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Vol. 13, #10 - Mar 10, 2008 - Issue #664
Special VIPRE Beta Invitation

  1. Editor's Corner
    • VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware Public Beta Invitation
    • iPhone And Exchange Integration: OK, Now I Want One
    • Spyware Seems Even Worse Now, What's Your Experience?
    • Quote Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Bill Gates joins LinkedIn
    • Jeremy Moskowitz's Latest Group Policy Newsletter
    • Tip: Troubleshooting Terminal Services Connection Problems
    • Special Report: Virtualization And The Changing Windows Desktop
    • Relying On Built-In Vista Features For Application Support
    • Tip: Improve Sharepoint 2007 Design And Navigation With Managed Paths
    • Tutorial: Microsoft Security Assessment and Testing
  4. Windows Server News
    • Special VIPRE Beta Invitation
    • Windows 'Workstation' 2008 Trumps Vista
    • Microsoft Unveils IE8 Beta 1
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Double-Take Software Announces Support for Windows Server 2008
    • BCAP Now Exclusive Sunbelt Partner in Australia and New Zealand
    • Print Manager Plus 2008 Packs Powerful New Features
  6. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • BOOK: Administering Windows Server 2008 Server Core
Brand New Licensing Option: Home Site License

During our surveys we found many of you have a lot of PCs at the house. Those so called '3-packs' do not cover it for you! So we invented a whole new license: The Home Site License. For a yearly subscription of $49.95 you can install CounterSpy on as many PCs in one residence as you want. It gets better. Subscribe to the Home Site License now and you will be upgraded at no extra cost to VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware when it comes out! This is a great way to cut down on your PC expenses. Don't renew your existing McAfee, Symantec or Trend antivirus anymore and get this exciting new Home Site License now:
http://www.wservernews.com/080310-CS-Home-Site-License

Editor's Corner

VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware Public Beta Invitation

Well, we're getting close. The VIPRE public beta has been released. It's an exciting time for us. Over the last few years, we have been building an all-new security solution. VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware is a completely new product that combines antispyware, antivirus, anti-rootkit and other technologies into a seamless, tightly-integrated product. With its next-generation technology, VIPRE provides powerful protection against today's highly complex malware threats, without the performance and resource headaches of traditional antivirus products. At VIPRE's core is an antivirus and antispyware detection engine that merges the detection of all types of malware into a single efficient and powerful system.

The new technology was developed exclusively by Sunbelt, without building on older generation antivirus engines. We are looking for Beta testers that are willing to run VIPRE on a machine that's not 'mission critical'. The complete invitation and how to get your hands on this beta sits as the first item in the Server Section. Why Server? Well, this is the same code that will be the agent of VIPRE Enterprise and we'd love your help finding and crushing the remaining bugs!

iPhone And Exchange Integration: OK, Now I Want One

At Apple's iPhone SDK press conference, some spectacular news was revealed. "Microsoft has come up with a much more advanced architecture, where the iPhone can work directly with the Exchange server in a more reliable and affordable way. We're building Exchange support so you get push email, push calendaring, push contacts, global address lists, and the ability to remote wipe it. The same email app, calendar app, and contact apps that customers really love will get information directly from the Exchange server. So no new apps on the iPhone for using Exchange."

Both enterprise and SDK are going to be delivered in one update, the iPhone 2.0 software update. Beta release available now, in the hands of thousands of developers and hundreds of companies. "We need the feedback," Jobs says. Shipping to every iPhone customer in late June, and it's a free software update. So now I'm ready for one. The story is at Engadget and Macworld:
http://www.wservernews.com/080310-iPhone-Update

http://www.wservernews.com/080310-iPhone-Liveupdate


Spyware Seems Even Worse Now, What's Your Experience?

Spyware Infections Carry Big Costs for Small Businesses, CompTIA Survey Finds. Typical incident takes 20-plus hours to report, repair.

A single spyware infection on a work computer can impact the productivity of the typical small business employee for two-and-a-half days, according to research commissioned by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

A survey of employees at businesses with 10 to 200 computer users found that more than one in four computer users reported having their productivity impacted by a spyware infection during the past six months. Of these, more than one-third reported multiple spyware inflections.

