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Vol. 14, #22 - May 18, 2009 - Issue #727
Tech.Ed 2009 Highlights

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  1. Editors Corner
    • Tech.Ed 2009 Highlights
    • SunPoll on Virtual Appliances
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • Webinar: VIPRE Enterprise Product Demonstration
    • Free Virtual Seminar: Desktop and App Virtualization - June 4
    • BriForum 2009 - coming to Chicago, July 21 - 23
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Big TechEd / SharePoint / 64 Bit Announcements
    • Windows 'XP mode': The New Dos Box
    • Top 10 Sharepoint Implementation And Deployment Resources
  5. Windows Server News
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 News
  6. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Flagship product, rDirectory, is "touted as the Ferrari" of its class
Flagship product, rDirectory, is "touted as the Ferrari" of its class!

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Editors Corner

Tech.Ed 2009 Highlights

Our apologies for this delayed and somewhat short issue, TechEd is a big show and we simply did not get the issue done in time. Next week we'll go more in-depth! Attendance was a bit down this year but the quality of attendees and speakers was very high. So without further ado, here goes! To start off with, this video is a great way to get a quick overview of the best products at TechEd. Scroll down the page a bit and hit Play. (You will see Sunbelt at about 2:37 in the Video):
http://www.wservernews.com/090518-Best-of-TechEd

Some takeaways from TechEd:
  1. Time to learn Powershell. It's got lots of management features you need.
  2. Exchange 2010 will be an upgrade that's worth it.
  3. Win7 is going to be a hit. DirectAccess makes this a compelling upgrade.
  4. Spend time on security awareness this year.
  5. Hyper-V is maturing, and can be run side-by-side with VMWare. The feature set is developing and the price can't be beat.


SunPoll on Virtual Appliances

Increasing numbers of admins deploy virtual appliances. We'd like to know if you would like our Ninja Blade enterprise email security product also in this format: Here are the options:
  • Yes, that would be interesting!
  • Perhaps a solution
  • Neutral
  • Not likely
  • Nope, I want a complete box & software
Vote here - bottom right:
http://www.wservernews.com/090518-SunPoll


Quotes Of The Week

"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." -- Mark Twain

"Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think." -- Niels Bohr

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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

Webinar: VIPRE Enterprise Product Demonstration

Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT. 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' workstations, is low on system resources, and makes it easy for you to protect your network. Register at:
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Free Virtual Seminar: Desktop and App Virtualization - June 4

Get independent expert advice and best practices for planning, implementing, and managing your desktop virtualization project at this free one-day online seminar. You'll hear from top experts including industry analyst and blogger, Brian Madden along with Senior Solutions Architect at Appliance Technologies, Michael Keen. In addition to webcast and video presentations, you'll also have the opportunity to get your questions answered by our experts during the live Q&A opportunities throughout the day, plus chat with your peers from across the globe. Learn more about this event and register today:
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BriForum 2009 - coming to Chicago, July 21 - 23

BriForum is the only independent conference 100% dedicated to end-user virtualization. Join desktop virtualization industry expert and blogger, Brian Madden and your IT peers from across the globe at the Hilton Chicago from July 21 - 23. Top-notch industry experts deliver advanced technical information, tips and strategies on VDI, Terminal Services (including Citrix XenApp), and application streaming. Plus you'll get hands-on experience with the newest technologies in our Demo Lab. Don't miss out - this event is only happening once this year - register today!
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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:

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Tech Briefing

Big TechEd / SharePoint / 64 Bit Announcements

  • It is official - Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (no "Portal" or "Office" in sight) will be 64-bit only all the way through the stack. You will need to be running 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 in order to install it (no 2003 allowed). In addition, you will need 64-bit SQL Server (2005 or 2008) as well.
  • There will be a SQL Server 2008 R2.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 is also 64-bit only.
  • The Groove 2010 client has been renamed SharePoint WorkSpace 2010. I'm not sure whether it is an attempt to pick up on the glow of the SharePoint brand, or there is some seriously tightened integration coming, but I'm looking forward to finding out!
So the watchword is, no more SharePoint installs on Windows Server 2003 or using 32-bits. Stop Now. Do it right, and save yourself the grief when the new version comes along. More at this blog:
http://www.wservernews.com/090518-Wrap-up


Windows 'XP mode': The New Dos Box

Randall C. Kennedy from InfoWorld said: "I fear that much of this excitement will turn to disappointment as IT shops begin to understand just what XP mode really is and how limiting its Virtual PC-based underpinnings can be. Simply put, XP mode is a bit of a kludge, a half-baked, half-measure of a solution cobbled together from various disjointed Microsoft technologies. Compared to something like Mac OS X, which famously introduced one of the more elegant legacy compatibility solutions in the form of its integrated Mac OS 9-era application support, Windows 7's XP mode is downright homely." You can read more about it here:
http://www.wservernews.com/090518-XP-Mode


Top 10 Sharepoint Implementation And Deployment Resources

When developing a plan for implementing and deploying SharePoint, solutions providers need to know about the common issues that arise. This cheat sheet offers our top 10 resource picks, including tutorials, study guides, tips and articles on how to become an expert advisor to your clients. Learn about licensing, third-party tools, system assessments, governance documents and more: (Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/090518-SharePoint


Windows Server News

Windows Server 2008 R2 News

Paul Thurrott had some very good observations. First, Microsoft is introducing a major new R2 feature called File Classification Infrastructure (FCI). FCI provides an infrastructure by which admins and IT pros can classify data using file labels and properties, then apply policy based on that classification. FCI is managed via the File System Resource Manager (FSRM) and is compatible with Microsoft Office SharePoint.

Second, Microsoft is revealing that it will now support Hyper-V live migration between servers that are in the same processor family (Intel or AMD). Previously, both servers had to be running the same processor family and version. So you'll be able to do things such as migrate from an Intel Pentium 4-based server to an Intel Core 2 Duo-based server. What's still not possible is cross-migration between AMD- and Intel-based servers. The issue is technical, not political, according to Microsoft. And the company is working to make cross-family migrations possible in the future. More at Paul's site:
http://www.wservernews.com/090518-Server2008-R2


WServerNews Fave Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

Flagship product, rDirectory, is "touted as the Ferrari" of its class

Namescape, a leader in IDm Solutions for Microsoft's AD, enables people and organizations to leverage the full potential of AD technology. rDirectory, a web- based application builder for AD, provides end user and management applications with advanced features such as: delegation, search, publish, role based access, account provisioning, group management, password management and data integrity compliance. Turn infrastructure burdens to strategic business advantages. rDirectory installs in less than 5 minutes. Explore the potential of all editions. Start with a FREE Community Edition. Leverage your AD investment with an instant ROI:
http://www.wservernews.com/090518-rDirectory-POTW