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Vol. 12, #44 - Nov 12, 2007 - Issue #650
What Did Redmond's CIO Do To Get Fired?

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  1. Editor's Corner
    • What Did Redmond's CIO Do To Get Fired?
    • Discovery Is Becoming More Important
    • New Archiving SunPoll
    • Webinar: Introducing Sunbelt Exchange Archiver
    • More On Application Virtualization
    • Quote Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • New Site -!
    • How To Format A 10 Or Even 20 TB Drive?
    • Microsoft To Build $500 Million Datacenter In Dublin
    • VoIP Veteran Shares Lessons Learned
    • Step-By-Step Guide: Design Exchange Architecture With Capacity Planner
    • Microsoft Will Release Two Security Updates Next Week
    • Manage Windows Network Access In Active Directory
  4. Windows Server News
    • Microsoft Gives Away Search Server 2008
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Get SNSI Before The Price Goes Up
  6. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
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Editor's Corner

What Did Redmond's CIO Do To Get Fired?

Redmond disclosed that they fired CIO Stuart Scott after an internal investigation determined that he had violated unspecified company policies. Scott joined Microsoft in 2005 from a long run at GE, starting as a co-CIO. His last day was Monday. MS were not commenting on specific misbehavior.

They do detail their "standards of business conduct" on a long web page. Speculations are going in all kinds of wild directions about what got guy fired. Were they penetrated? Data stolen? Source Code compromised? Women? Drugs? Gambling? All of the above? It would be a good idea if MS told us some specifics to put our minds at rest (and satisfy our curiosity).

Discovery Is Becoming More Important

Michael Osterman this week commented that for most organizations, a majority of business records are stored in e-mail data stores. This means that if you are sued (or want to sue some one else) you need to be able to access this information, understand what the data says, extract the relevant data and put it into a form that is usable for decision makers, legal staff and others.

The fundamental problem, however, is that e-mail data stores are huge. Given that there are hundreds of megabytes in each user's mailbox, there are hundreds of gigabytes or terabytes of data in backup systems or archives, and all the data that is stored locally or on mobile devices, discovery can become a very thorny problem. The bottom line is that e-discovery systems are becoming more important for organizations to consider deploying.

Michael Osterman will be the featured speaker in our December 6th seminar at the Microsoft Offices in New York, where we will present Sunbelt Exchange Archiver.

New Archiving SunPoll

In your opinion, what is the One Biggest Benefit of Exchange Archiving?
  • Faster Backups
  • Exchange Performance Improvements
  • End-user can recover own lost email
  • Smaller message store(s)
  • Legal Requirements / Discovery / Compliance
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Webinar: Introducing Sunbelt Exchange Archiver

Join us for a look at Sunbelt Software's new Exchange email archiving and compliance solution, Sunbelt Exchange Archiver. If you need a powerful, easy to use, enterprise-class email archiving tool that automatically enables you to comply with all requirements, and allows you or your end-users to transparently retrieve any archived email, then don't miss this webinar!

The webinar will be hosted by Alex Eckelberry, CEO and Greg Kras, VP of Product Management for Sunbelt Software on Thursday, November 15th at 2:00pm EST and will explain the features and benefits of implementing a powerful email archiving solution on your Exchange Server at an affordable price. Learn how Sunbelt Exchange Archiver can help you:
  • Reduce The Message Store up to 80%
  • Dramatically reduce backup times
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  • Meet compliance and legal requirements
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When: Thursday, November 15th, 2007 2:00 PM EST
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More On Application Virtualization

WSN Subscriber William Sandison wrote back: "Wonderful idea and excellent in theory but surely there has to be a performance hit in all this? When we upgraded our Citrix farm, we attempted to use Isolation Environments (which is essentially the Citrix implementation of application virtualization) to resolve an issue where two different applications needed different settings in the same location in the registry. It turned out to be so slow it was unusable. We ended up splitting the farm, as we had done previously, to resolve this issue - half the servers running one application and half the servers running the other application."

