Vol. 12, #3 - Jan 22, 2007 - Issue #609
Yankee Survey: Comparing Windows To Linux Servers
- Editor's Corner
- Yankee Survey: Comparing Windows To Linux Servers
- Upcoming Seminars
- Quote Of The Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Tech Briefing
- New Mark Minasi Newsletter
- Fast Guide: Top Virtualization Tips
- Vista Migration: What IT Managers Need To Consider
- Microsoft's Next Big Product Push: Systems Management
- FAQ: Exchange Server Information Store Issues
- Top Client Security Tips Of 2006
- Windows Server News
- Data Cleansing Techniques In SQL Server
- Save Up To $430 Per Year Per PC With Best Practices
- 'Longhorn' To Be Officially Dubbed...
- WServer Third Party News
- Ninja Named to SearchExchange.com 'Products of the Year'
- Shadowcaster Double-Take for Small Business Server
- Event Archiver Helps Compliance
- WServerNews 'Fave' Links
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
- You Told Us: Blended Malware Is 2007 Top Issue
Messaging Ninja: HALF The Admin Time
A recent independent (Osterman) survey shows that Ninja Takes HALF
the time to administer, and has significantly lower cost per user.
Combined with extremely high spam filter rates, and more than 5,000
business installations of Messaging Ninja in less than 9 months, Ninja
is the system admin's favorite for antispam, antivirus and advanced,
policy based attachment filtering. You can get a 50% discount when you
upgrade to 'SearchExchange's Product Of The Year' Ninja from your
existing Exchange antispam or antivirus, making Ninja super attractive.
Yankee Survey: Comparing Windows To Linux Servers
We are redoing our yearly major survey comparing Windows to Linux
together with the Yankee Group. We'd like to invite all of you to
participate and see how your peers are currently managing both
Windows and Linux servers. We will make the Executive Summary
of the survey available in a coming issue, and at request will
provide participants with the full survey results! There are 21
point-and-click questions that should take you less than 3 minutes
to complete. This really is an important survey and I'd appreciate
it a LOT if you could make those 3 minutes available, the results
will be very interesting for all!! Thanks in advance. LINK:
We'd like to invite you to attend the following seminars that we are hosting:
"Recovery Made Easy for Exchange, SQL, and other Critical Applications" -
Join Sunbelt and Double-Take Software as we discuss strategies for
implementing high availability, remote availability and offsite disaster
recovery solutions for SQL, Exchange and other mission critical applications
Hosted at Microsoft in San Diego, CA on Tuesday, January 23rd. Register here:
Hosted at Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, ON on Thursday, February 8th.
Hosted at Microsoft in Vancouver, BC on Friday, February 23rd.
Quote Of The Week
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools".
-- Martin Luther King Jr.
PS: Some one asked me what "cyber" actually means. I had no clue, so
I looked it up. It is a prefix taken from the word cybernetics (Greek
kybernan, to "steer" or "govern". Interesting!
UNDO Dept: The Sunbelt VIPRE Antivirus Enterprise (working name)
CounterSpy Enterprise 2.0 with the addition of our full desktop
antivirus product is not planned for Q2 2006 but Q2 2007. Duh.
New Mark Minasi Newsletter
Mark Minasi has a GREAT newsletter this month. It's a full tutorial on the
use of the Vista WinPE roll-out tool (which doesn't have to be used with
Vista). Read the newsletter online here:
Fast Guide: Top Virtualization Tips
Access SearchServerVirtualization.com's most-clicked quick tips of 2006.
These one-stop virtualization tips will let you grab info and go. Topics
covered include: understanding virtual hard disk options, blades for server
consolidation considerations, managing VM sprawl with a VM library, OpenVZ
vs. Virtuozzo, and more (free registration):
Vista Migration: What IT Managers Need To Consider
After weighing the pros and cons of migrating to Windows Vista, expert
Bernie Klinder runs through the final factors IT managers must consider
before making the move to the new OS (free registration):
Microsoft's Next Big Product Push: Systems Management
From help desk to data protection, Microsoft began taking on systems
management in a big way in 2006. The next wave begins in early 2007 with
the release of the newest SMS.
FAQ: Exchange Server Information Store Issues
In this collection of frequently asked questions, SearchExchange.com experts
tackle several common Exchange Server information store issues. From fixing
configuration and performance problems to copying and recovering information
store data, learn something new about managing the Exchange Server information
store from this assortment of expert advice.
Top Client Security Tips Of 2006
The biggest threat to your network isn't always the latest malware outbreak
or a clever hacker; sometimes it's actually the users themselves! With this
scary thought in mind, SearchWindowsSecurity.com compiled their top five
client hardening tips of 2006. Recap the year in client security and make sure
your network is protected from more than just the same old external threats.
||Windows Server News
Data Cleansing Techniques In SQL Server
When it comes to decision making, the value of data is in its accuracy. If
the data is inaccurate, decision makers can make flawed assumptions, which
could have disastrous consequences. In this tip, Jeremy Kadlec outlines a
dozen techniques to ensure data accuracy.
Save Up To $430 Per Year Per PC With Best Practices
IDC released a report last October that showed if you optimize your PC
deployment and management, you can save up to $430 in IT labor savings
per PC per year. It can be achieved from implementing IDC-recommended PC
infrastructure optimization best practices from Basic to Rationalized.
Many of these benefits can be enabled and maintained more easily and
less expensively with Vista. Here are some examples:
Source: "Optimizing Infrastructure: The Relationship Between IT Labor Costs
and Best Practices for Managing the Windows Desktop," IDC October 2006, #203482
ComputerWorld has a good article that explains all this in more detail;
- Centrally managed PC settings and configuration - $190
- Standardized desktop strategy - $110
- Comprehensive PC security - $130
'Longhorn' To Be Officially Dubbed...
It's official. Well, sort of. Windows enthusiast site ActiveWin.com
reported this week that an unnamed Microsoft official has confirmed the
final name for "Longhorn" server. ENTnews has the scoop! Read more:
||WServer Third Party News
Ninja Named to SearchExchange.com 'Products of the Year'
Messaging Ninja Takes Silver in Exchange Server Security Category
Sunbelt today announced that its all-in-one enterprise messaging security
product, Sunbelt Messaging Ninja, has been named to TechTarget's
SearchExchange.com 2006 Products of the Year. In its review of security
products, a panel of industry experts, including the editors of
TechTarget's SearchExchange.com editorial staff, a select group of
users, and independent industry analysts and consultants, selected Ninja
to receive the Silver Award in the Exchange Server Security category.
Judges gave Ninja scores for ease of use, value and performance -- and
a perfect score for functionality because of what they called its plug-in
architecture and out-of-the-box modules. "Organizations looking for an
all-inclusive antivirus, antispam and anti-phishing solution for Exchange
Server at an affordable price will benefit from Sunbelt Messaging Ninja
Version 2.0," according to one judge.
Built for Microsoft Exchange, the product delivers best-of-breed antispam,
antivirus, and anti-phishing along with powerful attachment filtering,
wrapped in a plug-in framework that allows additional security features
to be added easily. Designed as an MMC snap-in, deployment is simple with
a minimum of configuration effort needed. The review can be found on
Shadowcaster Double-Take for Small Business Server
Data replication and recovery software can be daunting for the semi-
technical person, yet the need to protect the company's critical data is
undeniable. Once implemented, maintaining the secondary server with the
same updates and service packs as the production server can take time
that a limited staff just doesn't have to spare. Failing over to a
secondary server is one of the most critical operations a business may
encounter. In a disaster situation, there is no time for a learning curve-
the system works flawlessly according to the organizations plan.
Double-Take ShadowCaster(tm) for Small Business Server is a whole-server,
local high availability solution designed with small to medium businesses
in mind. Whether you are the company's designated IT novice or expert,
Double-Take ShadowCaster makes protecting your server's data, applications
and operating system a breeze. Read this new white paper here (PDF):
Event Archiver Helps Compliance
Event Archiver revolutionizes the way that an organization collects and
manages critical log files. Important for HIPAA and SOX. After installing
Event Archiver, you can start analyzing event log entries instead of just
trying to save and store them manually whenever a free afternoon is available.
In fact, collection and retention of log files is a required component of
regulatory compliance efforts anyway. If your organization is facing HIPAA
or Sarbanes-Oxley requirements, make sure that you have a process in place
for routine and reliable collection of critical log data - one that doesn't
rely on one or more people to simply remember to do it.
||WServerNews - Product of the Week
You Told Us: Blended Malware Is 2007 Top Issue
A whopping 41% of you said that blended threats are the greatest
security threats to your networks for 2007. You need a tool that
is able to fight off those blended threats! CounterSpy Enterprise
is that tool. It has the largest and most complete threat database,
and is being morphed into an anti-malware product that fights both
spyware and viruses integrated 'in-one'. Imagine, no longer having
to buy enterprise-wide anti-virus separately from industrial strength
anti-spyware! Check out CounterSpy Enterprise now, 30 days free: