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Vol. 15, #50 - Dec 20, 2010 - Issue #809
See You All In 2011!

  1. Editor's Corner
    • See You All In 2011!
    • Pardon Our Dust
    • 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
    • Desktop Virtualization Event: BriForum 2011
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Redmond Backports Office 2010 Security Feature to 2007, 2003
    • PRO: Google ChromeOS CR-48 Barebones Netbook To Test Market
    • CON: Google's ChromeOS Means Losing Control Of Data
    • Redmond Will Show More Tablets At CES
    • Ex-CIO Dale Frantz Led A Double Life. He Was Also A Thief
    • Jackass IT: Stunts, Idiocy, And Hero Hacks
  5. Windows Server News
    • Step-By-Step: Building A Windows Server Instance In The Cloud
    • Which VMware
    • Top 10 Cloud Computing News And Stories Of 2010
    • Improve Virtual Desktop Performance By Tweaking The Golden Image
  6. Third Party News
    • GFI VIPRE Antivirus Wins Another VB100 Award
    • RetroHack Site Reviews VIPRE Enterprise
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
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Editor's Corner

See You All In 2011!

This is the last issue of 2010. Happy Holidays! The next issue will be Jan 10th, with the yearly Crystal Ball predictions. If you have any predictions you want to share (and get public kudos for them) send them to me at this address: [email protected]

Pardon Our Dust

Due to an error, some WServerNews subscribers have experienced a service interruption, and not received our newsletter for a number of weeks. This error has been corrected and you are now back on the list.

Quotes of the Week

"Never assume the obvious is true." -- William Safire

"The highest of distinctions is service to others." -- King George VI, born this week in 1895.

"It's often said that life is strange. But compared to what?"
-- Steve Forbert

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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

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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:
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Tue, Dec 28, 2010 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST:
http://www.wservernews.com/101220-Webinar-Dec-28


Desktop Virtualization Event: BriForum 2011

BriForum 2011: The most technical, hands-on, 100% independent event dedicated to desktop virtualization. As you're beginning to plan your conference schedule for next year don't forget to mark your calendar for BriForum 2011! Virtualization guru Brian Madden and fellow leading industry experts will return to Chicago on July 19-21 and will also be heading to London on 10-11 May where they'll share the latest expert tips, tricks and verified techniques on this constantly evolving space. If you would like to be notified once registration opens later this month and qualify for early-bird discounted pricing, simply fill out this brief form today:
http://www.wservernews.com/101220-Desktop-Virtualization


Tech Briefing

Redmond Backports Office 2010 Security Feature to 2007, 2003

As part of Patch Tuesday this week, Redmond also announced that it will be backporting an Office 2010 security feature to Office 2007 and 2003. The thing is called "Office File Validation", and helps you protects against binary file-format attacks using Office documents based on older document formats.

A blog post from Microsoft's Carlene Chmaj said: "First released in Office 2010, Office File Validation provides a check of file-format binary schema as each file is being read. If it detects an issue, it opens the file in Protected View. This helps prevent unknown binary file-format attacks using Microsoft Office 97-2003 file formats for Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint." Nice to know, and quite useful.

PRO: Google ChromeOS CR-48 Barebones Netbook To Test Market

And yet another platform you may be asked to support. Dang, they are hitting fast and furious. eWEEK actually has a bunch of slides that show this puppy, and I have a link at the end to their article that starts with: "Google Dec. 8 began rolling out the Cr-48, an unbranded notebook equipped with its Chrome Operating System, the Web operating system that enables Web applications run on Google's Chrome Web browser. The Cr-48 lies at the heart of the Chrome OS Pilot Program, Google's effort to seed the market with the notebooks, get feedback and polish the product prior to launch on branded machines from Acer and Samsung in mid-2011.

Google is issuing the gadgets-which run on WiFi networks and also sport 3G radios with 100MB a month of data free for two years-to partner companies, friends, some lucky consumers and the media. In December, eWEEK got its hands on one of these plain, black no-frills notebooks. It sports a 12.1-inch screen, delivers 8 hours of use time and allows no internal data storage. The notebook is a true cloud machine, which has its limits. There is as yet no capability to port photos from cameras and smartphones to the Chrome OS netbook. But this is compensated by a raft of possibilities. For example, Google has created its Google Cloud Print solution to give the Cr-48 access to Web-based printing. Take a look at this run-through, and see a review here:
http://www.wservernews.com/101220-Google-ChromeOS


CON: Google's ChromeOS Means Losing Control Of Data

Google's new cloud computing ChromeOS looks like a plan "to push people into careless computing" by forcing them to store their data in the cloud rather than on machines directly under their control, warns Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the operating system GNU. And VC Paul Buchheit, the guy behind Gmail and Google's "Don't Be Evil" motto, figures Chrome OS will never make it, tweeting that Google will kill it or "merge" it with Android next year, according to All Things Digital. Interesting blog post from the Guardian's technology blog:
http://www.wservernews.com/101220-ChromeOS-Warning


Redmond Will Show More Tablets At CES

At the coming CES in Vegas, Ballmer is going to show some more tablets. Remember, they did this last year too, and none of them made it to market. Redmond is supposed show off Win7 slates from Samsung and Dell. It was the New York Times that had the scoop. The paper says the Samsung hardware looks like the iPad in size and shape but it's thicker. It has a touchscreen mode, but reportedly has a slide-out keyboard. The Times also reported that Ballmer might show off "other companion devices" running Win8, which could go in beta in September 2011. Win8 is supposed to be a better fit for touch-based tablets as opposed Win7.

