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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Mar 14, 2005 (Vol. 10, #11 - Issue #516)
Lots Of Kewl News!
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • "The Guvmint On Spyware", or What The FTC Thinks.
    • New SunPoll - Is Spyware Under Control?
    • Visit Tech.Ed 2005 in Orlando
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
    • Secret Service Cracks Down On Cybercrime
    • Intel Forecasts Another 20 Years For Moore's Law
    • New Biometric Protection For Laptops: Your Face
    • News: Microsoft's Next Act -- Service Provider?
    • Spy Fighters: Antispyware Lessons From Readers
    • Exchange Tip: Repair And Recover .PST files with PST2GB
    • Is MS Virtual Server Worth It?
    • Windows For Supercomputers Likely Out By Fall
    • Certification: MS Has A Second Shot Offer
    • Dogfood Report: Microsoft IT on its W2K3 SP1 Experience
    • Microsoft Provides Details on XBOX 2
    • Ammo To Buy Security Software
    • Always Wanted MOM Functionality? Get ServerVision Now
  6. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • Free Training In Centralized Spyware Eradication
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"The Guvmint On Spyware", or What The FTC Thinks.

The Federal Trade Commission has released its new 62-page Staff Report March 2005 on spyware. Worth it to grab and look through. You can find the whole thing in PDF format at the FTC.GOV site:

New SunPoll - Is Spyware Under Control?

Last week, you were definitely clear in your verdict of Lavasoft: GUILTY. The question was: "Do you trust Lavasoft's Ad-Aware after they delisted WhenU as Spyware?" A paltry 25% of you kept the faith, but 75% said that it wasn't acceptable and voted thumbs down! Here is the new SunPoll: "Do you have 'spyware' under control in your organization?

  • Yes
  • Yes, but keeping on top of it is overwhelming
  • Not really
Vote here:

Visit Tech.Ed 2005 in Orlando

Learn, solve, grow at Tech?Ed 2005, June 5-10. Learn how to get the most from the applications, languages, and code for the Microsoft® platform you work with every day. Experience a hands-on evaluation of the newest software and talk to the architects and engineers who built it. Network with people from all branches of the industry. Attend important Breakout Sessions like "Developing solutions on Microsoft's Identity and Access Platform" and "Managing the Software Lifecycle with Visual Studio 2005 Team System." Take back knowledge you can share with your peers. Give you and your company a competitive edge.

Choose from 16 Technical Tracks, 440 Breakout Sessions and hundreds of Cabana Sessions, panel discussions, and Hands-on Labs. Tech?Ed 2005 will be in sunny Orlando, FL. Join thousands of your peers in formal and informal networking sessions. Experience the Expo Hall with hundreds of Microsoft and Microsoft Partner exhibitors and sponsors. Tech?Ed 2005 is the place to learn, solve and grow. Register now, while there is still space left. You can check out Microsoft.com/TechEd or click here:

Quotes Of The Week:
"It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value." --Arthur C. Clarke
"Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules."- Douglas Adams

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


Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without


Secret Service Cracks Down On Cybercrime

InfoWorld has a good article about what the Secret Service does except for protecting the President Of The United States. One of their reporters spoke with Brian Nagel, assistant director of the Secret Service's Office of Investigations. He and the agency do far more than protecting POTUS nowadays. Interesting article:

Intel Forecasts Another 20 Years For Moore's Law

Wow. Think THAT through for a moment. Intel CEO Craig Barrett just announced that this week. They will have to get a bit more smart about designing chips, but they think they can do it! Background: Moore's Law was named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore. His law states that the number of transistors in a chip will double roughly every 18 months. Up to now, it has held true for 40 years.

In the past, Intel was able to keep up with this torrid pace by decreasing the size taken up by a single transistor within a chip. And it looks like they are going to be able to continue on this course. Barrett said that if you look at current research, making transistors even smaller will continue for years to come, up to the point where we reach the size of 5 nanometers which is the width of 50 hydrogen atoms. Purdy kewl, and job security for IT.

New Biometric Protection For Laptops: Your Face

Japanese manufacturer Omron recently announced the release of a biometrically protected system for laptops and PDAs, at the "Security Show 2005" in Tokyo. The new system requires users to match a facial id stored in the PC's memory with the images being compared via a built-in camera. The "OKAO Vision Face Recognition Sensor" requires a 1-megapixel camera, though the company claims around 99% accuracy with its technology. In addition, Omron says its software will identify the owner and unlock the device in less than one second. Currently the Omron system works with Symbian, BREW (from Qualcomm), Linux and ITRON, though it is not yet compatible with Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile or Palm operating systems.

News: Microsoft's Next Act -- Service Provider?

The maker of Energizer batteries and Schick razors has dumped an unspecified number of employees so that Microsoft can run its IT operations. The move is a tantalizing signal that Redmond may join the IT services business. A must-read scoop from SearchWin2000.com.

Spy Fighters: Antispyware Lessons From Readers

When SearchWindowsSecurity.com asked which antispyware solutions work best, and their readers had a lot to say. A group of 10 true spy fighters share their spyware nightmares, product reviews and technical advice on beating spyware.

