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Mon, Jul 22, 2002 (Vol. 7, #51 - Issue #382)
New Security Baseline Standard
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- MS Avoids Tech Gloom - Announces .NET Architecture Center
- TECH BRIEFING
- Need To Scan For Holes In Windows and Unix/Linux?
- Win2000/NT Essentials: AD, Exchange, .NET and more
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- New Security Baseline Standard For W2K WS
- Active Directory "Light" Version
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Print Manager Plus (PMP) Slashes Network Printing Costs
- Dirt Cheap Special: QuotaAdvisor 5-pack for $2,495
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Configuring IPv6 for CISCO IOS
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MS Avoids Tech Gloom - Announces .NET Architecture Center
Redmond provides a sliver of hope in the current tech carnage as
they said the revenues grew 10% in their fiscal Q4, and 12% for
their fiscal year that just ended. Expect the stock price to go
up again as investors flee to the few safe spaces left in this
market. Revenues were coming mainly out of core desktop-software
products, Server-related software, XBOX titles and MSN.
The new MS 6.0 licensing plan has definitely helped with these
new figures. Total revenues rose from 25 to 28 Billion year over
year. A slight improvement in the PC industry and the strong
position MS has, allow it to make money even in tough times.
They have also created a center to evangelize the new .NET stuff.
It's an Architecture Center that gives developers online resources
that cover building blocks and operational best practices to build
secure and strong apps. You can find it over here:
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Need To Scan For Holes In Windows and Unix/Linux?
Well, many people do not know this, so here is a little tech
briefing on a product that actually does this.
Retina runs on Windows NT/2000 and XP platforms, but, unlike other
scanners, it is not limited to scanning only Windows networks. In
fact, Retina has the ability to scan all types of operating systems
for vulnerabilities, including Unix-based operating systems (Solaris,
Linux, *BSD, etc.) as well as networked devices (such as routers and
firewalls) that run "home-grown" operating systems. Retina includes
vulnerability auditing modules for many systems and services such
as NetBIOS, HTTP, CGI and WinCGI, FTP, DNS, DoS vulnerabilities,
POP3, SMTP, LDAP, TCP/IP, UDP, Registry, Services, Users and Accounts,
password vulnerabilities, publishing extensions, and more. Retina
also supports the auditing of wireless networks.
Retina currently has more than a 100 checks that are Unix specific.
These include audits for multiple Sendmail vulnerabilities, as well
as for SSH, Apache, and other stock and optional packages which users
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Win2000/NT Essentials: AD, Exchange, .NET and more
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NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
New Security Baseline Standard For W2K WS
A bunch of U.S. government organizations and security companies have
put together a set of criteria that they think is the absolute minimum
security level. The outfit that publishes these is called the Center
for Internet Security. They recently wrapped up the W2K WS platform.
CIS put together about 500 tests, which you can run on any box and
will show you if that machine complies with the minimum security
baseline. They hope to make their customers run this and create a
"security barrier" for themselves and their business partners.
More platforms will be announced in the future, like the Cisco IOS.
You can download the analysis tool over here:
Active Directory "Light" Version
Well, well. MS will start selling AD separately from Windows. It will
of course stay part of the OS, but will be available next year as
'Active Directory in Application Mode'. It's the LDAP flavor of AD,
and it is tailored for webapps. With this puppy you do not have to
go through the hassle of building a whole server, make it a domain
controller and services like Kerberos, DNS or PKI.
And believe it or not, the AD in APP mode can be synched up with AD
on your LAN. For obvious reasons [grin] it will not run on other OS-en
but only supports Win .NET server or WinXP Pro. (nice gesture from
MS for developers). Competitive products from Novell and SUN will
start feeling the heat now. And in APP mode will become available
30 days after Win .NET server will be released. And we expect that
one before the end of the year.
Another juicy tidbit is that MS said it is inevitable they will merge
their directory and database to form a 'universal data store'. Early
next year we will see Microsoft Metadirectory Services (MMS) as the
first iteration of this concept. MS sees the future as AD and SQL
being ONE. Better put your seatbelts on.
THIRD PARTY NEWS
Print Manager Plus (PMP) Slashes Network Printing Costs
The PMP developer announced that they received Windows XP Logo
Certification. Additionally, a new suite of reports has been
added to the award winning product, including key reports which
show the total cost of printing/savings in detail. These reports
are vital in helping reduce the cost of printing that has gone up
wildly over the last few years.
Print Manager Plus 4.0 audits and reduces the cost of printing in
the corporate, government and education markets. Version 4.0 is
a major upgrade of this tracking, accounting, and quota setting
software for enterprise printing. Print Manager Plus supports
printing from most operating systems through a Windows print
server or workstation.
Gartner calculates the cost of acquiring a printer is only 20% of
the total cost involved. 70% of companies are unaware of their
printing costs because they don?t have a means to effectively
audit these costs. Print Manager Plus creates a detailed audit
trail of the cost of printing so these costs can be reduced.
PMP lets you enter a different page cost per printer (such as for
more expensive color printers) and account for exact printing costs
per user or printer. The interface contains built-in reports
showing how many pages each user or printer printed over specific
time periods and the actual cost.
You can customize report and can print or export them to most
accounting databases or billing systems. Print Manager Plus supports
SQL, Access, and ODBC compliant databases. One can limit job sizes
by user to a specified number of pages. Printing jobs can be
restricted based on file type, application, or by key words in the
Print Manager Plus installs in seconds on a print server. In an
average organization of 1,000, it pays for itself in saved paper
and toner every ten days. It includes an e-Update function that
automatically downloads upgrades and updates as they are released.
Print Manager Plus is used in organizations around the world. The
previous version 2.8 won the year 2001 W2K News Target Award for
#1 Print Management Product of the Year. Customers of PMP include
Yale University, University of California, New York University,
CNN, NASA, Microsoft and more.
Pricing and Availability
Print Manager Plus 4.0 is licensed per print server. One license
including annual maintenance is $795.00. Academic pricing is
steeply discounted. More information and a fully functional trial
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This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
Tiny Remote control desktop cars: how they enhance office productivity.
I want one!
Interesting utility. Software tools to test CD-ROM drives! 14 day eval
period. Check it out...
Check your Outlook or Outlook Express from anywhere on the planet. Free.
You can't make this stuff up. Rinkworks.com presents warning labels you
may need. A riot, how stupid do they think people really are?
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Configuring IPv6 for CISCO IOS
IPv6 offers many advantages over IPv4 including larger address space,
hierarchical addressing, security, and mobility. IPv6 will eventually
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IPv6 to next-generation wireless networks is already under way.
Configuring IPv6 for Cisco IOS reviews the IPv6 architecture and
features while focusing on the practical aspects of IPv6 implementation,
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