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The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Thu, May 23, 2002 (Vol. 7, #41 - Issue #372)
SPAM In Your Organization
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • SPAM In Your Organization
    • When Is The New .NET Server Release Candidate Coming?
    • Running MS-Windows Powered Server Appliances?
    • Gartner To Microsoft Customers: "Plan Now"
    • PestPatrol Limited Time Offer Ends May 31-st!
    • What's New In The Latest L0phtCrack V4.0?
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • The MS 6.0 Licensing Report
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SPAM In Your Organization

It's becoming more and more of a nuisance. People are complaining more and more about it, especially residential users but it penetrates the enterprise as well. I personally get a lot of this stuff, varying from mortgage rate offers, diets, enlargement of (the wrong) body parts, you name it. Sunbelt has no company-wide anti-spam software in place, just virus protection, and we are interested to know how you guys are handling this, if at all. So here is the new SunPoll!

Q: We are handling Spam as follows:

  1. Nothing. The end user deletes them when they get these
  2. We have software that filters/quarantines/deletes at end-user level
  3. We have software that filters/quarantines/deletes at Mail Server level
  4. We have our ISP filter it out for us before it even gets here
  5. Other
If you indicated "Other", send me a Feedback-email with what you guys are doing? I'll report back in a coming issue.

Vote here at the Leftmost column:

Regarding the last Tape Technology SunPoll, here are the final results, with a very clear winner as well:

Q: Would You Buy Today?

  1. LTO - 24.13% - 441 votes
  2. DLT (and SuperDLT) 48.71% - 890 votes
  3. VXA (Mammoth) 4.7% - 86 votes
  4. AIT 11.71% - 214 votes
  5. DDS (4mm dat) 10.72% - 196 votes
And here is a tip from Eric Moyer that I thought was very worthwhile:

"Stu, thoughts on tape backup -- I voted for LTO in your survey, but I want to point out that no matter which one a person picks they should use it defensively. In the last 3 years we have had at least 3 DLT drives die, and at least 3 LTO drives die in the last year. Anyone really depending on tapes should have multiple drives available of each type. When we make an archive tape, we make 2 copies on different drives, switch the copies between drives for a test restore, and compare each restored copy on disk to the original."

Quote of the Day: Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.

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

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When Is The New .NET Server Release Candidate Coming?

Microsoft is closing in on a .Net Server release candidate. Once the last few persistent bugs are eradicated it'll be in the can. It will probably hit June 2002.

Running MS-Windows Powered Server Appliances?

Ever had a good look at the built-in Storage Manager? It's a stripped down version of Precise-WQuinn's StorageCentral for NAS, (which you can get at Sunbelt.) It's kind of similar to the defragger in W2K, it's bare bones and you need to upgrade if you want the real thing. So, here is the comparison!

  1. Real-Time Hard and Soft Quotas on Shares and Directories:
    SRM/NAS: YES -- Windows Storage Manager: YES
  2. File blocking by extension:
    SRM/NAS: YES -- Windows Storage Manager: YES
  3. Quota Thresholds per object:
    SRM/NAS: 5 -- Windows Storage Manager: 2
  4. Standard Reports:
    SRM/NAS: 35 -- Windows Storage Manager: 5
  5. Hard and Soft User Quotas:
    SRM/NAS: YES -- Windows Storage Manager: NO
  6. File Blocking By Header:
    SRM/NAS: YES -- Windows Storage Manager: NO
  7. Active Directory Integration:
    SRM/NAS: YES -- Windows Storage Manager: NO
  8. Active HTML Reports:
    SRM/NAS: YES -- Windows Storage Manager: NO
  9. Drilldown Reporting:
    SRM/NAS: YES -- Windows Storage Manager: NO
  10. Automatic Discovery:
    SRM/NAS: YES -- Windows Storage Manager: NO
  11. Capacity Planning and Trending:
    SRM/NAS: YES -- Windows Storage Manager: NO
So there you have it, and here is the real deal!

Gartner To Microsoft Customers: "Plan Now"

InfoWorld reported that research company Gartner has once again warned Microsoft enterprise customers to review their software licensing contracts or risk paying higher prices down the road as the software maker prepares to make its full switch to a new licensing program.

