What's That Admin Tool You Are Lacking?
- Editor's Corner
What's That Admin Tool You Are Lacking?
XP Turns 10 - Redmond Wants It To Go Away
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
- Webinars & Seminars
- VIPRE Antivirus Business Product Demonstration
- Building A High Impact Security Awareness Program - SANS Mgt 433
- Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar
- Tech Briefing
- Malware Loves Windows Task Scheduler
- Ace This Test And Get A Job Interview With Facebook
- 5 Tech Pros Companies Want To Hire
- Forget New Threats: It's The Old-School Attacks That Keep Getting You
- Windows Server News
- Windows Server 8: The 4 Best New AD Features
- How Many Virtual Machines On A Hyper-V Server?
- Private Cloud Blockers And Barriers
- Why Licensing Windows 8 Now Isn?t Such A Bad Idea
- Desktop Virtualization Expert Advice Forum
- Third Party News
- Want To Manage VIPRE Business From Your Mobile?
- WServerNews FAVE Links
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
- New Free Tool - Real-time Bandwidth Monitor
for Sub Second Device Polling and Interface Monitoring
- New Free Tool - Real-time Bandwidth Monitor
What's That Admin Tool You Are Lacking?
You're an IT Administrator, and need to keep servers up and running, workstations patched, applications updated, the network operating at top performance, make sure Backup/Restore actually works, and a zillion other urgent things.
Was there ever a time when you thought: "If I only had an admin tool to do _________, my life would be -so- much easier!" Tell us about that tool you are lacking, we'll try to find the best solution, and tell you about it in a coming issue. This is a one-question, 30 second answer!
Windows 8? That's Waaay Into The Future...
Received this two-feet-on-the-ground input regarding the last newsletter.
"Hi Stu, you need to hear this regarding windows server and workstation versioning and business real-world needs. Both Microsoft and possibly your newsletter are out of touch with what people are really running and using in the Windows world.
First of all, Windows Vista was passed in favor of running Windows XP for most businesses. It simply was not worth it to play the upgrade game. Windows 7 finally started a faster adoption rate, with many businesses starting to deploy it, as they developed new master images and felt comfortable with the features. W7 64-bit is going to be the mainstream workstation OS for some time. W7 32-bit will probably die a quick death.
I have many customers who are still primarily Windows XP and am just now, over the past 6 months, starting to aggressively deploy W7 with them. In other words, the "real world" will not be force-fed another operating system anytime soon. And guess what, there are application problems in the migration ? some business critical apps don?t run so well on W7.
To think of another workstation operating system in the next 3 years is a joke. This won?t adopt quickly by many customers. Stick to Windows 7 content for at least 2 more years. Regarding Windows server 8, many small businesses that are not virtualized will not be migrating to that anytime soon. And many folks have older IIS apps that simply cannot run in W2K8, let alone a new windows server version. Also, Active directory and other products are running fine on many Windows 2K3 versions, still to this day. They have not even considering going to windows 2K8, let alone Windows Server 8. So I think WS8 will probably face a slow adoption as well.
So keep that in mind when creating content, etc. And send this over to the folks in Microsoft marketing." -- Will Richmond
My comments: Appreciate the input, And yes, I am fully aware this is the case. I ran a company with almost 250 employees and twice that amount of workstations plus oodles of servers... and it takes a looong time for platform upgrades.
XP Turns 10. Redmond Wants It To Go Away
Redmond wants you to move away from XP after 10 years in the wild. Win7 seems on track to take XP?s place as the most-used OS, but that takes years. The numbers are fuzzy, different analytics sites come up with divergent numbers. The Net Applications site shows, XP still holds 47.29% of the market, with Win7 next with 30.36%, but stats given by StatCounter, show Win7 going up, having 40.39% and XP as #2 with 38.54%.
Redmond really wants XP to leave, for instance IE9 will not run on XP. Their Download Center even offers a little WinXP "End of Support Countdown Gadget", ticking off the days until XP's official support ends in 2014. I downloaded it, just to see. Today it shows 893 days left.
Invitation: Server Hardware, Database Reliability Survey
WServerNews and ITIC are teaming up to conduct an online survey on Server hardware and Database Reliability. The aim of this survey is to gauge user satisfaction with the reliability and uptime of your major server and DB platforms and your satisfaction with the pricing, service and support you receive from your vendors. Are the hardware and databases performing up to expectations? Are they too expensive or too hard to use? Tell us what you think.
