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Vol. 14, #23 - May 25, 2009 - Issue #728
TechEd 2009 - Post Event Resources

  1. Editors Corner
    • TechEd 2009 - Post Event Resources
    • Application Availability Executive Summary and Survey Highlights
    • New IT Performance Trends Survey
    • Quotes Of The Week:
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • Sunbelt Exchange Archiver Product Demonstration - June 2
    • Kiss Your Antivirus Bloatware Goodbye: A Look at VIPRE Enterprise - June 9
    • Fight Spam and Other Malware with Ninja Email Security - June 16
    • BriForum 2009 - coming to Chicago, July 21 - 23
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  4. Tech Briefing
    • TechEd 2009 Coverage: News, Announcements, Interviews And Analysis
    • New Azure Commercial Availability And Pricing
    • Conficker Still Infecting 50,000 PCs Per Day
    • Who Doesn't Run IIS? It's Got A New Hole
    • Cybersecurity Groups Pledge To Work Together
    • Virtual Server Migration Guide
    • Five Truths You Must Know About Sharepoint And Exchange
  5. Windows Server News
    • Energy Star For Servers Is Merely A First Step
    • Virtual Server Migration Guide
    • Study Guide: Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  6. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Image Spam Returns With A Vengeance
Image Spam Returns With A Vengeance

Spammers have turned back the clock and are recycling a years-old tactic by planting their messages in images. It accounted for about 25% of all the spam by the end of last month. Ninja Email Security has a dedicated image-spam engine as one of the security layers. Ninja protects your users from viruses, malware, phishing and spam in an incredibly user-friendly way for both the admin and the end-user. If you buy VIPRE Enterprise you can get Ninja with a great discount. Ninja runs on thousands of production sites. Check it out here:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-Email-Security


Editors Corner

TechEd 2009 - Post Event Resources

If you visited our Booth at TechEd, welcome to WServerNews. Once a week we will keep you up to date on news relating to Windows Server and Security. You can find 12 years of our (searchable) archives here:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-Archives

For all of you that could not make it to LA, Microsoft just released the TechEd post-event resources which is really a site you want to bookmark. There is a WEALTH of information on that site. Also see the first item in Tech Briefing with a great show overview:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-Post-Event


Application Availability Executive Summary and Survey Highlights

By Laura DiDio - Thanks to all 300+ of you who participated in the ITIC/Sunbelt March/April 2009 survey on Application Availability trends in your organization. As you know we also offered two (2) iPods as a prize - one to an SMB and one to an enterprise - that provided us with the most insightful essay comment. After much careful consideration by Stu Sjouwerman and myself, we're happy to announce the winners. They are: Andrew Baker, VP of IT Operations ARGI and John Bolz, VP of network infrastructure architecture at Wells Fargo.

If you didn't win this time, we've got a new survey on IT Performance Trends and we invite you to try again; your chances of winning an iPod are better than winning the lottery! Meanwhile, if you'd like a complimentary copy of the full Application Availability Report, please send me an Email at: [email protected] and if you have ideas for future surveys or would like to send us feedback about any of our surveys, email [email protected]. All responses and correspondence will be kept confidential.

Application Availability Executive Summary

As always, your responses were very insightful and honest. The survey responses were a mix of anticipated and unexpected results. Four out of five businesses - 81% -- report that their major business applications require higher availability rates than they did two or three years ago. However, nearly three quarters of businesses - 73% are unable to quantify the cost of downtime or measure the impact to the business.

Even more startling is that 61%% of companies are unsure of how or do not even attempt to track the losses associated with application downtime. Those are the results of a new survey from Information Technology Intelligence Corporation (ITIC), a high-tech research and consulting firm.

There is no doubt that the ongoing economic downturn is having a significant impact on corporate deployment and usage trends. That said, there is also no doubt that Application Availability - specifically ensuring maximum application uptime and causing minimal interruption of services to end users was equally important to the corporate respondents. Some of the responses to the survey questions were exactly as expected. But as always, there were a few surprises. Among the other survey highlights:
  • High Availability is a Priority: Only 6% of the respondents said that <10% of their applications need the highest level of availability.

  • Extreme Availability Results: One of the biggest surprises was the extreme results on the percentage of applications that require the highest level of availability. Approximately 18% of those polled said that 20% to 30% of their applications required the highest level of availability; 14% said that 50% to 60% of applications needed the highest level of availability, while 16% said that 80% of their applications required the highest level of availability.

    Overall, the percentages of companies that indicated their applications required the highest level of availability were higher on average than one might have expected.

