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Vol. 16, #8 - Feb 28, 2011 - Issue #817
Win7 SP1 Is Here; First Impression

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Win7 SP1 Is Here; First Impression
    • Virtual Router For Win7 Means Illegal WAPs All Over
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminar
    • VIPRE Antivirus Business Product Demonstration - 3/1 and 3/22
    • VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demo - 3/8 and 3/29
    • 6 Common Mistakes Businesses Make With Antivirus Software - 3/3
    • Webinar: Ensuring Your Organization's Integrity and Security in a Digital World - 3/17
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Google Chrome's New Beta: A Hands-On Tour
    • Flash-Based Solid-State Drives Nearly Impossible To Erase
    • New Bank Trojan Employs Fresh Tricks To Steal Account Data
    • The 6 Biggest Misconceptions About IPv6
  5. Windows Server News
    • Small Business Server 2011 Top Features
    • Thin Provisioning Myth-Busters: The Benefits Of Thin Virtual Disks
    • Ten Questions To Ask When Storing Data In The Cloud
    • Options For Licensing Windows In Virtual Scenarios
    • VM Backup Methods For Quick VM Recovery
  6. Third Party News
    • Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office; Can Of Worms?
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Speed Matters: VIPRE Antivirus is the Fastest Antivirus
Speed Matters: VIPRE Business is the Fastest Antivirus

VIPRE Business has the fastest real-time protection against 5 major competitors according to a comprehensive test by a leading independent testing organization in November 2010. VIPRE processed 4,500 megabytes of file data in 195 seconds, compared to a benchmark of 127 seconds; the next closest competitor processed the same data in 233 seconds. Complete results are available upon request from your rep:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Speed-Matters

Editor's Corner

Win7 SP1 Is Here; First Impression

Well, they went gold with the release for the public this week, two weeks after the RTM announcement, and one week after making it available for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Win7 SP1 by now is nothing really new, it has been covered here several times, but there are a few different ways you can get your hands on it, and there are a few issues you need to think about.

First of all, a bunch of system admins on our sponsored NTSYSADMIN list went through the install, and apart from the time it took, there are no initial gotchas to be found. I personally installed it on my plain vanilla Dell Optiplex in the office without a hitch, and on my Alienware water- cooled 4-core screamer at the house, also without any problems.

Here is the official announcement from the Windows Team Blog:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Win7-SP1-Blog

And Paul Thurrott's Windows Super Site has some good points about deploying, different platforms, KB articles, disk space requirements, uninstalling and slipstreaming, which you can all find here:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Win7-SP1-Arrives


Virtual Router For Win7 Means Illegal WAPs All Over

When I found this item I thought that system admins are not going to be happy with it. Here's the deal. Win7 has a built-in feature that allows the PC it runs on to be its own wireless access point, using some extra software. Hmmm, what if users find out about that and install this? More:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Virtual-Router


Quote of the Week

"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see." -- Arthur Schopenhauer, born this week in 1788.

Warm regards, and thank you for being a WServerNews subscriber. No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced. Please tell your friends about us. They can subscribe here:
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PS: Did you know this newsletter has a sister publication for XP users called WXPnews? You can subscribe here, and tell your friends:
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PPS: And now we have our new Win7News! You can subscribe here, and tell your friends:
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Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]

VIPREŽ Email Security for Exchange

Email security moves to the next generation with antivirus, malware protection and antispam software for Microsoft Exchange Server. The time required to manage Exchange has become a highly important cost factor. VIPRE for Exchange takes HALF the admin time compared to other products. VIPRE for Exchange was recently VBSpam Certified by Virus Bulletin! Get your 30-day eval here:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-VIPRE-for-Exchange
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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Mocha VNC is a remote desktop viewing application that implements VNC with the same functionality on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Mocha-VNC

What percentage of your users is Phish-prone? Find out now with your Free Security Audit at KnowBe4, and make a chance to win a Phat Boy:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Phish-Prone


Webinars & Seminar

VIPRE Antivirus Business Product Demonstration - 3/1 and 3/22

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!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 11:00am - 11:30am EST
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Webinar-Mar1

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Webinar-Mar22


VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demo - 3/8 and 3/29

Securing your Exchange Server is key to protecting your enterprise environment from spam, viruses, phishing, and other messaging threats. In this product demonstration, learn how the new version of VIPRE Email Security for Exchange (formerly Ninja Email Security) can help protect your network and cut your Exchange admin time in half with this powerful, policy-based email security product.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Webinar-Mar8

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Webinar-Mar29


6 Common Mistakes Businesses Make With Antivirus Software - 3/3

Thursday, March 3, 2011 1:00PM EST / 10:00AM PST / 6:00PM GMT

The rapidly evolving malware landscape facing businesses today makes protecting against threats ever more challenging. But the time and resources required to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot security solutions decreases the productivity of IT organizations. The key to maximum network protection is to use a layered security approach based on next-generation malware detection technologies that are designed for ease of management, high performance, and cost effectiveness.

Intended for IT directors, managers and system administrators, this live FREE webinar will connect you with top security experts who'll share best practices and common mistakes to avoid with your AV strategy. Join and you'll learn about:
  • The latest threats that exploit un-patched systems and social engineering
  • The essential steps to keeping your fleet of computers secure
  • How next-gen AV solutions provide comprehensive security functionality without sacrificing performance and ease of management
A Chance to Win: Live attendees will be entered for a chance to win an iPod Nano.
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Common-Business-Mistakes


Webinar: Ensuring Your Organization's Integrity and Security in a Digital World - 3/17

You can't watch the TV or surf the web today without over the top advertisements stating that your PC is probably infected with a virus that is slowing it down and causing permanent damage. Although the advertisements are often misleading, the reality is that viruses and other types of malware can cripple an organization-destroying productivity and reputation, especially if an organization becomes the source of a malware outbreak for a customer. In this seminar, we'll look at the common types of malware, how they attack, and the methods to mitigate them-including looking at multiple layers of security and malware protection with emphasis on end-point protection and the key features that should be considered when choosing your end-point protection approach and best practices.

