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Vol. 13, #42 - Oct 8, 2008 - Issue #696
The OS That Will Not Die

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  1. Editors Corner
    • The OS That Will Not Die
    • Vista Is Alive And Kicking
    • How To Install WinXP On A Vista-ready Machine
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • Protecting Against the New Wave of Malware: A New Approach to Endpoint Security
    • Free Seminar: Vista and Virtualization
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Microsoft Promises Huge Patch Day Next Week
    • T-Mobile Triples Production of Android G1
    • Tip: Key Components Missing From VMware View Portfolio
    • Screencast: How to configure Unified Messaging in Exchange 2007
    • From The Trenches: SQL Server Errors, Failures And Other Problems
    • Tip: Can Microsoft Make An Impact With Hyper-V?
  5. Windows Server News
    • Small Business Server 2008 - What's In It?
    • More Redmond Licensing Confusion
    • Microsoft Scales Out SQL Server 2008 To Hundreds Of Terabytes
  6. WServer Third Party News
    • ForeFront Or VIPRE?
    • VMware Security Updates For ESX, Virtualcenter, And Other Products
    • Double-Take Introduces Network Boot Technology
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
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Editors Corner

The OS That Will Not Die

Deb Shinder wrote in WXPnews: "Despite ongoing rumors of its demise, WinXP just keeps on chugging along, and Microsoft - in response to strong customer demand - keeps granting stays of execution. Previously, Microsoft had announced that they would stop shipping XP Professional media to the major hardware vendors after January 31, 2009. Last week, word came down that they have extended that date to the end of July 2009, much to the delight of XP fans who expect to find themselves in the market for a new computer during that timeframe and want to be able to "downgrade" from Vista. More details at ComputerWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/081013-XP-Reprieve

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Vista Is Alive And Kicking

As you just read, Redmond again extended its XP "downgrade" program by six months. Some people have gone into an 'enemy' mode against Redmond and are calling for the end of Vista once and for all. I think that's a bit over the top. It sits after all on a pretty solid kernel.

InfoWorld just released some numbers from a Vista Tracking Poll which was conducted by CDW through Walker Information over 727 IT decision makers. The findings are interesting:
  • 48 percent of respondents indicate that their organization is evaluating, testing, or implementing Vista.
  • 30 percent of respondents have organizations that are currently implementing or have already implemented Vista.
  • 50 percent of the respondents said Vista is performing "above expectation" on key features.
Sounds like pretty alive to me, and Vista -does- have some cool features like Bitlocker and lots more Group Policy settings. Tell me what you think, is Vista the superior OS if you take the time to use it? WServerNews has a sister publication that exclusively covers Vista: Subscribe to the weekly VistaNews over here:
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How To Install WinXP On A Vista-ready Machine

Virtually every new PC being sold today includes Windows Vista. So what happens if you have a machine with Vista on it, but you really want to run Windows XP instead? If you need to preserve data off your hard drive, read this tip at the SearchEnterpriseDesktop site:
http://www.wservernews.com/081013-XP-on-Vista-Machine


Quote of the Week

"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." -- Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)

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Tech Briefing

Microsoft Promises Huge Patch Day Next Week

Redmond's October patch release is going to be a busy one. Remember, TEST, TEST, TEST. They announced plans to roll out 11 security alerts coming Tuesday. Four are "critical," six are deemed "important" and one received a "moderate" rating. Here is the Advance Notification:
http://www.wservernews.com/081013-Security-Bulletin

The four critical patches have remote code execution (RCE) exploit vulnerabilities. The six important items are split between RCE and elevation-of-privilege bug potential. The moderate item is preventing information disclosure hacks. In general, this batch of fixes handle a wide range of OSen, Windows components such as AD and apps like IE and Office, plus a fix for the Host Integration Server program.

T-Mobile Triples Production of Android G1

Strong pre-sales of T-Mobile's G1 smart phone have prompted the mobile carrier to increase its orders for the first smart phone powered by Google's Android software. The G1 will be available at select T-Mobile retail stores in 22 U.S. markets, but is not ready yet for enterprise email. The device is priced at $179 with a two-year voice and data agreement. T-Mobile will also offer a $35 per month data package featuring unlimited Internet and text messaging. A $25 package will include unlimited data but limited text messaging. More at eWEEK:
http://www.wservernews.com/081013-T-Mobile


Tip: Key Components Missing From VMware View Portfolio

VMware is well positioned to regain mastery over VDI through VMware View, but it is currently missing several components. The second part of this two-part series lists seven areas where VMware View is lacking: (Requires Registration)
http://www.wservernews.com/081013-VMware


Screencast: How to configure Unified Messaging in Exchange 2007

The first step in configuring Unified Messaging (UM) in Exchange Server 2007 is to connect Exchange Server to a Session Initialization Protocol (SIP) gateway. In part one of our video demo series, learn how to set up a SIP gateway, how to create a UM dial plan via the Exchange Management Console (EMC) and how to associate that new dial plan with your SIP gateway.
http://www.wservernews.com/081013-Unified-Messaging


From The Trenches: SQL Server Errors, Failures And Other Problems

Read about real world solutions to real SQL Server problems that occur when you're working on the leading edge of SQL Server: a failed cluster installation, a long-running stored procedure that causes a 3 a.m. phone call or a database in suspect mode:
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Tip: Can Microsoft Make An Impact With Hyper-V?

