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Vol. 15, #6 - Feb 15, 2010 - Issue #764
Is The Whole Internet Still In Beta?

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Is The Whole Internet Is Still In Beta?
    • I'd Like Your Opinion About Email and SaaS
    • VIPRE & CounterSpy Enterprise 4.0 RC1 Release Announcement
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • 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
    • Microsoft Outpaces Apple In Customer Satisfaction
    • Difference Between Compatibility Mode And XP Mode In Windows 7?
    • Migrating From XP To Windows 7 With The User State Migration Tool
    • The iPad Questions Apple Won't Answer
    • Silicon Valley's IT Wage Crash by the Numbers
    • New Russian Botnet Tries To Kill Rival
    • Does Virtualization Make Desktop Operating Systems Less Secure?
  5. Windows Server News
    • Microsoft's Windows 8 Will Be Completely Different, Says Manager
    • Windows PowerShell: What You Absolutely Need To Know
    • Hyper-V Management Tools And Virtual Machine Backup Appliances
    • VMware vSphere Beginner's Guide
  6. Third Party News
    • VIPRE & CounterSpy Enterprise 4.0 RC1 Release Announcement
    • Five Ways to Improve Exchange Server 2010
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Wanted: VIPRE Enterprise Premium RC1 Beta Testers - Get A T-Shirt
Wanted: VIPRE Enterprise Premium RC1 Beta Testers - Get A T-Shirt

We're getting close to release. Last chance to influence the future of VIPRE 4.0! Beta 4, (Release Candidate 1), has been released. 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



Editor's Corner

Is The Whole Internet Is Still In Beta?

I just finished reading a book last weekend called: 'Fatal System Error', by Joseph Menn. He's a journalist who covers cybersecurity for the Financial Times after a decade on the same beat at the Los Angeles Times. The tag-line of the book is: 'The hunt for the new crime lords who are bringing down the Internet'. Definitely interesting reading, as it goes into the MO of the gangs in Eastern Europe and also the fact that those governments are not really interested in doing something about it. On the contrary, they are now and then using these gangs for DDOS attacks, e.g. Georgia recently. Three interesting points he made in the book were:
  1. More education is required. People who won't let their lawns go uncut out of respect for the neighbors need to realize that turning on a PC without a strong firewall and without an OS and antivirus that each update automatically is like leaving a loaded shotgun on the front porch for passersby. It almost guarantees their computers will be compromised and used for nefarious activities.

  2. One expert mentions: "It's incredibly disturbing, the engine of the world economy is based on this really cool experiment that is not designed for security, it's designed for fault-tolerance. You can reduce your risks, but the naughty truth is that the Net is just not a secure place for business or society".

  3. And then the thing that really got my interest, Vincent Cerf, who was the co-author of the core Internet protocols, said: "My thought at the time, thirty-five years ago, was not to build an ultra-secure system, because I could not tell if even the basic ideas would work." And here comes the kicker: "We never got to do the production engineering". With that he means the version ready for prime time. So there you have it; Internet Protocol is really still in Beta. And most experts agree it's broken. You -really- need to take all measures necessary to make sure your organization is safe on the Internet.
Cybercriminals have found a new, rich hunting ground: small businesses' bank accounts. The average monetary loss for a cybercrime attack is $395,000, CS0 Magazine reported. (link below). The Wall Street Journal on Feb 8, 2010 had a major story on this. There was a side-bar that showed some interesting numbers about the causes of security breaches at small and midsize companies:
  • System breakdown/hardware failure: 47%
  • Lost/stolen laptop, smartphone or PDA: 44%
  • Human error: 39%
  • Loss/Theft of backup tapes or devices with sensitive data: 35%
  • Improper / out-of-date security: 32%
  • Natural/on-site disaster: 26%
  • Employee sabotage: 25%
  • Improper security procedures or education: 19%
  • Unsure: 4%
Here is a great little PDF with recent cyber security numbers that makes great ammo if you need to make a case for more IT security budget:
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-CyberSecurityWatch


I'd Like Your Opinion About Email and SaaS

I'm very interested to know what your thoughts are about email security and archiving related to Software-as-a-Service (call it 'Cloud' if you will). We have 9 short (most are multiple choice) questions, so this survey should not take you more than one minute. And again, we are giving away 10 VIPRE Unlimited Home Licenses, at random to the responders, just like the last survey 'Where Do You Get Your IT News'. Here are the 10 winners that filled that one out! You all should have received your home license by now.
  1. tim.zogas at intel
  2. jworley at maidritesteak
  3. vmsrosa at hotmail
  4. jwenger at medmarc
  5. anthonyc at joblinkplus
  6. subs at siennaburst
  7. hjlubansky at prodigy
  8. bgahagan at lacsd
  9. SpudGie at hotmail
  10. steve.read at rwe
Here is the link to the email on SaaS survey: Thanks so much in advance!
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-Survey


VIPRE & CounterSpy Enterprise 4.0 RC1 Release Announcement

Sunbelt Software is very pleased to announce the release of VIPRE 4.0 for Enterprise. This Console is Release Candidate 1, and we encourage as much testing as possible prior to the final release. Please read the item in Third Party News.

Quotes Of The Week

"Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest don't happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects." -- Mark Twain

"Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken." -- Warren Buffet

"If you think competence is expensive, try incompetence." -- From a Training Manual




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/100215-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/100215-WXPNews

PPS: And now we have our new Win7News! You can subscribe here, and tell your friends:
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-Win7News

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

Wanted: VIPRE Enterprise Premium RC1 Beta Testers - Get A T-Shirt

We're getting close to release. Last chance to influence the future of VIPRE 4.0! Beta 4, (Release Candidate 1), has been released. 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



Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Unleash the power of Secure Shell on your Windows servers. Gain secure file transfers and remote administration. Download the Attachmate white paper:
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-Attachmate

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/100215-mPowerTools

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!
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-iPrism

Have permission to run a (free) penetration test tool? Metasploit is the best one to do pentesting around software vulnerabilities etc. Here is the site.
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-Metasploit


Webinars & Seminars

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/100215-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/100215-VIPRE-Email-Security


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:
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-Audit-Logging


Tech Briefing

Microsoft Outpaces Apple In Customer Satisfaction

Redmond got a bigger boost in customer satisfaction from its latest computer operating system than rival Apple Inc. did from its most recent upgrade. The YouGov Chart Of The Day shows that respondents giving Microsoft a positive grade for satisfaction rose to 67 percent in the week after the Oct. 22 release of Windows 7, from 64 percent the day before it went on sale, according to YouGov Plc, a London-based market-research firm. By December 31, Microsoft's satisfied customer percentage jumped to 73%, the highest rating Microsoft has had since YouGov began the survey in 2007. Compare this to Apple. When Snow Leopard was released (August 28, 2009), the new OS boosted the number of satisfied customers by only 1%, to 65%.
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-MS-Customer-Satisfaction


Difference Between Compatibility Mode And XP Mode In Windows 7?

I subscribe to John Savill's FAQ for Windows, and this question got my interest. He started out with the answer as follows: "There are two (potentially three) very different compatibility modes in Windows 7. First, there's the standard Compatibility tab for applications, which was available in previous OSs. The settings in this tab "lie" to applications about the OS and service pack it's running on. They can also hide or disable elements of the OS that could cause problems with the application. These configurations (lies) are known as shims. You can make some apps work on Windows 7 through these shims, and if you can, it's generally the optimal solution. Ultimately, however, an application with these settings is still running on Windows 7 and the architecture of the Win7 installation (i.e., 64-bit). But there is more at:
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-Compatibility-Mode


Migrating From XP To Windows 7 With The User State Migration Tool

Windows XP users must migrate to Vista before they can install Windows 7. The User State Migration Tool helps simplify this process -- but the utility has some limitations. One of Windows 7's biggest downfalls is its inability to do a true upgrade from Windows XP. For an individual computer, this really isn't that bad - it simply requires having to reinstall applications. See if the USMT can help you migrate: (Email Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-Migration-Tool


