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Mon, Aug 19, 2002 (Vol. 7, #57 - Issue #388)
New Stuff in .NET Server
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • Vote For Target Awards
    • New Stuff in .NET Server You May Not Know About
    • How To Stay Connected On A DHCP XP Pro Laptop
    • Selling Security To Upper Management
    • Need Some Help From Your Peers?
    • The DDos Liability Threat
    • Corporations and End-Users REALLY Like iHateSpam
    • Automating Administrative Tasks with OpalisRobot
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • Introducing Microsoft .NET
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New Stuff in .NET Server You May Not Know About

So, MS is of course hyping all the new security features in .NET, but there actually are a few other bits and pieces that got a boost. These are improvements in the areas of terminal and media services, storage, active directory and windows services.

To start with, the new Terminal Service gets you twice the max amount of sessions, and it does not have to reauthenticate for automatic reconnects of dropped sessions: faster! It also allows remote admins to connect to the server console: cool.

Windows Media is being completely restructured on all its layers: The API, the player and the Server. There is new functionality like real-time management of live events, but on the end-user level things like "instant start" (no delays caused by buffering) and content that you are not able to skip are nice. Server side they have added scripts to allow playback.

Active Directory in .NET is more powerful too. .NET server can now replicate up to 5,000 servers instead of the old limitation of 200. You can also finally rename domains and redefine your schema without having to rebuild the whole darn thing. And, you can now establish two-way trusts between two AD top-level domains (AD Forests). Believe me, this is all G O O D.

The defrag application is growing up and is now scriptable, much faster and includes the option to defrag the MFT (Master File Table). This feature was only found before in third party tools. And talking about storage, they have included a new Shadow Copy feature (acquired from a third party vendor) that takes a point-in-time snapshot of a volume that you can back up and restore, and if you want, to another machine. And you can virtiualize networked file services which is quite handy in the SAN and NAS environments.

Last but not least, they rejiggered their API's for Backup and RAID so they are consistent across hardware implementations. All in all it looks like they listened to system admin feedback to some degree. These above features definitely get a "thumbs up".


How To Stay Connected On A DHCP XP Pro Laptop

OK so you have an XP Pro computer, and you want to use remote access but you have a DHCP connection. My IP address changes every day on roadrunner. If I were on the road for a day or two at Tech Ed 2003 or the MEC and left my box running I wouldn't be able to get to it.

There are dynamic DNS services you can pay for to keep your IP address known and pointed to a domain...but that costs money, and all I need is x.x.x.x IP address of MY box.

If you have a Geocities website or some other known web address that you can upload to, as it is YOUR website, you can use THIS script to keep track of your DHCP address so that you can terminal server to your box:

Selling Security To Upper Management

The SearchWin2000 site has a good article about this. The lack of buy-in from upper management on information security initiatives is one of the greatest threats to your information systems and a very difficult obstacle to overcome. The trick is getting upper management to understand why they need to be bothered with all of this. Here are some tips to help you with the struggle to educate and convince management about the importance of your security proposals. CLICK for the full tip...


Need Some Help From Your Peers?

Need Help? Our forums are great and you can preview them right now. Sign up and use the newsreader interface. Sign up here and set your mail preferences to NO MAIL when you subscribe. Then plug this into your favorite newsreader (I use OE and it works well) click here:

It will download the available lists and you can post to the list and read them without them filling up your inbox. You have to use the email address that you used to subscribe in the properties of your news account, if you want to post via your news reader. Even if you do not subscribe right away, take a look via the newsreader interface, to see if you would be able to use it. You can still read posts from others.

The only thing with mailing lists is you ALREADY get too much email, but these are great lists for solving problems. So we made it so you can subscribe, but then read it in a newsreader. Go here and subscribe to the list you want: NTSYSADMIN, Exchange, Winxp, Disaster Recovery, Active Directory Issues, Windows Security, SQL and the like. These are not SALES lists, they are for admins helping admins solving problems, asking questions etc. Like a newsgroup but without all the off topic and inappropriate content. Here is the list:

The DDos Liability Threat

Last week, we wrote that "the body of case law relating to the responsibility of companies to ensure that their computers cannot be unwittingly used in a DDoS attack is growing." You must use due diligence to ensure that hackers cannot use your company's resources to attack others, or you might be held liable.

Distributed Denial of Service, aka DDoS or flooding, is for real. It works by taking over machines (even, perhaps, yours) as unwitting relay points which magnify the attack and hide the origin. I've seen estimates that more than 4000 attacks are directed against enterprise networks and websites each week -- just last month FoxNews, ESPN, ABCNews and theweatherchannel were shut down by highly effective attacks.

Now hear this. I just learned of a simple approach that came out of some Defense-funded work. Imagine operating a real-time, visual control center...watching attacks as they develop...effectively shutting them down...and ensuring no machine in your network becomes a relay point or "zombie". And it doesn't take vast resources to implement.

The developer has formed an Advisory Panel for help and counsel in bringing this approach to market. I'm in! Join me now to help build a powerful DDoS Attack Center for the enterprise network manager. Yes, it's good for discounts and freebies too... The time to solve this new challenge is now. Join the effort by applying here today. I'll see you on the Panel!

Corporations and End-Users REALLY Like iHateSpam

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Automating Administrative Tasks with OpalisRobot

OpalisRobot is a task automation solution. Its unique combination of scheduling, monitoring and automation provide IT professionals with the tools to automate IT operations. It can detect and correct system errors as well as automate IT job processes. OpalisRobot compliments virtually any type of server to improve availability and performance of business critical operations.

This informative pdf serves to provide a comprehensive look at how OpalisRobot helps administrators automate routine tasks. It will examine some common administrative chores and will focus on how to apply the task automation capabilities of OpalisRobot to help accomplish them.


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

  • Entirely useless, time wasting, mystery, entertaining "Internet Big Button"

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020819FA-BigButton
  • The Microsoft Script Center. This site rocks!

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020819FA-Script_Center
  • Learn about computer virus myths, hoaxes, urban legends, hysteria, and the implications if you believe in them. You can also search a list of computer virus hoaxes & virus hysteria from A to Z

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020819FA-Myths
  • Linux feels the corporate love. Execs from Amazon and Google are gushing.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020819FA-Linux
  • The most popular comparison-shop site is now affiliated with W2Knews!

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020819FA-PriceGrabber

    Introducing Microsoft .NET

    What problems does Microsoft .NET solve? What architectural approaches does it take to solve them? How do you start using .NET-and how do you profit from it? Get the answers to these questions and more in this entertaining, no-nonsense .NET walkthrough. The author, a well-known computer-science instructor at Harvard, covers a single topic from the top down so readers can choose how deep they want to go. Thoroughly updated and featuring five new chapters plus a new chapter available on the Web, this is the first book to read about the innovative .NET development platform.