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Vol. 13, #16 - Apr 21, 2008 - Issue #670
Slow Vista File Copy Nightmare Solved

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  1. Editor's Corner
    • What Do You Do When Someone's Out To Get You?
    • 'Windows Collapsing?' SunPoll Results
    • New SunPoll: Antivirus For -Which- Mobile OS?
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Slow Vista File Copy Nightmare Solved!
    • New Service Pack Coming For SQL Server 2005
    • Free Email and File Archiving Seminar
    • New User Interface In Windows Vista May Affect Applications
    • Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Migration Tutorial
    • Free Security Testing Tools For Windows Handheld Devices
  4. Windows Server News
    • Webinar: Filling The Gap In Exchange Auditing
    • A New (No-cost) Way To Monitor Your Windows Systems' Performance
    • Dell Has Best PC Quarter in Two Years
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Top Five Email Archiving Products
    • VKernel Virtual Appliance Identifies Virtualization Bottlenecks
  6. WServerNews FAVE LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Unmatched Web Filtering Performance, Plus Get a Free T-shirt
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Editor's Corner

What Do You Do When Someone's Out To Get You?

For some organizations, the biggest threat is not the 'common' spyware, viruses and other malware that we see so often. Rather, if you have valuable intellectual property, or operate in a sensitive government, financial, defense or law enforcement field, the chances are high you are getting targeted attacks through Spearphishing and social engineering.

Through these techniques, often with email and infected office documents as the transmission vectors, they can bypass your perimeter defenses and mine confidential and sensitive data. What do you do when your AV vendor has no signature for the threat and is blind to what's already gotten in to your network? Sunbelt has the answer, with our CWSandbox automated malware analysis system. We have two solutions. First is a no cost, on-line analysis tool where you can submit malware samples. The results often come back within the hour but at peak times can take longer:
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-Submit-Malware

Second, if you work in an organization like the ones mentioned above, or need regulatory compliance and need to do malware analysis real-time and in-house you can license Sunbelt's CWSandbox for internal usage. More at:
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-Sunbelt-CWSandbox

Read more on what BusinessWeek has to say on the subject. Yes, patch your systems and educate your users, but don't rely on that alone with what's at stake with your data in the wrong hands. This article has good ammo:
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-E-spionage-Threat


'Windows Collapsing?' SunPoll Results

"What Intel giveth, Microsoft taketh away" -- meaning performance advancements on the hardware side are quickly consumed by the ever-increasing complexity of the Windows/Office code base.

A whopping 57% of you said some radical change is required. Well, WSN reader Rob O who is a systems analyst came back with the following suggestion. Tell me if you like this idea? He said: "The notion of rolling out an entirely new OS to replace a current one is definitely an archaic one that will indeed cause Microsoft to fail. The time is right for a subscription-based incremental update plan. With that, there's no reason Windows XP couldn't keep on serving our needs for another decade. Having worked with every version of Windows made, XP is plenty stable when used on quality, well-established hardware.

"Gartner suits, not unlike the often-sensationalistic Ziff-Davis analysts, do not live in the real world with the rest of us. Instead they sit high upon their pristine pedestals and stir up grief from their lofty isolation. Those Gartner guys have no clue how much commotion these bold statements create for those of us down in the IT trenches. Our IT directors often have knee-jerk reactions to these analysts' over-the-top reports.

"To the Gartner guys, I'd pose the question, "What exactly are these rapidly-changing user needs that Windows XP isn't meeting? What more is it that you do require of an OS?" Certainly, the fluff and flash of Vista is not needed, nor is the considerable expense of advanced hardware to sufficiently support all of the needless eye candy that it brings. We have brand new, business-grade, dual-core Dell boxes that lack the oomph to run Vista well. But they're like greased lightning on XP." Send me email with your vision at [email protected].

New SunPoll: Antivirus For -Which- Mobile OS?

Here is the new one: "If you are responsible for Enterprise endpoint security, for which mobile OS platform would you want dedicated Antivirus software?
  • Symbian
  • RIM Blackberry
  • Windows Mobile
  • Apple OSX Mobile (iPhone)
  • Other
Vote here, lower mid-right column:
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-SunPoll


Quotes of the Week

Two Mark Twain quotes about books this Week:

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."
"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read."

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

Next-Generation Email Security for Exchange

"So far, I'm impressed with the product. I was worried that Ninja would take too many resources on our Exchange server. That has not happened." -- J. M.

"Spam email is getting more complex by the hour! Ninja helps speed up the learning curve by being easy to understand and implement. Support has been beyond expectation! Keep up the good effort!" -- J. R.

