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Vol. 15, #3 - Jan 22, 2010 - Issue #761
Exec Summary 2010 IT and Technology Trends Survey

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  1. Editor's Corner
    • Exec Summary 2010 IT & Technology Trends Survey
    • Cyber Crimes Cost $1 Trillion Annually, but 80% Are Preventable
    • Where Do You Get Your IT News?
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • Kiss Your Antivirus Bloatware Goodbye: A Look at VIPREŽ Enterprise - 2/2
    • Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving - 2/9
    • VIPREŽ Enterprise Product Demonstration - 2/16
    • VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration - 2/23
    • Understanding Audit Logging in SQL Server 2008 - 2/18
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Perspective: An Interesting New Network Monitor From ScriptLogic
    • Redmond Releases Critical Out-Of Band IE Update
    • What Can Windows 7's Applocker Do For You?
    • Microsoft Confirms 17-Year-Old Windows Bug
  5. Windows Server News
    • Microsoft Licensing Snafu Irks Windows Shops
    • How To Steal A Virtual Machine And Its Data In 3 Easy Steps
  6. Third Party News
    • Reseller Moves From Trend To VIPRE - Why?
    • VIPRE Email Security Wins VBSPAM Award
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. Product of the Week
    • ScriptLogic Perspective Network Management Solution
ScriptLogic Perspective Network Management Solution

ScriptLogic is a leading provider of solutions that manage, monitor and support Windows networks. Over 27,000 customers worldwide rely on ScriptLogic solutions to deliver superior network performance, provide a higher level of support to keep users productive and manage their desktops more effectively. Designed with our customers in mind, our solutions are easy to use, save you time, and ultimately allow you to achieve more with your IT investment.
http://www.wservernews.com/100125-Perspective

Editor's Corner

Exec Summary 2010 IT & Technology Trends Survey

By Laura DiDio. Thanks to the 650 of you who participated in the ITIC and Sunbelt 2010 IT & Technology Trends Survey during December and January. As always, your responses were frank and forthcoming. And as usual, the opinions you expressed provided us with great insight into how organizations - including Academics, Non-Profits, Government Agencies and commercial businesses in all vertical sectors are keeping the networks running and updated.

It gets tougher and tougher to choose the iPod winners since there are so many thoughtful and incisive comments. But the winners from this survey are: Trodecke, Janice Wilks and Nrogers. You can expect to receive emails from us shortly so we can send you the iPods.

Overall, your responses indicate that pragmatism rules. None of you are under any illusions regarding how hard you'll have to work to overcome deficits created by fewer resources and still tight budgets. The survey responses also appear to show that although things are still tough, for most of you, the worst is over.

The final results from the 2010 IT & Technology Trends Survey indicate that organizations of all sizes, across all verticals will maintain IT staffing levels and budgets during 2010, as you continue to implement upgrade- and migration projects that began in 2009. Over one-third of organizations -- 35% -- revealed that IT budgets will remain the same in 2010, while 26% said their budgets will increase and a 15% minority said IT budgets will decrease in the New Year.

Interestingly, 16% of respondents said their 2010 IT budgets are still not approved and 8% remain unsure of their budgets for the next 12 months. Not surprisingly, the survey revealed that the top spending priorities in 2010 are: Disaster Recovery, deploying new applications in support of the business; upgrading server hardware and deploying/upgrading server virtualization Software.

Security remains a top concern for organizations of all sizes and in all vertical markets. Security spending is sacrosanct. It is one of the only technology segments that has remained immune from budget cuts. According to the survey data only 3% of organizations reduced their security spending over the last two years. And 36% of survey respondents cited security as their top spending priority for 2010.

It's clear from the responses that keeping server hardware current is a crucial and necessary component of your ongoing IT strategies. Two out of five survey participants -- 40% -- said they upgrade servers on an "as needed" basis. Some 30% indicated their main line of business server hardware is two-to-three years old; 20% said it is one-to-two years old, while 9% have relatively new server hardware that was purchased in the last six-to-12 months. Some 21% of respondents said their server hardware is three-to-four years old; 11% have main line of business servers that are four to five years old while 9% of respondents indicated their organizations lag way behind the upgrade curve with server hardware that is more than five years old.

Two out of five respondents -- 41% -- said the ongoing economic downturn has caused product lifecycles to lengthen. However, nearly that same percent of respondents - 40% -- said the tight economy has not impacted product upgrade cycles. Almost one-quarter of those polled -- 24% -- said their organization retrofits its servers to save money instead of purchasing new servers. And 18% said their firms are adopting a more strategic approach to the tough economic times by purchasing more robust/more expensive servers so they last longer.

