WebCast: Learn Why LanHound Wins Product Of Year Award!
Here is what the SearchWin2000 site wrote about it: "Our Silver
Award winner for Network/Systems Management, LanHound, scored
highest of all products in this category for value. The low-priced network monitoring solution also scored well in ease of
use and ease of integration.
At practically half the price of comparable products, "LanHound
is a good low-cost, low-overhead alternative to other network
monitors that doesn't sacrifice much of anything that I could
see in the feature set," said one of our judges.
LanHound troubleshoots network problems and monitors network
activity through its traffic views, packet capture and packet
decoding features. It also supports switched segments through
its remote agents. The product supports Windows 98, NT, 2000 and
XP. Because total disk space required is less than 10 MB, many
customers use LanHound as a convenient "portable" solution for
analyzing networks in the field, using their notebook PCs.
LanHound pricing starts at $595, with three free remote agents
included. Additional agents are $149 each.
Learn about the affordable network and protocol analyzer -
LanHound! You will see the most used features in action and
immediately see how you can troubleshoot your network. Speakers
will be Alex Eckelberry, President and Greg Kras, CTO with
Time: Tuesday, 3 Feb 2004, 1:00 PM EST
Call in at the numbers below and enter code 104764:
New iHateSpam Server 1.5: A Customer Experience
Jay Griffin sent us this, and I might add, it was unsolicited.
"I honestly didn't think I could love IHS SE any more, but
version 1.5.178 is INCREDIBLE. We started with iHateSpam for
Outlook and it was great. Huge improvement over the Outlook
Junk Rules we were trying to use. We moved to the Server Edition
when it became available. It has been wonderful -- consistently
filtering 80-90% of SPAM.
"Still, with version 1.1 I was receiving on average 30 SPAM
messages into my inbox per day. Since upgrading to 1.5.178 I am
averaging ONE SPAM per day in my inbox. Unbelievable improvement.
After 1 week and having over 1,500 messages quarantined I have
found 1 false positive. And when I looked at that message I could
understand why it was quarantined -- I wouldn't even consider it
a false positive. It had the criteria of SPAM, it just so happens
I wanted to keep it so I just added them to my Whitelist for any
future messages from this sender.
"Also -- Love the Outlook forms for Whitelist and Blacklist.
Automatically updating the definitions is another great addition.
FYI, I had set the spam threshold for version 1.1.110 at 65.
For version 1.5.178 it is 110. Some users don't like it that
aggressive, so I setup 2 other policies which I called Medium
Aggressive (150) and Low Aggressive (200) -- most users have
opted for the High (110) or the Medium. Thanks for a tremendous
product!" -- Jay Griffin.
Run MS-Exchange? Get the best selling anti-spam tool 30-days for
free on your own server. More than 2,500 Exchange admins can't be
Gates: "Spam Gone In Two Years." Yeah, sure.
BillG promised in Switzerland last week that spam will have
disappeared within two years. He was speaking at a late-night
session of the World Economic Forum. I guess he was jet-lagged.
Gates stated MS was working on three ways to keep spam out of
Methods one and two would have computers reply automatically
to any e-mail messages from senders not known to that computer
(not in the address book) with a request to solve a problem that
could be handled by a person but not by a computer. This is the
'challenge-response' method, which most people think is a
headache. The problem could be visual or computational, but
having to reply would presumably deter those who send out
millions of junk e-mail messages. Hmmm. Double the work to send
an email? I don't think so.
The third option, likely to arrive later according to Gates,
would require that e-mail messages sent by strangers come with
postage attached, the equivalent of a postage stamp. "If the
sender is your long-lost brother," he said, the payment can be
declined, so no cost for the sender. Recipients who want to fight
spam would of course accept the payment, and that makes sending
Well, I hope it will work but I'll believe it when I see it.
I'll bet BillG a billion bucks that spam is not eliminated in
2006. In the same interview, Gates indicated that his predictions
do not always come true. I guess he's not going to take that bet.
Too bad. [grin]
Patching Policies and Procedures
Microsoft's new patch release cycle requires adaptation from
admins: you still need to establish a methodology to inventory
and install patches.
Microsoft wisely created a new patch release cycle last November
to mitigate the amount of emergency software deployments you
have to undertake, making new hotfixes available for download
on the second Tuesday of every month versus weekly. This change
followed Redmond's alteration of its rating system, adding an
"important" category to better measure the required urgency level
of each patch release.
While these improvements lighten some of your load, it still
requires you to develop a methodology to inventory and install
patches across your systems with high accuracy and speed. The
root problems continue - networks must preserve their security
integrity in accordance with established policies. The execution
of this strategy still rests with... you.
As such, third-party patch management solutions like UpdateEXPERT
remain a critical asset for organizations to reduce the time and
effort to safely deploy hotfixes, while helping you comply with
security policies. UpdateEXPERT offers you the added benefit
of independently validating patch effectiveness as well as
related patch histories and co-dependencies. More info and eval
Quest Software Buys Aelita
Quest Software Inc. announced they will acquire privately-held
Aelita Software for $115 million, in a deal announced by the
companies late Wednesday. This deal creates a company with a
deep set of Active Directory and Windows-specific migration
and management technologies. They expect to close the deal in
Aelita raised $10-million in a first round of funding from
Insight Venture Partners in November 2002. Quest plans to keep
the majority or all of Aelita's 400 employees (of which about
250 are Russian developers), as well as their Ohio office.
Aelita president and CEO Ratmir Timashev will become head of
Quest's Microsoft infrastructure management group.
With gobbling up Aelita, Quest Software adds to its sizable
line-up which includes more than 70 products in three main
categories: 1) database management, 2) application performance
management and 3) Microsoft infrastructure. This third category
splits out in Windows/Active Directory management, Exchange
management, migration and file server consolidation.