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Mon, Jun 25, 2001 (Vol. 6, #46 - Issue #281)
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- TECH BRIEFING
- The .ida ISAPI Filter Offers Keyless Entry to IIS
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- It's Not Open Source. It's Shared Code
- WXP Trashes Lots Of Hardware
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Who Is #1 in SAN's?
- How Much Should You Be Getting Paid?
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- All of the Windows 2000 Library
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It's another interesting week with Tech.Ed and all. Lots of people
have been sitting on news, and now they announce it. So, let's have
a look at the stuff that's actually interesting and useful. There
is so much noise in the market.
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
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The .ida ISAPI Filter Offers Keyless Entry to IIS
A major security vulnerability discovered recently in Microsoft's IIS
Web Server provides keyless entry to more than six million Microsoft
IIS Web servers around the world. Attackers who leverage the
vulnerability can remotely gain full system access to any server
running a default installation of IIS on Windows NT 4.0, 2000, or XP.
System-level access gives attackers the ability to install and run
malicious code; manipulate Web server databases; add, change or delete
files and Web pages; and do just about anything else they desire. A few
years ago, if a company's Web site was broken into, little damage
resulted. Times have changed, though, and a company's Web site today
amounts to its digital identity and, in many cases, digital storefront.
Every day more companies rush to create or update their Web presences.
In response, software companies rush to create products to sell to these
companies wishing to venture onto the World Wide Web. Technology is
allowing the consumer to, with a click of a button, interact with your
company digitally in a way the world has never seen. Such power comes at
a price, however.
Now that your company can be accessed legitimately over the Web from
anywhere in the world, what have you - or, better yet, your software
vendors - done to insure the security of your digital presence? If
you're assuming your Web server is safe because it's made by a reputable
vendor, you will be surprised as we get under the hood and look at
this vulnerability. The rest of this article is at www.8wire.com
If you need a tool that will prevent current and future IIS holes:
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
It's Not Open Source. It's Shared Code
Client Server News commented on MS' recent announcement for .NET
developers. There is now a new website that allows you to 'share'
your .NET code. MS stresses the slight difference between open and
shared code. If you write Visual Studio .NET code you can go to
www.vscodeswap.com and post your code, and of course download stuff
you think you can use for yourself.
The rules are a bit different from open source. If you download some
code and change it, there's no obligation to give the improvements back.
The way to pull this trick off is called CodeSwap, and you need a
piece of free client software that of course only runs on Windows.
WXP Trashes Lots Of Hardware
Last Wednesday MS released the actual requirements for hardware running
WXP, together with their new "XP Ready" logo program for machines that
live up to the new power levels.
As I said in earlier issues, you need a lot more horses than the old
9x boxes, but since it's the NT kernel it's not so surprising the new
requirements are almost the same as W2K. Redmond claims you need an
absolute minimum of 233MHz CPU, but better go with 300MHz. Personally
I would recommend a 500 at the very least for acceptable performance,
but get as much power as you can get!
Regarding RAM, they say 128MB really is minimum. Well, plug that thing
as full as you can. I say 256 if you can, but 512 is even better. DRAM
is Dirt Cheap at the moment. Hard Drive needs 1.5Gig. and you need SVGA
or higher. Actually, no real surprises, but a lot of your old 9X hardware
can be relegated to the recycle center. Give them to a school or something.
Practically all large hardware boys will have XP Ready boxes when the
stuff will be released on October 25. If you buy a PC now, make sure
to ask about a possible free upgrade to XP!! (They tend to do that, so
their sales do not crash just before a major release like this).
THIRD PARTY NEWS
Who Is #1 in SAN's?
There are a few Industry Analysts that track numbers. Dataquest is
one of them, and they are tracking SAN sales. Many companies are
moving toward these storage architectures with their NT and W2K
servers. Dataquest announced that Compaq sold 24,000 SAN's last year,
which is a whopping 48.5% of this relatively young market.
And, if we believe Dataquest's numbers, the rest of the market is
held by Sun with 14%, EMC with 11%, HP:7%, Dell:3%, IBM:2% and some
one I heard of only now called HDS has one percent.
Looks like Compaq is doing well with SAN's. They marketshare went from
17.4% in 1999 to 24.9% in 2000 looking at total sales. Keep in mind that
Compaq bought Digital Equipment a while ago, and DEC's StorageWorks
runs fine with Solaris as well, so they are selling into the SUN market.
How Much Should You Be Getting Paid?
Perhaps you know Seachwin2000.com. These guys do a lot of good work.
They regularly have live events, and a new one was just held. The
transcript is out, and this one is worth it, so you can check what
kind of value you have in the market.
The audio transcript for their recent online event, "Spotlight on
Compensation and Careers: Hot Technical Skills" is available. You can
review all the great questions from your peers, and the valuable
advice to advance your career (and boost your salary!) from David
Foote, managing partner of Foote Partners, LLC and former META
Group and Gartner analyst.
Just be sure to log in to searchWin2000, and that you have speakers
and Windows Media Player on your PC to hear all the helpful content
on the hottest tech skills to add to your arsenal. If you are not
registered with them, you have to do that first, but it's free and
worth it. Here goes:
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
Where are all the Post SP2 Windows 2000 Hotfixes together? Here of course!
Free color printers. But Xerox asks a LOT of questions! (USA only)
The free reports from the NSA are getting some FLAK. IIS especially.
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
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