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Vol. 16, #32 - August 12, 2011 - Issue #841

Remember Those 1U and 2U Pizza Boxes?

  1. Editor's Corner    
    • Remember Those 1U and 2U Pizza Boxes?
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • VIPREcast: Top Signs It's Time To Switch AV Solutions
    • Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Redmond Patches Old Ping Of Death
    • 5 Cool Tools For Cloud Management 
    • What I'd Say If The Secret Service Bothered Me Again
    • IBM: PC Going Way Of Vacuum Tube And Typewriter
  5. Windows Server News
    • Five vSphere 5 Features That Flew Under The Radar
    • Defining Disaster Recovery Strategies In The Cloud
    • Four Ideas To Better Secure Identity Management In The Cloud
    • Virtualization Storage Thin Provisioning And Lifecycle Planning
  6. Third Party News
    • Free VMware Admin Tool – ApplicationVIEW
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • NEW Free Tool – SNMP ENABLER for WINDOWS   

NEW Free Tool – SNMP ENABLER for WINDOWS

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Editor's Corner

Remember Those 1U and 2U Pizza Boxes?

For the longest time, getting a new server was as simple as ordering a happy meal. No more. Today, you have to choose between a multitude of options. In-house or co-locate? And the hardware, you now have to choose among hyped-up blade systems that look like small mainframes, stripped down micro devices, or servers made by switch vendors. Makes me think of the good old days of racking up 1U and 2U pizza boxes in my own server room.

Not to speak of the choice if you want to have that hardware under your own control at all, with the cloud option looming like weather rolling in.

With the most recent Patch Tuesday fixing another 13 items with 2 being critical, what is your opinion about managing your own servers or having someone else responsible to keep the box up & running and patching it?

Let me know at [email protected]

Quotes of the Week

"I had a TV set and a typewriter and that made me think a computer should be laid out like a typewriter with a video screen." -- Steve Wozniak

"Just remember--when you think all is lost, the future remains." -- Dr. Robert Goddard

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Stu Sjouwerman
email me: [email protected]

Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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Webinars & Seminars

VIPREcast: Top Signs It's Time To Switch AV Solutions

Do you feel stuck with your current antivirus because of its price, a long-term relationship with the provider or even the product brand name? Are you missing the warning signs that your AV solution isn't right for your business? It may be time to switch. Attend this VIPREcast to learn the top warning signs to look for and how to easily switch to a business antivirus solution that meets your needs and performance expectations. Register Today!

Date: Tue, Aug 16, 2011
11:00 am ET
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Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar

Coming to 11 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!
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Tech Briefing

Redmond Patches Old Ping Of Death

"Microsoft today issued 13 security updates that patched 22 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Windows, Office and other software, including one that harked back two decades to something dubbed "Ping of Death."

Of Tuesday's 13 updates, called "bulletins" by Microsoft, two were labeled "critical" -- the most-serious rating in the company's four-step score--nine were marked "important," the next-most-dangerous category, and two were pegged as "moderate."

Three of the 22 individual vulnerabilities patched today in the baker's dozen of bulletins were rated critical. The remainder were split--15 and four, respectively--between important and moderate.

Researchers today called out MS11-057, which patches seven flaws in Internet Explorer (IE), as the most important to patch pronto." Network World has the story:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313135287625

5 Cool Tools For Cloud Management

Cloud management tools are as varied as cloud uses. For this test, we chose five tools that each attack cloud management from a different perspective. We looked at Symplifed for identity management exclusively targeted to SaaS-based apps, Puppet Labs for virtual machine deployment, HP for building and managing private clouds, Abiquo for IaaS platform management and TurnKey Linux for low-cost cloud backup. Story at Networkworld:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313135387578

What I'd Say If The Secret Service Bothered Me Again

Columnist Bill Brenner stood before the White House and saw the President’s chopper take off. He got interested and took some pictures. Then the Secret Service pulled him in and questioned him. This is an interesting story: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313135440906

IBM: PC Going Way Of Vacuum Tube And Typewriter

"Thirty years ago, IBM created the first personal computer running Microsoft's MS-DOS. Today, IBM and Microsoft seem to have very different views on the future of the PC.

IBM CTO Mark Dean of the company's Middle East and Africa division, one of a dozen IBM engineers who designed that first machine unveiled Aug. 12, 1981, says PCs are "going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs."

IBM, of course, sold its PC division to Lenovo in 2005. Dean, in a blog post, writes that "I, personally, have moved beyond the PC as well. My primary computer now is a tablet. When I helped design the PC, I didn't think I'd live long enough to witness its decline. But, while PCs will continue to be much-used devices, they're no longer at the leading edge of computing." Story over at NetworkWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313135526953

Windows Server News

Five vSphere 5 Features That Flew Under The Radar

Storage DRS and increased scalability grabbed the headlines, but some lesser-known VMware vSphere 5 features may actually have a greater effect on your VMware infrastructure. Learn more in this expert tip. http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313135582921

Defining Disaster Recovery Strategies In The Cloud

There's some confusion amongst IT professionals between traditional offsite disaster recovery and DR in the cloud. Knowing the difference and spelling out recovery requirements are the first stages in maintaining a solid DR strategy. Gain insight into how these two DR strategies vary in this exclusive article.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313135618703

Four Ideas To Better Secure Identity Management In The Cloud

As corporations store increasingly large amounts of mission critical data in the clouds, identity management needs to be more secure. This popular piece of content details four key ideas that could help.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313135653437

Virtualization Storage Thin Provisioning And Lifecycle Planning

Thin provisioning is often touted as a best practice for virtualization storage, because you can shrink and expand virtual hard disk files to accommodate storage needs. But watch out for over provisioning, which can reduce physical capacity and harm virtualization storage performance.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313135685984

Third Party News

Free VMware Admin Tool – ApplicationVIEW

ApplicationVIEW provides free virtual machine monitoring for your five most important VMs. See detailed data on how these applications are running in your virtual environment. Quickly find out:

  • Which VMs in your VMware environment have performance problems
  • Resources that are causing potential performance problems
  • A 30-day history to spot transient issues

Quick to install on your Windows desktop, ApplicationVIEW monitors, diagnoses and resolves performance issues in application virtual machines.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313135776281

WServerNews FAVE Links

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

WServerNews - Product of the Week

NEW Free Tool – SNMP ENABLER for WINDOWS

This cool tool gives you the ability to remotely install and enable SNMP on any windows server or workstation on your network! Save time when deploying applications requiring SNMP! Download SolarWinds latest free tool and simultaneously enable SNMP on multiple machines.

Learn More>>