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Vol. 15, #27 - Jun 21, 2010 - Issue #785
Supreme Court: OK For IT To Spy

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  1. Editor's Corner
    • Supreme Court: OK For IT To Spy
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • MSPtv Event: Sunbelt Software and Zenith Infotech Present VIPRE - 6/21
    • VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration - 6/22
    • Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving - 6/29
  4. Tech Briefing
    • June 'Black Tuesday' Patch Causes SharePoint Woes
    • 6 Annoying Router Problems -- And Solutions
    • 20 Windows 7 Quick Tips And Tricks For IT Admins
  5. Windows Server News
    • Top Conversion Tools For Virtual Machine Migration
    • Quiz: Understanding Microsoft Hyper-V
    • From Private Cloud To Hybrid Cloud: Six Things To Consider
    • Citrix vs. VMware - Which Is Enterprise-Ready?
  6. Third Party News
    • BMW Protected By Sunbelt Software's VIPRE Enterprise
    • Protect Your Office AND Your Home For One Price
  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

Supreme Court: OK For IT To Spy

The U.S. Supreme Court this week ruled that employers have the right to order IT to skim through text messages (and that includes personal ones) sent by that organization's workers if they have reason to believe that workplace rules are being violated. So it's official, IT is now approved to spy on the rest of the workers. Oh Joy.

So now, when the question gets asked, "Do you know what your users are up to?" it may become part of your hat to say "Oh, yes". Sigh. You might be asked to rat out your co-workers when they are up to no good. You may have wondered if you owe your loyalty to your co-workers or the organization that employs you. The Supremes have answered that now.

The technical developments over the last 10 years have of course forced this decision. Ninety percent of corporate communication is via email. Voice and video are converging on IP-based networks, and IM traffic skyrockets both in corporate instant messaging and public IM. And this means that more and more corporate transgressions happen online. Sexual harassment via IM, leaks of trade secrets via email, child porn via FTP servers, and goofing off surfing the net while looking busy, you name it.

So now, often because of stricter laws and compliance needs, IT is now filtering the web and blocking sites, and scans e-mail and IM. And recently, this has expanded to monitoring what employees do on social networks and blogs, even when that employee uses their private home PC, in their own time. The very latest development is that employees' cell phone calls and text messages are stored, and if that is a company phone with GPS, well guess what... physical location gets tracked.

So that prompts this week's SunPoll. I bet most of you never expected to play IT cop. So how do you feel about that added responsibility? IT seems to be on two minds. If you are in security, you might feel that it's a valid hat to wear. However, if you are a network admin, you might not like it this one bit.

Q) How do you feel about policing co-workers and monitoring their on-line behavior?
  • Hate it. Feel like I'm forced to rat them out
  • Don't like it, not a role I chose for myself
  • Neutral. Don't like or dislike, part of the job
  • It's needed and I'm positive about doing it
  • It's essential and I'm totally for it as this keeps the organization safe
Vote here at the new SunPoll, bottom right:
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Quotes of the Week

"I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones." -- John Peel

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools." -- Douglas Adams

"There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth...not going all the way, and not starting." -- Buddha




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Admin Toolbox

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Webinars & Seminars

MSPtv Event: Sunbelt Software and Zenith Infotech Present VIPRE - 6/21

Monday, June 21, 2010 - 1 pm ET
Sunbelt Software and Zenith Infotech Present VIPRE Enterprise
Special Guest: Phil Owens, Sr. Sales Engineer - Sunbelt Software

Sunbelt's VIPRE Enterprise has become one of the most popular solutions on the market. Why? By simply staying true to their roots and providing a "bloatware" free solution. One could argue that combining anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-root kit scans together is not necessarily a novel business concept. However, only Sunbelt's VIPRE Enterprise provides these high performance features while retaining low system resource usage - and that has made all the difference!

