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Vol. 13, #46 - Nov 10, 2008 - Issue #700
Guess Who Need To Retain Their Email Too?

This issue of WServerNews is sponsored by
  1. Editors Corner
    • Welcome to Issue number 700!
    • Guess Who Need To Retain Their Email Too?
    • All Kinds Of Windows 7 News
    • VIPRE Enterprise Deployment On 1,500 Desktops
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • The End of Antivirus as You Know It: A Look at VIPRE Enterprise
    • Protecting Against the New Wave of Malware: A New Approach to Endpoint Security
    • Virtual Event: Microsoft New Server Product Launch
    • Recovery Made Easy for Exchange, SQL, and other Critical Apps
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Windows 7 Unlikely To Cause Driver Glitches Like Vista
    • Battered, But Not Broken: Understanding The WPA Crack
    • Test Your Linux IQ
    • Analyst Calls Intel's Core i7 Chip 'Blindingly Fast'
    • Does Your SQL Server Database Improve SharePoint Performance?
    • How To Set Up An Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging Mailbox Policy
  5. Windows Server News
    • Microsoft Warns Of Another Update To Windows Update
    • Microsoft Assessment And Planning Toolkit 3.2 Released
  6. WServer Third Party News
    • Want To Automatically Uninstall Symantec AV and Replace With VIPRE?
    • Double-Take Software Targets The Utility Data Center
    • The 'Big Product' Did Not Get The Trojan...
  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

Welcome to Issue number 700!

The first issue was September 20, 1997 and we were called NTools E-News then. Next, when Microsoft renamed WinNT, we morphed into W2Knews, and December 2005 we changed name again and now to something a bit more generic that will hold through the years - simply WinServerNews... Hope to see you at issue number 1,000! And here are the archives to all the way back to the beginning, a blast from the past:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-Archives


Guess Who Need To Retain Their Email Too?

Schools. Surprised? Well, read on. Recently Waterford Technologies released the results of a survey it conducted on e-mail archiving in elementary and secondary schools. The survey, conducted with administrators of K-12 schools, teachers and parents, offered some interesting findings.

Michael Osterman, columnist for Network World and principal of Osterman Research reported that 62% of school administrators revealed they do not have a district policy regarding e-mail communications between themselves and teachers. And a whopping 68% of these administrators revealed they do not have a policy regarding e-mail communications between themselves and parents.

Other surveys shows that the vast majority of admins at K-12 schools were not adequately informed about their district's email retaining policies. And worst of all, it looks like almost 80% of schools do not have a plan in place to be compliant with the new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP). At the moment, about 50% of the States have new rules for Electronically Stored Information (ESI).

The upshot, there are many Federal and state requirements to preserve e-mail communications, plus a growing body of legal opinion that strongly supports the notion that e-mail should be preserved for legal discovery purposes. Schools are no exception - just like any other organization, they need to preserve e-mail for purposes of legal discovery. We have a special 'Save Our Schools' discount for Sunbelt Email Archiver. Ask your Rep or Reseller:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-Sunbelt-Exchange-Archiver


All Kinds Of Windows 7 News

This week showed a lot of news about Win7 after the PDC and WinHEC conferences. Some pundits claimed that Win7 was lipstick on a pig and that the future after windows would be cloud computing with the browser basically replacing the OS. Others said that Win7 would be a lot better as Redmond learned its lesson with Vista. Note that the Vista brand has simply been dropped without much noise and the OS name is back to Windows. Microsoft says that Windows 7 will use less memory and power than Vista does and will start up and shut down more quickly, among other improvements. Microsoft is not pushing Vista for netbooks because of its larger footprint, but Windows 7 will be able to comfortably run on netbooks with as little as 16GB of storage.

The new Win7 will also only have -one- 'Compatible with Windows 7 logo program instead of 4 different ones for Vista. And as of November 1st, Microsoft is no longer selling any Windows 3.x licenses, after 18 years (!). Win98 made it almost to 8 years, and Vista will be lucky to make it to 3 years with Win7 nipping at its heels.

