Vol. 12, #31 - Aug 13, 2007 - Issue #637
Thumbs Down On Vista For Admins
- Editor's Corner
- Thumbs Down On Vista For Admins
- Leaked Vista Hotfix Packs Now Official
- Quotes of the Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Tech Briefing
- Vista's BitLocker Encryption: All It's Cracked Up to Be?
- Build Your Data Center Here: The Most Energy-Efficient Locations
- Expert Tips: Making The Business Decision To Move To W2K8
- How To Get Process Information With Windows Powershell
- VMware Server How-To: Clean Up Snapshot Files To Free Disk Space
- Windows Server News
- Microsoft Web Server Threatens Open Source Leader Apache
- PC buyers: 'Vista Capable' Machines Weren't Vista Capable
- Microsoft Gears Up For Nine Patches Next Week
- WServer Third Party News
- We Did Some AntiSpyware Homework For You
- WServerNews Fave Links
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
- BOOK: Spook Country by William Gibson.
Today's Malware Looks For Profit
There may be less disruption of your network, but instead malware
has gotten smarter, more elusive, and is now praying on your
organization's customer databases, intellectual property and other
valuable assets. Do you know how many of the PCs in your network
are zombies that are sending out DDoS attacks or spam and send back
the keystrokes of your co-workers? The new CounterSpy Enterprise has
more than a million malware traces and can help you fight back this
new world of insidious code that tries to corrupt your network!
Get a 30-day trial and find out what your AV product did not catch:
Thumbs Down On Vista For Admins
Well, this is one of the most popular SunPolls in recent years.
Redmond better listen up. A whopping 30% of responders uninstalled
Vista from their Admin station because Vista does not provide the
admin tools that are in WinXP!
Comparing the results of Before and After Vista was released are
interesting. Here are the numbers, and a lot of you sent feedback
that the options -YOU- needed were not there, so we have come out
with a new edition that allows for longer time periods, and also
the 'never' option. The question was "Now that Vista is close, what
are your plans for rolling it out?" In October, 2006 you answered
with the BEFORE numbers. In August 2007, these were the AFTER ones:
This last question was not in the earlier Poll, so this is not an
apples-to-apples comparison and the percentages are skewed, but
a whopping 29.9% answered with this option. Wow. Redmond, what
are you going to do about it? And now for the "Second Edition":
"Now that Vista is there, what are your plans for rolling it out?"
- I'm deploying it the moment I can get my hands on it!
BEFORE: 9.4% AFTER: 6.9%
- We'll wait 3 months
BEFORE: 5.4% AFTER: 2%
- We're going to give it 6-12 months
BEFORE: 18.4% AFTER: 14.5%
- We'll wait till Vista SP1 comes out
BEFORE: 32.7% AFTER: 27.9%
- We're going for a slow-and-steady replacement process,
when new machines get put in.
BEFORE: 33.84% AFTER: 18.5%
- I took it off my admin workstation, too many small annoyances.
Vote here, at low bottom right: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/
- 12-24 months
- 24-36 months
- More than 36 months. Vista has almost nothing to offer.
- Never! (We're hoping will have a better OS by 2014 when the support for XP runs out).
Leaked Vista Hotfix Packs Now Official
Just in case anyone missed it. MS released some updates for Vista to
address performance and reliability issues. They declined to say
when they will be pushed out via Windows Update. They call these
fixes "performance and reliability packs", and they install a long
list of bug fixes (not security related), including one fix speeds
up 'wake-from-hibernation', a patch that kills the long wait to copy
or move large directories, and several long awaited fixes for video
drivers. One description sounded somewhat disconcerting: "The computer
stops responding or restarts unexpectedly when you play video games or
perform desktop operations." All these patches are new and do not
replace existing ones. Here are the KB links:
Quotes of the Week
Three Fave Quotes Of The Week:
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- "There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who
is striking at the root." -- David Thoreau
- "The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy
appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other." -- Ronald Reagan
- "Everything takes longer and costs more." -- Jerry Pournelle
Vista's BitLocker Encryption: All It's Cracked Up to Be?
The BitLocker encryption built into higher-end versions of Vista goes
a long way toward locking out intruders at the boot-drive level, but
it's neither 100% hassle-free nor 100% secure. ComputerWorld has
some good skinny on this!
Build Your Data Center Here: The Most Energy-Efficient Locations
ComputerWorld has a good story. It's almost a no-brainer that bucolic
Quincy, Wash., would be a more environmentally friendly site for data
centers than, say, New York is. But according to a new study, Chicago
beats all 20 of the other locations that were looked at -- even Quincy
-- in terms of a data center's carbon output.
