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Microsoft Aurora: A Complete Solution for Small Businesses

The attention on small business servers and cloud, have been more by Microsoft. Being officially called small business server, the Aurora server consists of a solutions that brings about both together. Microsoft bridges both local entrepreneurship and cloud bringing forth big business tools for small businesses.

It has been named Small Business Server Essentials of 2011 and it brings to target 5 to 25 users. Such small businesses have same needs as their counter parts and are unable to provide computing servers so small. Thus, the SBS 2011 has found many uses. They lack the budget or personnel and end up using consumer graded software which can neither serve less or more number of users.

This server provides local access to an active directory and storage such that it can store and use a minimum amount of info as well as distribute on a regular basis a small quantity of info. It also combines access to web based tools like Share-point, Exchange and Office Suite.

It supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, as well as Mac OS X clients. It provides a glance of all the supported systems on a dashboard, showing also alerts and system status. The Server system can be combined and used with the cloud-based offerings like Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) from Microsoft which will be soon replaced with Office 365, as well as SharePoint and with Exchange. It has Remote Web Access which helps recover data from anywhere on a network.

Access can be made available to users to retrieve their own documents or others on the server system. RWA can be used to connect users on a remote desktop session while system admin can use it to access the SBS system for their work.

Smaller businesses with smaller needs of 5 users can use the Windows Home Server for their server needs. Those businesses with larger needs of 25 users or more can use the SBS system.  Also businesses within the sweet spot of above 5 and fewer than 25 users can use the SBS 2011system which is robust with its features of advantages.

Being as it is called the `cross-premise` server, the Aurora SBS 2011 server, combines the cloud services of Exchange online with the Active Directory and storage services. With the Aurora, you can pick, choose and select while you maintain single conveniences of sign on of SBS products that have been previously integrated.

The Aurora is based on the similar codebase as is Windows home server and is called Vail. It is solid as a rock and easy for you to use. Its driver extender technology puts it on top. Unlike Vail, Aurora is a full product. The users and computers added to the server are managed by AD and not managed by a proprietary system like a work-group based system. This is why it is much preferred for small business.

How to use Virtulization in Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a super-fast and intuitive operating system that powers servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks. It is mostly available free and provides a stable and up to date system for the average user. It has a strong focus and ease of installation.

A need for virtualization on the Ubuntu desktop arises mainly in order to access Windows programs. Another reason to use virtualization on the desktop is to test different versions of Ubuntu or other Linux distributions without bothering to reboot. It also helps to provide security to people as most visualization products offer snapshot features. These allow users to take the image of a virtual machine and roll back to it later in a few clicks. To work in an environment that is free from malware, a virtual machine can be created and quickly restored to a known clean state whenever desired.

Virtualization Tools for Ubuntu

Using virtualization in Ubuntu requires the use of the below mentioned tools, which are the most intuitive and most popular of those available for the operating system.

VMware: This one is one of the first commercial virtualization packages that were targeted at desktop users, and it offers user-friendly tools for virtualizing Linux and Windows guests within an Ubuntu host environment.

Most of its products are available only from the VMware website and users need to register on it before downloading any of its applications. Nevertheless, VM’s applications are one of the most intuitive offerings which can be free or very expensive. If you don’t mind software that needs to be paid for, these can be checked out.

VirtualBox: Desktop users who are looking for a free and easy way to build virtual machines can use the VirtualBox tool. It offers innovative features like support for 3D acceleration in guest operating systems and is a perfect place to start for users new to virtualization. As of today, VirtualBox remains absolutely free for personal use and can be installed in a click from Ubuntu’s repositories.

KVM: It is the ’native virtualization tool’ for Linux and is mostly developed with servers in mind. However, when combined with user-friendly management tools like Red Hat’s Virt-Manager, it can have practical implications too. Its drawback is that it works well only on those processors with virtualized extensions. It is also not fast enough and normal users would rather prefer VirtualBox or VMware.

Xen: It is a virtualization solution pretty much similar to KVM and still remains less intuitive than both VirtualBox and VMware. It doesn’t support all versions of Windows as guest operating systems but in certain cases can be appropriate for desktop virtualization.

