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Vol. 12, #46 - Dec 3, 2007 - Issue #652
Move Over OS - VM's Are Now Strategic Choice

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  1. Editor's Corner
    • Move Over OS - VM's Are Now Strategic Choice
    • CompTIA: "Spyware, Not Virus Or Worm Attacks, Takes Malware Crown"
    • Archiving Seminar This Thursday In NY, NY
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Vista SP1 No Faster Than Stock OS, Say Testing Experts
    • Windows XP SP3 Boasts Speed Boost, Same Testers Claim
    • What Intel Giveth, Microsoft Taketh Away
    • Hackers Will Feed On Vista In 2008, Says McAfee
    • Managing Password Security In Windows Networks
    • Tip: Grant Administrator Privileges In Windows With Sudowin
    • Take A Tour Of The New IT Knowledge Exchange!
  4. Windows Server News
    • Exchange 2007 SP1 Now Available For Download
    • Microsoft Delays Annual WinHEC Conference
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Instantly Reduce Your Exchange Message Store 80%
    • Get Rid Of Your Old Second Generation Exchange AV
  6. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
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Editor's Corner

Move Over OS - VM's Are Now Strategic Choice

This week I read an article by Mitchell Ashley in Network World and said to myself: "Why didn't I think of this myself?" He's got a very good point, and I had an epiphany, cognition, revelation whatever you call it. The OS is no longer the critical choice! It always was that you looked at what application the user needed first, and then chose the right OS to run that app. But now, after that app selection, it's first the virtual environment you need to choose. And once you have done THAT, the OS you run becomes a lot less important actually.

Ashley said: "The choice of hypervisor determines the capabilities you'll build your data center, operations center and operating environment around. You're not going to use three of these, so you'll want to standardize. And you are going to need management tools for load balancing, rollover to hot standby virtual instances, spin up new virtual servers to handle increasing loads, and communication protocols for inter-virtual server communications."

As a side note, if you are looking at virtualization just to save power and space, you would be shortchanging your organization. The savings realized from consolidation is largely a one-time savings.

Ashley continued with: "Selecting a hypervisor of choice means creating processes, laying out operational procedures, building skill sets, and creating IT knowledge about running and operating virtual environments. Doing this for every hypervisor on the market today doesn't make sense. Organizations will standardize just a few hypervisors, not use all of them." So that is why I'm saying move over OS - VM's are now the strategic choice. Obviously Redmond has seen this danger looming and pre-announced Hyper-V so far in advance.

CompTIA: "Spyware, Not Virus Or Worm Attacks, Takes Malware Crown"

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) survey found that 55 percent of respondents experienced larger numbers of spyware attacks over the last 12 months as other threats have cooled -- though the organization advised companies against becoming complacent about any types of attack. "Asked to identify the types of security attacks they expect to be most troubled by in three years time, viruses and worms (20 percent) still topped the list, followed by spyware (14%), and wireless threats (9 percent). More of this blog at InfoWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/071203-CompTIA-Survey

If you want a detailed study where a lot of these spyware attacks are coming from, check out this PDF Report on the Russian Business Network:
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And if you want to see the occupational hazards that malware researchers are subject to, check out this comic:
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Archiving Seminar This Thursday In NY, NY

Just a Reminder for the upcoming Email Archiving Seminar at the Microsoft office in Manhattan on Thurs, Dec. 6, from 9 - 12. Mike Osterman, president and founder of Osterman Research, will present "Implementing an Effective Email Archiving Strategy for Exchange." He will be discussing how an effective email archiving strategy can help you deal with the issues resulting from growth in email storage, new e-discovery, and privacy requirements & explain the need for organizations to automatically archive content & make it readily accessible to anyone in the enterprise that needs it - all while reducing the cost of managing messaging-related storage.

Agenda:
  • How to address growing email archiving & storage issues
  • Importance of compliance, eDiscovery & legal readiness
  • Cost-savings benefits to proper archiving, including faster backup/restore time, knowledge management, & disaster recovery
  • Live Demo of Sunbelt Exchange Archiver in action! 80% message store reduction, end-user lost email self-service, improved Exchange performance & much, much more
When: Thurs., Dec. 6 - Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Continental Breakfast Included)
Cost: None
Location: Microsoft
1290 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10104
To Register:
http://www.wservernews.com/071203-Archiving-Seminar

We look forward to seeing you there.

Quotes Of The Week

"It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error." -- Justice Robert H. Jackson, U. S. Supreme Court

"The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it." -- P. B. Medawar

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Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]



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    Tech Briefing

    Vista SP1 No Faster Than Stock OS, Say Testing Experts

    ComputerWorld reported this 19th that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is not measurably faster than the original stock edition, a Florida-based developer of performance testing and network metrics software said.

