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The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Jun 21, 2004 (Vol. 9, #25 - Issue #481)
A Whole Bunch Of News
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • Windows Storage Survey
    • More On: A Different Way To Read W2Knews?
    • Stu, I'm Not Convinced Regarding RSS
    • Amazon Called Us And Asked...
    • Learning Guide: Migrating to Windows Server 2003
    • Exchange Security Dos and Don'ts
    • Can "Botnets" Bring Down Even The Biggest Sites?
    • Good Article about ISA Server: MS's New Firewall
    • How System Admins Can Become Environmental Heroes
    • MS Plans To Move Into AV Space
    • MS Shows Business Solutions Product Roadmap
    • Kernel Flaw Makes Linux Crash Easily
    • How To Talk To MS About Linux
    • Windows Will Hit 60% of Server Unit Shipments by 2008
    • Windows XP SP2 RC2 Released
    • So, What's SNSI Do More Than Freeware?
    • U.S. House Subcommittee Approves Spyware Bill
    • How To Replicate Windows Powered NAS?
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • Why are 4,000+ Sites Running iHateSpam for Exchange?!
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Windows Storage Survey

Is storage getting short again? Want to know what your peers are using as a solution? Sunbelt and Yankee are doing a Storage Buying Survey. We will publish an Executive Summary that will show you what your peers are planning for storage this year. Do me a favor and answer these quick 15 questions? Should take less than a 2 minutes at the most. Thanks for participating in this survey!

More On: A Different Way To Read W2Knews?

Thanks for all your feedback on receiving W2Knews! If you receive it via HTML now, and do not have any difficulty, things should not change for you. When we find people are not getting it any more, we may resort to other ways to let them know the new issue has been published.

Stu, I'm Not Convinced Regarding RSS

Ron Steward wrote me this: "RSS doesn't seem to offer any advantages over e-mail based newsletters. I haven't tried it because my time is valuable, as is my PC. I'm not going to waste time and cycles and disk space and risk virus/worm infections or personal information theft. Especially if I can already get the same information through existing apps (e-mail and browser). Convince me!"

OK, here goes! RSS simply allows you to be pinged when something interesting appears on the websites you already visit. You can get all the information in one convenient reader, and it polls the sites you otherwise would have to go to and check out. It's actually a great time-saver and the RSS are 'small-footprint' apps. No probs with security, this thing only works with existing http and XML links that are as secure as normal websites are. Microsoft recommends a few RSS readers here:

And while you are at it, plug W2Knews in as your first RSS feed!

Amazon Called Us And Asked...

"We would like to have the Sunbelt system management tools on our Amazon site, since you are a recognized leader in your market". How could we say no? Check this out! [grin]

Quotes this week:

  • "Every time MS moves into a new market I get closer to joining the rest of the world in hoping that the Microsoft campus becomes the basis for a Quentin Tarantino movie" -- Bob Jiantonio
  • "I spilled spot remover on my dog. Now he's gone" -- Steven Wright

    There is a tremendous amount of news this week so here goes!

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

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    Learning Guide: Migrating to Windows Server 2003

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    Exchange Security Dos and Don'ts

    While there is no magic formula for keeping Exchange totally secure, these best practices lay the groundwork for the start of a solid plan. A two-part series by Brian Posey on the new SearchExchange.com site. (free registration required):

    Can "Botnets" Bring Down Even The Biggest Sites?

    Akamai's 15,000 servers were wobbly for a while this week. Their content distribution network was feeling the pinch of an advanced DDOS attack buy a large network of zombie machines that bogged down their DNS system for a couple of hours. "There are enormous bot networks out there that can do a lot of damage," said Akamai chief scientist Tom Leighton. Looks like the outages were limited to some 4 percent of Akamai's clients with 1 percent experiencing a significant impact, some of these were MS, Yahoo and Google. More at:

    Good Article about ISA Server: MS's New Firewall

    Tom Shinder recently wrote a good ISA Server article that's been getting a lot of attention from the ISA firewall community and Microsoft. I'm sure that if you are looking into ISA Server, you should read this one: ISA Firewall Fairy Tales - What Hardware Firewall Vendors Don't Want You to Know:

    How System Admins Can Become Environmental Heroes

    A subscriber sent me two links that are REALLY interesting. One from NPR with some interesting background info and one from EPA on how businesses can save lots of $ in electricity costs. Remember the big blackouts last summer? Well, it also caused a major drop in pollution. Corporate PC's gobble up a lot of electricity and here is a way to save on that, both for your company energy bill and for the environment. "Computer Energy Waste a Major Source of Pollution":

    And the EPA site includes free-software for home, small business & enterprise use to make sure monitors are off when not used. We are implementing this in Sunbelt.

      NT/2000 RELATED NEWS

    MS Plans To Move Into AV Space

    At least they say from the get-go they are going to sell it, instead of giving it away. Pretty sure that they would like to, but their lawyers probably said that everybody and their brother would sue them, rightfully so I might add.

