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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Thu, Jan 10, 2002 (Vol. 7, #3 - Issue #334)
New Year, New Tools
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • New Year, New Tools
    • The Ten Immutable Laws of Security
    • Symantec Responds About pcAnywhere Encryption Hole
    • New Transcender Certs For Novell Certification Released
    • Gates In Las Vegas - Opens Windows To Wireless
    • New Year, New Tools
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • Consumer's Guide to Cell Phones & Wireless Service
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New Year, New Tools

Hi All,

In this issue we're presenting 4 new products we got on the Sunbelt website in the last few weeks. And more will follow shortly. It's a new budget season, so here's your start with a bunch of fresh, powerful, newly designed and time saving tools. See the NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS section.

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman (email me with feedback: [email protected])

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The Ten Immutable Laws of Security

I have talked about this last year, but it does not hurt to repeat it many times over. Security really is a headache that we need to confront and handle. It's our part of homeland defense to a certain extent. And that is true for all countries in the world.

The Microsoft security center investigates thousands of security reports every year. Out of these, 10 immutable laws of security filtered out. They wrote them up and explained them in more detail on their website. Here they are:

Law #1: If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it?s not your computer anymore.

Law #2: If a bad guy can alter the operating system on your computer, it?s not your computer anymore.

Law #3: If a bad guy has unrestricted physical access to your computer, it?s not your computer anymore.

Law #4: If you allow a bad guy to upload programs to your web site, it?s not your web site any more.

Law #5: Weak passwords trump strong security.

Law #6: A machine is only as secure as the administrator is trustworthy.

Law #7: Encrypted data is only as secure as the decryption key.

Law #8: An out of date virus scanner is only marginally better than no virus scanner at all.

Law #9: Absolute anonymity isn't practical, in real life or on the web.

Law #10: Technology is not a panacea (cure for everything).

I would read these over about three times, and have your current domains in mind. Then click on the link below and read the detailed explanations for each law. It's an important reminder!


Symantec Responds About pcAnywhere Encryption Hole

A spokesperson sent me this about the allegations it can be broken: "pcAnywhere supports three types of encryption: public key, symmetric, and pcAnywhere. The scheme referred to in the commentary written by Pirates Mag is "pcAnywhere encryption". Symantec openly communicates on its web site and in product documentation that "pcAnywhere encryption" is available for those users who do not have access to a cryptographic service provider. The pcAnywhere encryption level is designed to prevent someone from immediately reading the pcAnywhere data stream. The Symantec web site further states that if the data stream is captured, a crypto-grapher could easily break the encryption. Go to:

"The differences between the varying encryption levels in pcAnywhere has always been communicated to our customers. Symantec recommends that customers who desire a higher level of encryption and who have access to a cryptographic service provider use either the symmetric or public key encryption options. If any pcAnywhere customer has concerns about the security of their pcAnywhere settings, they should feel free to contact our technical support for assistance".

So they basically say yes, it's a feature and not a bug. OK, so now we know. If you are looking for remote control software especially designed by "system admins - for system admins" and with very robust encryption already built in, check out the Remote Admin product. It's dirt cheap compared to the other tools out there. Free trial at:

New Transcender Certs For Novell Certification Released

Nashville, Tenn. - Transcender LLC has released five new products for Novell certification, NWCert/Advanced 5.1 (exam 50-654), NWCert/Support 5.1 (exam 50-658), NWCert/Design 5.1 (exam 50-659), NWCert/TCP/IP 5.0 (exam 50-649) and NWCert/Tech 5.1 (exam 50-632). Single-user licenses for each product are available for $149, or licenses for all five can be purchased in a Pak.

"Transcender has already developed a product, NWCert/Admin 5.1, to help individuals earn their Certified Novell Administrator (CNA) designations. By developing these additional products, we wanted to provide CNAs -- and anyone else seeking the Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) designation -- with even more products that will enable them to achieve their goals," says Kelly Mansfield, product manager.

NWCert/Advanced 5.1, NWCert/Support 5.1, NWCert/Design 5.1, NWCert/TCP /IP 5.0 and NWCert/Tech 5.1 help you prepare for three CNE tracks, including the NetWare 5 track, the IntraNetWare track and the GroupWise 5 track. All five products are components of Transcender's NW 5 Core Pak and NW 5 Select Pak. Both products also have Transcender's Money-Back-If-You-Don't-Pass Guarantee. More at:

Gates In Las Vegas - Opens Windows To Wireless

The MS Chief Software Wiz demonstrated wireless devices talk to and even control PCs. He also showed smart displays that can be pulled off computers but remain in control. Full article on the WIRED website. Recommended reading! Especially if you are interested in controlling your servers remotely. See the two new products below.


