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Vol. 15, #17 - Apr 19, 2010 - Issue #775
What is Antivirus RAP Testing And Why Is It Important?

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  1. Editor's Corner
    • OOPS, The Internet Is Down
    • What is Antivirus RAP Testing And Why Is It Important?
    • Tech Sector In Hiring Drive
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • VIPRE Enterprise Premium Product Demonstration - 4/20
    • VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration - 4/27
    • Webcast: Patch Plus AV: Protect More, Save Time, Spend Less 4/29
    • BriForum Desktop Virtualization Event. June 15 - 17
  4. Tech Briefing
    • 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Wait for Win7 SP1
    • Quiz: VMWare'S Disaster Recovery Tools
    • SURVEY: Is Virtualization Helping Or Hurting Uptime?
    • Brokerage Hit With $375,000 Fine Over 2007 Data Breach
    • Hardware To Drive IT Spending Growth In 2010
  5. Windows Server News
    • ITWorld: The New Changes To Microsoft Windows 2008 Servers
    • Common Mistakes In An Exchange Server 2010 Migration
  6. Third Party News
    • Required Ninja | VIPRE Email Security Update
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Need to find out who added "Joe" to the Domain Admins Group?
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Editor's Corner

OOPS, The Internet Is Down

So, Thursday morning this week, Sunbelt Software was out of the air for two hours. If it wasn't so sad, it would be hilarious, as it's one of those 'We tripped over the power cord' stories. Here is what went down, so you can hopefully prevent a SNAFU like this. To start with, a few weeks ago, we decided to move our in-house DMZ to a nearby co-location so we would have high-availability. That's going to happen in a few weeks.

But as if the devil plays with it, here's what happened. As it turns out, the outage was caused by a construction or cleaning crew moving 30 or so burnt-out fluorescent bulbs on top of the power cord for the Time Warner switch that provides Internet services to this entire building. (It's the building management that is in charge of this electrical room, not our IT team.)

Our IT guys started to frantically check if the problem was on our end, and after checking all internal systems, looked a bit 'further down' the pipe and discovered the cause. The power cord of the switch was hanging in the air due to its short length and the weight of the bulbs eventually worked the power cord loose from the outlet in the wall. The 1GB whole-building switch lost power, UPS drained, and Internet went poof. See picture one below.

Once the switch regained power, Internet connectivity was restored, but our internal Catalyst switch that all of our website servers use for network and Internet connectivity did not come alive after having been continuously up for 2 years. So we had to quickly replace it with a spare and configure that spare. Two hours later we were back in the air. Whew. Apologies for any disruptions this may have caused. Lesson learned - Even though it's not your own server room, make sure on a regular basis there is nothing in the building's electrical rooms (or your own server closets for that matter) that could cause downtime due to a stupidity. How we found it:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-FAIL

Zoomed out to show the building switch:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-FAIL2


What is Antivirus RAP Testing And Why Is It Important?

Perhaps you know that Virus Bulletin is the world's most prestigious antivirus lab. They have been testing antivirus products for years. Apart from their VB100 certification, they have another interesting test called RAP. It's for "Reactive and Proactive", and helps you form an impression of the heuristic -and- generic proactive detection capability of security software products - in particular how well products perform against malware that appears after vendors have submitted their products to Virus Bulletin for testing. They create a quadrant a few times a year, and compare all products they have tested. Here is the April 2010 one. And as you see, VIPRE does EXCELLENT in this test, compared to all the other products out there. Top right in the quadrant is highest quality. Click on the graph for the bigger picture)
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-RAP-on-VIPRE


Tech Sector In Hiring Drive

Big article on the front page of the Wall Street Journal today. They reported that tech is rebounding in a big way. Google Inc. posted a 37% profit jump for the first quarter and chip maker AMD reported a 34% revenue increase to record levels. The results follow the strong showing of bellwether Intel Corp., which Tuesday announced quarterly profit that nearly quadrupled on a 44% jump in sales. Google has started hiring aggressively, with 786 new employees in Q1, and was just getting started. Intel expects to hire 1,000 to 2,000 people in 2010, and Cisco in February said it plans to hire between 2,000 and 3,000 workers in 2010. It's not only the big ones. Twitter, LinkedIn and many other smaller tech companies are hiring too. Sometimes bidding wars break out, and it feels like the late nineties again in some sectors. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Quotes Of The Week

"Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there." -- Josh Billings, born in 1818

"The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract." -- Robert A. Heinlein