Microsoft is trying to re-establish trust with its customers and vendors with Win7. Which brings me to the next SunPoll: "When would you like to see a new dedicated newsletter about Windows 7 and in which frequency?
  • I want one right away, weekly.
  • I would like Win7News right away, once a month.
  • I can wait until mid next year but would like it weekly.
  • Start mid next year monthly until release in 2010.
  • Wait till it really gets released in 2010 and send it weekly.
  • Other. I will email you my preference.
Vote here, rightmost column:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-SunbeltSoftware


VIPRE Enterprise Deployment On 1,500 Desktops

One of our customers sent this last week: "We recently upgraded our CounterSpy Enterprise Anti Spyware to Vipre AntiVirus/AntiSpyware to 1500 desktops, laptops and tablets. The management is a breeze and the way Vipre is able to stay in the background greatly reduces our "what is this" support calls. We replaced CA Etrust 8.0 and couldn't be happier, not only is there much less tax on the hardware but it actually works if a threat is detected. Thank you Sunbelt!" -- E.C., Dir IS.

Quotes of the Week

"There is no security on this earth, only opportunity". -- General Douglas MacArthur

"When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic. Sell not liberty to purchase power." -- Benjamin Franklin

"Do -NOT- buy the G1 phone yet, it's not ready for prime time." -- Your editor, who cannot delete his G1 voice mail. ;-D

Warm regards, and thank you for being a WServerNews subscriber. No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced. Please tell your friends about us. They can subscribe here:
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Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]

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

The End of Antivirus as You Know It: A Look at VIPRE Enterprise

As part of its ongoing efforts to address the rapidly evolving malware landscape facing enterprises, Sunbelt Software introduces VIPRE Enterprise(tm) - a completely new solution that combines antivirus, antispyware, anti-rootkit and other technologies into a seamless, tightly-integrated product.

Join Sunbelt Software on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 2:00pm EST for a look at VIPRE Enterprise and learn how Sunbelt started with a blank slate to design a new, next-generation antivirus and antispyware technology to deal with today's malware in the most comprehensive, highly efficient manner. The result is a clean, fast, and powerful anti-malware solution developed 'by admins for admins'.

VIPRE Enterprise is designed to optimize overall performance by melding antivirus and antispyware together into one, single, powerful engine. This combination of technologies gives you high-performance software that doesn't slow down users' PCs, is low on system resources, and makes it easy for you to protect your network. Attend this webcast to learn about the following VIPRE Enterprise features:
  • High-performance threat protection with low impact on system resources
  • All-new technology delivers a unique single antivirus + antispyware engine
  • Rock solid Management Console is your "Malware Command Center"
  • Real-time Active Protection(tm) and advanced anti-rootkit technology
  • Integrated, full email protection for Outlook and Windows Mail
When: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 2:00 PM (EST) Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-End-of-Antivirus


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:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-New-Wave-of-Malware

Hosted at Microsoft in St. Louis, MO on Wednesday, December 3rd. Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-New-Wave-of-Malware2


Virtual Event: Microsoft New Server Product Launch

Next Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer along with fellow Microsoft colleagues and partners, will officially launch their new product line designed specifically for the mid-market which will dramatically simplify the deployment, ongoing management, and use of server technology. In addition, independent expert and best-selling author Mark Minasi will deliver "7 Tips that IT can use During the Economic Downturn." These practical tips are designed to save money and deliver new capabilities to keep SMBs competitive. Register today:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-Server-Solutions


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

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 the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX on Wednesday, November 19th. Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-Recovery-Made-Easy

Hosted at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Louisville, KY on Tuesday, December 2nd. Register here (seating is limited):
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-Recovery-Made-Easy2


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/081110-Secure-Copy

Simplify your life with mPowerTools - 100+ Reports - Tackle AD chores in bulk A Search & Replace Tool - you'll never script again & no 3rd party databases!
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-mPowerTools

Unleash the power of Secure Shell on your Windows servers -- securing file transfers and remote administration. Download the white paper.
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-Attachmate



Tech Briefing

Windows 7 Unlikely To Cause Driver Glitches Like Vista

By giving partners alpha access to Windows 7 code, Microsoft hopes it will blunt the driver incompatibility problems IT managers faced with Vista. This exclusive article describes how Microsoft is engaging its partners earlier in the development cycle so there will be a higher degree of compatibility with its new operating system.
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-Windows-7


Battered, But Not Broken: Understanding The WPA Crack

Academic researchers have found an exploitable hole in a popular form of wireless networking encryption. The hole is in a part of 802.11i that forms the basis of WiFi Protected Access (WPA), so it could affect routers worldwide. Article at Arstechnica:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-WPA-Crack


Test Your Linux IQ

You've installed every major Linux distribution on every major brand of hardware. You even carry a USB stick loaded with Linux in your front pocket. For you, the Year of the Linux Desktop was 1996. But how much do you really know about the free OS? Test your mettle with these 20 questions designed to separate the newbies from the seasoned operators. Who knows? You might learn something:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-IQ-Test


