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Vol. 13, #30 - Jul 21, 2008 - Issue #684
Virtualization Survey Results

This issue of WServerNews is sponsored by
  1. Editor's Corner
    • Virtualization Survey Results
    • Webcast: Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Here's The Big Question. Allow iPhone 3G To Hook Up To Exchange?
    • Pimp your iPhone With Sunbelt Skins
    • Report: IT Admin Locks Up San Francisco's Network
    • Virtual Private Network (VPN) Setup Requirements
    • Tip: How To Rebuild The SYSVOL Tree In Active Directory
    • E-Book: The Windows Manager's Guide To iSCSI SANs
    • Tip: Slipstreaming Microsoft Office 2007 Deployments
    • Migrating from Microsoft Virtual Server to Hyper-V
  4. Windows Server News
    • Virtualization Survey Executive Summary
    • Windows Update Servers Score 100% Uptime, Beat Mac OS X, Ubuntu
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • NetworkWorld Study: Email Archiving Most Important To Deploy
    • Famatech Releases Free Utility: Radmin Deployment Tool
  6. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Helpdesk Driven Mad By Password Reset and Locked Account Calls?
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Editor's Corner

Virtualization Survey Results

It's been a busy summer so far, for all of the virtualization vendors - VMware in particular. The company waited until after the Fourth of July to set off fireworks, but the explosive news reverberated throughout the industry. The week of July 7th, VMware ousted founder and CEO Diane Greene and replaced her with former Microsoft marketing executive Paul Maritz.

According to industry scuttlebutt, EMC president and CEO, Joe Tucci made the management switch in order to better position VMware against the increasing competition from a wide variety of competitors who are now making the virtualization market very crowded. Maritz is a canny marketing executive; he had a big hand in orchestrating the buzz around Windows 95 (those were the days!) and he knows Microsoft well. Tucci and the VMware board of directors hope that Maritz can work his magic for them and boost the company's ailing stock price which is hovering at about $38 as we went to press. That's a whopping 70% less than VMware's post IPO high water mark of $125.25, which it achieved last Halloween. Investors are not happy.

The management switch wasn't the only news from VMware last week. The company informed Wall Street that it will not meet its previously announced 2008 fiscal sales growth projections of 50%; the company said it will be "modestly" less. Wall Street financial analysts are expecting VMware's revenue growth to be in the 40% to 50% range when it announces its financial results on July 22nd.

VMware also notified its distributors that starting September 2 it will raise its prices by 10% in Europe. Australia and New Zealand businesses will also see the same price hike later in the fall. What does all this news mean for you the customer? Over the next few months things should be status quo. None of these announcements will impact VMware's core technology and products which remain strong. But it is a good time to be shopping for bargains, talking to your resellers and VMware account reps (if you're a large enterprise) about getting a better deal. It can't hurt and the money you potentially save can fund other IT projects. Meanwhile, we've got the Virtualization Survey results from Yankee Group. Read the results in the Windows Server News Section. Enjoy!

Webcast: Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving

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Quotes of the Week

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." -- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is." -- Yogi Berra (1925- )

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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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Tech Briefing

Here's The Big Question. Allow iPhone 3G To Hook Up To Exchange?

Now that 3G is out, some techies have had the chance to hook it up, and there are some gotchas that have come out of the woodwork. Apple has decided to only deploy certain features of Microsoft's ActiveSync code.

It's in need of a few more badly needed features to come up to the level of Windows Mobile, which granted is in its V5.0 rev. I would strongly recommend to read Paul Robichaux's recent article about it, as he is an expert in this particular field:

Then a few hints and tips if you want to go ahead anyway. First, get a 3G model to test with. Next, check that you can enforce the existing policies you do on your BlackBerry environment with iPhone ActiveSync. A big part of the iPhone 2.0 is the licensed Exchange ActiveSync code from Redmond. Here are two PDF documents how to set it up:

Next, here is the MS Exchange Team write-up.

Last but not least, you should also be aware that the new iPhone's most sought-after feature -- 3G mobile broadband data performance -- is available only within AT&T's limited 3G coverage areas. Check this map:

Pimp your iPhone With Sunbelt Skins

New Sunbelt iPhone wallpapers. If you want to save an image in Safari with the iPhone 2.0 software, simply touch it and hold. A dialog will appear that offers Save Image or Cancel. Choose Save Image, and the image will be stored in your iPhone's photo library, and will be transferred to iPhoto on the next sync.

