Sunbelt W2Knews Electronic Newsletter
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Mon, Oct 29, 2001 (Vol. 6, #83 - Issue #318)
Powerful Mailbox Management
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- A New E-Zine Family Member
- TECH BRIEFING
- Change Of Role: Protect, And Keep Up & Running
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- Ballmer On XP
- First XP Patches already available
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Powerful New Exchange Mailbox Management Tool Released
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Server+ Certification Training Guide
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A New E-Zine Family Member
Thanks very much for all your feedback. Almost 90% thought it was a
good idea to create a separate e-zine for Windows XP with a more
small business and consumer oriented content. So we decided to do
that, and continue with your normal W2Knews as it is today. The
new e-zine will be up and running in a few weeks, and of course you
will be able to find it at www.winxpnews.com.
Could you let me know what type of information you'd like in the
new WinXPnews? In W2Knews we have your familiar sections like the
Tech Briefing, NT/W2K related news etc. But let me know what XP
specific sections you'd like to see in the new WinXPnews?
When we are ready you will all receive an invitation to OPT IN to
WinXPnews, you will NOT start receiving this automatically. I'll
give you the heads up when we are ready.
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
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Change Of Role: Protect, And Keep Up & Running
Recently, some one made a remark on the NTSYSADMIN list server that
made me realize he was right. System Administrators no longer just
have the job to only keep the servers and networks up & running.
There is something that is an undercut to that. It really is the
protection of your networks that comes first.
And while securing your own networks, you can do a bit of protecting
of other people's networks as well. You may now know this, but the
recent spate of worms has not been fully eradicated. If you look
at your logs from Internet Information Server you will see that
still thousands of infected machines are out there. How's that
I just read an article by Mark Minasi, a well known NT/W2K Guru who
took the time to trace back a few machines that were still trying to
infect other boxes. In many cases these are machines that are run by
people not even aware they run a web server. In other cases, they are
servers in large web-hosting farms that were not fixed. Very sloppy
in both cases. Like walking around with a highly infectious disease.
Like I said before in this newsletter, if you run W2K server, IIS is
automatically installed. You are running a web server even if you
are not aware of it. Mark gave a fast trick to find out if any of
your systems actually is running IIS: Fire up IE and in the Address
field, type "http://localhost" and press Enter. If you get a Web
page or a dialog box asking you to enter your name, password, and
domain, then -- whoops -- You may be responsible for worm propagation.
It's a drag for two reasons. One is the worm that may be very harmful,
and second the Internet bandwidth it grabs could be quite large. Now,
you do not want to be responsible for either. I agree with Mark that
we all have a public responsibility to keep our systems up to date
and clean. Please forward this message to any colleagues you think
it might help. Educating everyone is step number one in this fight.
There are many tools around to scan for these worms, and utilities
to protect your networks. Here is a sampling of a few that may help:
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
Ballmer On XP
With Gates announcing XP in New York with the normal hoopla, Ballmer
was in London giving his viewpoints which actually are an interesting
view on how Microsoft thinks about it. Ballmer said that if you are
already deploying W2K you should stick with it: "Those people may push
off a Windows XP rollout to some time way in the future." Sane advice.
Here is the full article from InfoWorld that I think is worth at least
First XP Patches already available
And if you are deploying WinXP in your environment, the first patches
are already available via the Windows Update site. Paul Thurrott on
his WinInfo site has a good article about these updates. As you know,
MS counted on WinXP to be a consumer product with an easy way to get
new updates down to the user level. So it was to be expected that
MS is making a wide range of XP product updates available via the
Windows Update Web site.
Paul said that a MS spokesperson told him the other day: "One of the
advantages of Windows XP is its ability to be dynamically updated --
giving users updates without making them wait between service packs
or for the next version. Today's launch demonstrates this capability:
Even as the product is becoming available to users for the first time,
a variety of updates are already available."
There are hundreds of new XP certified device drivers, a new XP
compatibility update gives new XP users support for more than 40 new
apps, and XP users can update Windows Movie Maker to version 1.2, which
features a new, near DVD-quality movie resolution that offers better
compression and support for the Windows Media Video 8 (WMV 8) format.
Microsoft also updated its popular PowerToys. The full article is
THIRD PARTY NEWS
Powerful New Exchange Mailbox Management Tool Released
CAMEO Recon is an extremely powerful tool for Microsoft Exchange
that permits you to easily manage the content of user mailboxes in
a way that simple was not possible before.
CAMEO Recon allows you to can scan your entire Exchange Information
Store including all your users? folders (Inbox, Deleted Items, Sent
Items, Calendar, Notes, etc.) looking for matches you specify. That
can either be a directly entered word or phrase, or you can create
a detailed Critical Word List of up to 200 words and phrases.
Best of all, you can initiate actions on matches messages in mail
boxes and you can either delete these messages, or copy the message
for review , or strip off the attachment that was included with the
matched message or any combination. All actions are invisible to
Cameo Recon works with Exchange 5.5 or Exchange 2000. You can perform
Advanced policy operations but also on-demand searches to handle
unique problems. It searches the entire Information Store. This
means every folder in every mailbox: Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items,
Drafts and Deleted Items. CAMEO Recon even searches the Calendar,
Contacts, Journal, Notes, and Tasks. CAMEO Recon even searches any
user created subfolders.
Searching can be based upon an individual mailbox, a distribution
list, an organizational unit, a server, or the entire organization.
Any individual component of messages can be searched (To, From,
Subject, Body, Attachment Name, cc, etc.) or all components can be
searched. CAMEO Recon is licensed on a per-administrative console
and per mailbox basis.
You can already see the benefits of course. Cleaning out mailboxes
for a new virus that made it through the filter, yanking a disparaging
email that was sent to everyone by a fired employee, killing a chain
email letter that is being forwarded to everyone, you name it.
Performance is optimized yielding scans of 30,000 - 60,000 messages
per hour. CAMEO Recon was built with Visual Basic and Visual C++ in
additional to substantial use of Assembly Language for maximum
performance. If you are running Exchange, this is a utility you
really want in your toolkit, because you may never know when the
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This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
Marathon and Stratus have created Fault Tolerant W2K hardware. Here is
the Stratus story on how they did it. Warning, this is technical stuff:
ConnectedHome Magazine has a pretty cool Virtual Tour online:
This puppy runs Windows on Linux. By the guy who founded MP3.com:
There is a new version (V3.2) of the free MS hole scanner available:
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