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Vol. 16, #39 - October 3, 2011 - Issue #848 

What IT Should Know About Windows 8

  1. Editor's Corner    
    • What IT Should Know About Windows 8
  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
    • What IT Should Know About Windows 8
    • New Windows 8 Security: Stronger But Gentler 
    • Hands-On: What's Good And Bad About Windows 8
    • Readers' Choice 2011: Best Network Security Products
  5. Windows Server News
    • Q&A: Cross-Platform Virtualization Management
    • Windows Server 8 Brings Changes, Improvements 
    • Virtual Data Center E-Zine: Keeping Virtual Machines Secure
    • Data Security In The Cloud: Tactics And Practices
  6. Third Party News
    • VIPRE Business 5.0 - Release Candidate 2 - Announcement
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Free SAN Monitor Allows you to Monitor Dell®, IBM®,
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Editor's Corner

What IT Should Know About Windows 8

Over the last few weeks after the Win8 Developer Release, hundreds of articles have been written about all the ins and outs. I have tried to keep up, and failed, but did find a few very useful articles that will save you a lot of time. Interestingly enough, all three of these articles are from different people at InfoWorld, which I realized I have been reading professionally for 30 years now. (I started when I was five!)

Regarding Win8, from an IT and developer perspective there's a lot to chew on -- especially, how Win8's two-face interface and support for both Intel and ARM mean interesting choices ahead for you, regarding support for corporate end-users in the post-PC era. You will find the three articles in the Tech Briefing section. Make sure to watch the install video in the Hands-on section as that's very interesting.

Quotes of the Week

"One of the chief dangers to the success of popular government is that it will throw away self-restraint and self-control and adopt laws which, being without sound economic foundation, bring on such a financial distress as to result in want, misery, disorder, and the dissolution of society."-- Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States (1923–1929)

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." -- Samuel Adams

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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

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/1317461704921

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/1317461876718

 

Tech Briefing

What IT Should Know About Windows 8

To start off, Woody Leonhard at InfoWorld looks at the client-side nitty-gritty and there is a lot to chew on: "The three faces of Windows 8 herald tough choices and significant changes ahead for corporate IT.

"In the two weeks since Microsoft unveiled its Windows 8 Developer Preview at Build, more than a million people have downloaded the bits, leaving the vast majority of IT pros wondering what in the world their organizations may someday be getting into.

"Here, Microsoft has been characteristically mum, except for the targeted and highly vetted postings of the Windows engineering team on its Building Windows 8 blog. That dearth of substantial information, not to mention reams of unanswered questions, has not prevented Preview users from providing meaningful observations on Windows 8 for the end-user's perspective."

More:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1317462467687

New Windows 8 Security: Stronger But Gentler

InfoWorld's Robert Lemos took a look at the new security features in Win8, and found that it incorporates more security than Vista, but with less annoying upfront notifications. Here is a small excerpt, but I recommend reading the whole article: "Windows 8's security improvements will be much less visible, and that's just the way Microsoft wants it.

The company has added a number of protection features to Windows 8 to better protect the system, all the while making the security less intrusive by limiting the number of notifications a user may receive. For example, the company's SmartScreen technology for detecting potentially malicious sites -- introduced with Internet Explorer 8 -- will be built right into the OS to allow any file downloaded to a Windows 8 computer to be checked out by the system, yet the protection should not alert the average user more than twice a year, Microsoft says."

More at:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1317462534484

Hands-On: What's Good And Bad About Windows 8

And then, InfoWorld's star reporter J. Peter Bruzzese went ahead and wrote a good hands-on column with some great insights you should check out: "Since Microsoft's Build conference earlier this month, where Windows 8's debut was the grand spectacle, I've been quietly exploring the forthcoming OS deeply. Now that I've spent real time with it, I can give you a fuller analysis than what appeared in the first days of its announcement.

I can honestly say that any "final judgments" you've read about Windows 8 are worthless. The preview edition of Windows 8 isn't so much as half-baked, even down to small details such as the atrocious color scheme. It's obviously in preliminary stages, as you can see from the video below. Play that 5 minute video, saves a whole bunch of time doing the whole thing yourself, and he's explaining a memory gotcha that is good to know about:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1317462651906

Readers' Choice 2011: Best Network Security Products

For the sixth consecutive year, Information Security Mag readers voted to determine the best security products. More than 1,500 voters participated this year, rating products in 14 different categories. Once again this year's results included several network security categories. Click the link below to view all categories, or use the links below to go directly to see the best network security products in specific categories.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1317462703843

 

Windows Server News

Q&A: Cross-Platform Virtualization Management

With all the virtualization platforms out there today, you don’t have to choose just one. A lot of infrastructures now run multiple virtualization platforms, making it easier for admins with specialized skills to manage the platforms they’re familiar with. Discover the challenges and benefits of this virtualization approach in this Q&A:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1317462763812

Windows Server 8 Brings Changes, Improvements

Windows Server 8 features a laundry list of new technologies, significant enhancements and much more. Access this expert tip to learn about some of these improvements in-depth and how they add significant support for private and hybrid cloud technologies:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1317462816593

Virtual Data Center E-Zine: Keeping Virtual Machines Secure

This expert e-zine follows the evolution of virtualization and forecasts trends to expect for the future. Discover considerations and best practices for securing your virtual environment:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1317462856046

Data Security In The Cloud: Tactics And Practices

Data security is a concern for any enterprise, and cloud computing often can magnify security anxieties. Adopting a few ground rules will help protect users, their data and your overall cloud investment:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1317462893843

 

Third Party News

VIPRE Business 5.0 - Release Candidate 2 - Announcement

GFI Software is very pleased to announce the availability of Release Candidate 2 (RC2) for VIPRE Business and VIPRE Business Premium version 5.0. VIPRE Business is the successor to the VIPRE Enterprise family of products.

This is a cumulative rollup of all previous VIPRE Business 5.0 beta and RC versions, and consists of an update for both the management console and agent. Overall, we have received extremely positive feedback from our beta tester community, and encourage you to preview this Release Candidate if you haven't had an opportunity to do so yet.

The version numbers for this release are as follows:

  • Management console: 5.0.4898
  • Agent software: 5.0.4452

The following bug fixes are available in this release:

  • Corrected a condition in the agent installation dialog where the local computer was misrepresented if the site name was changed.
  • Corrected a condition where the agent status column cold incorrectly report "Rebooting to remove incompatible software" while a reboot was pending, but had not yet occurred.
  • Corrected a condition that could cause the SB Recovery Service to not be displayed in Service Control Manager.

Download and Beta Support Information:

For complete details on how to download this release candidate, as well obtain beta support, please visit our beta forums via http://www.wservernews.com/go/1317463002578

 

WServerNews FAVE Links

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

 

WServerNews - Product of the Week

Free SAN Monitor Allows you to Monitor Dell®, IBM®, & Sun® StorageTek™ Storage Arrays

SolarWinds free SAN Monitor tool gives you a-glance insight into storage performance & capacity with a slick desktop dashboard that lets you view top LUNs by size, busiest LUNS, & most under-utilized LUNs. You can also drill down into LUN inventory details including: LUN size, physical disks, RAID type, total IOPs, IO response time and more. Download and try it out for yourself. It’s free.
Download Now.