Other
Commentary
7/24/2006
05:29 PM
Commentary
Commentary
Commentary
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

New VMware Releases Present Upgrade Dilemma

In This Issue:

1. Editor's Note: New Columnist Tackles Tech
2. Today's Top Story
     - Hands On: New VMware Releases Present Upgrade Dilemma
3. Breaking News
     - UBS Trial Aftermath: Even Great Security Can't Protect You From The Insider
     - UBS Trial Aftermath: Top 10 Tips For A Successful Postmortem
     - Opinion: Companies Failing To Protect Against Insider Threat From Software Developers
     - Yahoo, Sony BMG Offer DRM-Free Music
     - U.S. Adults Warming Up To Podcasts
     - SCO Claims IBM Tampered With Crucial Trial Evidence
     - Now It's A Quad-Core War
     - Google Profit Doubles In Quarter
     - Researcher Developing Anti-RFID Device
     - Motorola To Embed Yahoo Services In Mobile Phones
4. Grab Bag
     - Dual-Booting Windows And Linux The Easy Way (Linux.com Videos)
     - Security Geek Fired By Suits For Doing His Job? (ITToolbox Blogs)
     - VW Rabbit Wardriving Commercial (YouTube)
5. In Depth
     - Microsoft Spells Out Terms For Windows XP, 2000 Users Upgrading To Vista
     - Microsoft Says Vista To Allow Google Search Engine
     - Microsoft's 4Q Revenues Jump, But Legal Costs Squeeze Profits
     - Microsoft 'Principles' Raise Windows Live Fairness Issues
     - Microsoft Will Invest $900 M In Vista, Office 2007 Sales And Marketing In FY '07
     - Microsoft Exec: Vista Slip Could Mean $200 To $400 Million Hit
6. Voice Of Authority
     - Intel Makes Branding Gamble With 'Leap Ahead' And Core 2 Duo
7. White Papers
     - IDC White Paper: The Next Wave Of Server Deployments
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote Of The Day:
"Isn't this fun? Isn't fun the best thing to have? Don't you wish you were me? I know I do." — Arthur


1. Editor's Note: New Columnist Tackles Tech

New columnist Eric Hall adds a much more technical voice to InformationWeek. Eric is a hands-on network specialist whose focus (so far—we're giving Eric freedom to write on whatever he thinks is most important) has been on how to keep your servers humming.

In his latest contribution, Eric takes a look at VMware, virtualization technology designed to allow users to run multiple operating environments without running multiple hardware systems. Eric describes some of the problems he had deciding which VMware product to use, difficulties getting the software up and running, and how he overcame those problems. He also takes a glance at VMware's newest product, ESX 3.0, with new features targeted for data center installations.

Eric tackled virtualization earlier this month, looking at how VMware's and Microsoft's decisions to release versions of their products for free are part of the drive of virtualization technology into the mainstream.

Last month, Eric wrote about how to tell if your system really needs more memory, or whether you can save more money by just optimizing usage of the memory you already have.

You can find all of Eric's articles (by "all," I mean "all two of them" as of now, although of course we're looking forward to seeing more of him) on his authors page. He also contributes regularly to the InformationWeek Weblog.

Eric has had a broad, 20-year career in IT: He managed a regional network for a multinational corporation, served as lab director for InformationWeek sister magazine Network Computing, consulted big business, worked for a Silicon Valley startup, and founded his own startups. We're pleased to have him in our bullpen of writers—in particular, he serves as a nice complement to Fred Langa (see Fred's author page).

By the way—did you know about our authors page? You can see photos of most of our writers, get a bit of biography for each of them, find contact information, and keep up to date on all their articles—including subscribing to an RSS feed for each individual author. You can even go to the authors page for this ugly sonofagun—what'd they put his picture on the site for, are they trying to break people's monitors?

Write me if you want to recommend a good plastic surgeon or have anything else to say—but don't expect an answer soon. I'm going on vacation any minute now. Back in a couple of weeks. But don't worry, the site will keep running without me, in the capable hands of my colleagues. You won't even notice I'm gone. You unfeeling brutes, you.

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com


2. Today's Top Story

Hands On: New VMware Releases Present Upgrade Dilemma
VMware's virtual machine technology lets users run multiple operating environments without running multiple hardware systems. Our columnist describes the configuration that worked for him, the options he tried getting there, and what's coming up from VMware.


3. Breaking News

UBS Trial Aftermath: Even Great Security Can't Protect You From The Insider
The story of the systems administrator found guilty of attacking UBS's network should stand as a warning to every company: Beware the insider you trust to protect your system—he or she could be your worst enemy.

UBS Trial Aftermath: Top 10 Tips For A Successful Postmortem
The government's forensics investigator says UBS took an important step when it examined the 2002 attack on its system. Here are some tips on creating your own successful postmortem report.

Opinion: Companies Failing To Protect Against Insider Threat From Software Developers
Companies are failing to protect themselves from threats that might be planted in custom code.

Yahoo, Sony BMG Offer DRM-Free Music
Yahoo is selling personalized Jessica Simpson music without digital rights management.

U.S. Adults Warming Up To Podcasts
While the number of users appears small, Nielsen Analytics says podcasting has established itself among consumers who prefer more control over the media they access.

SCO Claims IBM Tampered With Crucial Trial Evidence
IBM directed programmers to delete source code that could have been used as evidence against the company, SCO claims in a new court filing.

