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Vol. 11, #50 - Dec 19, 2006 - Issue #606
Last Issue Of The Year

  1. Editors Corner
    • Last Issue Of The Year
    • Quotes Of The Week:
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Crash Course: Virtualization Basics
    • Exclusive Article: Recover Data For Windows Servers With Linux
    • New Windows Generation Raises Same Old IT Challenges
    • Exchange Server 2003 Storage Management Options
    • Special Report: VMworld 2006
  4. Windows Server News
    • $50,000 For A Vista Exploit
    • Windows Shops Weighing Service Desk As An Option
    • Exchange 2007 - It's Official
  5. Windows Server Third Party News
    • SQL Server 2005 Options for Recoverability
    • Sunbelt Emulator Debugger
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • Sunbelt Network Security Inspector; Editor's Choice
Kerio MailServer adds Direct Push email for Outlook Mobile

The latest release of Kerio MailServer 6.3 gives businesses
the easiest way to deliver mobile email to all their employees.
Kerio will wirelessly push email to Windows Mobile devices and
synchronize contacts, calendars and tasks using the ActiveSync(r)
protocol. Kerio MailServer downloads and installs in minutes on
Windows XP for quick and easy evaluation. Best of all, the new
10-user base license starts at just $399.
http://www.wservernews.com/061219-Kerio-MailServer

Editors Corner

Last Issue Of The Year

This is your last WServerNews of the year! The next one will be the Jan 8, 2007 issue, and that's going to be the famous Crystal Ball issue with predictions for the coming year, and how I did with my predictions for 2006. I'm dreading it already, as it is the shortest issue of the year that takes by far the longest to write! If you have any predictions of your own, you can send them to me. I'll include them (and your name) if they are any good, LOL. We will also feature the Top 10 Fave Links of 2006!

All of us at Sunbelt wish you Happy Holidays and hopefully a few days of real downtime, instead of using the holidays to build new systems, swap out servers, and make infrastructure upgrades. But even if there's no choice and you gotta do that, have a great time! I have added a few extra Fave Links, so you have something to watch while waiting for the backups to finish...

Quotes Of The Week:

"Coercion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him." -- Ronald Reagan
"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom." -- Albert Einstein

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

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/061219-Double-Take

FREE Web Employee Directory + Secure Self Service - rDirectory for Active Directory.
http://www.wservernews.com/061219-NameScape

CounterSpy Enterprise is still by far the best choice for centralized antimalware. The threat database is unsurpassed, and extremely complete:
http://www.wservernews.com/061219-CounterSpy-Enterprise

Messaging Ninja now runs on 5000+ Exchange production servers. It's the fastest adopted antispam / antivirus product in the market:
http://www.wservernews.com/061219-Sunbelt-Messaging-Ninja


Tech Briefing

Crash Course: Virtualization Basics

Take a fast trip through tips on choosing virtualization products, managing virtual machine sprawl and virtual hard disks, migrating from VMware to Microsoft Virtual Server and more. Your guide is Anil Desai, IT book author and consultant and SearchServerVirtualization.com Ask the Expert advisor; not to mention MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA and a Microsoft MVP.
http://www.wservernews.com/061219-Virtualization-Basics


Exclusive Article: Recover Data For Windows Servers With Linux

While the fear of losing stored data is a major issue for IT managers, not being able to recover what is lost is even more of a concern. In this article, expert Gary Olsen will review some options for recovering lost data, including a cool way to recover data from a Windows disk using a Linux server. (free registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/061219-Data-Recovery


New Windows Generation Raises Same Old IT Challenges

Vista, Office System 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 are slated for delivery this month. But for enterprises, these platforms will mean lots of time and work for years to come.
http://www.wservernews.com/061219-IT-Challenges


Exchange Server 2003 Storage Management Options

Exchange Server 2003 supports three primary types of storage technologies: storage area networks (SAN), network-attached storage (NAS), and direct-attached storage (DAS). In this SearchExchange.com crash course, contributor Brien Posey explains how each option works and discusses its advantages and disadvantages for Exchange Server storage management.
http://www.wservernews.com/061219-Exchange-Server-2003


