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Vol. 15, #45 - Nov 8, 2010 - Issue #804
What Will Microsoft Look Like In 10 Years?

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Silverlight Abandoned
    • Take New ITIC/GFI Survey - Win A Free iPad or iPod!
    • Thomas Jefferson Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration - 11/9
    • Sunbelt Exchange Archiver Product Demonstration - 11/16
  4. Tech Briefing
    • What Will Microsoft Look Like In 10 Years?
    • First Critical Fix For Office 2010 Next Week
    • Decoupling Windows 7 Migration And Virtual Desktops
    • Nasty New Zero-Day In IE6 and IE7: NOW Will You Upgrade?
  5. Windows Server News
    • Will Microsoft Hyper-V Take You To The Cloud?
    • VMware View Management: Four Irritating Obstacles
    • Virtual Security: New Attack Vectors, New Ballgame
    • Understanding Cloud Services: Public Vs. Private
  6. Third Party News
    • Trend Micro Cries Foul Over MSE via Windows Update
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • NEW: WindowsSecurity's Chris Sanders Reviews VIPRE Enterprise
NEW: WindowsSecurity's Chris Sanders Reviews VIPRE Enterprise

"Antivirus (AV) software has been the bread and butter of the computer security industry for years and although it's not as "sexy" as modern intrusion detection... it's still a necessity in any network. Although the AV market was originally dominated by just a few software giants, there are now a plethora of options available. "Over the last couple of weeks I've had the pleasure of reviewing the VIPRE Enterprise AV platform from Sunbelt Software (a GFI subsidiary) quite thoroughly by deploying it in a test environment as well as on my laptop that I use on a daily basis. Here I will discuss my findings and talk about how VIPRE Enterprise works, what I liked about it, and where I think it could stand to improve.":
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-VIPRE-Enterprise-Review

Editor's Corner

Silverlight Abandoned

Well, two weeks after my editorial about HTML Hysteria, Redmond announces that it is shifting away from Silverlight, its alternative to Flash, in favor of the more generic HTML5 as the way to develop rich Internet apps. Silverlight will still be around for years, but developers now have a hard time envisioning exactly what Silverlight's future will look like.

Redmond's server and tools boss Bob Muglia told ZDNet that the company is "shifting away" from Silverlight and said that "HTML is the only true cross-platform solution for everything, including [Apple's] iOS platform." Wow, knowing that it will take years for HTML5 to really gel, something important must have hit them to come to such a decision. However, some time in the far future, there will be a Silverlight V5 and Silverlight remains Redmond's WinPhone development platform.

Perhaps the following news has something to do with Redmond's decision. Surprisingly, the W3C standards body a few days ago released results of its first-ever HTML 5 compatibility tests. They found that the pre-release version of IE9 offers the best conformance. It beats out the most recent beta versions of Chrome and Firefox, and Apple's Safari. And all of those are trumpeting their HTML 5 features. Here is the report:
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-HTML5-Report


Take New ITIC/GFI Survey - Win A Free iPad or iPod!

We'd like to invite you to participate in the latest joint ITIC/GFI survey on Global Server Hardware and Server OS Reliability. It should only take a few minutes of your time to answer the multiple choice questions and one essay question. This survey polls organizations on their experience with the reliability, uptime and patch management experiences associated with the major server operating systems and server hardware platforms. All responses will be kept confidential. As always, we thank you in advance for your participation. As an added incentive, ITIC and GFI are giving away a free iPad and a free iPod to the survey respondent who provides the most insightful response to the final essay question. So be sure to provide us with your Email address along with your comment within the Essay question response. Once the survey is finalized, we'll publish the Executive Summary and survey highlights in this newsletter. To further show our appreciation, anyone who completes the survey can get a complimentary copy of the Report once it's published by sending an Email to Laura DiDio at: [email protected] Here's the survey link:
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-ITIC-GFI-Survey


Thomas Jefferson Quotes of the Week

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. " -- Thomas Jefferson

"We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate." -- Thomas Jefferson

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson

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

NEW: WindowsSecurity's Chris Sanders Reviews VIPRE Enterprise

"Antivirus (AV) software has been the bread and butter of the computer security industry for years and although it's not as "sexy" as modern intrusion detection... it's still a necessity in any network. Although the AV market was originally dominated by just a few software giants, there are now a plethora of options available. "Over the last couple of weeks I've had the pleasure of reviewing the VIPRE Enterprise AV platform from Sunbelt Software (a GFI subsidiary) quite thoroughly by deploying it in a test environment as well as on my laptop that I use on a daily basis. Here I will discuss my findings and talk about how VIPRE Enterprise works, what I liked about it, and where I think it could stand to improve.":
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-VIPRE-Enterprise-Review

Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Get a Free software based VoIP PBX for Windows: 3CX Phone System. Download your Free Edition here:
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-IP-PBX

rDirectory's Community Edition is a pre-configured, easy to use, web-based directory and search engine that downloads in just minutes - and it's absolutely free!
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-rDirectory


Webinars & Seminars

VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration - 11/9

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 the next-generation VIPRE antivirus scanning engine as part of a multiple engine strategy to providing comprehensive protection from viruses, spam and other security threats:

Tue, Nov 9, 2010 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-VPX-Webinar


Sunbelt Exchange Archiver Product Demonstration - 11/16

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 join us for a demonstration of Sunbelt Software's Microsoft Exchange email archiving and compliance solution, Sunbelt Exchange Archiver:

Tue, Nov 16, 2010 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-SEA-Webinar


Tech Briefing

What Will Microsoft Look Like In 10 Years?

