Sunbelt W2Knews Electronic Newsletter
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Mon, Feb 7, 2005 (Vol. 10, #6 - Issue #511)
W2K Mainstream Support Ends June 30, This Year
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- iHateSpam For Exchange V1.6: New Powerful Engine!
- Microsoft: We're Healthier Than Ever
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- Run Firefox? Have broadband? Here's Speed Tips
- Chip Advances Blowing Up Software Price Assumptions
- Desktop Management Tip: VB Script Does Mail
- Patch Tip: Setting up Windows Update Services
- Exchange Tip: Common Outlook DLL errors
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- W2K Mainstream Support Ends June 30, This Year
- Run Dell Servers? Read This:
- A First Look At IIS 7.0
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Spam Has Found A New Way To Bypass Blacklists!
- Why Is CounterSpy Enterprise Vastly Superior?
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- iHateSpam for Exchange Now Powered By A V-10!
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iHateSpam For Exchange V1.6: New Powerful Engine!
The latest V1.6 of iHateSpam for Exchange is NOW AVAILABLE. It
has a new, improved spam detection engine with dramatically
improved scanning speeds, more accurate spam filtering - with
super low false positives and very regular (daily) updates of
the spam signatures. With iHateSpam for Exchange you can protect
your organization from the increasing and endless barrage of
spam. This new engine was given higher priority, so that V2.0
(which will have anti-virus) was pushed back a bit to Q2. Try
the best selling anti-spam solution for Exchange: "by admins
for admins" with 5,000+ enterprise installations. See the
article in Third Party News or click here now to see it (or
get your upgrade):
Microsoft: We're Healthier Than Ever
Redmond said that they did well across all their business groups.
On Thursday they reported record revenue for their second fiscal
quarter, which actually beat its own expectations as well as
what Wall Street was thinking. The Server and Tools group (server
products and developer tools) jumped a healthy 18 percent to
$2.52 billion. Windows Client revenues were up 5 percent to
$3.22 billion. "The world is buying a heck of a lot of servers,"
MS's CFO said. "We expect the Windows platform to grow faster
than the overall server segment, just as it has for the past few
Quote Of The Week:
"God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the
combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I've ever met."
-- Farrah Fawcett.
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
Run Firefox? Have broadband? Here's Speed Tips
Here's something for broadband people that will really speed up
1.Type "about:config" into the address bar and hit return.
Scroll down and look for the following entries:
Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a
time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once,
which really speeds up page loading.
2. Alter the entries as follows:
This means it will make 30 requests at once.
- Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true"
- Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true"
- Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to some number like 30.
3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name
it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its value to "0". This
value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts
on information it receives. If you're using a broadband
connection you'll load pages MUCH faster now!
Chip Advances Blowing Up Software Price Assumptions
With the advent of multi-core processors, software companies
like Microsoft and Oracle are lining up on opposite sides of
the pricing fence. And that means upgrading hardware can have
a direct affect on software costs for you: the enterprise
customer. More at SearchWinSystems:
Desktop Management Tip: VB Script Does Mail
Here's a useful script from SearchWinSystems to let you to
send e-mail messages from your script. This script works on
Windows 2000, and may work on NT 4.0 if the correct CDO library
is installed. Over at (free registration maybe required):
Patch Tip: Setting up Windows Update Services
Windows Update Services (WUS) - now in an open beta -- lets you
silently custom-deploy Microsoft updates and fixes throughout a
network. Read more about its benefits and get steps to properly
set it up on a server in part one of this two-part series by
Serdar Yegulalp (free registration maybe required).
Exchange Tip: Common Outlook DLL errors
Outlook will occasionally produce obscure DLL error messages.
This article discusses few of the more common ones and offers
solutions (free registration maybe required).
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
W2K Mainstream Support Ends June 30, This Year
Mainstream support for W2K server edition will officially end
June 30, 2005. Redmond's standard policy is to provide Mainstream
Support for 5 years after a product was released, and after that
you get 5 years of Extended Support, if you are willing to pay
for it. No further service packs will be released for W2K after
June 30-th this year. After that, you will be joining NT users
and no longer have regular free hotfixes. Microsoft's lifecycle
policy can be found at:
Run Dell Servers? Read This:
Redmond just made a free tool available to better integrate their
desktop management software with Dell servers. It was originally
announced in November at the Copenhagen IT Forum and is called
the "SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Dell Updates". This tool helps
you to determine if your servers need the latest Dell BIOS,
firmware and drivers, and you can deploy drivers and check on
their update status in a much easier way.
