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Vol. 12, #7 - Feb 19, 2007 - Issue #613
MAJOR HEADACHE: Exchange and Daylight Saving Time

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Hasta La Vista
    • Upcoming Seminars
    • Quote Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Free Email and File Archiving Seminar
    • Fast Guide: VMware How-tos
    • Tip: Questions To Ask Your Security Vendor
    • IT Managers Weigh In On 2007 Plans
    • A Primer On Exchange 2007 Server Roles
  4. Windows Server News
    • MAJOR HEADACHE: Exchange and Daylight Saving Time, Part 2
    • Microsoft Home Server Beta Goes Public
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Cisco Patches Four Bugs In One Week
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Get CounterSpy Enterprise Before Price Hike
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Editor's Corner

Hasta La Vista

Sometimes it's interesting to look at Microsoft from a financial angle, the way an investor would, who might buy or sell their stock. First, there is an interesting observation. MS stock has been going -down- since Vista has been released. Why? Investors do not seem to be all that gung-ho about Vista. It's not creating the buzz that for instance WinXP made, and so will not goose up the sales or upgrades as much. Corporate Vista upgrades have already been built into existing license agreements, so no big upside there either.

It looks like some of these worries are justified. Most of you in the recent surveys were ho-hum about moving to Vista anytime fast. Also, Vista has already fallen out of the Amazon top 10. Microsoft has found itself in a bit of a pickle. Shrink-wrap software has become somewhat of a commodity, assailed by open source, Google, and software-as-a- service. There is no easy way out of this actually. Search is really hard in itself, and it's even harder to catch up with lost market share.

Interesting to see if Ballmer has anything up his sleeve to prop up those stock prices. They are now talking about "Windows 2009", code named Vienna, but they will have to come up with something better than that. Ballmer told Wall Street Journal this week that the Vista sales estimates for the second half of this year were "overly aggressive.", as they were limited by new PC sales. We'll see if they come up with something!

BTW, I forgot my yearly disclaimer in January. The only shares I own are Sunbelt's. I do not own any shares in any company I talk about in this newsletter. And any investments I -do- have are in blind Mutual Funds.

Upcoming Seminars

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 using Double-Take. You will also hear about Double-Take's NEW solutions that power your keys to recoverability.

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Quote Of The Week

"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." -- Mark Twain

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

Microsoft has updated its page about the U.S. Daylight Savings Problem, which is getting pretty darn close: Second Sunday in March.

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Tech Briefing

Free Email and File Archiving Seminar

Attend's upcoming Email and File Archiving Seminar where independent experts will show you how you can reduce storage, quickly respond to litigation and compliance problems, increase IT productivity and reduce backup and restore time. These free one-day training events will take place in nine cities beginning in March. Register today!

Fast Guide: VMware How-tos

Access all the information you need on VMware in this collection of tips. Topics covered include: installing VMware Server on Windows, using VMware to cement server consolidation, backing up and recovering virtual machines and more. (free registration)

Tip: Questions To Ask Your Security Vendor

It's spending season for many organizations and that means it's time to unload some of your IT budget on network security products. Once you develop your requirements, it's essential to compile some operational and admin questions that will help you determine if the vendor's solutions will fill your business needs and keep you from pulling your hair out in the process. In this tip, learn which questions to ask in order to find a good technology fit and protect your organization from making bad spending decisions. (free registration)

IT Managers Weigh In On 2007 Plans

Big changes are afoot for IT managers in 2007 with Microsoft Vista and new versions of Office and Exchange now available, along with the ever-present tasks of disaster planning, 64-bit upgrades and migration, harnessing interoperability issues, architecture design and planning, problem management and desktop and server virtualization. recently conducted a readership survey with over 180 IT managers and the results revealed a great deal about what they do, are thinking about and planning for 2007. Read more in this exclusive article. (free registration)

A Primer On Exchange 2007 Server Roles

When planning and designing an Exchange Server 2007 deployment, one of the first concepts you need to understand is what server roles are and when to use them. In this tutorial, Microsoft Exchange MVP David Sengupta introduces Exchange 2007's five server roles and explains their significance in an Exchange 2007 infrastructure. (free registration)

Windows Server News

MAJOR HEADACHE: Exchange and Daylight Saving Time, Part 2

With grateful acknowledgments to Paul Robichaux, the Exchange Editor of WindowsITPro. "Last week, I wrote about the upcoming change to start and end dates for daylight saving time (DST) in the United States and Canada, including some effects this transition will have on Exchange Server administrators:

"I focused primarily on how to update the OS and server applications you use; this week I'll focus on the client and mailbox changes you'll need to make. Let's look at which clients are affected by the DST change:
  • Microsoft Outlook 2000 and Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 get their time zone information from the host Windows OS, but they can't automatically adjust existing calendar data for the change in DST dates.
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 already understands the new DST dates, and it includes a tool that can rearrange existing appointments; however, the Time Zone Data Update Tool for Microsoft Office Outlook (described below) has some enhancements over Outlook 2007's built-in tool.
  • All versions of Windows Mobile need to be updated.
  • The latest update for Microsoft Entourage 2004 for Mac (11.3.4) doesn't have to be patched, but Mac OS X does. Earlier releases of Entourage, including Microsoft Entourage X, can't be patched to adjust for the new DST dates.
"Exchange doesn't store a time zone with single appointments (i.e., ordinary, nonrecurring appointments). Instead, the appointment time is stored using Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), and the local time of the appointment is calculated using the time zone of the computer in which the appointment was created. Therefore, it's difficult to adjust the time of these appointments automatically during a time change. To read the rest of this article and find out what you need to do to update calendar data on your clients, click here:

Microsoft Home Server Beta Goes Public

It will connect to systems running Windows Vista, XP, Mac OS X and Linux. Microsoft began handing out the second beta of its Windows Home Server This week to testers outside the company, marking the first time users have been able to obtain the consumer storage and backup server software. Home Server, which Microsoft debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last month, will be the company's first home-specific server software. Windows Home Server is scheduled to ship before the back-to-school selling season starts in July and August, with a release to manufacturing (RTM) deadline set for late June. The software, based primarily on Windows Server 2003 code, will connect to systems running Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X and Linux. ComputerWorld has the best summary of this story:

WServer Third Party News

Cisco Patches Four Bugs In One Week

Not only Microsoft has bugs in their code. Practically everyone does. Cisco issued four security alerts this week, including two that described serious vulnerabilities in its appliances, routers and switches. They also patched two flaws in a firewall services module that could be exploited by attackers to crash Cisco's PIX 500 and ASA 5500 appliances or bypass security restrictions set on the hardware. The vulnerabilities were deemed "moderately critical" by Secunia. More about these patches here:

WServerNews 'FAVE' Links

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

WServerNews - Product of the Week

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