Once again, Stu and I thank you for your participation. Anyone who would like a complimentary copy of the full Report should Email me directly at: [email protected] (Laura DiDio is the Principal at ITIC, a research and consulting firm based in Boston, Ma.)

Cyber Crimes Cost $1 Trillion Annually, but 80% Are Preventable

New studies estimate cyber crimes cost firms an astounding $1 trillion annually. The good news? Over 80% of them are preventable. Attend RSA Conference 2010 to learn about the latest information security threats and uncover new ways to solve pressing security challenges. At RSA Conference 2010, you'll benefit from:
  • Hot Topics. Explore industry hot topics - including security in the cloud, mobile malware and social networking attacks - and get the inside track on how to deal with them.
  • Leading Innovations. Customize your schedule of sessions and workshops - and discover cutting-edge solutions that you can immediately put to work in your organization.
  • Top Experts. Hear from an impressive lineup of industry luminaries in keynotes and at special events - and interact with the world's top security companies, such as PGP, Qualys, VeriSign and Sunbelt.
RSA Conference brings together security professionals and experts from around the world to exchange ideas and collaborate on new ways to redefine modern security. Join us March 1-5 in San Francisco. And don't forget to reserve your spot by January 30th to save $400 on registration. Come see Sunbelt at booth 651 while you are there:
http://www.wservernews.com/100125-RSA


Where Do You Get Your IT News?

Sunbelt is dying to know where you get your news, could you help out and fill out this very fast, 10 question, multiple choice survey? We will do a draw for 10 VIPRE unlimited home licenses to people that fill it out. Thanks so much in advance! Here is the link:
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Quotes Of The Week

"I'm willing to admit that I may not always be right, but I am never wrong." -- Samuel Goldwyn

"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." -- Benjamin Franklin

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PS: Did you know this newsletter has a sister publication for XP users called WXPnews? You can subscribe here, and tell your friends:
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Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]

Wanted: VIPRE Enterprise Premium Beta Testers - Get A T-Shirt

VIPRE Enterprise Version 4 new stuff: a Bi-directional Firewall, HIPS, NIPS, IDS, Web Filtering, Ad Blocking, Bad URL Blocking, and Anti-Phishing. For good measure we allow you to write your own SNORT rules. And, it supports "tiering" and "peering" with the new VIPRE Site Service, which also allows granular admin control. And all this still with a very small, super-low overhead, single-agent footprint! Email [email protected] to receive a key for more than 5 workstations. Create your login at:
http://www.wservernews.com/100125-Beta-Forum-Login

You'll get an email with your confirmation. Log in, and then use this link to get the console; the agent automatically downloads.
http://www.wservernews.com/100125-Beta-Forum
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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

ScriptLogic Perspective Network Management Solution. A comprehensive and affordable solution for bandwidth and network performance:
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Can You Install a Web Security Appliance in 15 mins? You can with the iPrism appliance. Sign up now for a demo & get a t-shirt!
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Suffering from 'AVL'? (Antivirus Vendor Lock-in) Sunbelt will buy you out of your current contract and give 50% off if you switch to VIPRE Enterprise:
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Webinars & Seminars

Kiss Your Antivirus Bloatware Goodbye: A Look at VIPREŽ Enterprise - 2/2

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.

When: Tuesday,February 2, 2010 2:00 PM (EST) Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100125-Goodbye-Bloatware


Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving - 2/9

Exchange performance is suffering. Your users complain about email storage and don't want any quotas. Your CEO requires legal compliance. Want a high-end, feature-rich, admin-friendly product that solves all these issues at a very affordable price? Then don't miss this Sunbelt Exchange Archiver webinar.

When: Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 2:00 PM (EST) Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100125-Email-Archiving


VIPREŽ Enterprise Product Demonstration - 2/16

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.

When: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 11:00 AM (EST) Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100125-VIPRE-Demo


VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration - 2/23

Securing your Exchange Server is key to protecting your enterprise environment from spam, viruses, phishing, and other messaging threats. In this product demo, learn how the new version of VIPRE Email Security for Exchange (formerly Ninja Email Security) can help protect your network and cut your Exchange admin time in half with this powerful, policy-based email security product.

When: Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 2:00 PM (EST) Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100125-VIPRE-Email-Security-Demo


Understanding Audit Logging in SQL Server 2008 - 2/18

With 2008, SQL Server finally has a real audit log capability. It's flexible, high performance and can report its events directly to the Windows Security Event Log which means you can leverage the security and integrity of the security log AND take advantage of whatever log management solution you currently use to collect, monitor and report server logs. This real training webinar is not free. For specialized topics where finding a sponsor is not practical. The fee is low and there is no sponsor presentation; your info will not be shared with anyone. It's all deep, technical training.

