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Vol. 15, #49 - Dec 13, 2010 - Issue #808
Expect a Massive Patch Tuesday

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Expect a Massive Patch Tuesday
    • More Than 300,000 Android Phones Activated Each Day
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • VIPRE Antivirus Business Product Demonstration - 12/21 and 12/28
  4. Tech Briefing
    • What It's Like To Get Hit With A DDoS Attack
    • Inside Google's new Chrome OS 'Chromebook'
    • IT Jobs Outlook Modest For 2011
    • Amazon Integrates Apple iPhone, iPad And Android With Cloud
    • Microsoft Spells Out Anti-Tracking Tool In IE9
  5. Windows Server News
    • Best Practices For Hyper-V Dynamic Memory
    • Profile Management Alternatives For VMware View 4.5
    • Virtualization Cost Savings: Labor And Maintenance
    • Cloud Computing Performance FAQ: What Makes The Cloud Go?
    • When To Use Local VDI Vs. Offline VDI
  6. Third Party News
    • Wanna Go to Football's Big Game? Put VIPRE Business on Your Frontline!
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Wanna Go to Football's Big Game? Put VIPRE Business on Your Frontline!
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Editor's Corner

Expect a Massive Patch Tuesday

Just what we need at the end of a very busy quarter, where most of you have frozen your infrastructure to make sure that everything stays up & running. Redmond will be releasing 17 security bulletins, covering a whopping 40 holes discovered in Office, IE, Windows, Exchange and SharePoint. Wow. Better have a quick look at the December 2010 Advance Notification, and again, like I said many times before, test, test, test in a testbed that represents your own environment, to make sure nothing breaks. You know the old saying right? "It worked. I fixed it. Now it's broke."
http://www.wservernews.com/101213-Advanced-Notification-Service

And here is a very interesting story that has as its title: "Behind the Curtain of Second Tuesdays - MSRC Ecosystem Strategy Team - at the TechNet Blogs site. Check out the video of the presentation, you will be impressed, most people have little understanding of the massive amount of coordination and work it takes to release five new lines of code across 22 platforms in 36 languages:
http://www.wservernews.com/101213-Behind-the-Curtain


More Than 300,000 Android Phones Activated Each Day

Andy Rubin over at Google sent a tweet last night that they now light up more than 300K of these phones every day. Wow. Do the math, that is a rate of 27 million phones a quarter, compare that to iPhone's best quarter of 14 mil. So what's that mean for system admins? It's the slow but sure exit of RIM's Blackberry, and another platform that will find its way into your support burden.

Quotes of the Week

"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world." -- Howard Zinn.

"Politicians will always spend every penny of tax raised, and whatever else they can get away with." -- Milton Friedman

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


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/101213-rDirectory

Don't take unnecessary risks during your data migration! LinkFixerPlus lets you migrate files without creating broken links!:
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Webinars & Seminars

VIPRE Antivirus Business Product Demonstration - 12/21 and 12/28

Join us for a look at VIPRE Antivirus Business, powerful, high-performance endpoint malware protection, which combines antivirus and antispyware into a single agent. Learn why VIPRE delivers all the necessary security functionality you need and nothing you don't:

Tue, Dec 21, 2010 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST:
http://www.wservernews.com/101213-Webinar-Dec-21

Tue, Dec 28, 2010 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST:
http://www.wservernews.com/101213-Webinar-Dec-28


Tech Briefing

What It's Like To Get Hit With A DDoS Attack

Akamai often finds itself scrambling to stop a DDOS attack against one or more of its clients. The CSO online site has some very interesting graphs to illustrate this. They started the story like this: "Google. Twitter. Government websites. Fortune 500 companies. All have been victims of crippling distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The attacks have grown in reach and intensity thanks to botnets and a bounty of application flaws. And Akamai Technologies has a seen it all firsthand.

Many people use Akamai services without even realizing it. The company runs a global platform with thousands of servers that customers rely on to do business online. The company currently handles tens of billions of daily Web interactions for such companies as Audi, Fujitsu and NBC, and organizations like the Department of Defense and NASDAQ. There's rarely a moment-if there are any-when an Akamai customer is not under the DDoS gun:
http://www.wservernews.com/101213-DDOS-Attacks


Inside Google's new Chrome OS 'Chromebook'

Google's vision of a cloud-only notebook is here. Here's how it compares to traditional laptops and to tablets like the iPad. It was all over the news of course, but InfoWorld had by far the best coverage, as this is a new device that yet again you are going to be asked to support:

