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Vol. 15, #29 - Jul 12, 2010 - Issue #787
Desktop Virtualization Y/N?

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  1. Editor's Corner
    • Desktop Virtualization Y/N?
    • 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 - July 13
    • Securing your Exchange Server with VIPRE Email Security - July 20
    • Sunbelt Exchange Archiver? Product Demonstration - July 27
    • Building Your Data Center for the Future - July 14
  4. Tech Briefing
    • So You Think You Know IT Security?
    • What Is This WinsXS Folder And Why Is It So Big?
    • Apple Issues Workaround for iOS4 Exchange Bug
    • Big-name Windows Apps Neglect Security
    • Windows Toolkit: 50 Super Software Secrets
  5. Windows Server News
    • VMware's CEO: Server OSes Being Squeezed Out Of Data Centers
    • Help For Windows Based Web Servers
    • Cloud Computing from A to Z
  6. Third Party News
    • eDiscovery Nightmares: Why You Need 3rd-Party Archiving
    • Found At TechEd: MobiControl V7
    • Can Macs Be "Carriers" For Windows Malware?
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • rDirectory now supports AD LDS/ADAM
rDirectory now supports AD LDS/ADAM

v2.6 of rDirectory has just been released with support for Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS, formerly ADAM). This new version enables rDirectory to access directory data from either Active Directory or AD LDS, providing additional flexibility for businesses that utilize directory-enabled applications. rDirectory's customizable, web-based solution for complete identity information management brings secure automation, access control, provisioning and self-service capabilities to Active Directory, while providing an immediate and continuous ROI to any organization.
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Editor's Corner

Desktop Virtualization Y/N?

Last weekend I had some hours to investigate VDI (short for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure). I understand that 'space' better now. The concept is clear, and in certain environments there is a need for this type of functionality: The PC basically becomes a thin client and most of the processing happens on the server side. Desktops are downloaded too, so they are standardized and refreshed regularly. What I am not sure about is how -much- need there is for this. I'm going to ask you to vote at the end of this editorial.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is not very widely deployed at the moment, but Gartner predicts that this will be a $65 billion market by 2013, I have my doubts about that however. They have been badly wrong before, as what could drive VDI to have 50 times growth in a few years? Some of the evangelists call this "The coming rebirth of the desktop computer", and call desktop virtualization the reincarnation of the 'desktop PC' as a personal, virtual environment accessible anywhere. Wow, sounds good, but is that real, turning PC's in thin clients?

Help me out here folks! Give me your input through the SunPoll below.

The VDI market: There are a few 800-pound gorillas battling it out in this space: Microsoft, VMware, Quest and Citrix. They all have competing tools. Then there are about 20 smaller players that want to break in. That's understandable when you look at the numbers that Garner predicts: 49 million units in 2013? Wow. What would make that happen? Here is a recent whitepaper comparing the features of the big ones:
http://www.wservernews.com/100712-Smackdown

From my perspective, the biggest strength of VDI is also its biggest problem. If an end-user makes any changes to their desktop, these are lost. Cannot change the wallpaper, cannot install new apps, it's total central control, not something all staff is happy with. Sometimes they -need- to be able to run apps that are not compatible with VDI.

However, the whole point of virtual desktops is around cost. Provisioning, maintaining and replacing normal PCs is very manually intensive and therefore costly, but with VDI, provisioning is easy. You point the system at the master boot image, and it's done. To migrate to a new version of Windows, you just update the central image.

Microsoft just released RemoteFX as part of (free) Service Pack 1 for W2K8 2008 and that puts the existing players at a disadvantage until they integrate that. Fundamentally RemoteFX is a codec specialized in real-time encodes. It lives on both the server and the client and allows superfast graphics on the client side. More:
http://www.wservernews.com/100712-RemoteFX

So I would like your input. "Is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) in your environment:
  • Already implemented and we like it
  • Planning (partial) implementation in next 12 months
  • We're looking at this, no plans as of yet
  • We have looked at this, and leaning toward 'no'
  • Looked at it and decided this is not for us Vote here at the new SunPoll, bottom right corner:
    http://www.wservernews.com/100712-SunbeltSoftware

    If you would like to communicate some more/other feedback, please send that to me at [email protected]!

