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Vol. 15, #30 - Jul 19, 2010 - Issue #788
GFI Software Acquires Sunbelt Software

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  1. Editor's Corner
    • GFI Software Acquires Sunbelt Software
    • Desktop Virtualization Redux
    • Desktop Infrastructure and Cloud Services Survey
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • Securing your Exchange Server with VIPRE Email Security - July 20
    • Sunbelt Exchange Archiver(tm) Product Demonstration - July 27
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Tech Out Of Recession Woods
    • Calling Beta Testers for new DNS Service - ClearCloud(tm)
    • 10 Reasons Why Windows XP Requires Long-Term Microsoft Support
    • The Top 25 New Office 2010 Features
  5. Windows Server News
    • Provisioning For Success With Hyper-V Virtual Machine Deployments
    • Five Open Source Tools For Building And Managing Clouds
    • Pair Your Win 7 And Virtual Desktop Migrations
    • Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) Announcements
  6. Third Party News
    • VIPRE Enterprise Beta Release 4.0 Update 1
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
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Editor's Corner

GFI Software Acquires Sunbelt Software

Alex Eckelberry, CEO of Sunbelt Software, this week announced the acquisition:

"Today, it was announced that Sunbelt Software has been acquired by GFI Software. The new combined entity will provide a wide range of security and infrastructure software solutions, both on-premise and in the cloud.

First, let me say that we're thrilled to be part of the GFI team. Throughout our discussions and interactions with GFI, we have been continually impressed with their dedication to quality, customer service and superior performance throughout the company. Both companies are similar in their attitudes and practices with regard to customer service, product quality, strategic vision, organizational styles and culture
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On the technology side, the acquisition allows us to expand into several areas, which we believe are essential for us to grow as a company and continue to provide leading-edge technologies to our customers. These areas include vulnerability assessment, patch management, data leakage prevention, hosted/cloud-based technologies, and solutions for MSPs.

We have already identified a number of synergies between the products, and are working with the GFI team on these areas. These include putting our VIPRE technology into various GFI products (such as GFI MAX and GFI MailSecurity); and integrating GFI's DLP technology and vulnerability/patch management into VIPRE Enterprise. More details will be forthcoming as we execute on the product roadmap.

In addition to the technology side, GFI provides additional resources in terms of capital, management expertise, systems and new markets that will continue to propel our products and our teams to the highest level of achievement possible.

For the time being, both companies are hard at work, integrating the various sales, marketing, finance, and technology teams. Our goal is to make the combination of the companies as seamless as possible to our customers and partners.

Our management team, including the product teams - Mark Patton (VP R&D), Eric Sites (CTO) and Bill Emerick (SVP Products and Services) - will continue with the new organization. I will be staying on as well, continuing to run the VIPRE business and other security offerings. Stu Sjouwerman, our co-founder, is retiring but will continue to be involved with our various publications (WServerNews, Win7News, and SecurityNews).

It's an exciting day for us here at Sunbelt, and I believe sincerely that this acquisition was in the best interests of all parties - not only our shareholders and employees, but most importantly, our customers and partners." -- Alex Eckelberry

Here is the link to his blog, and you can comment there too:
http://www.wservernews.com/100719-GFI-Acquires-Sunbelt


Desktop Virtualization Redux

First, thanks to all of you that sent me (sometimes extensive) feedback. This is an interesting area. The SunPoll also showed a lively interest, and almost 500 people voted. They were spread quite evenly. A healthy 18% has it already implemented, and another 19% is planning (partial) implementation in the next 12 months. That makes 37% of the market in a year will have VDI deployed in some fashion. Gartner's predictions start to make some sense. However, 19% has no plans of yet, 16% leans toward "no" and 26% decided this was not for them. The following item is a survey that goes into a lot more detail about this, and we will be reporting back to you with the results!