"It's been a year since Google first said it would deliver a browser-only operating system for laptops called Chrome OS. Today, Google previewed the real thing at a time the iPad slate concept has already gained remarkable traction by businesses and users alike. Actual Chrome OS-based "Chromebook" laptops won't be available until mid-2011, with Acer and Samsung expected to offer the first models. Google said pricing was unknown and would be up to each device maker. The Chrome OS itself is still a work in progress, said Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management at Google." Here is the story:
http://www.wservernews.com/101213-Chromebook


IT Jobs Outlook Modest For 2011

Some improvement over 2010, but offshore outsourcing expected to hurt IT jobs recovery. ComputerWorld had the story: "For sure, IT workers are still losing their jobs, particularly in the weakest areas of economy, such as state and local government. Camden, N.J., for example, recently announced a plan to lay off one in four city workers to cover a large budget shortfall.

About four IT workers in Camden will be axed if this plan is adopted, and the city said in a report that cuts will mean "the network will not function effectively." City officials did not respond to a request for comment:
http://www.wservernews.com/101213-IT-Jobs-Outlook


Amazon Integrates Apple iPhone, iPad And Android With Cloud

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is making it possible for developers to directly integrate mobile applications for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, and also apps for Android-based smartphones, with its cloud using two new beta SDKs (software development kits), it said in a blog post on Thursday. So you better start thinking about supporting those devices somehow. You will be asked to sooner or later.

Amazon's aim is to make it easier for developers to build mobile apps that take advantage of its cloud-based services. Previously, developers had to do more of the work themselves, including writing their own libraries to handle the HTTP connection and error handling, according to Amazon. Computerworld has the story:
http://www.wservernews.com/101213-Amazon-Cloud-Integration


Microsoft Spells Out Anti-Tracking Tool In IE9

Microsoft today said that the next major milestone of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) will let users determine who tracks their movement and behavior online, its response to increasing calls for additional consumer control over the practice. Read More:
http://www.wservernews.com/101213-IE9-Anti-Tracking-Tool


Windows Server News

Best Practices For Hyper-V Dynamic Memory

Microsoft is making moves to keep up with VMware by offering the capability for more flexible memory usage - find best practices for Hyper-V Dynamic Memory allocation in this expert tip:
http://www.wservernews.com/101213-Hyper-V-Tip


Profile Management Alternatives For VMware View 4.5

In this featured article, discover alternate solutions for the lack of profile management capabilities in VMware View 4.5:
http://www.wservernews.com/101213-VMware-Profile-Management


Virtualization Cost Savings: Labor And Maintenance

There are many cost-saving opportunities created by virtualization, but operational efficiencies can provide very high returns. This featured content details how to take advantage of these opportunities by reducing both labor and server lifecycle management costs:
http://www.wservernews.com/101213-Virtualization-Cost-Savings


Cloud Computing Performance FAQ: What Makes The Cloud Go?

These frequently asked cloud computing performance questions offer advice on lessening performance concerns, understanding the relationship between service-level agreements (SLA) and performance, and the standards slowly developing in the cloud computing world:
http://www.wservernews.com/101213-Cloud-Computing-FAQ


When To Use Local VDI Vs. Offline VDI

Local and offline VM's aren't the same thing. Using the right client-based desktop technology can save money and reduce management complexity. Learn more about when to use local VDI versus when to use offline VDI in this popular article by Brian Madden:
http://www.wservernews.com/101213-Local-vs-Offline-VDI


Third Party News

Wanna Go to Football's Big Game? Put VIPRE Business on Your Frontline!

Just like the quarterback needs protection, so does your network from malware and viruses. And - you want protection that's fast, powerful and reliable. Try VIPRE Antivirus Business and complete the survey by December 31st and you'll be entered for a chance to win 2 tickets to "Football's Big Game", February 6, 2011 in Arlington TX!

VIPRE Antivirus Business is fast, light, easy to use, and easy to manage. Enjoy a complimentary trial and experience what sets VIPRE apart:
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WServerNews FAVE Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

Wanna Go to Football's Big Game? Put VIPRE Business on Your Frontline!

Just like the quarterback needs protection, so does your network from malware and viruses. And - you want protection that's fast, powerful and reliable. Try VIPRE Antivirus Business and complete the survey by December 31st and you'll be entered for a chance to win 2 tickets to "Football's Big Game", February 6, 2011 in Arlington TX!* Expires December 31, 2010.

VIPRE Antivirus Business is fast, light, easy to use, and easy to manage. Enjoy a complimentary trial and experience what sets VIPRE apart:
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