Sunbelt W2Knews Electronic Newsletter
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Mon, Jun 14, 2004 (Vol. 9, #24 - Issue #480)
Welcome To The Blooper Zone
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- RSS Is Really Taking Off
- ServerVision Webcast Disaster
- New SunPoll: A Different Way To Read W2Knews?
- TECH BRIEFING
- 80% Of Spam Originating From Home PCS?
- Does The IMF Work With POP? No.
- Welcome To The Blooper Zone
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- SURVEY: What Is Everyone Planning For Windows Storage?
- Moving On: Exchange Migration Advice
- Single Sign-On Included In W2K3 Update
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- New Features In Event Archiver 4.3.26
- iHateSpam for Exchange Added To Federal Contract
- One Way To Prevent Spyware From Penetrating
- Audit Your Printing In German with Print Manager Plus 5.5
- What Is Panda Doing To Make Our Life Easier?
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- NEW: Prevent Downtime With ServerVision
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RSS Is Really Taking Off
Microsoft is going into RSS in a BIG way. They are making a lot of
feeds available, and I just found a REALLY COOL RSS feed from
Redmond: their security bulletin! Here is a page on the MS website
with RSS readers they tested plus an explanation what RSS is and
how it works. If you do not have your RSS reader set up yet, you
really should. And then plug W2Knews as one of your first feeds
with this link:
Here is the MS page:
Even Google is mulling over RSS support for some of its services:
And EBAY already has an RSS feed for general announcements:
Convinced yet? [grin]
ServerVision Webcast Disaster
Our first ServerVision Webcast was a mess, technical difficulties
were mainly to blame but not completely. You should be happy you
didn't attend. [grin] The sales are actually taking off rapidly
despite our rocky start. System Admins really love our new tool.
That's why we're doing this again, and promise it will be a smooth
Join Sunbelt Software's product manager for ServerVision and learn how
easy this new server monitoring tool is to configure, setup, and run!
Time: Tuesday, June 15, 2004, 1:00 PM (EDT)
Meeting URL: http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040614ED-Webcast
Call in at the numbers below and enter code 104764:
New SunPoll: A Different Way To Read W2Knews?
Like I mentioned before, we see more and more delivery problems with
newsletters like this one. Many other publishers see the same issue:
subscribers simply do not get their newsletters anymore. They are
filtered out somewhere along the way. We are considering moving to
a short text notification that the new issue is available and allow
you to click through to the website to read it, and would like your
feedback via this SunPoll. Go here and vote please? Rightmost column:
Thanks in advance!
Quotes this week:"I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were
a toaster and a radio." -- Joan Rivers, born on this day in 193?
"Did you ever stop to think, and then forget to start again?" --
"One of the greatest tragedies of life is the murder of a beautiful
theory by a gang of brutal facts." -- Benjamin Franklin
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
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80% Of Spam Originating From Home PCS?
I found an interesting article at the CircleID site. They call
themselves a Collaborative Intelligence Hub for The Internet's
Core Infrastructure & Policies.
The majority of spam - as much as 80 per cent of all unsolicited
marketing messages sent -- now emanates from residential ISP
networks and home user PCs. This is due to the proliferation of
spam trojans, bits of surreptitious malware code embedded in
residential subscriber PCs by worms and spyware programs.
Worm attacks are growing in frequency because they provide a fast
means of infecting a vast number of computers with spam trojans in
a very short period of time. It's no surprise that many service
providers report an upsurge in spam traffic immediately following
a worm attack. Worms can credibly be seen as the delivery mechanism
for unsolicited mass-market direct email campaigns.
The trend to automating spam by hijacking home user machines has
become a significant threat to service provider business models,
imposing unplanned costs, disrupting service and making them targets
for large ISPs who see their smaller networks as sources of malicious
traffic. More at their site:
Does The IMF Work With POP? No.
