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Vol. 16, #26 - July 4, 2011 - Issue #835

Windows 8 Coming Sooner Than Expected?

  1. Editor's Corner    
    • Windows 8 Coming Sooner Than Expected?
    • Microsoft Delivers Office 2010 SP1 Upgrade
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • Malware Unmasked Webinar, July 20   
    • BriForum 2011: Register today - 7/19-21
    • Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Office Meets the Cloud; Office 365 Now Available
    • In The IT Security World, Policies And Controls Are King
    • Security Of Virtualization & Cloud Divides IT And Security Pros
    • Massive Botnet 'indestructible,' Say Researchers. I Doubt It
  5. Windows Server News
    • Considering VDI? Prepare To Master Layering
    • Top 10 Cloud Computing Leaders Of 2011
    • Free Virtualization: Itís Free For A Reason
    • Top Five Lessons Learned From A Virtualization Veteran
  6. Third Party News
    • OUCH. This Rootkit Requires A Wipe & Rebuild
  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

Windows 8 Coming Sooner Than Expected?

While Redmond still needs to confirm a solid date on when it expects to launch Win8, based on its track record of releasing a new version of its OS roughly every 24 to 36 months, we had expected Win8 to be released to manufacturing (RTM) the late summer or early fall 2012. But, if we believe a recent post by Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet.com, Redmond might be planning this to happen quicker. Foley thinks Redmond maybe on track to RTM Win8 by April 2012: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1309600695843

Microsoft Delivers Office 2010 SP1 Upgrade

It was all over the press this week, but Computerworld had the best write-up so I'm not going to repeat their story. Here is a quick blurb with a link to their website: "Along with today's launch of Office 365, Microsoft also released the first service pack for its Office 2010 business productivity suite. Microsoft had previously said it would ship Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) by the end of June. Office 2010 first reached most customers in June 2010. As it usually does, Microsoft today made Office 2010 SP1 available only as a manual download, and will wait several months before adding it to Windows Update for automatic installation. Microsoft typically gives corporate customers a 30-day heads up before it starts to automatically serve Office service packs through its update services." MORE: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1309600768656

Quotes of the Week

"A specialist is a man who knows more and more about less and less." -- William Mayo

"As men get older, the toys get more expensive." -- Marvin Davis

"You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get." -- Michael Phelps

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Admin Toolbox

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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: Register today  - 7/19-21

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. Donít 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.

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Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar

Coming to Atlanta, Detroit, and St Louis this June, and 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 whatís real and whatís 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.

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Tech Briefing

Office Meets the Cloud; Office 365 Now Available

This week, Redmond launched its latest cloud service, Office 365. The new offering unifies Office, Sharepoint Online, Exchange Online & Lync Online and enables customers to access the new services over the web and on a monthly subscription basis. Office 365 is now available in 40 countries (with more to come shortly) and pricing for the new offering ranges between $2 and $27 per user per month. The press was all over it. I will get into more detail later. One thing though, it's not all that great in a mobile environment.

In The IT Security World, Policies And Controls Are King

Roger Grimes, InfoWorld's security guy, has a really good article that I completely support: "The SANS Institute's 20 Critical Security Controls document can help admins improve their organization's security defenses.

Over a decade ago, Stephen Northcutt, one of the original founders of The SANS Institute, recruited me to help plan a course purely about security policies and procedures. At the time I was all about hands-on hacking and defending, and I saw little value in a course purely focused on "paperwork."

It took me a long time to realize that without the paperwork, you don't get any real security. Almost all security professionals can secure their own computers by tightening down the right settings, applying all the needed patches, properly configuring the firewall, and making sure their antivirus definitions are up to date. The challenge is doing that for hundreds or thousands of machines -- PCs, laptops, servers, mobile devices -- running different applications or platforms. Documenting and enforcing policies and controls is necessary for us to apply all the good advice in our heads to all the machines that we control. MORE: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1309601250281

Security Of Virtualization & Cloud Divides IT And Security Pros

Is moving to virtualization and cloud computing making network security easier or harder? When some 2,100 top IT and security managers in 27 countries were asked, the response revealed a profound lack of consensus, showing how divided attitudes are within the enterprise.

The "2010 State of Enterprise Security Survey - Global Data" report shows that about one-third believe virtualization and cloud computing make security "harder," while one-third said it was "more or less the same," and the remainder said it was "easier." The telephone survey was done by Applied Research last month on behalf of Symantec, and it covered 120 questions about technology use -- organizations remain overwhelmingly Microsoft Windows-based -- and cyberattacks on organizations. MORE: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1309601407234

Massive Botnet 'indestructible,' Say Researchers. I Doubt It

Computerworld reported on a new and improved botnet that has infected more than four million PCs is "practically indestructible," security researchers say. "TDL-4," the name for both the bot Trojan that infects machines and the ensuing collection of compromised computers, is "the most sophisticated threat today," said Kaspersky Labs researcher Sergey Golovanov in a detailed analysis Monday. "[TDL-4] is practically indestructible," Golovanov said. Others agree. Well, I don't. Once you know how it's put together, you can always find ways to stop, block, hamper or circumvent malware. Here is the article: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1309601498750

Windows Server News

Considering VDI? Prepare To Master Layering

VMware and Citrix VDI only go so far. IT pros must add user profile layers, application layers and more to create a true desktop experience through virtualization. Learn about some products that make layering easier in this popular piece of content: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1309601583687

Top 10 Cloud Computing Leaders Of 2011

From CTOs to cloud architects, the biggest and best cloud leaders of 2011 are represented in this look at the top players in the cloud market. Check it out today to find out who made the cut!: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1309601639359

Free Virtualization: Itís Free For A Reason

As IT departments strive to do more with less, many turn to free virtualization tools. As your infrastructure grows, however, these tools can cause more trouble than theyíre worth. Find out why some experts are saying to avoid this complimentary technology in this featured article: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1309601691062

Top Five Lessons Learned From A Virtualization Veteran

Everyone knows the basic pros and cons of virtualization, but lessons about 100% virtualization and virtual infrastructure design are learned only through experience. Discover some of the most valuable lessons this virtualization veteran has learned over the years: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1309601734062

Third Party News

OUCH. This Rootkit Requires A Wipe & Rebuild

Microsoft is telling Windows users that they'll have to reinstall the operating system if they get infected with a new rootkit that hides in the machine's boot sector. A new variant of a Trojan Microsoft calls "Popureb" digs so deeply into the system that the only way to eradicate it is to return Windows to its out-of-the-box configuration, Chun Feng, an engineer with the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC), said last week on the group's blog. "If your system does get infected with Trojan:Win32/Popureb.E, we advise you to fix the MBR and then use a recovery CD to restore your system to a pre-infected state," said Feng. MORE: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1309601826046

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