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VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration - 6/22

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Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving - 6/29

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Tech Briefing

June 'Black Tuesday' Patch Causes SharePoint Woes

Microsoft hasn't yet officially acknowledged the problem, but many admins are reporting that installing this month's "Black Tuesday" SharePoint patch, MS10-039 / KB 2028544 / KB 983444, causes their Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 machines to lock up: Read More:
http://www.wservernews.com/100621-Black-Tuesday


6 Annoying Router Problems -- And Solutions

Computerworld has a very useful story here. "These days, having access to wireless broadband is an absolute necessity for home offices and small businesses. And after more than a decade of innovations, you would think that the standard wireless gateway/router would be a picture-perfect product by now. Alas, no.

"While many routers offer good features, most still come with flaws that can make life a lot harder, such as confounding setups or limited security. What follows are six router problems that, quite frankly, I find the most annoying. I looked for possible solutions, and while I didn't find one router that addressed all my concerns, I did discover features -- and routers -- that could make things a lot easier:"
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20 Windows 7 Quick Tips And Tricks For IT Admins

With so many products, it's easy to fall behind on learning all the features of the "old" Windows 7, so let me bring you up to speed. Here are the top 20 tips and tricks that you should know for Windows 7. Read More:
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Windows Server News

Top Conversion Tools For Virtual Machine Migration

Virtual machine migration is an essential part of an IT administrator's job. Ensure you're using the best conversion tools for your organization with this expert article on image-based vs. online conversion technology:
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Quiz: Understanding Microsoft Hyper-V

Think you know it all when it comes to the basics of server virtualization with Microsoft Hyper-V? Take this 10-question quiz to find out!
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From Private Cloud To Hybrid Cloud: Six Things To Consider

Today's IT organizations are increasingly extending their private cloud models to hybrids. This article provides six key things to consider when planning your hybrid cloud project, from security tips to management guidelines: (Registration Required)
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Citrix vs. VMware - Which Is Enterprise-Ready?

Having trouble choosing between VMware View 4 and Citrix XenDesktop 4 for desktop virtualization? Read this exclusive article to find out why some experts believe neither virtualization technology is ready for enterprise-level production environments:
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Third Party News

BMW Protected By Sunbelt Software's VIPRE Enterprise

Sunbelt announced this week that its VIPRE Enterprise anti-malware product has been selected by BMW Belux to provide endpoint security across its network of car dealerships.

The selection of VIPRE Enterprise follows an extensive evaluation of anti-virus and anti-malware solutions by Carya Group, BMW's IT partner in the region. The implementation sees the deployment of VIPRE Enterprise on its endpoint PCs and servers located in its BMW dealerships across Belgium and Luxembourg.

VIPRE Enterprise was chosen because of its comprehensive security, low use of system resources and advanced management features. VIPRE Enterprise's Centralized Management Console provides a simple yet comprehensive platform for managing antimalware agents on all the PCs in the company network. For Carya Group, the ease of using the Centralized Management Console ensures that it can easily and affordably manage security to all BMW dealerships in Belgium and Luxembourg.

"BMW required a security solution that would provide exceptional protection, while for Carya it was essential that any solution that was in place could be simply and effectively supported remotely," explained Benny Callewaert, IT Manager at Carya Group. "VIPRE Enterprise meets both of these criteria: its performance at stopping malware has been exemplary, while managing activities across the whole network of endpoints is straightforward. We can quickly and simply create reports to show update status and malware attacks blocked, which helps us to demonstrate the value that the business receives from using VIPRE."

"BMW dealerships have a number of PCs in each site, all of which have to be protected and monitored. On Carya Group's recommendation, we have implemented VIPRE Enterprise to ensure that these machines are protected. The feedback from our staff is that VIPRE is unobtrusive and performs well, letting them concentrate on providing the level of service that our end customers expect," said Didier Passchier, IT & Retail IT Manager at BMW Belgium.

Alex Eckelberry, CEO for Sunbelt Software commented, "This implementation demonstrates how the issues of performance and management are making businesses look again at the value that their security solutions are providing. Customers want their anti-malware solution to be highly effective, invisible to users and be simple to use and manage, however large the implementation. VIPRE Enterprise is addressing a very real need in the market and represents a new approach to anti-virus and anti-malware. We greatly value our customers and are delighted that BMW Belgium has selected our solution as their security of choice." 30-day eval here:
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