Now It's A Quad-Core War
A day after Intel said it'll pack four CPUs onto a processor by year's end, AMD executives said AMD will demonstrate its own quad-core chip in the next six months and launch it in mid-2007.

Google Profit Doubles In Quarter
Second-quarter net income rose to $721 million, compared with the year-earlier quarter's $343 million. International sales were particularly strong.

Researcher Developing Anti-RFID Device
The device prevents radio frequency identification tags from being read.

Motorola To Embed Yahoo Services In Mobile Phones
The phones, available in the first half of 2007, will be preloaded with Yahoo Go for Mobile, which includes e-mail, local search, and an address book.

All Our Latest News

Watch The News Show

In the current episode:

John Soat With 'Technology Is A Drug'
Sales of PCs rise over the last 12 months, HP gains PC market share, and Google profits double.

Stephanie Stahl With 'Software's Busy Week'
Stephanie gives a recap of all the software earnings announcements this week.

----- The latest research, polls, and tools -----

Download PDFs Of InformationWeek's Top Stories
Visit InformationWeek Downloads to get all of InformationWeek's biggest and best articles all in one place. Presented in an easy-to-read PDF format, they'll help you analyze and make purchasing decisions for today's technology solutions.

A Week's Worth Of Dailies—All In One Place
Have you missed an issue or two of the InformationWeek Daily? Or want to check out some recent quotes of the day? Check out our all-new Daily newsletter archive page and get caught up quickly.

-----------------------------------------

4. Grab Bag

Dual-Booting Windows And Linux The Easy Way (Linux.com Videos)
The Gnome Partition Editor Live CD is a simple tool that will shrink the Windows partitions on your hard drive, then make Linux partitions almost automatically. Here's how to use it.

Security Geek Fired By Suits For Doing His Job? (ITToolbox Blogs)
A security director is fired by executive management after the company is broken into by thieves, who made off with nearly $100 K in equipment. The security director had previously recommended safety measures that would've prevented the theft, but they were shot down by those same executives. Who should've been fired in this story?

VW Rabbit Wardriving Commercial (YouTube)
A couple of Generation Z geeks cruise around in their VW Rabbit, looking for an open Wi-Fi signal. Hilarity ensues. All right, not hilarity, but a chuckle for sure. The laugh at the end of the commercial is what makes it.


5. In Depth

Microsoft Spells Out Terms For Windows XP, 2000 Users Upgrading To Vista
A page on the Microsoft Web site outlines which users will have to install Vista from a clean hard disk, and who can just install it over existing software.

Microsoft Says Vista To Allow Google Search Engine
Computer makers will be able to set Google or any other search engine by default, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith says. It's part of the company's new principles to promote competition.

Microsoft's 4Q Revenues Jump, But Legal Costs Squeeze Profits
SQL Server, Visual Studio, and Dynamics applications drive sales growth. CFO Liddell outlines the company's fiscal 2007 spending plans.

Microsoft 'Principles' Raise Windows Live Fairness Issues
Experts question whether Microsoft will make it easy for Windows users to switch to competitors' Web services.

Microsoft Will Invest $900 M In Vista, Office 2007 Sales And Marketing In FY '07
Strong multiyear licensing renewals suggest strong demand for the new software, Microsoft says.

Microsoft Exec: Vista Slip Could Mean $200 To $400 Million Hit
Company CFO Chris Liddell says a slip in Vista's release to Q2 2007 would cost the company hundreds of millions, but it's unclear whether the estimated loss includes some of the planned sales and marketing money—estimated at $900 million total for fiscal 2007.


6. Voice Of Authority

Intel Makes Branding Gamble With 'Leap Ahead' And Core 2 Duo
Darrell Dunn says: The next year will determine if Intel's processor portfolio overhaul of the past few weeks will successfully put the brakes on rival Advanced Micro Devices' market share assault of the past two years. But AMD executives believe Intel has again made a big error in giving up positions of strength by abandoning two of the most well-known brands in the technology industry: Intel Inside and Pentium.


7. White Papers

IDC White Paper: The Next Wave Of Server Deployments
Discover the choices available as new combinations of hardware platforms and operating systems are brought into the server marketplace. Learn about the partnership between processor vendors, ISVs, and channel partners to build systems that can be rapidly deployed, easily managed, and quickly adapted to business conditions.


8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek

Try InformationWeek's RSS Feed

Discover all InformationWeek's sites and newsletters

Recommend This Newsletter To A Friend
Do you have friends or colleagues who might enjoy this newsletter? Please forward it to them and point out the subscription page.


9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

To unsubscribe from, subscribe to, or change your E-mail address for this newsletter, please visit the InformationWeek Subscription Center.

Note: To change your E-mail address, please subscribe your new address and unsubscribe your old one.

Keep Getting This Newsletter
Don't let future editions of InformationWeek Daily go missing. Take a moment to add the newsletter's address to your anti-spam white list:
InfoWeek@update.informationweek.com

If you're not sure how to do that, ask your administrator or ISP. Or check your anti-spam utility's documentation. Thanks.

We take your privacy very seriously. Please review our Privacy Policy.

InformationWeek Daily Newsletter
A free service of InformationWeek and the TechWeb Network.
Copyright (c) 2006 CMP Media LLC
600 Community Drive
Manhasset, N.Y. 11030

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Must Reads Oct. 21, 2014
InformationWeek's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of digital strategy. Learn why you should learn to embrace DevOps, how to avoid roadblocks for digital projects, what the five steps to API management are, and more.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
A roundup of the top stories and trends on InformationWeek.com
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.