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Mon, Mar 22, 2004 (Vol. 9, #12 - Issue #468)
Your Choice Between Windows And Linux
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- Gartner: "Only 10 spam Filters Left At End 2004"
- Visit Tech.Ed in San Diego!
- Vote For Your Fave Tools
- TECH BRIEFING
- Redmond Offers Update CD At No Charge
- News From Microsoft Management Summit 2004
- Ask the Expert: Exchange migration
- WMI Script To Clean Up Worms And Virus Registry Keys
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- Your Choice Between Windows And Linux
- So, How Reliable Is Tape Backup REALLY?
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- SNSI Adds More Vulnerability Checks
- Fighting Spam The Wright Way; CAN-SPAM Bill Gets Low Marks
- Why "Loss Leader" Printers Are IT Budget Hogs
- Office XP Service Pack 3 Breaks Spam Filters (ours too)
- Panda's WebAdmin Offers You Anywhere Access
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
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Gartner: "Only 10 spam Filters Left At End 2004"
Gartner says the enterprise spam-filtering industry will
experience a dramatic vendor consolidation through the first
quarter of 2005. Gartner estimates that of the approximately 40
vendors currently offering spam-filtering products or services
for enterprise customers, fewer than 10 will be operating by the
end of this year.
They observe it is an immature industry because of rapid changes
in market dynamics. In part, Gartner analysts concluded, this is
because many vendors have been unable to deliver best-of-breed
functionality that is needed to fight spam. Those that do
typically are small, new companies with a limited track record.
Meanwhile, established vendors in markets such as antivirus, Web
filtering or firewall are investing in spam-filtering, but so far
have not met enterprise requirements.
"If the spam-filtering solution requires a team of administrators
or heavy end-user involvement to administer and update, then it's
not practical either. The strength of a spam-filtering vendor's
solutions detection and management functionalities is the most
important factor to consider when choosing a vendor." said
Arabella Hallawell, research director at Gartner.
Gartner clients report that 60 to 75 percent of incoming e-mail
is spam. Once a nuisance and storage-cost drain, spam is now a
major transmitter of malicious code and fraud. "Companies must
consider a vendor's core business fundamentals," Hallawell said.
"A quality installed base also indicates sufficient strength to
mitigate short-term vendor risks."
Music to our ears. iHateSpam Server is the best selling anti-spam
solution for Exchange out there with now well over 2,700
enterprise licenses installed, from a company with a 20-year
track record in system management tools, with strong financials.
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Visit Tech.Ed in San Diego!
We hope you're planning to join us at Tech*Ed 2004, Microsoft's
most comprehensive technical training event. Join thousands of
your peers at the San Diego Convention Center, where you'll:
- Hear Keynote Speaker Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO: Also confirmed are many other Guru speakers.
- Drill down into track-specific content on topics such as Windows Infrastructure, Security, Management and Operations, Messaging and more. Plus, get answers to your toughest technical questions from speakers and industry experts.
- Preview New Technology: The Tech?Ed 2004 Exhibit Hall will feature hundreds of new products from Microsoft and its partners. Be the first to demo new products.
- Use the new Attendee Networking System and get a Free Tech?Ed 2004 Conference DVD. This set, previously sold for $195, includes streaming media files of all breakout sessions, sample code, demo files, and that's just for starters.
- Enjoy the Tech?Ed 2004 Attendee Party at SeaWorld (May 27, 2004): Here's your chance to get to know your colleagues while roving the park without the crowds. Enjoy private shows and count on plenty of great food and drink, games, and prizes.
Vote For Your Fave Tools
There are a couple of very close races going on! Let your voice
be heard in the 2004 W2Knews Target Awards:
Quote of the Week:
"[(REJECT)] If you do not receive this mail. Please click above
reject button" --literal copy and paste from a Korean spam I
got this week. Quite entertaining.
UNDO Dept. The fave link to www.go-l.com last week was put in
there without knowing this company's marketing is on the "very
creative." side. Caveat emptor.
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
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Redmond Offers Update CD At No Charge
Microsoft is offering an update CD for Windows 98, 98Se, Me,
2000, and XP with all the security updates through October 2003.
Nice to have if you need to apply patches to a new installation,
or if you have to reformat and rebuild from scratch. You can
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News From Microsoft Management Summit 2004
What does Microsoft senior VP Bob Muglia have to say about SUS?
What is Microsoft's vision for its management software? For the
answers to these questions -- and for the latest news from
Microsoft Management Summit 2004 -- check out SearchWin2000.com's
Ask the Expert: Exchange migration
If you are planning to move off Exchange 5.5 this year, be sure
to check out SearchExchange.com's answers to common migration
questions from Lee Benjamin, head of the Boston Exchange Server
User Group. Benjamin, who has more than 20 years in the messaging
industry (including a six-year stint at Microsoft), fields queries
ranging from moving mailboxes in Active Directory to renaming
your Exchange server.