12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT / 5:00PM GMT
Date: Thu, Mar 17, 2011
Location: This is an Internet based event.
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Digital-Integrity-and-Security


Tech Briefing

Google Chrome's New Beta: A Hands-On Tour

PC World - The latest beta for the Google Chrome browser is mostly about speed, thanks to a new JavaScript engine and an early taste of GPU- accelerated video. But Google has also introduced a few new features to make the user experience more pleasurable, including password sync and a revamped options menu. Let's take a closer look:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-New-Chrome-Beta


Flash-Based Solid-State Drives Nearly Impossible To Erase

Researchers from the University of California at San Diego delivered a paper at the FAST-11 Conference in San Jose, Calif., last week that shows it's almost impossible to reliably erase data from a solid state drive. The tome, "Reliably Erasing Data from Flash-Based Solid State Drives", goes through all of the known techniques for erasing data and comes up short in every case. The study's method is straightforward: They put repeating data on an SSD or USB drive, tried using various erasing techniques, took the SSD or USB drive apart, and pulled raw data off the chips. If any of the original data remained, erasing didn't work. OUCH:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Erasing-SSD


New Bank Trojan Employs Fresh Tricks To Steal Account Data

Cybercriminals in Eastern Europe have begun using a dangerous new malware program to steal from online bank accounts in the U.S. The Trojan program, dubbed "OddJob," appears to be a work in progress, but is already different from many malware in at least two respects, according to Amit Klein, chief technology officer at security firm Trusteer, which discovered it. Unlike other conventional hacking tools, OddJob does not require fraudsters to log into a user's online bank account to steal from it. Instead, the malware is designed to hijack a user's online banking session in real-time by stealing session ID tokens. These are tokens issued by a bank to identify a user's online bank session. By stealing the tokens and embedding them into their own browsers, fraudsters can impersonate a legitimate user and access accounts while the user is is still active online. The access allows fraudsters to then conduct whatever banking operations the account holder can perform. Story at CSO Online:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Stealing-Account-Data


The 6 Biggest Misconceptions About IPv6

For 15 years, Internet engineers and policymakers have been publicizing the need to upgrade the 'Net's current addressing scheme -- known as IPv4 -- to handle the network-of-network's explosive growth. Yet many U.S. CIOs and CTOs continue to harbor misinformation that they use to justify why they are not adopting the next-generation IPv6 standard. Read More
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-IPv6-Misconceptions


Windows Server News

Small Business Server 2011 Top Features

Small Business Server (SBS) 2010 is a low-cost combo of Redmond's best server technologies, bundled together in a single package that features consolidated management and an affordable price tag for small SME's.

InfoWorld had a very good write-up, so I am going to give you the link to their article which I recommend. They started out with: "SBS 2011 is even better than the sum of the parts. Microsoft has done an impressive job of integrating the various core services into a single package, and thanks to the integrated console, the bundle is a snap to manage. The new services are all the latest and greatest releases, but by far one of the most important upgrades is the ability to use any browser, and not just Internet Explorer, to access Outlook Web App and the Remote Web Access portal. All in all, SBS 2011 is a terrific package for any small network wanting enterprise-grade tools. MORE:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-SBS2011-Features


Thin Provisioning Myth-Busters: The Benefits Of Thin Virtual Disks

Thin provisioning gets a bad reputation, often undeservedly so. Thin disks can offer many benefits over other storage types. Access this expert tip now to gain insight into how you can get the most out of this technology:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Thin-Virtual-Disks


Ten Questions To Ask When Storing Data In The Cloud

Concerned about the security and privacy of your data in the cloud? Ask these ten questions of every cloud provider to ensure that they'll keep your data safe and flexible:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Ten-Cloud-Questions


Options For Licensing Windows In Virtual Scenarios

Are you confused by Microsoft's virtual licensing? Who isn't? In this featured content you'll discover options you may not know about and learn how to bypass Software Assurance's stringent requirements:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Licensing-Virtual-Scenarios


VM Backup Methods For Quick VM Recovery

Wouldn't it be great if a virtual machine was back online in only a few minutes after a major failure? A quick restore time is certainly ideal for VM recovery, but it's not always possible. For faster restores, you need a strong VM backup method. Learn about the different backup methods for VM recovery here:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-VM-Backup-Methods


Third Party News

Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office; Can Of Worms?

Teach your old docs new tricks with Google Cloud Connect, a free plugin that lets you share, backup and simultaneously edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents with coworkers. This is an interesting little video you should definitely check out. Google has created an interesting feature here, but what if users are going to do this without permission? This opens up a can of worms:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Google-Cloud-Connect


WServerNews FAVE Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

Speed Matters: VIPRE Antivirus is the Fastest Antivirus

VIPRE has the fastest real-time protection against 5 major competitors according to a comprehensive test by a leading independent testing organization in November 2010. VIPRE processed 4,500 megabytes of file data in 195 seconds, compared to a benchmark of 127 seconds; the next closest competitor processed the same data in 233 seconds. Complete results are available upon request from your rep:
http://www.wservernews.com/110228-Speed-Matters