"Product works well, and the best part about your Product is the customer service and support. The open communication from your Engineers and forums is paying huge dividends and makes the experience of your product that much better." S.S.
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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

See an iPrism Web Filter demo; get a T-Shirt & Win a Plasma TV!
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Win a Trip to TechEd 2008 on ScriptLogic!
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Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) enables IT admin to remotely manage roles and features in W2K8 Server from a computer that is running Vista SP1:
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-RSAT


Tech Briefing

Slow Vista File Copy Nightmare Solved!

WSN Reader Nick's Vista Horror story in last issue has a follow-up. He wrote: "I MAY have finally turned the corner on Vista turning me gray and bald, although what little hair I have left after the last 4 weeks is definitely going gray :) I bought a MS Wireless Desktop 1000 to install on that Latitude ATG 620 with Vista Business that has been torturing me. Certified for Vista. Install Intellipoint 6.1 off the disk. Plug in the receiver. No joy. It wants the disk. Says the disk has no drivers. WTF. Download and install Intellipoint 6.2. Plug in the receiver. No joy. It wants the disk.

Now, we've been to 'Trinity and Beyond.' Where do we go from there? Chixulub asteroid impact? Call MS hardware support (They were good). Eventually discover that NO new hardware (i.e. thumb drives, wired keyboards, anything) will install. OK. Uninstall SP1. Install Intelli point 6.2 again and Lo! and behold! the hardware installs. Great.

Test the network response time without SP1. Now, there is nothing particularly old, creaky or obscure in my setup. I've got a PowerEdge 800 running SBS 2003 for a server and a Cisco SB2024 Gigabit switch. It took 5 MINUTES to copy a 61 MB file. Sigh. Install SP1 again. Hey, the hardware still works AND I can install other new hardware. It's a miracle. Test the network response time, again. Now it takes 40 seconds to copy that 61 MB file. XP only takes 8-10 seconds. It beats 5 minutes, but it still ain't great. So I start googling for post-SP1 slow-file-copy bug problems. Eventually, I come across a reference to Mark Minassi's blog that deals with the autotuning feature of the new TCP stack and that even relatively new switches and routers may not like the autotuning 'feature'. (SP1 by default undoes all the tweaking that poor bastards like me have been flailing away at to try and fix this EVIL.) So I enter the following into an Administrative cmd window:

C:\> netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled

Now I tried that pre-SP1 and it didn't make a darn bit of difference. But Lo and behold! The 61 MB file now comes down the pipe in 6 seconds. So I test pull the SP1 mega-executable from the server (434 MB) Takes 1 minute 34 seconds. Run the same test on XP. Takes 1 minute 53 seconds. It's a miracle. We still aren't smiling. Its been a full year, a service pack, and a command line tweak to get performance better than what XP had to offer. MS has burnt a lot of credibility with me with their utter silence on this issue--and how, if they eat their own dogfood, that this issue ever got out the door without being caught and killed. But there is light at the end of the Vista tunnel--and maybe all the hair I have pulled out will grow back in brown and not gray :)

New Service Pack Coming For SQL Server 2005

The Microsoft SQL Server product team has promised another cumulative rollup for its current database release.
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-SQL-Server-2005-SP


Free Email and File Archiving Seminar

Independent experts Mark Diamond and Greg Forest of Contoural will explain how an email and file archiving strategy can help you reduce storage, quickly respond to litigation and compliance problems, increase IT productivity and reduce backup and restore times. This event is coming to New York City in June and five other cities throughout the year. Seats are filling up quickly, sign up today!
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-Archiving-Seminar


New User Interface In Windows Vista May Affect Applications

Security, release-related issues, and user experience are three areas of concern when migrating applications over to Windows Vista. In this tip, learn how to overcome these challenges for a smooth transition. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-Vista-UI


Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Migration Tutorial

Exchange Server 2007's new architecture can make migrating to the new messaging platform a challenge. This Exchange 2007 Migration Spotlight features expert webcasts and tutorials that offer best practices and deployment planning considerations that will help you achieve success and avoid potential pitfalls that may arise along the way. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-E2K7-Migration-Tutorial


Free Security Testing Tools For Windows Handheld Devices

With the growing need for security on Windows-based desktops, protecting handheld devices can be equally as crucial but overlooked. In this tip, expert Kevin Beaver discusses some tools to help secure your smart phone or PDA at no cost.
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-Security-Testing-Tools


Windows Server News

Webinar: Filling The Gap In Exchange Auditing

Exchange is first and foremost an e-mail server, and when e-mail servers were first designed, no one foresaw the massive dependence that would develop between organizations and their e-mail servers. Today 60% of organizations process revenue-generating orders via e-mail and approx. 75% of corporate intellectual property is being transmitted via e-mail.

Without accurate tracking of Exchange mailbox activity, organizations find it difficult to react to administrative and security-policy violations, which affect their ability to ensure compliance. Organizations can incur lost productivity and system downtime if faced with undetected, undesired changes to critical objects in Exchange. Without awareness of changes to critical objects, such as who made the change and the before and after values, organizations cannot efficiently address unwanted change.

