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Vol. 15, #9 - Feb 26, 2010 - Issue #767
Mark Your Calendars; More Windows Support End Dates

  1. Editor's Corner
    • UNDO Dept - The WSN Issue You Received Two Days Ago
    • Check Out The New VIPRE Version
    • Sunbelt Has 30 Open Positions
    • Cyber-Terrorism Simulation
    • 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
    • Introducing VIPRE Enterprise Premium, Version 4.0 - 3/16
    • VIPRE Enterprise Premium Product Demonstration - 3/23
    • Securing your Exchange Server with VIPRE Email Security - 3/30
    • Upcoming Windows OS Internals Classes
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Security Expert: U.S. Would Lose Cyberwar
    • How To Ace A Job Interview In 7 Seconds
    • FTC Warns Nearly 100 Firms Of P2P Data Leaks
    • Careers: IT Certification Values on the Rebound
    • Why You May Wind Up Supporting The Kindle
    • LinkedIn From Within Outlook: Underwhelming
  5. Windows Server News
    • Mark Your Calendars; More Windows Support End Dates
  6. Third Party News
    • What Does The New VIPRE Enterprise Multi-Site Service For Me?
    • Iron Mountain Buys Mimosa
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Webcast: Introducing VIPRE Enterprise Premium, V4.0
Webcast: Introducing VIPRE Enterprise Premium, V4.0

Be the first to see Sunbelt's new VIPRE Enterprise Premium Version 4.0 - powerful, high-performance endpoint malware protection. The new premium version combines antivirus, antispyware, and now a 2-way Firewall, HIPS, NIPS, IDS, Web Filtering, Malicious URL Blocking, and Anti-Phishing into a single low-overhead small-footprint agent.

Take a deep dive into new features including scalable multi-site tiering and role-based access control. Plus, learn why VIPRE delivers all the necessary security functionality you need and nothing you don't. When: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 2:00 PM (EDT) Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-VIPRE-Enterprise-Premium


Editor's Corner

UNDO Dept - The WSN Issue You Received Two Days Ago

Our apologies for an omission in that issue. Some people received a version that omitted at the top that this was a special issue sponsored in its entirety by Namescape. Issues like this come about once a quarter.

Check Out The New VIPRE Version

You have seen the regular Beta invitations for VIPRE in WServerNews. Well, first week of March, Sunbelt will officially release VIPRE Version 4 and the brand new Premium version. You're invited to a webcast where we will show off all the cool new features. You'll like it!

Sunbelt Has 30 Open Positions

Sunbelt is expanding like mad. We simply have trouble finding good people and have 30 open positions. Know a friend looking for work? Here is the list, and in many cases we need more than one of these. This is the career section of our website:
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-Sunbelt-Careers

If you want to check out the real-estate situation here in Tampa Bay, create an account at this site, and see all the listings that local Realtors use. There are some terrific buys:
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-ListingBook


Cyber-Terrorism Simulation

On February 16 the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted Cyber ShockWave, a simulated cyber attack on the United States, in Washington D.C. According to the organization, Cyber ShockWave highlighted the immediate, real dangers of cyber-terrorism by bringing together a bipartisan group of former senior administration and national security officials playing the roles of Cabinet members.

The simulation envisioned an attack that unfolds over a single day in July 2011. When the Cabinet convenes to face this crisis, 20 million of the nation's smart phones have already stopped working. The attack, the result of a malware program that had been planted in phones months earlier through a popular "March Madness" basketball bracket application, disrupts mobile service for millions. The attack escalates, shutting down an electronic energy trading platform and crippling the power grid on the Eastern seaboard.

Of a potential cyber attack on the U.S., Stephen Friedman, who played the role of Secretary of the Treasury, said, "There is no question in my mind that this is a predictable surprise and we need to get our act together." More at the MessagingNews site:
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-Cyber-Terrorism-Simulation


Quotes Of The Week

"Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions." - Albert Einstein

"The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches a lesson." -- Tom Bodett




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

Webcast: Introducing VIPRE Enterprise Premium, V4.0

Be the first to see Sunbelt's new VIPRE Enterprise Premium Version 4.0 - powerful, high-performance endpoint malware protection. The new premium version combines antivirus, antispyware, and now a 2-way Firewall, HIPS, NIPS, IDS, Web Filtering, Malicious URL Blocking, and Anti-Phishing into a single low-overhead small-footprint agent.

Take a deep dive into new features including scalable multi-site tiering and role-based access control. Plus, learn why VIPRE delivers all the necessary security functionality you need and nothing you don't. When: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 2:00 PM (EDT) Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-VIPRE-Enterprise-Premium


Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Extend Active Directory to your UNIX, Linux, Mac, web and database platforms. Free authentication guide:
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-Centralized-Identity

Confused about what this WinServer "R2" business is all about? This FAQ page provides answers to most common questions about Redmond's latest OS:
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-Server-2008-R2-FAQ

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/100301-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/100301-Sunbelt-Exchange-Archiver


Introducing VIPRE Enterprise Premium, Version 4.0 - 3/16

Be the first to see Sunbelt's new VIPRE Enterprise Premium Version 4.0 - powerful, high-performance endpoint malware protection. The new premium version combines antivirus, antispyware, and now client firewall and malicious website filtering technologies, into a single agent to protect against the ever-changing wave of malware in the most comprehensive, highly efficient manner.

Join us to hear how our approach to malware protection is different. We translated our years of experience in detecting and remediating sophisticated malware into the next-generation endpoint protection technology, VIPRE - without building on older generation AV engines or other sourced technology components. VIPRE is fast, efficient technology in a single, powerful threat engine with low impact on system resources.

Take a deep dive into new features including scalable multi-site tiering and role-based access control. Plus, learn why VIPRE delivers all the necessary security functionality you need and nothing you don't. When: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 2:00 PM (EDT) Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-VIPRE-Premium-Demo-3-16


VIPRE Enterprise Premium Product Demonstration - 3/23

Join us for a look at Sunbelt's new VIPRE Enterprise Premium Version 4.0, powerful, high-performance endpoint malware protection. Be among the first to see the new version, which combines antivirus, antispyware and now firewall into a single agent. Plus take a deep dive into other new features including scalable multi-site tiering and role-based access control. When: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 11:00 AM (EDT) Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-VIPRE-Premium-Demo-3-23


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/100301-VIPRE-Email-Security-Demo


Upcoming Windows OS Internals Classes

David Solomon Expert Seminars 2010 class schedule is posted. They have three deliveries of their 5-day Windows OS internals class planned: London: April 12-16, New York City: May 3-7, and San Francisco: November 8-12. They also have another 2 day webinar (virtual class) on April 26 & 28. To register or for more details, visit
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-Windows-OS-Internals


Tech Briefing

Security Expert: U.S. Would Lose Cyberwar

The U.S. government, if confronted in a cyberwar today, would not come out on top, a former U.S. director of national intelligence said Tuesday. "If the nation went to war today, in a cyberwar, we would lose," Mike McConnell told a U.S. Senate committee. "We're the most vulnerable. We're the most connected. We have the most to lose." McConnell, director of national intelligence from 2007 to 2009, predicted that the U.S. government would eventually get heavily involved in protecting cybersecurity and in regulating private approaches to cybersecurity. Testifying before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, McConnell also predicted that the U.S. would make little improvements in its cybersecurity before a "catastrophic" attack will cause the government to get involved. More at Computerworld:
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-US-in-Cyberwar


How To Ace A Job Interview In 7 Seconds

You are at a job interview and the interviewer looks up as you enter the room. You've got just seven seconds to make a lasting first impression. While you can't stop people from making snap decisions, you can understand how to make those decisions work in your favor: Full Story:
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-Job-Interview


FTC Warns Nearly 100 Firms Of P2P Data Leaks

In what appears to be a warning shot, the Federal Trade Commission has sent out letters to about 100 companies, informing them about sensitive and confidential data from their networks being found on publicly available on peer-to-peer networks. More at ComputerWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-P2P-Data-Leaks


Careers: IT Certification Values on the Rebound

The most recent IT Skills and Certification Pay Index compiled by the employment gurus at Foote Partners showed that even though values of IT certifications declined in 2009, the last three months data indicate that the free-fall could finally be over: Here is the slide show:
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-IT-Certification-Values


Why You May Wind Up Supporting The Kindle

It's simple: Redmond recently signed a patent-licensing deal with Amazon for several products, including the Amazon Kindle. This is an interesting development. You know that the Kindle is the #1 e-reader. And rumors fly that Amazon plans to revamp the Kindle to compete better against the iPad. If the Kindle continues to do well, Redmond might just come out with their own kindle-based e-reader, that needs to be supported.

LinkedIn From Within Outlook: Underwhelming

Last year November, LinkedIn announced a partnership with Microsoft. This resulted in the LinkedIn Professional Network within your Outlook inbox currently in Beta. I tried it out. All you need to do is download the latest version of the Outlook Social Connector from Microsoft 2003, 2007 or 2010. During the install, you can go to the LinkedIn site, and download the LinkedIn Outlook Connector. After restarting Outlook, there are instructions that will help you connect your LinkedIn account to Outlook. Well, I am underwhelmed. The only thing I see by default is icons of pictures and names at the bottom of the reading page. Bad implementation?
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-Social-Connector


Windows Server News

Mark Your Calendars; More Windows Support End Dates

Microsoft is sounding the support warning bell a few months early for customers who are running Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 2, Vista (with no service packs applied) and Windows 2000. On July 13, 2010, Windows XP SP2 and all versions of Windows 2000 also will reach the end-of-support milestone.

Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet (a Redmond Magazine back page columnist) posted a quick note about support ending for XP SP2, versions of Windows 2000, and the very first version of Vista in the next few months:
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-Support-End-Dates


Third Party News

What Does The New VIPRE Enterprise Multi-Site Service For Me?

