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Weekly Links – January 15, 2013

Hello there, IT admins! Looks like most of the country is dealing with the same frigid weather front—even right here in the Bay Area (some of us could even seen our own breaths this morning—a huge deal for weather-sensitive Northern Californians, mind you).

Here are this week’s links to accompany your hot chocolate this morning:

Your New Guide to Higher Education IT (InformationWeek)

In IT, downtime chooses you (InfoWorld)

Massive espionage malware targeting governments undetected for 5 years (Ars Technica)

15 great IT telecommuting jobs (IT World)

Embrace the Inevitable Change that Comes with IT (IT Business Edge)

This week’s apropos of nothing image is an undated photo from the Upper East Side in New York City, circa 1909.

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This Week in Patching – 1/14/2013

By: Jason Miller, Manager of Research and Development at VMware

Happy New Year.  I hope IT administrators got some much needed patching rest over the past couple of weeks.  2013 is started out quite heavy in the world of patching.

This week was highlighted by a busy Patch Tuesday.  You can read my write up on the January 2013 edition of Patch Tuesday here.

There were also other vendors releasing critical security bulletins on Patch Tuesday.  Adobe released two security bulletins.  APSB13-02 was pre-announced last Thursday as a part of their quarterly update for Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader.  Adobe Acrobat / Reader versions 9.5.3 / 10.1.5 / 11.0.1 address 27 vulnerabilities and are rate Critical.  Adobe security bulletin APSB13-01 was not pre-announced by Adobe, but I expected this bulletin to be released after Microsoft announced an update for Adobe Flash Player in Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 last Thursday was set to be released on Patch Tuesday.  APSB13-01 addresses 1 vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player versions 10 and 11 (as well as Adobe Air 3.5).

Mozilla also released security updates to coincide with Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday.  The most notable of the releases by Mozilla was the major update for Firefox.  Mozilla Firefox 18 contains new features as well as security updates.  For those organizations that do not want to roll out new features in their Mozilla products due to concerns of the new features breaking functionality, Mozilla is continuing their effort with the Mozilla ESR products.  These product updates contain new security fixes but do not contain new features.

Here is the details list of Mozilla updates released on Patch Tuesday:

  • Mozilla Firefox 18
    • Security update addressing 12 Critical, 8 High and 1 Moderate Mozilla Security Advisories (30 vulnerabilities)
  • Mozilla SeaMonkey 2.15
    • Security update addressing 12 Critical, 7 High and 1 Moderate Mozilla Security Advisories (26 vulnerabilities)

The other notable updates this week were released on Thursday.  Google updated their Chrome and Chrome Frame browser with version 24.0.1312.52.  This new version fixes 24 vulnerabilities and includes an updated version of Adobe Flash Player that was released by Adobe on Patch Tuesday.  In the past year, Google has been in sync with Adobe on Adobe Flash Player releases.  Interestingly, Google’s release came two days after the Adobe Flash Player release.

There were also some non-security updates released on Thursday.  MozyHome and MozyPro updated their programs with version 2.18.2.244.  Microsoft released a new version of Skype with 6.1.0.129.  This version now integrates with Microsoft Office Outlook contact.

Happy Patching!

- Jason Miller

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Weekly Links – January 4, 2013

Another year has come and gone – here’s to a great 2013 for all of the readers of this blog!

Things we want to see in 2013:

  • More SMBs virtualizing their infrastructure, of course!
  • A follow up to this movie
  • The permanent inclusion of the McRib on McDonalds’ menu
  • A more pragmatic, less interventionist approach from incoming Secretary of State John Kerry

Things that we don’t want to see in 2013:

  • Clunky, on-premise IT management software
  • A follow-up to this song
  • Ben Stiller. Time to give things a rest, pal…
  • A global pandemic (best not to let our guard down even after surviving 12/21/12)

Enough ballyhooing, on to your links!

Amazon’s EC2 Outage: A Closer Look (InformationWeek)

A Lighter Look at Life in IT (IT Business Edge)

Chinese Dad Hires Virtual Assassins to Harass Game-Obsessed Son (The Next Web)

Why Windows To Go is perfect for BYOD (ITWorld)

Steve Jobs biopic hits theatres in April. Will you see it? (Ars Technica)

This week’s apropos of nothing image serves as a stark reminder as to why you should never work at a hospital in Alaska or northern Canada.

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Hoboken Consulting Group Virtualizes with VMware Go Pro, Saves Time and Money with Streamlined IT Management

Today, we want to share an interesting customer use case. Hoboken Consulting Group (HCG), a New Jersey-based management consulting firm, recently used VMware Go Pro to virtualize their physical infrastructure – a process that saved them a considerable amount of money and allowed them reduce their operating costs by over 80%.

They had previously been hampered by the cost and complexity of managing their physical infrastructure; as a smaller organization, they weren’t able to negotiate advantageous vendor terms with big tech companies (we won’t name names here…), nor did they have the requisite manpower needed to deploy and manage a physical infrastructure.

