvements.

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


ADMIN TOOLBOX

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Must have FREEWARE from Namescape - over 1 Million registered users! Web Active Directory + Self Service GAL. Download now:
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-Namescape

The Number One 'High-Availability-And-Disaster-Recovery' tool in-one. Double-Take sold more licenses than all other HA/DR products combined:
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-Double-Take

Version 5.0 of MS's Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) was created to audit your apps, computers, peripherals and Web for Vista compatibility issues:
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-MS-ACT

Azaleos provide a cost modeling tool, developed by Osterman Research, for your purposes in sizing the cost and complexity of running Microsoft Exchange.
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-Azaleos


TECH BRIEFING

Trojan Disguised As Vista Activator

Users testing a final version of Vista that are tempted to activate it illegally, should beware. Circulating in P2P networks is what purports to be an activation hack for Microsoft's latest operating system - anyone running the file to carry out the supposed activation will find themselves installing a trojan. The file Windows Vista All Versions Activation 21.11.06 displays the icon for a RAR file in Windows Explorer and is 268 kb in size. However, rather than containing routines to activate Vista, it installs the trojan Ldpinch.AZE (also known as MicroJoiner or Muldrop). No detailed description of the malware is yet available. Virus creators often use similar social engineering methods to find new victims and infect and gain control over their computers. There is more about this at the German 'Hot Security' site:
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-Vista-Trojan


Learning Guide: Upgrading to SQL Server 2005

As a value-added reseller, systems integrator or a consultant, chances are a majority of your customers run SQL Server 2000. So, they're not taking advantage of the major upgrades and enterprise-level features of the newer version of this popular database. This is an opportunity for you, and this learning guide can help.
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-SQL-2005


Legacy Hardware Plus Free Virtualization

New Life for old machines? If your IT department is like most others, you probably have a bunch of old servers collecting dust in the corner of your data center. But did you know that today's free virtualization technologies will let you turn those old hunks of junk into hosts for virtual machines. This article will address the pros and cons of combining older server hardware with VMware's free server virtualization product, VMware Server. (free registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-Virtualization


Microsoft Flip-flopping On Future Exchange Features

Will the next version of Exchange Server have a new data store or public folders? Even Microsoft doesn't seem to know for sure.
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-Exchange-Features


VMware Server On Windows vs. VMware Server On Linux

VMware Server is great, but should you run it on Windows or Linux? Both have their pluses and minuses. This article discusses how to determine whether VMware Server on Windows is the way to go or if it's best to stay true to the penguin party by hosting VMware Server on a Linux server.
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-VMware


32-bit Vs. The 64-bit SQL Server Performance Surge

The 64-bit platform in SQL Server is setting a new computing standard. Will you make the leap from 32-bit to 64-bit? In this tip, Serdar Yegulalp compares the two editions and highlights 64-bit advantages, including sustaining additional concurrent users with its increased physical memory, Analysis Services optimization and overall performance boosts.
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-64-Bit-SQL-Server


WINDOWS SERVER NEWS

Microsoft Warns Of Zero-day Attack On Word

MS warned Tuesday of a new, unpatched memory corruption error in Word and said that it was investigating reports of "limited" attacks that exploit the problem. The bug can be exploited by adding a string of characters in a Word file. here is their Security Advisory 929433:
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-Word-Zero-Day


Critical Fixes for Windows, Visual Studio Coming Next Week

Microsoft issued an Advance Bulletin today stating it will release six fixes for various flaws next Tuesday as part of its regularly scheduled "Patch Tuesday" update. Read more at ENTMag:
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-Patch-Tuesday


WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS

Virtualization For Applications

Just like Virtual PC or VMWare is for operating systems, SoftGrid is for applications. Now, you can run any application on your computer without installing it first. This completely eliminates existing incompatibilities between DLL's and allows two programs to play together that otherwise wouldn't. It's the Softtricity code that Redmond bought:
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-Softgrid


WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS

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



WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

BOOK: Microsoft SQL Server 2005: The Complete Reference

We have upgraded to it in-house and have seen a dramatic performance increase. We're talking job running 30 minutes going down to 5 mins.

Back cover copy: Deliver high-performance, widely distributed enterprise database applications using Microsoft SQL Server 2005. This comprehensive resource shows you how to get up-and-running on SQL Server 2005, create and manage databases and tables, triggers, functions, stored procedures, transactions, and advanced database queries. Microsoft SQL Server 2005: The Complete Reference covers every aspect of the new release in full detail, starting with an in-depth review of the core database engine. The book goes on to cover the management and maintenance tools, the SQL Server support of the .NET Common Language Runtime, database integrity, transactions, security, performance management tools, and monitoring techniques. Check it out on the new Osborne site:
http://www.wservernews.com/061211-SQL-Server-2005-Reference