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Vol. 15, #47 - Nov 22, 2010 - Issue #806
Happy Birthday! Windows 25 Years. Really.

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Happy Birthday! Windows 25 Years. Really.
    • Game Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • New Seminars Will Be Announced After Thanksgiving
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Adobe Launches 'Sandboxed' Reader X
    • Take New ITIC/GFI Survey - Win A Free iPad or iPod!
    • Why One Company Is Switching Sales Laptops For iPads
    • SGI Delivers A Petaflop In A Cabinet
    • Troubleshooting Win7 With Built-In Tools And Online Resources
  5. Windows Server News
    • Next Version Of OC Server Is Called Lync
    • VMware Management And Performance Monitoring Guide
    • Hyper-V Server Consolidation Planning With Microsoft'S Toolkit
    • Evaluating Cloud Computing Services: Criteria To Consider
    • How To Avoid Common VDI Deployment Problems
  6. Third Party News
    • Rolling Out VIPRE This Morning
    • Print Manager Plus 2010: Integral Part of Data Loss Prevention
  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/101122-VIPRE-Enterprise-Review

Editor's Corner

Happy Birthday! Windows 25 Years. Really.

It's really 25 years! November 20, 1985 Microsoft announced its first version of Windows to the world. The anniversary was all over the press, I looked at most of the stories. Instead of rehashing all of that in here, ComputerWorld had by far the best write-up, did their homework, and illustrated the story with screenshots of all the different versions, with a little description.

And after 25 years, you wonder how the next 25 years are going to be. Obviously no one knows, except for the fact that it probably will see -more- change than the first 25 years because we have way more powerful hardware now, and life is changing radically toward mobile. Going to be interesting to see how Windows will adapt to the cloud, which bears the question if OSen are going to be very relevant 10 years from now. This visual tour is quite a bit of fun, so why don't you take this ride through memory lane with me. With its monopoly position, Windows for a long time has pretty much been the only game in town, but things they are a'changin. Check out the tour:
http://www.wservernews.com/101122-25-Years-of-Windows

PS, there will be no issue coming Thanksgiving week.

Game Quotes of the Week

"Games lubricate the body and the mind." -- Benjamin Franklin

"Yesterday's home runs don't win today's games." -- Babe Ruth

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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/101122-VIPRE-Enterprise-Review

Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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/101122-Community-Edition

Get a Free software based VoIP PBX for Windows: 3CX Phone System. Download your Free Edition here:
http://www.wservernews.com/101122-Free-VoIP-PBX


Webinars & Seminars

New Seminars Will Be Announced After Thanksgiving



Tech Briefing

Adobe Launches 'Sandboxed' Reader X

This week, Adobe released Reader X, the next version that includes a sandbox designed to protect users from PDF attacks. About time. Reader X on Windows features the new Protected Mode, a technology that isolates system processes, and tries to prevent or at least hinder any malware from breaking out of the app to do its malicious deeds.

Reader X is also available for Mac OS X and Android, but inexplicably those editions lack the sandbox, so never mind. It makes sense to look at this, as Adobe code is still riddled with 0days, and it takes them a long time to fix. I tested this version and it seems to run fine under Win7, but make sure to test this in your own environment. You can manually download this Version X here:
http://www.wservernews.com/101122-Adobe-Reader-X


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/101122-Take-the-ITIC-GFI-Survey


Why One Company Is Switching Sales Laptops For iPads

ComputerWorld had an irresistible article: "Why such a dramatic move to the iPad? Currently, every field sales person has a laptop, PDA and cell phone. Apps need to be on all three devices, while each device has its own management software. After iPads are rolled out to everyone in the first quarter next year, laptop purchases will become a thing of the past--and this should yield quite a bit of cost savings. After factoring in the cost of devices and related software and support overhead, Letasse says, "Our footprint for a field sales rep is an $1,800 best-of-breed laptop and a $200 to $300 PDA with a two-year commit. The iPad will be about $1,500 per sales person."

But wait, there is more. Now check out what goes wrong and how much unexpected support is needed. And are they going to use the iPad as their phone? I want to see that. :-)
http://www.wservernews.com/101122-Switching-to-iPads


SGI Delivers A Petaflop In A Cabinet

Client Server News this week dug up a nugget I was happy to read. Wow, talk about compact design. "Exploiting the scale and speed of accelerators, SGI has managed to squeeze a single-precision petaflop HPC machine into three 42U racks - what it calls a cabinet. It calls the machine the Prism XL.

"Usually this sort of thing takes a hundred or so racks using x86 chips, but SGI's got a dense new hybrid CPU-GPU building-block architecture it calls STIX to replace traditional blades that it figures can approach the exascale range. SGI expects users to lash a bunch of XLs together and scale to 36 cabinets. It says a 20 petaflop double-precision deployment only needs 100 cabinets, representing a 100-to-one reduction in floor space and up to a 30% reduction in total cost of ownership." Hat Tip to Maureen O'Gara.
http://www.wservernews.com/101122-SGI-Prism-XL


Troubleshooting Win7 With Built-In Tools And Online Resources

Windows 7 has several tools that can help users troubleshoot operating system and application problems on their own. This expert tip explores these tools in-depth and details the benefits of each one:
http://www.wservernews.com/101122-Troubleshooting-Windows-7


Windows Server News

Next Version Of OC Server Is Called Lync

Basically, the new Lync is Redmond's OCS (Office Communications Server) with several new and improved unified communications features, however the general feature set of corporate instant-messaging, audio/video conferencing and voice-over-IP telephony is essentially the same as OCS.

