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Vol. 14, #24 - Jun 1, 2009 - Issue #729
Forget Netbooks In The Enterprise

This issue of WServerNews is sponsored by
  1. Editors Corner
    • Forget Netbooks In The Enterprise
    • WServerNews Now Also In Blog Format
    • Messaging Archiving Market Trends, 2009-2012
    • New IT Downtime Trends and Cloud Requirements Survey - Win an iPod
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • Sunbelt Exchange Archiver Product Demonstration - June 2
    • Kiss Your Antivirus Bloatware Goodbye: VIPRE Enterprise - June 9
    • Fight Spam and Other Malware with Ninja Email Security - June 16
    • Move, Protect and Recover your Data with Double-Take Software
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Google Wave Is What Email Might Look Like If Invented Today
    • Redmond: Major SharePoint 2007 SP2 Glitch
    • Vista SP2 Available For Download: What's New
    • Expert Q&A: Microsoft Discusses Azure Cloud Strategy
    • Which Virtualization Licensing Model Matches Your Needs?
    • Windows Security Tools Fast Guide For The Busy Admin
  5. Windows Server News
    • Thumbs-up, Thumbs-down: Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory
    • Your SQL Server In The Cloud?
    • Understanding SQL Server 2008 R2's Key Features
  6. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Reduce and Track Data Theft with ScriptLogic Security Solutions
Reduce and Track Data Theft with ScriptLogic Security Solutions

According to a recent survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute, "85% of organizations surveyed reported that they had a data breach event." ScriptLogic is proud to offer several solutions that help you maintain security, perform audits and report on security settings and access on your file servers as well as SharePoint, Exchange, and SQL servers. For a limited time, download a free trial of a security solution from ScriptLogic and be entered to win one of five $100 gift cards:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-ScriptLogic


Editors Corner

Forget Netbooks In The Enterprise

The boys in Redmond are readying a new set of 'max specs' for Win7 netbooks. These specs will determine which PCs will qualify for lower copy Win7 pricing. It makes for an unhealthy situation where vendors are going to pitted against one another and only second- and third tier hardware vendors will be able to provide you with netbooks that have Win7 pre-installed. Some people are going to call this 'the great netbook price-fixing scam of 2009' (InfoWorld actually already is calling it that). The specs were published a few days ago on the TechARP site. Rumor has it that Intel is also behind this, by way of a pact with Microsoft to secure a 10.2 inch screen size maximum for netbooks sporting Windows 7, leaving poor old Via and its 11-inch and above segment out in the cold. Intel's European sales chief Christian Morales told Reuters that netbooks have cannibalized about 20% of full laptop sales.

Redmond earlier set a similar set of specs for XP and Vista netbooks, and calling these machine 'ultra-low-cost PCs' (ULPCs). The new specs limit the screens to 10 inch, 1 GB or RAM and 250 GB HDD or 64 GB SDD. Minimum specs like these also make netbooks hard to keep secure, unless you use security with a very small footprint. Yes, you know which I mean. More:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-Notebook-Hardware


WServerNews Now Also In Blog Format

You will still get the normal newsletter every week in either TXT or in HTML... but I will also post items live in the blog. If there are important things like critical bugs in MS server products for instance, you can get notified immediately via the blog's RSS feed. This is there the WSN blog lives, and where you can discuss any of these items with your peers:
http://blog.wservernews.com/

Messaging Archiving Market Trends, 2009-2012

Osterman Research has just published Messaging Archiving Market Trends, 2009-2012. This industry analysis report details the results of an in-depth survey of decision makers in mid-sized and large organizations to determine their messaging and content archiving plans through 2012. Key Findings and Trends Discussed in this Report:
  • Many believe that archiving is desirable...but they aren't yet archiving
  • There is a serious mismatch between preference, perception and practice
  • Many organizations have yet to define an email retention policy
  • Storage growth continues at a brisk pace
  • Most prefer integrated archiving instead of point solutions
  • Most organizations are quite vulnerable to data loss
An executive summary of this report is here:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-Osterman-PDF