Title: Understanding Audit Logging in SQL Server 2008
Date: February 18, 2010 - 12:00PM US Eastern Time

This is real training. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
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Tech Briefing

Perspective: An Interesting New Network Monitor From ScriptLogic

ScriptLogic planted a stake in the network monitoring and management space last week with the introduction of Perspective, a full-featured end-to-end network monitoring and application management solution.

Perspective offers functionality we'd expect from any network monitoring product - application monitoring, giving system admins visibility into applications and services and performance issues across Windows, UNIX and Linux devices, log file management and network traffic analysis to identify the source of traffic spikes. But Perspective has some important differentiators.

"Perspective brings a simple approach to network management that, unlike the competition, is provided on a modern software architecture and can even monitor and manage non-standard network devices," said ScriptLogic's Nick Cavalancia, vice president of Windows Management.

In addition to supporting data that is governed by network standards, including Cisco NetFlow, Juniper J-Flow and sFlow, Perspective features its own flow technology, ptFlow?, to gather information from devices-routers, switches, servers and desktops-that do not support the other standards. Perspective also easily integrates information from remote offices and reports VoIP quality, unique functionality that enables support for network-based services and remote offices without installing another monitoring solution or setting up a VPN.

Cavalancia continued, "We enhanced Perspective to ensure that IT admins will be notified of potential problems and have tools to trigger remediation."

Perspective includes unique features for automatic remediation and integration with ScriptLogic's Help Desk Authority, enabling IT pros to fix network issues more quickly and efficiently. After setting baselines in Perspective, admins will be automatically notified of network performance degradations and alerts can be escalated, according to configurable parameters.

IT departments have already started to see benefits from Perspective. One customer, Chris Young, director of information technology, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library said, "Using Perspective, our IT team has a comprehensive picture of network health and we can set alerts to flag potential problems before larger issues arise. In fact, within days of installing the product, we were able to identify our biggest use of bandwidth and address low memory and disk space issues on five servers."

Perspective is available immediately and priced per monitored network device, starting at $1,995 for 50 devices. For more information about Perspective or other ScriptLogic products, visit http://www.scriptlogic.com.

Redmond Releases Critical Out-Of Band IE Update

This week, Microsoft released an out-of-band security bulletin regarding a cumulative security update for Internet Explorer, which addresses eight different vulnerabilities. Here is the TechNet Update (978207):
http://www.wservernews.com/100125-Security-Bulletin


What Can Windows 7's Applocker Do For You?

Control applications on individual workstations more efficiently with AppLocker, an improved application management feature in Windows 7.

Controlling applications on individual workstations is one of the most critical -- and difficult -- tasks that administrators face. The software restriction policies feature was designed to control which applications users could run. However, the group policy feature has many pitfalls, and as a result, administrators have had to rely on third-party utilities to manage workstations -- until now. Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 include a next-generation application management feature called AppLocker. Software-restriction policies are still supported. Like software-restriction policies, AppLocker is group policy-based and is designed to allow administrators to control the applications that users can run. But the similarities end there. More at SearchEnterpriseDesktop: (Email Registration Requred)
http://www.wservernews.com/100125-AppLocker


Microsoft Confirms 17-Year-Old Windows Bug

Computerworld broke this story: Microsoft late yesterday issued its second advisory of the last week, warning users that a 17-year-old bug in the kernel of all 32-bit versions of Windows could be used by hackers to hijack PCs. The vulnerability in the Windows Virtual DOS Machine (VDM) subsystem was disclosed Tuesday by Google engineer Tavis Ormandy on the Full Disclosure security mailing list. Coincidentally, Ormandy received credit for reporting the single vulnerability that Microsoft fixed last week on its regular Patch Tuesday. The VDM subsystem was added to Windows with the July 1993 release of Windows NT, Microsoft's first fully 32-bit operating system. VDM allows Windows NT and later to run DOS and 16-bit Windows software. TechNet entry:
http://www.wservernews.com/100125-Security-Advisory


Windows Server News

Microsoft Licensing Snafu Irks Windows Shops

Microsoft business customers, and the VARs supporting them, are seething over an online licensing snafu that kept them from accessing their license keys and even downloading their software. Several users and VARs said they were unable to access the site for a few weeks in December, but that they appeared to be back in business in mid-January. Read this article for firsthand accounts of how their companies dealt with this experience: (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/100125-Licensing-Snafu


How To Steal A Virtual Machine And Its Data In 3 Easy Steps

Stealing a physical server out of a data center is very difficult and is sure to be noticed. Stealing a virtual machine (VM), however, can be done from anywhere on your network, and someone could easily walk out with it on a flash drive in their pocket. Since this is a fairly simple thing to do, this must-read article explains how to do it so you can protect your environment against it. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/100125-Steal-a-Virtual-Machine


Third Party News

Reseller Moves From Trend To VIPRE - Why?

