Vol. 12, #28 - Jul 23, 2007 - Issue #634
iPhone And Exchange; The Gritty Nitties
- Editor's Corner
- Vista SP1 Beta Around The Corner?
- HP Marketing Gets It Finally
- Upcoming Double-Take Seminars/Webinars
- New SunPoll: Your Personal Business Communications?
- Quotes Of The Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Tech Briefing
- How To Make WinXP Last For The Next Seven Years
- Sprint And Clearwire Team Up Building WiMax Network
- Incident Management Made Easier With Microsoft Service Desk
- Tip: Utilities To Help With Disk Partitioning Issues
- Windows Vista Guide for Resellers
- How To Use AD To Identify And Track Virtual Machines
- All-in-One Guide: Password Security Vault
- Exchange Public Folder Restore And Recovery FAQs
- Windows Server News
- Microsoft Hotfixes Can Now Be Requested And Obtained Online
- iPhone And Exchange; The Gritty Nitties
- Microsoft Wraps Up Work On Windows Home Server
- Utility Cracks Microsoft DRM
- Detecting Changes To Group Policy With The Security Log
- WServer Third Party News
- Disaster Recovery and Virtualization White Paper
- Comparing Ninja Against ForeFront Antigen?
- WServerNews FAVE Links
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
- BOOK: Windows Vista Administration
PDF Battle Royale: Ninja vs Barracuda vs GFI
Many of you are trying to get rid of old, first- or second generation
'AV for Exchange' products, and look for alternatives. We decided to
make your life a little easier and come up with some solid product
comparisons, that really focus on the important features. You can find
the first two fresh PDFs in a new section called Product Comparisons
on the Ninja page. More are forthcoming in the next few weeks. These
comparisons show you clearly that Ninja is a third-generation product
and its benefits over older code. Check them out at:
Vista SP1 Beta Around The Corner?
Earlier this week there were rumors that SP1 would be available imminently,
but during their quarterly earnings conference call with analysts, Redmond
said that there will be an SP1 "this year", trying to quell that rumor.
What will probably happen is that a few hundred selected organizations
will get their hands on an early version, and that a large beta will
follow in a few months. Microsoft is under pressure to release SP1 from
two sides. First, many system admins do not touch Vista until they see
SP1, so there is a strong economic incentive for Redmond to get it out.
Second, they agreed with the DoJ that SP1 will include changes to Vista's
search tools, prompted by complaints from Google.
HP Marketing Gets It Finally
HP used to be known as a pretty dull company marketing-wise. No more.
They are doing well in the consumer market and are king of the hill
for the second quarter worldwide market share with 18-19%, and Dell
second with 15-16% share. Dell is still #1 in the U.S. with 28-30%
but HP is hot on its heels with a 25-26% share. Global PC shipments are
up 12 percent.
In the enterprise space, they are doing well too, and that is what
this item is about. HP produced a video about Disaster Recovery that
is the best piece of marketing I have seen coming out of HP since, well,
forever! Note the OS that recovered the fastest. This was sent to me by
subscriber Bill Thomas and he told me the HP engineers that he talked to
about it said that an error was made by the people that created the
scenario and they can reduce the recovery time by 50%. Enjoy:
Microsoft ended with a solid quarter, with the overall demand environment
being positive. Revenue and adjusted earning per share were largely in line
with estimates, and they have raised their expectations for 2008 a bit.
It shows that when your name is Microsoft you can eat a $1.06 billion
Xbox charge and still put a healthy 7.3% earnings increase on the table.
Upcoming Double-Take Seminars/Webinars
We'd like to invite you to attend the following seminars/webinars we are
Seminar: "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.
Hosted at Microsoft in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, August 28th.
Webinar: "How Can Double-Take Software's Award Winning Products Help Your
Company" - Join Sunbelt and Double-Take Software as we discuss how Double-Take
can help with your company's business continuity and recovery needs.
Wednesday, August 8th 9:00 PST
New SunPoll: Your Personal Business Communications?
There are lots of new ways to stay in touch these days. For your business
communications, which do YOU prefer?
Vote here: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/
- Social Networking
- The good 'ol phone
- Instant Messaging
Quotes Of The Week
"Any simple idea will be worded in the most complicated way".