"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." --Thomas Jefferson




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


Don't Get Caught with Your Compliance Down

Know that feeling when you realize you forgot to do something really important? That's how you'll feel when your company is involved in legal proceedings, and you overlook something during the e-discovery. The consequences could be devastating. Judges are not amused with lost or destroyed evidence, and your organization could be fined millions of dollars. Worse, you could lose a court case that could otherwise be won. Avoid such a scenario with SEA. Sunbelt Exchange Archiver is affordable archiving for SME's. Ask for your quote here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-SEA


Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Download an exclusive free eBook, Essentials of Effective File Security by Greg Shields, and a free 30-day trial of Security Explorer from ScriptLogic:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-Security-Explorer

Get your Macs under control! Use Active Directory Group Policy to also manage your Mac workstations. Free white paper:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-Centrify

Free Sysinternals Tools - help you reveal rootkits, track down and terminate runaway processes, and remove unwanted programs from system start up:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-Windows-Sysinternals

HP wrote a really good 32-page whitepaper on deploying virtualized Exchange 2007 using VMware. It's here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-Best-Practices-PDF


Webinars & Seminars

VIPRE Enterprise Premium Product Demonstration - 4/20

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. Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-VIPRE-Premium-Demo


VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration - 4/27

Securing your Exchange Server is key to protecting your enterprise environment from spam, viruses, phishing, and other messaging threats. In this product demonstration, 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. Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-VIPRE-Email-Security


Webcast: Patch Plus AV: Protect More, Save Time, Spend Less 4/29

Join the CEOs of Shavlik Technologies and Sunbelt Software as they explore the power and value of pairing two best of breed technologies in a single, easy-to-use Agent. It's been nearly a year since Shavlik Technologies integrated Sunbelt Software's VIPRE Enterprise engine into the NetChk Protect Agent. Mark Shavlik and Alex Eckelberry will explain what they've learned from customers about the real value of reducing cost, complexity, and the number of agents you have to manage. Learn how Shavlik NetChk Protect Plus VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware can help you:
  • Start managing your physical and virtual assets, software, patches, and AV in 30 minutes or less
  • Defend your networks against the top 4 threats faced by SMBs
  • Eliminate the impact of heavy weight AV on system resources like CPU and memory
  • Reduce the amount of time and IT resources needed to protect your machines against today's viruses, worms, rootkits, and botnets AND patch Microsoft and 3rd party applications -- all for about the price of what the Big 3 AV vendors charge you just for AV
Register At:
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BriForum Desktop Virtualization Event. June 15 - 17

BriForum: The most technical, hands-on, 100% independent, desktop virtualization event. Mark your calendar for BriForum 2010 returning to Chicago, IL from June 15 - 17. Desktop virtualization guru, Brian Madden, and fellow industry experts will arm you with desktop and application virtualization-related tips, tricks, and verified techniques that you can apply immediately within your organization. This event is also completely hands-on allowing you to try out the latest solutions and offerings in this constantly changing space and talk directly to the vendors - saving you the time and hassle of researching these options on your own. Register today:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-BriForum


Tech Briefing

10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Wait for Win7 SP1

After Win7 SP1 leaked out on the web last week, eWEEK came out with this interesting list, basically saying that it won't pay to hold out for SP1. Let's see what they have to say for themselves:
  1. It'll be a small update
  2. Windows 7 is quite secure
  3. Windows XP mode
  4. It's not Vista
  5. Microsoft was smart this time
  6. It arrived ready for enterprise use
  7. Waiting with Vista isn't a good idea
  8. Keeping XP running too long isn't good either
  9. The Windows 7 deals are going away
  10. The past is gone.
They continued with: "If Microsoft has shown us anything since Windows 7's launch, it's that the company is finally serious about delivering an operating system that people will want to use out of the box. It seemingly realized that Apple was doing a better job at delivering an operating system that people are looking for. And to fix that, it followed suit. In the process, it has delivered an operating system that doesn't require users to wait until Service Pack 1. After far too many miscues in the past, Microsoft finally got this one right at launch."

Well, what do you think? Here is the article. Read it and vote in the new SunPoll!
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-Windows7-SP1

Vote here about your Win7 Migration plans - lower right hand corner:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-Vote


Quiz: VMWare'S Disaster Recovery Tools

Do you think you're a VMware whiz? Take this VMware disaster recovery tool quiz to test your knowledge!
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-Quiz


SURVEY: Is Virtualization Helping Or Hurting Uptime?

Does your network deliver acceptable level of uptime? Have you virtualized your environment and if so, has virtualization enabled your organization to achieve better economies of scale and improved server and application availability? Is your server infrastructure getting the job done? Sunbelt Software and ITIC would like your experience. We've created a new survey.