Michael Domingo, Exec. Editor of the Certifiable newsletter asked that question from the perspective of what certifications make sense.

"Microsoft's Windows franchise has been the company's mainstay for so long, it's difficult for those of us who are intimately familiar with the company to think that anything would change there. Yet, the changes have been many and will affect the company in profound ways into the future: Bill Gates left the helm and so did the vision; a dozen or so key movers have moved on to other companies, some with a bit of success; and companies with new and innovative technologies have mounted challenges to Redmond's cash cow product lines. Add to that, Microsoft has pointed some of its business cloudward, and who ever thought they'd do that?

"With that in mind and with this year drawing this decade to a close, we predict a few possible and far-fetched scenarios for the company in the next 10 years (not all of them dependent on the other)." Continue reading at:
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-Microsoft


First Critical Fix For Office 2010 Next Week

Redmond said it will ship three security updates next week to patch 11 holes, including the first in Office 2010 that are pegged "critical." And Office for Mac 2011 that was just released, will also be patched for the first time coming Tuesday. Just one of the three updates was marked critical (the highest threat ranking in the four-step system.) The remaining updates were rated "important," the second-highest threat level. Here is the MS Advance Warning security bulletin.
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-Office-2010-Critical-Fix


Decoupling Windows 7 Migration And Virtual Desktops

Desktop virtualization has changed the way businesses need to think about OS migrations, but many have jumped quickly to migrate to Windows 7 without taking the extra time needed to plan virtual installations. Even if you've already migrated, it's not too late to virtualize your desktops; Brian Madden details what steps to take to virtualize the right way:
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-Desktop-Virtualization


Nasty New Zero-Day In IE6 and IE7: NOW Will You Upgrade?

The IT Blogwatch at ComputerWorld came up with a catchy topic. "Older Internet Explorer versions ripe for spear-phishing attacks. This week, we learned that IE is vulnerable to yet another new zero-day exploit. IE8 is probably immune, but IE6 and IE7 are wide open for a silent, drive-by attack, known as Backdoor.Pirpi. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder what it takes for people to upgrade to IE8."
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-Nasty-Zero-Day


Windows Server News

Will Microsoft Hyper-V Take You To The Cloud?

Though VMware may have been first in the game when it comes to virtual machines and cloud integration, Microsoft's Hyper-V is making moves to compete. In this featured article, learn more about the ongoing growth of Microsoft's IaaS offerings and how Hyper-V can take you from virtual machines to the cloud:
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-Hyper-V-Cloud


VMware View Management: Four Irritating Obstacles

Every VMware View implementation has installation hurdles, but View management has its own challenges. This expert tip details four View management obstacles to watch out for to avoid VDI-related frustrations:
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-VMWare-View-Management


Virtual Security: New Attack Vectors, New Ballgame

When it comes to securing virtual environments, you have to take different measures from those for traditional physical security. This exclusive article details different kinds of attacks you should watch out for as you develop a virtualization security strategy, as well as considerations and best practices for the various components of your infrastructure:
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-Virtual-Security


Understanding Cloud Services: Public Vs. Private

This cloud computing roundtable features cloud makers, thinkers, sellers and experts as they compare public and private cloud and discuss how enterprises should look at the broader issues surrounding cloud computing:
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-Cloud-Services


Third Party News

Trend Micro Cries Foul Over MSE via Windows Update

Computerworld had the story this week. Microsoft this week began offering U.S. customers its free antivirus program via Windows' built-in update service, a move one major security firm said may be anti-competitive. Last Monday, Microsoft started adding Security Essentials to the optional download list seen by U.S. users running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 when they fired up the operating system's update service. The move followed an Oct. 19 kickoff of a similar program in the U.K. Trend Micro says Microsoft's offer of free antivirus software in update service may be unfair competition. Well, let the lawsuits begin. Here is the story:
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-MS-Security-Essentials


WServerNews FAVE Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

NEW: WindowsSecurity's Chris Sanders Reviews VIPRE Enterprise

"Antivirus (AV) software has been the bread and butter of the computer security industry for years and although it's not as "sexy" as modern intrusion detection... it's still a necessity in any network. Although the AV market was originally dominated by just a few software giants, there are now a plethora of options available. "Over the last couple of weeks I've had the pleasure of reviewing the VIPRE Enterprise AV platform from Sunbelt Software (a GFI subsidiary) quite thoroughly by deploying it in a test environment as well as on my laptop that I use on a daily basis. Here I will discuss my findings and talk about how VIPRE Enterprise works, what I liked about it, and where I think it could stand to improve.":
http://www.wservernews.com/101108-VIPRE-Enterprise-Review