-- Malek's Law
"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind
can see." -- Mark Twain
And thanks for being a WServerNews subscriber.
How To Make WinXP Last For The Next Seven Years
Vista, schmista. If you're not interested in switching, just follow
our tips for optimizing and maintaining your Windows XP setup -- and
yes, even getting some of Vista's security and interface improvements
in XP. Excellent article in ComputerWorld!:
Sprint And Clearwire Team Up Building WiMax Network
These two outfits are going to jointly build the first nationwide WiMax
network, and at the end of 2008 will reach 100 million customers. They
will cooperate on the WiMax network and expect to offer service to a wide
variety of users. The network will be marketed under a common brand and it
will compete with and compliment existing broadband services. The deal
"will fundamentally change the communications landscape in this country,"
said Ben Wolff, Clearwire CEO. "By working together, a nationwide network
Incident Management Made Easier With Microsoft Service Desk
In this tip, expert Stuart Galup gives the skinny on Microsoft's help
desk software, called Service Desk, and explains why help desk software
and automated incident management can make your life a lot easier.
Tip: Utilities To Help With Disk Partitioning Issues
Since disk partitioning is one of those storage-related issues where
there seem to be more exceptions than actual rules, it helps to have
as much information at your disposal on the topic of disk partitioning
as possible. In this tip, find out about a set of command-line utilities
- what they are and how they work - that you can use for partition work.
Learn about the most basic and all-encompassing of these utilities which
scans a disk and can reconstruct missing partition information, along with
additional utilities that help recover specific kinds of files or a given
word or phrase. (registration required)
Windows Vista Guide for Resellers
This SearchSystemsChannel.com Windows Vista Reseller Guide offers guidance
from authoritative sources on Windows Vista and is designed to help VARs,
systems integrators and consultants approach and deliver successful Windows
Vista solutions. Learn about everything from Vista basics to deployment issues.
How To Use AD To Identify And Track Virtual Machines
As your server room becomes increasingly diverse with both physical and virtual
machines, how do you tell the difference between the two? Check out this
tip on identifying virtual machines with Active Directory as instructed
by virtualization expert Chris Wolf.
All-in-One Guide: Password Security Vault
Passwords are a tried and true way to control access to Windows networks,
individual machines, Web applications and virtually anything else that a
network admin needs to be concerned with. In this all-in-one guide, learn
how to crack passwords to test security, prevent BIOS password hacks and
recover forgotten passwords.
Exchange Public Folder Restore And Recovery FAQs
When you've lost Exchange public folder data what should you do? Refer to
this collection of frequently asked questions for some quick technical
advice. Whether you need to recover deleted public folder data or subfolders
or restore public folders after a server crash, you'll find help here.
||Windows Server News
Microsoft Hotfixes Can Now Be Requested And Obtained Online
The KB article below is dated March 30, 2007, but I only read about it in
the NTSYSADMIN list this week. They say you'll get a download link to the
hotfix within 8 hours. Sorry if you already knew, but if you did not
this is very, very useful information. It's nice not having to call PSS
for hotfixes. Here is the KB item:
To subscribe to the sunbelt-sponsored NTSYSADMIN list:
iPhone And Exchange; The Gritty Nitties
Paul Robichaux wrote an article on his blog about hooking up the iPhone
to Exchange. Paul is an existing Exchange MVP and Exchange Editor for
WindowsITPro Magazine. he started out with: "Two weeks ago, I wrote a column
about the release of Apple's iPhone and what it might mean for Microsoft
Exchange Server admins ("The iPhone and Exchange," July 5, 2007, InstantDoc
ID 96485). The column was somewhat in the same vein as a vegetarian teaching
people how to grill steak, because I hadn't used an iPhone yet. I got one
the day after submitting that column and have been using it heavily since
then. Now I'm ready to spill the beans on how it really works with Exchange.
He summarized it on his blog, and also compares to Windows Mobile:
Microsoft Wraps Up Work On Windows Home Server
ComputerWorld reported that the move to RTM (release to manufacturing)
means that Microsoft has wrapped up WHS and handed it off to its internal
distribution teams and hardware ...
