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The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Fri, Dec 26, 1997
DEC 26, 1997 - Security Alert!
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
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<<< NTools E-NewsFlash >>>[tm] UPDATE DECEMBER 26, 1997
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This is the last short news update of 1997 my friends!

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Content of this newsflash:

1) NT SERVER SECURITY ALERT
2) FREE NT EXPORT UTILITY
3) WIN NT SERVER GETS 2 THUMBS DOWN...
4) BUT GETS CHOSEN AS NOS OF THE YEAR BY PCMAG
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1) NT SERVER SECURITY ALERT

Microsoft has updated a security alert for NT. It's for 
both 3.5x and NT 4.0 servers. The default values for some
of the security keys allow anyone with a valid user or 
domain name to log on and gain administrative rights, 
or run programs that can cause server damage. 

The problem is with the following registry keys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsCurrentVersion\Run;

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsCurrentVersion\RunOnce; and

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsCurrentVersion\Uninstall. 

To be sure only authorized administrators get these 
rights, fire up your RegEdit and for each key
1) Click Security, Permissions; 
2) Select "Replace Permissions on Existing Subkeys"; 
3) Click on Everyone, then change the Type Of Access to
Read, Click OK.

It's an easy fix, better do this on critical servers...
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2) FREE NT EXPORT UTILITY

I thought you all would appreciate this, here it
is for the whole 36,000 subscriber list!

"In the spirit of Christmas and to help NT admins
worldwide, Adkins Resource, Inc. is offering a FREE 
utility for exporting information from NT networks. 
Extracted data is written to tab-delimited text files 
for easy importing into Microsoft Excel or Access. 
Information that can be exported includes:

Users
Groups
Group Members
Printers
Computers
Services

Information can be exported from all domain controllers, 
servers, and even workstations in the selected domain. 
Utility includes an online .HLP file for documentation.

To get your free copy, goto http://www.adkins-resource.com. 
Select the Download link, and look for the link to the 
"Exporter" utility.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy and Safe New Year!"
- Kevin Stanush
President Adkins Resource, Inc.
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3) WIN NT SERVER GETS 2 THUMBS DOWN...


InfoWorld's Backpage "gossip" columnist asked people about
their experiences with NT, he came out with his Robert X Cringely
poll. Here is an extract, for the full story, check below:

"The ratio of replies breaks down to about three-quarters
negative (NT sucks), and one-quarter positive (NT rules). 
There was more negative comment from people familiar with other 
OSes, and lots of unflattering comparisons with Unix and NetWare. 
The toughest comments were on general resilience, the directory 
issue, and performance on high-end applications -- pretty much 
the usual suspects.

On general resilience, many of you seemed disgusted at the number 
of times the OS needed rebooting, and compared this to other 
tried-and-true servers that hum away without incident for years 
-- especially NetWare servers. A polite comment was, "NT really 
needs some work in terms of reliability." 

In the middle camp, I heard such comments as, "I love NT. NT 
on good hardware is a stable Windows platform ... but it is not 
a real NOS." The NT fans either like what they see and say they've 
had no big problems, or they feel more comfortable placing a bet 
on a product with momentum, despite its shortcomings. 

The full story:

http://www.infoworld.com/cgi-bin/displayNew.pl?/rcringe/rcringe.htm
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4) BUT GETS CHOSEN AS NOS OF THE YEAR BY PCMAG

PC Magazine Online Chooses NT Server as NOS of the Year.
(Here is what they had to say about it)

Microsoft's strategy for Windows NT Server 4.0 has been 
to lay a solid foundation and build up from there, brick 
by brick. The result is a tower of networking power. Beneath 
the familiar Windows interface, Windows NT Server 4.0 boasts 
some sophisticated and well-integrated services, including 
Internet Information Server (IIS) 2.0 for Web, Gopher, and 
FTP services and an excellent Internet Service Manager tool. 

Remote access and multiprotocol routing add flexibility, 
while an index server and the bundled Web authoring tool 
Microsoft FrontPage add utility. The list of Windows NT 
services and utilities offered by other vendors seems 
endless. Although the enterprise-wide directory-naming 
service isn't in place yet, Windows NT ($810 street for 
a single-server license and five clients) is otherwise 
a nicely designed package.

All the other Products Of The Year are here as well:
http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/special/bestof97/rev43.htm

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Have a GREAT 1998!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

(email me with feedback: [email protected])