WMI Script To Clean Up Worms And Virus Registry Keys
This handy WMI script can be called from your login scripts to
clean up the viruses that write to the windows registry Run key.
Of course, you may want to add a Reg backup line to backup the
registry first. This is an example with the most recent Netsky.D
worm, which was a recent category 4. (Requires free membership.)
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
Your Choice Between Windows And Linux
A few weeks ago, W2Knews subscribers filled out a very
interesting survey of the Yankee Group and W2Knews about the
total cost of ownership, comparing Windows to Linux. Here is the
promised Linux Windows Unix TCO Executive Summary by Laura Didio,
Senior Analyst, the Yankee Group.
"Does Linux deliver significantly better performance,
reliability, manageability and ultimately lower Total Cost of
Ownership (TCO) and faster Return on Investment (ROI) than the
rival Windows and Unix operating system platforms?
Approximately 1,000 of you responded to our survey on those
questions. And you answered: Yes. And No.
Yes, corporate customers report Linux does indeed provide
businesses with excellent performance, reliability, ease of
use and security. No, hype notwithstanding, Linux' technical
merits while first-rate, are equivalent but for the most part,
not superior to Unix and Windows Server 2003.
And in large enterprises, a significant Linux deployment or
total switch from Windows to Linux, would be three to four
times more expensive and take three times as long to deploy
as an upgrade from one version of Windows to newer Windows
The instances where Linux imparts measurably improved TCO
compared with Unix and Windows are in small firms with
customized vertical applications or "Greenfield" networking
The most surprising survey revelation: 90% of the 300 large
enterprises with 10,000+ end users indicated that a significant
or total switch from Windows to Linux would be prohibitively
expensive, extremely complex and time consuming and not provide
any tangible business gains for the organization.
The survey further found that though Linux' momentum is
undeniable, the Open Source operating system will not dethrone
Microsoft's Windows as the leading server vendor in the next
two years. And Linux desktops will not even make a perceptible
dent in the 94% market share currently held by Windows desktops
between now and 2006.
Only 4 percent of Unix customers and 11 percent of Windows
businesses plan to replace all of their servers with Linux.
And less than 5% of organizations will replace their Windows
desktops with Linux.
The overwhelming majority of the survey respondents said Linux
is under evaluation. Licenses aside, Linux is most assuredly
not free -- a fact that corporations now begin to realize.
Among the other survey highlights:
- To date, most of the defections to Linux are coming at the expense of mid-range Unix systems and not Windows.
- The lure of Linux for Unix shops is the extreme cost savings of the hardware.
- Some 21% indicated they would migrate a portion of their Windows desktops to Linux; 15% said they will add Linux desktops but will not replace Windows and the majority -- 57% said they plan no changes to their Windows desktop environment.
- A 54% majority of customers said they will leave their Windows servers intact; 25% reported they will migrate "a portion" of their Windows servers to Linux for specialized application tasks.
- Red Hat is the Linux vendor of choice for 46% of corporations, followed by Novell (SuSE and Ximian) with 19%. IBM and HP are far back with 9% and 4%.
- A 76% majority rated Linux and Unix reliability comparable.
- The biggest area of concern for Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 customers is the amount of time spent installing security fixes and performing patch management. Security and patch management aside, the overwhelming majority of businesses -- 72% rated Windows reliability equal to Linux.
- A majority of large enterprises with 5,000+ end users said they will not install Linux as their primary server OS in the foreseeable future because it is much more expensive and requires from 25% to 40% more Full Time Equivalent (FTE) support specialists than Windows or Unix for that matter.
- Linux' lack of licensing indemnification is becoming more of a concern. Although 55% of businesses said it is "not a concern" 45% indicated it is an issue. That is a sharp increase from the 8% of companies who said they were concerned in 2003.
So, How Reliable Is Tape Backup REALLY?
We're doing a very interesting survey about this together with
the Yankee Group. You'll get another executive summary (like
the one above) after we're done. This promises to be quite
revealing! Please take a few minutes and let the world know
how YOUR tape backups really work (and more). You'll get the
results of how everyone's experience in a coming issue:
THIRD PARTY NEWS
SNSI Adds More Vulnerability Checks
Some people asked us: "Well, what does SNSI do more than
products that use Microsoft's XML database to scan for missing
patches? If I can scan missing patches for free, so why pay for
Good question. Here's the answer. SNSI does much more than just
check for patches that aren't there. It looks at all the Windows
OS flavors and scans both for patches and configuration issues.
