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Vol. 13, #22 - Jun 2, 2008 - Issue #676
All About Windows 7

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  1. Editor's Corner
    • All About Windows 7
    • Third And Last Call: Virtualization And Mac Survey
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Symantec Tells Users: Disable Protection Before XP SP3 Upgrade
    • Tip: Free Security Tools That Can Improve IIS Security
    • FAQs: Microsoft Outlook .PST Files
    • Complying With Data Protection Legal Requirements In A Windows Shop
    • Advantages and disadvantages of Hyper-V
  4. Windows Server News
    • Microsoft Beta Tests Free Online Diagnostic Tools For Windows
    • 10 Essential (No Cost) Security Downloads For Windows
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Double-Take Adds Extremely Useful New Feature: VRA
    • VMware Buys B-hive
  6. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
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Editor's Corner

All About Windows 7

This week, Microsoft showed the first glimpse of W7 at the annual Wall Street Journal 'All Things Digital Conference'. W7 will feature multi-touch screen technology among many other new features revealed during the first official demo. The event had both Gates and Ballmer there, doing their dog-and-pony, announcing that W7 will ship late 2009, with general availability in 2010. One of the main features was the multi-touch screen technology that lets users move around photos, resize, move, and open windows, zip quickly through slide-shows, search and skim maps, and even play an on-screen piano by moving fingers around the screen. I predict a new industry being spawned by W7 - screen cleaning products.

You have all seen Redmond's Surface table. The touch technology they now demoed is similar to that in the top interface. PC screens will obviously need digitizers to make the touch technology work, and it will be additional to the mouse and keyboard.

Over the last year, several bits or information have been slipped to the press. Some of these are that W7 will integrate with Live Services. The result of that would be that a user's data and desktop config would follow them by storing it in the cloud. I wonder if I want my personal data in the cloud though.

Another feature is that digital ink and speech would be more prominent in W7. It would also include parallel computing, which could potentially mean better performance for data synch capabilities for multiple PC owners. W7 will be more modular a la W2K8 and allow for different configurations during the install.

There is speculation that W7 just could be a Vista upgrade rather than a wholesale replacement, since what's under W7's hood is a slimmed down version of the Windows Server 2008 kernel, (which in turn was based on Vista) that allegedly needs one-sixth of what Vista needs now. However, Redmond claims at the moment this will be a 'major' release. We'll see about that when we get that far.

W7 will be released in both 32- and 64-bit versions, will focus on longer battery life by reducing power consumption, and will include a new networking API that supports building SOAP-based Web services in native code. W7 is supposed to run on the recommended hardware Redmond specified for Vista and the applications and devices that work with Windows Vista will be compatible with Windows 7. I'm sure that you will need a new flat-screen though.

Meanwhile, Beta 2 of IE8 with its new layout engine (more standards-based) is supposedly due in the next few months. The final version of Redmond's answer to Firefox 3 could see the light before the end of 2008.

The transcript of the W7 demo is here:
http://www.wservernews.com/080602-Windows-7-Transcript

A video of the new touch tech is at the Vista Blog:
http://www.wservernews.com/080602-Touch-Tech-Video


Third And Last Call: Virtualization And Mac Survey

Remember the invite for this survey the last two weeks? The results start to look extremely interesting, but we need more people filling it out. Please take a few minutes, it will be worth it! Yankee Group and Sunbelt conduct an independent survey on two hot technology topics: virtualization and the increased presence of Apple Macs in the corporate network. We will post an Executive Summary soon. Anyone who participates and completes the survey, is eligible to get a complimentary copy of the full Yankee Group Report by sending an Email to Laura DiDio at: [email protected] So again, this is no more than 5 minutes, if that, point-and-click. Thanks a mil!
http://www.wservernews.com/080602-Yankee-Survey


Quotes of the Week

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Sunbelt Exchange Archiver Wins 'Most Valuable Product' Award

The in-depth review of SEA in Redmond Magazine said: "Sunbelt Exchange Archiver makes e-mail archiving and retrieval accessible to the rest of us. In particular, the installation and user documentation are among the best I've seen, and help make the product very usable. If you have a good reason for ensuring your e-mail archives are accurate and easily accessible, Exchange Archiver may be the best way of achieving those goals." Read the full review:
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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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Tech Briefing

Symantec Tells Users: Disable Protection Before XP SP3 Upgrade

Reese Anschultz, Sr. SQA Manager with Symantec said users of Norton Internet Security, Norton 360 and Norton AV should switch off the "SymProtect" feature before trying to install XP SP3.

