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Vol. 15, #22 - May 24, 2010 - Issue #780
Check Out The VIPRE Enterprise May 2010 Special, Really.

This issue of WServerNews is sponsored by
  1. Editor's Corner
    • Check Out The VIPRE Enterprise May 2010 Special, Really.
    • Come See Us At TechEd in New Orleans, booth #701
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • VIPRE Enterprise Premium Product Demonstration - 5/25
    • Quarterly Briefing Turn the Tables on the Bad Guys: Malware Unmasked
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Redmond Warns Of Hole In Win7 64 and Server 2008 R2
    • 40 Surprisingly Colorful Facts About CA
    • Can Cloud Computing Be Trusted Yet?
    • Top 15 Reasons Desktop Virtualization Fails
  5. Windows Server News
    • Why Did The VMware Instructor Take The Hyper-V Training Course?
    • Microsoft System Center 2010: Hands On
  6. Third Party News
    • How To Make A Bootable VIPRE Rescue USB Flash Drive
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
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Editor's Corner

Check Out The VIPRE Enterprise May 2010 Special, Really.

Are you frustrated with slow, bloated antivirus?

When you compare VIPRE Enterprise to Symantec, McAfee, Trend Micro or whatever antivirus program you're using, you WILL want to switch. So check out the current offer. These two combined truly are a no-brainer.
  1. Now through May 31st, buy three years of maintenance with any new VIPRE Enterprise order and get a fourth year free.

  2. And if you replace an existing AV product, you get a 50% competitive upgrade discount!
There is no better time than now to get rid of your AV bloatware. VIPRE Enterprise runs in 20,000+ production sites, and is VB100, ICSA and West Coast Labs AV Certified. Get the performance and protection you need to achieve total endpoint malware protection, all managed from your 'Malware Command Center' central console. Time to kiss your old antivirus bloatware goodbye!

Hurry, offer expires May 31st:
http://www.wservernews.com/100524-Buy3-Promo

PS: Could you do me a big favor and forward this to your friends?

Come See Us At TechEd in New Orleans, booth #701

Would be great if you can make it. I'll be there too. Why attend Tech·Ed 2010? Because you'll return to the office with cutting-edge insights and expertise that will make life easier for you (and everyone else) at work. Immerse yourself in hundreds of IT learning opportunities, and collaborate with Microsoft innovators, third party leaders, and thousands of your IT peers, building connections that will last beyond your days at Tech·Ed.

And of course, the chance to win a special VIPRE-themed Ducati 848 Superbike if you enter at our booth #701. Picture here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100524-Ducati

Register for Tech.Ed here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100524-TechEd


Quotes of the Week

"The only thing we ever learn from history is that we never learn from history" -- George Bernard Shaw

"Organization and good planning are just crutches for people that can't handle stress and caffeine." - Unknown




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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

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Webinars & Seminars

VIPRE Enterprise Premium Product Demonstration - 5/25

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 11:00am - 11:30am EDT

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.
http://www.wservernews.com/100524-VIPRE-Demo


Quarterly Briefing Turn the Tables on the Bad Guys: Malware Unmasked

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

The cyber threat landscape is constantly changing, and even with the most sophisticated security you're never completely protected from attacks. As part of our mission to 'keep the bad guys out', SunbeltLabs presents in this webinar how we use our own sandbox technology to keep a step ahead.

Sunbelt Software's Lead Security Analyst, Brian Jack and Malware Response Manager, Dodi Glenn will discuss the current threat landscape and dig deeper into some of the most dangerous and complicated threats out there. During this briefing we will focus on two different types of threats: malicious PDFs and rogue antivirus applications. Learn how to gain an edge when protecting your enterprise.

Whether you are dealing with spear phishing or mass attacks, join us to see how to deploy the right tools and learn how to quickly analyze and unmask malware. New threats require new technologies and techniques to protect yourself and your organization. Sign up now and turn the tables on the bad guys.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
http://www.wservernews.com/100524-Malware-Unmasked


Tech Briefing

Redmond Warns Of Hole In Win7 64 and Server 2008 R2

They issued an advisory on a bug affecting 64-bit Win7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The flaw also impacts Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based systems and (of course they say it's not very likely) - can leave you open to a hacker running code on your PC and hang the system, forcing you to hard reboot.

The possibility is not high, Microsoft gave the vulnerability a "3" rating (on a scale from 1 to 3, where 1 is "you're toast"). The advisory is just a warning, and no patch is currently available, but they are working on that. Want to be double-plus sure you won't be hit? Disable Windows Aero, which will alleviate the problem until a fix is available:
http://www.wservernews.com/100524-Security-Advisory


40 Surprisingly Colorful Facts About CA

Huge growth through acquisitions, financial scandals and a shifting identity have made life interesting for CA (formerly Computer Associates) over the last few decades. Known best for mainframe software, this IT vendor has its hooks in IT security, service management, and project and portfolio management. It's reputation among system administrators is not the very best:
http://www.wservernews.com/100524-Slideshow


Can Cloud Computing Be Trusted Yet?

