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Vol. 14, #14 - Mar 23, 2009 - Issue #719
More Than A Grand Per Workstation

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  1. Editors Corner
    • More Than A Grand Per Workstation
    • IE8 Released
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • Free Desktop and Application Virtualization Seminar
    • Webinar: Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving
    • Video Webinar: Ensuring Availability of Hyper-V Virtualized Workloads
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  4. Tech Briefing
    • How To Maintain IT Shop Efficiency When You're The Last Man Standing
    • As Azure Crashes, Cloud DR Is Top Of Mind
    • Tip: How To Determine Your Virtual Machine Per-Core Ratio
    • Guide: Assess The Damage After A Catastrophic Exchange 2007 Failure
    • Microsoft Hyper-V vs. VMware ESX
  5. Windows Server News
    • InfoWorld Test Center Preview: Windows Server 2008 R2
  6. WServer Third Party News
    • Aberdeen Group: "Think Outside The (Red /Yellow) Box"
    • VIPRE Enterprise On A Virtual Server Works Great
  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

More Than A Grand Per Workstation

The recent SunPoll about the cost per workstation was very interesting. A whopping 32% of you spends more than $1,100 per machine. Here are the results with 368 votes in:
  • $300-$500: 8%
  • $500-$700: 18%
  • $700-$900: 24%
  • $900-$1,100: 17%
  • More than $1,100: 32%
Looking at a thousand bucks per machine, the thought comes to mind that if you would run antivirus software that takes 20% of that PC's resources hostage, the hidden cost of security would be $200 for that machine, not even thinking about the yearly cost for the AV software itself. Wow.

One subscriber sent me this: "The Poll was interesting since the our CFO is complaining that we spend $980 per PC with dual-video. Another poll that I think would be interesting now that you asked how much we spend is; How often do we replace our workstations and laptops? Due to the economy, we have increased it to 5-6 years now when back in the day it was every 3 years. It would be interesting to see what everyone else is doing now." So here is the new SunPoll with exactly that question for you to vote on! (bottom right)
http://www.wservernews.com/090323-SunbeltSoftware


IE8 Released

It's out there. Better hold off deploying it until you have tested all your browser-based apps and are sure that there are no incompatibilities. A few of our developers using dual screen machines found that after the IE8 install, the second screen was disabled and uninstalling IE8 fixed it.

The Wall Street Journal PC review honcho Walt Mossberg, who stated that browsers by now are the most important piece of software on a computer, thinks IE8 is a big improvement over IE7 and a "much closer competitor to its main rival Firefox." (which he still prefers over IE8 by the way)

IE8 looks to have improved stability, better compatibility with web standards, easier navigation and search, and better privacy and security. Redmond also leapfrogged competitive products with new features like Web Slices and Visual Search.

According to Redmond, IE8 is supposed to stop "two to four times more malware attacks than any other browser; cuts down on the time it takes to complete common tasks on the web such as searching, mapping and sharing, including navigating 15 of the 20 top worldwide sites."

Quotes Of The Week

"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra". -- Jimmy Johnson

"We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn't obey the rules." -- Alan Bennett

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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

Free Desktop and Application Virtualization Seminar

This one-day seminar was a great success earlier this month in San Francisco and is coming to five more cities across the U.S. in 2009. Independent industry analyst and blogger, Brian Madden, explains why desktop virtualization is fast becoming the next big trend, and provides you with the tools needed to determine if it is the right next step for your organization. He also defines terms, separates vendor hype from reality, and describes real-word scenarios that desktop virtualization can and can't address. Seating is limited, find an event near you and register today!
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Webinar: Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT - Join us for a look at Sunbelt Software's Exchange email archiving and compliance solution, Sunbelt Exchange Archiver. If you need a powerful, easy to use, enterprise-class email archiving tool that automatically enables you to comply with all requirements, and allows you or your end-users to transparently retrieve any archived email, then don't miss this webinar! Location: This is an Internet based event.
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Video Webinar: Ensuring Availability of Hyper-V Virtualized Workloads

Speakers: Bob Roudebush, Director of Solutions Engineering; Double-Take Software Patrick Foley, ISV Evangelist; Microsoft

Server virtualization is a hot topic in the IT world because of the potential for providing serious cost savings for customers. Microsoft Hyper-V is the next generation hypervisor-based server virtualization technology from Microsoft - making it easier than ever to take advantage of the cost savings and management benefits virtualization can provide by deploying it as part of Windows Server 2008.

To provide disaster recovery for virtual machines running on a Hyper-V host, look to Double-Take for Hyper-V from Double-Take Software to protect your workloads with real-time replication and automated failover for virtualized workloads. Double-Take for Hyper-V allows customers to quickly recover virtual machines after any type of outage without the expense and complexity of clustering or shared storage.

