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Vol. 13, #37 - Sep 8, 2008 - Issue #691
IE8 and Chrome Betas Eat More RAM Than WinXP

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    • Microsoft Fine-Tunes Desktop Virtualization Story
    • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008: First Look
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Editors Corner

IE8 and Chrome Betas Eat More RAM Than WinXP

OK, admittedly, that is a bit of a sensationalist headline. But it -did- get my attention when I saw something similar. Did it get yours? A lot of press reported the beta of IE8 is fatter than IE 7, and also more resource-intensive. After evaluating IE8, the folks over at the exo.performance.network declared it to be seriously bloated. And wait till I tell you about Chrome, which I have been expecting for at least a few years. Actually I was wondering how come they are so late with a Google browser because Google having their own browser makes all the sense in the world. They are worried that IE could hurt its search business by, for instance, blocking it from collecting data relevant to its advertising business and/or offer a Microsoft centric search bar.

First off, keep in mind that Beta software often still has a -lot- of extra debug code activated, so both Redmond and Google still may be able to significantly optimize. Once these products go RTM, I would really like to see an independent performance shoot-out between IE7, IE8, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera. But like Google Apps, Chrome might be forever in beta, a great excuse why things don't work. To start off, here are the IE8 Beta stats in all their glory, and later we will compare them to Chrome. Fasten your seatbelts.
  • 350-400MB memory footprint
  • 150-200 concurrent execution threads
  • 6 discrete iexplore.exe process instances
  • Over 2x more demanding than Firefox
The above was recorded during a 10-site browsing scenario, visiting popular sites like Fox News, CNET, New York Times, InfoWorld, and more. During testing, they compared IE 8 to IE 7 and FireFox 3.01 running on WinXP SP3 and Vista SP1, using the DMS Clarity Tracker agent to record system and process metrics from the test boxes. But wait...They did the same thing with Chrome, which also is fat by design. Chrome turns out to be a major strategic Google development project with a lot of resources dedicated to it, not one of their "20% projects". Google has set up an open source project called Chromium so developers can dig in and contribute: They position it as: "not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications." Here is a quick video with 10 features of Chrome, did you know it comes with its own task manager?
http://www.wservernews.com/080908-Chrome-Features

Devil Mountain Software Inc., ran Chrome through the same 10-site scenario used to benchmark IE8 Beta 2, IE7 and Firefox. In the test, each browser opened the 10 sites in separate tabs, with links on those sites opened in additional tabs. Chrome's peak memory consumption under WinXP was 324MB, slightly less than IE8 Beta 2's 332MB, but Chrome's average footprint of 267MB was 26% larger than IE8's 211MB. What I like and don't like about Chrome after using it a few days:
  1. It's fast
  2. The multi-process, sandboxed architecture is more crash-resistant
  3. I like the minimalist approach to the GUI
  4. The tab implementation is better
  5. It snapshots your Top 9 most visited sites on the home page
What I don't like all that much:
  1. Not trial-by-fire tested yet for security flaws...yet
  2. Not too many add-ons available, but that's not such a big deal
  3. I -always- use the drop-down bar of the URL address field, and not having that is very inconvenient.
  4. No RSS features yet
  5. The uninstall doesn't really uninstall - it still leaves files, particularly the new GoogleUpdate.exe that runs continuously.
  6. Your surfing/keystrokes are an open book. Privacy Schmivacy.
    http://www.wservernews.com/080908-Chrome-Privacy
  7. Chrome plays outside of Vista Security Zones, this could mean major security issues for Chrome in a corporate environment unless you lock down everything with GPO.


