Redmond Releases Free Port Reporter Tool
The Port Reporter tool runs as a service on computers that are
running Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. The
tool logs TCP and UDP port activity. This webpage contains
information about how to obtain and install the tool. When you
install the tool, the setup program creates the appropriate
registry entries and installs the Port Reporter service.
The page also contains information about how to use start
parameters to configure the Port Reporter service and information
about the Port Reporter log files that are generated by the
Port Reporter service. Here is a link to the page with all
the MS security tools, and the new Port Reporter:
Gates: Hardware Will Be Free
The WIRED site has a Reuters report that states BillG pronounced
hardware costs will fall sharply within a decade to the point
where widespread computing with speech and handwriting won't be
limited by expensive technology.
"Ten years out, in terms of actual hardware costs you can almost
think of hardware as being free -- I'm not saying it will be
absolutely free -- but in terms of the power of the servers,
the power of the network will not be a limiting factor," MS's
chairman said. Full article here:
Gates Sends Security Braindump Email
Wow, there is a LOT of data in this future look on security.
It's actually best you read it yourself, why would I repeat it
all here? This was sent to enterprise customers in an email
(MS defines enterprise as 500 seats and above), but they also
put it on their website. Among a lot of things, I though the
next bit was interesting:
"Exchange Edge Services: This new technology addresses the
evolving security problems associated with Internet email.
Exchange Edge Services is designed to block incoming or outgoing
malicious email and junk mail, defend against email server
attacks and email-borne viruses, and encrypt messages to optimize
for security. It is also designed to provide a foundation on
which third-party developers can build technologies such as next-generation email filters, email encryption products and email
Part of what they are talking about here is an extension of the
Virus and Spam API (VSAPI), because that is at the moment pretty
limited: it can only interface with one third party app at a
There is WAY more information, describing what security features
are in WinXP SP2, Windows Server 2003, ISA Server 2004, their new
"Active Protection technologies, Spam, secure web services, and
update services. If you run a MS shop, this is required reading.
But keep in mind that a lot of this is only planned, so here
is my usual... [Vaporware Alert!!] ;-)
Your Next Windows Version: 2006
Bob Muglia, Senior Veep of Microsoft's Windows Server division,
discussed Redmond's options for Windows in Las Vegas. They are
not really sure if they will release an interim version or not.
W2Knews predicts they will, since the next real release (code
name LongHorn) will be 2006. You will see the client version of
Win 2006 earlier than the server one. You may even see the server
version only in 2007, since the beta will likely slip into 2005.
There are three major pillars for Windows 2006: 1) new GUI, 2)
WinFS which is the new storage system, 3) Web services infrastructure called Indigo at the moment. Windows Update Services
was due first half 2004, that will now be second half due to
feature creep. (more stuff stuffed in) [grin]. The 'stuff' that
will likely be in Windows Server 2003 Revision 2 is here:
The Tape Reliability Challenge
Today, tape continues to be one of the most commonly used storage
mediums for backup, archiving and remote site disaster recovery.
In addition, the emergence of new compliance regulations has
significantly raised the stakes in data protection for both
large and small-to-medium customers. A Yankee Group and Sunbelt
Software survey of 362 IT executives in March 2004 found 42
percent of respondents had been unable to recover data from tape
in the last year as a result of tape unreliability. As a result,
customers now rank tape reliability as a key buying criteria
for tape cartridges.
Disk is emerging as an alternative to tape, but tape?s importance
has not diminished as it continues to be used for a range of
Customers often speak about the difficulty of successfully
performing backups during a given window of opportunity but
customers should be most concerned about recovery - especially
since it appears the need to recover data on a regular basis is
- 65 percent use tape to support backup operations.
- 61 percent use tape for disaster recovery.
- 30 percent use tape for archiving.
- 15 percent use tape for compliance/data retention requirements.
Customers now rank tape reliability as the most important element
in their tape buying decision, ranked even more important than
- 33.6 percent of customers have had to recover data from tape five to 15 times over the last year
- Close to a fourth of customers, 23.5 percent have had to recover data from tape 20 times or more in the last year.
How reliability is defined today depends on the customer. 220
respondents ranked Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) as a very
important metric in evaluating tape reliability, followed by
metrics around tape life/archival life (with 182 respondents).
Customers also view the certification and qualification of tape
reliability as by the manufacturer as very important. Close to
76 percent of respondents ranked tape manufacturer certification
or qualification as either very important or important to their
- 75 percent selected reliability as one of the most important elements
- 42 percent selected price as one of the most important elements
- 36 percent selected tape life/archival life as one of the most important elements
Customers also have strong impressions about which vendors have
the strongest track records regarding tape reliability. While
nearly a third of customers polled believe that all tape
manufacturers have roughly the same reliability (they believe
that all tape manufacturers are the same)
It is important to note that customers remain mixed on their
impressions about the differences each vendor has in developing
their own tape reliability metrics. This in many ways could be
considered a call to action, in which customers need to educate
themselves more about how each vendor tests and qualifies the
reliability of their tape media platforms.
- HP was ranked as number one among customers for its tape media reliability with 22 percent of those customers surveyed.
- Sony was ranked second among customers with 15 percent of respondents.
[Editor's Note]: So now you know. Tape restores fail a whopping
42%! And a third of you had to pull out tapes at least 5 times
last year. Twenty five percent had to restore 20 times or more.
No wonder Double-Take is the best selling tool for real-time
data replication. Check it out here:
SURVEY: Small Business Server
Are you a small business? Here is finally your chance to see
what your peers are doing with their Microsoft environments.
It's a simple 9-question survey and it's all multiple choice.
Should take less than a minute. You are invited to participate
and we'll come back with an executive summary in a coming issue.
Let's see what small business is gearing up to!