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Vol. 12, #4 - Jan 29, 2007 - Issue #610
Expect Vista SP1 In December

  1. Editors Corner
    • Expect Vista SP1 In December
    • Come Visit Us At The RSA Show in San Francisco
    • Yankee Survey: Comparing Windows To Linux Servers
    • Your Coolest TradeShow Gift Ever?
    • Quote Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Optimizing Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Series
    • Updated MS Toolkit Allows Full Vista Compatibility Check
    • Safe And Secure Windows Logging Practices
    • Top 10 SQL Server Indexing Tips To Improve Performance
  4. Windows Server News
    • If I Run Vista, Do I Still Need 3rd Party AntiSpyware?
    • Pirated Vista: System Admin Gotcha
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Double-Take Is Named A Finalist For Two Industry Awards
    • "CounterSpy: The ONLY Product I Could Install Via SMS"
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Messaging Ninja: HALF The Admin Time
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Editors Corner

Expect Vista SP1 In December

Redmond is planning its first SP1 with bug fixes and enhancements for the new OS. They already asked for businesses that want to be beta testers and said: "Interested customers should contact their Technical Account Manager at Microsoft to get nominated". And Vista for consumers only goes into retail next week! SP1 is going to be a bunch of fixes, as opposed to XP SP2 which was reworking major sections of the engine.

Come Visit Us At The RSA Show in San Francisco

You are invited to be our guest at RSA Conference 2007, February 5-9 in San Francisco. Stop by the Sunbelt Software Booth #2513 and get a live demo of Ninja and CounterSpy Enterprise. Click this link to find out what the goodie is we are giving away!:
http://www.wservernews.com/070129-RSA-Conference


Yankee Survey: Comparing Windows To Linux Servers

Reminder: We are redoing our yearly major survey comparing Windows to Linux together with the Yankee Group. You are invited to participate. We will make the Executive Summary of the survey available next week. It should take you less than 3 minutes to complete. If you are in either education or government, (MEA CULPA) these options fell out of Q3, please indicate that in the comments section at the end? This really is an important survey. Thanks in advance! LINK:
http://www.wservernews.com/070129-Survey


Your Coolest TradeShow Gift Ever?

I have a 2-second web survey for ya! At all the tradeshows that you have visited... What is the coolest gift / tchotchke / give-away / swag you ever got?
http://www.wservernews.com/070129-Tradeshow


Quote Of The Week

"A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to."
-- Laurence Peter

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

Mouse slowing you down? Much faster with a keyboard? This new tool allows you to bypass the mouse all together. Discover ENSO:
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Need Enterprise Antispyware that actually installs via SMS and works? Try CounterSpy Enterprise for 30 days and find out for yourself:
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Tech Briefing

Optimizing Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Series

General networking principals apply to virtual machines just as they apply to physical ones. But because the host's network adapters will be providing resources for all VMs, there are some special considerations. In this tip, expert Anil Desai presents some ways to design networks with virtualization performance in mind. (free registration)
http://www.wservernews.com/070129-Virtualization


Updated MS Toolkit Allows Full Vista Compatibility Check

With Windows Vista finally released to manufacturing, administrators are bracing for the inevitability of supporting the new operating system. The big unknown isn't whether a given machine can support Vista, but whether a given application will run properly in Vista. And since Vista features some of the most radical changes to Windows since Windows went 32-bit, this is no small issue. Read more in this tip! (free registration)
http://www.wservernews.com/070129-Vista-Compatibility-Toolkit


Safe And Secure Windows Logging Practices

When it comes to audit logging, have you ever wondered what it takes to meet all the regulatory compliance requirements? Do you enable audit logging enough to satisfy your organization's business needs and keep security risks at a minimum? In this expert tip, find out how you can.
http://www.wservernews.com/070129-Windows-Logging


Top 10 SQL Server Indexing Tips To Improve Performance

SearchSQLServer.com editors have tallied their most popular tips on the topic of indexes to help DBAs weed out valueless indexes, design high performing indexes and query your existing SQL Server indexes.
http://www.wservernews.com/070129-SQL-Indexing-Tips


Windows Server News

If I Run Vista, Do I Still Need 3rd Party AntiSpyware?

