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Vol. 13, #39 - Sep 22, 2008 - Issue #693
Microsoft May Deliver Windows 7 Beta Within 8 Weeks

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  1. Editors Corner
    • Microsoft May Deliver Windows 7 Beta Within 8 Weeks
    • SMB Email Archiving Statistics
    • Sunbelt Software CEO to Keynote at Virus Bulletin 2008 Conference
    • VMWorld Show Roundup
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • Protecting Against the New Wave of Malware: A New Approach to Endpoint Security
    • Recovery Made Easy for Exchange, SQL, and other Critical Applications
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  4. Tech Briefing
    • LeftHand SAN In A Box Technology
    • 20 More IT Mistakes To Avoid
    • Why Too Much Memory Can Hurt Exchange Server 2007 Performance
    • Podcast: What Exchange Admins Should Know About Virtualization
    • Remote Programs Can Simplify Application Management
    • The Advantages Of Desktop Virtualization
  5. Windows Server News
    • VMWorld Show Roundup
    • Tip: What's There To Hate About Windows Server 2008?
  6. WServer Third Party News
    • Just Announced: Livewire from Double-Take Software
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Make it easy to track user access to your Windows file servers!
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Editors Corner

Microsoft May Deliver Windows 7 Beta Within 8 Weeks

ComputerWorld reported that Microsoft won't likely miss the chance to showcase Windows 7 in the next two months at a pair of tech conferences, and it will give developers code for hands-on work, an analyst said today.

Windows 7, the follow-on to Vista, is already on the agendas of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC), scheduled for Oct. 27-30, and the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), slated for Nov. 5-7, but Microsoft will likely provide early code to developers at one or both of the shows, said Michael Cherry, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft. More at:
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-Windows-7-Beta


SMB Email Archiving Statistics

eMediaUSA recently did a very interesting SMB Email Archiving Study. The numbers should make you think, as these results are disconcerting to say the least. Over one half of small companies in the United States do not currently have an email archiving system implemented in their organization. And of the 421 small and medium businesses IT executives recently interviewed, one in four companies relies on end-users to individually manage email archiving on their own, which is in my opinion a recipe for trouble.

For those companies currently using an email archiving solution, 35 percent rely on end-users to maintain their own email archives, while 35 percent use an in-house solution to archive emails, and the remaining 33 percent use tape backups. Aaugh!

Reasons mentioned for not archiving email varied from believing that they were not impacted by compliance rules (think again); no budget; email stored on the server; and "we're too small for this".

Well unfortunately the moment you get sued, all the above reasons are suddenly no longer very relevant and the money it's going to cost you to do a discovery is at least 5 times more than just getting your archiving in place. Some more survey results:
  • 47 percent have been required to search for email because of compliance purposes.
  • 29 percent indicated that it now takes less than an hour to find an email from 15 months ago or longer.
  • 25 percent archive emails indefinitely, while 21 percent keep them 6 months to a year.
The extra operational work related to archiving will pay back for itself in spades in Exchange performance, compliance and legal readiness. The question is: "Is your email properly archived? Would a Court think so?"

Sunbelt Software CEO to Keynote at Virus Bulletin 2008 Conference

Our CEO Alex Eckelberry will be delivering the keynote address at the annual Virus Bulletin anti-malware conference, VB 2008 in Ottawa, Canada on October 1, 2008 at 11 AM. In his presentation "The AV industry: Quo Vadis?," Eckelberry will discuss the current state of the antivirus industry from a business perspective. In his keynote, Eckelberry will talk about the future of an industry currently dealing with varying levels of customer dissatisfaction and, in some cases, the sometimes misguided perception that new solutions -- not necessarily correct -- are needed to solve the increasing anti-malware problem.

Virus Bulletin, regarded as the antivirus and anti-malware industry's most trusted source, held its first conference in 1991. Today Virus Bulletin's annual conference is the most prestigious information security event for antivirus technologies. VB2008 will be held at the Westin hotel in Ottawa, Canada October 1-3. For more information about VB2008, or to register:
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-Virus-Bulletin
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VMWorld Show Roundup

Make sure you scroll down and read the wrap by Laura Didio of the VMWorld conference that was just held in Vegas. It's the first item in the Server News section below.

Quotes of the Week

"If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside." -- Robert X. Cringely

"Some have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority." -- Gerald Massey

"Always in motion is the future." -- Yoda

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Time To Kill Those PST Files!

You all are aware of the fact that PST files are a major contributor to loss of time, especially on the admin side of email. Importing these PST files in a searchable archive, which is a central and transparent repository for all users, can save enormous amounts of time for all email users and the admin alike. PST files cause -all- kinds of storage problems, like bloated and slow backups and backup windows rapidly expanding so that they run into the next morning. They also cause risks in the legal and security areas like lost email, laptops that disappear, and no oversight which is a lawyer's nightmare. You should really check out Sunbelt Exchange Archiver. It solves all these problems in one fell swoop:
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-Sunbelt-Exchange-Archiver

Webinars and Seminars
We'd like to invite you to attend the following seminars:


Protecting Against the New Wave of Malware: A New Approach to Endpoint Security

Join Sunbelt and Mike Osterman, president and founder of Osterman Research, Inc., for an informative seminar that will examine why older, traditional antivirus approaches don't work and why a new approach to endpoint security is required to better protect your users, your data and your long-term viability as a company from malicious threats.