Desktop Infrastructure and Cloud Services Survey

The last several years have been trying ones for organizations and their IT departments as everyone struggles to cope with keeping their desktop infrastructure running at peak efficiency in the face of budget cuts and hiring freezes. At the same time companies are grappling with deploying new technologies like desktop virtualization and managing, provisioning and securing new applications, desktops and dealing with an increase in remote workers. How is your organization coping? We want to know. Once again, Sunbelt Software and ITIC are partnering on a new Desktop Infrastructure and Cloud Services survey The survey consists of multiple choice and one essay questions. It should only take you about five minutes to complete. All responses are kept confidential. We're giving away two (2) iPods to the survey respondents who give us the most thoughtful and insightful essay comments. So please spend five minutes and tell us what you think about managing and securing your desktop infrastructure and what role cloud services may play. Remember to leave both your Email address and your comments in order to be eligible to win any of the prizes, so we can contact you if you're a winner. Here's the survey link:
http://www.wservernews.com/100719-Survey

We'll publish the Executive Summary and survey highlights in this newsletter within the next few weeks. Thanks in advance for your participation Thanks in advance! Laura DiDio

Quotes of the Week

"Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles." -- Alex Karras

"What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" -- Henry David Thoreau

"It takes a genius to see the obvious." -Albert Einstein




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

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    Webinars & Seminars

    Securing your Exchange Server with VIPRE Email Security - July 20

    Securing your Exchange Server is key to protecting your enterprise environment. Our newest version of VIPRE Email Security for Exchange (formerly Ninja Email Security) leverages Sunbelt's next-generation VIPRE antivirus scanning engine as part of a multiple engine strategy to providing comprehensive protection from viruses, spam and other security threats. In this product demonstration, learn how VIPRE for Exchange can help protect your network and cut your Exchange admin time in half with this powerful, policy-based email security product featuring a series of 'best-of-breed' plug-ins for antispam, antivirus, attachment filtering, and disclaimers. Register here for: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET
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    Sunbelt Exchange Archiver(tm) Product Demonstration - July 27

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    Tech Briefing

    Tech Out Of Recession Woods

    Bell-weather Intel this week reported its best-ever quarter. A whopping net income of $2.9 billion on revenues of $10.8 billion. They credited surging PC and server sales, and that includes very strong demand from corporate customers. Finally, the PC industry is out of the recession woods. Corporate PC spending is back!

    "Strong demand from corporate customers for our most advanced microprocessors helped Intel achieve the best quarter in the company's 42-year history," said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. "Our process technology lead plus compelling architectural designs increasingly differentiate Intel-based products in the marketplace. The PC and server segments are healthy and the demand for leading-edge technology will continue to increase for the foreseeable future."

    And I helped. Got myself an Alienware, quad-core, overclocked, water-cooled 12Gig 64-bit Win7 Ultimate monster. You click on the Outlook icon in the taskbar and BAP!... it's there. w00t!

    Calling Beta Testers for new DNS Service - ClearCloud(tm)

    Here is the announcement by Curt Larson, VIPRE/CounterSpy Product Manager:

    Sunbelt is preparing to launch a new service for consumers and we're looking for beta testers.

    Imagine your users being able to browse the Internet safely, without getting infected by malicious programs. Stories abound about someone getting infected by a virus or other nasty program from social networking sites such as Facebook or YouTube, clicking on a link in Google, or even an ad appearing in a trusted site.

    Malware today doesn't get installed from these sites, but rather, a downloader program is picked up from those sites which then "phones home" and proceeds to download the real nasty program. Antivirus software defends against the really nasty program from installing and running. How can you prevent even getting this program in the first place? The answer is ClearCloud(tm).

    At heart, ClearCloud is a DNS server. ClearCloud is part of the DNS network, and has access to every URL in the world. When you type in the URL in your browser and click "Go" or "Enter," your browser sends the URL to ClearCloud. ClearCloud looks it up in a table, checks it against the list of bad websites, and if it passes, sends back the numeric IP address so your browser knows where to go to get the web page. All in milliseconds.

    If ClearCloud discovers that it's a bad URL, it sends back the IP address of our webpage that informs you about the malicious site. It's that simple. Safe browsing, backed by the team at Sunbelt Software. Here is the forum with all kinds of background data and how to sign up:
    http://www.wservernews.com/100719-ClearCloud-Forum


    10 Reasons Why Windows XP Requires Long-Term Microsoft Support

    Redmond quietly notified the world via a blog post this week (that was talking about the beta of SP1 for Win7) that they are extending so-called "downgrade" rights to business customers. That means that XP will be available in the marketplace until-yeah, you will be surprised-2020. It is a distinct possibility that organizations could still get WinXP on a new PC close to 20(!) years after XP arrived on the scene. Wow.

