Vol. 12, #5 - Feb 5, 2007 - Issue #611
Double-Take Software Has Gone Public
- Editor's Corner
- Dell Board Hands Rollins Walking Papers
- Windows Vista Upgrade Decision Flowchart
- Quote Of The Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Tech Briefing
- New GPAnswers Newsletter From Jeremy Moskowitz
- Vista Features That May Hurry Your Migration Plans
- MS's Daylight-Saving Time (DST) Patch -- Does It Matter To AD?
- 32-bit to 64-bit SQL Server Migrations
- Exchange Server Memory Management With /3GB, /USERVA and /PAE
- Windows Server News
- Microsoft Ships Intelligent Apps Gateway 2007
- Longhorn Server Preview: Important New Features
- WServer Third Party News
- Double-Take Software Has Gone Public!
- CastleCops Celebrates 5 Years Of Internet Security With Contest
- WServerNews 'FAVE' Links
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
- BOOK: IT AUDITING - Get Compliant With SOX And Other Regs
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 (image) 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'
from your existing Exchange antispam or antivirus, making Ninja
truly super attractive:
Dell Board Hands Rollins Walking Papers
Wow, how the high and mighty get in trouble sometimes. Ever since
Kevin Rollins took over the helm at Dell, some people said there
was a sense of lack of direction. I have trouble to envision Dell
as a company with focus problems, but apparently the Board was not
happy with Rollins and brought back the Founder. Michael Dell is
not going to have an easy time of it, as the current problems are
more structural. HP has re-surged, other competitors have gotten
stronger, and higher-end (higher-margin) machines are not selling
like they used to. However, having Michael back will undoubtedly make
all Dell personnel happy, and will get more focus on the bottom line.
The markets seem to be happy too, as Dell's stock price went up.
Windows Vista Upgrade Decision Flowchart
A very useful PDF was released this week. You should check it out. [GRIN]
Quote Of The Week
"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt
New GPAnswers Newsletter From Jeremy Moskowitz
The latest GPanswers.com newsletter from Jeremy Moskowitz came out.
In it, read the interview of Michael Dennis, outgoing Team Lead for the
Group Policy team. Additionally, get tips and tricks on the new ADMX
format, the built-in GPMC, and a neat trick on how to protect specific
users and computers from an inadvertent link of GPOs. Additionally,
find the upcoming public Group Policy training schedule for the first
chunk of 2007!
Vista Features That May Hurry Your Migration Plans
There has been a great deal of press around Windows Vista's new features
and capabilities, with an effort to quantify a single "killer" must-have
feature that sets Vista apart from other operating systems. While it does
have a number of compelling features, what really sets Vista apart are the
hundreds of smaller improvements that are generally lumped into the category
of a "better user experience." These improvements resolve dozens of prior
Windows annoyances and can literally change the way people work. Find out
more in this exclusive article. (free registration)
MS's Daylight-Saving Time (DST) Patch -- Does It Matter To AD?
Who would've thought that expanding the dates of daylight-saving time would
cause so many problems for IT administrators? In this tip Gary Olsen analyzes
what the changes mean to Active Directory regarding domain operations.
32-bit to 64-bit SQL Server Migrations
Migrating from 32-bit to 64-bit in SQL Server is an involved process, but
you can build a bridge away from any 32-bit dependencies. In this tip, expert
Serdar Yegulalp discusses 32-bit and 64-bit platform issues including data
source providers, user-defined functions and DTS packages.
Exchange Server Memory Management With /3GB, /USERVA and /PAE
Exchange Server is notorious for devouring server memory. In this tip, Exchange
MVP Brien Posey explains how the /3GB, /USERVA and /PAE switches can help you
manage Exchange Server 2003 memory and performance -- and best practices you
should employ so you don't cannibalize Windows Server 2003's memory in the
||Windows Server News
Microsoft Ships Intelligent Apps Gateway 2007
Microsoft said Thursday it is shipping Intelligent Applications Gateway (IAG)
2007, a combination of its Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server with
Whale Communication's virtual private networking software. IAG 2007 combines
Whale's secure sockets layer virtual private networking (SSL VPN) and Web
application firewall products with ISA Server. They are integrated to provide
a single, consolidated appliance for network perimeter defense, remote access,
endpoint security management and application-layer protection. More at ENTMag:
Longhorn Server Preview: Important New Features
Read up on some of the new features of Longhorn Server, including BitLocker
support, role-based security, server core and network access protection.
||WServer Third Party News
Double-Take Software Has Gone Public!
The Symbol is DBTK. They are thrilled to announce that Double-Take
Software went public on Friday, December 15, 2006. They also said they
couldn't have done it without you. In 2006, Double-Take Software made
significant strides in their research, product development, professional
services, and innovation in an effort to continually improve their value
to you. Customers, friends and employees are the driving force behind their
innovation, and your enthusiastic support has been the key to their success.
CastleCops Celebrates 5 Years Of Internet Security With Contest
CastleCops issued a Press Release this morning announcing the upcoming contest
celebration of their fifth year anniversary. The contest recognizes its
volunteer community achievements and excellence in Internet security with
a contest furnished with prizes by well-known industry organizations.
"This contest is a testament to CastleCops and its vision for a secure
Internet," explains Paul Laudanski, founder of CastleCops. For the past
5 years volunteers from around the world have come together at CastleCops
to aid the community in creating a more secure Internet. Each participating
company has donated their software as prizes. The total estimated retail value
for all prizes meets or exceeds $130,000 US. This contest began at 12:00
PM EST on February 1, 2007.
||WServerNews - Product of the Week
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