  • More Applications Demand High Availability. To reiterate, 81% of customers said that the number of applications needing very high availability has increased in the past two-to-three years. Another 17% said it "remained the same" and only 2% say it decreased.

  • The level of uptime needed generated the most confusion among the respondents; 41% of respondents said their firms require high 99.95% to 99.99% uptime; 7% indicated their firms require continuous uptime. Another 20% of respondents reported that their companies had no specified availability levels. However, during the customer interviews many IT managers and VP of IT, explained that their companies relied on their powers of observation. And finally, 7% of respondents said they were Unsure; but that is also a myth. Again, during phone conversations with ITIC, the respondents, when pressed, did give an estimate - usually in the 20% to 40% range.

  • Integration and interoperability and cost are the two most important criteria when choosing to invest in an availability solution. Those two options were tied for first place - with 63% of respondents selecting them. Ease of use and installation was a close second and was chosen by 60% of the survey respondents. The option purchasing from a supplier on the approved vendor list was not a priority: only 7% said it mattered.

  • Approximately 2 out of 5 businesses - 36% -- said there's no money in their budgets to purchase an incremental software availability solution, at present. However: 9% said they would pay $2,000 to $4,000; 9% said they would spend $4,000 to $5,000; 3.4% would spend $5,000 to $10,000 and 9% said they would spend $10,000 to $15,000 while a 3.4% minority were willing to spend "whatever it takes" to ensure application availability. The remaining 31% were Unsure.

  • Over half - 52% - of firms said that virtualization technology has increased uptime and application availability. However, it is important to note that 29% of the respondents say they have not yet fully deployed virtualization across the entire datacenter. Among those who had deployed virtualization, the figure was significantly higher - 82% -- said virtualization had improved application availability and uptime. Only 2% of respondents said virtualization had not yielded any improvements in application availability; 16% said availability remained the same and 8% were Unsure. ITIC anticipates these figures will change over the next 12 to 18 months as more corporations install virtualization solutions in their data centers.

  • Approximately half - 50% -- of the corporate respondents indicated they do not track their company's ability to meet SLAs and therefore cannot assess the impact in terms of cost or lost productivity on the organization. One-quarter of the respondents said they are able to assess the impact of downtime; approximately 10% acknowledged they could not estimate the financial or business impact of downtime, and another 16% were Unsure.


New IT Performance Trends Survey

It's that time again - ITIC and Sunbelt are teaming up to host another survey. The latest survey topic is on IT Performance Trends. The survey consists of multiple choice questions and one essay/comment question. It should only take about 10 minutes to complete. We do want to hear from you. So once again, ITIC and Sunbelt will give away two (2) iPods to the respondents who provide us with the most insightful essay responses. Winners will be announced when we publish the Executive Summary and Survey Highlights in this column in late June. As always, all results are kept confidential. (PS: Skip question number 8 please..) To participate in this survey, click on the link below:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-Survey


Quotes Of The Week:

"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk." -- Thomas A. Edison

"A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila." -- Mitch Ratliffe

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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

Sunbelt Exchange Archiver Product Demonstration - June 2

Join us for a demonstration of Sunbelt Software's Microsoft Exchange email archiving and compliance solution, Sunbelt Exchange Archiver. This powerful, easy to use, enterprise-class email archiving tool automatically enables you to comply with all requirements, and allows you or your end-users to transparently retrieve any archived email.
When: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 2:00 PM (EDT)
Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-SEA-Demo


Kiss Your Antivirus Bloatware Goodbye: A Look at VIPRE Enterprise - June 9

As part of its ongoing efforts to address the rapidly evolving malware landscape facing enterprises, Sunbelt Software delivers VIPREŽ Enterprise - comprehensive endpoint malware protection that combines antivirus, antispyware, anti-rootkit and other technologies into a seamless, tightly-integrated product. Join Sunbelt Software 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'.
When: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 2:00 PM (EST)
Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-VIPRE-Demo


Fight Spam and Other Malware with Ninja Email Security - June 16

Securing your Exchange Server is key to protecting your enterprise environment from spam, viruses, and other malware. In this webcast Sunbelt will explain the benefits of using an 'all-in-one' integrated and policy-based email security solution versus separate products on your Exchange Server for antivirus, antispam, attachment filtering, and disclaimers. Learn how Ninja Email Security helps you to fight spam, viruses, trojans, phishing and other email security threats with a series of 'best-of-breed' plug-ins.
When: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 2:00 PM (EST)
Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-Ninja-Demo


