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Celebrate Cyber Monday with VMware Go Pro!

If our title wasn’t clear enough, how’s this? In honor of Cyber Monday, we’re running a special on VMware Go Pro subscriptions – a powerful, cloud-based service that allows you to manage and protect your VMware vSphere infrastructure. For 48 hours, you can purchase a subscription to VMware Go Pro for 20% off!

WHAT: Significantly-discounted subscription to VMware Go Pro

WHEN: 12:00 AM November 29 – 11:59 PM PST November 30

WHERE: VMware eStore – http://www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/

WHY: Because you deserve it.

Want to take VMware Go Pro for a test drive before purchasing? No problem – you can sign up for a free trial here.

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Weekly Links – November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving week! We imagine those of you in the U.S. are all looking forward to stuffing yourselves with turkey and stuffing at Aunt Millie’s this coming Thursday—just remember to save room for the pumpkin cheesecake this time!

Here’s to a shortened work week; hopefully the holiday season has your usually unforgiving colleagues in a more thankful mood these days (yeah, we didn’t think so, either…).

Enough gobbling on our part, though – on to this week’s links:

IT at the crossroads: Lead or fade away (InfoWorld)

The Top 12 Scams of Christmas 2012: New Threats Hitting Mobile, Email and the Web (IT Business Edge)

Petraeus Mission Impossible: Cloaking Email, Online Identities (InformationWeek)

Game consoles to hit new pricing lows on Black Friday (Ars Technica)

It’s Official: You’ll Have More Technology to Manage in 2013 (Spiceworks blog)

This week’s apropos of nothing is particularly apropos of nothing – instead of keeping with the aforementioned Thanksgiving theme, here’s a picture of a baby bear climbing a tree… AWWW!

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.

Want to learn more about VMware Go Pro? Click here.

Better yet, you can try it for yourself here – and it’s free!

This Week in Patching – 11/16/2012

By: Jason Miller, Manager, Research and Development

This week in patching was highlighted by Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday.  Microsoft released six new security bulletins addressing 13 vulnerabilities.  I have a full write up on Patch Tuesday here.

On the non-Microsoft front, I did not see any security updates released.  However, there were a few non-security updates released that you may want to get installed to fix various issues.

On Monday, two vendors released updates for their programs to fix crashing issues.  Notepad++ 6.2.1  and Filezilla 3.6.0 are non-security updates fixing crash issues.

On Tuesday, an update for AT&T Global Network Client was released with version 9.1.0.  The release notes have not been updated yet.  Without a published update, I am under the assumption at this point that the release is a non-security update.

VMware also released updates for MozyHome and MozyPro with version 2.18.0.227.  These updates are non-security updates fixing numerous issues and introducing new features.

On Thursday, Microsoft released a new version of Skype with version 6.0.0.126.  The highlight of this non-security update is a fix that addresses issues when upgrading to the latest version of Skype.

Due to the holiday week next week, I will not have a weekly write up for the week in patching next Friday.  I will provide an update in patching for the holiday week the following Monday.

Happy Patching!

– Jason

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VMware Go Pro – Now with Migration Features!

Heads up – VMware Go Pro has a cool new feature as of today!

What’s new?

VMware Go Pro now has a migration feature. What does that mean for you, you may ask? You can now easily and seamlessly move virtual machines from one hypervisor or server to another, and shift it back again as needed.

All IT admins have had to deal with a faulty server at one point or another—and they likely know what a painful process migration can be. VMware Go Pro’s new migration feature takes the pain out of this process and allows you to smoothly manage the migration process.

And one more thing…

As if migration functionality wasn’t enough, VMware Go Pro now supports Windows 8 and Windows 2012 as well! This means that, among other things, you can now access VMware Go Pro and manage your IT assets from Internet Explorer 10 (assuming you’re not a Chrome of Firefox user, that is…) and better manage patching updates for Microsoft assets.

VMware Go Pro helps you better manage your IT assets and patching updates (including third-party apps) from a simple web-based interface—what’s not to love?

Want to learn more about VMware Go Pro? Click here.

Ready to try it out for yourself? Register here for a free trial!

Weekly Links – November 12, 2012

Happy Veterans Day – hope that at least some of you out there have the day off! More importantly, though, we want to take a moment to thank all of the veterans out there. We appreciate all of the hard work and sacrifice you’ve put in for your country.

Now, on to this week’s links:

85th level Orc Rogue wins election (ZDNet)

The advantages of IT on a shoestring budget (InfoWorld)

IT’s Future: Less Building, More Bundling (InformationWeek)

Twitter Issues Apology After Password Debacle (eWEEK)

CIA Director’s affair caught by FBI e-mail monitoring (Ars Technica)

For this week’s apropos of nothing image, we present you with a pearl of wisdom from one of the great scholars of our time:

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.

Want to learn more about VMware Go Pro? Click here.

Better yet, you can try it for yourself here – and it’s free!