The major improvement to the entire 4.0 Enterprise family is the Multi-Site Service. This was designed to be an extremely flexible feature, allowing admins to configure their installation to suit their network topology, taking into account remote offices, local offices, remote admins, admins with different privileges and so on. Found in CounterSpy Enterprise, VIPRE Enterprise and VIPRE Enterprise Premium, it's named the VIPRE Site Service, a very powerful and flexible feature.

First, an administrator can set up a hierarchical Tiering model, with 4.0 Enterprise installed at several sites in a "waterfall" configuration. By configuring the access to each Site, a "Headquarters" site can view all lower-level sites, and the "lower" sites can report quarantine and scan results both locally and to Headquarters. (A Site in 4.0 is defined as the VIPRE Site Service installed, with associated databases and controlling one or more agents.) Thus a Chief Sys Admin at HQ can control, configure and review all lower level activity, while local admins will only have access to their local installation. There's no limit to how "deep" this hierarchy can be created.

The console, which can be set up remotely from the service, can view and control multiple Sites, with Sites and Policies organized neatly. It's possible to quickly navigate between Sites and Policies, even navigating between policies on different Sites. Want to compare the settings in the Sales policy on Site A with the Sales policy on Site B? One menu click and you can jump to that policy. Want to compare Site settings between different Sites? Again, easy navigation on the console.

In a Peering model, multiple Sites can be configured with equal access and privileges, allowing Site A to view Site B and vice versa, and for each site to populate databases at both locations, providing redundancy between Sites. If a Site goes down, agents continue to report results. Automatic fail-over is not yet available, however policies can be configured to expedite a manual fail-over and maintain administrator control of agents.

We also have Tiering by Permissions, where an admin can set up one Site Service at one location, and have policies applied to different locations. Admin privs can be controlled by policy-in other words, admin privs can be assigned to read/edit each policy in turn, giving a local admin rights only to his local policies, with the Chief Sys Admin having privileges to control all policies.

Combinations of the above three features allow admins to customize the Site Service specifically for their network topology. Multiple Sites can be created in a Tiering and/or Peering configuration, and privileges can be used on top of that, allowing a Tiering by Permissions configuration on a local Site.

The possibilities are endless. The design goal was to create a system architecture that would work for a small company with only one site, to a multinational corporation with dozens of sites throughout the world. The VIPRE Site Service is particularly helpful for Managed Service Providers, and they can run multiple Sites, one for each customer, or just install one Site Service and control access for each customer admin.

In tests, we've found that experienced admins familiar with 3.1 adjust very rapidly to 4.0, and find it very easy to use. There's a brief period of getting familiar with the new layout, and once they've got that straight, using 4.0 is a breeze. A new user, unfamiliar with VIPRE, might take a little longer to get familiar with all main features, but again, once they understand the basic layout, it's a snap.

I almost forgot to mention-admins can have multiple Sites running CounterSpy, VIPRE or VIPRE Premium. One console can control each site, and an organization or MSP can run any version of 4.0 from any console. We have excellent documentation to describe all the features available in 4.0, and a separate guide dedicated to setting up multiple Sites and admin permissions.

I'm very excited about the capabilities of 4.0, and very pleased to be releasing this product next week.

Iron Mountain Buys Mimosa

Iron Mountain said last week that it acquired email archiving vendor Mimosa Systems for $112 million. Mimosa's NearPoint architecture gives Iron Mountain on-site archiving of Exchange e-mail, SharePoint data and unstructured files. This makes a good combo with their own cloud-based archiving. Mimosa gives Iron Mountain a product to pitch to enterprises that are cloud-shy and want to keep their data grounded at home.

Our thoughts about this:

The merger will take some time to complete. Mimosa on-site will continue to cost a more than cloud due to the hardware requirements. This will not change. The marketing message will have to be adjusted. Mimosa had a good marketing machine, but their clear message will be lost in the other offerings. Mimosa cannot support Exchange 2010 (I mean really can´t yet). The code is different.

So, good news for Sunbelt Exchange Archiver. One more competitor that gets absorbed by a large outfit with the risk of slowly disappearing. Redmond Magazine said: "Sunbelt Exchange Archiver makes email archiving and retrieval accessible to the rest of us" - Redmond MVP Award.
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-SEA


WServerNews Fave Links

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


WServerNews - Product of the Week

Webcast: Introducing VIPRE Enterprise Premium, V4.0

Be the first to see Sunbelt's new VIPRE Enterprise Premium Version 4.0 - powerful, high-performance endpoint malware protection. The new premium version combines antivirus, antispyware, and now a 2-way Firewall, HIPS, NIPS, IDS, Web Filtering, Malicious URL Blocking, and Anti-Phishing into a single low-overhead small-footprint agent.

Take a deep dive into new features including scalable multi-site tiering and role-based access control. Plus, learn why VIPRE delivers all the necessary security functionality you need and nothing you don't. When: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 2:00 PM (EDT) Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100301-VIPRE-Enterprise-Premium