The iPad Questions Apple Won't Answer

Galen Gruman at InfoWorld wrote: "As the smoke clears from Steve Jobs' iPad demo, missing details suggest there's less to Apple's tablet than meets the eye. What exactly does Apple have to hide about the iPad? Ten days after CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPad with words like "magical" and "revolutionary," any questions regarding key capabilities remain unanswered. If history is any guide, Apple's ongoing silence may mean the first-generation iPad will not be as compelling or as useful as many of us had hoped:
  • No. 1: Can you save and transfer documents to the iPad?
  • No. 2: Does the iPad support Microsoft Exchange email?
  • No. 3: Does the iPad support VPN and configuration management?
  • No. 4: Can you use media services other than iTunes on the iPad?
  • No. 5: Can the iPad be used for videoconferencing?
  • No. 6: Will the iPad's internal storage be upgradable?
  • No. 7: Will the iPad allow multiple apps to run simultaneously?
  • No. 8: Will Apple allow the use of Flash on the iPad?
And some other observations: no multitasking, no video output, no printing, no blu-ray, no USB. Here is the article, it's a good read:
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-iPad-Questions


Silicon Valley's IT Wage Crash by the Numbers

Silicon Valley's decline has been charted over an eight-year period between 2000 and 2008 in which venture capital investment meant big gains for technology workers' wages in the beginning, but those IT wages have since diminished, according to government economists. The recovery will be slow and gradual, they say.

Adjusted for inflation, wages and stock-related pay have been seriously hurt by two bubble economies, companies leaving the area and a shift from a large high-tech manufacturing base led by semiconductor engineering into one dominated by medical research, bio- and nanotechnologies, and pharmaceutical products, said the report.

Real annual wages for high-tech workers peaked in 2000 at $120,064 but have since declined; in 2008, real annual wages were $103,850-a decrease of roughly $17,000. More at eWEEK:
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-Wage-Crash


New Russian Botnet Tries To Kill Rival

Computerworld has a good story about an upstart Trojan horse program that has decided to take on its much-larger rival by stealing data and then removing the malicious program from infected computers. Security researchers say that the relatively unknown [Spy Eye toolkit] added this functionality just a few days ago in a bid to displace its larger rival, known as Zeus.

The feature, called "Kill Zeus," apparently removes the Zeus software from the victim's PC, giving Spy Eye exclusive access to usernames and passwords. More:
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-Botnets


Does Virtualization Make Desktop Operating Systems Less Secure?

Microsoft is facing challenges marketing Windows 7 because of XP's popularity. Before the release of Windows Vista, developers could safely assume their applications would have free rein over the system -- but Vista and Windows 7 greatly restrict permissions, breaking older apps. Find out what Microsoft is offering as a solution and decide for yourself whether or not this is a viable and secure option: (Email Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-Virtualization


Windows Server News

Microsoft's Windows 8 Will Be Completely Different, Says Manager

Microsoft Windows 8 development is already under way, according to a Jan. 31 blog posting on the Microsoft Developer Network, and will apparently be "something completely different from what folks usually expect of Windows." Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reportedly suggested in the past that Windows 8 is currently under development, although the tech industry's gravitation toward the cloud and the rise of browser-based operating systems such as Google Chrome could potentially have a sizable influence on how the next Windows version operates. More at eWEEK:
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-Windows-8


Windows PowerShell: What You Absolutely Need To Know

The challenge with any new technology involves learning how to use it. The creators of Windows PowerShell truly understood this and added some built-in cmdlets to help with learning PowerShell. Expert contributor, Brandon Shell, covers the top five such cmdlets in this article as well as explaining some of the basic PowerShell terminology for those who are really new to it:
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-PowerShell


Hyper-V Management Tools And Virtual Machine Backup Appliances

For all the advantages of server virtualization, there is still a major inefficiency: the ever-expanding need for disk storage to house and back up virtual machines (VMs).The Microsoft Hyper-V platform offers a couple of options to address this challenge. This article highlights a few Hyper-V tools the author has had experience with:
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-Hyper-V-Tools


VMware vSphere Beginner's Guide

VMware released vSphere 4 in 2009, and the latest version of the enterprise hypervisor displays the innovation one would expect after the company's three-year quiet period since its last major product release, VMware ESX. This guide provides you with resources that will help you learn what vSphere is made up of including explanations of new technologies that weren't present in older versions of the ESX hypervisor, and more:
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-vSphere-Beginners-Guide


Third Party News

VIPRE & CounterSpy Enterprise 4.0 RC1 Release Announcement

Sunbelt Software is very pleased to announce the release of VIPRE 4.0 Beta 4 for Enterprise. This Console is Release Candidate 1, and we encourage as much testing as possible prior to the final release.

