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Vol. 15, #46 - Nov 15, 2010 - Issue #805
Does The Cloud Make Microsoft Obsolete?

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Does The Cloud Make Microsoft Obsolete?
    • First Kinect Impressions
    • Ballmer Dumps 49.3 Million Microsoft Shares
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • Sunbelt Exchange Archiver Product Demonstration - 11/16
  4. Tech Briefing
    • The End Of The Silverlight vs. HTML5 Brouhaha
    • The One Tool All Modern Windows Admins Still Require
    • The Pros And Cons Of Making A Career Change To Tech
    • Cyber Criminals Set Traps For Security Researchers
    • Take New ITIC/GFI Survey - Win A Free iPad or iPod!>
  5. Windows Server News
    • Seven Uses For The Cloud You Might Not Have Considered
    • VMware View 4.5: Three Easy Installation Tips
    • High Availability Architecture: Redundancy Vs. Abstraction
    • IT Pros Ready To Combat Cloud Concerns In 2011
    • The Key To A Successful Virtual Desktop Environment
  6. Third Party News
    • GFI Software to Migrate Network Security Inspector Technology
    • Need To Chargeback For Cloud Use?
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • 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/101115-VIPRE-Enterprise-Review

Editor's Corner

Does The Cloud Make Microsoft Obsolete?

From my perspective the answer is a resounding "No". But they do really need to watch it. Why? Existing companies are so locked in that it will take many years for Redmond's momentum to spin down. But completely new companies that have the choice, well that is another story. At the moment I am at the crossroads of making that choice. I can opt for Google Docs, or for the new Office 365. Both are viable cloud-based solutions. I'm working with Google Docs now. It's bare bones but serviceable.

What I am going to do is check out the Directions on Microsoft's coming TeleBriefing about Office 365, which has cloud services such as Exchange Online e-mail with subscription licenses to the Office desktop software. Like the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) that it will replace in 2011, Office 365 could reduce IT costs and free up personnel for business-specific tasks. Office 365 could also interest IT organizations that want a single, predictable, per-user bill for their collaboration software. However, Office 365 also requires organizations to trust Microsoft and their ISPs with critical IT infrastructure.

This TeleBriefing provides an overview of Office 365, summarizes the improvements that it will deliver over BPOS, and highlights some important transition considerations for customers. You an register for this TeleBriefing by clicking the link below:
http://www.wservernews.com/101115-Office-365-Telebrief


First Kinect Impressions

I got it because I wanted to wave a hand and stop a movie I am watching. OK, granted that is a bit limited but hey, once I descend into being a couch potato at night, I'm a very -dedicated- potato! LOL. The problem though is that you need to be right in front of the TV. Since I'm sitting on my shoulder blades with my feet up at night, the sofa is over to the side, so I can watch straight ahead. Kinect cannot see me there. Darn, so much for that hand wave.

The pre-loaded games look like fun, and you -do- get some exercise. Probably more developers will jump on the bandwagon and more cool stuff will come out. The concept sounded so good, and is interesting, but it's not quite there yet from my humble perspective, and is a bit overhyped. Fun for kids though. Let me know what you think when you get yours? Oh, and if this video is legit, it shows that Kinect hacking is in full swing:
http://www.wservernews.com/101115-Microsoft-Kinect


Ballmer Dumps 49.3 Million Microsoft Shares

He said: "Even though this is a personal financial matter, I want to be clear about this to avoid any confusion. I am excited about our new products and the potential for our technology to change people's lives, and I remain fully committed to Microsoft and its success." Well, Steve-o my man, when you are the CEO of Microsoft, nothing is personal. But I understand why he did it. With the uncertainly about the Bush tax cuts going away or being extended coming Jan 1, his capital gains tax might go up from 15 to 20 percent or even higher. That could be a difference tens of millions of dollars. So making that move at this point in time makes sense for someone who has not sold a Microsoft share since 2003.

Quotes of the Week

"A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill." -- Robert A. Heinlein

"Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom." -- General George S. Patton,

"Sometimes history takes things into its own hands". -- Justice Thurgood Marshall

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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/101115-VIPRE-Enterprise-Review

Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Simplify your life with mPowerTools - 100+ Reports - tackle AD chores in bulk - a search & replace tool - you'll never script again AND NO third party databases!
http://www.wservernews.com/101115-mPowerTools

Get a Free software based VoIP PBX for Windows: 3CX Phone System. Download your Free Edition here:
http://www.wservernews.com/101115-Windows-VoIP-PBX


Webinars & Seminars

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/101115-Sunbelt-Exchange-Archiver-Webinar


Tech Briefing

The End Of The Silverlight vs. HTML5 Brouhaha

At the PDC, Bob Muglia caused a stir with his Silverlight comments. A few days later, on the first of November, Muglia wrote a blog post to the Silverlight Team Blog, clarifying his statements at the PDC:

"I understand that what I said surprised people and caused controversy and confusion. As this certainly wasn't my intent, I want to apologize for that. I'd like to use this post to expand on what I said, and talk about the very important role Silverlight has going forward." Read it here:
http://www.wservernews.com/101115-Silverlight


The One Tool All Modern Windows Admins Still Require

The golden boot floppy of years past still exists -- but it has morphed into a lighter and more flexible form. Peter Bruzzese has a good story about this at InfoWorld, and the best bootable CD tips:
http://www.wservernews.com/101115-Bootable-CD-Tips


The Pros And Cons Of Making A Career Change To Tech

InfoWorld's Advice Line has this funny 'Dear Bob' section. This question and answer is interesting for all of us. They start like this:

"Dear Bob ... I could really use your feedback. I'm very much considering a career change into the IT field. My present background is in architecture (buildings), but since things are very slow these days, I wonder how much longer I can survive."

