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Vol. 12, #39 - Oct 8, 2007 - Issue #645
Announcing: The New Sunbelt Exchange Archiver

This issue of WServerNews is sponsored by
  1. Editor's Corner
    • Announcing: The New Sunbelt Exchange Archiver
    • Come See Us in Las Vegas
    • Vote For Ninja
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Secrets Of The Windows Gurus
    • Sony Unveils The World's First OLED Television
    • Accessing An Outlook Mailbox From Multiple Machines
    • Optimize SAN Setup For Improved SQL Server Performance
    • Podcast: What's Hot In Microsoft Security: White Lists; Blue Hats
    • Russinovich Finds His Place At Microsoft
    • An Introduction To Outlook And Exchange 07 Calendar Features
  4. Windows Server News
    • The Top Seven Reasons Why You Should Archive Email
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Sunbelt Exchange Archiver - Don't Buy Any Other
    • CounterSpy Enterprise Version 3 New Features
    • Double-Take Software Announces Data Protection for SAP
  6. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. Visit John Cleese's Friendly Advice Machine
Visit John Cleese's Friendly Advice Machine

Iron Mountain Digital has just launched a must-visit Web site for IT
Professionals. It's "John Cleese's Friendly Advice Machine." When
you visit this entertaining Web site you'll be treated to John Cleese
at his comic best as he reprises his hilarious role as Dr. Harold
Twain Weck. You may recall Dr. Twain Weck as the director of the
"Institute For Backup Trauma." This time, Cleese plays Dr. Twain
Weck, along with a range of characters, doling out "Friendly" advice
on topics such as digital data protection, eDiscovery, compliance and
more. If you're looking for some fun, visit John Cleese's Friendly
Advice Machine at:
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-Friendly-Advice-Machine

Editor's Corner

Announcing: The New Sunbelt Exchange Archiver

I have been talking for a long time about archiving. We planned to have a Ninja plug-in for Archiving, but the size and scope of our archiving solution made us decide to sell it stand-alone instead.

This is a product that is comparable to Symantec Enterprise Vault and Quest Archive Manager. Sunbelt Exchange Archiver (abbreviated to SEA), is one heck of a powerful archiving tool! The formal announcement will be at the Exchange Show November 5th, (see item below) but we are giving you, our trusted WSN-readers a preview of the product and the specs, plus the option to get a quote from our Reps, so you can see how much more cost effective this tool is compared to the other ones out there. You really should fill out the 'Request a Quote' form (on the left of the screen) and ask for a quote, you might get as excited as I am!
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-Sunbelt-Exchange-Archiver


Come See Us in Las Vegas

Microsoft Exchange Connections, November 5-8, 2007, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Las Vegas, NV

Sunbelt will show Ninja and the new Sunbelt Exchange Archiver, plus one more exciting new product. Join the Microsoft Exchange community as they heat up Las Vegas. Microsoft, Windows IT Pro Magazine, and Tech Conferences team up to take your skills to new levels and present cutting edge sessions from Microsoft Architects and real world solutions from Industry Experts. Explore the expo hall for new products and services, and network at the reception.

Visit the Sunbelt Software Booth # 507 for a product demo and goodies!
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-MEC-Vegas


Vote For Ninja

The vote ends October 8th. We would love your help with the Info Security Product Excellence Awards this year. Ninja has been entered into the Email Security category for Info Security Products Guide, 2008 Global Product Excellence Awards. Could you please take a minute, click on the link below and vote?
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-Vote-for-Ninja

All you have to do is follow these simple instructions at the voting booth:
  • Select 'Sunbelt Software' as the vendor.
  • Select 'Ninja Email Security v2.1' as the product.
  • Select 'Email Security Solution' as the category.
  • Select 'Global' as the region.
Then provide your information and click on the 'Cast Your Vote' button. Voting is open through October 8, 2007, so do it right away if you can. Thanks very much for helping out.

