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Vol. 14, #15 - Mar 30, 2009 - Issue #720
Cloud Disasters Cause BCOD or 'Blue Cloud Of Death'

  1. Editors Corner
    • Cloud Disasters Cause BCOD or 'Blue Cloud Of Death'
    • File Deduplication
    • How Often Do You Replace Your Workstations And Laptops?
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • Briforum 2009 - Register Today And Save $500
    • Sunbelt April Webinars
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Why WiMax Should Be On The CIO's Radar
    • The 10 Best Infrastructure Management Tools
    • Podcast: Windows Desktop Endpoint Security Challenges
    • Tip: Five Questions To Ask When Planning A Cloud Architecture
    • During A Downturn, Will Certification Help Your IT Career?
    • Expert Answers Questions On Hyper-V Backup Tools, Planning For Growth
  5. Windows Server News
    • Microsoft Slates May Date For Windows 7 RC Download
  6. WServer Thrid Party News
    • New VIPRE and CounterSpy Enterprise Version Released
    • Double-Take Software Enhances its W2K8 Hyper-V Offerings
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • $10/Seat Antivirus Competitive Upgrade - Save Your IT Budget
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Editors Corner

Cloud Disasters Cause BCOD or 'Blue Cloud Of Death'

Subscriber Bryan Hunt sent me this: As I was perusing your latest WServerNews and reading the article about Cloud Disaster Recovery, it caused me to think back to a meeting I was in several months ago where a colleague noted that Azure appeared to be the exact shade of blue that is seen on the dreaded BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death). After a lot of chuckling over that, we wondered if Azure would become known as the BCOD (or Blue Cloud Of Death). After reading that article, I have my concerns. Let's hope that we don't have to "reboot the cloud" every few days. Thanks." Bryan gets credit for coining 'BCOD'.

File Deduplication

Deduplication has shifted from being an interesting innovation to a core technology for information storage. Disk backup data generally -should- be deduplicated, but is it? The savings are just too great not to dedupe. However, NetApp raises a valid point: Why stop at backup? Enterprises stand to gain even more efficiencies by applying it to at least some production data. Seriously, why not? You should look at this as an option to save serious disk capacity.

How Often Do You Replace Your Workstations And Laptops?

Subscriber Samuel Brooks commented as follows: "One item that you left out: "Based on Business Need". I have always subscribed to the concept that 'need' is what's important not changing because of the latest product out. I just ordered 9 PC's to upgrade a department off a mix of Win2000 / XP, most being 2000 because Adobe v9 does not support Windows 2000 and this department needed to get "current" on the software because Adobe 4.0 was having issues opening documents created by Adobe 9 and a new web based application had parts of it that will not work with IE 6 on Windows 2000. These Dell Optiplex PC's were between 5-1/2 and 7 years old and still working but business needs required the change. Going from Windows 2000 to Vista should be interesting for some of the users who are task based."

And here are the results of the SunPoll with 644 votes. About half of you change hardware every 4-45 years in the current economic conditions:
  • Every 6 years: 13%
  • Every 3 years: 17%
  • When the computer dies: 21%
  • Every 5 years: 23%
  • Every 4 years: 24%


Quotes of the Week

"There are a thousand striking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." -- Henry David Thoreau

"Hey, Steve, just because you broke into Xerox's store before I did and took the TV doesn't mean I can't go in later and steal the stereo." -- Bill Gates, Mac Week, March 14, 1989

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Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: feedback@wservernews.com

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Webinars and Seminars

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Sunbelt April Webinars

  • April 7: Protecting Your Organization from Spam and Other Malware
  • April 14: Kiss Your Antivirus Bloatware Goodbye: A Look at VIPRE Enterprise
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  • April 28: VIPRE Enterprise Product Demonstration

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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:

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Did you know there is a Visio File Reader? Handy if you don't have the app:
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Tech Briefing

Why WiMax Should Be On The CIO's Radar

High speeds, freedom from carriers' app limitations will be chief advantages -- when broad coverage finally arrives. Despite the billions of dollars required to roll out a brand-new wireless network, the slowdown in the economy, and the reduced share price, the president of Clearwire, Barry West, is optimistic about the future role of WiMax in business. And he says tech managers should put WiMax planning on their agendas now. Article in InfoWorld:
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The 10 Best Infrastructure Management Tools

In any field, doing a job well requires the right tools. Luckily for VMware Infrastructure 3 administrators, there are plenty of solid virtualization infrastructure management tools available to monitor and troubleshoot virtual machine performance problems, identify network components, migrate files, manage virtual machine lifecycles and more. In this article, learn the top ten tools that help virtualization administrators ease the burdens of management and monitoring tasks in their daily lives: (Registration Required)
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Podcast: Windows Desktop Endpoint Security Challenges

When planning for desktop virtualization and cloud computing, the endpoint security threats that come with the territory will start to surface. Don't let these security issues get in the way. Listen to this expert podcast with Mark Kadrich, CISSP and the CEO and chief evangelist at The Security Consortium, and get a heads up on these Windows desktop endpoint security challenges:
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Tip: Five Questions To Ask When Planning A Cloud Architecture

The cloud computing model and its relationship to virtual desktops is relatively vague. This is partly because both computing concepts are new, and partly because they are both very flexible. The lack of precision when planning for a cloud computing and/or virtual desktop environment makes it difficult to decide where to start and in which direction to move. An organized objectives-based approach will offer the best results. When mapping out your cloud computing architecture, make sure to ask the five critical questions in this tip before beginning your project: (Registration Required)
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During A Downturn, Will Certification Help Your IT Career?

