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The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Jun 7, 2004 (Vol. 9, #23 - Issue #479)
No 10 Years For NT and Exchange 5.5
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • Why A New Server Monitor?
    • How Will All Home Devices Integrate With Each Other?
    • Troubleshooting XP Startup Issues, Part 1
    • Firewall is XP SP2's "Shining Star"
    • Need some Ammo To Get Budget For A Security Scanner?
    • How Redmond Might Make Money Off Linux After All
    • First Look: Intelligent Messaging Filter
    • No 10 Years For NT and Exchange 5.5
    • The 2004 Hurricane Season Started. Is Your Data Protected?
    • Print Manager Plus Available As Traveling License
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • Sniff Fast. Sniff Easy. Sniff Cheap with LanHound
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Why A New Server Monitor?

There are dozens of system monitor tools out there. And then there's MS MOM as well. So why the heck did Sunbelt decide to release one?

Our customers kept telling us that the other monitors were just a pain in the neck to use. Just an example: we were getting tech support calls all the time just to explain simple things like how to get an email sent if something bad happened. And recently, a separate add-on tool for MOM was announced just to keep an eye on it, to make sure MOM stays up. Hmmm. What's wrong with that picture?

Sunbelt saw the need for a new monitor, built from the ground up by admins for admins, easy to set up, easy to run and easy to afford. Want to have a look at ServerVision and perhaps replace your current 'hard-to-use' monitor? You are invited to our next Webcast: Intro to ServerVision -- a brief overview and live demo of Sunbelt's new Server and Event Log Monitoring tool. Ask for the competitive upgrade program while you're at it.

Time: Wednesday, June 9, 2004, 1:00 PM (EST)
Meeting URL: http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040609ED-Webcast

Call in at the numbers below and enter code 104764:
800-416-4956 USA
888-633-2105 Canada
302-709-8433 International

And since last week's issue was Tech.Ed monster-size, this issue is a bit shorter.

Some Industry Quotes this week:

  • "If you're a system builder selling a computer today without antivirus and antispam software, you're doing your customer a great injustice -- you need them today just to turn your computer on." -- Dan Schwab, VP marketing at D&H Distributing
  • "I don't think Linux is our competition. I view Linux as technology used by our competitors to build products. And those products are our competition." -- Bob Muglia, Windows Server VP

    Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman (email me with feedback: [email protected])

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    How Will All Home Devices Integrate With Each Other?

    Longhorn will be using a platform to deliver the intercommunication services compliant with the efforts underway finalizing the Digital Home Working Group?s specifications. See this link:

    It is what Microsoft and partners listed in the MSDN article below. They will be proposing to the UPnP? Forum as the recommended Version 2 architecture for UPnP technologies. The great part is that it leverages the current UPnP Device Control Protocol (DCP) XML schemas that all of the Consumer Electronics and most of the computer industries currently are backing and integrates them with Web Services and the whole WS-* world. Microsoft has stated that they only can support one security and communications architecture moving forward and Web Services are it.

    The NCD specs in the MSDN article step you through how WS-Discovery replaces the current UPnP Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) ? Section 4. In about 2006, this is how all of the devices in your home will communicate with each other. It is an integral part of their grand vision for the home and associated communications points. Think of it as the hardware-based Plug n Play standards spread out of the physical box to incorporate logical devices connected "somehow" over IP (IP v4, IPv6, wired, or wireless) actually PnP-X. The drivers would load like they do now for things like video and sound APIs, only they really are TVs, stereos, speakers, portable media players, Portable Media Centers, etc. As you can see, I like this direction. We have gone from "5 years out" to about two!

    Here is the proposal for UPnP 2.0 Device Architecture:

    Troubleshooting XP Startup Issues, Part 1

    Determining the source of a Windows XP startup problem -- and fixing it -- is easier if you use a step-by-step approach. Find out what to do if a workstation starts normally and fails after logon. Good technical article at searchwin2000.com:

    Firewall is XP SP2's "Shining Star"

    A network management expert and Windows MVP outlines highlights from the coming release of Microsoft's much-anticipated Windows XP Service Pack 2. In a coming article from a third party vendor we will look at the drawbacks of this firewall and what it can break if you are not careful!

    Need some Ammo To Get Budget For A Security Scanner?