    "Microsoft has hinted that SP1 is faster than Vista RTM," said Craig Barth, the chief technology officer at Devil Mountain Software, referring to the release to manufacturing version of the operating system. "But we found pretty much nothing measurable. It surprised me as much as it surprised everyone else, but the numbers are the numbers." More at:
    http://www.wservernews.com/071203-Vista-SP1


    Windows XP SP3 Boasts Speed Boost, Same Testers Claim

    If Vista had emotions, some days it would probably feel like the less-popular younger sibling of the homecoming queen -- for instance this week, when the same performance testing developer who slammed Vista SP1's performance revealed that XP SP3 includes a remarkable (and unexpected) speed boost. ""We were pleasantly surprised to discover that Windows XP SP3 delivers a measurable performance boost to this aging desktop OS," said Craig Barth, Devil Mountain's chief technology officer, in a post to a company blog on Friday. More at:
    http://www.wservernews.com/071203-XP-SP3-Speed


    What Intel Giveth, Microsoft Taketh Away

    This, of course, will come as a disappointment for those of us who were hoping for some relief. Exhaustive testing confirms that Windows Vista is at least twice as slow as Windows XP when running on the same hardware. So it's doubly painful to learn that the rumored performance tweaks Microsoft has been hinting at for SP1 simply "never materialized." Bottom Line: Vista's performance is what it is, so "get used to it."
    http://www.wservernews.com/071203-Vista-Performance


    Hackers Will Feed On Vista In 2008, Says McAfee

    Microsoft Corp. will face more than 40 vulnerabilities in Windows Vista next year, as the operating system climbs past the 10% market-share milestone and malware authors really start to find flaws, a McAfee Inc. analyst said today. "Most of the current malware has ignored Vista," said Craig Schmugar, a threat researcher at McAfee's Avert Lab -- but that's not because the operating system has been frustratingly secure against attack. Rather, Schmugar argued, Vista's gotten off easy its first year because hackers didn't think it was a worthwhile target. "These people make their living writing malware or attacking users," he said. "They're driven by financial motivation, and only when market share has an impact will they really work on Vista." More at ComputerWorld:
    http://www.wservernews.com/071203-Vista-Vulnerabilities


    Managing Password Security In Windows Networks

    IT managers have the responsibility of protecting data from internal and external intruders alike. Hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of users with access to sensitive data can also provide an equal number of access points for intruders. Password security should strike a balance between the inconvenience it causes users and the need to foil attackers who have nothing better to do than crack passwords. Find out how to achieve this, in this tip! (registration required)
    http://www.wservernews.com/071203-Password-Security


    Tip: Grant Administrator Privileges In Windows With Sudowin

    For Microsoft Windows administrators, sudowin (0.2.0) is an open-source add-on that gives administrators the power to allow Unix sudo-like functionality to non-administrative users. It allows for simple privilege escalation, which means you can easily run programs with administrator privileges in Windows. Read more in this tip.
    http://www.wservernews.com/071203-sudowin


    Take A Tour Of The New IT Knowledge Exchange!

    Wouldn't it be great if you could somehow tap into the distilled knowledge of your peers and colleagues who have tackled similar Exchange Server and Microsoft Outlook problems? SearchExchange.com's redesigned IT Knowledge Exchange gives you instant access to thousands of questions and answers created by your peers. Find the real-world information you need and share your own knowledge!
    http://www.wservernews.com/071203-SearchExchange-Tour


    Windows Server News

    Exchange 2007 SP1 Now Available For Download

    We have been talking in WSN about SP1 for several months, but now it's been made available for 'broad public consumption'. You probably already have a good idea which goodies to expect:
    • Support for Windows Server 2008 deployments
    • Improved unified communications (UM) and integration with MS Office Communicator 2007 and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007
    • Public folder access through OWA
    • Public folder management through Exchange Management Console
    • Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync for end users and admins
    • Standby continuous replication (SCR)
    SP1 includes many other features and fixes as well. You can download it at:
    http://www.wservernews.com/071203-Exchange-2007-SP1


    Microsoft Delays Annual WinHEC Conference

    Surprisingly, Redmond postponed its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2008 from next spring to next fall, leaving many people asking themselves: Why?

    A Redmond spokesperson said the conference was pushed back due to "industry feedback". They further stated "We are pleased to announce that WinHEC 2008 will be held in the fall of 2008 on the West Coast (location to be determined). No further explanation for the delay was given. The annual conference, which started in 1992, used to be held in the spring.

    We can only try to guess for reasons, but usually trying to 'fill the vacuum' comes up with much worse assumptions than the truth. I guess it's simple something as prosaic as the fact that Redmond postponed WinHEC because it has little to talk about at the moment. Perhaps they are waiting for the new Hyper-V, (the new 's virtualization code for W2K8) which is due out 180 days after the release of W2K8 server, expected Q1 2008.

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    Get Rid Of Your Old Second Generation Exchange AV

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