Vol. 12, #46 - Dec 3, 2007 - Issue #652
Move Over OS - VM's Are Now Strategic Choice
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- 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
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- 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!
- Windows Server News
- Exchange 2007 SP1 Now Available For Download
- Microsoft Delays Annual WinHEC Conference
- WServer Third Party News
- Instantly Reduce Your Exchange Message Store 80%
- Get Rid Of Your Old Second Generation Exchange AV
- WServerNews Fave Links
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
- rDirectory - All you need to webify your Active Directory
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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
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:
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:
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.
When: Thurs., Dec. 6 - Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Continental Breakfast Included)
- How to address growing email archiving & storage issues
- Importance of compliance, eDiscovery & legal readiness
- Cost-savings benefits to proper archiving, including faster
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- Live Demo of Sunbelt Exchange Archiver in action! 80% message
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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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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:
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:
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."
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:
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)
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.
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!
||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:
SP1 includes many other features and fixes as well. You can download it at:
- 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)
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
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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This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- Are users calling that their PC randomly plays classical music? They are
not crazy. Here is the MS Knowledge Base item on this behavior:
- Dang, they missed my name (again!) from the Genius list:
- What is so special about Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa to make it the most
famous painting in the world? Very interesting 3 minutes you should take:
- GigaPan allows users to upload, share, and explore brilliant gigapixel+
panoramas from around the globe.
- I want to tell this clown what he can do with his IdiotPhone - but the Captain
does it even better. He gets on the PA and makes the following announcement :
- Funny one- if Microsoft had created GMail:
- Humorous CNET video about Microsoft Windows Vista Sales:
- InfoWorld came up with their must-have gadgets for the holidays. Not your
usual junk but some pretty cool ideas. I already bought the 'Kindle'.
- An Airbus A310 of the Portuguese Airline TAP makes a low pass turn with
one wingtip almost touching the ground:
- If you have not heard about the 'Fake Steve Jobs' blog, you should check
this entry, he describes a meeting with
- Once per year at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse they shut down the weak insipid
modern (presumably electric) light and switch over the the 5 kerosene lamps
and fresnel lens of the original, as it was 135 years ago:
- In the weird and wacky dept, this man's hands and feet developed tree-like
growths... If you are easily grossed out, do not click this link:
- World's Most Effective Speed Bump. Made in Germany. We put it up on Flixxy
with a translation as the sound track is in German:
- Like the creativity (and money) that goes into Good Advertising? Check
the firebrand site:
- Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works, the group that created among others the U-2
and JSF planes, developed a new plane. Or maybe airship is a better name:
this huge aircraft is over 60 meters (180ft) long:
- Used to play a lot of video games? Let's see if you recognize the sounds!
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preconfigured applications for secure solutions that leverage the existing
AD information. It's the perfect system: a self-editable directory, a template
driven account creation tool, a way for users to create and self-subscribe
to email lists and groups, a self- service password reset utility, a valuable
tool for any help desk and more. This is one powerful product. Discover the
flexibility of rDirectory and new ideas will start popping up. See why customers
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