Hosted at Microsoft in Waltham, MA on Thursday, October 2nd. Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-Protecting-Against-New-Malware



Recovery Made Easy for Exchange, SQL, and other Critical Applications

Join Sunbelt and Double-Take Software as we discuss strategies for implementing high availability, remote availability and offsite disaster recovery solutions for SQL, Exchange and other mission critical applications using Double-Take. Learn about Double-Take v5.0 and Double-Take's NEW solutions that power your keys to recoverability.

Hosted at Microsoft in Hartford, CT on Thursday, September 25th. Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-Recovery-Made-Easy

Hosted at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Tampa, FL on Thursday, September 25th. Register here (seating is limited):
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-Ruth-Chris



Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Powerful and Automated Data Migration Solution: No Agents or Scripts
Secure Copy: The Smartest and Fastest Bulk Data Transfer Engine Available:
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-Secure-Copy

Watch an online demo of iPrism Web Filter and get a cool t-shirt free! Plus, you'll be entered to win a 50" Plasma:
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-iPrism-Web-Filter

Learn more about the first Microsoft-based enterprise platform capable of solving your most complex Identity Management challenges!
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-Explore-EmpowerID

Don't renew your Symantec, McAfee and Trend AV products. Ditch those resource hogs and get VIPRE Enterprise for a 'renewal match'. Get a quote:
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-VIPRE-Enterprise


Tech Briefing

LeftHand SAN In A Box Technology

LeftHand Networks said its new Linux-based software, called SAN/iQ V8, runs on an x86 server and uses storage virtualization technology to turn a bunch of disk arrays into a powerful but relatively cheap, iSCSI SAN in a box. This sounds like interesting technology:
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-LeftHand-Networks


20 More IT Mistakes To Avoid

Fall prey to any one of these common IT blunders and watch your company's prospects suffer -- not to mention your own. Back in 2004, InfoWorld's then-CTO Chad Dickerson polled the best and brightest to reveal 20 IT mistakes that were surefire recipes for cost overruns, missed deadlines, and in some cases, lost jobs. A lot has changed in the past four years, but one thing hasn't: IT's capacity to fall prey to misguided practices, given the complexity of the responsibilities involved. So in the spirit of "forewarned is forearmed," we bring you 20 brand-new mistakes that today's IT managers would do well to avoid. As before, the names have been changed to protect the guilty, but the lessons learned are plain to see. Here is the article at InfoWorld.
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-Mistakes-To-Avoid


Why Too Much Memory Can Hurt Exchange Server 2007 Performance

One of the fundamental rules of working with Microsoft hardware and software has been that if you want to achieve optimal performance, just add more memory. Believe it or not, though, Exchange Server 2007 breaks this rule. This tip from SearchExchange.com explains why more does not always equal better: (Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-Too-Much-Memory


Podcast: What Exchange Admins Should Know About Virtualization

Deploying Exchange Server 2007 in a properly architected and configured virtualized environment can yield significant benefits such as the ability to consolidate hardware, pool resources, and improve disaster recovery and high availability uptime. Before architecting a virtualized Exchange infrastructure, however, there are a few things you should know. Listen to this podcast to get valuable answers to frequently asked questions on Exchange Server virtualization:
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-Virtualization


Remote Programs Can Simplify Application Management

One way to simplify the desktop application management process is to use a new Windows Server 2008 feature called Remote Programs. It requires the use of a terminal server, but not in the way you might expect. This tip from SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com explains how:
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-Remote-Programs


The Advantages Of Desktop Virtualization

As organizations are tasked with implementing more creative solutions to meet their dynamically changing needs, there is a growing interest in desktop virtualization. This tip makes the case for considering a move to virtualization to help solve some of your desktop management issues. (Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-Desktop-Virtualization


Windows Server News

VMWorld Show Roundup

By Laura DiDio - The VMWorld 2008 virtualization conference in Las Vegas this week was big in both the literal and virtual sense.

VMware, the leader in server virtualization with an estimated 70%+ market share, did not disappoint the 14,000 attendees. VMWorld 2008 was new CEO Paul Maritz' coming out party. And the theme was "virtually anything is possible."

VMWare announced a slew of new product initiatives - though most of the products won't debut until sometime in 2009 -- and alliances with industry giants including Cisco, Dell, parent company EMC, HP, IBM, Intel and NEC. All in all VMware put on a show worthy of the Las Vegas venue.

