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Vol. 16, #22 - June 6, 2011 - Issue #831

Dramatic Overhaul of Windows GUI: Video

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Dramatic Overhaul of Windows GUI: Video
    • Want REALLY Important Cyber Security News ASAP?
    • Google Mail Hack Blamed On China
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • VIPRE Antivirus Business Product Demonstration - 6/7 
    • BriForum 2011: Register today  - 7/19-21
    • Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Top Security Nightmares: Privately Owned iPhones, iPads
    • How To Sabotage Your Wireless Network
    • Father Of The Internet Vint Cerf About Internet Security 
  5. Windows Server News
    • Building An IT Infrastructure Roadmap To The Cloud
    • With VDI You Pay More, But Get More
  6. Third Party News
    • TechEd 2011 Security Software WINNER: Accellion
    • Honorable Mention: ScriptLogic Security Explorer 8.0
    • Which Industry?s Employees Fall for Phishing E-mail Most Often?
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
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Editor's Corner

Dramatic Overhaul of Windows GUI: Video

At a press event in Taipei this week, Redmond showed the next version of Windows, unveiling a dramatically overhauled tiles-based interface that they hope will be competitive in the tablet world. Microsoft marketing people must have gotten their fingers in this pie, because it's called a "reimagining" of Windows. Win8 will run on all types of devices from small, touch-sensitive smart phone screens to traditional large-screen PCs, and Win8 can be used with or without a keyboard and mouse.

Basically, the screen looks just like the new Windows smart phone screen. "The application comes quickly to life as Windows fades to the background," said Michael Angiulo, Windows Planning VP. "The tiles on the start screen are live -- they represent your people, your applications, your contacts, the information you care the most about," he said. "You can group them, arrange them and name them as you like, so that first start screen experience is really personal."

Win 8 still also provides the normal Windows desktop and backward compatibility with existing Windows apps. Microsoft President Steve Sinofsky stated: "Windows 8 is example of coloring outside the lines. We have an approach that is different, but builds on the value of an OS that sells 400 million or so units a year. Laptops, slates, desktops can all run one operating system." I will be reporting about this a lot more in the future. Stay tuned. Here's how it looks! 4:34 YouTube video: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1307095296859 

Want REALLY Important Cyber Security News ASAP?

If you want REALLY important cyber security news right away, I'm now inviting you to follow me. My Twitter feed is a mix of urgent IT security items and interesting Faves: Follow @StuAllard http://www.wservernews.com/go/1307095664187

Google Mail Hack Blamed On China

This is kind of a big deal. Google said: "Through the strength of our cloud-based security and abuse detection systems, we recently uncovered a campaign to collect user passwords, likely through phishing. This campaign, which appears to originate from Jinan, China, affected what seem to be the personal Gmail accounts of hundreds of users including, among others, senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and journalists. Here is their write-up,and how to counter these attacks: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1307096017515

Quotes of the Week

"Plan ahead or find trouble on the doorstep." -- Confucius

"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

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Admin Toolbox

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Webinars & Seminars

VIPRE Antivirus Business Product Demonstration - 6/7

Join us for a look at VIPRE Antivirus Business, powerful, high-performance endpoint malware protection, which combines antivirus and antispyware into a single agent. Plus take a deep dive into other new features including scalable multi-site tiering and role-based access control.

2:00PM EDT / 11:00AM PDT / 18:00 GMT

Date: Tue, Jun 7, 2011.

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BriForum 2011: Register today  - 7/19-21

The most advanced, technical, hands-on desktop virtualization event is returning to Chicago this July 19-21. Independent industry experts, led by Brian Madden, share the latest tips and strategies around desktop virtualization, VDI, application virtualization, and Remote Desktop Services. In addition, technical staff from the top solution providers in the space will be in attendance so you can ask all your questions and try out these technologies. Don?t miss out on this unique opportunity to interact with hundreds of your peers from across the globe as well to share best practices and lessons learned.