When there's an economic downturn, a lot of people go back to school to enhance their IT career. But is it worth giving up all that time and hard-earned money to get a degree or certification? That question doesn't have a clear-cut, black and white answer that those of us in IT often seek; it's more like a dull shade of gray. Here are some factors to consider before moving forward.
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Expert Answers Questions On Hyper-V Backup Tools, Planning For Growth

In this tip, virtualization expert and Systems Administrator from Safelite AutoGlass, Rick Vanover answers questions on deploying new virtualized environments and backup and continuity tools for Hyper-V. Get a breakdown of what adjustments need to be made to deploy a virtual environment in a new organization and find out which backup solutions will best help you meet your recovery, cost and configuration requirements.
http://www.wservernews.com/090330-Hyper-V-Backup


Windows Server News

Microsoft Slates May Date For Windows 7 RC Download

The upcoming RC release will be available at least through June 2009, according to Windows 7's download page. The Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) download page on Microsoft's TechNet site carries a date of "May 2009," and spells out a slew of details about the upcoming public preview.
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WServer Thrid Party News

New VIPRE and CounterSpy Enterprise Version Released

Sunbelt Software is pleased to announce the release of Hotfix 3 agents for both CounterSpy Enterprise and VIPRE Enterprise. The CounterSpy Enterprise agent build number is 3.1.2710; the VIPRE Enterprise agent build number is 3.1.2711. Of particular note in this release are:
  • Outlook bugs fixed
  • Additional logic added for VirtuMonde detection and remediation.
  • Changes for the new MBR rootkit detection.
  • New logic for additional detection methods.
  • Fixed start-up problems causing Server Busy messages and high CPU utilization.
This update is available for immediate download.

Sunbelt Software also announces the release of Build 3.1.3004 for VIPRE and CounterSpy Enterprise. This is a service release for the Enterprise service and console only. The changes for this release are:
  • Fixed Send for Analysis so that it does not state "Unquarantine" in policy selector screen
  • Fixed bug in Threats and Quarantine grids that disabled the administrator's ability to see the quarantine and scan history details for the items they were viewing.
Many Enterprise customers have not yet upgraded to the latest Hotfix 3 agent release, CounterSpy build number 3.1.2710 and VIPRE build number 3.1.2711. Because we do not want to force an agent upgrade with this console release, the console is packaged with the previous agent builds, CounterSpy agent build number 3.1.2431and VIPRE agent build number 3.1.2434.

Our service and console build includes the agent, and we are unable to de-couple this for 3.1. For 4.0, we will separate the console and service from the agent, so that they can easily be updated separately.

Notes for how to address the agent versions are next. Download instructions for the console follow. Steps for Agent Versions

If you have NOT downloaded the Hotfix 3 agent update (CounterSpy 3.1.2710, VIPRE 3.1.2711), simply download and install the console update per the download instructions below. No additional steps are required.

If you HAVE downloaded the Hotfix 3 agent update (CounterSpy 3.1.2710, VIPRE 3.1.2711) and have Agent Updates ENABLED, after downloading and installing the new console, the new agent update (3.1.2710/3.1.2711) will automatically re-download when the service re-starts.

To check if Agent Updates is enabled, navigate on the console to System|Updates. Under Update Settings, the first line, "Agent software updates" will be set to Enabled. Note: Enabling Agent Updates ONLY downloads the latest agent to your server. It does not deploy the agent to workstations.

If you HAVE downloaded the Hotfix 3 agent update (CounterSpy 3.1.2710, VIPRE 3.1.2711) and have Agent Updates DISABLED, you will need to manually download the new agent. In System|Updates, click Update Now and the new agent will automatically download to your server. Note: This will only download the latest agent to your server. It does not deploy the agent to workstations.

Downloading the new agent (3.1.270/3.1.2711) to your server will not affect how you are currently deploying agents.

Console Download Instructions - To download this update, navigate with your browser to the full download pages:

CounterSpy Enterprise:
http://www.wservernews.com/090330-CounterSpy-Enterprise

VIPRE Enterprise:
http://www.wservernews.com/090330-VIPRE


Double-Take Software Enhances its W2K8 Hyper-V Offerings

Double-Take Software announced the availability of the latest version of its flagship Double-Take for Windows product and enhancements to other products in the company's suite including complete platform support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008. Double-Take for Windows solves IT managers' workload portability and availability challenges by making it easy to migrate physical workloads into virtual machines with minimal user downtime and to protect the uptime of critical workloads on physical and virtual machines by using real-time replication and failover:
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WServerNews Fave Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

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