This Week in Patching – 11/9/2012

By: Jason Miller, Manager, Research and Development

It has been a busy week for patch releases.  Here is a quick recap of the happenings in patch management.

Tuesday

Adobe released a new security bulletin for Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Air.  APSB12-24 addresses seven vulnerabilities and the following versions address these issues:

  • Adobe Flash Player 11.5.502.110
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3.183.43
  • Adobe Air 3.4.0.600

It is important to note that the vulnerabilities also affect the Adobe Flash Player 10 product line as well.  In the ‘Priority and Ratings,’ ‘Affected Software Versions,’ and ‘ Summary’ on the Adobe security bulletin page do not list Adobe Flash Player 10 as an affected product.  The CVE filed on behalf of the vulnerabilities state that Adobe Flash Player 10 is indeed affected by the vulnerabilities.  In addition, the Adobe Security Bulletin page has Adobe Flash Player 10 affected in the ‘Solution’ area.

With the Adobe Flash Player release, I also saw a coordinated release effort from Google and Microsoft to address vulnerable Adobe Flash Player programs embedded in their browsers.  Google Chrome / Chrome Frame version 23.0.1271.64 fixes 14 vulnerabilities and includes the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player.  This new version of the Google browser includes a new ‘Do Not Track’ feature that sends a request to a website asking it to not track information.  On the Microsoft side, Microsoft Security Advisory 2755801 was updated to include the latest version of Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.

Opera also released a new version of their browser for the first time since June of this year.  Opera 12.10 addresses six vulnerabilities.  In the release notes, you will need to scroll down to the beta section to see that this release actually fixed security vulnerabilities.  They are noted in the beta section for version 12.10.

Wednesday

HP released their first update since June of this year for their System Management Homepage product.  HP System Management Homepage 7.1.2 appears to be a security update and is rated as “Recommended” from HP.    The release notes for this newer version states “Improved security features.”  Vulnerability information for HP System Management Homepage releases typically take a few weeks after the product release, so I will be watching the national vulnerability database for more information.

Thursday

Apple joined the busy patching week with a new release of Apple QuickTime.  Apple QuickTime 7.7.3 is a security update addressing nine vulnerabilities. One of the vulnerabilities fixed with this release is remarkably from 2011 (CVE-2011-1374).

Friday

AOL Instant Messenger 1.2.0.2 has been released to the mainstream.  This product typically does not have release notes associated with each version.  I will be waiting to see if a CVE is released that would mark this release as a security bulletin.

Other News

Next Tuesday marks the November 2012 edition of Patch Tuesday.  Microsoft is set to release six bulletins addressing 13 vulnerabilities.  This Patch Tuesday will be highlighted by the first security bulletin releases for the new Microsoft Windows 8 and Server 2012 operating systems.

There are reports of a Zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Reader.  No confirmation or information has been released yet by Adobe.  There is a chance that Adobe could be releasing an update for Adobe Reader on Patch Tuesday.

I will be back next Tuesday to talk in detail on all of the activities for the November 2012 Patch Tuesday.

Happy Patching!

– Jason Miller

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vSphere Essentials + VMware Go Pro = Worry-Free IT Management for SMBs

In its early days, virtualization was seen as a luxury for IT departments. Sure, it would save you considerable money on hardware and utility costs and improve overall performance for your IT infrastructure—but there was also a significant upfront cost and technical training required to get it up and running. At that point, it was essentially limited to the IT 1%-ers (come on, it’s election season – grant us that one terrible analogy…).

After a while, virtualization evolved from a nice-to-have to a need-to-have; nearly every single Fortune 500 company, for example, had virtualized most or all of their infrastructure by the early 2010s. At this point, virtualization has emerged as a best practice in IT and nearly every single medium-to-large organization has gotten on board with it.

It’s just now, though, that many smaller and mid-sized organizations are beginning to embrace virtualization. As the market has evolved, the barrier to entry has dropped and cost-conscious SMBs are beginning to realize the potential of virtualization.

With that said, we realize that every dollar counts—and getting started with virtualization wasn’t always the easiest option in the past. With that in mind, we’ve made it even easier for SMBs to get started with virtualization: from now until December 15, VMware Go Pro will be bundled with vSphere Essentials and vSphere Essentials Plus.

That means that you can get use VMware Go Pro to greatly simplify and streamline your vSphere installation.  And Go Pro provides industry-leading patch management at no additional charge when you purchase vSphere. So what are you waiting for, sign up today!

Not convinced yet? Try a 30-day free trial of VMware Go Pro for free – no questions asked!

Weekly Links – October 12, 2012

Good afternoon to our favorite IT admins! Any fun plans in store for this weekend? Personally, we want to go see that Seven Psychopaths movie—how can you go wrong with Tom Waits, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell in the same movie?

Now for your weekly links:

Top 10 cloud jobs (InfoWorld)

Seven Reasons Why Companies Need to Automate Disaster Recovery (IT Business Edge)

BYOD: The New IT Management Headache (Network Computing)

10 technologies shaping the future of IT (IT World)

The IT Crowd (required viewing if you haven’t seen it yet) (Netflix)

This was too good to pass up – this week’s apropos of nothing image:

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.