    Quotes of the Week

    "The least questioned assumptions are often the most questionable." -- Paul BrocaM

    "A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind." -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance." -- Gian Carlo Menotti




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


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    Tech Briefing

    So You Think You Know IT Security?

    Security means staying on top of a broad range of technologies. How well do you know your authentication, cryptography, firewalls, VPNs and more? Keep track of your score in this fun quiz at InfoWorld. Read More:
    http://www.wservernews.com/100712-IT-Security


    What Is This WinsXS Folder And Why Is It So Big?

    Some of you may have noticed the WinsXS folder and so how big it was. If you have not, check it out at C:\Windows\Winsxs and its whopping size. I found an interesting page that goes into that, and in short: "Winsxs, which stands for 'Windows Side By Side', is native assembly cache. Libraries which are being used by multiple applications are stored there. This feature was first introduced, in Windows ME and was considered as Microsoft's solution to the so-called 'dll hell' issues that plagued Windows 9x. It's still in Windows 7 as well. Here is more:
    http://www.wservernews.com/100712-Secret-Windows-Vista


    Apple Issues Workaround for iOS4 Exchange Bug

    Paul Thurrott reported this week in his 'WinInfo Short Takes' that "Apple this week issued a workaround for a bug in its recently released iOS 4 software for the iPhone that was preventing users from accessing Exchange Server in an efficient manner. According to Microsoft, "Exchange admins are seeing heavier than normal loads on their servers from users with iOS devices," and it has been working with Apple on a fix. Apple's workaround involves manually installing a configuration profile on the iPhone, which should help alleviate some of the problems. But this isn't a fix that enterprises can easily roll out, and of course individuals need to be aware that a workaround is even available before they can take advantage of it. A more formal fix is on the way, Apple says."

    Big-name Windows Apps Neglect Security

    InfoWorld has a good story here. Two important security technologies, Data Execution Prevention (DEP) and Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), go a long way toward preventing unauthorized programs from taking over a PC. And Secunia Research just published a white paper with a disturbing analysis of popular Windows programs that don't use either. For instance, QuickTime, Picasa, and OpenOffice -- still don't use it. More at:
    http://www.wservernews.com/100712-Windows-Apps


    Windows Toolkit: 50 Super Software Secrets

    From obscure options to esoteric shortcuts and arcane add-ons, these hidden gems will help you master the programs you use every day. Just browse through them, you will find a few nuggets that will save you time. The article is at ComputerWorld:
    http://www.wservernews.com/100712-Windows-Toolkit


    Windows Server News

    VMware's CEO: Server OSes Being Squeezed Out Of Data Centers

    InfoWorld reported that the traditional roles of server OSes are being performed by new programming frameworks and a virtualization layer, VMware's Paul Maritz says.

    Virtualization and open development frameworks are squeezing out operating systems in data centers, Maritz said last week at the Structure 2010 conference in San Francisco. Though there are still operating systems underlying virtualized infrastructures, their traditional roles are being usurped by new elements that are transforming the world of IT, Maritz said. These developments are helping enterprises run old and new applications in a more efficient, cloud-like manner and get more value from their IT systems, two trends that companies are embracing, he said. Read More:
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    Help For Windows Based Web Servers

    This week, Redmond a beta version of a free new tool called WebMatrix, which is intended to simplify Web app development based on ASP.Net Web platform. WebMatrix is an addition to Redmond's Web Platform for and for developers of all skill levels. You can download it at the new WebMatrix website.