It can be summed up that the market for virtualization tools and solutions targeted at the Linux desktop users is flourishing. Although the intuitive options of VMware and VirtualBox remain user friendly, it won’t be a surprise to see Ubuntu endorsing an official desktop virtualization infrastructure on the basis of Xen or KVM in the near future.

Sale of Windows and Linux Servers Pitch higher

For many experts the news of Windows and Linux selling more servers for Q2 ending won’t come as a surprise. According to IDC the demand for non-x86 servers has decreased tremendously. This has mainly been due to aggressive marketing campaigns that Linux and Windows are able to level for their servers.

Moreover market capitalization of only x86 servers showed a dramatic increase of 6.7% units, almost an increase of 28.2% compared to previous years. In Q2 Microsoft gained windfall profit of $5 billion from its serves alone.  As compared to Microsoft Linux also raked in an impressive 30.1% growth with overall profits increasing to $1.8 billion.

Experts predict that the x86 servers compared better in terms of technological enhancements. This is one of the main reasons that Unix reported a decline in profits of 7.3%. Overall, the total market of non-x86 servers declined by 16%, which brought the total revenue gain at only $ 3.9 billion.

According to IDC the main reason for the sharp fall in Unix servers are largely due the applications and software enhancements that are catering more towards Windows and Linux servers. Recent trends suggest that IT companies are more confident of creating software applications related to security and networking in Windows and Linux servers than in Unix servers.

In terms of the complete market overview other major IT players in servers, proved better in their overall results as HP reported a revenue of $3.5 billion, IBM of $3.2 billion and Dell of $1.7 billion.

Latest Storage and Backup Servers from LaCie

LaCie is a company that is involved in providing external storage solutions. It has been into this for some time now and has made quite a name for them in this domain. Very recently LaCie launched a new product which they very interestingly called 5big. That’s unusual for a product name but when LaCie named this they had a reason for it. The 5big storage device is not the run of the mill storage device. It is real BIG and unique. It has an Intel D410 1.6Ghz single core CPU, 5 hard drives that are swappable and each can accept drives up to 2TB each. Now that’s some capacity. The storage device consists of a number of software that are both Windows and Mac compatible. All in all it has a total storage capacity in the tune of 5TB or 10TB.

Storage and Backup Servers
The new LaCie 5big backup servers are targeted more towards the small and medium sized enterprises and are a real boon for them. With the help of the these storage and backup servers the companies using it can have a centralized file and bare metal backup for 10 PCs and 25 Macs. It also provides data protection against drive failure and is compatible with both Windows and Mac. It is powered by high performance 64-bit Intel processor 1.6GHz Atom processor coupled with 2G of RAM and Microsoft WHS and has the online file and full system restore facility. It is also time machine compatible.

The LaCie 5big storage and backup server supports all necessary file sharing formats like, SMB, NFS, AFP, iSCSI, HTTP and FTP. Apart from this it also supports the windows active directory. This feature of the LaCie 5big enables it to ensure easy and efficient integration into existing IT set up. The hard disk, which is huge in capacity (up to 10TB) is further scalable which gives it enough longevity in future as well. The LaCie 5big storage and backup server is very user friendly and does not require any specialized IT guy to operate it. It fits into the office environment very easily and helps you store you data and create a back up very easily. The user manuals are also available which are very helpful. Apart from this the customer support is always there who are well trained to guide them user in case of any query.
What makes LaCie 5big storage and backup server a cut above the rest of the small business servers is that it is fully compatible with Mac systems and environments through its support for AFP, Spotlight, and the AppleTalk stack for legacy applications. It has the option for automatic backup and restore and is also compatible with Time Machine.
Other Products from the company
LaCie have also kept in mind the environmental factors in mind and have designed a recyclable aluminum casing, advanced power management options, and power-efficient processor. The cooling system is also very efficient and effective. It is available in many capacities and also extends a 3 year warranty which is a bonus for any user.