    Don Reisninger at eWEEK enumerated 10 reasons why they -should- support it that long:
    http://www.wservernews.com/100719-XP-Support

    And while we are at it, if you just -cannot- upgrade to SP3, here is how to keep Windows XP SP2 safer after Microsoft stops patching:
    http://www.wservernews.com/100719-WinXP-SP2-Safety


    The Top 25 New Office 2010 Features

    Peter Bruzzese at InfoWorld did his homework and found the gems. Here goes: "Even after 20 years, Microsoft is finding useful capabilities to add to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. It's been a long time since the last Microsoft Office revision, and it can be hard to imagine what new capabilities Microsoft could possibly add to the 20-year-old suite. But Office 2010 does in fact have a lot of new capabilities to offer. Let me show you 25 features in Office 2010 you may not know about yet -- but should.
    http://www.wservernews.com/100719-Office2010


    Windows Server News

    Provisioning For Success With Hyper-V Virtual Machine Deployments

    Virtual machine (VM) sprawl and lack of visibility into virtual resources are two of the biggest challenges to deploying Microsoft Hyper-V. Effectively tackle your virtual server provisioning issues with these expert tips:
    http://www.wservernews.com/100719-Hyper-V-Deployments


    Five Open Source Tools For Building And Managing Clouds

    Open source technology is going to greatly impact the cloud computing world. Find out why and gain insight into the effect Linux and Xen have already had on cloud computing in this featured article:
    http://www.wservernews.com/100719-Building-Clouds


    Pair Your Win 7 And Virtual Desktop Migrations

    Now that Windows 7 is here, what's your excuse for not virtualizing your desktops? Explore this article today to receive essential insight from industry expert Brian Madden on the benefits of migrating to Windows 7 and how to make the shift with minimal disruptions.

    Many people in our industry (Brian Madden included) have said that the release of Windows 7 would be a turning point for desktop virtualization; specifically that a lot of people would wait until Windows 7 was out before jumping into the desktop virtualization fray. But now that Windows 7 is here, is it the catalyst that we all thought it would be?
    http://www.wservernews.com/100719-Migration


    Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) Announcements

    I looked at all the press that came out of this conference, and decided that Paul Thurrott had the best roundup of all the news. So I'm simply linking you to his blog post that tells all about the new Windows 7 SP1, InTune Beta 2, SBS, and much more:
    http://www.wservernews.com/100719-Announcements


    Third Party News

    VIPRE Enterprise Beta Release 4.0 Update 1

    We are very pleased to announce the Beta release of VIPRE 4.0 Update 1. The build number is 4.0.3883. This release is now available for download for the following products:
    • CounterSpy Enterprise
    • VIPRE Enterprise
    • VIPRE Enterprise Premium
    This release incorporates changes to earlier hotfixes, as well as a number of bug fixes and improvements to 4.0. Some of the headline features for Update 1 are:
    • Modified the defs updates process to download all available incrementals and apply them as one package.
    • Threat Engine and rootkit now supports 64-bit registry scanning.
    • Logic was added to the Threat Engine to support rootkit engine MBR cleaning. This improves out ability to detect and remediate more root kits.
    • Printers and monitors that have USB ports on them are now only scanned when media/devices are inserted in them.
    • Fix in the HIPS driver to eliminate BSODs when certain 3rd party programs were installed.
    • The HIPS driver was fixed to handle hardware with the TPM chip on it. No more BSODs with Embassy Trust Suites.
    • A number of email bugs were fixed.
    • Fixed the firewall driver to support hardware environments where the wireless networking wasn't working.
    • Agent was not consuming Admin Defined Advertisement Blocking URLs. This has been fixed.
    In addition, a number of bug fixes to further stabilize the agent are included. A full list of changes for Update 1 can be found in an attachment on the post in the beta forum. For directions on how to download the newest Beta agent, please see this thread on the Beta forum:
    http://www.wservernews.com/100719-Beta-Forum


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