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Vol. 13, #48 - Nov 24, 2008 - Issue #702
Mark Minasi Keynote - "The Next Windows: Lucky 7?"

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  1. Editors Corner
    • Mark Minasi: "The Next Windows: Lucky 7?"
    • How Does Your AV Compare with VIPRE Enterprise?
    • How Does Your 2009 Look?
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • WEBCAST: The End of Antivirus as You Know It: A Look at VIPRE Enterprise
    • Recovery Made Easy for Exchange, SQL, and other Critical Applications
    • Free Seminar: Email and File Archiving
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Samsung Launches 256GB Solid-State Drive
    • Top Five IT Spending Priorities For Hard Times
    • Tip: Solve SQL Server Errors And More From The DBA Trenches
    • How To: Install an open source iSCSI SAN server inside MS Hyper-V
    • Factors To Consider When Using Blade Servers For Virtualization
  5. Windows Server News
    • Podcast: What To Expect From Windows Server 2008 R2
  6. WServer Third Party News
    • VIPRE Uninstallers For McAfee, Sophos, Symantec, Trend, and more
    • Vote For Double-Take
    • IT Consultant Compares Symantec Endpoint and VIPRE Enterprise
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Having Second Thoughts About Your Web Filter?
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Editors Corner

Mark Minasi: "The Next Windows: Lucky 7?"

As part of Mark Minasi's ongoing series of "What's coming with Windows" keynotes, he cooked one up on Windows 7 and he's giving it away on his Website (He figured that with the economy in the tank, a lot of folks won't see it otherwise). It's got some great ammo in it to justify skipping Vista, so here it is:
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-PowerPoint


How Does Your AV Compare with VIPRE Enterprise?

Sunbelt Software has recently (November 2008) done extensive internal research into the performance and resource utilization of the most popular commercial Enterprise Antivirus products on the market. The new charts show the results of this comparison. The test configuration and the specific versions of the software products are listed at the end. The tests were done as objectively as possible and all products in this comparison were purchased on the retail market, or downloaded as evaluation/trial copies shortly before the test. Anyone can repeat these tests and see the results for themselves.

The numbers tell the story. VIPRE uses half of the resources of the competition. We took the average CPU % utilization of the other products during a scan and VIPRE used 53% CPU compared to the average. Next, we did the same thing with Memory used during scan and VIPRE used 51% compared to the average. How is your enterprise AV product doing compared with VIPRE? Here are the stats:
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-VIPRE-Stats


How Does Your 2009 Look?

As the old Chinese proverb says, "May you live in interesting times." These times are certainly interesting in terms of technology and IT budget and staffing issues. The latest ITIC and Sunbelt Software 2009 Global Forecast Survey covers an interesting range of technology and business topics. Please take 5 minutes out of your busy day to answer the questions to the best of your ability. As always, anyone who completes the survey can receive a free copy of the Report by sending an Email to Laura DiDio at: [email protected]. An Executive Summary will be posted in this newsletter once we have tabulated the results, so all of you can see how your organization compares to your peers. There are questions about Vista, virtualization, IT Budget issues and Macintosh usage but don't worry, it's point and shoot and you'll be done in no time. Thanks so much for your participation! Here is the survey:
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-ITIC-Survey


Quotes of the Week

"I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution." -- Wernher Von Braun

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." -- Abraham Lincoln

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have". -- Thomas Jefferson

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PS We are skipping next week's ThanksGiving full issue, but you will get a special Black Friday offer sent that day instead.

Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]

Automated Uninstall of Symantec AV

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


WEBCAST: 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&;trade; - a completely new solution that combines antivirus, antispyware, anti-rootkit and other technologies into a seamless, tightly-integrated product.

Join Sunbelt Software on Tuesday, December 9, 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 plus antispyware engine
  • Rock solid Management Console is your "Malware Command Center"
  • Real-time monitoring with Active Protection&;trade; and advanced anti-rootkit technology
  • Integrated, full email protection with support for Outlook and Windows Mail
When: Tuesday, December 9, 2008 2:00 PM (EST) Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-End-of-Antivirus


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 Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Louisville, KY on Tuesday, December 2nd. Register here (seating is limited):
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-Recovery-Made-Easy


Free Seminar: Email and File Archiving

You are probably already aware of the benefits you can achieve through implementing an email and file archiving system - such as reducing storage, increasing IT productivity, and being able to quickly respond to litigation and compliance issues. But how exactly does this technology work? And how should you go about designing an archiving strategy for your organization? Find out the answers to these questions and more from independent experts Mark Diamond and Greg Forest of Controural.