In short, YES. Walt Mossberg of Wall Street Journal fame said so last week. Why? Well, let me tell you my perspective on this. First of all, Vista comes bundled with Defender, and that was not built for the enterprise. You cannot manage it centrally, so forget about it. Furthermore, Defender has two weaknesses: 1) It is not very effective, and 2) the updates are too few and far between.

"Weak Spyware Blocking Capability"

Our respected colleagues at Webroot came out with the following statement: "As part of the ongoing testing performed by Webroot's Threat Research team, it was discovered that Windows(r) Defender failed to block 84 percent of a testing sample-set that included 15 of the most common variations of existing spyware and malware. In evaluating its ability to block spyware and malware before it has infected a user's machine, Webroot's Threat Research Team found the Windows(r) Defender program's performance was not in keeping with many third-party security applications, including Webroot's own award-winning anti- spyware program, Spy Sweeper(r). Threats of various types - including adware, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs), system monitors, keyloggers and trojans - were able to reside on the testing environment undetected by Windows Vista(tm). One PUP tested was able to install under administrator privileges, run and capture keystrokes without any adaptation from its Windows(r) XP operating environment, and Defender did not detect the installation or the running application."

Well, there you have it. You still need 3rd party antispyware even after you deploy Vista. Microsoft marketing can now say: "Oh, anti-spyware? Check! We got that". But don't let that fool you. You still need the real malware specialists to get effective protection. You might say: "Yeah, but Microsoft now also has Forefront client security" True, but read the fine print.... the anti-malware component of Forefront is based on Defender! (OUCH) The upshot is that your shortlist for enterprise antispyware is either SpySweeper or CounterSpy. The best products always win!
http://www.wservernews.com/070129-CSE


Pirated Vista: System Admin Gotcha

ComputerWorld has a story that is interesting from the System Admin perspective. Some of your more adventurous "power' users might be tempted to install pirated Vista versions on their systems at home that they use to telecommute. I have seen this happen when XP came out and do not expect it to be any different with Vista. That is of course going to break a lot of things, but more over, it creates a legal liability that you need to prevent. BitTorrent is used by tens of millions of Internet users to swap digital music and movies for free. Now pirated Vista is also available "for free". Microsoft has quietly admitted that there are at least three workarounds for its Software Protection Platform (SSP).

If you have a few end-user that you suspect might try this, I'd make sure to squash that impulse before it actually gets done. Saves a lot of time and hassle! Story at ComputerWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/070129-Pirated-Vista


WServer Third Party News

Double-Take Is Named A Finalist For Two Industry Awards

Double-Take has been named a finalist in the 4th Annual Law Technology News Awards. The Awards dinner will be held on Monday night (January 29) at the New York Hilton during LEGAL TECH NY. More information can be found at:
http://www.wservernews.com/070129-Double-Take-Finalist

This year the judges of the SearchStorage Products of the Year Awards have chosen the finalists, and Double-Take for Virtual Systems has been named to the list. You can see the official announcement at under the Backup and disaster recovery software category. The final storage medal winners will be announced in the February issue of Storage magazine and on SearchStorage, February 6th.
http://www.wservernews.com/070129-Awards


"CounterSpy: The ONLY Product I Could Install Via SMS"

Just read what a customer sent us just this week:
"Hi Dave, just wanted to let you know I spoke with a very nice gentleman from Sunbelt support. He showed me the "unofficial" way of removing the uninstalled(unwanted) clients from the Management/Agent console view. Also, I wanted to let you know that we tested client package deployment via SMS and it went off without a hitch. Of the first 3 anti-malware products we've tested, CounterSpy is the only one that we've been able to install via SMS without any problems. Kudos for ease of .msi package deployment. -- J.A. Network Services - IT Specialist
http://www.wservernews.com/070129-CSE-via-SMS


WServerNews 'FAVE' Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

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 Product Of The Year' Ninja from your existing Exchange antispam or antivirus, making Ninja super attractive.
http://www.wservernews.com/070129-Sunbelt-Messaging-Ninja