The answer is perhaps a bit surprising: "Don't do it". And here is why:
http://www.wservernews.com/101115-Tech-Career


Cyber Criminals Set Traps For Security Researchers

Recent botnet campaigns set up faux command-and-control servers to fool security researchers with fake statistics. InfoWorld has this story that essentially boils down to: 'Consider The Source'.

Over the past two months, criminals have targeted multiple campaigns against the U.S. Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) and its extended deadlines for tax payments. And some bot operators, wary of researchers trying to track their profits, have taken to creating fake data to lead researchers astray, say security experts. More:
http://www.wservernews.com/101115-Cyber-Trap


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/101115-ITIC-GFI-Survey


Windows Server News

Seven Uses For The Cloud You Might Not Have Considered

For some, moving to the cloud is a daunting idea due to the belief that it involves total and complete virtualization of any and all machines. Others believe that the cloud threatens to render their job function obsolete. Fortunately, there are many cloud services available that only integrate with your data center, not eliminate it - find out what they are in this exclusive article:
http://www.wservernews.com/101115-7-Cloud-Uses


VMware View 4.5: Three Easy Installation Tips

A smooth and successful VMware View 4.5 installation has several prerequisites. This expert tip outlines three factors that can determine success or failure of a View implementation:
http://www.wservernews.com/101115-VMWare-View


High Availability Architecture: Redundancy Vs. Abstraction

If your organization doesn't have a virtualization-specific strategy for its high-availability architecture, the failure of even a single server component can cause outages that affect a number of virtual servers. In this featured content, discover different approaches to achieving resiliency in virtual data centers:
http://www.wservernews.com/101115-Redundancy-vs-Abstraction


IT Pros Ready To Combat Cloud Concerns In 2011

Get the rundown on what IT pros are saying about cloud projects in 2011, and their responses to the ever-debated security issue. From cloud management services to integrating the cloud with in-house processes, find out how cloud computing has become essential to business operations:
http://www.wservernews.com/101115-Cloud-Concerns


The Key To A Successful Virtual Desktop Environment

In this popular article, desktop virtualization guru Brian Madden provides insight into the key to a successful virtual desktop environment and details tools available today to help you with the migration:
http://www.wservernews.com/101115-Virtual-Desktop


Third Party News

GFI Software to Migrate Network Security Inspector Technology

- SNSI Legacy Users Will Be Offered A Free Upgrade To GFI LANguard -
GFI Software, a leading IT solutions provider for small and medium-sized enterprises, today announced that current Network Security Inspector users will be migrated to GFI LANguard 9.5. In addition to the improved remediation and patch management capabilities, customers of Sunbelt Network Security Inspector (SNSI) will continue to enjoy the valued features and performance that they have come to expect and know.

Existing users of SNSI will automatically be upgraded to GFI LANguard V.9.5 beginning in October and will be issued new license keys.

"GFI LANguard has significantly more functionality than the Sunbelt Network Security Inspector product, and hence, customers are receiving a tremendous value in this transition", said Alex Eckelberry, general manager of the security division of GFI.

GFI LANguard performs network scans using vulnerability check databases based on OVAL and SANS Top 20, providing over 15,000 vulnerability assessments. When a network, including any virtual environment, is scanned, GFI LANguard allows administrators to analyze the state of their network security and take action before it is compromised. This more robust offering will continue to provide small and medium enterprises an extensible, powerful and cost-effective solution normally afforded to only the largest enterprises.

GFI Software customer support will be ready to answer any questions or concerns regarding this solution migration as well as to provide any other support clients may need. Telephone support for U.S., Canada and Central and South America can be obtained at: (919) 297-1350. Phone support numbers for other areas can be found at:
http://www.wservernews.com/101115-SNSI-Upgrade-to-LANguard


Need To Chargeback For Cloud Use?

VKernel and Microsoft Collaborate on Chargeback for Private Cloud Initiative. New VKernel Chargeback 2.5 with Hyper-V To Support Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self Service Portal. VKernel, an award-winning provider of capacity management products for virtualized data centers, today announced general availability of VKernel Chargeback 2.5 with Hyper-V.

The latest version of VKernel's chargeback product was developed in collaboration with Microsoft to support private cloud computing environments based on Microsoft infrastructure. Chargeback 2.5 integrates with both Microsoft System Center Operations Manager and System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self Service Portal to help managers of private clouds easily charge for IT resources consumed or allocated at the departmental or divisional level. Pricing starts at $299 per socket. More at:
http://www.wservernews.com/101115-Cloud-Chargeback


WServerNews FAVE Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

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/101115-VIPRE-Enterprise-Review