SCL is only exposed via Mapi (Outlook Exchange mode) and via OWA
(Outlook Web Access). There isn't a method to expose the property
via POP/IMAP. There is a lot more at the Microsoft Exchange Team
Blog, which is available via RSS. You should REALLY get an RSS
reader and subscribe by the way.
Welcome To The Blooper Zone
SearchWin2000.com editors searched high and low for the Windows
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NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
SURVEY: What Is Everyone Planning For Windows Storage?
Sunbelt and Yankee are doing a US Small and Medium Business Storage
Buying Survey. We will publish an Executive Summary that will show
you what your peers are planning for storage this year. The following
questions help us understand your current storage environment,
how regulatory compliance is impacting your buying decisions,
and your future deployments. It's just 15 questions and should
take less than a few minutes at the most. Thanks for participating
in this survey!
Moving On: Exchange Migration Advice
If you?re like most enterprises, you have many questions about your
company?s move from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003 or Exchange 2003.
What are some pitfalls to avoid and tricks to get you started?
SearchExchange.com has collected a treasure trove of tips and advice
to help you through the process.
Single Sign-On Included In W2K3 Update
Network World Fusion got a story I thought was interesting.
Microsoft last week laid out the roadmap for its identity
management platform, including federation services that will
ship next year and eventually provide Web single sign-on
features. Formerly codenamed TrustBridge, the technology is
now called Active Directory Federation Service (ADFS), Microsoft
said. It will ship next year as part of the Windows Server 2003
Update, codenamed R2, and allow users to federate identities
between corporate boundaries. The full article is here:
THIRD PARTY NEWS
New Features In Event Archiver 4.3.26
Enhancements in this latest release include an improved license
registration system for even easier registration. Other
- Quick Reconfiguration of Existing Archiving Settings
- A new step-by-step wizard allows administrators to quickly
reconfigure archiving settings on multiple servers already
managed by Event Archiver.
- Improved Directory Service Access Event Support
- Improved support for Directory Service Access events that
appear in the Security Event Log. Object identifying numbers
are now translated into easy Active Directory object names.
iHateSpam for Exchange Added To Federal Contract
iHateSpam for Exchange was added to the department of Veterans
Affairs PCHS-2 Contract last week. Through the addition of
iHateSpam for Exchange to the federal government's Procurement
of Computer Hardware and Software-2 (PCHS-2) contract, all VA
facilities will now be able to purchase the product without having
to go through a time-consuming bidding and procurement process.
iHateSpam for Exchange was added to the PCHS-2 contract through
an agreement with PlanetGov Inc., one of four vendors that provides
hardware, software, and security and wireless services to the VA
under the PCHS-2 contract. The program was initiated to standardize
information technology hardware and software products throughout
the VA, simplify the procurement process, and control costs.
One Way To Prevent Spyware From Penetrating
Administrators trying to come up with a proactive way to block
spyware from infesting workstations often have to make difficult
choices. Restricting the functionality of IE to prevent spyware
from taking root can be cumbersome. Third-party programs require
installation and maintenance to be useful. Switching to another
browser doesn't always resolve the problem, either because there
are new breeds of spyware that operate through Netscape/Mozilla.
This registry hack shows a way to cut down on spyware that uses
ActiveX. (Free Registration Required)
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What Is Panda Doing To Make Our Life Easier?
We keep telling you that you have to keep an eye out on Panda Software
and now there is even more reason to do so than we said before.
First, we know that they build some of the finest AV solutions
around. They found viruses in our computers that we did not even
know we had. Now I hear they have completely beefed up their customer
service and tech support teams. A special engineering team arrived
from Panda Software International to provide extensive training
for the new team as well as refreshing the regulars. This is good
news from a technology company. Quite often sales increase in an
organization and they do not at the same time increase the support
compliment. I am glad to see Panda taking such a great step, makes
you wonder why other companies do not do the same thing. Hey, why
don?t you take a ride on one of their AV solutions, I understand
that their centralized admin is really cool.
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
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