Find out how Microsoft Hyper-V for Windows Server 2008 stacks up against its competition in the server virtualization market, namely VMware's ESXi hypervisor.
http://www.wservernews.com/081013-Hyper-V


Windows Server News

Small Business Server 2008 - What's In It?

It has taken the IT vendors a long time to understand that a small business actually needs the same advanced features a large business does, just in smaller volume. Redmond has also come to that conclusion and has thrown in the kitchen sink with SBS 2008.

SBS was put together to be the only code driving the small business. What you get is a rich package with W2K8, Exchange 2007, Office Live Small Business 2008, SharePoint Services and WSUS for updates. SBS comes in Basic and Premium.

With the Premium flavor, for security you get Windows Live OneCare, and ForeFront which extend malware coverage to Exchange and all Windows clients on the network. Some people would say that third party tools are a better choice than these. I would be one of those people ;-).

Also in the Premium package sits SQL Server 2008, already pre-configured to run on a separate server. The added benefit is that this second box can also run as your Terminal Services box, allowing employees to TS in.

What hardware do you need? You want 64-bit CPU, ideally a dual or quad, Minimum 4GB of RAM and throw in ample disk space, these terabyte disks are cheap these days. Don't forget the bootable DVD-ROM that SBS needs.

Last but not least licensing. It's affordable and the policies on CALs are flexible, for instance, you can assign CALs to users or machines. They come in single, 5-packs or 20-packs. better yet, you get five "temp CALs" that allow you to get a new user up and running ASAP, then buy the regular license later and throw the temp CAL back in its pool. This new licensing scheme is a very positive improvement to SBS.

More Redmond Licensing Confusion

With Select Plus, Microsoft adds another licensing program for partners to track. Select Plus Volume Licensing targets medium-sized and large businesses, promising more purchasing flexibility and easier management of Microsoft software licenses. Select is one of the four main categories of Microsoft software licensing programs, along with Open, Enterprise Agreement and Enterprise Subscription Agreement. Each category also includes several different programs, and there are additional programs that target customers. SearchITChannel has the story:
http://www.wservernews.com/081013-Software-Licensing


Microsoft Scales Out SQL Server 2008 To Hundreds Of Terabytes

Redmond this week said it will take its SQL Server 2008 database into the large data warehousing market by 2010 as it integrates technology from recently acquired DATAllegro Inc. Microsoft plans to release a version of SQL Server 2008, code-named Kilimanjaro, that will use technology from the data warehousing appliance vendor it bought over the summer to build massively parallel systems that can scale out into the "hundreds of terabytes," said Ted Kummert, corporate vice president for data and storage at Microsoft. More at ComputerWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/081013-Democratize-BI


WServer Third Party News

ForeFront Or VIPRE?

Here is what a customer said after doing their homework. "We were going to try it out when we decided we were going to move away from Symantec. We looked at Trend, Kaspersky, and Forefront before deciding on VIPRE. The biggest issue we had was compatibility. The server portion of Forefront in its current version does not support being installed on an x64 machine. It requires a SQL server to install and our SQL server at our main office runs on a Windows Server 2008 x64 machine so that's pretty much as far as we got with it. Most of the features we liked about Forefront are in VIPRE. VIPRE is cheaper and faster and has no problem being installed on an x64 server which was a big deal for us since most of our servers are x64." -- R.A
http://www.wservernews.com/081013-VIPRE-Enterprise-Solution


VMware Security Updates For ESX, Virtualcenter, And Other Products

VMware has recently released a set of new updates and patches for a number of its products to help address several security issues that have been identified. These multiple security issues are described in a new security announcement covering VMware VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 3 and patches for ESX and ESXi. There is also an updated VMware security advisory that details information on other VMware products such as Workstation, Player, ACE, Server, and VCB. More of this blog at:
http://www.wservernews.com/081013-VMware-Security


Double-Take Introduces Network Boot Technology

Double-Take Software Expands Infrastructure Software Solutions with Network Boot Technology and Software-Based iSCSI SAN.

These new Offerings Allow For Faster Server And Desktop Deployment, Easier Movement And Management Of Workloads And Reduced Power And Cooling Consumption

Double-Take Software (NASDAQ: DBTK) announced the release of its netBoot/i(tm) and sanFly(tm). Together, they can provide a centralized means of booting and managing servers and desktops from iSCSI storage area networks (SANs). These products give IT administrators the flexibility to streamline workload management across both physical and virtual environments, and the cost efficiency of 'greener IT' through reduced power consumption and energy costs. Double-Take for Windows, the company's flagship product, is known for its non-disruptive, affordable, hardware agnostic solutions. The addition of these new product offerings combined with existing capabilities such as continuous full server wide area replication build upon Double-Take Software's objective to be the leader in Dynamic Infrastructure; that is, to move workloads, for whatever purpose, whenever needed, affordably and non-disruptively.

"For years, many organizations have come to rely on Double-Take Software for replication, failover and recovery," said Lauren Whitehouse, analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group. "The addition of netBoot/i and sanFly not only positions Double-Take Software's entrance into a new market, but enhances its current offerings by providing additional flexibility to companies looking to create a more dynamic IT infrastructure."

WServerNews FAVE Links

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WServerNews - Product of the Week

Is Your Help Desk Feeling the Economic Crunch? Win Free Help Desk Software

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Webinar -The Value of Help Desk Service in Today's Economy. Thursday, October 16th - 2 PM/EDT. Seats Still Available. Register Today!
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