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Mon, Apr 11, 2005 (Vol. 10, #15 - Issue #520)
Who Wants 64-bit Windows?
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- Who Wants 64-bit Windows?
- Sunbelt Software in Top 500
- Windows IT Pro Readers' Choice 2005
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- Make Sure You Visit Microsoft/Tech.Ed
- New Print Feature Added To Terminal Services
- Hackers Write Spyware For Cash, Not Fame
- Spyware Flap Looks Headed For Court
- Tell Your Users: Don't Accept Postcards From Strange Men!
- How To Spec Your Exchange Hardware Needs
- When To Use Remote Desktop Over VPN
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- New, Even Higher Level MS Certification: MCAP
- Microsoft Beefs Up SQL Server Database
- "One-on-One" Peter Jennings Grills Bill Gates
- Eight Security Bulletins Coming Tuesday
- Yankee Group Slams 'Linux Extremists'
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- EMC Legato NetWorker Product Alert
- CounterSpy Enterprise Installations: 888
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Have You Backed Up Your Data Today?
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Who Wants 64-bit Windows?
Microsoft will ship the Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions this
month. They will be sold with new server hardware. Why would
you want this? There are some very good reasons actually. First,
the 64-bit architecture has more memory address space which
means better performance: bigger memory, page files, cache etc.
Second, soon all the new hardware you can get will be 64-bit by
default. Third, soon there will be x64-based versions of SQL
Server, Exchange, and Office. And Visual Studio 2005 will
support native x64 development of code. Fourth, 64-bit machines
and software will have a longer shelf life. Think it through for
a moment, these machines may not need replacement for 5-6 years
instead of the 3-4 year replacement cycle most of us are on now.
The one major problem? Device drivers. You have to make sure that
all the devices you hook up to your systems are compatible. Paul
Thurrott's supersite has a good overview of the different 64-bit
Windows editions and a great grid that explains which flavor
supports how many processors and RAM. Recommended.
Sunbelt Software in Top 500
Sunbelt Software ranked within the top 500 "Computer and Internet
- Software" sites, reaching a rank of 284 for the month of March,
2005. The 'Sunbelt Software' site also experienced a rise of 947
places in "All Sites" during March, 2005 to become the 10,957th
most visited site for US Internet users.
Windows IT Pro Readers' Choice 2005
Windows IT Pro Magazine started their 2005 Readers' Choice awards
voting and it continues through May 2nd, 2005. To vote, you must
have a Windows IT Pro registered user or subscriber account.
Registered user accounts are free and require only a valid e-mail
address. If you are not registered, this is a GREAT Site that I
think is in the Top 3 for system admins.
We'd be very grateful if you would vote for our products,
but especially CounterSpy Enterprise and iHateSpam for Exchange:
- Rookie of the Year: CounterSpy Enterprise
- Messaging Antispam/Mail Server: iHateSpam for Exchange
- Vulnerability Scanner: Sunbelt Network Security Inspector
- Network Analyzer: LanHound
- Monitoring and Alerting: ServerVision
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thank me for your weekly windows news roundup, I would highly
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Quotes Of The Week:
"I was going to procrastinate, but I put it off."
"I still miss my ex-husband....BUT, my aim is improving!"
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
Make Sure You Visit Microsoft/Tech.Ed
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(r) 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 the
"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.
New Print Feature Added To Terminal Services
With little fanfare, Microsoft has added a new feature in Windows
Server 2003 Service Pack 1 that makes life easier for admins
dealing with printing issues using Windows Terminal Services.
SearchWin2000.com recently conducted an e-mail interview with
Terminal Services and Citrix technology expert Stefan Vermeulen,
who maintains the site PrintingSupport.com, to discuss the
printing feature. It's here!
Hackers Write Spyware For Cash, Not Fame
TechWeb News reported that more than 70 percent of virus writers
are now writing spyware under contract, one more piece of evidence
that hacking has evolved from mischievous hobby to money-making
criminal venture, a security firm reported Monday.
Tel Aviv-based Aladdin Knowledge Systems said its analysis
showed that spyware is the favorite among malware writers,
since it lets them re-wrap their own "technology" and sell
it, or even introduce their own money-making ventures.
"We analyzed all the viruses we received during the past six
months, and found that 70 percent contained some sort of spyware
module or component," said Shimon Gruper, the vice president of
technologies in Aladdin's eSafe unit. "Writers have definitely
moved from creating simple viruses to sophisticated 'machines'
designed to hijack computers and the information on them."
The bulk of the spyware being created by hackers, said Gruper,
linked to organized crime. "They're doing it for financial gain,
pure and simple," said Gruper. "Unlike in the past, when hackers
were mostly 'script kiddies' who had nothing better to do, it's
quickly becoming more of an organized crime venture."
The full article is over here:
Spyware Flap Looks Headed For Court
Network World reported that a legal showdown is brewing between
anti-spyware vendors and adware marketing companies that contend
their software has been unfairly targeted for detection and
deletion. In between the combatants stand IT professionals and
consumers who only want relief from what they say has become
a growing blight upon corporate desktops and home PCs. Yours
truly is quoted:
Tell Your Users: Don't Accept Postcards From Strange Men!
The SANS Internet Storm Center reported this week that they are
seeing more reports of email messages coming in posing as "postcard
pickup" notifications that wind up delivering a trojan payload.