In my next webinar in the "Filling the Gap" series I will take on the gap in Exchange auditing. Unfortunately, Exchange was built without native tools and instrumentation to provide the level of monitoring and audit trails of administration, configuration and usage activity required to meet today's compliance requirements.

In this case, the gap is filled with the InTrust Plug-in for Exchange. The Quest InTrust log management and monitoring platform is a good fit for my Filling the Gap series thanks to the extensible architecture of InTrust which has allowed Quest to fill gaps in native auditing and monitoring capabilities of the Microsoft platform with plug-ins where needed.

In my brief presentation I will show you why Exchange monitoring is so important to security and compliance and then Brian Hymer, Solutions Architect at Quest, will demonstrate how the InTrust Plug-in for Exchange solves the problem. If security is important to you and Exchange is part of your network you won't want to miss this webinar. CAN'T MAKE THE LIVE EVENT? Register anyway - we'll send you a link to the recorded version. -- Randy Franklin Smith

Filling the Gap in Exchange Auditing
Thursday, May 15, 2008
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Click here to register
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-Exchange-Auditing-Webinar


A New (No-cost) Way To Monitor Your Windows Systems' Performance

They're everywhere in your organization: Windows desktops and Windows servers. Optimizing their performance is a key task for IT administrators, whether they support desktops, e-mail servers, SQL servers, databases, or file shares. And understanding the performance effects on these Windows systems of new software loads, hardware configurations or operating system updates is yet another job in and of itself. InfoWorld developed Windows Sentinel and the product is free:
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-Windows-Sentinel


Dell Has Best PC Quarter in Two Years

IDC reported Q1 worldwide PC shipments. They increased 14.6% to just under 70 million units. But the shipments in the U.S. were only up 3.5% compared to Q1 2007, and IDC thinks this will be the same in Q2.

Notebooks are the fastest growing segment, and IDC VP Bob O'Donnell says the trend is moving from one laptop per household to one laptop per person.

If you compare the big vendors regarding their growth percentages, HP grew slower than the other four in the Top 5 with 17.4% worldwide and their growth was flat in the US. Dell is finally moving into retail and because of that had its best quarter in two years, increasing 21.6%. Number three was Acer, however they had a U.S drop of 20%. Lenovo increased 21% and Toshiba was up 20.6%.

For the U.S. Dell still remains in the top spot with about 31% of the compared to HP with 25%. Interesting to see that Apple is now in fourth place with 6% of the market and up a whopping 25.1%.

Worldwide though, HP trounces Dell with 19.1% marketshare to Dell's 15.7%. Acer sits at 9.9%, Lenovo at 6.9% and Toshiba at 4.4%.

WServer Third Party News

Top Five Email Archiving Products

SearchStorage did some research and came up with their 5 best Exchange Archivers. Sunbelt's Exchange Archiver made the Top 5. Here is what they had to say about it. At the end is a link for all 5 tools:

"Sunbelt's Exchange Archiver for Microsoft Exchange is a very clever package that offers email archival and management and seeks to optimize storage of the archival data. This optimization makes it attractive to small businesses that want to minimize storage resources dedicated to email archives. The package is also a worthy add-on for service providers that want to offer archive management for email on top of other storage services with a low incremental cost. And Sunbelt addresses the evolution to mobility by offering features that can manage the email generated by BlackBerry devices." Here is your shortlist: (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-Email-Archiving-Products


VKernel Virtual Appliance Identifies Virtualization Bottlenecks

VKernel announced that it was ready to ship its Capacity Bottleneck Analyzer virtual appliance. The appliance is designed to help you with your VMware ESX environment by identifying current and future capacity bottleneck issues in order to help lower the cost of each virtual machine while working towards providing higher performance. More of this blog at:
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-Capacity-Bottleneck-Analyzer

The 14-day trial download link for the Capacity Bottleneck Analyzer Virtual Appliance is below. Find current VMware capacity bottlenecks (CPU, memory, and storage) and predict future ones:
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-CBA-Download


WServerNews FAVE LINKS

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


WServerNews - Product of the Week

Unmatched Web Filtering Performance, Plus Get a Free T-shirt

When it comes to managing your Internet access, don't break your budget and tie up your resources with a complex software solution like Websense. Get the iPrism Web Filter! iPrism's powerful h-Series appliances offer a model to fit any requirement and performance that leaves Barracuda in the dust. Need more convincing? iPrism got the highest rating from SC magazine, 5 stars, and our renewal rates are over 95% -- no one can match that. See a demo, get a free T-shirt and maybe win a 50" plasma TV. How cool is that?
http://www.wservernews.com/080421-iPrism-Web-Filtering