Even more alarming, users of spyware-infected computers reported "living with" the problem for 18 work hours - more than two full workdays - before getting it repaired. They did so even though they realized that their work productivity was reduced due to the problems associated with spyware. Users estimated their productivity was reduced by 21 percent when the spyware problem was first noticed; and was reduced by 32 percent when the problem was at its peak.

On top of the delay in reporting a spyware infection is the time it takes to fix the problem. A survey of PC-support professionals servicing small businesses and who had fixed at least one spyware incident during the past year reported spending an average of 2.8 labor hours per infected PC. That's more than 20 hours of reduced worker productivity for each spyware incident at a small business. CompTIA commissioned Kotler Marketing Group of Washington, D.C., a consulting firm specializing in value-based selling, to conduct the survey to better understand the frequency and cost of problems such as spyware, viruses and network and server downtime among small businesses.

Alex commented: "We all know spyware is bad and it's out there, but this latest study even surprised me. These are alarming stats, more alarming than I would have thought (one in four PCs infected in the past six months?). The repair stats I'm not surprised at, these seem in line with what one would expect. Your thoughts? Alarming stats or a picture of reality? Send me your feedback at the email address below:

Quote Of The Week

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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

Brand New Licensing Option: Home Site License

During our surveys we found many of you have a lot of PCs at the house. Those so called '3-packs' do not cover it for you! So we invented a whole new license: The Home Site License. For a yearly subscription of $49.95 you can install CounterSpy on as many PCs in one residence as you want. It gets better. Subscribe to the Home Site License now and you will be upgraded at no extra cost to VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware when it comes out! This is a great way to cut down on your PC expenses. Don't renew your existing McAfee, Symantec or Trend antivirus anymore and get this exciting new Home Site License now:
http://www.wservernews.com/080310-CS-Home-Site-License

Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Extend Active Directory to your UNIX, Linux, Mac, web and database platforms. Free authentication guide.
http://www.wservernews.com/080310-Centrify

Must Have FREEWARE, Web Active Directory & Self Service Password. Download now! Let users self-manage their profiles -but stay in control using native & delegated roles.
http://www.wservernews.com/080310-Namescape

Virtualization Technologies and their impact on Disaster Recovery Planning Read this white paper to learn more about enterprise-class disaster recovery and high availability solutions for cutting-edge virtual environments. (PDF)
http://www.wservernews.com/080310-DT-Virtual-Systems-Recovery

New: $49.95 Home Site License for CounterSpy with no-charge upgrade to Vipre AntiVirus + Antispyware. This covers all the machines in one residence:
http://www.wservernews.com/080310-CS-Home-Site-License


Tech Briefing

Bill Gates joins LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a popular business-oriented social networking site that I have been on for quite a while now. I've found it to be a good way to connect with other folks in the tech business. Last week, Microsoft became a premier advertiser on the site and Bill Gates joined the LinkedIn community. Around the same time, LinkedIn added a mobile version of the service that you can access from your smart phone or handheld device and also added "presence" (status indicators). Invite me as your friend on LinkedIn! Read more at:
http://www.wservernews.com/080310-LinkedIn


Jeremy Moskowitz's Latest Group Policy Newsletter

He started with: "The Group Policy Preference Extensions are out. But are you ready to install them? Find out in this quick GPanswers.com newsletter how to install them on your client systems and verify they've been installed. Also, sign up for Jeremy Moskowitz's Group Policy Tip-of-The-Week and Newsletter announcement list if you're not already in the club." Click here:
http://www.wservernews.com/080310-GPanswers


Tip: Troubleshooting Terminal Services Connection Problems

Having a problem with your Terminal Services connection resource limits? Find out how a registry key can help troubleshoot the issue. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080310-TS-Problems


Special Report: Virtualization And The Changing Windows Desktop

Trends like virtualization and Software as a Service are changing the classic Windows desktop. This Special Report defines the new terms and addresses the options that Windows managers might consider for virtualizing the desktop and planning their near-term technology needs. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080310-Virtualization


