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Vol. 16, #38 - September 26, 2011 - Issue #847 Centrify

Gotcha: WinXP To Win8 Support Gap

  1. Editor's Corner    
    • Gotcha: WinXP To Win8 Support Gap
    • Win8 Love Or Hate Comments
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • Microsoft Licensing Bootcamp Orlando Oct 25-26
    • Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar
  4. Tech Briefing
    • 15 Essential Open Source Tools For Windows Admins
    • Social Engineering Attacks Costly For Business 
    • Open This Email Or We'll Sue You
    • Hollywood Role For SysAdmin Superhero
  5. Windows Server News
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Task Manager Troubleshooting Tips
    • Top Five New Features In Windows Server 8 
    • VMware iPad Apps: Taking Virtualization To Go
    • Harvard University Preps For Cloud Move
  6. Third Party News
    • This McAfee DeepSAFE - What's That All About?
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Centrify DirectAudit - Finally.  A Better Way to Audit Activity on Any Server.

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Editor's Corner

Gotcha: WinXP To Win8 Support Gap

You'd be surprised how many end-users still run XP on their workstation. Lots of smart IT departments simply decided to skip Vista and wait for Win7. Many have made, or are making the migration to Win7, usually replacing the old XP box while they are at it. For holdouts that plan to jump from XP to Win8 there is a gotcha you should keep in mind: you might fall into the support gap between the two as support for XP ends in April 2014.

Win8 is expected Fall 2012, targeting the back-to-school buyers, which would mean an RTM date in Spring that year. But a lot of software vendors take their sweet old time to support new platforms, so your mission critical apps might only support Win8 a year or 18 months later. That could be getting a bit tight if your policies call for must-have tech support from Redmond for production systems. Just a heads-up to make sure you keep your upgrade timing synced...

Win8 Love Or Hate Comments

Here are just two comments, one PRO and one CON. Food for thought:

DON'T HATE: I installed the MSDN Developer's Preview with full tools for the 64-bit Win 8 client on my MSI 20" AIO with a multi-touch screen and ION chip-set. Yes, the default Metro interface makes it quite like my ASUS Transformer with Android 3.2. The touch stuff for Win 8 is much more refined and smooth compared to Win 7. Someone's been doing their homework - maybe playing with an iPad. When I showed my wife the Metro homepage and touched "Near Me" to see all the restaurants and theaters in our neighborhood, she reacted with "OMG, it's just a big tablet and it knows where we live!" The regular Windows interface has some nice little touches (pun intended). So far I've seen several system dialogs and tools that have been updated or enhanced. So, I don't love it, but definitely don't hate it either. Time will tell. I will say it's quite stable for such an early release. -- D.S.

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HATE. I downloaded the developer preview to get a feel for the Metro interface. I think if I had a Windows phone or tablet, it would be an OK operating system. I don't plan on ever buying either though. No way will I use that on my desktop. I know I can disable the Metro interface, but then why buy it? No matter what they say, it is not the same experience using a mouse/keyboard. And I'll be damned if I'm going to buy a touchscreen monitor and get fingerprints all over my screen just to use it. Another thing I hate is the new Windows App store. I don't mind having a store, I mind being FORCED to use it. I am not a noob. I want to buy my software from whomever I choose, and not be required to use their approved apps. I know they're just trying to limit viruses, malware and give people the best experience possible, but no thanks. I don't need to have my hand held. Linux is starting to look better and better all the time. -- A.K.

Quotes of the Week

"About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure." - Tommy Lasorda

"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work." - Stephen King

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Stu Sjouwerman
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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Privileged User Activity Auditing Whitepaper from Centrify
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Free Service: Email Exposure Check. Find out which addresses of your organization are exposed on the Internet and are a phish-attack target:
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Webinars & Seminars

Microsoft Licensing Bootcamp Orlando Oct 25-26

Microsoft licensing rules keep changing. What you don't know could be expensive. Develop the expertise on how to drive maximum value from your Microsoft software investments with two days of intensive Microsoft licensing training. Registration for the next Microsoft Licensing Boot Camp in Orlando, October 25-26, 2011 ends on October 7th.

Register today for the most comprehensive Microsoft licensing training available: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316771150484

Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar

Coming to 9 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/1316771181921

Tech Briefing

15 Essential Open Source Tools For Windows Admins

Microsoft offers great tools for enhancing your server-side experience, but open source has impressive options as well. This is a great roundup in InfoWorld that you really should check out:

"You might imagine that the best place to go for improving your Microsoft server-side experience is to the mothership itself. In many cases, you would be right. But the truth is there are a meaningful number of open source tools that go above and beyond what Microsoft has to offer in support of Windows Server, Exchange, SQL, and SharePoint. Many of these alternatives provide -- for free -- more powerful capabilities than what you'd get with third-party retail products". I especially like UltraDefragfor my Win7 workstation because it can defrag system files, registry hives, and the paging file. It's continually updated to ensure improvements in performance.

More:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316771259953

And while we are at it, here are 16 essential Android apps for IT pros, most of them free. These apps can help connect to servers, monitor computers, access databases, analyze the airwaves, scan networks, and serve as a reference.

Read More:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316771273390

Social Engineering Attacks Costly For Business

New research from Check Point Software finds social engineering is now a common attack strategy and organizations are getting hit frequently by hackers. CSO Magazine has the story:

"Social engineering attacks are widespread, frequent and cost organizations thousands of dollars annually according to new research from security firm Check Point Software Technologies. A survey of 850 IT and security professionals located in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, Australia and New Zealand found almost half, 48 percent, had been victims of social engineering and had experienced 25 or more attacks in the past two years. Social engineering attacks cost victims an average of $25,000 - $100,000 per security incident, the report states."

More:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316771333796

Open This Email Or We'll Sue You

A new social engineering scam has been launched a few days ago. The attack tries to scare you into opening the infected attachment by threatening to sue you for spamming.

What the email claims is that your mail server has been sending spam to the outside world. The email is spoofed to appear as if they come from known and reputable companies. The attachment is a fake ZIP file that supposedly contains a scanned copy of a document that has evidence of your spam, but in reality is an EXE file that contains a Trojan downloader, which pulls in malware.

The subject line varies, and contains threats that are designed to make some one worry and click on the link. This attack was reported on the Websense Blog:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316771393234

Hollywood Role For SysAdmin Superhero

"IT specialist Mike Mahan is heading to Hollywood to star in a role where he saves the day as a sysadmin superhero. The movie's sponsor Qumu hasn't revealed all the details of the plot for the YouTube-length film, but the IT superhero will come to the rescue once again - just like millions of IT heroes do every day all over the world. A futuristic dirigible is involved, and there are some communications issues that need to be fixed, hinted Ray Hood, president and CEO of Qumu.

Mahan was tapped for the role after winning a contest Qumu launched in July on System Administrator Appreciation Day. The annual event, now in its 12th year, is designed to elicit thanks for the unsung heroes who keep corporate desktops, servers and networks running. Ted Kekatos, the originator of SysAdmin Day, helped select the winner of Qumu's contest."

Story at TechWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316771903765

Windows Server News

Microsoft Windows 7 Task Manager Troubleshooting Tips

This featured content provides troubleshooting tips for Microsoft Windows 7's improved Task Manager -- from identifying processes and services to using the Resource Monitor:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316771961359

Top Five New Features In Windows Server 8

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced details about what’s new in the upcoming version of its Windows Server 8 operating system. So what are the top five most useful or innovative features? Find out in this expert tip: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316772028703

VMware iPad Apps: Taking Virtualization To Go

With the official VMware iPad apps, you can run virtual desktops and manage vSphere environments. Check out this guide to learn about each application in-depth and determine if they would be a good fit for your organization: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316772066453

Harvard University Preps For Cloud Move

Harvard University is looking to leave its private cloud and data center behind and move forward to a community cloud with four other local universities at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center Project. Learn more about what prompted this move and the benefits they hope to reap from it:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316772111500

Third Party News

This McAfee DeepSAFE - What's That All About?

In the last week or so, McAfee and Intel announced they "joined forces to transform the security industry". Well, first, remember that Intel OWNS McAfee, so there's not much of that 'joining forces' going on, that's just PR hoopla. They -are- making a lot of marketing noise about this though, and it all sounds very good. Until you look under the hood.

Alex Eckelberry, GFI's Security Unit Chief said: "This is a great marketing pitch. But remember that the platform that the technology is based upon, Intel VTx, is an open architecture that any antivirus company can use. McAfee is innovating but I truly doubt it’s because of any proprietary relationship with Intel. I just don’t think there is any secret sauce here. This stuff is available to us all, and if it makes sense to use it, we will."

So, that cuts this 'Big Announcement' to size, and the hype out of it:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316772197562

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Finally. A Better Way to Audit Activity on Any Server.

Centrify DirectAudit records and replays privileged user sessions on UNIX, Linux and Windows. There's never been a better way to know if your IT contractors and outsourcer staff are solving problems…or creating them.

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