Quotes of the Week

"America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way around. Human rights invented America." -- Jimmy Carter
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." -- Groucho Marx

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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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http://www.wservernews.com/071008-MyPasswordPromo

For loads of laughs visit John Cleese's Friendly Advice Machine:
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-Friendly-Advice-Machine

This is a "Gotta Have" - a free web-based employee directory that you can have operational in 35.9 seconds. No kidding. Download it today:
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-rDirectory


Tech Briefing

Secrets Of The Windows Gurus

Sometimes gifted students are just plain bored by computer classes. "I've touched a few formal classes and always found myself wanting much more than was offered. Given documentation and books, I could always outpace the class," says Greg Kras, VP of product management for Sunbelt Software....Sunbelt has a similar tack. "Customer feedback is a large source of good ideas, just listening to admins [talk] about problems they're having and projects they're planning toward," explains Greg Kras. Spot him in this picture, top right, touching his goatee:
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-Greg-Kras

The whole article with all the other Gurus is at the Redmondmag site:
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-Windows-Guru


Sony Unveils The World's First OLED Television

Sony unveiled the world's first OLED (organic light-emitting diode) television on Monday, pushing the limits of thin-screen displays further than ever before.
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-OLED-Television


Accessing An Outlook Mailbox From Multiple Machines

Can multiple users log into the same Microsoft Outlook mailbox from different client machines? More to the point, is it possible to do this without damaging Microsoft Outlook or Exchange Server? The answer is yes, but there are a few prerequisites. Find out more in this tip! (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-Outlook-Mailbox


Optimize SAN Setup For Improved SQL Server Performance

Maybe you're already using SANs in your SQL Server environment, but is it the optimal setup? Consider these pointers for a disk system design that yields a high performing and scalable SQL Server environment.
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-Optimize-SAN


Podcast: What's Hot In Microsoft Security: White Lists; Blue Hats

In SearchWindowsSecurity.com's monthly "What's Hot in Microsoft Security" podcast, join us for a discussion on Symantec's new "whitelisting" approach to Windows security and what you can expect to hear coming out of Microsoft's BlueHat conference.
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-Microsoft-Security


Russinovich Finds His Place At Microsoft

The Windows developer, now a Microsoft fellow, is busy integrating Winternals and Sysinternals tools in Windows and, as always, looking ahead for new ideas.
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-Russinovich


An Introduction To Outlook And Exchange 07 Calendar Features

Microsoft has redesigned the calendaring and scheduling features in Outlook and Exchange to make them more efficient, practical and user-friendly. In this tip, Windows expert Brien Posey discusses how the new features can be used to improve meeting coordination and calendar collaboration.
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-Calendar


Windows Server News

The Top Seven Reasons Why You Should Archive Email

Seen from the perspective of an admin, here are some noteworthy points. If you are in any kind of public company, (or if your company has registered debt), SARBOX applies. HIPAA covers healthcare, and there are a bunch of other industries that are regulated. Even if you are in a company that has a reasonable chance to get sued, archiving is more important than you think.

If you find yourself in a situation where you may rapidly need to come up with all communications about a particular subject, person, product or company, you need to have your email in one big searchable database.

If your HR, Legal or other departments have a special query that you need to hunt down, this archive will be a godsend. I'm talking a few hours of queries instead of weeks (or months) of work.

Having an archive set up, you will be able to just keep dumping stuff in, and search for what you want when you want, and not having to expand your Exchange environment all the time. That also means a tight backup window, and emergency restores are doable, with a reasonable normal disaster recovery window as well. SEA will be your good friend! OK here are the seven reasons:
  1. Improved Server and Network performance
  2. Reduced Load on Administrators
  3. Storage management
  4. Compliance and Prepared For Legal Discovery
  5. Employee productivity
  6. Business Continuity / Disaster recovery
  7. Knowledge management
I could go into a great deal of detail, but obviously you already have understood the main idea. In short, archiving allows organizations to use email as it was originally meant to be. Check out the specs of the new Sunbelt Exchange Archiver, and ask for a quote!
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-Sunbelt-Exchange-Archiver


WServer Third Party News

Sunbelt Exchange Archiver - Don't Buy Any Other

Are your Exchange servers regularly overloaded? Need to add more storage all the time? Are you forced to use unpopular disk quotas? Are you being asked to look for "lost email" all the time? Are Exchange backup times getting longer and longer? Is your management demanding compliance with regulatory and legal requirements? Are pst file problems becoming an ever bigger headache? It's time to start implementing an affordable, professional email archiving solution. Check out the specs of the new Sunbelt Exchange Archiver!
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-Sunbelt-Exchange-Archiver


