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Mon, Apr 11, 2005 (Vol. 10, #15 - Issue #520)
Who Wants 64-bit Windows?
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • Who Wants 64-bit Windows?
    • Sunbelt Software in Top 500
    • Windows IT Pro Readers' Choice 2005
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
    • 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
    • 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'
    • EMC Legato NetWorker Product Alert
    • CounterSpy Enterprise Installations: 888
  6. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • 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

If you have been reading W2Knews for a while and would like to thank me for your weekly windows news roundup, I would highly appreciate your vote! Thanks in advance. Go here to vote:

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!"

Warm regards,
Stu Sjouwerman (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)


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 the article:


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 impact problems.

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

Product Description:
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.

Problem Resolution: 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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