Please join Double-Take Software together with Microsoft to hear an overview of Double-Take Software and the Double-Take replication technology, as well as a detailed explanation of the Double-Take for Hyper-V product. You'll hear about Microsoft's virtualization strategy and specifically about the Microsoft Hyper-V product. And finally, watch a video demo to learn how Double-Take Software's latest product can protect virtual machines running on Hyper-V.
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Admin Toolbox

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Tech Briefing

How To Maintain IT Shop Efficiency When You're The Last Man Standing

The economic downturn has left IT managers feeling like they are the "Last Man Standing" -- and in some cases they are. If you're one of them, your mission right now is to figure out how to maintain an efficient shop when you're crushed by an avalanche of responsibilities and have little or no help. In this situation, not everyone has the luxury of thinking in the long-term and some short-term solutions are needed. This tip offers career management techniques that can help an IT professional survive in today's workplace. (Registration Required)
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As Azure Crashes, Cloud DR Is Top Of Mind

Though the vast majority of enterprises would have lost nothing during Microsoft's Azure Services Platform beta outage last weekend, the event teaches IT managers a valuable lesson as they plan future cloud strategies. IT shops need to have a disaster recovery (DR) plan for cloud services just as they would for their own data center. Learn more about this story and why DR is necessary for cloud computing in this article.
http://www.wservernews.com/090323-Azure


Tip: How To Determine Your Virtual Machine Per-Core Ratio

How many virtual machines can realistically fit onto one core? This is a common question and there are really two solutions to determine the answer: either the customer can base their decision on industry-tested examples or they can verify performance based on their own desktop PCs and estimate CPU requirements. In this tip, learn how to evaluate desktop PC user performance or use statistics from desktops in your environment to determine your virtual machine per-core ratio: (Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/090323-Per-Core-Ratio


Guide: Assess The Damage After A Catastrophic Exchange 2007 Failure

Although server hardware is more reliable than it was several years ago, catastrophic hardware failures can still occur. If a catastrophic failure occurs on your Exchange 2007 server, it's important to assess the damage and know how to configure a replacement server without losing data. Even if you have Disaster Recovery (with or without Double-Take) experience in previous versions of Exchange Server, you should also learn the proper way to rebuild an Exchange 2007 server. Learn more in this step-by-step guide:
http://www.wservernews.com/090323-Exchange-Failure


Microsoft Hyper-V vs. VMware ESX

Use this cheat sheet to help decide which server virtualization hypervisor is best for your customers. The Microsoft vs. VMware battle isn't just hype any more. It's real, and your customers will be looking to you for guidance. The tips, tutorials and other features on SearchSystemsChannel.com will give you the knowledge you need to be your customers' trusted advisor.
http://www.wservernews.com/090323-Hyper-V-vs-VMware


Windows Server News

InfoWorld Test Center Preview: Windows Server 2008 R2

The noisiest new feature in Windows Server 2008 R2 promises to be live virtual machine migration, as Microsoft seizes the chance to show that Hyper-V is closing the gap with VMware Infrastructure. But there are many reasons beyond server virtualization to take a close look at Windows Server 2008 R2. Important enhancements are spread across the board, ranging from IIS to networking to Terminal Services. There's even a story to be told about R2 and the upcoming Windows 7, which gains better virtual desktop integration and even secure remote access without requiring a VPN -- though the latter feature, called DirectAccess, requires the use of IPv6. More of this excellent article at:
http://www.wservernews.com/090323-Server2008-R2


WServer Third Party News

Aberdeen Group: "Think Outside The (Red /Yellow) Box"

The Aberdeen Group (a well known analysts) did their own research and stated that small companies should look beyond McAfee and Symantec for endpoint protection. The study gives you ammo if you are looking looking for third party validation of VIPRE Enterprise. The study itself is here:
http://www.wservernews.com/090323-Aberdeen-Insight


VIPRE Enterprise On A Virtual Server Works Great

Here is part of a discussion on the VIPRE Enterprise Forum.

Q: Is there a quick and simple way to move VIPRE from one server to another?

A1: I recently used Microsoft SCVMM. Convert the physical server to a Virtual and run it on top of HyperV... That way you keep all your settings, and it can run all by its self on its own virtual. Migration is simple after that, it's not tied to a physical box.

A2: I'm not sure how I ever lived without it... HyperV has revolutionized how I handle apps like VIPRE that I want to isolate. I run it on a 2003 server Virtual with 512MB of memory allocated. Runs great, updates from my WSUS server, it's practically zero maintenance.

WServerNews Fave Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

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