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Vol. 15, #7 - Feb 22, 2010 - Issue #765
Some Controversial Thought

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Some Controversial Thought
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • Sunbelt Exchange Archiver Product Demonstration - 3/9
    • Securing your Exchange Server with VIPRE Email Security - 3/30
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Windows 7 Tweaks: 3 Registry Edits To Speed Performance
    • Use MSAs to Ease the Pain of Administering Service Accounts
    • What You Need To Know About Citrix Xendesktop 4
    • Getting Hired In IT: How To Stand Out
  5. Windows Server News
    • The Philosophy Of Just-In-Time Server Provisioning
    • VMware Shops Weigh ESX vs. ESXi
  6. Third Party News
    • We Replaced Symantec With VIPRE - Results
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • VIPRE Email Security Now VirusBulletin VBSPAM Verified
Over 2,500 Companies Compromised In Cyberattack

Security researchers have unearthed a massive botnet affecting at least 75,000 computers at 2,500 companies and government agencies worldwide. The Kneber botnet, using the ZeuS trojan, named for the username linking the affected machines worldwide, has been used to gather login credentials to online financial systems, social networking sites and e-mail systems for the past 18 months, according to NetWitness. If they had used VIPRE, it would have detected and demolished that Trojan. Story at ComputerWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/100222-Systems-Compromised


Editor's Corner

Some Controversial Thought

Bear with me for a moment, this is not about computing just yet. I read an article last night about something I'd never heard about before: 'abiotic oil'. Huh? Right. I have always been taught that oil came from old organic matter. Seems there is another type of oil, coming from way deeper than the normal 18,000 feet. Russians are now the World's #1 oil producer, eclipsing Saudi Arabia. And much of that Russian oil seems to come from ultra-deep (40,000 ft) wells, which the Russians refer to as 'abiotic' as it is not created from the decomposition of biological life forms, but rather from the chemical process continually occurring inside earth. There's a discussion going on about this in geology circles.

Interesting, eh? Here's a controversial thought for you. Some oil might not be just a fossil fuel, and it just might be 'renewable'. Flies right in the face of everything we thought we knew, right? Remember when people thought the earth was flat? I was intrigued, and always like to read something that challenges my perspective. I'm often surprised when I find out the truth about something. See the Quotes Of The Week below.

Which does bring me to computing after all. Just finished a book called 'The Quants'. Twenty-five years ago, the quintessential Wall Street trader was a brash risk-taker driven by instinct and connections. No more: Now, the masters of the Wall Street universe are "quants," elite math geniuses who've swapped old-style hunches for algorithms and supercomputers. And boy did I find out about a truth I had no inkling about.

The book's tag-line is 'How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It', by Wall Street Journal Reporter Scott Patterson. He chronicles the four young math geniuses who soared to the pinnacle of Wall Street using super fast computers and highly advanced programming, and then set in motion ever-widening market catastrophes.

If you are wondering how your (and my) 401K got decimated using IT, this is the book to read. Here is a bonus quote for you: "Beware of geeks bearing formulas" -- Warren Buffett.
http://www.wservernews.com/100222-The-Quants


Quotes Of The Week

"It ain't what you don't know that hurts you, it's what you know that ain't so." -- Satchel Paige.

"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it" -- Gandhi

"Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society" -- Ralph Waldo Emerson




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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

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/100222-mPowerTools

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/100222-Attachmate

Downtime is THE one thing that system admins hate. Prevent it from happening on physical and virtual servers with market leader Double-Take:
http://www.wservernews.com/100222-Double-Take


Webinars & Seminars

Sunbelt Exchange Archiver Product Demonstration - 3/9

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 demonstration. When: Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 2:00 PM (EST) Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100222-SEA-Demo


Securing your Exchange Server with VIPRE Email Security - 3/30

Securing your Exchange Server is key to protecting your enterprise environment from spam, viruses, phishing, and other messaging threats. In this webinar, 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, March 30, 2010, 2:00 PM (EDT) Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100222-VIPRE-Email-Security


Tech Briefing

Windows 7 Tweaks: 3 Registry Edits To Speed Performance

A few simple changes to your Windows 7 Registry can boost system performance. This article is excerpted from the book Microsoft Windows 7 Your Way: Speed Up and Customize Windows from Que Publishing.