Analyst Calls Intel's Core i7 Chip 'Blindingly Fast'

Intel Corp.'s Nehalem chips, slated to ship later this month, today were called "blindingly fast" by an analyst who is using an early machine running the processor. Steve Smith, vice president and director of operations for Intel's digital enterprise group, told ComputerWorld today that the first Nehalem chip, officially named Core i7, will be a quad-core designed for high-end desktops used by power users and gamers. He noted that on the day Intel officially launches the chip, several PC makers will begin shipping desktops running it. Intel has been shipping previews of the chips to hardware vendors since September. Full story at ComputerWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-Core-i7


Does Your SQL Server Database Improve SharePoint Performance?

SharePoint lives and breathes by its SQL Server databases. With the intro of Windows SharePoint Server, even a small company can end up with a database that is quite large. This tip describes how to scale your SharePoint environment over several servers while keeping it stable for many years: (Requires Registration)
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-SharePoint-Performance


How To Set Up An Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging Mailbox Policy

In part two of this SearchExchange.com video series, learn how to configure Unified Messaging (UM) in Exchange Server 2007and set up a Unified Messaging mailbox policy. This video will also familiarize you with the UM Auto Attendant tab that lets you personalize numeric voice prompts and voice messages:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-Unified-Messaging


Windows Server News

Microsoft Warns Of Another Update To Windows Update

Microsoft is again warning users it plans to upgrade Windows Update, the service most people rely on to download patches and other fixes. "Over the next couple of months, we'll be rolling out another infrastructure update to the Windows Update agent (client code)," said an unidentified Microsoft employee on the Windows Update team's official blog. "This update makes it possible for users to install more than 80 updates at the same time." More:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-Windows-Update


Microsoft Assessment And Planning Toolkit 3.2 Released

Version 3.2 of Redmond's Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is out and it has a bunch of new features to help your organization to "go green."

MAP 3.2 identifies what servers, workstations, and network devices exist in your network. Once this inventory is done, MAP helps you with actionable reports and proposals to get the max out of your environment.

They call MAP 3.2 an "agentless toolkit" that will find computers on a network and perform a detailed inventory of the computers using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), the Remote Registry Service, or the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). And the tool not only has the ability to discover all computers within Active Directory, it can also discover non-managed machines such as workgroup members.

The new V3.2 expanded its assessment and includes SQL08, Forefront/NAP, Microsoft Online Services migration, and provides you with a new Power Savings Proposal which could actually save your organization a lot of money. Download it here:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-Toolkit


WServer Third Party News

Want To Automatically Uninstall Symantec AV and Replace With VIPRE?

Now you can. We have a way to do this. If you have an enterprise AV product that you want to uninstall, contact our business support. We already have Symantec available, and the other big ones are coming soon. We will help you with these if you call. See this entry in our KB how the process works:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-Migrating-to-VIPRE


Double-Take Software Targets The Utility Data Center

Data protection specialist preparing to join the likes of Microsoft, EMC, Hewlett-Packard and IBM in the promising utility data center market Data protection specialist Double-Take Software is preparing to join the likes of Microsoft, EMC, Hewlett-Packard and IBM in the promising utility data center market, according to Chairman, President and CEO Dean Goodermote.

The company is best known for its real-time data replication and rollback software but has also moved into data migration and the cloning of virtual servers. That move was almost by accident, as customers found they could deploy server replicas for more than just failover and fault tolerance, Goodermote said. More at InfoWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-Double-Take


The 'Big Product' Did Not Get The Trojan...

Here's another Vipre success story. I am the Australian IT Manager for a large US Multinational contractor. We have another mainstream enterprise product to protect us from Malware, Spyware and Viruses. Guess what? It failed to eliminate the Zlob Trojan in spite of having the latest updates. All it did was report that the Trojan was resident - it did attempt to remove the source but never fully succeeded and so the Trojan continually reloaded. After a couple of hours of frustration I downloaded Vipre 15 day trial (I use a fully licensed multi PC version at home along with SPF) and within a few minutes the system was completely clean. Sadly I cannot convince the Admins in the US of the value of Vipre as they have made a corporate decision and invested substantial sums to roll our the dinosaur we have. I am and will remain a Vipre/SPF fan - great products - well done! PS: The 15 day trial has had to be removed now - orders from "above". -- Cheers, Bob
http://www.wservernews.com/081110-VIPREEnterprise


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!
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