As always, we know that you?re busy. This survey should take only a few minutes to complete. All responses are kept confidential. The survey is for informational purposes only. No one will call or Email you with any sales pitches.
Once again, ITIC and WServerNews are giving away a free iPad and a free iPod to the survey respondents who provides the most insightful response to the final essay question. So be sure to leave your Email address along with your comment within the Essay question response. Once the survey is finalized, we'll publish the Executive Summary and survey highlights in a coming issue. To thank you, anyone who completes the survey can get a complimentary copy of the Report once it's published by Emailing: [email protected]
Here?s the link to the survey:
Quotes of the Week
"Your big opportunity may be right where you are now." -- Napoleon Hill, born in 1883.
"Give light, and the darkness disappear of itself." -- Desiderius Erasmus, born in 1469.
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:
email me: [email protected]
Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
Orion IP Address Manager - Get detailed visibility into IP address space usage and prevent IP address conflicts from taking down network devices.
Insider. Outsider. With Centrify's detailed recordings of privileged user sessions, you've got a better way to see if outsourced IT staff are acting like insiders?or outsiders. View Demo:
mPowerTools - an AD Admin essential! 200+ reports, bulk import/export, scheduling, GPO/File Share Reports. Eliminate scripting! ONLY $1,299 for limited time!
Free Service: Email Exposure Check. Find out which addresses of your organization are exposed on the Internet and are a phish-attack target:
Subscribe to the latest hot e-zine: CyberheistNews: 'Arming you with the facts'. Once-a-week ammo to defend your network against cybercrime:
Webinars & Seminars
VIPRE Antivirus Business Product Demonstration
Looking for a security solution that doesn?t slow you down? VIPRE Antivirus Business combines antivirus and anti-spyware technologies into one powerful security solution for total protection with low resource usage. New VIPRE features include scalable multisite tiering and role-based access control.
Join us as we demonstrate the many features of VIPRE Antivirus Business. Register today!
Nov 1 at 2pm ET:
Nov 8 at 11am ET:
Building A High Impact Security Awareness Program - Mgt 433
Lance Spitzner will teach a 2-day class at SANS, December 15-16 in Washington. DC as part of SANS CDI. If you or your organization is considering a security awareness program, or looking to improve an existing one, this intense two day course is for you. We are also teaching this as a simulcast, meaning you can virtually attend the class and get the same training but without having to leave home:
Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar
Coming to 3 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.
Malware Loves Windows Task Scheduler
Roger Grimes wrote in InfoWorld: "More malware is using Windows Task Scheduler to do its dirty work. Here's how to mitigate this surprising attack vector. Malware authors have been using the Windows Task Scheduler (or AT.exe jobs) to victimize hosts for at least a decade, but the Stuxnet worm seems to have ushered in a renaissance. Recent Zlob variants have made frequent use of Task Scheduler; the widespread click-fraud Trojan Bamital drew on Task Scheduler as well.
Stuxnet exploited Task Scheduler in a way that was previously unknown -- it was a true zero-day attack. But malware doesn't have to get too fancy to put Task Scheduler to ill use. For example, malware will often create a task that looks for certain preconditions to launch, downloads new malicious code on a schedule, or uses scheduled tasks as a way to always remain in memory. I've seen malware hunters struggle to find out how the malicious code "keeps re-infecting their clean system." Answer: Check the Task Scheduler.
Roger explains the details:
Ace This Test And Get A Job Interview With Facebook
Ready to take the hardest programming quiz ever? Even if you aren't looking for a new job, Facebook's timed test for potential programmers is a fascinating challenge. Read More at InfoWorld:
5 Tech Pros Companies Want To Hire
NetworkWorld has some good news. Networking pros are among the top five tech professionals that companies want to hire, according to Robert Half Technology. Seasoned networking pros are in an enviable position. The tech staffing firm includes systems and networking engineers among the top five tech professionals that companies are currently looking to hire. In particular, companies are searching for network and systems pros who are experts in cloud computing, software as a service and virtualization. People with combined skills in server, software and networking are the most sought after, Robert Half Technology explains in its newly published Salary Guide 2012.
Here is the list:
- Systems and networking engineers
- Quality assurance professionals and business analysts
- Data warehousing and business intelligence professionals
- Security professionals
For developers, the most in-demand skills are .Net, Java, PHP, Silverlight, Flex, MySQL and portal technologies such as SharePoint. Here is the story:
Forget New Threats: It's The Old-School Attacks That Keep Getting You
This is a really cool article in NetworkWorld. "Everybody in IT knows it is a dangerous world out there, filled with an endless variety of cyber attacks aimed at compromising and taking advantage of security flaws. But there is still a persistent lack of awareness of specific threats and how best to confront them, according to Rob Havelt, director of penetration testing for Trustwave, an international provider of information security and compliance solutions.
The irony, he says, is that it is not necessarily the newest, scariest malware or hack technique that can compromise an enterprise. There are some very cool examples, like hacking into the security cameras so they could point them, zoom in and read passwords:
Windows Server News
Windows Server 8: The 4 Best New AD Features
Although it will take many of you a lot of time before you upgrade to WinServer8, it's always interesting to know what's in there. InfoWorld has the best write up about AD.
"Among the key changes, you'll find an improved recycle bin and better password policy controls. With each new edition of Windows Server comes changes to Active Directory, usually in the form of slight adjustments in performance, schema inclusions, and sometimes new tools like the less-than-stellar Administrative Console and the Active Directory Recycle Bin in Windows Server 2008 R2.
But in the forthcoming Windows Server 8, you can expect some major changes. Here are the big four so far related to Active Directory.
Feature No. 1: dcpromo gives way to a new wizard
Feature No. 2: Enhanced Administrative Center
Feature No. 3: Recycle Bin goes GUI
Feature No. 4: Fine-grained password policies
All the details are here:
How Many Virtual Machines On A Hyper-V Server?
Virtual administrators are regularly faced with the question of, how many? For the sake of solid forecasting in your data center as well as your budget, someone always wants to know how many virtual machines can be consolidated to a physical machine. The answer is always the same: it depends. Learn more in this expert tip:
Private Cloud Blockers And Barriers
For growing businesses with variable needs, cloud computing can reduce costs while boosting project flexibility and time to market. But the cloud still raises IT hackles. This featured article details some of the factors that block many cloud implementations, including networking and security obstacles, and how you can overcome them:
Why Licensing Windows 8 Now Isn?t Such A Bad Idea
While Windows 8 may be a year or more from release, organizations that have the operating system on their IT roadmaps should start planning their Windows 8 licensing strategy now. Discover how licensing the product today can help your organization achieve a standardized desktop more quickly in this popular piece of content: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1319870766562
Desktop Virtualization Expert Advice Forum
Many organizations are looking to desktop virtualization as a means of saving money and simplifying IT management processes. Whether your organization is only thinking about the possibilities of a virtualized desktop environment, has begun virtual desktop implementation or has already built a success virtual desktop infrastructure, this tutorial can help solve some of the more common desktop virtualization issues faced by IT admins today:
Third Party News
Want To Manage VIPRE Business From Your Mobile?
GFI is interested in your opinion and feedback in regards to a mobile phone app that would allow you to remotely manage your VIPRE Business (formerly VIPRE Enterprise) server. This brief survey should take just 2 minutes to complete. Participants will be eligible for a chance to win a $100 Amazon.com gift card (U.S. residents only). Start here: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1319870862906
WServerNews FAVE Links
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
Was there ever a time when you thought: "If I only had an admin tool to do _________, my life would be -so- much easier!" Take 30 seconds and tell WServerNews about that tool you lack!
Cockpit footage taken from the backseat of a Blue Angels jet during an airshow. This looks like so much fun:
A German fish lover added an observation tower to his koi pond. The fish enter and swim up the tower at will. Evidently they like the view:
Your Own HAL 9000 (aka Control Siri from across the room) I want one:
French sporting goods company Decathlon launched a new TV campaign for its mountain sports brand Quechua with this beautiful commercial titled 'We All Need Warmth':
Uh oh. The Christmas light show phenomenon is now infecting other holidays. I can already see homes decked out with TGIF light shows... Halloween Light Show 2011: Singing pumpkin faces, tombstones, hand carved pumpkins, strobes, floods and thousands of lights:
It's finally here: The cat doorbell:
Concrete you can see through. Really:
Microsoft Holodesk 3-D Interactive Display:
This is neat... virtual machines on your cellphone - 2 phones in 1:
True innovation here, with this Japanese spherical flying machine. Death Star anyone?