    MS is still on track to offer an AV product that will compete against product from Symantec and McAfee. Mike Nash, chief of Microsoft's security business unit, said Redmond is developing software to protect personal computers running Windows against malicious software, worms and viruses. They bought their way into the AV market last year by acquiring anti-virus technology from GeCAD Software Srl., a Romanian software company. Nash did not give an ETA for this tool yet.

    MS Shows Business Solutions Product Roadmap

    The Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) group announced the product roadmap for its leading mid-market ERP solutions. Great Plains 8.0 will be released later this month, while Solomon 6.0 will be released in July. Navision 4.0 is scheduled to be released later this year, and Axapta 4.0 in CY05.

    Looks like MS just wanted to reassure customers that it would continue to innovate on existing products despite its investment in the Next Gen solution, which would merge all the products on a common platform. Expect that in the 2006 - 2007 timeframe.

    Kernel Flaw Makes Linux Crash Easily

    Microsoft is not the only own with "blue screen of death" problems. ComputerWorld just reported that a flaw in the Linux kernel allows a 20-line C program to crash most distributions of the operating system using the 2.4 and 2.6 kernels running on x86 and x86-64 architectures, according to security researchers.

    How To Talk To MS About Linux

    Redmond has opened up a new front against Linux and are hosting a series of events (they already started in the UK). ZDNet in the UK put some talking points on paper that you can print and use to fuel the discussion. And if you are in the process of negotiating your licensing with MS, check out this report below, it's got one of these "if it does not save you money, we'll simply refund you the cost" guarantees.

    ZDNet link:

    MS Licensing 6.0 report:

    Windows Will Hit 60% of Server Unit Shipments by 2008

    ENTmag came out with a story that IDC made some extrapolations. Based on the restored demand for enterprise servers that began late last year, researchers at IDC are predicting strong growth for server systems through 2008, especially for Linux- and Windows-based boxes. Read more at their site:

    Windows XP SP2 RC2 Released

    Redmond released the second release candidate for Windows XP Service Pack 2, but they still decline to make a commitment when they will ship the final version of the service pack. It's become so large that you can practically view it as a whole new point release of the OS itself.


    So, What's SNSI Do More Than Freeware?

    Some one told us after looking at SNSI: "I have some freeware tools that do the same thing." Well, respectfully, that's wrong. Let us give you some additional data so you can think with that.

    For example, MBSA scans for missing patches and configuration errors that cause vulnerabilities. It doesn't look at non-MS products at all: *nix, Cisco, and a plethora of popular third party apps that have holes of their own. SNSI V1.5 does.

    Freeware tools in general do not have dedicated teams of security experts behind them, updating the scan database with newly found holes ASAP for quick deployment and scans. SNSI does.

    The freeware out there generally takes a lot of time to set up, sometimes requires unix experience, and usually is not certified. SNSI is a six-click install, has a very short learning curve, and the database used by SNSI, has received Common Criteria (CC) certification effective April 9, 2003. CC is a rigorous international standard for information technology (IT) security evaluation and certification that is formally recognized and required in a growing international community. CC is a critical requirement for US government purchases as well as a growing number of other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, and more. And SNSI speaks "CVE" as well.

    With the imminent V1.5 you are getting a military strength, multi-platform high-end scanner for a low-end price. SNSI will also soon come out with a remediation module! No freeware provides all this. V1.5 is expected early July 2004, but the V1.1 already got a 4-Star rating from SC Magazine.

    U.S. House Subcommittee Approves Spyware Bill

    The bill would require software that collects personal data from computer users to notify them of its installation, get their consent before installation and provide users with easy uninstall options. Spyware is becoming a real problem especially in the corporate world. This week a report was published by EarthLink and Webroot that showed almost one third of the computers they canned was infected with some or other spyware pest. They scanned 421.000 computers and 133.715 of these had a Trojan horse or a system monitor on them. PestPatrol just released a version with a central console and a deployment module. Check it out over here:

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

  • Scientists say they've transmitted an atom's 'quantum state' to a counterpart, and that will lead to very powerful computers.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040621FA-Atom
  • Tired of having to register at sites to get to their content? This new site claims to allow you to bypass compulsory web registration:

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040621FA-Bugmenot
  • OK, so Bill Gates is a big tipper. A REALLY BIG TIPPER. Story:

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040621FA-BillG
  • This is a REALLY a cool time waster. Use the mouse, not the arrow keys!

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040621FA-Game
  • A Slate Magazine Reporter tried Paxil for 6 weeks. Read the horror story:

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040621FA-Paxil
  • FTC Won't Create Do-not-spam List. They will rely on ISP's instead.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040621FA-FTC
  • Demo of an SU 35 (Russian fighter plane). Unreal. This guy can FLY. 6 minute video in wmv format.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040621FA-SU_35
  • PC Makers jump into the fight against spyware. You all just wait and see which product DELL chose to get rid of these pests. [grin]

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040621FA-Spyware
  • Closest Ever Images of Saturn's Moon Phoebe Captured By Cassini

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040621FA-Phoebe
  • Surf while you surf!

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040621FA-Surf

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