"After a lot of testing, we've reproduced a number of different cases where applying the XP SP3 upgrade adds additional registry keys within already-existing Symantec registry keys," said Anschultz. "We have determined that the SymProtect feature is involved, though this issue is not exclusive to Symantec customers. To help prevent this issue from occurring, you should disable SymProtect prior to installing the Windows XP SP3 upgrade." Here is the link to the post:
http://www.wservernews.com/080602-SymProtect-XP-SP3


Tip: Free Security Tools That Can Improve IIS Security

With Internet Information Services (IIS) so widely used, several vendors have created commercial products you can use to test, improve or otherwise manage its security. But if you're like most people and have a limited budget, you need other options. SearchWindowsSecurity.com contributor Kevin Beaver provides some viable alternatives that won't cost you a dime: (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080602-IIS-Security-Tools


FAQs: Microsoft Outlook .PST Files

Personal folder files or personal stores (.PST) hold all of the data located in Outlook when Exchange Server isn't being accessed. This collection of expert answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) provides troubleshooting tips for common Outlook .PST file problems, from importing and exporting data to file repair and recovery. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080602-PST-FAQs


Complying With Data Protection Legal Requirements In A Windows Shop

When the information security staff, compliance officers and legal counsel all say to get the systems in IT compliance, what should Windows admins do? First, look at applicable laws and find common requirements, which is a more effective approach opposed to a piecemeal IT compliance strategy. In this tip, learn the activities a Windows administrator can do to support compliance in accordance with the pertinent laws and standards.
http://www.wservernews.com/080602-Legal-Requirements


Advantages and disadvantages of Hyper-V

Even though Hyper-V isn't out yet, consultants and systems integrators who have worked with Hyper-V say it looks like a promising Windows Server virtualization platform. So, it is up to you as a systems channel pro to start thinking about this technology for your customers. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of Hyper-V so you can help customers decide if it's the right option for them with this SearchSystemsChannel.com feature.
http://www.wservernews.com/080602-Hyper-V


Windows Server News

Microsoft Beta Tests Free Online Diagnostic Tools For Windows

Redmond Watcher Mary-Jo Foley had the scoop. She said in her 'All About Microsoft' Blog that "Microsoft has begun privately beta testing a new tool, known as "Windows Advisor," which is aimed at helping consumers better pinpoint why their Windows machines might not be up to snuff. Microsoft officials have been saying that Windows - and especially the much-maligned Windows Vista - isn't to blame for all of users' PC problems. Faulty drivers and badly written apps are often behind users' unhappiness with their new PCs, the Softies have said. Microsoft is making sure that users will be able to place blame where it belongs with Windows Advisor." This might also be very handy for system admins that need to check out problems with user's machines or even the occasional server that hicks up. MJ's blog is really good. You should check it out and subscribe:
http://www.wservernews.com/080602-Windows-Advisor


10 Essential (No Cost) Security Downloads For Windows

Preston Gralla at ComputerWorld did the homework and came up with a set of cool tools to scan security problems. I'm sure it was an inadvertent oversight that he did not include CounterSpy, which provides a free 15-day full-feature eval copy that allows the detection and remediation of a whole host of malware:
http://www.wservernews.com/080602-Cool-Tools

CounterSpy download:
http://www.wservernews.com/080602-CounterSpy


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WServer Third Party News

Double-Take Adds Extremely Useful New Feature: VRA

This new feature allows you for instance to have a few ESX servers in a co-lo and have easy, practically instant DR without initial downtime. Read on for more way to use this new (no cost) feature.

What is VRA? Virtual Recovery Assistant (VRA) is an enhancement to Double-Take for Windows that simplifies the process of migrating to VMware(r) ESX virtual machines. Its core value is replacing the time-consuming manual process that requires system down-time when migrating data.

VRA automates the provisioning of the virtual environment, reducing end-user downtime associated with traditional physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration products. VRA automates the protection of workloads running on physical servers, moving them to virtual machines automatically in the event of a server outage or site-wide disaster.

How is VRA new/different? Double-Take Virtual Recovery Assistant is the only product on the market that offers real-time replication and automated migration to the virtual machine.

How does the licensing work? Double-Take Virtual Recovery Assistant will help you create a solution if you want reliable data protection and replication not just for physical servers, but also for virtual servers. Since VRA is licensed as a feature of Double-Take for Windows, you get a great product at no extra cost. Here is an article with a lot more detail, I was interviewed about VRA:
http://www.wservernews.com/080602-Double-Take-VRA


VMware Buys B-hive

VMware is buying B-hive Networks Inc. Beehive is a privately held, three year old application performance management software company. VMware says it will use B-hive Conductor to offer proactive performance management and SLA reporting for apps running in VMware virtual machines.

The B-hive code allows you to see end-user response time, and manage VM load and cross-VM dependencies. You can proactively prevent app performance issues by setting automatic triggers to dynamically allocating more resources, or migrating an app to a different VM, adding more VMs, changing transaction routing or as a last resort, rebooting the box. Should be good. Our IT guys are already salivating about both the new Double-Take on ESX and these new goodies. PS, we are hiring a System Admin:
http://www.wservernews.com/080602-Sunbelt-Careers


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