Here are 11 cool new apps for the iPhone

Report: IT Admin Locks Up San Francisco's Network

A network administrator has locked up a multimillion dollar computer system for San Francisco that handles sensitive data and is refusing to give police the password, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday. More of this article at ComputerWorld:

Virtual Private Network (VPN) Setup Requirements

Before setting up a virtual private network to connect remote users to your Microsoft Exchange Server organization, you must have the proper hardware and software in place. This step-by-step guide walks you through the VPN hardware and software requirements for a successful VPN setup. (registration required)

Tip: How To Rebuild The SYSVOL Tree In Active Directory

Knowing how to rebuild the SYSVOL tree from scratch in Active Directory isn't a skill that you'll use every day, but it's definitely one that you'll be glad you have. Follow these five easy steps from SearchWinIT to learn how: (registration required)

E-Book: The Windows Manager's Guide To iSCSI SANs

Learn about the benefits of using iSCSI SAN technology with Windows file servers, SQL Server and Exchange Server 2007 with this e-book.

Tip: Slipstreaming Microsoft Office 2007 Deployments

When image-based deployments aren't feasible, administrators must manually set up large deployments. Slipstreaming service packs onto software applications, such as Microsoft Office 2007, prior to deployment can be a huge timesaver. In this tip, contributor Brien Posey explains how to slipstream Service Pack 1 onto Office 2007.

Migrating from Microsoft Virtual Server to Hyper-V

Platform migrations can be tedious, complicated and long processes, but are often worth the split hairs. In this tip from, learn what questions to ask when considering the move to Hyper-V and get a detailed "how-to" for a successful migration from Microsoft Virtual Server to Hyper-V. (registration required)

Windows Server News

Virtualization Survey Executive Summary

Thanks to all of you who took the time to participate in our Virtualization survey. As usual, your responses were extremely intriguing and your essay comments were frank and insightful. We appreciate it!

Those of you who messaged [email protected] for a complimentary copy of the Virtualization and Apple Macintosh Reports as a thanks for your participation, can expect to receive those reports within the next week or so. Look for the Apple Macintosh Report first. And for those of you who completed the survey and wanted a copy of the Report(s) message Laura at the above Email address.

The results of the latest survey indicated that corporations are moving beyond server virtualization and moving up the stack to virtualize their corporate desktops and applications along with their storage and networks. The results reveal that nearly 3 out of 4 businesses or 72% of the survey respondents companies, are already using or plan to deploy server virtualization. The independent, non-vendor sponsored Web-based survey polled 750 IT managers and C-level executives across a wide variety of vertical and horizontal businesses worldwide during June and July.

The latest survey results validated the findings of Yankee Group's earlier 2006 and 2007 virtualization polls that indicated that for the overwhelming majority of corporations, the major question is when, not if, they will implement virtualization in the corporate data center. Only 12% of the respondents said they had no plans to install a virtualization solution. And of the 72% that affirmed they will deploy virtualization, a two-thirds majority -- 66% -- already has a virtualization solution in place or is in the process of migrating. Another 15% indicated they will install server virtualization within the next 12 months.