How to Authenticate your System from NTLM or Kerberos Servers

When you are using the latest version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 based systems, not everything happens in the right way. There are many features in this version of Windows that create problems for the users. One feature that is available in systems based on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 is Extended Protection for Integrated Authentication that further supports Channel Binding Token. However, due to the availability of support for Channel Binding Token, non-windows NTLM or Kerberos-based servers cannot authenticate the system. If your system is facing this problem then here you can find useful information to deal away with this problem.

Various errors due to Extended Protection for Integrated Authentication

As mentioned above, the system is not able to get authentication from non-windows based Kerberos Servers. In addition to this, the system fails to get NTML authentication from proxy servers and non-windows NTLM servers. It is true that a user may come across these different problems but the root cause for all of them is same. If you want to get rid of all these problems, there is a way for it as well. However, before discussing the solution to the problem you should know why this problem occurs. In such technical problems, it is important to know the reason behind them. This is because if you know the cause of the problem can easily find a way to solution from it.

Root cause of the problem

In systems based on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, a feature is present known as Extended Protection for Integrated Authentication that further increases the security in the system. This feature authenticates incoming network connections very strictly by using Integrated Windows Authentication or IWA. In systems where the feature is available is set to ON by default and thus you will experience problems like non-authentication by non-windows NTML or Kerberos-based servers.

It has been seen that in such systems whenever an attempt is made by client to establish a connection with server, the request sent for authentication bounds to Service Principal Name. In addition, these systems disable the option of LMv2 and authentication problems become more prominent.

How to solve the issue

If you want to deal away with this problem then there are two different ways. One way is to check for vendors that are compatible with these versions of servers. For instance, if you are experiencing a problem as the non-windows NTLM server or proxy server requires LMv2 you should look out for vendors who offer the option of LMv2.

One other way by which you can get rid of this problem is by making few changes to the registry of the system. However, this can cause serious damage to your system if done incorrectly. If you wish to adopt this method then handle it carefully.

Summary: if you are using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 on your systems then problems like non-authentication of Kerberos-based servers may take place. Two different ways are used to solve this problem and the choice of the method depends entirely on the user.

Google says Android Apps to Talk to Servers to Guard Against Piracy

In a move that comes as sigh of relief to most users, the fight against piracy is one that must never be stopped and as such, instituting measures against piracy is welcome. In case you wondering what am talking about, wonder no more as Google says it will be instituting measures on the licensing of Apps to protect against piracy.

Google Taking Lead in Protection of Apps

The means to protect against such, rather than go it the suit way is what was long needed and Google Inc is taking the lead. For a long time now, piracy has been a major factor in raising worries and DRM protection has never been a more crucial need. Therefore, you probably are aware that piracy issues and DRM safeguards are at the core of mobile, digital software sales and for that reason alone, giant manufacturers such as Apple, Google and Microsoft Corporation have over time realized the need to bring in developers into their platforms and most importantly assure them that their works are safe from pirates. For such companies therefore, it should not be just about wooing in the developers keen on marketing their Apps but a concerted effort has to be put in place through mechanisms that will ensure the companies protect the developers’ works from marauding pirates.

Safeguarding Developers

For that reason, there is something to celebrate for developers even though it is a preliminary step. Regardless, the journey of one thousand miles begins with one step. If that be the case, Google’s first step towards fighting piracy is to be undertaken with its Android market applications storefront, from which it announced it would be changing how apps licensing works to enable developers feel safer with regard to their works and in turn keep the consumer safer from the pain of pirated Apps. In its plans against piracy, the giant search company plans to have apps ping and talk with Android Market servers upon introduction and this is will in turn confirm that the original, authentic version of the App is the one being opened.

Other Companies Doing The same

Google’s move however is not a solitary one, you will remember that companies such as Apple and developers that are on platforms like iOS use measures akin to Google’s while Apple iTunes DRM and licensing practices have also been crucial in dealing with the issue of pirated apps that are easily loaded after a number of tweaks and jailbreaking of the iPhone. Rather than link up directly with the App store, iOS developers let their Apps communicate with own company servers. With the new measures protecting developers and their works, maybe there will be an increase in the number of new Apps as developers become increasingly confident of getting something out of their hard work.

The incessant piracy worries are hampering the release of new apps as developers worry their ideas might be stolen.

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