Exchange Tip: Repair And Recover .PST files with PST2GB

If a .PST file grows to over 2 GB, it can become damaged and some mail items may be lost. Microsoft's PST2GB tool can help repair and recover the store -- with some caveats. Good article at the Search Exchange Site:


Is MS Virtual Server Worth It?

Network World decided to put it to the test. Their results were quite positive. It got 4.38 out of a possible 5 points. The article starts out like this: "In our Clear Choice Test, Virtual Server 2005 - technology Microsoft picked up with its 2003 Connectix purchase - proved itself well worth the money ($495 for a host with up to four CPUs) because it lets you run multiple instances of Windows (NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6 on up to 2003) on the same machine. And with the Virtual Server Migration Kit, it provides a way to gracefully move and consolidate older Windows NT and 2000 Server applications onto new (and ostensibly higher-capacity) hardware. The migration kit also helps resolve Windows-specific hardware issues, such as migrating a Windows 2000 server running on an ancient SCSI host bus adapter to new storage subsystems inside the host machine with very little modification. Check out:

Windows For Supercomputers Likely Out By Fall

It was all over the news this week. Microsoft announced in June last year that they were planning this, and now they have an ETA for this monster. Redmond hopes to have its first Windows cluster version ready in time for a supercomputing conference this fall.

Marvin Theimer, MS Software Architect for this Windows flavor said last Thursday that Redmond hopes to have a beta by this summer, and want to have their final version of what is officially called Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition ready in time for the SC2005 supercomputing conference coming November.

Theimer said you will be able to get nodes for this cluster at a discount. "When you buy a cluster, the price per node in the cluster is going to be reduced compared to regular Windows." He continued with: "We want to be competitive with something like Red Hat." I'm looking forward to it! We're building something cool over in Sunbelt I'll show you in a coming issue.

Certification: MS Has A Second Shot Offer

The MS certification site has an interesting offer. If you register for this offer prior to taking any IT Pro or Developer exam you will get a free exam if you fail on your first try. This offer is available worldwide. As a participant, you will receive one free retake per exam you purchase and fail.

You may register for the initial exam via an exam delivery provider (EDP) Web site, and if you fail, you can call the Pearson VUE or Thomson Prometric call centers to schedule your retake exam. Tell the call center agent you are taking part in the Second Shot promotion. Please wait one day after the failed exam to allow your test results to be entered into the system. All retake timeframes are subject to compliance with Microsoft Certification Exam Retake rules. See this link for more detail:

Dogfood Report: Microsoft IT on its W2K3 SP1 Experience

Scott Bekker at ENT came up with a fun headline that I shamelessly stole. [grin] The Microsoft IT Department this month posted a public account of its efforts in deploying Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 -- a sure sign the release of the service pack is imminent. For the people new to Microsoft, they go by a rule cast in Redmond-concrete: they are forced to eat their own dogfood, meaning they have to run the code they produce in-house before it gets released to their customers. Scott wrote about it on the ENT site. Here is the article:

Microsoft Provides Details on XBOX 2

Redmond released some specs on the expected XBOX 2 at the recent Game Developers Conference. Some of the highlights are that the console leverages high-def technology, which should be cool. Next is the new marketplace, where you can buy/acquire game specific content, such as maps, weapons, vehicles and skins, and customizable music play lists. MS worked together with IBM which will get them the multi-core chip technology, with will providing graphics card. Expect to get it before the '05 holiday sales. Press Release:


Ammo To Buy Security Software

You are all familiar with the fact that some professional scammers got hold of a lot of personal data of consumers, leading to the possibility of identity theft. But you may not know this. After the share price dropped over 20%, ChoicePoint stockholders filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all the people who bought ChoicePoint shares over the past 10 months. In the lawsuit (filed in California) it is claimed that the company knew it had inadequate protection, it was selling data to illegal enterprises, and that security breaches had occurred twice before.

If you need some powerful ammo to buy security software, this would be it. Boards of Directors really sit up and take stock of IT security when the lawsuits fly, especially shareholder-initiated ones! You should use this conflict to get adequate protection within your own outfit. Whether that is a vulnerability scanner like SNSI, or CounterSpy, C-level executives definitely wake up and start approving budget when they can prevent legal trouble.

SNSI is by far the best value in the scanner market:

CounterSpy Enterprise is taking off with rocket boosters too:

Always Wanted MOM Functionality? Get ServerVision Now

Here is a recent customer response we received:

"Your products are great! SERVERVISION is in version 1.0 and there are several improvements that can be made, but for a 1.0 product it is very functional and is making my job easier! I have always been the type of system administrator that did not like using 3rd party products and have been very successful in monitoring our network using my own scripting and notification methods. But your Sunbelt products have made a convert out of me and I am utilizing all the products I ordered from you guys fully! And tech support is great as well!" B.C. - Mgr. Data Center Ops.

SERVERVISION is just 50 bucks per server and has a host of very powerful features that you simply do not find in similar products. It's really worth trying out. But you'd better get it now, as there are so many new features in the coming V1.1 that the price will go up! (If you get V1.0 now you'll be grandfathered in.)


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


Free Training In Centralized Spyware Eradication

Want to SEE in less than an hour how to deploy, run and eradicate spyware from a central console, all from your very own workstation? Replay the recent webcast that went into all the nitty gritty of how to deploy and use CounterSpy Enterprise here: