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Vol. 15, #28 - Jun 28, 2010 - Issue #786
Tempest In Teacup: 'XP SP2 Security Red Alert'

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  1. Editor's Corner
    • Thanks For Stopping By At TechEd
    • Quick Email Security Survey - Win an iPad
    • IT Spying Court Decision
    • Redmond Released SP3 for Exchange Server 2007
    • Windows 7 Sales: Warp Speed And Still Going Faster
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving - 6/29
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Tempest In Teacup: 'XP SP2 Security Red Alert'
    • Microsoft TechNet Slashes Prices
    • iPhone 4 Teardown Reveals Innovation Inside
    • Top 10 Money-Making Programming Languages
  5. Windows Server News
    • WinServer 2008 R2 Service Pack Goes Beyond Virtualization
    • Active Directory Migration Tool 3.2 Released
  6. Third Party News
    • Best Of TechEd 2010 Show Winners
  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

Thanks For Stopping By At TechEd

It was a great show for everyone. Back to normal 10,000 strength and cool give-aways including the VIPRE-themed Ducati Superbike. We will keep you up to date with Windows Server news, tips, and hints once a week. Here's a short clip of the draw, with about 2,000 people at the Sunbelt booth, and the lucky dawg who won that Ducati! (He's the guy in the middle):
http://www.wservernews.com/100628-Tech-Ed


Quick Email Security Survey - Win an iPad

As a valued subscriber and IT Pro, I'd very much like to hear your views about email security today. Could you fill out this quick 10-question point-and-click survey? Should take 2 minutes at best. And a cool iPad is not to be sneezed at. I guarantee your chances are better than the lotto! By completing this quick survey BEFORE July 1, 2010, you will be part of the draw. Thanks very much, I value your feedback! Get started now, please click here!:
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IT Spying Court Decision

Quite a nerve we touched there. More than 800 people voting up to now. Almost half of you (43%) do not like the concept and and 22% is neutral. That means the minority is somewhat positive about having to monitor on-line behavior of co-workers. Also, quite a few asked about the source, meaning the original decision.

And here is what subscriber Jay Libove had to say, which actually does make a lot of sense: "I take issue with the poll, on the grounds that the best answer isn't offered - that monitoring and control for HR and other corporate policy enforcement issue is no more an IT decision than is the response to a finding of an employee browsing pornography at work. IT may have a technical and process role to play, but it is the responsibility of the organization's governance structure. The IT people are not "policing co-workers", they should simply be providing tools to allow the organization to do so as it finds necessary and appropriate." -- Jay Libove, CISSP, CIPP, CIPP/IT

Here is a copy of the citation. (warning, riddled with legalese):
http://www.wservernews.com/100628-Citation


Redmond Released SP3 for Exchange Server 2007

That's big news this week. We have been waiting for this puppy for a while, as they told the world last November(!) that SP3 would be released in the "second half of 2010." Here it finally is. Biggest change in SP3 is that you now have full support for running E2K7 on W2K8 R2. That's a biggie if you run Exchange 2007 servers, however there still is a gotcha. You can't do an in-place upgrade of an Exchange 2007 server on a Server 2008 server to run on Server 2008 R2. Redmond, fix this please?

Windows 7 Sales: Warp Speed And Still Going Faster

Redmond's PR machine is going full bore. They announced this week that Win7 had surpassed the 150 million unit sales mark in record time. This translates in Win7 being the fastest-selling flavor in OS history. That message gets a little old though, because they have been saying this for years about most of the new Windows flavors. But let's look at the numbers for a moment, and your chin might drop. Win7 sales are actually accelerating. It took four months to sell 40Mil, but the next 50Mil occurred in only two months. You can create the graph in your mind: 25Mil a month, one copy every 7 seconds. This might point to enterprises finally jumping on the bandwagon and upgrading those millions of older XP boxes. I would not be surprised. Sunbelt is about 35% done with the upgrade as we speak.

Quotes of the Week

"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort. The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten" --- John Ruskin

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi




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PS: Did you know this newsletter has a sister publication for XP users called WXPnews? You can subscribe here, and tell your friends:
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PPS: And now we have our new Win7News! You can subscribe here, and tell your friends:
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Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]

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Webinars & Seminars

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Tech Briefing

Tempest In Teacup: 'XP SP2 Security Red Alert'

All over the press this week: 75% of companies will face more security risks because they are still running XP SP2. Oh, shudder, I'm scared now, they make it sound like SP2 boxes are now the living dead, LOL.

Yes, there is an impending end-of-support deadline that Redmond has set XP SP2. Yes, after July 13, they will stop issuing security updates for SP2. Well, for security reasons, it was high time you moved up to XP SP3 anyway, which will be supported until April 2014. Here's a good reason to get that upgrade going!

Microsoft TechNet Slashes Prices

If it's part of your job is to test, evaluate and deploy Microsoft code (and that is pretty much all of us) TechNet is a godsend. However, many of you were not able to get it, as it was quite expensive. Well, that changed! The admission price to heaven just dropped quite a bit. Grab the best deal on Microsoft software with the new Standard subscription to TechNet, Microsoft's venerable service for IT pros. for just $199 for the first year and $149 for every following year. Wow, that's $150 less per year than TechNet Subscription Professional. Get it here:
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iPhone 4 Teardown Reveals Innovation Inside

The repair site iFixit, along with Chipworks, released a teardown of the Apple iPhone 4 this week. The site says it worked hard to get a hold of the iPhone 4-and wasn't disappointed once it did, marveling at Apple's treatment of the phone's multiple antennas and more. Here it is, in a slide show format at the eWEEK site!
http://www.wservernews.com/100628-iFixit


Top 10 Money-Making Programming Languages

If you want to make money in programming, what are the best languages to learn? eWEEK put this question to a host of developers, recruiters, IT pros at born-on-the-Web startups and the creators of some of the most widely used programming languages out there. Worth Checking out:
http://www.wservernews.com/100628-Programming


Windows Server News

WinServer 2008 R2 Service Pack Goes Beyond Virtualization

Amidst all the cloud computing talk at Microsoft TechEd 2010, the company also announced that the first service pack betas for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 will be available in July. The updates will feature dynamic memory management improvements for Hyper-V, as well as the new RemoteFX feature for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments. In the following Q&A, Microsoft senior technical product manager Justin Graham tells SearchWindowsServer.com's Brendan Cournoyer about both features and discusses what else users can expect from SP1:
http://www.wservernews.com/100628-Beyond-Virtualization


Active Directory Migration Tool 3.2 Released

Microsoft this week released an updated Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) tool to help with migrations. The new tool is designed as an aid for IT pros when they need to combine groups of domains, as might be required when two organizations get combined. It can also be used to set up user accounts following company mergers and acquisitions. More:
http://www.wservernews.com/100628-Migration-Tool


Third Party News

Best Of TechEd 2010 Show Winners

Microsoft TechEd was a wild, jazzy, hot, humid affair this year in New Orleans, and editors of Windows IT Pro magazine recognized this year's Best of TechEd Award winners. These third party products make really good candidates for 'shortlists' when you need a new solution. Check out the winners at the WinIT Pro site!
http://www.wservernews.com/100628-Tech-Ed-2010


WServerNews Fave Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

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Short of hardware failures the majority of trouble tickets on Windows systems are caused by underlying change to the state of the machine. Despite this fact monitoring change in Windows is, for all practical purposes, impossible, and IT staff waste large quantities of time trying to trace problems that could have been prevented, or certainly the time to fix substantially decreased. WhatChanged provides complete, cost effective monitoring of Windows machines without impacting performance and enable comparisons over time or from a standard configuration. Download today!
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