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Windows Vista/Server 2008 SP2 goes RTM

Sean Kalinich | Apr 29, 2009 10:13 AM CDT

The rumor mill has spit out a number of tidbits about the release schedule for Windows Vista's second service pack lately, but we'd heard very little in the way of official news. Well, Microsoft has now remedied that. Company blogger Brandon LeBlanc wrote a long post on the Windows Vista Team Blog to say Vista SP2 has hit release-to-manufacturing status.

That means the software is complete, and Microsoft is effectively just waiting to unleash it upon the public. LeBlanc doesn't mention a precise release time frame, though-he just says the software will be out some time this quarter. (Recent reports suggest the service pack may launch at the TechEd 2009 conference in mid-May.) To make the roll-out process easier for enterprise IT staff, Microsoft will provide a single installer for both Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2.

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Citrix Makes its XenServer 5.0 free to all

Sean Kalinich | Feb 24, 2009 10:21 AM CST

XenServer, our enterprise virtual infrastructure platform is now free (including resource pooling and live relo), and we have announced Citrix Essentials for XenServer, and Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V as our virtualization management portfolio that offers a rich set of automated functions that drive the compatible virtualization layers beneath - the free Hyper-V hypervisor from Microsoft, and the free XenServer Enterprise virtual infrastructure platform from Citrix. Finally, and most importanly, we announced a powerful go-to-market roadmap with Microsoft.

Response to our announcements has been extremely positive, from our partner Microsoft to our channel partners and resellers, and many many customers and users. There are the expected nay-sayers too, but someone had to drink the only thing that you get free from our competitor - VMware koolaid.

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Thecus to show off new NAS servers at CeBIT 2009

Zac O'Vadka | Feb 16, 2009 6:55 PM CST

"As the demand for storage capacity continues to grow, businesses are requiring greater integration of storage into their environments," said Seth Bobroff, general manager, Intel Server Platforms Group - Storage. "Using Intel® architecture allows Thecus to deliver the performance, features, expandability and reliability to satisfy these increasing customer requirements."

"This year's CeBIT is going to be sensational as Thecus® kicks off the New Year with some of our most exciting products,"
said Thecus® General Manager Florence Shih. "I look forward to meeting some of our most valued partners as well as some Thecus® fans at CeBIT 2009. See you at the show!"

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New SQL Server Exploit Found

Sean Kalinich | Dec 23, 2008 8:30 AM CST

Customers who believe that they have been attacked can obtain security support at Get security support and should contact the national law enforcement agency in their country. Customers in the United States can contact Customer Service and Support at no charge using the PC Safety hotline at 1-866-PCSAFETY. Additionally, customers in the United States should contact their local FBI office or report their situation at Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Mitigating Factors:

• This issue does not affect supported editions of Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack 4, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3, and Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

• This vulnerability is not exposed anonymously. An attacker would need to either authenticate to exploit the vulnerability or take advantage of a SQL injection vulnerability in a Web application that is able to authenticate.

• By default, MSDE 2000 and SQL Server 2005 Express do not allow remote connections. An authenticated attacker would need to initiate the attack locally to exploit the vulnerability.

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Xen Support for Server 2008 Follow On

Sean Kalinich | Nov 25, 2008 5:22 AM CST

Citrix virtualization infrastructure products leverage a broad array of "dynamic virtualization services" that provide core components of an end-to-end virtual infrastructure - from servers to applications to desktops. These enabling technologies range from core innovation in virtual delivery protocols to breakthroughs in application workload streaming. Upcoming dynamic virtualization services such as real-time virtual machine (VM) streaming, VM interoperability, high-performance VM storage and VM high availability will allow Citrix to further extend Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V in the future through XenServer for server virtualization and XenDesktop for desktop virtualization.

As part of the company's VM interoperability services, Citrix is also developing technology to enable the portability of virtual machines between XenServer and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. By supporting both the Xen hypervisor and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Citrix will allow IT organizations to leverage heterogeneous virtualization environments for different workloads, datacenters, or business units within an organization.

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Xen Server 5.0 lacks Server 2008 Support

Sean Kalinich | Nov 25, 2008 5:18 AM CST

Supported guest operating systems

Microsoft Windows 64-bit:
Windows Server 2003 Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter Edition SP2

Microsoft Windows 32-bit:
Windows Server 2003 Web, Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter SP0/ SP1/SP2/R2
Windows Small Business Server 2003 SP0/SP1/SP2/R2
Windows XP SP2
Windows 2000 SP4
Windows Vista

Linux 64-bit:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1
CentOS 5.0, 5.1
Oracle® Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1

Linux 32-bit:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.0, 5.1
CentOS 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.0, 5.1
Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9SP2, 9SP3, 10SP1
Debian sarge (3.1), etch (4.0)

Device configuration
Physical NICs per server: 6
Virtual NICs per VM: 7 (Windows), 3 (Linux)
Virtual disks per VM: 7 (with XenServer Tools installed - 3 without Tools)
Plus 1 virtual CD drive

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