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Vol. 12, #23 - Jun 11, 2007 - Issue #629
TechEd 2007 Roundup

  1. Editor's Corner
    • TechEd 2007 Roundup
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Upcoming Seminar
    • Sysinternals Announces More Free Tools
    • Norton AntiBot Beta Download
    • Five Windows Vista Security Tips .Net Developers Should Know
  4. Windows Server News
    • And Here Is The Next "Initiative"
    • ForeFront - Do I like it?
    • IIS7 Will Be Added to W2K8
    • Announced: SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008, And More...
    • Release of Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • ScriptLogic's TechEd New Product Announcements
    • Opalis Finalist In IT Operations Automation
  6. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • 5-Star Competitive Upgrade - Now For All Antispyware
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Editor's Corner

TechEd 2007 Roundup

Wow, after having spent three days at the 15th annual TechEd in Orlando this week, I'd have to say that this was the busiest one I have seen in years. I think there were over 14,000 attendees.

There were many new releases that both Microsoft and vendors showed, and there was a LOT of good information available. Things that system admins would like to know more about, such as IIS7, W2K8, SQL 2005. And an honorable mention goes to the very useful Advanced Group Policy Management Console from the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. If you do GPO management, this is the thing to use.

TechEd was incredibly varied though, Sharepoint for instance had an enormous footprint, especially at the trade show where a whole crop of new companies showed third party enhancements for Sharepoint. Obviously IT departments do not want people to store all their stuff in Exchange, and Sharepoint is the place to funnel all that data so people can collaborate more efficiently.

There were also a tremendous amount of developer tools and technologies available, with dozens of vendors showing their products. However, "Management and Operations" was the largest contingent of add-ons. Security was a well represented segment, with surprisingly both PC Tools and Webroot not present at the show. It makes you wonder, TechEd would be the very last show that I would skip.

The hottest piece of Redmond technology that I got a live demo of, was without doubt the new MS-Office Communications Server 2007. Let me give you a quick illustration. You get an email that is important, so you want to discuss this with four other people. You right-click to invite them to an IM conference. That conference decided this needs to escalate, so you right click again and phone conference these people in, and also get them via video on your screen. You see all four, plus an additional window that automatically switches to the person that speaks at that moment. The whole thing set up in less than a minute! Saw it with my own eyes. OK, they have to -be- there to do this, but the 'presence' functionality allows you to see that in advance. It uses software-based VOIP to do most of this. Cool Stuff.

If you want to roam the Virtual Tech.Ed site, see the videos and grab the podcasts, you can spend hours getting all kinds of information:

Quotes Of The Week

"I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." -- Pablo Picasso
"One's ability to imagine is directly proportional to one's ability to be successful." - L. Ron Hubbard

PS: Thanks for stopping by, I was happy to meet quite a few of you!

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

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Tech Briefing

Upcoming Seminar

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Sysinternals Announces More Free Tools

Redmond's Sysinternals senior program manager Otto Helweg announced that for instance the ResKit for W2K8 will get a Sysinternals flavor. He said during a TechEd Session: "We are going to take tools like the Resource Kit tools for Longhorn, support tools and [Microsoft employee] internally submitted tools, scrub them and put them under the Sysinternals brand and single executable workflow,"

Norton AntiBot Beta Download

If you use Norton Anti virus, Norton Internet Security or Norton 360, then you can try Norton Antibot (Beta) - which monitors your PC continuously to stop suspicious programs and providing advanced, real-time protection against emerging threats, including bots that are used to perpetrate identity theft and other online crimes.

Five Windows Vista Security Tips .Net Developers Should Know

At Tech Ed 2007, Rafal Lukawiecki, a strategic consultant for Project Botticelli, outlined the Windows Vista security model and explained how developers can get the most out of it. One of Windows Vista's primary selling points, in Microsoft's eyes, is its improved security model. From the identity metasystem that is Windows CardSpace to the sometimes frustrating User Account Control, there are numerous new security measures for .NET developers to consider for both client and Web applications:

Windows Server News

And Here Is The Next "Initiative"

Despite the video intro that was supposed to suggest Muglia was going to talk about 'real world', here is the next initiative in a long series. Lots of (probably well meant) concept, but little on actual product.

She here is the new mouthful of buzzwords: "Strategy for Dynamic IT for the People-Ready Business (Dynamic IT)". It builds on Redmond's existing Dynamic Systems Initiative and ongoing Application Platform efforts to get you the key areas of technical innovation necessary to make IT more strategic to the business. In his own words: "We consistently hear from customers that they spend too much time and budget maintaining the systems they have, which leaves limited resources to focus on innovative solutions," Muglia said. "With Dynamic IT, we are bringing together the capabilities of the core infrastructure and the application and development platforms to help customers build integrated systems that will make IT a stronger partner to the business."

