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IT Weekly Roundup, Mar. 10

From the business wires this week: a network security solution for Windows systems, Exchange protection, Microsoft's Origami and Onfolio announcements, more.

Winternals Software recently announced the release of Protection Manager, a centrally administered security solution for the Windows enterprise. Protection Manager provides granular control of user and application privilege levels and blocks all unauthorized executables, including viruses, worms and other malware. The program is installed on a central console and deployed to clients throughout the network. http://www.winternals.com/Products/ProtectionManager

Unitrends announced the immediate availability of Continuous Exchange Protection (CEP), a real-time data protection solution for Microsoft Exchange. Each transaction, both incoming and outgoing, is mirrored, and stored as a database element on the DPU, providing the ability to restore data at any level (message, mailbox or entire server) at any point in time. http://www.unitrends.com

On Thursday at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Germany, Microsoft finally satiated the media frenzy over the secretive Project Origami by unveiling the first ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs), powered by Windows XP and Intel's Celeron M and Pentium M processors. Though the software giant is not manufacturing any UMPCs, it was involved in their design and implementation by third-party vendors. And while these diminutive PCs aim to provide ample portable computing power, unimpressive battery performance (2.5 to 3 hours) and price points ($600 to $1,000) evoke the non-success of a similar Microsoft venture: tablet PCs.

With its recent acquisition of another Mass.-based company, Onfolio, Microsoft has added the ability to "collect" and "organize" online content into its Windows Live Toolbar, a browser plug-in for searching the Web, blocking pop-ups and automatically filling out online forms. With Onfolio, users can also capture multi-page articles with one click as well as select portions of a Web page's text and graphics.

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Capture Web pages for convenient viewing and storage with Onfolio for Windows Live Toolbar.

NetIQ is shipping next week Change Administrator 1.0, a new Windows-based tool for simplified user change administration that expands the granular control of Active Directory.

Stratus unveiled its new entry-level ftServer W Series 2400 line of fault-tolerant Windows servers. Each system houses a pair of single-core 3.2GHz Intel Xeon-powered servers in a "lockstep" configuration so that they're both working on the same operations together. The servers run Windows Server 2003 and start at $9,999 for five 9s of uptime, boasts the Mass.-based company.

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Dan Hong is the associate Web editor of MCPmag.com, CertCities.com, TCPmag.com, Redmondmag.com and RCPmag.com.

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