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Vol. 14, #35 - Aug 24, 2009 - Issue #740
10 Hot Jobs As The Recession Lingers

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  1. Editors Corner
    • Your AV Gripes
    • Sunbelt In Inc. 5000 List For Third Consecutive Year
    • VIPRE Wins "Best in Tech" Award from Prominent Education Organization
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars
    • Kiss Your Antivirus Bloatware Goodbye: A Look at VIPRE Enterprise; 8/25
  4. Tech Briefing
    • 10 Hot Jobs As The Recession Lingers
    • Which Windows Skills Are In Demand?
    • Secure Windows XP before a Windows 7 upgrade
    • What To Know When Choosing A Desktop Virtualization Type
    • Microsoft Struts Office 2010 'Sandbox' Security
  5. Windows Server News
    • How To Install Your First Hyper-V Server Instance
    • Video: Will AD Have Your Back In Windows 2008 R2?
  6. Third Party News
    • What System Admins Say About VIPRE Enterprise
    • VIPRE "Runs Just Fine In Win7 XP Mode"
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Simplify and Automate IT Security and Operations Without Sacrificing Visibility and Control
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Editors Corner

Your AV Gripes

Thanks for filling our last week's survey. I had a chance to go through all the 'essay-type' answers and some very interesting results came out. This is a general survey over 20+ different antivirus products, the results are not split out for specific brands at this point.

The primary thing you are having problems with (16%) is the updates. There are various issues mentioned, from auto-downloads failing, freezing up machines, slowing systems down, and causing unwanted reboots.

Gripe number two with 9% is the antivirus software not always detecting viruses or stop malware. The third most mentioned complaint (7%) is AV software slowing down systems.

The winner of the 25-license VIPRE Enterprise which of course has NONE of these problems (!) is peter at loud-n-soft.com. Everyone else that filled out the survey gets a free single machine VIPRE for 12 months! Our customer service department will start sending you your licenses starting today. Thanks for participating!

Sunbelt In Inc. 5000 List For Third Consecutive Year

Let me toot our own horn here for a sec. We were named one of America's fastest-growing companies by Inc. Magazine for the third time in a row.

The 2009 Inc. 5000 offers a comprehensive look at the most independent-minded entrepreneurs in the country, and recognizes growth and innovation in the private sector. "The Inc. 5000 gives a cross-industry picture of growing companies with cutting-edge business models, as well as older companies that are still demonstrating growth," said Inc. 5000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. "Sunbelt's position as a leading provider in its industry, coupled with its history of year-over-year growth, makes it a prime example of the caliber of companies included on the list of the fastest-growing companies in the country."

The 5000 companies that made the list reported total revenue in excess of $214 billion, up 16 percent from the previous year. The median annual revenue is over $10 million, and this year for the first time the total employment count of the listed companies exceeded one million.

For a complete list of the Inc. 5000, go to:
http://www.wservernews.com/090824-Inc5000


VIPRE Wins "Best in Tech" Award from Prominent Education Organization

VIPRE Enterprise was chosen as best network security solution in Scholastic [email protected]'s 2009 Awards. Sunbelt Software was awarded a "Best in Tech" designation in the Scholastic A[email protected] 2009 competition.

VIPREŽ Enterprise was deemed best in the Network Security Solutions category, and was highlighted in the recent issue of Scholastic [email protected] Magazine.

"Being honored by a well respected organization like Scholastic [email protected] is a testament to the power, flexibility and ease of use of VIPRE," said Alex Eckelberry, CEO of Sunbelt Software. "This award highlights the fact that Sunbelt's VIPRE Enterprise delivers value and protection to market segments like education and others that require strong network and endpoint security while still keeping a firm eye on budget."

Scholastic [email protected] is trusted by 75,000 of the nation's top admins to provide insight into the best education solutions and the most effective technology and leadership strategies. Every product chosen as the Best in Tech has been hand-picked and carefully evaluated by Scholastic's expert administrator-reviewers.

The Best in Tech Award Winners from the 2008-2009 school year were recently honored at a formal Best in Tech awards ceremony during the 2009 National Educational Computing Conference in June.

Quotes Of The Week

"When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before." -- Mae West

"If you do not know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere." -- Henry Kissinger

"Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision." -- Winston Churchill

"Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that has never been." -- von Karman


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


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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Register for a FREE Software Trial of Shavlik NetChk Protect:
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The Windows System Deployment Blog is information and discussions about preparing for, and installing, Windows and associated components. Useful!
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Webinars

Kiss Your Antivirus Bloatware Goodbye: A Look at VIPRE Enterprise; 8/25

Want total malware protection without the bloat? Join us 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 complex malware in the most comprehensive, highly efficient manner. Can't make the live event? Register anyway to get the recorded version. Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
http://www.wservernews.com/090824-Goodbye-Bloatware



Tech Briefing

10 Hot Jobs As The Recession Lingers

The following ten certifications were identified in the Foote Partners July 2009 Hot List as the hottest in the tech business, as judged by IT spending trends, market value increases reported in the company's pay index, interviews with IT management and projections for future skills demand. While some experienced zero growth last quarter, it's important to remember that a flat trend line is the 'new growth curve' in this down economy:
http://www.wservernews.com/090824-IT-Certifications


Which Windows Skills Are In Demand?