The tool is a piece of the puzzle to integrate Dell's OpenManage
4 systems management software with SMS, and gives you a unified
view for tasks such as patch management and configuration
management of your PowerEdge machines. Get it here:
A First Look At IIS 7.0
Our webmaster sent me this link to the ftponline site. Thy have a
really interesting article about the new version of IIS. Here's
an excerpt: "Microsoft's next-generation Web server, Internet
Information Services (IIS) 7.0, isn't due for release until
Longhorn ships sometime in 2006. But it's a good idea for Web
developers to start thinking about the changes IIS 7.0 will
bring, said Bill Staples, group program manager of Microsoft's
Internet Information Services (IIS) and Web Platform and Tools
Team, and Mary Alice Colvin, product manager for IIS and the
entire IIS development team. In fact, the IIS 7.0 beta program is
set to start sometime this year.
In a candid interview on the topic, Staples and Colvin discussed
the coming changes (also see the sidebar, "Top 6 Features in IIS
7.0" by Eric Deily, who will be talking about IIS 7.0 at VSLive!
next week). The most important of these is the componentization
of IIS. All of IIS's functions will be specific components that
you can turn on or off at your leisure. This means that when you
install the Web server, you'll be able to add only the
functionality you need, one piece at a time. Click for the full
THIRD PARTY NEWS
Spam Has Found A New Way To Bypass Blacklists!
Spam levels are about to skyrocket. Spammers have developed a new
way of delivering their junk. Now zombies can send spam UPSTREAM
via ISP's, making blacklists useless. Antispam utilities that rely
on blacklists will become quickly useless.
According to the SpamHaus Project (an RBL based in the U.K) this
new zombie architecture is more powerful than ever. The PC is
taken over and then used to order proxies to send spam upstream
via the ISP's mail server. That makes it close to impossible for
RBL's to block. The evidence is already visible. A lot of ISP's
in the States are already being seen sending large amounts of
spam via their servers. It may very well cause the total amount
of spam to grow to over 90% in 2005. OK, here's a solution.
The latest version of iHateSpam for Exchange has never relied on
blacklists and now has a new, improved spam detection engine with:
- Greatly improved message processing speed
- Reduced memory footprint
- A very high rate of detection (in excess of 98%)
- Very low false positives
- Daily updates of the signatures.
With iHateSpam for Exchange you can protect your organization
from the increased endless barrage of spam. Try the best selling
antispam solution for Exchange: "by admins for admins" with
5,000+ enterprise installations. Get your 30-day FREE trial of
the new V1.6 now:
Why Is CounterSpy Enterprise Vastly Superior?
Fairly strong statement to make, but we're pretty convinced! The
fact this app is completely policy-based from the ground up is
HUGE. It's extremely flexible in deployment (and if you have
questions on how to deploy or it looks like you have some trouble
getting it to work, talk to one of our SE's). We compared the
latest version of CounterSpy Enterprise with the latest versions
of Webroot's SpySweeper Enterprise and CA's PestPatrol Corporate.
And apart from anything else, ONLY CounterSpy is updated with
Microsoft threat database updates. See the comparison here:
You'll see immediately that CounterSpy was built for the
enterprise from day one with customizable actions taken per
policy, ability to specify an allowed threat and several other
extremely important features for admins. It runs on over 350
production sites now, and we can unequivocally say we have the
best spyware database in the industry.
CounterSpy Enterprise is a powerful and scalable product, but
that means that getting it to work sometimes takes a bit of time.
Our Sales Engineers will be happy to step you through the
installation. Let us show you how good our support is and we'll
get you going in no time. If you want to see for yourself right
now how a normal deployment gets done, watch this 10-minute
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
iHateSpam for Exchange Now Powered By A V-10!
The new iHateSpam for Exchange has a new engine and is available
now. We have replaced the respectable 2-liter, 4-cylinder, 180HP
"spam-engine block" with a V-10, 450HP 8-liter VIPER powerplant
(Cloudmark) that simply RAWKS! It was released today. Although
this unfortunately did push our combined antispam plus
antivirus product into Q2, you'll be blown out of your socks when
you see THAT. More about the new iHateSpam for Exchange Version