July 16, 2007 (ComputerWorld) -- Microsoft Corp. today released Windows
Home Server (WHS) to manufacturing, the final milestone for software that
will power several turnkey home servers that OEMs will put on the market
in late September and early October.
Utility Cracks Microsoft DRM
The digital rights management on Windows Media Player has been cracked
again by a utility that first appeared almost a year ago. FairUse4WM
first appeared in August 2006 on the Doom9 encoding forum, as a tool
to strip the DRM from music files designed to play in Windows Media Player.
ZDNet in the UK broke the story:
Detecting Changes To Group Policy With The Security Log
Randy F. Smith from ultimatewindowssecurity sent this useful one:
"I hope you can join me for my next training webinar on the Windows Security
Log. Nowhere is change control more important than with Active Directory's
group policy objects. A single mistake in editing a group policy object can
make hundreds or even thousands of systems unavailable in a matter of minutes.
Can you track group policy modifications in your domain and identify who is
changing what? You can with the Windows security log. In this webinar I will
show you how to configure Windows auditing and Active Directory to record
all changes group policy modifications to the security log. I'll show you
how to avoid overwhelming your domain controllers with too many security
events and more importantly how to recognize and interpret the cryptic
security log events that alert you to group policy changes." Link here:
||WServer Third Party News
Disaster Recovery and Virtualization White Paper
Virtualization with VMware allows you to do maintenance without bringing down
any applications, so you can deliver more performance to your employees,
partners and customers with less cost and greater simplicity. With Double-Take
you can leverage virtualization to provide effective disaster recovery on
your VMware platform. Read this 2-page white-paper PDF that explains how it works:
Comparing Ninja Against ForeFront Antigen?
We made your life easy. Here is a PDF with a detailed comparison of key
features that really show Antigen's age, and Ninja's third-gen benefits
for an admin. With Ninja Email Security you can protect your users against
spam, viruses, malicious attachments, phishing, and more, IN HALF THE
ADMIN TIME. Read this PDF where we compare Ninja and Antigen features:
||WServerNews FAVE Links
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- Officials confirm that all online data has been lost after the Internet
went down and was forced to restart. Unfortunately, the government had
forgotten to make a backup... Funny video from The Onion:
- What happens when you make a Google query. Very interesting short
backgrounder. Amazing what they do with cheap hardware:
- ThinkGeek has a whole bunch of very funny T-shirts for System Admins:
- Google's revenues were up, but it profits were down and the stock price
dropped 7%. Reason? Staff expenses. This video shows how the Googleplex
looks inside, and why the staff expenses are so high!
- Microsoft's Terminal Server Sizing Guide [3.2 MB Doc] is very useful
to determine server size. It's at the very end of this WinHEC page:
- FBI's Secret Spyware Tracks Down Teen Who Made Bomb Threats:
- 10 Things IT People Secretly Think ...That May Or May Not Be True:
- What engineers really mean then they say things like "Trivial, Unfeasible,
Non-Trivial, Hard, and Very Hard". A little gem:
- And another IE crash in an airport sent in by a subscriber!
- This aircraft runs on sunlight, and thus can fly as long as the sun
shines (which of course it always does above the clouds during the day):
- NASA's Phoenix Mars mission is designed to be inventive, but relatively low-
cost in furthering Mars exploration. Phoenix is headed for liftoff in Aug 2007:
- Now THIS is the weirdest email client ever, called '3D Mailbox'.
See the trailer:
- "A UFO stole my car!" Funny TV commercial from Argentina:
- OK, check this one out after you have woken up and had a cuppa hot jolt:
||WServerNews - Product of the Week
BOOK: Windows Vista Administration
Tony and Toby Velte have done it again! They came out with a really
good book about Vista Admin. I have it sitting here on my desk. I
also wrote the foreword as they sent me an early version. This is
'The Vista Manual That Microsoft Never Wrote'. You have to get a copy
of this book, and you will NOT regret it.
"This in-depth implementation guide teaches network administrators how
to effectively deploy and manage Microsoft Windows Vista within an
enterprise environment. You will learn how to efficiently and
effectively use the all-new features such as Windows Defender,
Network Access Protection, Windows Service Hardening, and AD."
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