Every time you make a configuration change, that information is automatically written to the Registry. Change the system time, and the Registry is updated; change your desktop wallpaper, the Registry is updated; change the home page in Internet Explorer, the Registry is updated. The Registry is also updated whenever you install a new software program or hardware device. And it all happens automatically, in the background. Here is the article with the tips:
http://www.wservernews.com/100222-Win7-Tweaks


Use MSAs to Ease the Pain of Administering Service Accounts

By John Savill -- As we look at Active Directory (AD) changes in Windows Server 2008 R2, the feature everyone is fired up about is the AD Recycle Bin, a very welcome capability to cleanly restore objects that have been deleted--without the need for authoritative restores or painful tombstone re-animations. But after organizations actually start using Server 2008 R2, another feature they find more useful than anything else is the managed service account (MSA). It might not be glamorous, but the MSA feature might very well change the way you administer your service accounts and cure a lot of pains most organizations face today around service accounts. Read the full article for more information about managed service accounts (MSAs) in Windows Server 2008 R2:
http://www.wservernews.com/100222-MSAs


What You Need To Know About Citrix Xendesktop 4

A relatively complete product, XenDesktop 4 may be the virtual desktop infrastructure platform for you. Find out what it offers and if it's a good fit for your enterprise:
http://www.wservernews.com/100222-XenDesktop4


Getting Hired In IT: How To Stand Out

With so many people seeking jobs today, you need to stand out. This article offers tips you can apply immediately to help differentiate yourself in your next job interview or when it comes time for a promotion, or just to win over those who matter. This is a must-read article that you can't afford to miss: (Email Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/100222-IT-Hiring


Windows Server News

The Philosophy Of Just-In-Time Server Provisioning

While just-in-time provisioning can be considered a rapid deployment technique, it's really more of a philosophy than a technology. By taking advantage of virtualization and other technologies, admins can learn to provision and deploy new servers quicker than ever. Here's how:
http://www.wservernews.com/100222-JIT-Server-Provisioning


VMware Shops Weigh ESX vs. ESXi

VMware Inc.'s slimmed-down ESXi hypervisor has finally gained traction among shops that have updated to vSphere, although many legacy shops are in no hurry to migrate from ESX. Learn why some shops are hesitant to migrate to ESXi and what the known benefits of ESXi are:
http://www.wservernews.com/100222-ESX-vs-ESXi


Third Party News

We Replaced Symantec With VIPRE - Results

I took you up on the VIPRE upgrade offer and have been very pleased. There are 130 PCs we now cover with VIPRE Enterprise. The results are clear.
  1. Baseline: Symantec was reporting 98% clean and "in the green" rating with less than 30 known threats of any type (none serious).
  2. Initial: (VIPRE now installed) Our initial two weeks with 203 significant threats on about half of the total PCs that Symantec never reported.
  3. Migration Complete: The last two weeks show significant decrease in significant threats (all PCs).
  4. Final: VIPRE shows zero significant threats.
Two PCs were replaced because they would not clean several serious threats. Both had a history of spyware, repeated cleanings and had indicated "clean" using Symantec. I like the support, low resource use, server console and highly recommend VIPRE to anyone. Thank you. -- D.E. MIS Director.

WServerNews Fave Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

VIPRE Email Security Now VirusBulletin VBSPAM Verified

Need to secure your email? VIPRE Email security for Exchange (Formerly Ninja Email Security) features world-class antivirus, antispam, and a powerful, granular attachment filter. Stop spam and viruses cold with a 30-day free VIPRE for Exchange trial. The time required to manage Exchange has become a highly important cost factor. VIPRE for Exchange takes HALF the admin time compared to other products, and is truly a great solution if you want your end-users to manage their own spam and quarantine inside Outlook. Download now and try it free for 30 days in your own environment:
http://www.wservernews.com/100222-VIPRE-Email-Security-Exchange