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Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar

Coming to Atlanta, Detroit, and St Louis this June, and 12 other cities throughout the remainder of the year, independent expert and desktop virtualization guru Brian Madden will update you on where the desktop virtualization market is in 2011, focusing on what?s real and what?s not. Spend just a few hours out of the office to take advantage of a live Q&A, peer networking opportunities and tons of valuable information.

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Tech Briefing

Top Security Nightmares: Privately Owned iPhones, iPads

IPhones, iPads and other employee-owned mobile gear are the most risky devices that can be connected to corporate networks, according to a new survey by ISACA, an international user group devoted to providing benchmarks and guidance for technology best practices. More at NetworkWorld: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1307097057515

How To Sabotage Your Wireless Network

A business-grade wireless network needs management, security, usability, reliability, and scalability features. If you don't have that, you're setting your network up for failure. InfoWorld has a good article:

"All too many businesses start a wireless network by installing Wi-Fi the same way you would at home. They will buy a low-end, consumer-grade access point from a Linksys, D-Link, or Buffalo Technology and put it in a common area, such as a conference room. Just like that, potentially for less than $100, you have a wireless network that is convenient for your employees and guests to use. You saved a bundle, but it's a big mistake." Why? Read on: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1307097132343

Father Of The Internet Vint Cerf About Internet Security

Q: Seriously, though, you must have some reservations about the Internet.

A: "I do. The Internet lacks security. See this six-digit encryption key hanging around my neck? Some of us at Google have been wearing them since we discovered the Chinese were hacking into Google. The Internet is brittle and fragile and too easy to take down. It's a conduit for criminal activity. We need international treaties to prosecute the bad guys, but we don't have them." Interview in Forbes Magazine: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1307097235406

Windows Server News

Building An IT Infrastructure Roadmap To The Cloud

Infrastructure is where the public cloud model can offer the biggest benefits for startups, but there is an unhealthy assumption that by merely adopting a public cloud strategy, organizations will automatically save money. Find out why this theory isn?t necessarily true in this expert tip: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1307100418531

With VDI You Pay More, But Get More

VDI won?t lower desktop costs, it costs more ? but that doesn?t mean it?s not worth the investment. In this featured tip desktop virtualization guru and independent expert Brian Madden explains why VDI is worth the cost for your organization: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1307100492562

Third Party News

It was a busy TechEd 2011 show, and during press blizzard, you may have missed the Best of Show Security Software Winner, so here is a quick recap.

WINNER: Accellion Secure Collaboration

Providing secure access to valuable files and data inside and outside of your organization is a vital concern for everyone, but especially for those that have regulatory, compliance, and auditing demands. Accellion Secure Collaboration provides you with a solution for this problem, using plug-ins for Outlook, SharePoint, and Office which integrate seamlessly with your existing environment and makes secure file transfer a point-and-click affair. For these reasons and more, Accellion Secure Collaboration was chosen as #1 in 2011: Trial or Demo: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1307100614765 

Honorable Mention: ScriptLogic Security Explorer 8.0

Security Explorer 8.0 is part of the full line of ScriptLogic products. You use Security Explorer to back up, recover, manage, search, migrate, and report on permissions for Windows Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint® Server, and SQL Server®, all from within a common, simplified GUI. Security Explorer is the only server management tool that provides administrators with a single view of permissions across multiple server platforms, important as companies look to expand and enhance their IT networks to meet business needs. Free 30-day download here: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1307100678296

Which Industry?s Employees Fall for Phishing E-mail Most Often?

There is an article at the Enterprise Systems blog about recent phishing research that KnowBe4 has done. You may have visited the booth with the Harley Phatboy at TechEd, but were not told about the research results. This article has some very good observations about gullible users and what needs to be done to plug this 'security hole' More: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1307100726781

WServerNews FAVE Links

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

WServerNews - Product of the Week

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