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Vol. 15, #26 - Jun 14, 2010 - Issue #784
TechEd 2010 Highlights For Admins

  1. Editor's Corner
    • TechEd 2010 Highlights For Admins
    • What Is This New Windows Server AppFabric?
    • Silly Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • Introducing VIPRE Enterprise Premium, Version 4.0 - 6/15
    • VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration - 6/22
    • Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving - 6/29
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Redmond At TechEd: We'll Be 90% In The Cloud This Decade
    • Microsoft Confirms Critical WinXP Bug
  5. Windows Server News
    • What's New In SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Cloud Talk Dominates TechEd 2010 Keynote
    • New Communications Server 2010 Demo
    • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2011 Demo
  6. Third Party News
    • TechEd 2010: EventSentry
    • TechEd 3010: Sunbelt Software Announces Two New Security Products
    • VIPRE Email Security for Gateway
    • Availability and pricing
    • Problem: One VM Starts A Defrag That Slows Another VM Down
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • What Do System Admins Say About VIPRE Enterprise?
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Editor's Corner

TechEd 2010 Highlights For Admins

It was great to be back in New Orleans for the first time after Katrina. The weather was hot and humid, the city was just like old times and I can warmly recommend it for a fun trip.

The TechEd crowd was back in full force with 8,000 attendees and 10,000 total conference participants. There was a lot of cool news and interesting stuff going on. For example, Microsoft released a public beta of Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1. This public beta is the first time that the SP1 features are available. Of course Redmond warns to not use it in production, but I suggest you install it in a testbed and play with the new impressive features.

The big picture Redmond painted was a seamless and orderly migration from on-premise servers to the cloud. And just as important, Microsoft also offered a hybrid cloud computing model in which you can mix and match your on-premise and hosted solutions. It's actually a very powerful combination you cannot get anywhere else.

The sessions that showed the latest versions of Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Visual Studio have been interesting and abundant. Cloud computing and all of the technologies surrounding Windows Azure were a big focus as well. As a matter of fact, the Keynote speech was dominated by cloud. It was centered on how you can extend the tools and data you currently use on premise (Active Directory, System Center products, etc.) to cloud computing environments.

Talking about System Center, the new Service Manager is actually pretty cool, it does a LOT of very handy things that admins are going to really like. System Center Service Manager 2010 is a new addition to the System Center suite of products, and gets you an integrated platform for automating and adapting IT Service Management best practices to your organization's requirements.

Service Manager helps you with incident and problem resolution, change control, and asset lifecycle management. It automatically connects knowledge and information from System Center Operations Manager, System Center Configuration Manager, and Active Directory Domain Services. This is something you want to check out:
http://www.wservernews.com/100614-Service-Manager


What Is This New Windows Server AppFabric?

Run web applications? In that case you want to check this out. There were more than 25 AppFabric-related sessions presented at TechEd this year. But why should IT pros care about AppFabric and what exactly is it? Get the answers to all of your AppFabric questions in this exclusive article: (Registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/100614-AppFabric


Silly Quotes of the Week

"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza." -- Dave Barry

"Thus the metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet." -- Dave Barry




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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

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Webinars & Seminars

Introducing VIPRE Enterprise Premium, Version 4.0 - 6/15

Be among 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.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT. Register here:
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VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration - 6/22

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, June 22, 2010, 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT. Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100614-VIPRE-Email-Security-Demo


Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving - 6/29

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 webinar.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
http://www.wservernews.com/100614-Email-Archiving


Tech Briefing

Redmond At TechEd: We'll Be 90% In The Cloud This Decade

They are putting their IT where their mouth is. How about you? Redmond is progressively getting higher and higher into the cloud. And in an interview this week at TechEd, their CIO said their internal IT will be close to 100 percent cloud-based by the end of this decade. And that's not just Office. They are talking key line of business apps sitting in their Azure cloud. Mary Jo Foley, a Redmond magazine columnist, confirms all this in an interview she did with Microsoft CIO Tony Scott while at Tech-Ed. Here is the link:
http://www.wservernews.com/100614-Apps-in-the-Cloud