CounterSpy Enterprise Version 3 New Features

Sunbelt Software is pleased to announce that CSE 3.0 has been released for general availability. All customers of CSE that are under maintenance are eligible to upgrade to this new version at no cost. Your existing license key will work in this new version. Here is a basic list of some of the new features in this release:
  • Customizable dashboards:
    There are now dashboards available at 4 different locations of the CSE console. Each one of these dashboards can be customized with any arrangement of 26 available widgets. These widgets are composed of various grids and charts which will allow for very quick analysis of agent status and detections.
  • Agent Grid Enhancements:
    The agent grid data has been greatly expanded to include over 40 different indicators of agent status and detections. Some of the new fields include the data of the last detection for each severity level and a color-coded highest level threat found in the last scan. As well an optional disposition field is available which is set whenever a threat is found and will only be reset once the admin acknowledges the detection via the console.
  • Agent Summary Screens:
    All of the available information about an agent and it's detections can now be found on the Agent Summary screen. Double-clicking any agent will bring up this screen which shows information normally found in the agent grid as well as the new grid information such as the duration of the last scan and the number of files scanned.
  • Reporting Overhaul:
    Reporting has been completely re-written using Active Reports. The new reports are significantly faster and include the ability to quickly brand them with a company logo and footer. Additionally a full report writer is shipped as part of the console so any included reports can be modified and saved. Lastly a report scheduler is built into the UI so that reports can be automatically emailed to specified addresses or saved to disk for historical purposes.
The upgrade process is as simple as downloading the above executable and running it on the machine(s) running the CSE server and/or the CSE console in your environment. Upgrading from CSE 1.8 and higher (including 3.x beta builds) is fully supported. Agent versions 1.5 and higher are supported in this release with the exception of Active Protection, only 2.x agents will be able to have Active Protection enabled. This release includes agent version 2.0.1306 which has a minor enhancement to include the date of the last threat DB update.

The new version is available for download here:
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-CounterSpy-Enterprise-3

If you want to see the recent webcast with all the V3 highlights, click:
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-CSE-3-Webcast

Here is the manual:
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-CSE-3-User-Guide


Double-Take Software Announces Data Protection for SAP

Double-Take Software (NASDAQ: DBTK) today announced a data protection solution for systems running the SAP(r) ERP Central Component. The Double-Take solution supports two data-protection scenarios: Server Recovery Option (SRO) and high-availability failover protection for SAP ERP Central Component.

Double-Take Software provides real-time enterprise data protection and replication through its file system technology that replicates any file system changes (including permission and attributes) written to an NTFS file system from a source machine to a target machine over the network.

Double-Take Software has recently completed an integration assessment performed by the SAP Integration & Certification Center (SAP ICC). During the course of the integration assessment, Double-Take Software provided information and documentation describing how Double-Take works in general, and how Double-Take can offer data protection to an SAP ERP Central Component-based system. In addition, Double-Take Software successfully demonstrated that its solution provided data protection via continuous online back-up of SAP ERP Central Component-based systems, and that under certain configurations, Double-Take can also offer high-availability failover protection for an SAP ERP Central Component-based system.

Double-Take Software provides a valuable solution for continuous online backup of an SAP ERP Central Component-based system. However, because Double-Take does not have direct API-level integration with SAP ERP Central Component, it is not eligible for SAP integration certification. To learn more about Double-Take please visit our website at:
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-Double-Take


WServerNews Fave Links

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



Visit John Cleese's Friendly Advice Machine
Iron Mountain Digital has just launched a must-visit Web site for IT Professionals. It's "John Cleese's Friendly Advice Machine." When you visit this entertaining Web site you'll be treated to John Cleese at his comic best as he reprises his hilarious role as Dr. Harold Twain Weck. You may recall Dr. Twain Weck as the director of the "Institute For Backup Trauma." This time, Cleese plays Dr. Twain Weck, along with a range of characters, doling out "Friendly" advice on topics such as digital data protection, eDiscovery, compliance and more. If you're looking for some fun, visit John Cleese's Friendly Advice Machine at:
http://www.wservernews.com/071008-Friendly-Advice-Machine