Although cloud computing offers cheap, on-demand computing power, many still feel that cloud providers simply can't be trusted. Learn why some IT professionals are holding off on public clouds in this exclusive article:
http://www.wservernews.com/100524-Trusted-Cloud-Computing


Top 15 Reasons Desktop Virtualization Fails

Is your organization considering implementing desktop virtualization? Guarantee a successful project with this list of the top 15 reasons desktop virtualization fails, compiled by industry expert Brian Madden:
http://www.wservernews.com/100524-Virtualization-Fails


Windows Server News

Why Did The VMware Instructor Take The Hyper-V Training Course?

Even the most loyal VMware users should have an understanding of how Hyper-V works. This exclusive tip details independent expert Brian Madden's experience in Microsoft's four-day fast-track course to Hyper-V. Gain insight into what Brian liked about the course and Hyper-V, as well as what he felt their pitfalls were: (Requires Registration)
http://www.wservernews.com/100524-Hyper-V-Training


Microsoft System Center 2010: Hands On

Computerworld did a really good write-up on System Center, it will save you time to read this article: "Last month, Microsoft released the first two products in the System Center 2010 wave: the management suite System Center Essentials 2010, and the backup-and-recovery-focused Data Protection Manager 2010. I've been evaluating these products in late prerelease form, and I'll share my impressions and what I've discovered here.

System Center Essentials 2010

System Center Essentials 2010 is the latest revision to the integrated systems management suite designed for midsize businesses. Microsoft already offers the full System Center suite for enterprises but has recently focused on filling the gap that often exists between product offerings for tiny shops with fewer than 25 people and global corporations with 5,000-plus users.

Microsoft has a pretty wide definition of what a midsize business looks like: It suspects such a business has between 25 and 400 PCs and five to 50 servers, doesn't already have systems management software, has fewer than five IT generalists in its internal support operation and predominantly uses Microsoft software. (Clearly that's a model picture in Microsoft's view.) Obviously, this vision is a bit more likely in the smaller end of that space, with more heterogeneity probable in the upper end of the midsize market.

In any event, Essentials 2010 is designed to help make an environment not managed by specialists every bit as efficient and healthy as one that is. Essentials 2010 attempts to achieve three key goals:
  • Monitor the total environment of a network and proactively alert admins to, and sometimes automatically fix, problems that crop up -- anywhere from a client PC to a server to a piece of software.
  • Deploy software and patches in an efficient, streamlined way, rather than sneakernetting CDs and DVDs around the office.
  • Integrate virtualization strategies and techniques into a market that traditionally hasn't been ready for that complexity. More at:
    http://www.wservernews.com/100524-MS-System-Center-2010


Third Party News

How To Make A Bootable VIPRE Rescue USB Flash Drive

Peter van Houten wrote this How-To to the NTSYSADMIN list members. Sunbelt has hosted this list for 10+ years and it's a free subscription - over here, left column, subscribe at the 'NT System Admin Issues' section:
http://www.wservernews.com/100524-Sunbelt-Communities

"In preparation for my possible meeting with Pan Virut tomorrow, I prepared a bootable USB flash drive with the following recipe. I used Winternals ERD Commander (as I also run the built-in functionality extensively) but I'm sure most other WinPE implementations will work.
  1. Download and install WinToFlash:
    http://www.wservernews.com/100524-WinToFlash

  2. Download the latest Vipre Rescue [1]
    http://www.wservernews.com/100524-VIPRE-Rescue

  3. Unpack the Vipre Rescue executable to a temp directory using WinRar, etc.

  4. Unpack the ISO / CD / DVD containing your WinPE system to another temp directory (I use ImgBurn and WinRar)

  5. Copy the directory in (3) somewhere into the directory in (4). I place all my extra executables into "Programs" as I intensely dislike the Windows use of a space in names.

  6. Copy sbredrv.sys (the Vipre anti-rootkit engine) from (3) to the Windows drivers directory in (4). Nominally, this is %windir%\system32\drivers in that filesystem.

  7. Copy sbbd.exe (the Vipre boot delete utility [sounds horrendous!]) from (3) to the Windows executables directory in (4). Nominally, this is %windir%\system32 in that filesystem.

  8. Run WinToFlash and choose "Transfer Windows XP/2003 setup to USB drive" under "Advanced mode" and choose (4) as the source and the root of the USB flash drive as the destination.

  9. 10 mins later you should have a bootable USB flash drive schtick.

  10. Boot from the above flash drive and open a shell from whence you can run VIPRERescueScanner.exe (or renamed to simply vipre.exe to save typing) with your choice of switches. I run the .exe directly as ERD Commander doesn't like .bat files and I haven't bothered to find out why.

  11. Batch / script the whole caboodle above so you don't have to wade through it again (especially since you'll want to update Vipre Rescue regularly).
Many thanks to Sunbelt.

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