There are fewer jobs in IT, and employers pay new hires less - but the news is not all bad. SharePoint experience, for one, is in demand in Windows shops. Learn which Windows skill sets and positions are in the highest demand right now:
http://www.wservernews.com/090824-Windows-Skills


Secure Windows XP before a Windows 7 upgrade

The release of Windows 7 is still a few months off, but it's not too early to be thinking about how you're going to manage your existing Windows XP base and begin focusing on Windows 7 without creating unnecessary security gaps. Ensure the continued security of your Windows XP systems by setting up security standards, processes and guidelines now with the advice in this expert tip:
http://www.wservernews.com/090824-Windows-XP


What To Know When Choosing A Desktop Virtualization Type

Desktop virtualization primarily comes in two forms: Type 1 and type 2. Making a decision between the two is more strategic than technical. Learn the difference between these two types and how to select the right one for your organization:
http://www.wservernews.com/090824-Desktop-Virtualization


Microsoft Struts Office 2010 'Sandbox' Security

Microsoft's plan to "sandbox" documents in the next version of Office looks like a "very good step forward," according to one security analyst. We agree it is a good idea. It won't harm the AV business (by any stretch of the imagination) but might do something about all these macro viruses. The story is at ComputerWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/090824-Office-Sandbox-Security


Windows Server News

How To Install Your First Hyper-V Server Instance

Although many IT professionals may favor traditional Hyper-V in Windows Server R2, Microsoft's standalone Hyper-V Server offers potential cost savings. Unlike traditional Hyper-V, which requires a Windows license to run the host server, Hyper-V Server is completely free. As a result, it can reduce net license usage and total virtualization costs. This tip explains how to successfully install Hyper-V Server:
http://www.wservernews.com/090824-Hyper-V-Installation


Video: Will AD Have Your Back In Windows 2008 R2?

Is the new Active Directory Recycle Bin in Windows 2008 R2 really all it's cracked up to be? In this expert video get expert insight on what to expect from the new Active Directory Recycle Bin. Plus, watch a demonstration of how to quickly perform an AD replication health check:
http://www.wservernews.com/090824-Windows-Report


Third Party News

What System Admins Say About VIPRE Enterprise

"So far I'm pleased/encouraged with the product. It's still showing some maturation issues, but given the scope of what it's trying to accomplish relative to the competition, I'm more than willing to give it plenty of time and endure the inevitable growing pains. Regardless, the majority of my experiences with cleaning/fixing infected machines with VIPRE has been a positive one. Furthermore, Sunbelt is so very open and forthcoming and delivers phenomenal customer service." -- G. B.

"Excellent. We've migrated all our customers from Symantec Corporate. VIPRE is so much easier to manage and much less resource intensive. Purchasing and maintaining licenses is a breeze." -- S. H.

"Excellent product for both home and enterprise use. I recommend it to all of our users for home use as well." -- -N. C.

"Awesome products - I recommend your company to everyone I know." -- J. P.

"From Norton Endpoint 11.0 hell on a WS 2003 to VIPRE heaven on a WS 2008 x64. All is good. I just hope you catch all the bad guys for me." -- D. R.

"Was simple to get setup and VIPRE found things on some systems that Symantec did not." -- K. H.

"The purchase of VIPRE Enterprise through our local agent in Australia was very smooth. Very happy with the product - it has a small CPU load on our network and does the job. Product support is the best I've come across. Great all round. Highly recommended." -- S. A.

"Technical support far exceeds any other; No cookie cutter checklist approach to problem solving here, they listen first then provide a focused solution. I like it!" -- A. A.

"So far, so good... I'm quite pleased with VIPRE - especially the substantially reduced overhead!" -- P. R.

"Customer service and support have been outstanding. VIPRE Product has already exceeded expectations, finding infection that Symantec Anti-Virus Corporate missed!" -- M. P.

"So far we like VIPRE very well. We have most of our PC off of Symantec and on VIPRE. Everyone has been very helpful when we have had questions." -- L. J.

Check out VIPRE Enterprise for 30 days in your own environment:
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VIPRE "Runs Just Fine In Win7 XP Mode"

XP mode in Windows 7 is a little bit different. It runs in a virtual environment. The implications in that are pretty big for anti-virus companies since the anti-virus application you are running in Win7 mode doesn't protect the XP mode partition and vise-versa.

Here at Sunbelt Software the quality assurance group just tested the Win7 XP mode and found that VIPRE runs just fine. According to Curt Larson, VIPRE/CounterSpy Product Manager:

"XP mode acts like a virtual environment in W7. Scanning in XP mode only scans files in the XP mode session, it does not scan on the W7 box itself. Two copies of VIPRE were installed, one in XP mode, one in W7, both performed properly. We are thus compatible with XP mode. Our company policy is a single-user license applies to one box, and any VM sessions on that box. A single-user license is set up to allow multiple installations on one box with W7 and XP mode both running."

Short answer: "We're compatible with XP mode in W7. License applies per box, not per instance of VIPRE on a box, so you pay just once!"

WServerNews Fave Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

Simplify and Automate IT Security and Operations Without Sacrificing Visibility and Control

Shavlik Technologies, LLC, is the market leader in simplifying and automating critical IT security and operations. The latest release of Shavlik's industry leading patch management solution integrates antivirus + antispyware giving customers a single, flexible agent to manage these critical tasks from a common management console. Shavlik NetChk Protect is the industry's top solution for lowering operational costs and increasing visibility and control over Windows based servers and workstations.
http://www.wservernews.com/090824-Protect7