    "WebMatrix is a task-focused tool that is designed to make it really easy to get started with Web development," said Scott Guthrie, corporate Veep of Redmond's Developer Division. He said in his blog: "It minimizes the number of concepts someone needs to learn in order to get simple things done, and includes and integrates all of the pieces necessary to quickly build Web sites." Get yours here:
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    Cloud Computing from A to Z

    Keeping up with the latest cloud computing trends and terms can be a daunting task. Ensure you're up-to-date with this cloud computing glossary.
    http://www.wservernews.com/100712-Cloud-Computing


    Third Party News

    eDiscovery Nightmares: Why You Need 3rd-Party Archiving

    Archiving is a business necessity - no longer a nice to have, but a key component as important as anti-spam and anti-malware systems. Without a properly specified and managed email archiving capabilities, organizations are at serious risk of being unable to properly and inexpensively address e-discovery and legal hold issues, regulatory compliance requirements, storage management, and data mining.

    The archiving capabilities in Exchange 2010 are a good start, but they are more or less a first-generation offering that will not satisfy the needs of many organizations, particularly those in mixed environments. This Osterman Research white paper has three primary goals: 1) educate decision makers about the critically important role that email and other content archiving plays in minimizing risk and lowering the cost of doing business, 2) educate them about the capabilities of archiving in Exchange 2010, and 3) educate them about why third-party archiving solutions will continue to be necessary. Get it at the White Papers Section. No registration required:
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    Found At TechEd: MobiControl V7

    At TechEd this year I ran into a company I never heard of before, but that turns out to be a major player in controlling Mobile Assets.

    Organizations in today's marketplace are using wireless mobile technology to manage their supply-chain and provide real-time business intelligence to key decision makers. The challenge however, is to effectively manage, support, secure and track evolving mobile field forces across diverse network topologies.

    Whether you are using consumer based devices for push email or ruggedized devices, MobiControl turns out to be the solution of choice for rapid and reliable performance over any network for any size of deployment. If you use mobile devices, you should check these guys out. I saw it work and it was quite interesting. Download a fully functional eval or watch the video here:
    http://www.wservernews.com/100712-MobiControl


    Can Macs Be "Carriers" For Windows Malware?

    Yes, they can. VIPRE Enterprise for Mac is a VIPRE agent designed and built to run on the Mac Leopard and Snow Leopard operating systems. We took our VIPRE engine and "rebuilt" it for the Mac platform, then wrapped the key functions found in VIPRE Enterprise around it.

    While threats remain predominantly in the Windows environment, more and more companies are asking for a Mac solution. One of the real concerns is that a Mac plugged into a corporate network will act as a "carrier" for Windows malware. A user plugs an infected USB stick into his Mac, or surfs to a website with malware, and the malware is downloaded onto his machine. It will remain dormant on the Mac, but it can be copied onto the network and other Windows machines, where it can run and wreak havoc.

    VIPRE Enterprise for Mac will not only detect all of the Mac threats, but all of the Windows threats that VIPRE Enterprise detects. Any threat hitting a Mac computer will get exterminated before it gets a chance to propagate onto or across the network.

    Currently the VIPRE Mac agent is a stand-alone agent, which can be deployed using independent programs, or via manual installation. It is an easy installation and simple for users to use. We will be adding deployment from the 4.0 console as our next enhancement, and will continue to improve the product to be a better Mac solution than anything else on the market. 30-day eval here:
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    WServerNews Fave Links

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



    WServerNews - Product of the Week

    rDirectory now supports AD LDS/ADAM

    v2.6 of rDirectory has just been released with support for Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS, formerly ADAM). This new version enables rDirectory to access directory data from either Active Directory or AD LDS, providing additional flexibility for businesses that utilize directory-enabled applications. rDirectory's customizable, web-based solution for complete identity information management brings secure automation, access control, provisioning and self-service capabilities to Active Directory, while providing an immediate and continuous ROI to any organization.
    http://www.wservernews.com/100712-rDirectory-EE