This one-day event is coming to Chicago on December 9 and Los Angeles on December 11. Register now!
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-Email-File-Archiving


Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Having Second Thoughts About Your Current Web Filter? Get No-Nonsense Web Filtering from iPrism and Get Your Switch Kit Today!
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-Switch-Kit

Help Desk Application Now Available for the Rest of Us Try BridgeTrak Free for 30 Days:
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Finally, Powerful Endpoint Security That Isn't A Resource Hog. Ask for a quote for the extremely attractive VIPRE Competitive Upgrade Program:
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-VIPREEnterprise


Tech Briefing

Samsung Launches 256GB Solid-State Drive

As promised back in May, Samsung has begun mass production of its 256GB solid-state drives for notebook and desktop PCs, complementing their lineup which ranges from 8, 16 and 32GB for low-density designs and 64, 128 and now 256GB alternatives for the higher densities. The new drive is not just bigger, but also much faster. More specifically, its sequential read speed is slightly lower than that of its Intel rival at 220MB per second but is faster for sequential writes, recording data at a whopping 200MB per second. More at TechSpot:
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-256GB-SSD


Top Five IT Spending Priorities For Hard Times

No company is immune to the economy's ebb and flow. So it's no surprise that, in the face of a fearsome downturn, IT shops are scrambling to figure out where they should cut. The big three analyst firms -- Forrester Research, Gartner and IDC -- are busily slashing their IT spending projections. Just last week IDC predicted that in the United States, IT spending will decline to negative 0.9%, down sharply from a pre-crisis forecast of 4.2% growth. So what are the areas where you can spend budget? ComputerWorld has them:
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-Spending-Priorities


Tip: Solve SQL Server Errors And More From The DBA Trenches

There are some errors that DBAs are just bound to run into. In the second part of this two part series, SearchSQLServer.com contributor Matthew Schroeder offers advice for fixing SQL Server errors and other problems, including primary filegroup out of space, failed server logins and trouble bringing a database online. (Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-DBA-Trenches


How To: Install an open source iSCSI SAN server inside MS Hyper-V

Several virtual infrastructure features require a storage area network (SAN), but a real iSCSI SAN appliance can be very expensive. In this tip, learn how to install an open source iSCSI SAN application inside a Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machine, without having to dedicate an entire physical machine to this task and find out how you can use it to store your Windows files with the built-in iSCSI initiator and more! (Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-iSCSI


Factors To Consider When Using Blade Servers For Virtualization

Virtualizing on blade servers can be a great way to cut your customers' data center space requirements as well as their power and cooling cost -- but it can also introduce issues that don't exist on standard rack-mount servers. Find out what factors you need to consider and how to guide customers toward the right choice with this SearchSystemsChannel.com resource: (Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-Blade-Servers


Windows Server News

Podcast: What To Expect From Windows Server 2008 R2

In this podcast from the recent TechEd 2008 Europe, David Lowe, senior product manager in Microsoft's Windows Server division, discusses what users can expect from the next release of Windows Server 2008. Find out what changes are on the way in the areas of Active Directory, failover clustering and more, as well as how user feedback has affected some of the improvements being made to Windows Server 2008 R2:
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-What-to-Expect


WServer Third Party News

VIPRE Uninstallers For McAfee, Sophos, Symantec, Trend, and more

You can now automatically uninstall enterprise agents of some other AV solutions, as part of the deployment of VIPRE Enterprise. You will find these scripts and installation instructions at the download page of VIPRE Enterprise.
  • McAfee 7.x and 8.x including McAfee EPO Agent, McAfee Rogue System Sensor, and McAfee Resuscitator
  • Sophos Agent 7.x (Enterprise Edition 3.x)
  • Symantec Antivirus Versions 9; 10; 10.0; 10.1.5000; 10.1.4, 10.1.5; 11.
  • Trend 7.x, 8.x: Patch Installer; Trend Micro Threat Management Agent; Cisco Trust Agent 2.1.103.0; Cisco Trust Agent 802_1x Wired Client; Office Scan Agent
  • Webroot 3.x
  • Kaspersky 5.0.712 and 6.0.3.837 AntiVirus agents and the Kaspersky 6.0 Network Agent

http://www.wservernews.com/081124-VIPRE-Enterprise-1


Vote For Double-Take

Double-Take is delighted to have been shortlisted in the Business Continuity Project of the Year for the inaugural SNS Achievements in Technology Awards. Their customers are extremely important to them and to be recognized for the work they do in support of their customers would be great. Please vote for Double-Take here:
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-Vote-Double-Take


IT Consultant Compares Symantec Endpoint and VIPRE Enterprise

Thanks for VIPRE Enterprise. I've had it installed on our network only a couple weeks now and thinks it's great. I was so impressed I wrote review on my tech blog comparing my Symantec Endpoint Experience with VIPRE. -- Anthon Cocco, ICE Systems, Inc.
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-VIPRE-vs-Symantec


WServerNews Fave Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

Having Second Thoughts About Your Web Filter?

You need the iPrism Switch Kit - the fast, easy way to get the #1 Web Filtering appliance and ditch those high-priced renewals. The iPrism Switch Kit doubles your subscription, enhances your engineering support and outfits your team with iPrism gear. Special pricing is only good until 12/19/08, so act now!
http://www.wservernews.com/081124-Flip-the-Switch