Relying On Built-In Vista Features For Application Support

Virtualization is taking over the datacenter at all levels. Organizations are greening their datacenters by transforming physical servers into virtual machines, but there is no better return on their investment than with application virtualization. Find out more in this tip! (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080310-Vista-Application-Support


Tip: Improve Sharepoint 2007 Design And Navigation With Managed Paths

Managed paths give Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 admins a powerful yet easy mechanism for building a collaboration environment. But to be successful, you'll need an understanding of all your business groups. This tip explains how:
http://www.wservernews.com/080310-Sharepoint-2007


Tutorial: Microsoft Security Assessment and Testing

In the third chapter of SearchWinSecurity.com's security assessment and testing tutorial, learn what to focus on during the testing phase, how to give your VPN a penetration test and how to test Group Policy and domain controllers:
http://www.wservernews.com/080310-MS-Security-Assessment


Windows Server News

Special VIPRE Beta Invitation

Recently you may have received a special CounterSpyNews issue with a survey about antivirus (AV) products. Thanks to the many thousands that sent in their answers. We have some results to share with you! A large percentage of you were not happy with existing AV software because it slows down your (multiple) PCs, the existing AV products are resource hogs and the scan times are too slow.

You as a user are facing a rapidly increasing amount of threats on the Internet. Cyber criminals are getting more devious by the month, they are blending different kinds of malware to penetrate PCs. So you need better tools to protect you. And ideally all that extra protection does not bog down your PC to a snail's pace. Well, we have some good news.

Over the last few years, we have been building an all-new security solution called VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware. VIPRE is a completely new product that combines antispyware, antivirus, anti-rootkit and other technologies into a seamless, tightly-integrated product. With its next-generation technology, VIPRE provides powerful protection against today's highly complex malware threats, without the performance and resource headaches of traditional antivirus products.

At VIPRE's core is an antivirus and antispyware detection engine that merges the detection of all types of malware into a single efficient and powerful system. The new technology was developed exclusively by Sunbelt, without building on older generation antivirus engines.

We are looking for Beta testers that are willing to run VIPRE on a machine that's not 'mission critical' and might potentially crash. Here are some questions many people asked while doing the surveys:

  • Q: When I run VIPRE, do I still need CounterSpy?
    A: No, VIPRE does both antispyware and antivirus in one single product. You need to uninstall CounterSpy before you install the VIPRE beta.

  • Q: What is the difference between the two?
    A: VIPRE is a full-fledged antivirus + antispyware solution that also scans your email for viruses. CounterSpy does not scan email and does not have full antivirus functionality.

  • Q: If I already own CounterSpy, can I upgrade to VIPRE when it comes out?
    A: Yes, and you only pay the difference! That means for just $9.95 you have a complete antivirus + antispyware solution that does not slow down your computer! VIPRE subscriptions will be $29.95 per year with just $39.95 for a 3-user license, and a brand new licensing model called a 'home site license' where for $49.95 you can install VIPRE on as many machines you want in a single residence. All these subscriptions include a year of threat definition updates, software upgrades, and live US-based toll-free technical support.

  • Q: When is Vipre going to be available?
    A: Within the next couple of weeks. In the mean time, continue to run, buy and recommend CounterSpy. You and your friends need the protection now and the upgrade is just the price difference between the two.

    Please keep in mind that this is beta-quality software. Unlike other companies that provide production quality version 1.0 out there for free and call it 'beta', this software really -is- beta and you can expect to encounter bugs, memory leaks and other issues, some of which could cause system crashes. This beta software should not be installed or used in a production environment or on any PC for which system crashes would be considered unacceptable. If you do encounter a crash and are prompted to send crash information to Microsoft, please do so -- Sunbelt does receive that crash data from Microsoft, and the data helps us fix crashing bugs in VIPRE. Please post any problems, questions or issues to the VIPRE Beta forum, and NOT to Sunbelt tech support.

    Following installation VIPRE 3 will prompt you to either enter a registration key or start a 30 day trial period for the software. Please use the following key to activate the product:

    6TBKF-F5X7C-5FP8K-D66RV-R987G

    This is a special key generated for use during beta testing and will expire in a few months time. Do NOT use your current CounterSpy registration key to activate VIPRE 3 -- use the beta key instead.

