August 2008 - Kung-Fu Hypervisor

Here's why Microsoft's Hyper-V may become the hypervisor of your choice. Also in this issue: System Center moves Microsoft into the big leagues, product reviews, interview with a hypervisor visionary, and much more.


Microsoft Swings for the Big Leagues

Redmond's System Center line may offer some answers about the software giant's move into the enterprise-management tools market.

Tooling Around in Your Database

These products can help make your occasional forays into the world of databases much easier to take.

Kung Fu Hypervisor

Don't let its looks fool you -- give it time and Hyper-V will be a contender for hypervisor dominance.

Salary Surveys

Survey: IT Hiring and Pay Still Up, But Employers 'Cautious'

With the U.S. economy still circling and unemployment on the rise, it's a good time to be in IT -- relatively speaking.

Exam Reviews

Windows Server 2008 Exam: Performing Under Pressure

Be prepared for performance-based exams from Microsoft. First up: How will you do under pressure configuring Active Directory in a Windows 2008 environment?

Barney's Rubble

Memories of Bill

Doug shares some memorable face-offs with Microsoft's erstwhile chairman.

Beta Man

Small Business Server 2008: SysAdmin in a Box

This Microsoft bundle can actually help small businesses forego a systems administrator.

Foley on Microsoft

Microsoft Leaks Like a Sieve

The company tries to plug the information drain after Gates' departure.

Mr. Roboto


Here are a few common-sense tips for making life behind the IT desk a little better.

Never Again

Listen to the People You Hire

Communication problems with upper management set one company back a couple grand.

Security Advisor

Virtual Security

Virtualization heralds a brave new world of security. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to securing a virtual infrastructure.

Windows Insider

The World's Best Configuration Manager Queries: Part II

Readers submit more of their prized queries for everything from checking maintenance windows to deploying software.


Citrix XenApp 5.0 Adds New Features, Ramps Performance

Citrix Systems has upped the competitive ante by adding a new set of performance-related features to its flagship XenApp product.

Microsoft Unveils 'Ultimate' Support Service

Microsoft rolled out the highest level of its enterprise support programs to date, adding a new offering called "Microsoft Services Premier Ultimate."

SQL Server 2008 BI Exam Goes Beta

Upcoming SQL Server 2008 exam for business intelligence experts expected to be available some time in November this year.

Microsoft Extends Exam Retake Offer to June 2009

Program provides MCP and Dynamics exam takers with one more chance to pass a failed exam.

WSUS Blocking: A Real Problem, Microsoft Says

Microsoft closed its investigation into an update blocking issue that affected users of Windows Server Update Service 3.0 or WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 1.

SQL Injection Attacks on the Rise

MessageLabs reports that the number of SQL injection attacks spiked sharply last month.

Microsoft Virtualization Launch Planned for Fall 2008

Microsoft announced a launch event for its virtualization products, scheduled for Sept. 8, 2008 in Bellevue, Wash.

Microsoft's August Patch Brings 11 Security Fixes

Microsoft's August patch, slated to be the largest patch rollout since 12 bulletins hit users in February of 2007, came up short by one.

Report Finds Dip in Microsoft's Browser Share

Microsoft lost browser market share over the last year, according to a report issued by management consulting firm Janco Associates Inc.

Networking Job Sector Is Booming, IDC Says

If The Graduate's Mr. McGuire were to give Ben Braddock one word of career advice today, it might very well be "networking" and not plastics.

Microsoft Ships Visual Studio 2008 and .NET SP1

Microsoft released to manufacturing its widely touted first service pack (SP) of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5.

Seven Critical Fixes Expected on Tuesday

IT Pros and system administrators will be mighty busy this month as Microsoft announced plans to release 12 patches.

Tuesday Patch Cycles To Include Risk Assessments

Microsoft is initiating a new security notification approach, the company announced on Tuesday at the Black Hat security conference.

Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2008 to Manufacturing, IT Pros

Microsoft has released SQL Server 2008 to manufacturing and, as an evaluation edition, to subscribers of its Microsoft Development Network and TechNet services

Open Source: A 'Growing Challenge' to Microsoft

Open source software topped the list of business "risk factors" outlined in Microsoft's annual 10-K report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Collaboration Key to Security, Microsoft Says

Microsoft ratcheted up its PR and client communications efforts to demonstrate that it's serious about security.

Hyper-V Has Landed

Microsoft's server virtualization solution rewards early Windows Server 2008 adopters.

Hypervisor Visionary

Qumranet's CEO Benny Schnaider discusses his company's open source technology and the future of the virtualization market.

Microsoft Mum After Midori OS Plan Leaked

Microsoft is working on a project to develop a new operating system, code-named "Midori," but the company won't disclose the details at this time.

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