Windows IT Pro UPDATE--2007: The Year of the Server--January 2, 2007

2007: The Year of the Server

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In This Issue *2007: The Year of the Server *From Windows IT Pro: FAQ: Windows Vista Security Guide *From the Community: The Night Before Go-Live *Examine the Health of Group Policy



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***Commentary: 2007: The Year of the Server
by Paul Thurrott, News Editor, [email protected]

I'll spare you one of those "top 10" lists--mostly because they're a cheap way to meet a deadline during the busy holidays and, besides, I've pretty much beaten those to death in past years--but looking at 2007, it's hard not to see some patterns emerge in Microsoft's release schedule this year. Sure, Windows Vista, Microsoft Office 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 just launched to businesses in late 2006, but that doesn't mean there aren't some earth-shattering Microsoft releases coming in 2007. In fact, I'd argue that 2007 will end up being far more important to Microsoft-oriented environments than was last year, and for reasons that include both software and hardware advances.

The crux of this change, of course, is Longhorn Server (or, as Microsoft currently calls it, "Windows Server Longhorn"), which you can pretty much bet will be named Windows Server 2008 when it ships late this year. As with the Vista client, Longhorn will touch off a generation of related software upgrades, this time on both the server and the client, and I believe these products will affect far more people in the long run than Vista ever could by itself.

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***From Windows IT Pro

FAQ: Windows Vista Security Guide
by John Savill,

Q: What is the Windows Vista Security Guide?

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***From the Community The Night Before Go-Live
Check out the As We See IT blog to read a fun, holiday-related posting:

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Results of Previous Poll:
The voting has closed in Windows IT Pro's nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "How much of your holiday shopping do you plan to do online?" Here are the results from the 329 votes:
- 33% Almost all of it
- 18% At least half of it
- 29% Some, but less than half of it
- 21% None

(Deviations from 100 percent are due to rounding error.)

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The next Instant Poll question is, "Have you tested your disaster recovery plan (DRP)?" Go to the Windows IT Pro home page and submit your vote for a) Yes, we test our DRP regularly, b) Yes, we tested our DRP when we developed it, c) We have a DRP, but we haven't tested it, d) No, we're still working on our DRP, or e) No, we don't have a DRP.

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Examine the Health of Group Policy
SDM Software released its first product, GPExpert GPHealth Reporter 1.0, which tells you whether Group Policy worked on a given system. GPHealth Reporter collects information from a variety of sources on a target system and presents it to you in a concise format, using red or green health status indicators. Potential problems found by GPHealth Reporter are highlighted and accompanied with guidance on how to deal with them. Examples of the information GPHealth Reporter provides includes Group Policy processing time, slow link and loopback status, and other computer and user details. The software allows information to be sent to a printer, Excel, or PDF file. You can download a 10-day trial of GPHealth Reporter at SDM Software's Web site.

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