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Vol. 16, #28 - July 18, 2011 - Issue #837

Early Peek At WinServer 8

  1. Editor's Corner    
    • Early Peek At WinServer 8
    • SharePoint 2010 SP1: What It Does--And Does Not Do
    • Beta Test The New VIPRE Mobile for Android
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • Malware Unmasked Webinar, July 20
    • BriForum: Last Chance to Register!    
    • Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar
  4. Tech Briefing
    • 7 Free Windows Tune-Up Tools And Tips
    • Top 5 Worries Keeping CIOs Up At Night
    • Windows Intune 2 Soars at WPC 2011
    • Tracking LulzSec's Career of Hacking Mayhem
    • Reinstall Windows 7 Without Format Or Losing Files
  5. Windows Server News
    • Analyzing Virtual Desktop Benefits, Efficient Delivery Options
    • Cloud Computing Winners And Losers: Our Audience Says?
    • Jump-Starting Your Data Center With A Virtualization Strategy
    • Five Big Changes In VMware vSphere 5 To Consider Before Updating
  6. Third Party News
    • Need to PEN Test Remote Networks?
    • VIPRE Beta Release Announcement
  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

Early Peek At WinServer 8

Microsoft execs at the Worldwide Partner Conference this week lifted a bit of the veil on WinServer 8. It will have hundreds of new features. You may have it in your hands first half of 2012, if it all works out as planned. They claim it to be crucial if you need to build a private cloud, and that means virtualization all over the place, so they showed the new Hyper-V hypervisor that is built-in, which will support more than 16 virtual processors per machine.

First of all, I'd like to point out the new Hyper-V Replica, which gives you built-in asynchronous virtual machine replication. All you need is Hyper-V and a network connection. Third-party products like Double-Take and Neverfail are going to feel this, as replication can be immediate, scheduled for later, etc. Mission critical databases can be replicated to offsite colo's or other offices. The press was all over it, but the best roundup I found was over at (of all places) arstechnica: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310804563093

SharePoint 2010 SP1: What It Does--And Does Not Do

Use SharePoint? Check out this very useful overview by Peter Bruzzese.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310804611484

Beta Test The New VIPRE Mobile for Android

GFI is looking for beta testers of their cool new security tool, VIPRE Mobile for Android. This new product includes a wealth of features, including antivirus, antispam, remote management and online backup. To get the beta, please go to this site and click "download".  
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310804686515

Then participate in the beta forum at:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310804697750

Currently, there is only a version for the Android platform. However, they do expect to have versions for other mobile devices in the future. I am running this on my HTC Android phone, and for a beta it looks pretty good.

Quotes of the Week

"Life is movement. It's the person who sits on the couch who's living dangerously." -- Grete Waitz

"Worry doesn't help tomorrow's troubles, but it does ruin today's happiness." -- Gary A. Freedman

"I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators." -- Gerald R. Ford

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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Stu Sjouwerman
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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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Top 10 Free Tools for IT Professionals. They don't expire either:
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Subscribe to the latest hot e-zine: CyberheistNews: 'Arming you with the facts'. Gets you ammo twice a month to defend your network against cybercrime:
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Frustrated with gullible end-users causing malware infections? Find out who the culprits are in 10 minutes. Do the Free Phishing Security Test on your users!:
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Webinars & Seminars

Malware Unmasked Webinar, July 20

Targeted attacks are moving away from purpose-built platforms (Zeus, SpyEye, Bugat) to general tools (Sunspot) that can be tailored to target specific industries or organizations. Learn how to detect these threats and why they could be a significant concern to your organization. Sign up for the July 20 webinar at:

BriForum 2011: Last chance to register!

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.

Register today!
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310805008078

Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar

Coming to 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.

Register today!
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310805046625

Tech Briefing

7 Free Windows Tune-Up Tools And Tips

You don't need to spend money to keep a Windows computer running in top form. Here's how to fix, clean and maintain Windows using programs you can download now for free. The following software and tips generally apply to Windows 7, Vista and XP, and are listed in the order you should use them for the first time on a computer you suspect may be infected with malware or running slower than it should. And it does not hurt to scan the machine with VIPRE as well as Malwarebytes. See: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310805171125

The full article is over at Network World: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310805182062

Top 5 Worries Keeping CIOs Up At Night

Network World just reported: "Worries about data security, technology upgrades and staffing are the most common concerns keeping IT pros awake at night, according to new research from Robert Half Technology.

"Among 1,400 U.S. CIOs polled, 24% cited data security as the primary worry keeping them up at night, and 13% said hardware and/or operating systems upgrades. Other worrisome issues include heavy workloads (cited by 10%), sufficient budgets to fund IT projects (10%), and keeping pace with technology innovation (9%)." It's a good idea to know what the boss is worrying about. MORE:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310805246281

Windows Intune 2 Soars at WPC 2011

Paul Thurrott wrote this week: "At its annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), held this week in Los Angeles, California, Microsoft provided a number of interesting updates related to Windows. The most interesting, I think, is the public beta release of Windows Intune 2, a major update to the cloud-based PC management service that Microsoft launched earlier this year.