The Problem
Like many organizations in a similar position, they were interested in virtualizing their infrastructure to save time and money – but they lacked the necessary know-how – as well as a dedicated IT department – to do so quickly and efficiently.

In the meantime, HCG was struggling; they were losing bids to competitors. Just to gear up to submit a proposal, HCG often had to purchase and provision physical servers – incurring cost and risk with no guarantee of winning the bid. Proposals had to factor in the cost of business process management software, needed hardware and technicians’ to to travel and install the solution. Because of these factors, HCG bids typically took a month to prepare, and came in at a relatively high cost.

“We just couldn’t compete with the big consulting firms,” said Marlon Edwards, an IT architect at HCG. “We were investing in hardware and in consultants’ time, but we’d lose the bid to faster and cheaper competitors. We struggled to stay in business.”

The Solution
HCG saw virtualization as a way to break free of the backbreaking costs that they were incurring as a result of their physical IT infrastructure. After evaluating a number of virtualization solutions, they identified VMware as the best fit for their environment. Included with their purchase of VMware vSphere was a free trial for VMware Go, which Edwards decided to test out.

Edwards enjoyed the ease with which he could operate VMware Go Pro and cited its virtualization onboarding and ensuing management process as extremely helpful in getting HCG’s virtualized infrastructure up and running—and doing so quickly. According to Edwards, virtualizing with VMware has allowed HCG to reduce customer costs up to 80 percent.

“VMware kept us in business,” said Edwards. “We don’t have to buy physical servers anymore. That’s the bottom line; that’s what made us competitive. You just log on to VMware Go Pro and spin up images based on a template. It’s all automated. This allows people to start businesses a lot cheaper and faster, with better resources.”

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Happy Holidays, From Andy the Angry IT Guy

By: Andy the Angry IT Guy

Editor’s note: This is the thirteenth in a series of posts we’ll be running from “Andy,” an anonymous IT administrator working for a mid-sized organization located somewhere in the American Midwest. Today, Andy flexes his creative muscles and shares his experience dealing with a server going offline earlier this week – shamelessly set to the tune of an old Christmas standard…

Twas the week before Christmas, when our main server went down

“This is really going to suck,” I said, sporting a great frown

I went to the server room, to check the root cause

Feeling my colleagues’ wrath as I walked past – it was unceasing, without pause

 

I was nearly to my destination, when who should jump out?

 But Jack, the new sales guy — an insufferable lout

 “Hey Andy,” he sneered, his voice dripping with scorn

 “Why’d our computers all break? What, were you watching porn?”

 

 “Why are you even here? Shouldn’t you be bro-fisting and pounding Jaegermeister all day?”

 … Would’ve been a great counter-insult; it’s what I wanted to say

 Instead I just shrugged, and brushed right on by

 To the data center I went, to have a private cry (It’s not easy, after all, being the IT guy!)

 

As I wiped at my eyes, I surveyed the scene

It looked bad, really bad… a long night loomed ahead, filled with lots of caffeine

The server was fried; the router was shot

I thought about just quitting right then and there, leaving that stupid server to rot

 

Exchange was on there, so were Adobe and SQL

Without these apps running, there would be lots of angry people

It was amidst this despair that I suddenly proclaimed, “Whoa!”

“I can just migrate these VMs with VMware Go!”

 

My problem was soon solved, with laughable ease

Setting up a new VM and migrating the apps was a total breeze

The process took minutes – not an hour, not a week

My holiday was saved, I was too happy to speak

 

Now, you may be wondering, did my colleagues express gratitude?

Of course they didn’t! Like always, they were aloof and quite rude

But I couldn’t have cared less, that’s right I said it

I can now spend Christmas week at home, with Xbox and Reddit

 

With that, I’ll sign off and wish you all farewell

As I finish this lament about the job from hell

Happy holidays to all of you, from Palo Alto to Prague

And please do keep reading my rants on this blog!

 

See you all in 2013!

 

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Weekly Links – December 17, 2012

Happy “Most-of-Us-Won’t-Be-Working-Next-Monday” day, everybody! Seriously, though, it’s hard to believe that we’re just over a week from Christmas (and Channakuh is already upon us!).

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Started it, even? Yeah, us neither. Here’s to battling the riotous, crazed last-minute crowds at Macy’s this week. It will all be over soon enough.

FYI, we will be on hiatus next week – see everybody back here in 2013. In the meantime, happy holidays!

Your weekly links:

Six Ways IT Still Fails Business (InformationWeek)

The 2012 InfoWorld geek IQ test (InfoWorld)

Developer warns of critical vulnerability in many Samsung smart phones (Ars Technica)

Research: Agile developers rule the roost, experience trumps toolsets (GigaOM)

Google Maps for iOS Was Downloaded Over 10 Million Times in Its First 48 Hours After Launch (TechCrunch)

This week’s apropos of nothing image is dedicated to all of you who, at some point in life or another, have had to endure the dreaded “awkward family holiday photo.” Hang in there, at least you’re not these people (and if you are in fact this people: Godspeed).