New IT Downtime Trends and Cloud Requirements Survey - Win an iPod

It's that time again - ITIC and Sunbelt are teaming up to host another survey. The latest survey topic is on IT Downtime Trends and Cloud Requirement Trends. The survey consists of multiple choice questions and one essay/comment question. It should only take about 5 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/090601-Survey


Quotes Of The Week

"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it." -- Woodrow Wilson

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." - Larry Elder

Warm regards, and thank you for being a WServerNews subscriber. No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced. Please tell your friends about us. They can subscribe here:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-Subscribe

PS: Did you know this newsletter has a sister publication for XP users called WXPnews? You can subscribe here, and tell your friends:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-WXPNews

PPS: And of course we also have our weekly VistaNews. You can subscribe here, and tell your friends too:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-VistaNews

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

Be Ready For Lawsuits Now With SEA

Sunbelt Exchange Archiver (SEA) makes your organization ready for lawsuits, either for suing some other entity, or being sued yourself. At that time, your attorneys are going to ask you for an e-discovery and you will be forced to go through ALL sent and received email and query it for specific things. If you are not ready for this, prepare for weeks of agony, no weekends and 14-hour days to find all PST files and painstakingly search through all of them. But having SEA implemented, you will be ready for legal action, and your CEO and Legal Counsel will be highly appreciative. Get a quote now. SEA is more affordable than you think:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-SEA


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/090601-SEA-Demo


Kiss Your Antivirus Bloatware Goodbye: 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/090601-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/090601-Ninja


Move, Protect and Recover your Data with Double-Take Software

Managing IT Workloads today is an expensive, complicated and inflexible proposition. Join Sunbelt and Double-Take Software for the following seminars to learn how you can regain control of your data center with solutions for: workload availability (real-time replication and failover), workload backup and recovery (continuous system protection), workload flexibility (boot from SAN for managed desktops and servers) and workload portability (X2X migration).

Hosted at Microsoft in Milwaukee, WI on Tuesday, June 16th (continental breakfast provided). Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-Double-Take

Hosted at Microsoft in Salt Lake City, UT on Tuesday, June 16th (continental breakfast provided). Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-Double-Take1


Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:

Help desk problems? Introducing Help Desk Authority from ScriptLogic. A better help desk solution is only a click away:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-Help-Desk-Authority

Simplify your life with mPowerTools - 100+ Reports - Tackle AD chores in bulk. A Search & Replace Tool - you'll never script again & no 3rd party databases!
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-mPowerTools

Guidelines for antivirus exclusions for MS programs. A very useful guide for admins as to what to exclude from an AV scanner:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-Guidelines-Doc

Two more free MS Press book: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions: and Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-SQL-Server2008

http://www.wservernews.com/090601-Virtualization-Solutions

Did you know the SolarWinds standard tools are Free for .EDU and .GOV? (not a permanent offer - they are giving away a limited # of licenses):
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-SolarWinds


Tech Briefing

Google Wave Is What Email Might Look Like If Invented Today

Here is what OReilley's radar had to say about it: "In answering the question, Jens, Lars, and team re-imagined email and instant-messaging in a connected world, a world in which messages no longer need to be sent from one place to another, but could become a conversation in the cloud. Effectively, a message (a wave) is a shared communications space with elements drawn from email, instant messaging, social networking, and even wikis. There is a developer video at the end of this page:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-eMail


Redmond: Major SharePoint 2007 SP2 Glitch

Redmond discovered a major bug in Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP2 that makes SharePoint inaccessible after 180 days. They are working on a hotfix that will correct the product expiration date being improperly activated during the installation of SharePoint 2007 SP2. The bug causes SharePoint to think it's a trial version and make it shut down after six months.