Quote Of The Week

"The less you know, the better you sleep." -- Russian Proverb

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Tech Briefing

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How To Format A 10 Or Even 20 TB Drive?

We got one of those puppies here, and the initial format didn't work because the MBR partitioning schema doesn't support drives greater than 2 TB so we had to change it to GPT (GUID Partition Table) and 8k cluster size. Then quick format took about 2 seconds. Here is the MS KB on how to do that:

Microsoft To Build $500 Million Datacenter In Dublin

Microsoft will invest more than $500 million in its first major European datacenter, designed to support applications delivered over the Internet, the company said Tuesday. It will house tens of thousands of web servers serving Windows Live and MSN. It's Redmond's first "mega data center" outside the US and the 51,000-square-foot construction, which starts later this month, should be done in 2009. The facility is close to Microsoft's EMEA manufacturing in Dublin. At the same time, MS is building another $500 Mil center outside of O'Hare Airport in Chicago designed to do the same thing.

VoIP Veteran Shares Lessons Learned

Hands-on experience is invaluable when it comes to learning about inadequate prioritization techniques, choosing the wrong security gear and what to do when the boss gives iPods instead of bonuses and the subsequent iTunes traffic brings the network to a standstill.

Step-By-Step Guide: Design Exchange Architecture With Capacity Planner

Learn how to use the System Center Capacity Planner tool to design an Exchange Server architecture model that suits your topology, hardware and email usage.

Microsoft Will Release Two Security Updates Next Week

Windows administrators will see just one critical security update and one important security update from Microsoft this month, both of which affect most versions of Windows Server.

Manage Windows Network Access In Active Directory

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Windows Server News

Microsoft Gives Away Search Server 2008

This week, during the release of Windows Live in Tokyo, Steve Ballmer told reporters that Google wasn't ahead of Microsoft in any way online except with search. "Google is not ahead of us" said Ballmer, "In the area of search specifically, Google would lead."

Well perhaps that is the reason that Microsoft said that it's giving away Search Server 2008 Express in Release Candidate form to anyone who wants it, just by downloading it directly from Microsoft's Enterprise Search site.

It looks like what they did is pull the search modules out of SharePoint Server 2007 and turn it into a standalone Search Server 2008 Express. They claim information workers waste as much as 9.5 hours a week on searches that don't turn up the right information.

Everyone is sure that Redmond throws out this teaser and hopes to upgrade them to Search Server 2008 or Office SharePoint Server 2007. The code has connectors that index content from storage solutions from EMC (Documentum) and IBM (FileNet). These will be available across MS's search products in 2008, and the boys from Redmond also added federated search capabilities based on the OpenSearch standard. You can download the free RC over here:

WServer Third Party News

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SNSI V2.0 is in beta, and we'd like a few people to help us test it. If you do, we'll make you a deal. It's going up to $2,495 soon, so be quick and send an email to [email protected] with SNSI 2.0 in the subject.

SNSI uses the latest Mitre Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) list of computer incidents. It also contains the latest SANS/FBI top 20 vulnerability list. SNSI also uses the latest CERT, CIAC Microsoft and FedCIRC (Department of Homeland Security) advisories. New vulnerability updates for this release include:
L0206 Tar safer_name_suffix error - FC
L0207 Subversion partial access privilege error - FC
L0208 Kdelibs - Privacy Escalation - MDV 8.1-8.2
L0211 OpenVRML mozilla related vulnerabilities - FC
L0213 Nagios check_snmp GET reply error - FC
L0214 PhpMyAdmin setup.php and PHP_SELF errors - FC
L0215 Cpio safer_name_suffix vulnerability - FC
L0216 ProFTPD CommandBufferSize directive error - MDV
L0217 PCRE malformed expression errors - RHE
L0218 Perl regular expression engine allocation error - RHE
W2999 QuickTime file, movie handling vulnerabilities - W2K, XP, W2K3, Vista
W3222 Adobe Reader not the latest
W3223 Symantec Mail Security for SMTP Autonomy KeyView - W2K, W2k3, Vista
W3224 SecDrv.sys incorrect configuration parameter handling - XP, W2K3
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