You can read our previous links round-ups here. And be sure to visit us here for more information on how we can help you better manage your IT infrastructure.

 

 

Simplify Your IT Management with VMware Go Pro (Webinar)

Attention IT admins! Have you been looking for a cost-effective way to implement virtualization? Look no further; VMware Go Pro is here to help!

Join us for a webinar that will demonstrate how easy it is to deploy VMware vSphere and manage both your virtual and physical infrastructures with VMware Go Pro.

WHEN: Thursday, December 13 at 8:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM ET

WHERE: Register here

WHO: Chris Barron and Fabio Ramos of VMware

Any questions? Leave a comment and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Hope to see you Thursday!

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Weekly Links – December 3, 2012

Happy December, folks! Random tip for you before we jump into this week’s links: HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Watch it. Season three wrapped up last night, and just, wow.

That’s about it for the mindless banter on our end – here are this week’s links:

Should LulzSec Suspect Face Life in Prison? (InformationWeek)

How IT will be blown to bits (InfoWorld)

Guess what Mr. CIO? One in five of your employees uses Dropbox at work (GigaOM)

Ten lies programmers tell themselves (ITWorld)

Dating sites help you find love by browsing Reddit, watching lolcats (Ars Technica)

This week’s apropos of nothing image doubles as your official reminder that we are now only 160 days, 12 hours, 17 minutes from a new Star Trek movie. ZOMG!!!!

You can read our previous links round-ups here. And be sure to visit go.vmware.com for more information on how we can help you better manage your IT infrastructure.

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Pssst… Looking for the Perfect Gift for Your IT Person This Year? Look No Further Than VMware Go Pro!

By Andy the Angry IT Guy

It’s clear that, once again, the holiday season is upon us.

Why is that, you’re asking? Am I delirious with the spirit of the season, hanging tinsel and mistletoe around my cubicle, organizing company caroling sessions and baking festive snickerdoodle cookies for the entire office?

Of course not! Bah humbug! (Come on… were you expecting anything less from your favorite angry IT guy).

No, I know that the holiday season is approaching because rabid sales executives keep accosting me to make sure their database stays up and running as they close quarter-end deals (it does, as usual…), the HR person keeps complaining to me about Outlook calendars not synching up for people’s PTO requests (you have to click “accept”) and our psychotic marketing director nearly compromised our entire network after clicking an email with a subject line of “Cute baby triplets sing ‘Jingle Bells’ while kittens wrestle in the background” (it was a malicious virus).

Yep, people get pretty irrational around the holidays.  Luckily for me, I know have VMware Go Pro – which definitely helps me deal with the crazy here to a certain degree. I may even go so far as to say I’m “thankful” for VMware Go Pro—truth be told, it’s the best thing to happen to me this year (after my endless flirtations with Liz from Accounting and the long-awaited release of Diablo 3, that is).

VMware Go Pro has allowed me to get our virtualization project up and running with minimal headaches, and has also allowed me to ensure that the company’s infrastructure is secure and appropriately patched (which really comes in handy when your brainiac colleague inadvertently looses a Trojan onto your network).

With that in mind, I offer this gift to you, dear readers: for the rest of today, VMware is running a serious discount on VMware Go Pro in the eStore. In fact, VMware is running a series of promotions in honor of Cyber Monday in the eStore all week (including 20% savings on an annual license for VMware Go Pro).

Trust me when I say, you do not want to miss out on this. If there’s an IT person in your life, get them this gift and know that they will be forever grateful. Really, the only thing better that I can think of is a Star Trek: Next Generation reunion – which sadly won’t be happening anytime soon.

In the meantime, there’s VMware Go Pro! Check it out here – http://store.vmware.com/promo/91614000

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Weekly Links – November 27, 2012

Shhh! Can you hear that? If you listen closely, you can hear the faint whisper of Christmas music floating up from every single retail store from here to Sheboygan. With just under a month until Christmas, you can expect to have Bing Crosby and “Santa Baby” ringing in your ears for the foreseeable future. If you made it out for Black Friday this year (and it sounds like many of you did), you surely know what we mean here.

And, in the spirit of retailer-driven holiday traditions, happy Cyber Monday! VMware is getting in on the fun, too—keep an eye on our eStore for promotions throughout this coming week (including a special on VMware Go Pro on November 29!).

Now on to this week’s links:

Buggy Windows 8 patch: Old problem, new solutions (InfoWorld)

Few Enterprises Move at the Speed of Social (InformationWeek)

How IT will evolve to photonics (The Register)

Say What? Top Five IT Quotes of the Week (InternetNews)

Around the Star Trek world in 150 years (Ars Technica)

Contrary to what you’ll probably guess, this week’s apropos of nothing image is not in fact pulled from The Onion:

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