Redmond is throwing more resources and marketing to Lync compared to OCS and rebranded it. However, add just one letter to it and the whole thing takes a more sinister meaning: 'lynch'. Change the 'y' into a 'u' and boy are you in trouble. LOL.

Redmond also added some more partners for Lync with Cisco, Avaya and IBM. Lync Server and client software are available December 1. Redmond's cloud- based version of Lync, Lync Online, is due out mid next year, as part of Office 365. There was a surprise appearance of Bill Gates at the unveil:
http://www.wservernews.com/101122-Lync


VMware Management And Performance Monitoring Guide

VMware management and performance monitoring tools are essential for a VMware infrastructure. Access this guide to familiarize yourself with today's top VMware monitoring tools and trends:
http://www.wservernews.com/101122-VMware-Management


Hyper-V Server Consolidation Planning With Microsoft'S Toolkit

Server virtualization may seem straightforward, but many organizations don't know where to host their virtual machines and end up overloading their servers. This exclusive tip details how to utilize Microsoft's Hyper-V server consolidation planning tool to ensure that servers have sufficient resources to accommodate multiple VMs:
http://www.wservernews.com/101122-Hyper-V-Consolidation


Evaluating Cloud Computing Services: Criteria To Consider

As cloud computing providers' offerings become more complex and businesses are becoming dependent on them, how can you know which provider to trust with your critical applications? This featured guide outlines key factors for evaluating services, plus resources to aid in coming to the best decision for your organization:
http://www.wservernews.com/101122-Cloud-Computing-Services


How To Avoid Common VDI Deployment Problems

This video interview with virtualization guru Mike Nelson gives expert insight into the common deployment mistakes enterprises make and how IT pros can avoid them:
http://www.wservernews.com/101122-VDI-Deployment


Third Party News

Rolling Out VIPRE This Morning

This week, we received this email:

"Jason, just wanted to let you know this is the EASIEST AV conversion- rollout I've ever experienced. The agent uninstallers are spectacular. I was dubious because uninstallers are notoriously cranky and rigid about setup, configuration and execution. But I just copied the Kaspersky uninstaller into the AdminAction folder and BAM! We were removing Kaspersky and rolling out VIPRE. I have rolled out to half the company (~55 users) in 30 minutes. Our reasons for moving away from Kaspersky were:
  1. Clunky admin console. As a one man shop, I do not want to have to invest a lot of time in my AV solution to learn how to administrate it. Your interface makes a lot more sense to me.
  2. Easier support and web navigation. Again, I really didn't want to learn a web site to get to the knowledge base when having a problem.
  3. Improved malware detection.
  4. Kaspersky required me to deal with a reseller to buy their product.
  5. Our firewall has Kaspersky built in and we wanted a different vendor on the endpoint.
While I haven't "drank the kool-aid" so to speak, I am very pleased with the initial impression VIPRE has left with me. Thought you'd like to know. Thanks. -- M.S. IT Manager. Get your 30-day eval here:
http://www.wservernews.com/101122-Try-VIPRE-Enterprise-Premium


Print Manager Plus 2010: Integral Part of Data Loss Prevention

Loss of large volumes of protected corporate and institutional information continues to reach headlines forcing companies to re-issue security cards, send apologetic notifications to customers, settle up lawsuits and mitigate loss of confidence and goodwill from increasing negative publicity.

Many companies now fall under the oversight of government and commercial regulations that mandate controls over corporate and customer information. Some of these regulations stipulate routine information technology audits, which can fail if corporations and institutions lack sufficient data security controls.

Company reliance on enterprise resource planning ERP software can find compliance especially challenging and significant penalties continue to be mandated in the event of a breach.

Print Manager Plus 2010, from Software shelf International provides an additional level of security and data loss prevention and is used by some of the largest government agencies, corporations and institutions in the world.

"The big hole in Data Loss Prevention has to do with uncontrolled and usually unrestricted printing" according to Software Shelf CEO, Bill Feeley. "Print Manager Plus 2010 fills this need and is the most robust and least expensive solution available on the market today."

Print Manager Plus 2010 can quickly set Quotas and Restrictions on a single or multiple users, user groups, and organizational units. Restrictions can be set directly on a printer or group of printers. Default settings can be turned on for new Users, and Printers added to the Active Directory.

According to Feeley, if a print job has been denied because of a preset data restriction or a printing quota has been met, Print Manager Plus 2010 can automatically be set to pause the print job or delete it. Pop-Up messages can then be automatically sent to the user's workstation explaining why the print job was denied and requiring the user to obtain authorization to continue.

New security related features enable easy compliance to regulations such as HIPAA security rules and similar rules of UK and European Data Protection regulations, as well as Sarbanes Oxley in the US.

Print Manager Plus 2010 not only makes printing 100 percent more efficient and secure, it enables fast, state of the art print controls and accounting, significant reductions of waste and increased cost savings - all while dramatically lowering IT and hardware resource requirements and increasing Date Loss Protection for any organization.

Marking a milestone in the development of all print management solutions, Print Manager Plus 2010 eliminates the need to deploy complex and expensive hardware solutions. In fact, Print Manager Plus 2010 is the only fully functional all software solution available supporting all printers, plotters and multifunctional devices on the market today and all Microsoft, Macintosh, Unix, and Linux operating systems - and it does so at a fraction of the cost of any other IT product available.

Print Manager Plus is a Green product featured by 'Guide Me Green' as software that is saving 150,000 trees every month due to the paper savings it achieves for its customers. A free, fully functional trial version of Print Manager Plus 2010 is now available for download at:
http://www.wservernews.com/101122-Print-Manager-Plus-2010


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/101122-VIPRE-Enterprise-Review