You may recall that Microsoft was pushing a more limited beta version of its first Windows Intune service at last year's WPC. Well, here's how much things have changed in just a year: The v2 beta is open to one and all, and it's available in all of the 40 countries that Microsoft is currently offering the first version of the service.

In case you're not familiar, Windows Intune is a cloud service, aimed mostly at small- and medium-sized businesses, which allows you to easily manage computers, software updates, security, and Microsoft software licenses, regardless of the location of the machines you're managing. He suggested you test intune on the side with a few PCs and I agree, here is why that's a good idea:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310805319546

Tracking LulzSec's Career of Hacking Mayhem

EWEEK has a cool little slide show that shows what these digital delinquents did and where. Interesting lessons were learned, and I saw a few company names that I had not heard of before:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310805444718

Reinstall Windows 7 Without Format Or Losing Files

Fred Langa's newsletter had something quite useful. "Microsoft won?t tell you this, but you can do a fast, nondestructive, in-place, total reinstall of Windows 7 without damaging your user accounts, data, installed programs, or system drivers. Here is the trick:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310805482500

And if you still run XP on some machines, here is how to do that for XP, which is now officially on its deathwatch: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310805494593

Windows Server News

Analyzing Virtual Desktop Benefits, Efficient Delivery Options

VDI offers desktop management benefits, but data center hardware costs pose problems. This expert tip will help you decide whether you should make the move and whether to deploy virtual desktops from the data center or the cloud: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310805557343

Cloud Computing Winners And Losers: Our Audience Says?

Cloud computing is off to a slow start amongst enterprise IT buyers, but they are starting to pick suppliers and feel out the market. Who's in and who's out? Find out in the popular piece of content:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310805599218

Jump-Starting Your Data Center With A Virtualization Strategy

Virtualization technology brings a number of immediate tactical benefits, such as server consolidation. But a virtualization strategy can also be an enabler, improving the effectiveness of other tools in your IT department. Learn how this technology can benefit your data center in this featured article:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310805651187

Five Big Changes In VMware vSphere 5 To Consider Before Updating

New features such as a Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler and redesigned VMware High Availability make VMware?s vSphere 5 an attractive update. But the new licensing restrictions may hamper server deployments and force users to waste existing physical memory. Before you update to vSphere 5, consider these five fundamental changes to make sure you don?t rush into the migration unprepared:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310805700578

Third Party News

Need to PEN Test Remote Networks?

The Pwn Plug Wireless is a godsend for pen testers who need to access remote systems but cannot or do not want to travel. Just mail the Pwn Plug to the target system's personnel with instructions to plug it in. Once they have done so, you will have access to the target network so you can test without having to travel. The Pwn Plug Wireless comes preloaded with Ubuntu, Kismet, Metasploit, SET, Fasttrack, netcat, nmap, dsniff, scapy and more! Tip 'o the Hat to SANS: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310805831140

VIPRE Beta Release Announcement

VIPRE Enterprise / VIPRE Enterprise Premium Agent - 4.0.4205 (Beta)

We are very pleased to announce the release of VIPRE Enterprise and VIPRE Enterprise Premium agent software version 4.0.4205 (Beta).

This beta release contains a number of bug fixes and enhancements designed to improve the overall function, performance, and stability of the agent software. Enhancements and Bug Fixes:

  • Improved the performance of Active Protection.
  • Improved the agent definitions update process by making additional checks on the integrity of the threat definitions files.
  • Improved reliability of Email Protection components with Outlook 2003/2007. Under certain conditions the Outlook plug-in could crash.
  • Changes were made to the Outlook plug-in to reliably perform its Email Protection functions under these conditions.
  • Fixed a problem in which an additional blank message was placed in the outbox of Outlook 2000 under certain conditions.
  • The Firewall status displayed in the System Tray was inaccurate under certain rare conditions. The System Tray now displays the Firewall status correctly.
  • Enabled the Agent Diagnostic Tool to correctly display special German characters. The Agent Diagnostic Tool is used by VIPRE Support for troubleshooting certain classes of problems.
  • The Agent Diagnostic Tool now accepts the correct response characters in the German and Italian language editions.

How to Obtain this Update

Instructions on how to obtain this beta can be accessed via http://www.wservernews.com/go/1310805862640 in the "Release Statement" forum.

NOTE: You must create a login in order to view any messages in this forum.

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WServerNews - Product of the Week

Free IP Address Tracker from SolarWinds Makes Tracking Easy

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