Our planned public release date for all of the VIPRE 4.0 product family is early in March. You will be able to update your current 3.1 Enterprise product to the 4.0 version, or upgrade to VIPRE Enterprise Premium. Pricing will be announced shortly, and you can contact your Sales Representative starting today for more details.

If you are planning to upgrade to VIPRE Enterprise Premium, you can download and install the Beta 4 release now and start preparing for the multi-site capabilities and the firewall.

If you do not plan to upgrade to VIPRE Enterprise Premium, I still recommend upgrading to the 4.0 Beta 4 console and getting a step ahead of the official release.

There will be a final RTM build; however, installing the beta now will complete your migration from 3.1 to 4.0 and you will be able to take advantage of the Multi-Site Service right away. You can continue to use your existing 3.1 agent, or start deploying the 4.0 Beta 4 agent, which will be available for download through your 4.0 console.

There are three products available with the 4.0 Beta 4 Release Candidate:
  • VIPRE Enterprise Premium: Antivirus, Antispyware, Firewall
  • VIPRE Enterprise: Antivirus + Antispyware
  • CounterSpy Enterprise: Antispyware
If you have not yet participated in the beta testing of CounterSpy Enterprise, VIPRE Enterprise or VIPRE Enterprise Premium, I encourage you to download and install the Beta 4 Release Candidate 1 and give it a whirl.

Directions for downloading and installing the 4.0 products can be found on the Beta Forum at this link:
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-VIPRE-4-Beta

If you're interested in upgrading to VIPRE Enterprise Premium, please contact your Sales Representative to discuss your upgrade options. Sunbelt Software would especially like to thank you for using CounterSpy and VIPRE Enterprise. We've taken a huge leap forward with the 4.0 release, with two headline features:
  • Firewall, available in VIPRE Enterprise Premium, which includes:
    • Two-way Firewall
    • IDS Rules
    • Web Filtering
    • Bad URL Blocking
    • 3rd Party Advertisement Blocking
    • HIPS
    • Anti-Phishing

  • Multi-Site Service, available in CounterSpy Enterprise, VIPRE Enterprise and VIPRE Enterprise Premium, which provides:
    • Tiering
    • Peering
    • Advanced Security - granular permissions
    • Included SQL Express, replacing MS Access
We're very proud of the 4.0 release. We are certain the new features and functionality will ensure that VIPRE performs to your satisfaction. Your input and feedback is extremely valuable and very much appreciated.

Five Ways to Improve Exchange Server 2010

Are you wondering whether to add an archiving tool now that Microsoft Exchange 2010 can archive, restore, and search emails for regulatory compliance? Best practices say that you should - and here's why. While Exchange 2010 archives emails or stores .pst files and provides some basic e-Discovery search capabilities, it cannot provide a complete, enterprise-level, email archive solution. For that you need Sunbelt Exchange Archiver (SEA).

Here are five important functions that are missing from Exchange 2010 - but you can get from Sunbelt:
  • Exchange 2010 does not provide offline access.
    Sunbelt Exchange Archiver gives remote users a local copy so they can be fully productive when they are offline.

  • Exchange 2010 doesn't support tiered storage for moving archive mailboxes to another database.
    Sunbelt Exchange Archiver is located on a separate storage server so it can be used as a failover if an Exchange server goes down.

  • Exchange 2010's multi-mailbox search can take hours to execute.
    Sunbelt Exchange Archiver allows searches by name, date ranges, and specific words, among other fields, so you can find the information you need quickly and easily.

  • Exchange 2010's legal hold shuts down an entire mailbox.
    The LOCK feature in Sunbelt Exchange Archiver secures a set of search results on every email in that set.

  • Exchange 2010 uses so much extra space it slows the system and increases problems.
    The Single Instance Storage (SIS) in Sunbelt Exchange Archiver automatically removes duplicates. This frees up valuable corporate storage space and stabilizes the Microsoft Exchange Server by eliminating unnecessary data.
Learn more about why you need archiving in addition to Exchange 2010! Or download a free trial and see for yourself.
http://www.wservernews.com/100215-Sunbelt-Exchange-Archiver


WServerNews Fave Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

Wanted: VIPRE Enterprise Premium RC1 Beta Testers - Get A T-Shirt

We're getting close to release. Last chance to influence the future of VIPRE 4.0! Beta 4, (Release Candidate 1), has been released. 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