New Year, New Tools

We have 4 New products to start off the New Year

  1. Sonic Admin
    SonicAdmin is a complete network and server administration utility that allows you as a system administrator and/or help desk support technician to diagnose and repair mission critical server and network problems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from handheld wireless devices. Ideally you want to run this from a Pocket PC 2002 type device. Very cool.

    And here is a pretty good review why the Pocket PC 2002 beats Palm devices hands down, especially if you are a system admin.

  2. StarAdmin
    StarAdmin gives you the ability to monitor and manage your servers and networks remotely, using a web-enabled wireless phone, PDA (PocketPC/Palm) or two-way pager (RIM/Blackberry). Quite useful if you are moving a lot.

  3. Prism Pack
    Prism Pack packages any software for deployment to any PC or laptop anywhere in your networks, worldwide. Prism Pack revolutionizes software packaging by making it fast, easy and - above all else reliable. No more complicated scripting, this puppy is a relief. Great if you already use SMS, Tivoli or another large deployment environment but spend way too much time scripting, testing and debugging.

  4. Prism Deploy
    Need a smooth software deployment solution that really works? Prism Deploy installs and updates software on every local, mobile and remote PC or laptop across your entire organization starting right now.

    Unlike other software deployment solutions, Prism Deploy is easy to learn and use, is 100% reliable and delivers a return on investment in just one or two uses. With Prism Deploy, you can finally get software from shrink wrap to desktop in less than a week, even a single day ? quickly, reliably, easily. Really.

    Product Features
    Prism Deploy installs and updates software on any PC or laptop throughout your entire organization today. Featuring Lanovation's award-winning software packaging technology an all-new Deployment Console and Conflict Checker Professional, Prism Deploy is software deployment as it should be. Prism Deploy includes all the features found in Prism Pack. Prism Deploy's Key Features are listed below:

    • Powerful Deployment Console Drag and drop Installation tasks onto computers or groups of computers no matter where they are.
    • Automatic Client Installation Automatically push Prism Deploy's Client to PCs throughout your entire organization.
    • Centralized Distribution Reports Receive immediate feedback on the status of your deployments including detailed alerts.
    • Point or Targeted Deployments Target PCs or groups of PCs for immediate update, deployment or repair.
    • Easiest Package Creation Simply click "next" and Prism Deploy builds a Package for you. You never have to write or edit complicated scripts.
    • Unparalleled Reliability Customer feedback shows Prism Deploy is reliable 99.999% of the time when installing software on and updating PCs.
    • Immediate Return on Investment With a short learning curve and high reliability levels, Prism Deploy pays for itself in just one or two rollouts.
    • Mobile and Remote PC Support Keep your mobile and remote workforce updated with Prism Deploy's advanced Internet deployment tools.
    • Self Healing Capabilities: When Prism Deploy fixes software it only fixes what is broken making it fast and bandwidth efficient for self-healing applications.
    • "Managing Diversity" Referred to by the Gartner Group as "managed diversity", Prism Deploy is designed to work in a mixed or heterogeneous environment.
    • Conflict Checker Professional Prevent "DLL Hell". With Conflict Checker you can evaluate Prism files for conflicts in the files and the registry PRE-deployment.
    • Windows 2000 & XP Complement Fill in the gaps Intellimirror, Active Directory and Windows Installer leave with Prism Deploy's: deployment capabilities, centralized reporting and support for legacy applications.

    Product Benefits
    Prism Deploy combines Lanovation's award-winning packaging technology with an all-new Deployment Console and Conflict Checker Professional. It's a true best-of-breed software distribution solution that makes it easy to install new software and update every local, mobile and remote PC across your entire company today. Free Trial Here:


This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

  • Good article about using AUDITPOL to change security audit settings immediately.
    http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020110FA-Audit Pol
  • Toshiba has developed a rewritable optical disc with a capacity of 30GB per layer, per side, and it's just as big as a DVD. 3 hours of HighDef TV!
  • The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has a bunch of new goodies. Here is a selection by an editor of InfoWorld.
  • General Motors unveiled a radically new Concept Car with fuel cell design.

    Consumer's Guide to Cell Phones & Wireless Service

    Now, why a book like this that has nothing to do with NT/W2K? Many of you are going to a PDA/Cell phone combo this year, and need a new services plan. I have found this book to be very useful, as it can save you dozens of dollars per month. It was written by the people that created the getconnected.com site. Here is their pitch:

    Consumers are paying between 50% and 500% too much every month for the services that keep them in touch, in tune, and informed. Why would anyone pay $.30 per minute for long distance when they could pay just $.05? The answer is because there has not been a good way to determine the correct services based on the way YOU use your wireless phone. You will learn how to choose:

    • a wireless phone and service
    • the right roaming options
    • the best accessories
    • between local, regional, and national plans
    And you will learn what questions to ask:
    • Who has the best quality of service?
    • What types of special deals and promotions are available?
    • What services are available to me?
    • What services can I get from third parties?
    Check it out over at Amazon.com: