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Vol. 16, #37 - September 19, 2011 - Issue #846

Windows 8: Love Or Hate?

  1. Editor's Corner    
    • Windows 8: Love Or Hate?
    • Could you please VOTE for VIPRE?
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • Webinar: Current State Of Password Security
    • Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar
  4. Tech Briefing
    • The One Patch To Deploy First
    • Win8 Will Run From A Thumb Drive 
    • Blue Screen Of Death Gets A New Look In Windows 8
  5. Windows Server News
    • Automating Windows 7 Deployment: Tools And Strategies
    • Virtualization Technology Licensing FAQ: Hyper-V, VMware Licensing 
    • Getting A Grip On Storage For Desktop Virtualization
  6. Third Party News
    • Vipre Business 5.0 ? Beta 2 Available
  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®, & Sun® StorageTek? Storage Arrays

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Editor's Corner

Windows 8: Love Or Hate?

Well, we're likely going to get our hands on it Fall 2012. In the meantime, what's to love and hate? Let's start with the plus points, and there are many, I'll pick the 10 best new features of the server version from a very good article over at InfoWorld, which I recommend you read, as it grabs the most important features out of more than 300 new items in WinServer8. Here they are:

  1. Multiserver management
  2. Friction-free server deployment
  3. IP address management
  4. Dynamic Access Control
  5. Large Hyper-V clusters
  6. Flexible live migration
  7. Advanced virtual networking
  8. Hyper-V Replica
  9. SMB for server apps
  10. VDI for the rest of us

Check out the article over here, as it has a lot of detail for each of these points:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316166907687

Now, what's to 'hate about 8'? If you are one of those admins that would like the iPad to go away, life is going to become interesting. Win8 for end users has a brand new GUI called Metro, and it's a bunch of tiles. To make use of all the new features, it needs new hardware (touchscreen laptops or workstations with a new touchscreen monitor). Redmond states that Win8 will run on any Win7 machine, but we have heard that before. Your end-users are likely going to want Win8 tablets as well, if your organization has been resisting iPads up to now.

And it gets scarier. Once they -have- those tablets, they are going to want to synch their tablets with their workstation so they can work at home and on the road. That would go through Redmond's Windows Live service and the online 'skydrive'. Up to now it has not been hacked, but hey, no one is 100% secure. So this syncing will mean user data moving in and out of your company 24/7. Yikes. There is a solution for this, but that costs more money: deploy strong Windows management on the server side.

I recommend you look at the pros and cons, your exposure, your compliance requirements, and then start working early on putting some policy in place to get ready for this major change. Let me know what you think about Win8, love or hate? Email me at [email protected]

Could you please VOTE for VIPRE?

Five GFI Software products have been named finalists in seven categories by Computing Security. GFI is also a finalist for the ?Contribution to IT Security? Award. Please click below and vote for Anti Virus Solution of the Year for GFI VIPRE Antivirus Business. Thanks so much in advance!

Voting has now opened at
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316166966343.

Quotes of the Week

"Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death." -- Albert Einstein

"There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits to human intelligence, imagination and wonder." -- Ronald Reagan

"All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work." -- Calvin Coolidge

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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

Webinar: Current State Of Password Security

All too often employees create weak passwords to login to work systems, as well as to access personal email and applications via the Internet while at work. The risks are great: hackers can quickly expose these weak passwords and gain access to corporate data via malware and related attacks. This webinar will address the current state of password security, and how best to protect your organization and employees.

Join us on Thursday, September 22 at 12:00pm ET to learn about:

Register today:
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Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar

Coming to 10 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

The One Patch To Deploy First

You should MS11-072 first, as it has bug fixes for all supported versions of Excel, and that includes Excel 2010 on Windows and Excel 2011 Mac.

Why? "The Excel one because of the attack vector, through malformed files," said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security, when asked which update should move to the top of the list.

"Top priority should be given to MS11-072, which fixes an arbitrary code execution vulnerability in Excel," said Wolfgang Kandek, the chief technology officer for Qualys, in an email. "It affects all versions of Excel including the most recent 2010 version...[and] to exploit this issue, attackers could create malicious Excel files, which, when opened on vulnerable hosts, can take control of the system."

Win8 Will Run From A Thumb Drive

Win8 has a new feature that lets you give users a portable Windows environment on a USB stick. This is pretty cool. It's called "Windows To Go," and if you want to give employees "complete managed Windows images" this is the way to go. They can make any PC into a clone of a secured in-house machine.

Not sure of this will be available for consumers too. And the pricetag (if there is one) is also unclear, In a briefing with reporters
at the BUILD Conference this week they said that the feature will cost about $50 per seat. We'll see, that 50 bucks might be worth it actually.

Blue Screen Of Death Gets A New Look In Windows 8

After expressing emoticon-style sadness, the new screen reads:

"Your PC ran into a problem that it couldn't handle, and now it needs to restart. You can search for the error online: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED"

Here is a picture of it at NetworkWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316167635625

Windows Server News

Automating Windows 7 Deployment: Tools And Strategies

With the recent popularity of Windows 7, you might be looking to implement this operating system in your organization ? but how might you go about this deployment? This expert tip provides five essential steps for a successful implementation, as well as a list of solutions that can help:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316167705609

Virtualization Technology Licensing FAQ: Hyper-V, VMware Licensing

Virtualization can help you save money, but it?s certainly not free. When you build a virtual infrastructure or upgrade an existing one, you?ll incur virtualization technology licensing costs. This featured piece of content will help you figure out which licenses you need and how much to spend:
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Getting A Grip On Storage For Desktop Virtualization

This popular tip details how you can save money and improve your desktop virtualization performance by identifying its storage needs:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316167792718

Third Party News

VIPRE BUSINESS 5.0 ? BETA 2 AVAILABLE

GFI Software is very pleased to announce the availability of VIPRE Business and VIPRE Business Premium 5.0 Beta 2. VIPRE Business is the successor to the VIPRE Enterprise family of products.

This beta is a cumulative rollup of the previous beta, and consists of an update for both the management console and agent. We have received extremely positive feedback from our beta tester community, and encourage you to preview the beta if you haven't already done so.

The version numbers for this release are as follows:

  • Management console: 5.0.4871
  • Agent software: 5.0.4446

The following enhancements and bug fixes are available in this beta:

  • German language support is introduced
  • Italian language support is introduced
  • Fixed a bug where Bad URL filtering was not working correctly (Premium version only)
  • Fixed a condition where deleting multiple agents via the "Agents" tab could cause an unhandled exception error
  • Fixed a condition where the "Last Scan" time was reported incorrectly
  • Fixed a condition where "More data available on domain - Error 234" could be generated
  • Fixed a condition where the "Last Severity Level Detection" time was incorrect
  • Fixed a bug where the scan complete percentage was not updating correctly
  • Fixed a bug where the "Scan Type" column in the agent interface was not displaying correctly
  • Fixed a bug where adding more than one time for scheduled update intervals could generate an unhandled exception error
  • Fixed a bug where email alerts for Active Protection displayed extra characters

Download and Beta Support Information:

For complete details on how to download this beta, as well obtain beta support, please visit our beta forums via:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1316168087093

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WServerNews - Product of the Week

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