Microsoft Confirms Critical WinXP Bug

They confirmed this week that WinXP and W2K3 contain an unpatched bug that could be used to infect PCs by duping users into visiting rigged Web sites or opening attack e-mail. They said they had seen no active in-the-wild attacks exploiting the vulnerability. Attackers can leverage the hole by enticing users to malicious or hacked Web sites, or by convincing them to open malformed e-mail messages. No release date for the patch yet. Here is the advisory:
http://www.wservernews.com/100614-Security-Advisory


Windows Server News

What's New In SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2

Microsoft announced that a beta release of service pack 1 for both WinServer 2008 R2 and Win7 would be available in July. This pack includes the typical list of bug fixes along with a number of new and improved features. For remote users, improvements have been made to Microsoft's DirectAccess feature that will enable the use of the company's Network Load Balancing (NLB) technology. This was not possible in the previous release, causing bottlenecks for high numbers of remote users.

One of the biggest new features in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is the addition of a dynamic memory management feature for Hyper-V. Reducing the memory footprint of a running virtual machine is one of the toughest problems in the world of virtualized desktops and servers. It's not a huge deal to add memory to a running machine, but to actually take memory away from a running operating system is no small feat. Microsoft obviously has a leg up on the competition when it comes to their operating systems since they own the code. SP1 is the result of collaboration between multiple teams at Microsoft to make it happen.

Another new feature with SP1 for both server and desktop is something called RemoteFX. This is a new technology for the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) world, providing significant gains in graphics capabilities for remote or virtual desktops. Remote FX uses a number of different approaches, including hardware acceleration, to make the graphics experience of a remote session look the same as if you were running locally on a fairly recent workstation. Windows 7 SP1 contains a new Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client with support for RemoteFX. More at SearchWindows Server:
http://www.wservernews.com/100614-New-Releases


Cloud Talk Dominates TechEd 2010 Keynote

Got cloud? As Microsoft's president of server and tools business Bob Muglia presented his opening keynote at TechEd, cloud dominated discussion. Go to our insider blog excerpt now to learn what Microsoft is doing to help you adopt the cloud in your organization.
http://www.wservernews.com/100614-Cloud-Talk


New Communications Server 2010 Demo

Redmond's corporate Veep for Microsoft's Office Communications Group, demoed Communications Server "14", which will likely be called Communications Server 2010. "CS14" is integrated deeply into Office, SharePoint, and Exchange," he said. "The whole experience is a lot more social." That actually means that the Communicator contacts screen will feature pictures that were pulled out of SharePoint instead of traditional presence icons. And then there's the new Facebook-like 'Activity Feed' that will show notes or status changes.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2011 Demo

Microsoft officials have been talking up the potential of server application-virtualization since at least 2008. At TechEd this week, the promises got a delivery vehicle and a target: System Center Virtual Machine Manager v.Next, due in the second half of 2011. They demo'd it at the show, and Mary Jo Foley has the best write-up, with a neat System Center Roadmap chart that I think you will like a lot:
http://www.wservernews.com/100614-Server-App-Virtualization


Third Party News

TechEd 2010: EventSentry

Jason Bovberg at WinITPro wrote: "I've always admired EventSentry for its evolution. EventSentry has evolved to address the always-changing needs of real administrators in the field. With EventSentry you can consolidate and monitor event logs and log files in real-time as well as monitor performance, disk space, services, processes and software/hardware installations on servers and workstations. Additional features include NTP Synchronization, temperature & humidity monitoring as well as motion/smoke/water detection. The compliance tracking feature tracks processes, console and network logons, account management activity, policy events and print jobs for audit purposes. The product uses multilingual open-source web reports."

It's a great overall solution for event log, server, and network monitoring:
http://www.wservernews.com/100614-EventSentry


TechEd 3010: Sunbelt Software Announces Two New Security Products

VIPRE Email Security for Gateway and VIPRE Web Filter

Sunbelt announced from Microsoft's Tech-Ed conference the upcoming availability of two new products - VIPRE® Email Security for Gateway and VIPRE® Web Filter. Both products utilize the company's flagship VIPRE anti-malware engine to deliver advanced security protection to businesses of all sizes.

"Customers will have the option of protecting their email servers at the perimeter or at the endpoint with a hardened appliance at an extremely competitive price point, and can confidently protect themselves from Internet threats with an intelligent and resource-efficient approach to network protection."

