The Windows Server Notebook

Jun 15 2012   2:05PM GMT

New third-party tools target Hyper-V, Windows Server 2012, mobile device management

Jeremy Stanley Jeremy Stanley Profile: Jeremy Stanley

Windows Server administrators looking to make their lives easier have a variety of tools at their disposal. This week, that array grew even larger, as several third-party vendors launched new offerings during TechEd North America in Orlando.

Here are a few products targeted to server admins that were announced:

Software company 5nine releases near-final version of Security Manager

If you’re on the prowl for Hyper-V tools, it’s near impossible to avoid hearing about 5nine software. This week, the company delivered Hyper-V Security Manager in a release candidate form.

Security Manager is a hybrid anti-malware, web-app protection, log inspection and virtual firewall tool. The product uses a new interface in Windows Server 2012 (formerly Windows Server 8 ) and Windows 8 called Windows Filtering Platform, as well as taking advantage of Hyper-V 3.0’s virtual switch.

StealthBits aims to ease Server 2012 migration with Active Directory product

When beginning to plan a migration to Windows Server 2012, it’s good to be ready to address Active Directory issues. StealthBits is readying and demoing its new Active Directory update that takes advantage of Windows Server 2012’s Dynamic Access Control feature.

The company claims its product can help clean stale files, consolidate AD domains and develop Identity and Access Management protocols.

Net Optics pre-releases Hyper-V support for Phantom Virtualization Tap

Last month, Net Optics’ Ran Nahmias posted on his blog that “no hypervisor gets left behind” in reference to Phantom Virtualization Taps missing Hyper-V support.

This week, Hyper-V is the latest plugin for Phantom Virtualization Tap.  Built on Hyper-V’s Extensible Virtual Switch, the plugin monitors Hyper-V and virtual traffic and allows security and compliance policy management.

Quest Software updates Quest Management Xtensions

Mobile device management is something to watch these days, as more devices get used on the network. Some admins might not think Microsoft’s first-party mobile device management offering is adequate enough.

Quest upgraded its Quest Management Xtensions (QMX), including support for iPhone and Android management, plus a vWorkspace connector for virtualized infrastructure.

Were you at TechEd? Are you planning to use any of these products? Let us know in the comments, or leave us a note on Twitter @WindowsTT.

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