Apart from that it looks at all MS applications, but also third
party apps running on Windows. Better yet, it checks multiple
machines with one scan (unlike WinUpdate on individual machines
one at a time), and last but not least, SNSI finds holes before
there are patches and explains workarounds until patches exist.
Just check the list of recently added new vulnerabilities and
you'll get the idea how thorough this database is. It's 'military-strength' security scanning. You get a world-class security
scanner when you buy SNSI. Here are the most recent ones:
SNSI uses the latest Mitre Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures
(CVE) list of computer incidents. It also contains the latest
SANS/FBI top 20 vulnerability list. SNSI also uses the latest
CERT, CIAC Microsoft and FedCIRC (Department of Homeland
- WS_FTP ASCII Directory Transfer Vulnerability
- WinZip MIME Vulnerability
- WFTPD Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
- Coulomb Dialer Detected
- Jeem Backdoor Detected
- Netsky-D Detected
- ZoneAlarm SMTP Processing Vulnerability
- Adobe Acrobat Reader XFDF Vulnerability
- SMB Client Security Signature Not Enabled
- SMB Server Security Signature Not Enabled
- Windows Media Services TCP Request Vulnerability (MS04-008)
- Outlook mailto URL Vulnerability (MS04-009)
- MSN Messenger File Request Vulnerability (MS04-010)
- Kernel Object Attributes Not Protected - W2K
- Symantec LiveUpdate Querying Host Vulnerability
- BlackICE SMB Heap Overflow Vulnerability
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Fighting Spam The Wright Way; CAN-SPAM Bill Gets Low Marks
Network World has a great user story about iHateSpam Server.
It starts like this and continues at the link is below:
"Don't tell Roger Wright the CAN-SPAM law is working. Wright -
systems administrator for Southern Commerce Bank in Tampa
Florida - and his 20 users have received 87,000 junk messages
since the law went into effect January 1 and the end of February.
More than 75,000 of those messages went to Wright and four
"Yet, thanks to iHateSpam from Sunbelt Software, only one or two
reach Wright's inbox each day. Nearly all the spam is identified
at Wright's Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server and deleted
automatically, or put in a special folder at the client
"Wright filters all mail from 25 of the top spam domains, and
creates rules to autodelete mail from others. He'd like to filter
mail from free services like Hotmail and Yahoo, but too many of
the bank's customers use them.
"The client flexibility is why Wright went with iHateSpam. He
encourages users to create a blacklist for spam and a whitelist
of known good addresses and domains. Employees use shared address
books and shared calendars in Outlook and Outlook Express; names
in their address books and contact lists are whitelisted automatically. Since Wright runs a Microsoft shop, he wanted a solution partner that works closely with the company, which Sunbelt Software does.
"Wright uses the iHateSpam server version, which costs him about
$20 per employee, with between $5 and $7 for annual maintenance.
He estimates he spends an hour or two each month scanning
reports (a feature he really likes) and adjusting filters."
The rest of the article is here:
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Why "Loss Leader" Printers Are IT Budget Hogs
Ever lured inside for a super cheap deal? It's the same these
days with printers. Laser printers are much cheaper than they
used to be. Tempted to buy dozens, network them and have 'em sit
everywhere? And all of a sudden, your IT budget is expanding due
to soaring usage of toner and paper?
The real expense in printing, then, is not the hardware involved
but the consumables that surround it. Dataquest figures show that
the average cost of producing documents (paper, hardware, and
ink) is equivalent to 40 percent of labor cost. So, do you know
the answers to the following questions?
The results can be shocking. Buying a simple tool like Print
Manager Plus could save you many budget dollars. When you open
it, the Printers tab lists any printers that are configured on
the print server. Limits can be assigned at the printer level,
such as preventing anyone printing a document larger than 100
- How many people are printing documents exactly and to what printers?
- How many pages do they print each day?
- Are they using those expensive color printers for everything they print?
- Can you backbill departments for the stuff they use?
You can also use it to control costs on a user or group basis.
You can lock down users who abuse the system or who have
very heavy usage. The basic version is $798 per print server,
and maintenance is roughly about $200 per year. The complete
version with client billing costs $1,295 per server.
Office XP Service Pack 3 Breaks Spam Filters (ours too)
Q: "I recently installed Office Service Pack 3 (SP3) and I am now
getting a message regarding a program accessing email addresses
in iHateSpam for Outlook. How can I get rid of this message?"
A: We have a new build that fixes this issue. You can download it
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This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
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"From one of the world's foremost investigators of computer
viruses comes this comprehensive tutorial on solving cyber crimes
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Software Forensics provides expert instruction in tracking and
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