Sunbelt Reseller Graeme Carstairs sent me this:

"Hi Stu, I have participated in the Sunbelt hosted lists for many years. I currently work for Acumen IT Consultancy and we have sold a few of your products, but have use Trend Micro as our Main AV vendor for our clients. Up until this week.

"I have used Trend since Office Scan and Server Protect days and really liked it, then started to not like it so much when they cut it down to small business editions, they seemed to lose functionality but the price was right, and it wasn't possible to buy the Enterprise products for less than 75 users so we carried on. Small business version 3 was bad, then 3.1 fixed the issues quickly, 3.5 was OK and 3.6 was better.

"Then they released Worry Free Small Business Version 5, which has some faults, but 5.1 fixed those and quickly. At this point I started to play with VIPRE home and liked it small fast and effective. Trend released Worry Free V6 and the only network we had it on was a dual quad core server, and PC's with 4GB RAM and quad cores, with Gig bit to the desktop and performance seemed OK.

"Trend then announced that all versions prior to 5.1 were no longer going to receive updates, so we thought: "OK, we'll upgrade everyone to 6. BIG MISTAKE. Trend Worry Free 6 is broken, there is no other way to describe it. I upgraded a client on Thursday, 800MB download, 2.5 hours to install, and when finished their network was for all intents and purposes dead. So slow as to be unusable. Removed the agent from the server, and configured it down so that minimal scanning was happening and switched off behavior monitoring, and all the other new bells and whistles, and got it working enough so the clients could work.

"I received a phone call on Monday that the server was out of Disk Space, the 800MB download was now taking up 6.9GB on the server. All engine files and files required by Trend to work. I received a phone call from the same client on Tuesday that the network was ridiculously slow, PC's taking 20 minutes to logon. At this point I manually removed Trend from all PC's, and uninstalled from the server once they were all restarted, the client commented "Wow, its back to the speed it used to be years ago."

"I downloaded Vipre Enterprise (very small) installed it (very quickly) but it was only 5 users, a quick call and we had a 25 user trial license, pushed the agent to the clients (very simple), ran scans on all the clients (no impact to the users) picked up 3 viruses that on machines Trend said were clean.

"Its bedded in now, all definitions up to date and only taking up only 500MB on the server. The memory footprint on the server is less for everything VIPRE has running, than just one service from Trend. I am delighted, the client is over the moon, he feels like has just upgraded all his PC's and servers. I just thought I should write and let you know that VIPRE is brilliant, and the service from Sunbelt has been fantastic and to top it all off I just found out that VIPRE is cheaper than Trend. It's wins all round.

"Thanks again and keep up the good work. Please do not spoil the product by adding to much too it, unless it can be added without affecting the performance." -- Regards. Graeme

[Editor's Note] Not to worry. The new V4 that is in Beta now, has been kept super tight, has the same low overhead and the updates are even faster than before.

VIPRE Email Security Wins VBSPAM Award

Sunbelt Software announced that its VIPREŽ Email Security has received a VBSpam award from Virus Bulletin, the highly-respected independent comparative testing group, in the January 2010 issue of its online publication. VIPREŽ Email Security, in its first-ever entry into this prestigious review, scored a Spam Catch (SC) rate of 98.77 percent, positioning it squarely against other leading antispam vendors. The VBSpam tests use Virus Bulletin's live email stream as well as a spam corpus provided by Project Honey Pot. The tests measure the false positive rate and the spam catch rate of the products, with VBSpam certifications awarded to products that exceed a predefined benchmark based on both measurements. Try it out for 30 days on your Exchange Server, free:
http://www.wservernews.com/100125-VIPRE-Email-Security


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



Product of the Week

ScriptLogic Perspective Network Management Solution

ScriptLogic is a leading provider of solutions that manage, monitor and support Windows networks. Over 27,000 customers worldwide rely on ScriptLogic solutions to deliver superior network performance, provide a higher level of support to keep users productive and manage their desktops more effectively. Designed with our customers in mind, our solutions are easy to use, save you time, and ultimately allow you to achieve more with your IT investment.
http://www.wservernews.com/100125-POTW-Perspective