This year's results also saw a continuation of some deployment trends, including:
  • An overwhelming majority - close to 75% of businesses -- affirmed they will deploy virtualization in their data centers. This figure remains unchanged from the 2006 and 2007 surveys. Additionally, two-thirds of the organizations that plan to deploy virtualization, are already using the technology in test and production networks at their sites.
  • As with the earlier 2006 and 2007 surveys only a very small 4% minority said they would not deploy virtualization in their data centers.
  • Disaster recovery, backup and server and licensing consolidation, which in turn, serve to lower TCO and accelerate ROI, remain among the primary reasons corporations opt to virtualize their data centers.
  • Nearly 50% of respondents said their firms achieved directly attributable TCO cost reductions as a result of virtualization; only 3% said "No". These results are nearly identical to the responses in the 2006 and 2007 virtualization surveys.
  • Two out of five users or 40% of those polled said their businesses realized ROI from virtualization deployment in less than one year. Nearly one-quarter said they achieved measurable ROI within the first three months or less.
  • Two out of five users or 40% are deploying virtualization solutions from two or three different vendors
  • VMware is still the clear market leader in terms of features; however other vendors notably Microsoft, Citrix, Oracle, Parallels, Virtual Iron and Sun Microsystems are making significant advances and closing the gap. VMware's 2 year lead has now been cut to six to 9 months depending on the vendor and their particular features and offerings.
  • The cost of the hypervisor continues to decline across the board; the operating system vendors offer it for free or nearly free. The continued commoditization of the server based hypervisor will have the biggest impact on VMware. Its ESX Server is still its bread and butter product, and this could account for why VMware's revenues are projected to decline by 50% this year.
Among the items of interest in terms of changing trends and survey surprises:
  • The percentage of VMware users that are deploying the "free" version of their hypervisor - the VMware Server - rose to 40% in this survey while 50% are deploying the ESX Server. In the initial 2006 virtualization survey 90% of respondents were using the ESX Server compared to only 10% using the free VMware Server.
  • VMware is suffering market share erosion mainly from the smaller niche market players: including Citrix, and large vendors like Oracle, IBM, HP and Sun Microsystems as well as niche market players like Parallels (formerly SWSoft). Oracle, IBM and HP each have about 3% to 4% market share. And Oracle in particular is poised for explosive growth in the application virtualization and virtual appliances segments given its recent acquisition of middleware vendor BEA.
  • Citrix' market share (XenServer) jumped to 11% and when you add the 6% market share from the open source XenSource (which are separate and distinct from the Citrix offering) solutions that are embedded in the Novell, Red Hat and other Linux and open source products, it adds up to 17% market share. This represents the biggest market share jump for any virtualization hypervisor solution. In the initial 2006 survey, the Xen solution - then marketed by XenSource, which was acquired in January 2008 by Citrix - only accounted for 3% of the installed base of hypervisors.
  • Microsoft is a solid #2 and their market share appears to be holding steady at 26%. The good news for Microsoft: some 22% of those polled said they planned to use the 64-bit Hyper-V solution - and the product won't ship for another two months!
  • Another big surprise was the extent to which organizations are deploying Apple products for virtualization! Approximately 23% of businesses said they are using Macintosh servers to virtualize their Windows XP and Windows Vista desktops. This helps them circumvent the spyware, viruses and other issues that plague Windows desktops.
  • The use of Mac hardware also accounts for the big jump in Parallels market share. It rose from 1% in the 2006 survey to 9% in the current 2008-2009 poll!
  • Given the continued tough economic climate, pricing will be a significant consideration for the majority of users. Again, these pricing concerns will have the biggest impact on VMware which currently commands a 35% to 70% retail price premium over all other competitors.
Only 12% of the respondents that use VMware indicated they are willing to pay any price premium for the company's products.

Windows Update Servers Score 100% Uptime, Beat Mac OS X, Ubuntu

When it comes to update server uptime, Microsoft's Windows beat rivals Mac OS X and Ubuntu during three months of monitoring by Pingdom AB, a Swedish uptime monitoring firm. More at:

WServer Third Party News

NetworkWorld Study: Email Archiving Most Important To Deploy

They conducted a study recently and asked decision-makers in midsized and large organizations in North America about how concerned they are on a variety of issues. They asked them whether they are more, less or equally concerned about each issue now compared to 12 months earlier.

A whopping 36% of decision-makers are more concerned about the need to archive e-mail today than they were 12 months ago. Similarly, 30% are more concerned about e-discovery issues than they were a year ago. Only 12% and 13% of decision makers are less concerned about e-mail archiving and e-discovery, respectively. The article also reports about security matters like viruses, web-based threats, spyware and mobile security.

Concerns about the need to archive e-mail - and one of the primary drivers for archiving and e-discovery - are becoming very top of mind for decision makers. It's not a totally clear-cut area though, there is much more "gray" with archiving and e-discovery than with security and, hence, more concern, particularly in light of recent court decisions interpreting the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the admissibility of e-mail as evidence and other rulings. Article:

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Famatech Releases Free Utility: Radmin Deployment Tool

RDT makes Radmin Server installation and setup very fast for the entire computer network. Radmin Deployment Tool also accomplishes local network scanning, viewing of the computers that have Radmin Server installed, and upgrading and re-installation if necessary. RDT consists of Radmin Deployment Tool 1.0 and the new version of Radmin Activation Server 1.1. It is available for download at Famatech's website:

Radmin 3.2 Corporate Package contains installation files required to deploy Radmin remotely on any number of computers. Radmin Corporate Package is recommended to IT professionals at medium and large enterprises:

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