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Microsoft Hyper-V gets first security update: News in brief

Microsoft Hyper-V users could suffer a denial-of-service attack and should apply a security update; and other news in brief.

A Microsoft Hyper-V milestone: first security bulletin
A vulnerability in Hyper-V could result in a denial-of-service attack, according to a security bulletin issued by Microsoft Tuesday . An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by issuing a malformed sequence of machine instructions from a guest virtual machine on the Hyper-V server, Microsoft said. The vulnerability can be exploited only by users with valid login credentials, and affects Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V for x64-based systems, including Server Core installations.

Veeam updates FastSCP for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
Veeam Software's FastSCP 3.0.3 is now available. This free tool, which enables users to copy files to and from VMware ESX and ESXi environments, now supports Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. FastSCP users report that copy-and-paste operations are up to six times faster than generic SCP thanks to the use of data compression and is thus a good way to move large ISO and VMDK files between systems. It is available as a standalone product or as part of Veeam Backup and Replication. The standalone version can be downloaded at the Veeam website.

Nasuni offers VMware virtual appliance for cloud storage
VMware shops can take advantage of public cloud storage resources with a new VMware virtual appliance from Nasuni Corp. The Nasuni network -attached storage (NAS) file server front-ends public cloud storage resources from vendors such as Amazon Inc. and Iron Mountain Inc., and adds traditional file server functionality such as snapshots, version rollback, Active Directory integration, encryption and local caching. The services are licensed for a flat fee of $250 per filer per month, plus a pass-through capacity fee from the cloud storage provider. The Nasuni Filer is now in beta and can be downloaded at the Nasuni website. General availability is expected this spring. A Microsoft Hyper-V version is expected in the next release.

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