Vol. 12, #45 - Nov 19, 2007 - Issue #651
Trying To make Sense Of The New W2K8 Pricing
- Editor's Corner
- Microsoft Virtual Machine: 28 Bucks
- Upcoming Sunbelt Archiving Seminar In NY, NY
- Quotes Of The Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Tech Briefing
- Windows Licenses For Refurbished Computers
- Update: Maxtor Drives Contain Password-Stealing Trojans
- Vision Of The Future: Samsung Shows Off WiMax Devices
- Agencies Issue Final Rules on Identity Theft Red Flags
- Windows Server News
- Trying To make Sense Of The New W2K8 Pricing
- Microsoft Hires Supercomputing Guru
- WServer Third Party News
- New Version Of CounterSpy Enterprise
- New Ninja Success Story: Fremont Public Schools
- WServerNews FAVE Links
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
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Microsoft Virtual Machine: 28 Bucks
Well, the old truism proves itself again. When committees make decisions,
usually the outcome looks gruesome. Then you add lawyers in the mix, and
things get really confusing. Redmond released the pricing for W2K8, and
it's a mess. W2K8 has virtualization (un)bundled, and you can buy the OS
with and without Hyper-V (its new name). I tried to make some sense out
of it for you. Read all about it in the Windows Server section below.
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Quotes Of The Week
"Happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just
make the most of everything that comes along their way. -- Karen S. Magee
"There seems to be an innate quality in humans to want to serve others.
Those who fulfill that need tend to lead the happiest lives." -- Eva Gregory
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Windows Licenses For Refurbished Computers
If you've ever bought a "refurbished" computer, especially from a local PC
shop, you may have found yourself with an "illegal" copy of Windows without
even knowing it - at least, until you went to download an update and got a
message questioning the authenticity of your operating system. Ouch. Redmond
has recently started a program aimed at making that happen less often,
allowing refurbishers to buy Windows licenses at a bulk rate. We hope that
will translate into fewer customers unintentionally running pirated software.
Read more at these two links:
Update: Maxtor Drives Contain Password-Stealing Trojans
ComputerWorld reported that Seagate Technology LLC has shipped Maxtor disk
drives that contain Trojan horses that upload data to a pair of Chinese Web
sites, the Taiwanese government's security service warned this weekend.
The Investigation Bureau, a part of the Ministry of Justice that's responsible
for both internal security and foreign threats, said it suspected mainland
China's authorities were responsible for planting the malware on the drives
at the factory. "The bureau said that the method of attack was unusual, adding
that it suspected Chinese authorities were involved," a story posted by the
English-language Taipei Times reported Sunday. "Sensitive information may
have already been intercepted by Beijing through the two Web sites, the
bureau said." More at:
Vision Of The Future: Samsung Shows Off WiMax Devices
Samsung Electronics has unveiled four new data networking terminals for
use on the commercial WiMax network operating in Seoul. While the devices
are specific to the South Korean market, they provide a glimpse of the kind
of things consumers overseas might be able to get their hands on in the
near future as WiMax is launched in other countries. More at:
Agencies Issue Final Rules on Identity Theft Red Flags
The federal financial institution regulatory agencies and the Federal Trade
Commission have sent to the Federal Register for publication final rules on
identity theft ?red flags? and address discrepancies. The final rules
implement sections 114 and 315 of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions
Act of 2003. The final rules require each financial institution and creditor
that holds any consumer account, or other account for which there is a
reasonably foreseeable risk of identity theft, to develop and implement
an Identity Theft Prevention Program (Program) for combating identity theft.
All institutions must comply with the new rules by November 1, 2008. These
final rules implement sections 114 and 315 of the Fair and Accurate Credit
Transactions Act (FACTA) of 2003. Part of this is scanning for malware:
||Windows Server News
Trying To make Sense Of The New W2K8 Pricing
Redmond gave more details this week about a bunch of products we will see
in 2008. It announced pricing and licensing details for W2K8, "absolutely
on schedule" due for release in Feb 08, and announced the final commercial
name for Viridian. It will now be called 'Hyper-V'. Not very imaginative,
but who is counting.
Here is where it gets interesting. Redmond will release five W2K8 versions:
Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Web Server and a version for Itanium-based
systems. I guess you'd like the good news first: the various flavors will
cost about the same as their W2K3 predecessors. (Redmond claims says the
average price increase is 1 percent.) No major price increase despite a
wealth of new features and functionality. All good and well up to now with
these 5 flavors:
Now, six months after the W2K8 launch, Redmond plans to release Standard,
Enterprise and Datacenter versions incorporating its new Hyper-V code. Now
we are at eight... still with me? So let's look at some prices. To make it
'apples-to-apples', these numbers are for a one-off purchase of a perpetual
license. (If you have a volume licensing deal, it will be lower.) When the
versions that include Hyper-V become available, prices are as follows:
- Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V: $971 (with five CALs)
- Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V: $3,971 (with 25 CALs)
- Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V: $2,971 (per processor)
- Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems: $2,999 (per processor)
- Windows Web Server 2008: $469
Microsoft also said it will release a stand-alone hypervisor for running
other operating systems, called Hyper-V Server, priced at US$28 regardless
of the number of processors. If you have a machine that doesn't have
Windows at all, then you could buy Hyper-V in order to run instances of
say Linux or Sun. And 28 bucks should put some pressure on VMware when
this stuff hits the street.