With the rapidly increasing threat of Internet-borne viruses and malware, organizations of all sizes are searching for highly effective and cost efficient Web and email security solutions that are both built on next- generation security technology and are easy-to-deploy and manage. To meet this growing demand, Sunbelt Software is extending its security portfolio with the addition of two new products.

VIPRE Email Security for Gateway

VIPRE Email Security for Gateway provides a best-in-class email security appliance that delivers carrier-grade reliability to help administrators build a secure and scalable messaging infrastructure with better price and performance than comparable product offerings on the market today.

VIPRE Gateway offers powerful inbound and outbound protection from spam, viruses, and malicious attachments, built-in disclaimers, and comprehensive rules-based email management. Leveraging some of the industry's best antispam and antivirus engines on the market today, VIPRE Gateway combines the critical email security elements of spam and virus protection, corporate policy and compliance, email privacy, and secure email gateway capabilities into a robust, comprehensive, and easy-to-manage platform. VIPRE Gateway features include:
  • Sunbelt Software's award-winning VIPRE Antivirus engine
  • Best-of-breed antispam engine from CloudMark
  • Reliable, hardware and nationwide on-site support
  • Attachment Filtering
  • Disclaimers
  • Admin-level and User-level Quarantine Management
  • At-a-glance reporting and dashboard
  • Tight integration with existing email servers, such as MS Exchange and directories, like Active Directory and LDAP
VIPRE Web Filter

Built on the best-of-breed VIPRE anti-malware protection engine, VIPRE Web Filter is a fast, powerful and affordable threat management solution that will offer easy-to-use and intelligent integrated content filtering, application blocking, and malware protection. VIPRE Web Filter is designed to block potentially dangerous websites and browser exploits through content filtering and application blocking to enable businesses of all sizes to enforce Internet usage policies in order to prevent Internet misuse and protect users from undesirable websites and online threats.

VIPRE Web Filter will be available in a variety of form factors; as a pre-built, hardware appliance; a self-install software solution, or a VMWare virtual appliance. VIPRE Web Filter dynamically blocks access to inappropriate content, unrelated to business activity based on patterns and inference rather than a list of pre-defined URLs - although pre-defined URLs can be used based on user preference. VIPRE Web Filter features include:
  • Detection of hidden and malicious content
  • Flexible, secure filtering with authentication
  • Advanced, detailed reporting
  • Traffic tracking
  • Web caching
  • System resource efficiency
"The availability of VIPRE Email Security for Gateway and VIPRE Web Filter presents IT administrators with the ultimate solution suite for complete threat management," said Eugene Olsen, product manager at Sunbelt Software. "Customers will have the option of protecting their email servers at the perimeter or at the endpoint with a hardened appliance at an extremely competitive price point, and can confidently protect themselves from Internet threats with an intelligent and resource-efficient approach to network protection."

Availability and pricing

VIPRE Email Security for Gateway and VIPRE Web Filter will be available in Q3. Pricing will be competitive with a number of support and maintenance plans available with more details at product release.

Problem: One VM Starts A Defrag That Slows Another VM Down

I learned about a new solution for this problem at TechEd. A new product from Diskeeper Corporation called V-locity® that eliminates the primary barrier to efficiency on virtualized machines.

Server virtualization has emerged as the primary driver for increased efficiency and consolidation across networks. But virtualization technology - with its host / guest levels - exposes the server to fragmentation on top of fragmentation that rapidly increases "unnecessary" I/O traffic. Eventually, the virtual environment becomes a processing bottleneck. Not very efficient.

V-locity is a core performance component for every virtual machine. It will restore and maintain system performance on both hosts and guests throughout the virtual environment. With the proprietary InvisiTasking® technology, V-locity will automatically and invisibly defragment files and consolidate free space on every Windows system it is installed, eliminating unnecessary and excessive I/O. More at:
http://www.wservernews.com/100614-Diskeeper


WServerNews Fave Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

What Do System Admins Say About VIPRE Enterprise?

Familiar with Spiceworks? May 10th, Robert1499 asked the following question: "Does anyone has VIPRE as their AV software? My friend who recommended that we use this instead of McAfee. How much do you like it?"

Just check out the rest of this this thread with the answers on Spiceworks:
http://www.wservernews.com/100614-Spiceworks