So here is what it's all supposed to mean: Dynamic IT

Muglia discussed the challenges IT pros have to deal with every day, from the pressures of global competition to regulatory compliance requirements. IT professionals are also trying to determine how to take advantage of new technologies and computing approaches, such as mobile devices and Software as a Service (SaaS). In outlining Dynamic IT, Muglia identified four areas of technical innovation:
  • Unified and virtualized
  • Process-led, model-driven
  • Service-enabled
  • User-focused
Muglia noted that Dynamic IT will serve as the framework for Microsoft's development efforts in the coming years, and that new and soon-to-be-released products were created with these technology innovation areas in mind. He encouraged companies eager to become "dynamic" to start evaluating the needs of their business over the next 12 to 18 months by using Microsoft Optimization models. These models are designed to help customers evaluate their IT needs, optimize current systems and design a path toward a more dynamic environment. More info about it at:

ForeFront - Do I like it?

Well, you guessed right. I'm biased because I compete with it. Microsoft is running a 35 Million ad campaign to promote it, so let me give you 2 cents. ;-) I do not like it for a bit. Let me throw out some points that I think are weak. The amount of prerequisites for it are ridiculous, the installation is highly complex, and two of the modules are far below par. The Windows Defender technology is not up to snuff to really kill malware, and the Antigen AV code that they acquired is simply too old by now. Not policy driven for example, it is just second generation and it shows its age. They announced a new console for Forefront called "Stirling" which allows centralization of malware management. It will have AD and SCOM integration and is supposed to work with products from other security vendors. The console will probably be added in 2009 after being betad in 2008. If I have ever seen a 'Version 1' of a Redmond product, this is it. Wait for V3 before you buy into the hype. I will go into more detail in a next newsletter.

IIS7 Will Be Added to W2K8

W2K8's minimal installation option, Server Core, has been enhanced with the addition of Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7). Server Core provides only what a particular role requires, and up until now has allowed you to run roles such as Active Directory, file serving, DHTTP and DNS. The recent inclusion of IIS is a "great addition" for web servers, said Muglia. Windows Server 2008 is expected to ship late this year.

Steven Guggenheimer, MS general manager of the application platform group said this week at TechEd that adding Internet Information Services 7.0 to Windows Server 2008 "should improve the overall security of the Web server, since the OS core is only about 25% of the OS."

Announced: SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008, And More...

It's official: the names of the next versions of SQL Server and Visual Studio. SQL Server 2008 is expected to go on sale this year, and expect Visual Studio's release sometime in 2008. Bob Muglia, SVP of the server and tools business, announced the official names during his keynote speech. He released the first community technology preview (CTP) of SQL 2008. Expect one every 60 days.

Microsoft has acquired the code base of Dundas Data Visualisation's products and will integrate the code into SQL Server Reporting Services. Previously, Microsoft had licensed the maps, graphing and charting capabilities from Dundas.

Version 2 of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance was also released last week. The desktop pack includes Asset Inventory Service, an inventory scanning tool, System Center Desktop Error Monitoring, and Advanced Group Policy Management for change management via group policy objects. You should check out the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset, which enables you to restore a PC through a single user interface. The Vista version of all those tools is expected to be available July first. More about it:

Release of Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007

Redmond unveiled the 2007 release of Microsoft Office Live Meeting. This new version is designed to improve online meetings, events and training. New features include a redesigned user interface and support for live video, VoIP and rich media. Availability is scheduled fall 2007. Added Features:
  • A redesigned and simplified user interface that helps conferencing participants remain focused on core content
  • Improved training and event features that give presenters the ability to offer handouts, public class and event listings, and advanced testing and grading
  • High-fidelity shared and local recording capabilities that give organizations the power to archive a Live Meeting session for playback
The 2007 release also supports multiple communication channels:
  • Two-way phone or VoIP offers participants a choice for integrating conference audio
  • Embedded flash, video and audio files help presenters deliver rich content to conferencing participants
  • Live Webcam video and 360-degree panoramic video with the Microsoft RoundTable system offers a virtual experience, bringing the active speaker to participants

WServer Third Party News

ScriptLogic's TechEd New Product Announcements

The new File System Auditor audits, reports and alerts you about file server activity, and tells you who touched which files and folders, when and on what server. It does not use Windows Auditing and is smartly written as a filter driver that sees everything that goes on. Check out the new version at their site.

Also, ScriptLogic has announced enhancements to Security Explorer that address some of the security challenges inherent to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. According to the company, Security Explorer for SharePoint will improve the security management related to end user access to SharePoint, assisting with regulatory compliance while optimizing IT resources. With the Security Explorer for SharePoint version, you can explore a tree view of the entire SharePoint site, set and search user permissions for SharePoint libraries and files, and back up and restore security settings as necessary. Security Explorer for SharePoint can also edit SharePoint permission levels and SharePoint groups, making it a comprehensive permission management solution for SharePoint. More at:

Opalis Finalist In IT Operations Automation

If you have been reading this newsletter for a while, you will remember Opalis. They still exist and do better than ever. Their tool is really innovative, and had some problems fitting in a category that described them well. You could call it scripting but without scripts. And that would still be incomplete. Automating all of your internal IT ops comes closest to it. In the mainframe world they call it 'run book automation'. All the tasks that need to be done in sequence, with If/Then's included. They were competing for Best of TechEd with Argent and MS- MOM - who took on the new unfortunate name 'System Center Operations Manager' - pronounced 'SCUM' [grin]. If you are looking to integrate and automate IT processes, check out Opalis:

WServerNews FAVE Links

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

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