iHateSpam For Exchange: Reader's Choice Again!
We have some exciting news for all iHateSpam for Exchange users,
and we'd also like to thank you for your vote of confidence.
-- Windows IT Pro Magazine Named Sunbelt Software's iHateSpam
for Exchange their Readers' Choice Award Winner --
Windows IT Pro Magazine announced this week that Sunbelt Software's
iHateSpam for Exchange was selected a winner in the Mail Server
Administration Utilities category of their Readers' Choice Awards.
"Recognition from peers in the industry is an honor and is the
ultimate "seal of approval" for the products who won." said Kim
Paulsen, Group Publisher, Windows IT Pro.
"Few people know more about the best values in Windows technology
products and services than Windows IT Pro readers -- the people who
actually do the buying on behalf of their organizations. By voting
for the most outstanding products, IT professionals have rewarded
excellence in the Windows technology market," said Karen Forster,
Editorial in Chief, Windows IT Pro.
We are thrilled with this recognition from the people that count.
You could call it the Oscar for Mail Server Admin Tools. Thanks
again for your vote of confidence and we are sure to get you a
very exciting Version 2.0 in a few months with a host of powerful
new features. Check out what V2.0 will look like here:
And the official Award Announcement is here:
ServerVision Gets Excellent Reviews
MCPMag, (soon to be Redmond Magazine) reviewed several tools
that "Tame Those Servers Behaving Badly", the title of their
article. The author Mike Gunderloy, MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA, is a
contributing editor for MCP Magazine. He is the author of
numerous books and articles on database and development topics.
ServerVision is compared to GFI Network Server Monitor, its
biggest competitor so the review is interesting.
I'm quoting a few paragraphs, and will include a link to the
full article on their website: "ServerVision is Sunbelt's first
foray into the monitoring market, and it has come up with a
solution that is unique in several ways. The most innovative
feature? There's no particular machine that's identified as
the central repository of monitoring knowledge. ServerVision
can be installed on as many servers as you like and any of
these servers can display the status for any group of
monitored machines in a single integrated MMC application.
"Once installed, ServerVision sets up a default set of checks
for things like errors in the event log, average CPU and
memory load, available disk space, failed services and so
on. You can adjust the alerting thresholds for all of these,
but even without any customization you'll get a decent idea
of your network's health.
"An overall Status Summary List node in the console shows at
a glance which machines have a problem, and the software
can drill down from there. There's also a Web interface
that duplicates the MMC functionality and is more readily
available from non-Microsoft systems.
"It's simple to integrate multiple ServerVision Consoles into
one. A discovery process finds ServerVision-enabled computers
and adds them to the console. The console can also perform a
remote installation of the software. ServerVision can send
e-mail or alerts, start and stop services, restart or shut
down computers, and perform other actions in response to
various serious conditions.
"Sunbelt threw in some other functionality. There's a basic
backup capability to protect critical data by backing up
files or databases and then using FTP to move them around.
ServerVision also integrates with Shavlik's HfNetChk to
keep an eye on the security profile of servers, sending a
notification when a required patch hasn't been applied.
"I like having an MMC snap-in for monitoring; this makes it
easy to integrate ServerVision with other management tools.
On the downside, this can make for a lot of clicking around
to find out what's going on (though the Key Indicators and
other summary nodes mitigate this problem somewhat). There
is a free evaluation version on the Sunbelt Web site.
"Sunbelt's product is incredibly easy to install, and
well-configured by default, though the pricing might be
hard to swallow once you go beyond a few servers (although
the company does offer volume discounts)."
Editor's Note: This was written before the new pricing
scheme went into effect. Pricing is now just $50 per server
and basically blows away all other products price wise...
Here is the full article, with thanks to MCP Magazine:
SNSI Now Checks For The New JPEG Holes
The new vulnerability updates for this release include:
Six new Windows checks, bringing the total Windows checks to 2246:
W2242 - WinZip Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
W2243 - WordPerfect 5.x Converter Buffer Vulnerability - MS04-027
W2244 - JPEG Processing (GDI+) Vulnerability - W2K3 - MS04-028
W2245 - JPEG Processing (GDI+) Vulnerability - XP - MS04-028
W2246 - JPEG Processing (GDI+) Vulnerability - Office XP - MS04-028
Twelve new Linux checks, bringing the total Linux checks to 596:
L585 - Openssh SCP directory traversal - Progeny
L586 - Kerberos 5 double-free & loop bugs - FC, RH
L587 - Midnight Commander VFS vulnerability - FC
L588 - Lha - command line processing - RH; FC
L589 - Kudzu - minor memory leak - FC1, 2
L590 - Httpd - input filter bug - RH, Suse
L591 - KDE Libs and Base vulnerabilities - FC1, 2
L592 - Cdrtools local root privilege vulnerability - FC1, 2
L593 - ImageMagick Imlib BMP Heap Overflow - FC1,2
L594 - Mod_SSL - format string - RH
L595 - Samba Server DoS errors - Linux: FC1,2
L596 - Zlib - 'inflate' function - Suse
Five new Solaris checks, bringing the total Solaris checks to 239:
S235 - In.named Dynamic Update Failures - Solaris 8
S236 - Kerberos KDC Realm Compromise - Solaris 9
S237 - Kernel Update Data Corruption - Solaris 8
S238 - Sun Cluster 2.2 ksh Failure - Solaris 8 - 9
S239 - Cassini Ethernet Driver Panics - Solaris 2.6 - 9
One new Cisco check, bringing the total network device checks to 34:
N34 CISCO - Vpn 3000, Krb5 double-free error
In addition, there were improvements in the following vulnerability
H16,24,51,88 - Supsrseded Patches
W1142,W1986,W1999,W2067 - Anti-Virus Signatures
L581, L584, L174, L172, L171, L186, L183, L181, L214, L154 -
Red Hat Enterprise 2.1 added L567 - Samba - SWAT administration
service - Linux: RH; SuSe; FC1, 2
SNSI uses the latest Mitre Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures
(CVE) list of computer incidents. It also contains the latest
SANS/FBI top 20 vulnerability list. SNSI also uses the latest
CERT, CIAC Microsoft and FedCIRC (Department of Homeland Security)
To get the latest SNSI version, visit:
To update from within the SNSI console, select Settings, enter
your full registration key and click on Check Now button
To purchase NOW, visit:
IDC Reports: Storage Software Biz Growing
Storage is booming again. Worldwide, the storage software market
grew a very healthy 16.9% in Q2 to a whopping $1.85 billion caused
by strong demand for storage resources management (SRM) software,
according to IDC. They said that SRM software now is the largest
market in the storage software category, as it is growing 30%
year-over-year. Archiving and backup are growing at 9.2%. Code
that does Storage Replication (like Double-Take) and file system
software also had strong results. Here are the top five storage
vendors (in millions):
2Q04 Market 2Q03 Market Growth
Vendor Revenue Share Revenue Share 2Q04/2Q03
EMC $602 32.5% $461 29.1% 30.5%
Veritas $418 22.6% $339 21.4% 23.4%
IBM $130 7.0% $134 8.5% -3.0%
HP $130 7.0% $120 7.6% 8.8%
CA $123 6.6% $142 8.9% -13.3%
Others $448 24.2% $389 24.5% 15.3%