Ex-CIO Dale Frantz Led A Double Life. He Was Also A Thief

Frantz, the onetime CIO of Auto Warehousing Co. (AWC) in Tacoma, Wash. was "a rising star" who was paid $250,000 a year in salary and bonuses. Thirteen employees at the auto processing company reported to him, and he was trusted by his company and recognized by his peers for his efforts in managing technology. Frantz was also honored as one of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2005. Well, turns out he had a destructive hobby:
http://www.wservernews.com/101220-Double-Life-CIO


Jackass IT: Stunts, Idiocy, And Hero Hacks

Sometimes you have to get a little crazy to find the right solution to technology problems gone absurd. We've all been there: an IT problem so ridiculous that only a ridiculous solution can solve it. It could be server on the brink of shutting down all operations, a hard drive that won't power up vital data, or a disgruntled ex-employee who's hidden vital system passwords on the network. Just when all seems lost, it's time to get creative and don your IT daredevil cap, then fire up the oven, shove the end of a pencil into the motherboard, or route the whole city network through your laptop to get the job done. InfoWorld put these together. Fun:
http://www.wservernews.com/101220-Jackass-IT-Stunts


Windows Server News

Step-By-Step: Building A Windows Server Instance In The Cloud

The cloud allows you to access applications and services whenever you need them, so why shouldn't't you have a Windows Server at the click of a button? This expert tip provides a step-by-step guide for setting up a Windows Server in the cloud:
http://www.wservernews.com/101220-Cloud-Server-Instance


Which VMware

It used to be that VMware had only one certification, but now there are multiple to choose from. How do you know which certifications are right for your organization? To help you decide, this featured article covers the various VMware certifications and requirements and how they can improve your IT career:
http://www.wservernews.com/101220-Which-VMware


Top 10 Cloud Computing News And Stories Of 2010

2010 was a big year for the cloud. The market continued to grow, but several big-name providers still suffered from the occasional bump in the road. Gain insight into the most popular cloud news stories of 2010 in this exclusive slideshow:
http://www.wservernews.com/101220-Top-10-Cloud-News


Improve Virtual Desktop Performance By Tweaking The Golden Image

Unbridled user personalization and countless features on a virtual desktop may make end users happy, but when these capabilities severely compromise performance, they'll surely come running to the help desk. Discover how to modify the golden image to avoid disgruntled users and support technicians:
http://www.wservernews.com/101220-Golden-Image


Third Party News

GFI VIPRE Antivirus Wins Another VB100 Award

GFI Software, a leading IT and security solutions provider for small and medium-sized enterprises, today announced that GFI VIPRE Antivirus received the VB100 award from Virus Bulletin, the highly-respected independent comparative testing group, in the December 2010 issue.

The VB100 comparative review tested 64 antivirus products on the Windows 7 platform for malware detection rates, lack of false positives, and speed of scanning. GFI VIPRE Antivirus successfully detected 100 percent of viruses "in the wild" without creating a single false positive. Viruses are generally categorized as "in the wild" when they are spreading as a result of normal day-to-day operations on and between the computers of unsuspecting users.

To pass the VB100 award testing criteria, antivirus products must detect 100 percent of malware listed as "in the wild" by the WildList Organization during both on-demand and on-access scanning. In addition, the products must not generate any false positives when scanning a set of clean files. The products must fulfill these criteria in their default state. 43 of the 64 entries were named VB100 award winners.

In addition to the VB100 award, GFI VIPRE for Exchange received VBSpam certification for the second year in a row, scoring a spam catch rate of 98.05 percent. The VBSpam comparative review tested 19 full solutions and one reputation blacklist for their spam catch rate and false positive rate, with VBSpam awards going to products that exceeded a predefined benchmark based on both measurements. The VBSpam tests use Virus Bulletin's live email stream as well as a live spam feed provided by Project Honey Pot and a second spam stream provided by Abusix. GFI VIPRE for Exchange achieved a final score of 96.30 based on its overall spam catch and false positives rates, validating its effectiveness in protecting users' inboxes.

Virus Bulletin conducts independent comparative testing of antivirus products. The tests focus on virus detection rates, speed of scanning, and the outcome of how each product fares when scanning a set of files that are known to be clean. More information about Virus Bulletin can be found on its website at www.virusbtn.com.

To view this release online, please visit:
http://www.wservernews.com/101220-VB100-Award


RetroHack Site Reviews VIPRE Enterprise

PS, VIPRE Enterprise has been rebranded as VIPRE Business, but the rest has remained the same excellent end-point security solution.

Ed Fisher started out with: "Okay, show of hands. How many of you like your corporate antivirus solution? Anybody? Anybody? I didn't think so. Me neither. Or at least, I didn't until I started using GFI's VIPRE Antivirus. I have blogged about it, and even made a video about it, and now, I am reviewing the Enterprise Antivirus product. Interesting review, written from the admin perspective. The upshot: "In summary, GFI has delivered another great solution for the SMB market, giving businesses enterprise class antivirus protection without breaking the budget."
http://www.wservernews.com/101220-Retrohack-VIPRE-Business-Review


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