The announcements and strategic direction centered around:
  • Virtual cloud
  • Virtual data center operations
  • Virtual desktops
VMware's new Virtual Datacenter Operating System (VDC-OS) took center stage. It will allow IT managers to marshal all of the company's hardware resources and automatically and dynamically assign memory, storage, processors and other computing resources to an application or group as needed. The VDC-OS will let businesses transform their data centers into an aggregated on-premise cloud - and, when necessary, transfer workloads to external clouds for additional computing capacity.

According to VMware datacenters running on the VDC-OS are "highly elastic, self-managing and self-healing." VDC-OS also provides a set of application services (called Application vServices) to ensure the appropriate levels of availability, security and scalability to all applications independent of the operating system, development frameworks or architecture on which they were built to run. And finally, the VDC-OS delivers a set of cloud services (called Cloud vServices) that federate computing resources and capacity between the on-premise and off-premise clouds.

The Virtual Datacenter OS is just what its name implies: a datacenter-based OS that serves the entire organization and frees computing resources from the constraints of a traditional server-based OS which is tied to a single, specific underlying server.

It all sounds good. The biggest surprise here is that an executive with Maritz' marketing savvy would bestow the name "VD" on this advanced product! VMWorld 2008 was also all about partnerships and alliances. The Palo Alto, California-based firm announced a new set of Alliance Affiliate partners including BMC Software, Cisco, Emulex, Force10 Networks, HP, IBM, Kingston Technology and Symantec. The partners will work with VMware to create joint solution selling programs to launch later this year. Each partner will construct a customized program that will incorporate financial incentives, specialized tools and training when they sell VMware's virtualization products along with their own offerings.

And as we've been telling you via the Sunbelt Software virtualization surveys, the Apple Mac is assuming a much more prominent place in corporate enterprises. VMware's newly released VMware Fusion 2.0, which allows customers to run Microsoft Windows on Mac hardware, was very much in evidence. The latest version of the software allows businesses to take multiple snapshots of virtual machines to enable easy backup and restore of the guest OS's working state.

By any standard VMworld 2008 was a success, but it was not an unqualified success. VMware also spent the week battling news headlines from rivals like Citrix, Microsoft and Sun all of whom made announcements of their own and served notice that the red hot virtualization landscape is fiercely competitive. This is good news for corporate customers. Competition keeps everyone honest and on their mettle. It helps to drive prices down and will hopefully spur the vendors to release innovative offerings on time.

In order to shore up investor and end user confidence, VMware must now deliver and execute on the promises it made this past week. The industry will be waiting and watching. Laura DiDio is a principal at Information Technology Intelligence Corp. (ITIC)

Tip: What's There To Hate About Windows Server 2008?

While there is a lot to like about Windows Server 2008, it's not without a few quirks. Learn about some of the major and minor issues that you might run into with the new OS and how to fix them. (Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-Windows-Server-2008


WServer Third Party News

Just Announced: Livewire from Double-Take Software

Livewire - Affordable Protection for Secondary Servers

Announced this week, Livewire is an affordable software solution for full-server data protection and on-demand recovery for secondary (or Tier 2) servers that need to recover from an outage and resume normal operations within 4-6 hours.

"Livewire from Double-Take Software offers a solution to a key but underserved segment of the Disaster Recovery marketplace as identified by IDC - protecting and recovering those servers which are "next" in importance to the organization. Once the Tier One servers have been recovered, those "next" in line can be recovered within an hour or two, so that most of the IT infrastructure is back to pre-disaster levels of service," said James Baker, IDC Research Manager for Storage Software. "Livewire works in physical, virtual, or mixed physical and virtual environments letting the user select the most optimal recovery point, time, and location for the organization."

Double-Take Software is offering Livewire as an affordable, feature-rich recovery product for secondary servers that automatically protects both physical and virtual servers with real-time replication and on-demand recovery by:
  • Providing continuous, full-server byte-level replication for both physical and virtual environments.
  • Lowering the total cost of operation with many-to-one configurations where many production systems can be protected to a single image server reducing the hardware required.
  • Integrating with industry-leading virtualization platforms like VMware ESX server to automatically provision virtual machines for on-demand recovery.
  • Leveraging customers' prior technology investments and existing infrastructure by not requiring specialized server or storage solutions to provide protection.
  • Offering an Enterprise Management Console interface designed to simplify protection and recovery management for hundreds or even thousands of production systems.
  • Offering an option for mass-scale physical to virtual (P to V) and physical to physical (P to P) migrations while providing the ability to repurpose the Livewire licenses after migration for on-going protection.


WServerNews FAVE Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

Make it easy to track user access to your Windows file servers!

Monitor your users' every action and get powerful reporting and up-to-the-minute alerts on activity! With File System Auditor from ScriptLogic, you'll be able to audit file access on Windows file servers, generate easy-to-understand compliance reports, and create alerts tied to file system events - all from a centralized management console. Create an audit trail on your file server and know that your access controls are working. File System Auditor protects sensitive information by reporting attempts to access and modify files and folders, with who did it and when. Download a Free Trial of File System Auditor Today!
http://www.wservernews.com/080922-File-System-Auditor