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Vol. 12, #5 - Feb 5, 2007 - Issue #611
Double-Take Software Has Gone Public

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Dell Board Hands Rollins Walking Papers
    • Windows Vista Upgrade Decision Flowchart
    • Quote Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. 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
  4. Windows Server News
    • Microsoft Ships Intelligent Apps Gateway 2007
    • Longhorn Server Preview: Important New Features
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Double-Take Software Has Gone Public!
    • CastleCops Celebrates 5 Years Of Internet Security With Contest
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • BOOK: IT AUDITING - Get Compliant With SOX And Other Regs
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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:
http://www.wservernews.com/070205-Sunbelt-Messaging-Ninja

Editor's Corner

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]
http://www.wservernews.com/070205-Vista-Upgrade-Flowchart


Quote Of The Week

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Download FREE Active Directory Web Search App + GAL Editing Solution!
http://www.wservernews.com/070205-Namescape

Windows Vista: The Missing Manual offers the complete and comprehensive coverage of all five versions of Vista. Need Vista info with some humor?
http://www.wservernews.com/070205-Vista-Manual

SpeedFan is an hardware monitoring software that is able to change fan speeds according to system temperatures. SpeedFan can read S.M.A.R.T. values (and temperatures) from your hard disks and change the FSB speed.
http://www.wservernews.com/070205-SpeedFan

Geeks.com has a 512MB Video/MP3 Playing Watch with 1.5" OLED Screen. Watch geek that I am, I could not help myself and bought one!
http://www.wservernews.com/070205-Watch


Tech Briefing

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!
http://www.wservernews.com/070205-GPAnswers


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)
http://www.wservernews.com/070205-Vista-Features


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.
http://www.wservernews.com/070205-DST-Patch


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.
http://www.wservernews.com/070205-64-Bit-SQL


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 process.
http://www.wservernews.com/070205-Exchange-Memory


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:
http://www.wservernews.com/070205-IAG


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.
http://www.wservernews.com/070205-Longhorn


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.
http://www.wservernews.com/070205-CastleCops


WServerNews 'FAVE' Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

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