Special Report: VMworld 2006

VMworld 2006 recently in Los Angeles was the place where all major virtualization players came together. SearchVirtualization.com was there for the entire event. Read more in this special report.
http://www.wservernews.com/061219-VMword-2006


Windows Server News

$50,000 For A Vista Exploit

Slashdot reported that Snakepit Bit wrote "Underground hackers are hawking a zero-day exploit for Windows Vista at $50,000 a pop, according to computer security researchers at Trend Micro. The Windows Vista exploit, which has not been independently verified, was just one of many zero-days available for sale at an auction-style marketplace infiltrated by the anti-virus vendor. Prices for exploits for unpatched code execution flaws are in the $20,000 to $30,000 range. eWEEK has a story about this too:
http://www.wservernews.com/061219-Vista-Exploit


Windows Shops Weighing Service Desk As An Option

IT managers' interest is piqued by Microsoft's foray into the help desk space. But many high-end and low-end software players are already entrenched in IT organizations. Microsoft's elite beta users recently got their first glimpse at the software company's help desk code as it prepares to launch its first product, code-named Service Desk, by late 2007 or early 2008. Service Desk promises to have a workflow engine to automate tasks, keep track of an organization's hardware and software assets and centralize software configs. Microsoft made its help desk foray public last month as part of its System Center Configuration Management product family. More at:
http://www.wservernews.com/061219-Service-Desk


Exchange 2007 - It's Official

There will be a LOT more said about this the coming year, but here is the link to Redmond's official site for the moment. We in Sunbelt are already turning it inside out, so that we can support Ninja on this new platform.
http://www.wservernews.com/061219-Exchange-2007a


http://www.wservernews.com/061219-Exchange-2007b


Windows Server Third Party News

SQL Server 2005 Options for Recoverability

Ask Yourself: How long would it take your DBA to get SQL up and running if the server crashed? Less than 5 minutes? Can you afford to lose an entire day's worth of data? Can you backup your SQL Server 24/7 without impacting production? While SQL Server 2005 offers options for database protection and recovery, none of them is intended to provide a complete disaster recovery solution. In today's environment, corporate and regulatory mandates drive many of these requirements beyond what native SQL Server data protection options can provide. That's why thousands of customers choose Double-Take to reduce complexity and improve up-time of their critical SQL Servers. Join this webinar to discover a SQL Server protection strategy that can provide:
  • Real-time data protection capabilities for the entire SQL Server.
  • Extensive bandwidth management and recovery with patented data integrity regardless of distance.
  • Complete application protection and recovery.
  • Simplified recovery process that dramatically reduces the time and effort involved with SQL Server recovery to a single button-click.

http://www.wservernews.com/061219-SQL-2005-Recoverability


Sunbelt Emulator Debugger

Alex wrote: "A major part of the new CounterSpy 2.0 is the inclusion of a number of antivirus technologies to combat the increasingly complex forms of malware out there. For example, since over 90% of all malware is packed using UPX or other similar packers, we built our own generic unpacker. One thing we needed to do was to build our own x86 emulator that will run inside a future version of CounterSpy Anti-malware Engine. As part of that, we built our own emulator/debugger for analyzing malware and automatically creating signatures. I was playing with it over the weekend and it's pretty cool (don't worry, I only play a programmer on TV). The malware executes inside the emulator and you can unpack it for analysis, similarly to how you might debug or analyze code in OllyDbg or the like. Here is a picture:
http://www.wservernews.com/061219-Sunbelt-Emulator-Debugger


WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS

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



WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

Sunbelt Network Security Inspector; Editor's Choice

IT Week Magazine wrote: "This software package can detect over 2,500 network vulnerabilities, and it wins our Editor's Choice Award for value and security." We agree. SNSI literally uses a military spec database that many three-letter U.S. Government agencies use to secure their networks. But we license it per admin seat, not IP (!) to keep it affordable for SMB companies. This is a tool you should not be without. And if you get a 100-seat license of CounterSpy or Ninja before the end of the year, you get it even at no cost.
http://www.wservernews.com/061219-SNSI