    We recommend that you disable your existing antivirus product while running VIPRE (although it's technically possible to run both VIPRE and another antivirus product at the same time, it does create the possibility of performance issues).

  • Q: Where do I get the BETA?
    A: You can go to Sunbelt's Beta Forum (Link below) and do the following:
    1. Register on the forum by clicking registration and filling out the form choosing to participate in VIPRE Antivirus.
    2. You will get a confirmation email with a link, click the link to finish registration
    3. You will now see VIPRE 3.0 Antivirus Consumer Beta forum
    4. Click on Downloads and Updates to download the latest version, make sure to read the instructions in that section.
    5. REMEMBER (!) Before installing the VIPRE beta you HAVE TO Uninstall CounterSpy on that machine before you install the VIPRE beta.
    Forum Link to get the beta:
    http://www.wservernews.com/080310-VIPRE-Beta


    Windows 'Workstation' 2008 Trumps Vista

    New benchmarks find that even Windows Server 2008 when used as a workstation gives Vista a gory thrashing, performance-wise. Read more at the InfoWorld enterprise desktop Blog:
    http://www.wservernews.com/080310-Workstation-2008


    Microsoft Unveils IE8 Beta 1

    Microsoft took the wraps off Beta 1 of its upcoming Internet Explorer 8 Web browser, which offers anticrash protection as well as several other news features. The beta is available for both Windows XP and Vista users.
    http://www.wservernews.com/080310-IE8-Beta-1

    eWEEK has a slide show with a bunch of the main screens:
    http://www.wservernews.com/080310-IE8-Slideshow


  • WServer Third Party News

    Double-Take Software Announces Support for Windows Server 2008

    Double-Take(r) Software (NASDAQ: DBTK), a leading provider of continuous data protection and recovery software, announced today that it will support Microsoft Windows Server 2008. As enterprises start adopting the newest Microsoft platform, Double-Take Software will provide top-notch solutions to protect business critical data and applications on the new platform.

    BCAP Now Exclusive Sunbelt Partner in Australia and New Zealand

    Sunbelt Software, a leading provider of Windows security software, announced Business Continuity Asia Pacific (BCAP) as the exclusive distribution partner in Australia and New Zealand for Sunbelt Exchange Archiver (SEA). The partnership opens additional channels for Sunbelt and enables BCAP to exclusively distribute the enterprise-class email archiving solution to their extensive network of resellers and end users in the Australia and New Zealand markets. More at this press release:
    http://www.wservernews.com/080310-BCAP-Sunbelt-Partner


    Print Manager Plus 2008 Packs Powerful New Features

    Print Manager Plus 2008 now features complete Active Directory integration with Windows Server 2008 plus all previous Windows Operating Systems and tools to reducing the hidden costs of printing in your network.

    Print Manager Plus 2008 includes the industry's first native Active Directory integration and compatibility with Windows Server 2008, and all previous Windows Operating systems. The 2008 version continues its distinction as the only product in the industry to offer complete support for every printer and plotter manufacturer on the market.

    CEO William Feeley said, "It marks a milestone in the development of all print management solutions that corral the accounting of and cost of printing, helping our customers cut printing related costs by up to 75%."
    http://www.wservernews.com/080310-Print-Manager-Plus


    WServerNews FAVE Links

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



    WServerNews - Product of the Week

    BOOK: Administering Windows Server 2008 Server Core

    I have it here sitting on my desk. Microsoft's new GUI-less Server Core is a command line version of Windows Server 2008 that offers better security, reduced size, and faster access. Inside this comprehensive guide, you'll find everything you need to quickly master this sleek new version. Packed with instructions and practical examples, this book teaches you how to operate in a windowless environment, including using all the commands, creating BAT files, working with scripts, using registry hacks, managing remote systems, and more. Includes best practices, 52 indispensable command line tricks, and an alphabetical list of all the commands:
    http://www.wservernews.com/080310-W2K8-Server-Core