Better yet, you can try it for yourself here – and it’s free!

 

VMware Go Pro Presenting at VMworld Barcelona!

Exciting news for VMworld Barcelona attendees: VMware Go Pro will be presenting not once, but twice, at VMworld this week! Our own Manoj Jayadevan and Arun Lal will be delivering two separate presentations on the advantages of VMware Go Pro.

Check out the abstracts for each presentation below. Definitely worth checking out if you’re at the show today:

Creating a Highly Profitable Virtualization Practice with VMware Go Pro

Tuesday, October 9 at 2:00 PM CET – Hall 8, lower level | Room E3

In this session, we will provide an overview of the business opportunities, and profitability models that will help you grow a sustainable virtualization business with VMware Go Pro. VMware Go Pro is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering hosted by VMware designed for partners and IT admins of companies with less than 1000 employees that makes it easy to adopt and manage a virtualized environment, protect and secure IT assets and increase reliability of SMB IT infrastructures. In this session, attendees will learn how to provide a wide array of virtualization and IT management services leveraging VMware Go Pro cloud service and in the process tap new cloud-based recurring revenue opportunities.

VMware Go: The Zen for Small and Midsized Business IT Management

Tuesday, October 9 at 3:30 PM CET – Hall 8, lower level | Room B1

Cloud computing is transforming the way small and midsized business IT infrastructure is being managed. In this session, we’ll take a deep-dive exploration into the cloud-based VMware Go physical and virtual IT infrastructure management solution from a business value perspective. We will explore all the virtualization and security features, how to manage updates, along with how to create policies, and how to upload and deploy software, all from a single, Web-based management console.

Not in Barcelona this week? No worries! You can visit go.vmware.com for more information on how we can help you meet the specific needs of your IT environment.

Better yet, you can try it for yourself here – and it’s free!

VMware Go Pro Will Set You Free

By: Matt Sarrel, CISSP, Founder and Executive Director of Sarrel Group

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The life of a small business IT person is not an easy one.  While big businesses have entire IT shops staffed by people with titles such as “network administrator,” “support tech level 1,” and “SQL developer,” small businesses typically have one to three IT people with titles such as “IT jack-of-all-trades,” “computer guy” and, my all-time favorite, “Hey you, fix this!”  Days are filled with development of detailed plans that may or may not ever be implemented because you’re too busy putting out fires.  The boss won’t hire additional staff, yet expects that her question about how to bold something in Word be given greater priority than securing the company’s web site.  It’s enough to make you pull your hair out (if you still have it).

And it doesn’t stop at the end of the day.  Many small business IT administrators use evenings and weekends to work on long-term projects without interruption.  But what happens when something goes wrong and you’re not there?  If you’ve had the foresight to build remote administration services (and the luck to have them funded), then you just might be able to save yourself a trip to the office.   I remember back to the days of my first network: when a certain device would go down on the weekends my pager would go off and I’d have to drive to work just to cycle power on that device.  My boss knew the device was essential, but wouldn’t allocate funds for a new one or for an acceptable remote administration solution.

If this scenario sounds familiar to you, then VMware Go Pro is definitely something you need to check out.  The combination of proactive and reactive measures available via a web interface eases the burden of installing and configuring not only virtual machines but also physical ones.  Imagine how much time you’d save if you could automate patch scanning, application, and remediation.  And now imagine how much more comfortable you could be if you could do this from anywhere.

For example, this has been a hectic few weeks for me.  I’ve got test projects going on in the lab plus I’ve been flying all over the country for meetings and trade shows.  I need test systems to be up and running for my employees, but I’m not even in the same half of the country as my lab.  The whole business can’t grind to a halt because I’m not there to patch operating systems, applications, and hypervisors, but the business will grind to a halt if I stop flying around and bringing in new clients.

With VMware Go Pro I can simply log in over the web, immediately see the status of my test machines, and fix whatever software issues have arisen.  The dashboard shows me the following:

And when I click “take action,” VMware Go Pro begins to walk me through remediating any active issues.

It’s only a matter of minutes for me to walk through scanning for and deploying missing patches.  Sure, I’ll sit outside in the sun 2000 miles away from the lab and let VMware Go Pro do the work for me.

Hey, while I’m here in the VMware Go Pro interface I can schedule scanning and deployment to take place without my intervention.  Hmmm.  A self-maintaining lab sounds pretty good to me – I can import existing ESXi and vCenter Servers so they can be managed by VMware Go Pro, increasing my operating efficiency by placing all of my virtualized resources under a common management platform.  And then with all of my newly found free time I can use VMware Go Pro to deploy more hypervisors and VMs.  It’s  so easy to manage them all under  a single console that I might as well.

To learn more about VMware Go Pro, please visit go.vmware.com.

You can also access a free 30 day trial of VMware Go Pro here.