Quote of the Week

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Tech Briefing

Tip: Troubleshooting slow Outlook Web Access (OWA) Performance

If you have several mobile users accessing your Exchange Server organization through Outlook Web Access (OWA), your front-end server or client access server (CAS) may become a bottleneck. In this tip, SearchExchange.com contributor Brien Posey shows you how to troubleshoot and boost your OWA performance:
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Get SQL Server Log Shipping Functionality Without Enterprise Edition

Log shipping provides great high availability and disaster recovery, but only after paying the hefty licensing costs for SQL Server Enterprise Edition. If your organization uses SQL Server Standard Edition or even SQL Express, this tip explains how to set up log shipping and get the functionality available natively in the enterprise edition. (Registration Required)
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Windows Powershell: A Backdoor To Malware?

While Windows PowerShell is great for automating tasks, it can pose a serious security risk if you aren't careful. Read this tip to learn how to diffuse the situation in Windows Server 2008.(Registration Required)
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Microsoft Fine-Tunes Desktop Virtualization Story

Microsoft and Citrix Systems Inc. are close and getting closer when it comes to delivering virtual desktops to the enterprise. Just one week after Citrix disclosed its own application virtualization plans, Microsoft has detailed a virtual desktop infrastructure strategy with Citrix in a lead role. Read all about this emerging partnership in this exclusive article from SearchWinIT.com:
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Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008: First Look

Right on the heels of their release of Hyper-V, Microsoft is debuting the beta version of the newest member of its virtualization family: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008. In this sneak peak, find out what new features this upgrade will host, get insight into the perks and pitfalls, and learn how VMM 2008 may help Microsoft rise to the top of the increasingly competitive virtualization market. (Registration Required)
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Windows Server News

Pros And Cons Of Blade Server Technology

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Upcoming Microsoft Patch Lineup Could Be 'Massive,' Says Researcher

Microsoft next Tuesday will ship four security updates to fix critical flaws in Windows, Office, Windows Media Player and other parts of the company's software portfolio. More at ComputerWorld:
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WServer Third Party News

The End Of AV As You Know It

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New SNSI Download

SNSI uses the latest Mitre Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) list of computer incidents. It also contains the latest SANS/FBI top 20 vulnerability list. SNSI also uses the latest CERT, CIAC Microsoft and FedCIRC (Department of Homeland Security) advisories.
New Checks
H107 Netscape/Red Hat Directory Server Vulnerabilities - HP-UX 11
H155 Apache rewrite mishandles URL data - HP-UX 11
L940 MySQL Create Table MyISAM bypass flaw - SciLinux
L989 DNS Masq ISC BIND insufficient randomness flaw - RHE
L990 HPLIP alert-mailing and hpssd message errors - RHE
L991 PostFix e-mail append hard link flaw - RHE
L992 Yum-rhn-plugin SSL certificate redirect flaw - RHE
L994 Ipsec-Tools racoon daemon memory consumption - RHE
L998 DNS Masq ISC BIND insufficient randomness flaw - SciLinux
L999 HPLIP alert-mailing and hpssd message errors - SciLinux 
L1000 Ipsec-Tools racoon daemon memory consumption - SciLinux
L1004 PostFix e-mail append hard link flaw - SciLinux
L1005 Yum-rhn-plugin SSL certificate redirect flaw - SciLinux
L1006 PostFix e-mail append hard link flaw - SuSE
L1010 DNS Masq ISC BIND insufficient randomness flaw - SuSE
L1014 Opera multiple security vulnerabilities - SuSE
L1016 RXVT-unicode variable opens X11 terminal flaw - SuSE
S436 International timezone law changes - Solaris 8-10

Updated Checks H106 SAM NFS Access Control Vulnerability - HP-UX 11 S126 NFS/RPC Vulnerabilities - Solaris 8-10 S332 Kerberos RPCSEC_GSS Software Vulnerable - Solaris 8-10 S472 Kadmind RPCSEC_GSS implementation - Solaris 8-10 W1142 Anti-virus Signature Outdated - McAfee W1986 Anti-virus Signature Outdated - Symantec W1999 Anti-virus Signature Outdated - Trend Micro W2067 Anti-virus Signature Outdated - F-Secure W2070 Anti-virus Signature Outdated - CA eTrust
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