    The latest 2004 E-crime Watch survey showed a significant increase in electronic crimes. The losses are estimated at $666 Million. A study by CSO, the Secret Service and Carnegie Mellon University has found that 43 percent of companies surveyed reported an increase in electronic crimes and network intrusions in 2004. Read more details in the full release below (this is a PDF by the way) but first, here is an example.

    December 2003, an employee of a Acxiom Corp. (in the database records business) was convicted of stealing credit card information and causing $5.8 million worth of damage. The U.S. Department of Justice has brought more than 100 such computer crime cases to trial just in the last two years. Most attacks go unreported though. CERT and the FBI reported on a recent survey that 80% of the companies that replied were hit by a virus or worm in 2003.

    The conclusions are clear. Attacks via cyberspace are now happening with higher frequency and are increasing in sophistication. And as we reported earlier, it takes less and less time for attackers to take advantage of a revealed vulnerability, while it takes longer to get service packs out. Did you know that EVERY MONTH, somewhere between 500 and 800 viruses, worms and exploits are released into the wild? (SearchSecurity.com had an article about this Jan 2004) The need for high-end firewalls like MS's new ISA Server combined with vulnerability scanners are something you cannot afford not to have. Here is the crime watch article in CSO Online. (PDF)

    And here is a world-class, high-quality, military strength scanner that will not make a hole in your budget. Early July we'll add scanning by IP, service, port and other goodies!

      NT/2000 RELATED NEWS

    How Redmond Might Make Money Off Linux After All

    It's kind of ironic. In 1980 IBM licensed MS-DOS from Microsoft, for about $50 a computer. The deal of the century. So now, MS needs help with licensing their intellectual property (IP), and who do they turn to? The executive largely responsible for IBM's licensing success. IBM earned $1.1 billion in licensing fees in 2002, and over the past ten years it has consistently generated the most U.S. patents.

    June 2004, Redmond named 28-year IBM veteran Marshall Phelps to be their corporate veep and deputy general counsel for intellectual property. Then, six months later MS revealed that Phelps would be heading up MS's new intellectual property licensing initiative. So you can probably see the writing on the wall. MS is now offering its patents for licensing. To anyone. Including open source, and that means they might enforce these patents if people choose to not license them. Meaning MS might start making money off Linux after all.

    Phelps's ascension at MS is interesting in that light. When IT companies become as dominant as Microsoft, they must learn how to license their IP, i.e. licensing of their software and their patents. The new policy may well be modeled on IBM's methods. The irony of it all...

    First Look: Intelligent Messaging Filter

    Since IMF is out now in its final form, we decided to put it through its first 'torture test'. We compared this freebie to functionality found in commercial tools. Instead of repeating our findings in W2Knews, we made it into a WhitePaper in PDF format and it's available in the resources section of the iHateSpam for Exchange webpage. Here is a direct link (PDF):

    No 10 Years For NT and Exchange 5.5

    Windows NT, Exchange 5.5 Support Not Extended Under New Policy. Redmond posted its updated list of product support deadlines in the wake of the announcement of a new 10-year product support lifecycle. The list confirms that Windows NT 4.0 and Exchange Server 5.5 aren't grandfathered into the new program. ENT has more info about it at:


    The 2004 Hurricane Season Started. Is Your Data Protected?

    This year?s hurricane season outlook indicates a 50% probability of an above-normal hurricane season capable of producing up to 4 category three or higher storms. With predictions like this ? can you afford to leave your data unprotected? Get a copy of the best selling Disaster Recovery for Windows Servers: Double-Take.

    Print Manager Plus Available As Traveling License

    PMP is a great tool to charge back printer cost. But whether you own a consulting company or if you are a printer VAR or software consultant, you can use Print Manager Plus to advise your clients and yourself on what is needed to save money and print resources.

    It's easy for you to collect the data necessary to help your sales initiative in that company. Because the product changes nothing on your client's network or operating system and is completely non- intrusive, it will be an easy sell.

    Sunbelt offers a traveling license for Print Solution Consultants so that you can install and run the product on as many clients? networks as you want. There are no hardware attachments, nothing is changed in the operating system, and it is dealing with live data that can be retrieved quickly and easily. Try to add up the cost of paper, toner, ink cartridges, maintenance, IT time, and wear and tear on printing equipment. Whether you want to be able to track and report users printing, restrict what they can print, or maybe you want to bill back customers for printing; Print Manager Plus will completely solve an organization's print management issues.


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


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