BriForum 2009 - coming to Chicago, July 21 - 23

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 app streaming. Plus you'll get hands-on experience with the newest technologies in the Demo Lab. Visit the conference web site now and find out if you qualify for a discount today:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-BriForum


Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:

Reduce and Track Data Theft. Download a free trial of a security solution from ScriptLogic and be entered to win one of five $100 gift cards.
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Kiss your antivirus bloatware goodbye... Finally! Powerful endpoint security that's not a resource hog. The VIPRE Competitive Upgrade is $10 per seat:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-VIPRE

Free Book: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Resource Kit - from MS Press. You can see Chapter One and sign up for the entire e-book (PDF - 38MB)
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-e-Books


Tech Briefing

TechEd 2009 Coverage: News, Announcements, Interviews And Analysis

Didn't make it to TechEd 2009? SearchWinIT.com has you covered with all the announcements and news you may have missed, plus expert interviews and insight from the show floor in Los Angeles. Plus learn more about the Microsoft issued release candidates of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V that debuted in the weeks leading up to the event. This page is an excellent summary of all that happened and is even useful if you did make it as it's impossible to catch it all:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-TechEd2009


New Azure Commercial Availability And Pricing

The Azurejournal has news about when Windows Azure will be commercially available, pricing, SLA information, Windows Azure Certification, Windows Azure Marketplace, books about Windows Azure, and other useful stuff. Check it out:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-Azure


Conficker Still Infecting 50,000 PCs Per Day

The Conficker worm is still infecting systems at a brisk rate and continues to snag computers in Fortune 1000 companies, according to security researchers. VIPRE catches this critter and kills it dead very effectively:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-Conficker


Who Doesn't Run IIS? It's Got A New Hole

Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a possible vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS). An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists in the way that the WebDAV extension for IIS handles HTTP requests. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by creating a specially crafted anonymous HTTP request to gain access to a location that typically requires authentication. More at their Security Advisory:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-Security-Advisory


Cybersecurity Groups Pledge To Work Together

Three cybersecurity groups want to create a network of organizations and people focused on securing the Internet in an effort to combat malicious software:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-Cybersecurity


Virtual Server Migration Guide

Server virtualization brings various benefits to a data center, but perhaps the most significant is the ability to move virtual machines and their workloads across hosts in an infrastructure. This guide on virtual server migration covers the basics of migrations and how to successfully execute them in Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware environments:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-Server-Migration


Five Truths You Must Know About Sharepoint And Exchange

IT managers are often overwhelmed by SharePoint technology and unclear on how they can make the most of all of its features. Take the functionality between SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange. Because of the large volume of emails IT Managers receive, it becomes difficult to find, categorize and sort them all. Many people don't know how to use SharePoint to make Exchange work better -- probably because of the preconceived notions they have about the two. This article separates SharePoint and Exchange fact from fiction and explains how to get the most from this technology:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-SharePoint-Exchange


Windows Server News

Energy Star For Servers Is Merely A First Step

The recent release of Energy Star requirements for servers may have coaxed a collective sigh of relief from datacenter operators who've felt the pressure to cut energy waste. Having that familiar logo stamped on a server might suggest it will deliver equal or better performance than its non-Energy Star rivals while consuming less electricity. Get the whole story here:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-Energy-Star


Virtual Server Migration Guide

Server virtualization brings various benefits to a data center, but perhaps the most significant is the ability to move virtual machines and their workloads across hosts in an infrastructure. This guide on virtual server migration covers the basics of migrations and how to successfully execute them in Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware environments.
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-Migration-Guide


Study Guide: Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Clients are looking to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 for improvements in database availability, disaster recovery, workload management, resource consumption and more. In this study guide, learn how to choose and compare SQL versions and become an expert on SQL Server 2008 features. Find out when it's essential to migrate over to the new version and how high-availability services can increase profits and regenerate business.
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-Server-2008-Guide


WServerNews Fave Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

Image Spam Returns With A Vengeance

Spammers have turned back the clock and are recycling a years-old tactic by planting their messages in images. It accounted for about 25% of all the spam by the end of last month. Ninja Email Security has a dedicated image-spam engine as one of the security layers. Ninja protects your users from viruses, malware, phishing and spam in an incredibly user-friendly way for both the admin and the end-user. If you buy VIPRE Enterprise you can get Ninja with a great discount. Ninja runs on thousands of production sites. Check it out here:
http://www.wservernews.com/090525-Ninja-Email-Security