- Windows Server 2008 Standard: US$999 (with five Client Access Licenses)
- Windows Server 2008 Enterprise: $3,999 (with 25 CALs)
- Windows Server 2008 Datacenter: $2,999 (per processor)
Now, up to now we have 8 flavors and one stand-alone Hyper-V, making it
nine SKUs. The problem I see (and I'm not the only one) is that Redmond
is creating a fork in the windows server line similar to Vista and O2K7.
And you -do- get to pay for management tools that they could have thrown
in if they were smart. So, remember we were at nine SKUs right? I'm
re-listing them here in a slightly different sort order:
Seems still relatively reasonable, right. Well, there's more. First of
all, you see that there's only 28 bucks difference between the SKUs
that have Hyper-V and the ones that have not. Why would they even
ship versions without it? I guess that this is where the lawyers
came in, trying to preempt Europe's legal problems due to bundling.
But here comes the clincher: it gets more complicated. Why?
- Windows Web Server 2008: $469
- Windows 2008 Standard: $999 with five Client Access Licenses (CALs)
- Windows 2008 Standard without Hyper-V: $971 with five CALs
- Windows 2008 Enterprise: $3,999 with 25 CALs
- Windows 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V: $3,971 with 25 CALs
- Windows 2008 Datacenter: $2,999 per processor
- Windows 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V: $2,971 per processor
- Windows 2008 for Itanium-based Systems: $2,999 per processor
- Hyper-V Server: $28, no parent OS included
They are actually selling different 32-bit and x64/64-bit versions
of most of this list, except for W2K8 for Itanium which of course is
64-bit only. And to add some more twists, Hyper-V is only available
on the x64 flavors of the system. Has your head started to spin? So
depending on how you count, there are some 15 or 16 different SKUs.
Now, remember that they will wait 180 days before they ship Hyper-V.
That means those SKUs including it will not ship either. And then
there is one last thing to keep in mind. The tool to manage all these
Virtual Machines (the Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) that I talked about
in an earlier issue) will be sold separately. At the moment, VMM works
only with Virtual Server 2005 R2. They are going to update it for the
new Hyper-V, and guess what, you are going to pay for it again...yup
you heard that right, for people that are not on 'Software Assurance'
it's a paid upgrade. Gee. So there you have it. I hope this attempt
to clarify things helped a bit. Write me if you would like more
articles about this topic.
More W2K8 news at this new Microsoft page:
Microsoft Hires Supercomputing Guru
Network World reported that with Advanced Micro Devices and Intel duking
it out on the multi-core processor front, and server and PC makers pushing
ever more scalable systems, Microsoft Corp. is looking to stay in lockstep.
Its latest move is hiring Dan Reed, director of Renaissance Computing
Institute (RCI) as Microsoft Research's director of scalable and multi-core
computing. RCI is a collaborative venture of the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, North Carolina State University
and the state of North Carolina.
Reed will report to Rick Rashid, Microsoft's senior vice president of
research, who has said that Microsoft needs to make sure its software
works on multicore systems used by enterprises and in the data centers
of large service providers. Mark my words, when Microsoft hired Dave
Cutler, Digital Equipment's chief VMS architect, it was clear what Gates'
long term plans were. So do not act surprised when you see a new Redmond
Windows Supercomputer five years from now.
||WServer Third Party News
New Version Of CounterSpy Enterprise
We have just made CSE version 3.0.2668 available on our website. This is a
minor update which is designed specifically to address several reported
problems having to do with reports not returning correct information.
This build can be downloaded from here (direct to exe):
Upgrading from versions 1.8, 2.x, and 3.0 are supported, simply
download and run the install in place on the CSE server. The agent
version included with this download is 2.0.1306, the same as the
original RTM of 3.0.
Note that there is one known issue with reporting when using SQL
with Windows Authentication as the reporting database. If you are using
this configuration the charts located in reports will not work by
default. There is a workaround that can be done. Changing the CSE
service to run as a windows account w/ local admin rights on the CSE
server and rights to the SQL database will correct the problem. We are
working with the charting vendor to get this resolved and will post an
update when available.
New Ninja Success Story: Fremont Public Schools
Fremont Public Schools was experiencing far too many spam messages in
its users? email in-boxes. The influx of unwanted messages was taking
up needed space on the district?s servers and also requiring too much
time and resources of the IT staff. The school system?s existing AV
software from another vendor wasn?t offering ample spam protection
and it ??took forever to move messages from one box to another because
it was client-based rather than server-based,? said Rick Webb, network
engineer for Fremont Public Schools.
Webb added, ?Using Ninja frees up our time here in IT as well as our
users? time. Now, none of us have to go through 150 messages a day
checking, clicking and deleting. People can get right to the business of
the day without weeding out all of the junk.? Here is the full story:
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