After July 31, a number of licensing plans available to bulk software customers that allowed them to pay discounted prices when upgrading their desktop and server software will be eliminated. In the place of those earlier plans, known as Licensing 5.0, comes a new program first unveiled nearly a year ago, called Licensing 6.0. Under that plan, customers must purchase a license called Software Assurance, which requires them to pay an up-front price for software and an additional fee each year that entitles them to software upgrades for the life of a contract.

For the full story:

For a complete report on how to get the best deal from Microsoft:

And what did the government of New Zealand negotiate with MS or Schools?


PestPatrol Limited Time Offer Ends May 31-st!

Readers of W2Knews and WinXPnews are able to get PestPatrol for the reduced price of just $19.95 for just a few days more, but then it will go up to the normal price again. So, if you are concerned about spyware, scumware, Remote Access Trojan backdoors, and other pests, this is the time to get your copy. This product is selling like hotcakes!

You may recently have downloaded an evaluation copy of PestPatrol, but the evaluation software only detects - it doesn't remove the malware it finds. You need to buy the full product to clean your PC. (You should be aware that simply deleting the files detected by PestPatrol is not a complete solution; it's very likely that your registry and .ini files will need to be repaired - not a task for the faint of heart!)

We're sure you don't want to leave these unwanted and potentially malicious programs on your system for any longer than is necessary. So, we've teamed up with our partner, PestPatrol, to offer PestPatrol evaluators the opportunity to purchase the full product at just $19.95 - a 35% saving over the regular price.

But you need to act soon. This special price is only available until May 31 2002. At midnight Florida time on that date, the price returns to $29.95. So don't hesitate. Pop down to the Sunbelt Online Shop today and give your PC the PestPatrol treatment.

What's New In The Latest L0phtCrack V4.0?

LC4 adds numerous enhancements its V3.0 version, and still is only $350 for an Administrator License on the Sunbelt Online Shop:

  • Updated GUI
    The user interface has been improved, and now provides more information during cracking, such as the total number of passwords audited vs. the total number unaudited.
  • Improved Password session management
    LC4 now supports sorting on column headings, making it easier to group data. For example, sorting by audit method allows an administrator to quickly identify users whose passwords do not meet minimum security requirements, such as dictionary words or passwords that are susceptible to a minimal brute-force audit.
  • Improved Export Capabilities
    LC4 provides more flexibility when exporting session information. Sessions can now export based on the currently visible columns. Also, password files can be exported and used in future dictionary attacks to ensure that your users are not reusing passwords.
  • Improved dictionary support
    LC4 now supports multiple dictionaries for a single session; this allows the flexibility of specifying custom dictionaries for cracking sessions. Combining the multiple dictionary capability with the ability to export audited password files creates some very powerful possibilities.
  • Improved SYSKEY notification
    SYSKEY strongly encrypts password files in order to prevent brute force attacks and is installed by default on Windows 2000 and XP machines. This sometimes presents challenges when auditing passwords because SYSKEY-encrypted password files look identical to their unencrypted counterparts, yet cracking them is not possible by today's computing standards. LC4 mitigates this problem by warning administrators that they may be attempting to download SYSKEY-encrypted password files, potentially saving days or weeks of wasted time and effort.
  • Auditing improvements
    A number of cracking improvements have been made to increase power and flexibility. For example, the hybrid cracking method has been expanded to support prepending characters to dictionary words as well as performing common letter substitutions. This makes all existing dictionary files even more powerful.
Get your copy here:

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

  • Tracking down a suspect email? Need to know what IP Address is in which country? Here is the first somewhat comprehensive worldwide list!

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020523FA-Suspect_Email
  • Sony CD-Copy Protection Cracked. Magic Marker Indeed!

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020523FA-Sony_Cracked
  • The future of cooling chips: super efficient.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020523FA-Cooling_Chips
  • Plasma Sabers and other very cool gadgets.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020523FA-Cool_Gadgets

    The MS 6.0 Licensing Report

    This easy-to-read report provides your business, you and purchasing agents with the latest information you'll need to make an informed decision on when and whether to migrate to the upcoming Licensing 6.0 Program and save (tens of) thousands in licensing fees. This report actually gets you the negotiating tools in your hands which will get you a better deal from Microsoft. It will get you the ammo to come prepared to the negotiating table and walk away with the knowledge you got the best deal from Microsoft you could get. So, is that worth a few hundred bucks? We think so. Buy here: