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Vol. 13, #45 - Nov 3, 2008 - Issue #699
Resolved: It's OK To Skip Vista

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  1. Editors Corner
    • Resolved: It's OK To Skip Vista
    • VIPRE Enterprise Deployment: "Very Smooth"
    • I've Got The New G1 Android Phone
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • "Protecting Against the New Wave of Malware: A New Approach to Endpoint Security "
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Opinion: 10 Best Features In Windows 7 For IT Pros
    • WiMax Is Here: What You Need To Know
    • Webcast: SharePoint -- The Good, the Bad and the UGLI
    • The Benefits of Hyper-V Server 1.0
  5. Windows Server News
    • The Third Windows OS Tier
    • Considerations In Building GeoClusters For W2K8 2008
    • New Security Features In SQL Server 2008 Leave Some Work For You
    • What Admins Can Expect From Windows Server 2008 R2
  6. WServer Third Party News
    • New VIPRE Enterprise WhitePapers
    • New VIPRE Enterprise Release
    • Double-Take Software Expands Software Solutions
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. Product of the Week
    • Instantly Recover Active Directory without Rebooting, Panic or Stress
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Editors Corner

Resolved: It's OK To Skip Vista

OK, after the PDC this week and looking at all the news about Win7, it's my opinion that you are going to be fine skipping Vista and upgrade to Win7 when it comes out, or even after Win7 SP1 has been released. There has been a LOT of information released this week, since the pre-beta is now available and the main features have surfaced. Some people claim though that Win7 really is putting lipstick on a pig, and they say performance at the moment seems to be the same as Vista, and it's just as consumer focused (and sometimes confusing) as Vista. Others claim that Win7 is tighter and leaner, has better device integration and has a bunch of IT-friendly features. A change like the elimination of in-memory double buffering of window contents, will make a huge difference in the memory footprint and overall demand. I think that Redmond has learned some lessons and that the wait for Win7 will be worth it. Expect general availability in Q1 2010 if the operating system remains on schedule.

VIPRE Enterprise Deployment: "Very Smooth"

We received the following email this week: "I Installed the update and it seems to be running fine. I have been very pleased with Vipre. The deployment has been much easier to manage than Symantec. The central admin console is much better and by using the remote servers for updates only makes managing all of my workstations much easier. I deployed this to 40 systems in my remote office and it went very smooth. We were running Symantec Corporate Edition Version 10.1 prior to Vipre. I previously had many spyware programs slip by and Vipre has consistently picked up on them. Congratulations on a great product. -- Brian.
http://www.wservernews.com/081103-VIPRE-Enterprise


I've Got The New G1 Android Phone

Since we have T-Mobile as our company carrier, I decided I was going to try the new 'Google Phone'. So far, so good. I like the OS. The 3G speed is pretty good, we put it next to a first-gen iPhone and it's noticeably faster. I've been playing with some of the features but videos from YouTube are still a bit jerky. The keyboard is great to handle my Gmail account though. More about the G1 later.

Quotes of the Week

"A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure." -- Segal's Law

"Bad ideas can only bear the weight of reality for so long." -- Greg Jesson

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Finally, Powerful Endpoint Security That Isn't A Resource Hog

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Webinars and Seminars
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"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 San Francisco, CA on Thursday, November 13th. Register here:
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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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Tech Briefing

Opinion: 10 Best Features In Windows 7 For IT Pros

A lot of sites will take you through the whiz-bang consumer-friendly features, but you might be wondering as an IT professional what Windows 7 has to offer you. This article will give you a tour through what they think are potentially the 10 most popular professional-oriented features in Windows 7. Instead of repeating it all, here is the link to the article in ComputerWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/081103-Windows-7


WiMax Is Here: What You Need To Know

With the launch of Sprint's WiMax wireless broadband data service, called Xohm (pronounced "zome") in Baltimore in early October, Sprint was able to rightly claim it is the first carrier to offer the long-awaited official version of the technology to businesses and consumers. (Clearwire, a provider of pre-standard WiMax service that Sprint's Xohm unit will be merged into later this year, began its service offerings earlier.) More of this article at ComputerWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/081103-WiMax


Webcast: SharePoint -- The Good, the Bad and the UGLI

SharePoint has its pros and cons, but avoiding pain depends more on an organization's situational factors than the product. This webcast covers the good capabilities of SharePoint, its holes, and the parts that can get ugly:
http://www.wservernews.com/081103-UGLI