If you want to get this handled immediately, there is a manual workaround that allows you to re-enter the Product ID number (PID) on the Convert License Type page in Central Administration. Here is the SharePoint Veep blog post:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-SharePoint


Vista SP2 Available For Download: What's New

Vista SP2 is now available for download. SP2 includes new support for recording Blu-ray discs straight from the Vista OS, updated support for Bluetooth v2.1 and bug fixes that address slow shutdowns and mysterious crashes. SP2 also fixes Wi-Fi issues when Vista awakes from sleep mode, and boosts performance of the Vista desktop sidebar gadget. That allows RSS feeds to perform better. SP2 is a whopping 348MB, and repairs nearly 700 nagging Vista bugs and security updates. It boosts power management efficiency with 10% so if you have hundreds of machines, it starts to become real money. SP2 also gives Vista support for exFAT, which handles larger files and it now allows you to use UTC timestamps so you can synch files across different time zones. SP2 and will be coming down to PCs via Windows Update within a few weeks. Vista SP1 is a prerequisite for SP2. Here is the MS knowledge Base article:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-ServicePack2


Expert Q&A: Microsoft Discusses Azure Cloud Strategy

Steven Martin, Microsoft's head honcho for cloud computing, sat down with the SearchCloudComputing.com editorial team to talk about integration between the company's on-premise software and Azure and cloud-to-cloud interoperability. Learn more about Microsoft's plans for the cloud in this expert interview:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-Azure


Which Virtualization Licensing Model Matches Your Needs?

Presentation virtualization and desktop virtualization differ in their setup and functionality, yet they have similar licensing models. The trick is deciding which virtualization licensing model is best for your organization. Both presentation virtualization and desktop virtualization models have benefits. Find out what they are in this tip!
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-Virtualization-Licensing


Windows Security Tools Fast Guide For The Busy Admin

Looking for Windows security tools, but don't have time to do the research? Learn about a few that come highly-recommended by one of our top security experts, Kevin Beaver. This guide weighs the pros and cons of Microsoft's Baseline Security Analyzer, examines why Windows shops should use Mark Russinovich's Sysinternals toolkit and introduces four Internet Explorer 8 group policy security settings you should know:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-Security-Tools


Windows Server News

Thumbs-up, Thumbs-down: Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory

J. Peter Bruzzese recently completed a book about W2K8 where at the end of each chapter he highlights the features that are coming in Release 2. He focused immediately on the new Active Directory enhancements, and described how he felt about each of the new features, thumbs up or down: - Active Directory Recycle Bin: so-so, this command-line tools needs a GUI - Active Directory Best Practices Analyzer: Thumbs-up all around - Active Directory Administrative Center: not so hot, clunky look & feel - Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell: Thumbs-up! The article is here and an interesting read:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-WServer2008


Your SQL Server In The Cloud?

The latest article in the azurejournal blog is about the SQL Data Services, which is a (Microsoft SQL) database-as-a-service, pay-as-you-go offering from Microsoft, part of the Azure Services Platform.
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-SQLDataServices


Understanding SQL Server 2008 R2's Key Features

SQL Server Mag's Update had a noteworthy item that I'm sure you will like: By Brian Moran. I wasn't able to attend TechEd this year, which is the first time in years that I've missed the event. Bummer. So this week I want to share a few resources that can help you understand the key SQL Server announcements that were made at TechEd, as well as share my thoughts about TechEd going back to a one-week format rather than the two-week footprint used last year. The next release of SQL Server is officially called SQL Server 2008 R2, which replaces the code name SQL Server Kilimanjaro. You should expect a Community Technology Preview (CTP) for SQL Server 2008 R2 in the second half of this year, with the product's release to manufacturing (RTM) estimated for the first half of 2010. Key SQL Server 2008 R2 enhancements include:
  • Master Data Services
  • Self-managed business intelligence (BI) for analysis and reporting
  • Application and multiserver management
  • Support for more than 64 logical processors
Click here to read the rest of Understanding SQL Server 2008 R2's Key Features
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-Key-Features


WServerNews Fave Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

Reduce and Track Data Theft with ScriptLogic Security Solutions

According to a recent survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute, "85% of organizations surveyed reported that they had a data breach event." ScriptLogic is proud to offer several solutions that help you maintain security, perform audits and report on security settings and access on your file servers as well as SharePoint, Exchange, and SQL servers. For a limited time, download a free trial of a security solution from ScriptLogic and be entered to win one of five $100 gift cards:
http://www.wservernews.com/090601-POTW