The questions are straightforward and it should take less than 5 minutes to complete. All responses are kept confidential. And once again, anyone who completes the survey is eligible to win one of two (2) free personalized iPods! To be eligible to win the iPods you must leave your Email address along with your comment in the final question comment box. Here's the link:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-Virtualization-Survey

As always, we will post an Executive Summary of the results and survey highlights in this newsletter once we've polled all the results. Anyone who completes the survey is also eligible to obtain a free copy of the Report by emailing Laura directly at [email protected] Thanks in advance and we look forward to your input!
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-Virtualization-Survey


Brokerage Hit With $375,000 Fine Over 2007 Data Breach

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has fined brokerage firm Davidson & Co. $375,000 over a 2007 data breach in an action that highlights the growing attention regulators are paying to the controls companies have in place for protecting customer data. The breach resulted in the exposure of customer names, account numbers, addresses, social security numbers, dates of birth and other confidential information belonging to about 192,000 customers. The attack stemmed from a SQL injection vulnerability that allowed unknown hackers to break into a Davidson database server containing the data. More:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-Data-Breach-Fine


Hardware To Drive IT Spending Growth In 2010

Both Gartner and Forrester Research released their forecasts for 2010 IT spending. Both firms point to positive growth in hardware and software spending, which means a tech recovery in 2010. Investments in computer hardware will be the main driver as corporate IT buyers will grab mobile PCs, desktops, servers, storage and network devices in the coming months.

Andrew Bartels, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research wrote in a blog post: "I now expect the U.S. IT market to grow by 8.4%, a bit higher than my earlier forecast, because of better-than-expected performance in communications equipment."

"For software, growth will result from a mixture of the revival of deferred license software purchases following the 2009 capital freeze, ongoing growth in SaaS software and continued strong growth in Smart Computing platform technologies like service-oriented architecture (SOA) infrastructure, virtualization software and analytics," Forrester states.

Gartner forecasted worldwide IT spending to reach $3.4 trillion in 2010, which means a 5.3% increase from IT spending of $3.2 trillion in 2009. They also pointed to hardware as a key driver to IT spending.

Windows Server News

ITWorld: The New Changes To Microsoft Windows 2008 Servers

Microsoft has some new additions to its Windows 2008 Server line, but sadly it needs to have a better naming convention to make it easier to keep track. If you haven't looked at this operating system since it was introduced in February 2008, now is the time to get closer and try it out. This article in ITworld reviews the latest R2 SP1 version of Windows Server 2008 as well as previous versions, and what is new and notable. David Strom created a very useful little grid that will save you a lot of time:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-2008-Servers


Common Mistakes In An Exchange Server 2010 Migration

Migrating to Exchange Server 2010 can be a challenging task. Guarantee a successful transition with these key tips on proper planning and thorough testing: Over at the SearchExchange site: (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-2010-Migration-Mistakes


Third Party News

Required Ninja | VIPRE Email Security Update

Product Notification: Ninja Email Security for Exchange & VIPRE Email Security for Exchange
Date: April 15th, 2010
Notification Type: Security Update
Product: Ninja Email Security for Exchange & VIPRE Email Security for Exchange
Version: All
Operating System: All product-supported Operating Systems

Sunbelt Software is pleased to announce the arrival of VIPRE Email Security for Exchange v3.1. Among many enhancements, this release will update your current software with a new dynamic link library file that will replace your expiring Cloudmark cartridge.dll file, set to end-of-life on May 1st, 2010. In order to update your software, you will need to follow these instructions, based on your version of Exchange:

Exchange 2000/2003 (Version 3.1.14867)
Upgrade instructions:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-VIPRE-Email-Security-Upgrade

Release notes:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-VIPRE-Email-Security-ReadMe

Exchange 2007/2010 (Version 3.1.25811)
Upgrade instructions:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-Upgrade

Release notes:
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-ReadMe

IMPORTANT: This update is required by April 30th, 2010. If you do not complete this upgrade, your Cloudmark anti-spam engine will no longer receive updates. As of the writing of this email, there are 15 days remaining for you to complete this operation. Thank you for choosing Sunbelt Software!

Sunbelt Software Support
Sunbelt Software
email: [email protected]
Voice: 1-877-673-1153

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WServerNews - Product of the Week

Need to find out who added "Joe" to the Domain Admins Group?

Auditing the changes in Active Directory can be one of the most important steps in ensuring the security and integrity of your network. Active Administrator monitors the changes in Active Directory, producing a live view of changes as they occur, as well as custom filtered views of changes. Active Administrator's auditing agents can collect "before" and "after" values for all attribute changes on AD objects so you can track all the key information - who made the change, when, where, and what did they change. Download a free trial version of Active Administrator today!
http://www.wservernews.com/100419-ActiveAdministrator