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The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Jun 14, 2004 (Vol. 9, #24 - Issue #480)
Welcome To The Blooper Zone
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • RSS Is Really Taking Off
    • ServerVision Webcast Disaster
    • New SunPoll: A Different Way To Read W2Knews?
    • 80% Of Spam Originating From Home PCS?
    • Does The IMF Work With POP? No.
    • Welcome To The Blooper Zone
    • SURVEY: What Is Everyone Planning For Windows Storage?
    • Moving On: Exchange Migration Advice
    • Single Sign-On Included In W2K3 Update
    • 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?
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • 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 ride!

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:
800-416-4956 USA
888-633-2105 Canada
302-709-8433 International

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?" -- unknown.
  • "One of the greatest tragedies of life is the murder of a beautiful theory by a gang of brutal facts." -- Benjamin Franklin

    Warm regards,
    Stu Sjouwerman (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 professional with the funniest story to tell about an IT mishap or user goof-up. And the winner is: A.S., a former tech support person from Illinois. Read his and other hilarious bloopers here! (Free Registration Required)

      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:


    New Features In Event Archiver 4.3.26

    Enhancements in this latest release include an improved license registration system for even easier registration. Other improvements include:

    • 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)

    Audit Your Printing In German with Print Manager Plus 5.5

    Print Manager Plus 5.5 has been fully translated into the German language. The product, all add-ons including manuals and technical materials have been fully translated. If you want to audit, track, quota, or restrict your network printing with this fully scalable printing software download the trial today. Print Manager Plus allows you to quota and track user and printer usage for a complete print management solution. This system gives you control over these valuable resources: printers, paper and toner. No more wasted budget resulting from uncontrolled and irresponsible printing. You'll be amazed how much you can save by just tracking these costs.

    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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