On the other hand, going by the cost of electricity alone, Westport,
Pa., and Quincy come out on top. But cities such as Miami and Atlanta
have it all over the likes of San Jose and Boston. Here's the graph:
Expert Tips: Making The Business Decision To Move To W2K8
With Windows Vista already on the shelf and Windows Server 2008 ready for
release in February 2008, one thing is on every IT manager's mind -
migration. Make your best business case by reading this two-part tip
series, to learn all about the product support lifecycle and features
that can save time and money. (registration required)
How To Get Process Information With Windows Powershell
This Scripting School column explains how to use PowerShell's get-process
cmdlet to retrieve information about the processes on your computer and
how to kill the unnecessary ones.
VMware Server How-To: Clean Up Snapshot Files To Free Disk Space
Cleaning up disk-space hungry snapshots on the VMware Server isn't nearly
as straightforward as you'd think and requires a bit of creativity. This
tip will offer some ideas for removing a snapshot chain in VMware Server
in order to reclaim lost disk space.
||Windows Server News
Microsoft Web Server Threatens Open Source Leader Apache
Windows improved its web server market share by 1.4% to 34.2%, while Apache
slipped by 1.7% to 48.4%. Microsoft's recent gains raise the prospect that
Windows may soon challenge Apache's leadership position. Here are the graphs:
PC buyers: 'Vista Capable' Machines Weren't Vista Capable
The Register reported: "How misleading was Microsoft's "Windows Vista Capable"
campaign? Misleading enough for a judge to approve a federal trial. On Tuesday,
a federal judge ruled that two PC buyers, Dianne Kelley and Kenneth Hansen,
can proceed with a lawsuit that accuses Microsoft of deliberately deceiving
the public with the "Window Vista Capable" stickers it slapped on Windows XP
machines in the run-up to Vista's January debut, InformationWeek reports.
Microsoft had asked for a dismissal, but US District Judge Marsha Pechman of
Seattle is happy to oversee an October trial.
Microsoft Gears Up For Nine Patches Next Week
Microsoft plans to release nine patches in its monthly security update next
Tuesday, aiming to fix flaws in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer and Virtual
PC. ComputerWorld had the best summary:
||WServer Third Party News
We Did Some AntiSpyware Homework For You
You definitely need to have TOP quality antimalware protection. But which
product to choose? Well, we compared the leading products with CounterSpy
These are fresh PDFs and show you the critical features you gotta have.
- CounterSpy Enterprise / SymantecAV Product Comparison
PDF format, 491,721 bytes, Aug 3, 2007
- CounterSpy Enterprise / McAfee Product Comparison
PDF format, 462,885 bytes, Jul 23, 2007
- CounterSpy Enterprise / Webroot Spy Sweeper Product Comparison
PDF format, 740,903 bytes, Jul 18, 2007
- CounterSpy Enterprise / Trend Product Comparison
PDF format, 527,109 bytes, Jul 6, 2007
||WServerNews Fave Links
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- Re the hovercraft/flying boat link in the last faves, this is a type of craft
known as a WIG, WISE or Ekranoplane, which uses the ground effect of the air
under the wing to get extra lift at low thrust levels. The Russians built a
massive one in the 60's known to the West as the Caspian Sea Monster, there's
a video clip of it and some early experiments here on YouTube:
- Amazing Magic Trick! Master Magician Kevin James performing on America's Got Talent:
- You'll like this one. The ending is good. Title: Zune Balmer.
- The Strange Maps site has quickly become VERY popular. And with good reason:
- How a fake word from The Simpsons ended up in a perfectly 'cromulent'
string theory paper:
- What else you can do with wax crayons... carve them?
- Jessica the Hippo has made herself a member of this South African
family. Since she broke a couch and a bed, she is now restricted to
only going into the kitchen:
- A car insurance company in South Africa insures female drivers only,
since they are a better insurance risk:
- Blogger Outed: Forbes Editor Is 'Fake Steve Jobs'. The (riot) blog is at:
- Chris Pirillo has a 50 minute rant about he "upgraded" back to XP
from Vista. It's quite funny actually, Chris is an 'uebergeek'.
- This is a quick and easy way to make a wi-fi range extender for pennies
and double the range of your wireless router. Seems to work:
- Helios, a pilotless solar powered airplane developed by NASA, holds the
sustained flight world record above 96,000 feet. Some nice new footage:
||WServerNews - Product of the Week
BOOK: Spook Country by William Gibson.
I preordered it and it arrived this week. Started and only have been
able to get to page 40, but this again is a classic Gibson. He said
about it: "It's a book in which shadowy and mysterious characters are
using New York's smallest crime family, a sort of boutique operation
of smugglers and so-called illegal facilitators, to get something into
North America. And you have to hang around to the end of the book to
find out what they're doing. So I guess it's a caper novel in that
regard." Warmly Recommended!