"One example we were forwarded is an email message claiming "You
have just received a virtual postcard from a family member!" which
apparently sends you to a "pickup" site that gives you an mIRC-based trojan. While it's sad that we have to say this, the amount
of cruft that's being delivered via email continues to encourage
us to take a "default deny" posture; without knowing the true
source of an email, one has to be cautious on accepting just about
everything these days.
How To Spec Your Exchange Hardware Needs
When thinking about hardware for new or replacement Exchange
servers, there are several elements you must consider. In this
step-by-step guide, analyst and expert Lee Benjamin walks you
through a methodology you can (and should) use to identify your
organization's specific Exchange hardware needs.
When To Use Remote Desktop Over VPN
When providing remote users protected access on a server, ask
yourself if they need it for connectivity or management purposes.
Serdar Yegulalp explains how this will help you decide when to use
Windows XP Remote Desktop or VPN. (Free registration may be required)
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
New, Even Higher Level MS Certification: MCAP
Redmond announced this week their first totally new certification
for a long time. This is something comparable to C-level execs,
and for people with significant experience in building solutions
that involve both MS and non-MS products. It's called the Microsoft
Certified Architect Program. More details should surface later
this year, it's "in progress" so to say. It's yet another level
for an employer to make an assessment of skill levels." More
detail at the MCP magazine:
Microsoft Beefs Up SQL Server Database
Microsoft last week shared details about the business intelligence
features it is adding to the forthcoming SQL Server 2005 database,
code-named Yukon. The new version of SQL Server with the analytic
features is due in the second half of the year and will be sold
in four editions: express, workgroup, standard and enterprise.
It's the first big overhaul of the SQL Server database in five years.
The upgrade includes a broad range of performance, management and
development enhancements, along with the analytic improvements,
and will be priced up to 25% higher than its predecessor, SQL
Server 2000. "It's a big, big, big release," says Chris Alliegro,
a lead analyst at Directions on Microsoft, an independent research
firm. "Microsoft has been working on it for quite a long time."
Check for the full story at the Network World Site:
"One-on-One" Peter Jennings Grills Bill Gates
Gates is talking about a new form factor for tablets. Smaller!
It's hidden in the interview. My personal experience with the
tablet I have is getting more and more positive. I'm offsite
a lot these days, but the facility where I'm at has WiFi and
I can TS into our server and do my email from there. Handwritten
email gets to be fun when the character recognition actually
works. Which it does. Here is the whole interview:
Eight Security Bulletins Coming Tuesday
ENTMag has a good little article that talks about Redmond debuting
an expanded Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification
service on Tuesday. In addition to warning admins about new
security bulletins, the service will now include non-security,
high-priority updates and information about updates to the
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. Read more:
Yankee Group Slams 'Linux Extremists'
Last week, W2Knews had the scoop on a new Yankee survey. The
rest of the press only released it during the week. Some critics
in the Linux community accused Yankee that their survey was not
impartial. The Yankee group hits back with the truth. Here is
THIRD PARTY NEWS
EMC Legato NetWorker Product Alert
April 5, 2005, Legato sent us the following. If you run Networker,
check this out. "Legato Software product alerts are used to
communicate information to Legato customers about potential high
Please read and utilize the information in this product alert to
assist in avoiding any situation that might arise from the problem(s)
described herein. If you have any questions regarding this technical
alert, please contact Legato Technical Support.
Vendor Name: EMC Legato
NetWorker 6.x and 7.x versions on all NetWorker Server platforms
Description of Problem:
In certain rare occurrences NetWorker tape backups have resulted in
volumes with portions of save sets that are over-written and data
that cannot be recovered. Such instances are confined to backups
spanning multiple tapes that meet highly exceptional conditions.
Although the possibility of this problem is quite small, EMC
recommends that you install the fixes made available with this
release for all NetWorker Servers and Storage Nodes.
Fixes are available for specific versions of NetWorker and cannot
be applied to earlier versions. Consequently, customers running
older versions of NetWorker should upgrade to one of the covered
versions and then apply the fix. Fixes are available immediately
for NetWorker 7.2 and 7.1.3. Please check the ftp site for future
availability for NetWorker 6.1.4 and 7.1.2.
For a technical description regarding this issue (LGTpa69733) and
the fixes please review the "Known Limitations" section of the
NetWorker 7.1.3 and 7.2 Release Supplements available at:
CounterSpy Enterprise Installations: 888
Sunbelt reached a new record in March 2005. Almost nine hundred
organization-wide deployments of CounterSpy Enterprise. Many of
these decided to roll out the product to start scanning for
existing infected machines, be able to report on this, find the
most infected machines, take measures with the offending users and
quarantine the malware. Version 1.5 which is expected this month
will add the real-time protection features that already exist in
the CounterSpy client. Since CounterSpy Client was chosen as the
PC World Best Buy in April 2005, consumers went online and bought
just under 24,000 stand-alone copies in just one month.
Why is this important for the Enterprise users? The vast majority
of these consumers opt into our ThreatNet and send us suspect code
that might be new strains of malware. This way our research team
gets new signatures in real-time that can be added to the ThreatNet
database which is used to update both the consumer and enterprise
versions. And besides that, we get spyware threat definitions from
Microsoft that come out of their spyware research team, fed by the
many copies of their beta.
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
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