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Mon, Feb 14, 2000
Win 2000 Expo: Stay Up To Date.
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This Issue of NTools E-News (soon renamed to W2Knews) contains:

1. EDITORS CORNER: 
2. TECH BRIEFING: How to protect NT against Cyber-marauders?
3. NT RELATED NEWS
* WINDOWS 2000 EXPO: STAY UP TO DATE!
* SUNBELT LAUNCHES DISASTER RECOVERY LIST
* IBM COMES OUT WITH FREE W2K MIGRATION REDBOOK
* INSTALL W2K WITH JUST ONE FLOPPY? YUP.
4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS
* StorageCeNTral V4.1 UPGRADE DOES CAPACITY PLANNING
* LOW COST SERVER CONSOLIDATION WITH SECURE COPY V2.0
5. HINTS AND TIPS
6. THE NT STOCK WATCH - Feb 11, 2000
7. HOW TO USE THE MAILING LIST
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1. "EDITORS CORNER" 

Hi NT-ers,

Coming Monday morning I'm jumping on a plane to San Francisco to 
hear BillG intro Win2K, and be at the Windows 2000 Expo. Sunbelt
has a booth there of course. Easy to remember, it's booth number
2000! Come see me there, and pick up a free permanent copy of 
AutoPilot. I'll be there till Thursday and will roam the isles for
all the Tools News which you will get next weekend. If you want 
'Hot Show News' earlier, go to www.searchnt.com and subscribe.

This issue is focused on NT Security again. Better keep up with it,
you do not want to be hacked.

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman
Email me at [email protected]

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2. TECH BRIEFING: How to protect NT against Cyber-marauders?

Start with these extremely useful conclusions: The TOP 7 Management 
Errors That Lead To Computer Security Vulnerabilities:

Number Seven: Pretend the problem will go away if they ignore it. 
Number Six: Authorize reactive, short-term fixes so problems re-
emerge rapidly 
Number Five: Fail to realize how much money their information and 
organizational reputations are worth. 
Number Four: Rely primarily on a firewall. 
Number Three: Fail to deal with the operational aspects of security: 
make a few fixes and then not allow the follow through necessary to 
ensure the problems stay fixed 
Number Two: Fail to understand the relationship of information 
security to the business problem -- they understand physical security 
but do not see the consequences of poor information security. 
Number One: Assign untrained people to maintain security and provide 
neither the training nor the time to make it possible to do the job. 
(Source: http://www.sans.org/newlook/resources/errors.htm)
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It's another HOT TOPIC this week. All the big sites being attacked.
But security is _always_ an issue. Well just WHY is that? We all know 
that security is more than strong passwords, encryption and standard 
IT practices that I am sure you heard ad nauseam.

And BTW how many little yellow sticky notes leave your company with
data on them that could compromise security in YOUR area? The docs 
that people take home and trash after printing the draft because it's 
easier to read on paper than on the screen?

To sell security tools, sales people often ask: "How much would it 
cost your company if just one piece of your customer data were used 
against you?" Well how about shredding all the paper that leaves 
your company? How many passwords or customer addresses and phone #'s 
have been written down on little yellow sticky notes in the past year? 
Your guess is as good as mine but it's likely to be a lot.

There are many good articles about this but it gets to the point of
information overload with questionable experts being quoted on really 
ludicrous subjects. While you should have resources to help you, it 
is hard to keep up. A great resource is the monthly NT Digest from 
the SANS institute, warmly recommended and required reading in IT:

http://www.sans.org

I'm giving you an extract out of a Computer World story, and you
should REALLY read it in its entirety.

11/22/99 On Jan. 21, The New York Times described the malicious
destruction of the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) Web site. Quoting 
a USIA official, it said, "We can't have this happening every six 
months; people depend on us." Had it happened before? Had agency 
officials been embarrassed? Had they directed staff to tighten 
security? If the answers are all yes, then why weren't the problems 
fixed the first time?

Staff at the SANS (Systems Administration, Networking and Security)
Institute in Bethesda, Md., interviewed system and security managers 
at two dozen other government and commercial sites that were compro-
mised and found a surprisingly consistent pattern of decisions, 
actions and results that may explain the USIA outcome. What pattern 
did they find? Read this and come back!

http://www.computerworld.com/home/print.nsf/all/991122CD52

What's this mean to you? Well, we can't make you shred everything 
on paper that leaves your company or actually implement and enforce 
security guidelines, or read the latest vulnerability updates, but 
we can offer you the tools to make your job easier in this area and 
offer you the TIME to handle the other areas.

STAT is updated regularly with all the latest vulnerabilities so 
that you are always up to date ( and don't have to so much reading :)
-- and so are your NT servers and NT workstations. Security Explorer 
will allow you a degree of control over NT file permissions that you 
may not have thought possible, RESKIT or no RESKIT. Trusted Enterprise 
Manager will allow you to lock down security and give, for example, 
the Help Desk ONLY those rights they need to do their jobs in addition 
to easing your migration to AD and being ready for it when the time 
comes. Security tools, with full data and eval copies are here:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/category_search.cfm#4

Another excellent resource related to the recent spate of Distributed
Denial Of Service Attacks is here: http://www.sans.org/y2k/egress.htm
it explains how to protect the Internet from these things.

Looking for some good PDF's that explain how to ward off bad guys?
http://www.sans.org/newlook/misc/NS99talks.htm#4-1

What to do when Firewalls, VPNs and Intrusion Detection Fail? Some
of the recent hacks show that current Internet security is not always
sufficient. Depending on your line of business, you may need to move 
beyond typical network technologies such as firewalls, VPNs and 
Intrusion Detection. You can upgrade your security to the next level 
with digital certificates that secure individual access to software. 
Digital certificates provide the critical security needed to ensure 
that people are who they say they are, that they are authorized to 
enter specific apps and that communications, documents and transactions 
haven?t been hacked.

The rest is up to you and I would have in writing somewhere that you 
_did_ suggest that your company shreds all the paper that is trashed. 
CYA. Hacker kids doing dumpster diving should only find coffee 
grounds, yesterdays leftovers and confetti!

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3. "NT RELATED NEWS" 

* WINDOWS 2000 EXPO: STAY UP TO DATE!

Obviously it's going to be interesting to get the latest news
from the show on an hourly basis. This is Microsoft's biggest
announcement ever. I will fly there myself and come back with
tools news, but if you want to get day to day coverage, the guys
from SearchWin2000.com (formerly SearchNT.com) are your ticket.
They will be reporting directly from the Windows 2000 Expo: 
News, new product announcements and highlights of key sessions.
So if you did not yet register for their daily news, now is the 
time to sign up, absolutely free at http://www.searchnt.com
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* SUNBELT LAUNCHES DISASTER RECOVERY LIST

As a service to the IT Community, and to make Disaster Recovery (DR)
a more accessible discipline for our IT colleagues, Sunbelt Software 
announces the NEW free Sunbelt Disaster Recovery List! This is our 
first multi-platform list. What can you do on this list? Discuss DR 
Admin and Tech problems and/or workarounds, how to, what to, why to, 
type questions platform independent. This list covers Servers running
Novell, Win NT/2000, But also Solaris, Linux, VMS, AS/400, Unix and 
other platforms. Discuss third-party DR products, services, and/or 
methodologies, provided these are designed to aid in DR Admin. Now 
you Microsoft Cluster guys have a place to chat too. And most important:
the list is ON TOPIC, LOW NOISE, and FRIENDLY. This is no place for O/S
wars. Sign up here: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/dr_list_charter.htm
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* IBM COMES OUT WITH FREE W2K MIGRATION REDBOOK

In September/October '99 a new IBM redbook was produced called: 
"Migrating Netfinity Servers to Windows 2000". It was a 2 month 
hands-on experience in migrating various NT 4.0 domain structures 
to Windows 2000 they documented. Even though they were working on 
IBM Netfinity Servers, probably 95% of the results can be considered, 
in this particular redbook, to be hardware-platform independent.
This book can be viewed/downloaded for free at the following web 
site: www.redbooks.ibm.com (just search for "SG245854", w/o the
quotation marks, and.... it's yours). 
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* INSTALL W2K WITH JUST ONE FLOPPY? YUP.

3Com Corp announced it has licensed software to Microsoft that will 
be included in every copy of Windows 2000. This technology will 
make installing Windows 2000 as simple as inserting a single floppy 
disk and turning the PC on. The software will also dramatically 
lower the cost of upgrading and repairing PCs. The 'Remote OS Instal-
lation' technology will for sure enable easy deployment of Windows 
2000 over a network. But What Is It?

The Windows 2000-based remote boot solution lets a PC boot itself 
from a remote Windows 2000-based Remote OS Installation Server. To do 
this, an end user or an administrator inserts a remote boot floppy 
into the machine and turns the PC on. The software auto-detects the 
PC's network interface card and invokes an industry standard remote 
boot procedure.

This process culminates in the download and execution of a code 
image to remotely install an operating system. The software works 
with most network interface cards from 3Com, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, 
SMC, AMD, Compaq and others. Pretty useful to say the least.

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4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS

* StorageCeNTral V4.1 UPGRADE DOES CAPACITY PLANNING

This upgraded Product Suite now gives you Capacity Planning, Web 
Enabled Active Reporting, and supports SAN's.

StorageCeNTral 4.1 is the only storage management product that offers 
real-time disk space consumption management on the market and enables 
you to estimate future storage requirements. It includes Quota Advisor,
the only Second Generation quota tool, using advanced patent-pending
filter driver technology that is ahead of any other quota utility now
available. It is the only tool able to enforce disk space limits BEFORE
files are written and before the damage is done.

Najaf Husain, WQuinn president and CTO stated. ?With these new 
features, administrators will have additional capabilities that 
automatically push file management to the users via an Intranet and 
accurately plan for future storage requirements and deployment of 
SAN and backup technologies.?

Active Reporting provides Web-based access to a collection of storage
management reports via an Intranet. Capacity planning enables you to 
estimate future storage requirements by recording usage over time.
That allows you to accurately plan storage growth and deployment of 
SAN and backup technologies. 

Active Reports give your users the capability to manage their own 
files and storage. You no longer have to manage user files, freeing 
you up to work on more system critical issues. The StorageCeNTral 
product components work together to proactively manage, control, and 
analyze disk usage. This new version is Windows 2000 ready, IBM 
Cluster proven, and of course runs on Microsoft Clusters.

DiskAdvisor 4.1 is a comprehensive disk reporting tools for Windows 
NT/2000. The product contains 35 predefined storage management 
reports that deal with issues of usage, security, performance and 
management. 

To be released in the first quarter of 2000, StorageCeNTral 4.1
DiskAdvisor 4.1 and QuotaAdvisor 4.1 will be available from WQuinn 
or through its network of resellers. StorageCeNTral 4.1 starts at $995 
per server for a single license. DiskAdvisor 4.1 starts at $395 per 
server and QuotaAdvisor 4.1 starts at $795 per server. 
More info: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/product.cfm?id=423
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* LOW COST SERVER CONSOLIDATION WITH SECURE COPY V2.0

Small Wonders Software announces the immediate availability of 
Secure Copy, version 2.0. Secure Copy?s seamless migration allows 
you to copy files and directories on NTFS partitions while keeping 
the security intact, creating shares and migrating local groups 
and users; options that are not available using native Windows NT 
copying tools. 

New features include differential copying which only copies files 
that have been changed in the source server, the ability to save 
multiple jobs and then schedule those jobs to run after-hours, and 
a new easy-to-use GUI interface. Secure Copy also allows you to 
migrate existing shares and local groups from the source server to 
the destination server while keeping permissions intact.

"NT Administrators need to transfer data from one server to another 
when upgrading, repartitioning, and or retiring servers, as well 
as during Windows 2000 deployment. Without Secure Copy, transferring 
data from one server to another is costly and time-consuming" stated 
Brian Small, President of Small Wonders Software.

Interested in previewing Secure Copy? Download a 21-day trial version 
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/product.cfm?id=789


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5. HINTS AND TIPS

Sun is claiming they are the 'dot' in dot.com. Microsoft decided
to find out if that is the truth and created an amusing webpage:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/news/dot-truth.asp
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Looking for pricing for the new Windows 2000 Professional? Click:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/guide/professional/pricing/default.asp
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An alternative to FatBrain is http://www.bookpool.com . They have some 
of the best prices I have seen and they have been in the business for 
years. 
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6. THE NT STOCK WATCH Closing Date Friday 11, 2000

52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
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Advanced Micro Devices... 45 45 1/8 14 9/16 +16.6%
BMC Software............. 43 86 5/8 30 43 +1.6%
BindView Development Corp 56 1/4 61 3/4 17 1/4 +23.1%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 175 27/32 183 26 1/2 +14.5%
Compaq Computer.......... 25 5/8 44 3/8 18 1/4 75 -5.9%
Computer Associates...... 69 3/4 79 7/16 32 1/8 55 -1.4%
Data Return Corporation.. 65 7/8 73 1/4 13 3/4 +12.6%
Dell Computer............ 36 7/8 53 31/32 31 3/8 60 -4.2%
Electronic Data Systems C 71 7/8 76 11/16 45 1/16 86 -4.1%
Gateway Inc.............. 55 7/8 84 28 3/8 42 -7.9%
Hewlett Packard Co....... 121 3/8 129 63 3/8 36 +2.8%
Intergraph Corp.......... 7 1/4 10 1/4 3 3/16 +28.8%
International Business Ma 115 3/8 139 3/16 81 1/2 28 -0.0%
Legato Systems Inc....... 34 11/16 82 1/2 15 1/8 +25.2%
Micron Electronics Inc... 10 9/16 16 9 26 -1.1%
Microsoft Corp........... 99 15/16 119 15/16 72 62 -6.2%
Mission Critical Software 58 1/4 77 5/8 16 +10.9%
NCR Corp................. 41 54 9/16 26 11/16 12 +4.9%
NetIQ Corporation........ 64 3/4 77 3/4 14 3/4 +4.4%
Network Associates Inc... 31 1/2 51 10 1/16 +22.6%
Novell Inc............... 38 7/8 42 7/16 16 1/16 71 +7.9%
Oracle Corp.............. 59 11/16 62 5/8 10 1/2 +3.2%
Qualcomm Incorporated.... 132 200 7 7/8 -3.9%
Seagate Technology....... 46 7/16 48 13/16 25 1/8 11 +6.7%
Silicon Graphics......... 9 5/16 18 7/8 6 7/8 -6.8%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 94 7/16 95 11/16 23 1/8 +12.7%
Sybase Inc............... 23 5/16 25 5 5/16 32 -1.0%
Symantec Corp............ 65 3/4 69 3/8 12 1/2 24 +12.1%
Unisys Corp.............. 30 15/16 49 11/16 20 15/16 19 -4.0%
Veritas Software Corp.... 172 33/64 181 1/2 20 3/8 +9.9%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 10,425.21 -4.9%


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