The Benefits of Hyper-V Server 1.0

In addition to being free, Hyper-V Server can be installed to a candidate host in just seven clicks! Is this newest addition to the Microsoft team too good to be true? In this tip: Get expert insight and advice for installing Hyper-V, plus learn how it stacks up next to it's main competitor, VMware ESXi, in the battle for virtualization market share: (Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/081103-Hyper-V


Windows Server News

The Third Windows OS Tier

First tier is the PC. Second Tier is the server. Third is the Cloud OS which is called Azure. Some senior Sunbelt software engineers have created a new blog about Windows Azure cloud computing and they are posting a bunch of information that they have collected from PDC 2008 in Los Angeles. Some interesting development items there. Azure might be a big thing. Here's the blog:
http://www.wservernews.com/081103-Windows-Azure


Considerations In Building GeoClusters For W2K8 2008

Creating geographically dispersed server clusters over multiple sites in Windows 2008 is a challenge even for seasoned Windows admins. In this tip, find out how to set up GeoClusters using third-party support: (Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/081103-GeoClusters


New Security Features In SQL Server 2008 Leave Some Work For You

Now that SQL Server 2008 has been out for awhile, just how secure is it out of the box? The answer is -- it is looking good. But vulnerability scanning aside, it's important to remember that just because a piece of software is secure to begin with, that doesn't mean it'll be secure in your environment. This tip gives a list of things to be aware of after your initial SQL Server 2008 set-up.
http://www.wservernews.com/081103-SQL-Server-2008


What Admins Can Expect From Windows Server 2008 R2

Live migration and 64-bit core support may be getting the most attention in the upcoming Windows Server 2008 R2 release, but the new management features may have the most appeal for administrators. Read about these new features with this exclusive article from SearchWinIT.com:
http://www.wservernews.com/081103-Server-2008-R2


WServer Third Party News

New VIPRE Enterprise WhitePapers

We have added 3 new white papers to the VIPRE Enterprise product section:
  1. Modern Malware Threats and Countermeasures - A RealTimePublishers Report that gives a general overview of types of malware and the techniques used to protect against these threats.
    http://www.wservernews.com/081103-Modern-Malware-Threats

  2. IT Briefing: The End of Antivirus as You Know It - This is a TechTarget custom report that morphs Sunbelt's recent VIPRE webcast into a whitepaper
    http://www.wservernews.com/081103-The-End-of-Antivirus

  3. VIPRE Takes a Bite out of Bloatware - This is new research report by Laura DiDio, formerly of Yankee Group. It highlights the issue of bloatware in antivirus products and includes VIPRE customer interviews that explain more about VIPRE's lower resource usage.
    http://www.wservernews.com/081103-Bloatware


New VIPRE Enterprise Release

There is a new build of VIPRE Enterprise on the website, which has a bunch of extra features and fixes you can get. Here are a select few:

Enterprise Console and Service:
  • Added Email Alerts for Active Protection.
  • Added support for Agent Shutdown/Agent Start from Console.
  • Admin now has ability to Unquarantine and send to Sunbelt for Analysis.
  • Allow end-user to manually edit Known Good/Bad files and folders.
  • Admin ability to turn on/off On-Access file extensions from the console.
  • Added support for migrating SystemMessage table from MSAccess to SQL.
  • Added Power Management Tab to UI and settings to the policy.
  • and about 20 more...
Agent:
  • Add a System Event for missed scheduled scans.
  • The user can snooze Active Protection for a few minutes.
  • Fix "Bad Date Format" when there are no definitions present.
  • Added option to hide all balloons shown by the tray.
  • Bug fix in boot time scanner and root kit engine.
and about 50 more... Get the new release here:
http://www.wservernews.com/081103-VIPRE


Double-Take Software Expands Software Solutions

They now have Network Boot Technology and Software-Based iSCSI SAN. Earlier this month we announced the release of netBoot/i and sanFly. Together, they can provide a centralized means of booting and managing servers and desktops from iSCSI storage area networks (SANs). These products give IT admins the flexibility to streamline workload management across both physical and virtual environments, and the cost efficiency of 'greener IT' through lower power consumption and energy costs. 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.

WServerNews Fave Links

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



Product of the Week

Instantly Recover Active Directory without Rebooting, Panic or Stress

Instant recovery of Active Directory without rebooting, panic or stress. Rebuild memberships and attributes on the fly. No one will ever know... Active Administrator from ScriptLogic allows you to recover, audit, assign permissions, make and track changes to Group Policy and set security settings in Active Directory from the safety of an integrated management console. Download now and see why Active Administrator was voted #1 in systems management and group policy management:
http://www.wservernews.com/081103-Product-of-the-Week