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Mon, Aug 29, 2005 (Vol. 10, #35 - Issue #540)
Microsoft Extends SUS Support!
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • Killer PC Viruses Are Unlikely
    • This Week Is Win95's 10-Year Anniversary
    • The Best Ammo Yet!
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
    • Student In Holland Finds Original Einstein Manuscript
    • NEC PC With Water-cooling
    • Troubleshoot Disk Quotas In Windows 2003
    • Head Of Data Security Steals Quarter Million Of Own Bank
    • Get Up To Speed On Windows Desktop Management
    • Don't Let Laptops Infect Your Network
    • Microsoft Extends SUS Support!
    • Exchange 2003 SP2 CTP Available
    • Missed The SANS Spyware Webcast?
    • Winternals Ships Defrag Manager 4
  6. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • iHateSpam For Exchange with Maintenance "2 for 1"
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Killer PC Viruses Are Unlikely

Robert Mitchell in ComputerWorld 'opined' that virus writers could destroy your computer by altering its microcode, and some experts think such viruses are inevitable. I tend to disagree. Virus writers have gone commercial and now write spyware for good money. Totally trashing the machine they have infected is not in anyone's benefit. More over, the level of uniformity in hardware is not high enough for these types of killer viruses to get very far.

This Week Is Win95's 10-Year Anniversary

In terms of real numbers, W95 has shrunk to just over one percent of the total Windows clients. It has dropped dramatically over the past few years. But that still means millions of PC's. Just check out the Windows forums, the W95 users are still out there! Most of these are happy with the performance as is, and do not want anything new. That is Redmond's biggest problem in convincing these people to up- grade to Vista, which according to Microsoft execs is like Win95, in terms of importance for both customers, Microsoft and the Redmond partner "ecosystem".

The Best Ammo Yet!

The Wall Street Journal just wrote that Tech Spending is rising specifically for security tools. Analysts state that tech spending is going to be up 7% over last year, compared to 3% last year. Forrester, IDC and Yankee all see significant growth. If you want your managers to check this out at the WSJ.com site, tell them to search on this: "Tech Spending Is on Track to Rise". And then ask them for budget approval! [grin]

Quote Of The Week:
"The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas- a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated." -- Ronald Reagan
"The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense. -- Tom Clancy.

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


Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without


Student In Holland Finds Original Einstein Manuscript

A Dutch student has found an important original manuscript from Albert Einstein in the Lorentz Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Leiden. A spokesperson of the University has acknowledged the rare find. According to specialists it is an important article from 1924 where Einstein writes about his latest discovery.

He describes what in the meantime has been named the so-called Bose-Einstein condensation. It is the phenomenon where the atoms of a gas experience a phase transition at extreme low temperatures. The confirmation of this theory by a physics experiment was only actually recently confirmed (1995), 40 years after Einstein's death.

The student was doing research for an essay in the home archive of Mr. P.Ehrenfest, who was a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Leiden University from 1912 to 1933. He was a good friend of Einstein. The article has 16 pages, and Einstein was a guest professor in at the Leiden University. The find is being called fantastic, it is clearly recognizable as Einstein's copper script handwriting. Here it is!

NEC PC With Water-cooling

A lot of hobbyists have created water-cooled PC's but not many of the large hardware vendors have gone there. Up to now. NEC's Valuestar G Type C is one. According to NEX you can keep a machine with an Intel Celeron at a max of 30 decibel and that is truly extremely quiet. It's NEC's first consumer water-cooled PC. You can only order it online for the moment. THAT is going to cause a few problems I'm afraid. Look for yourself:

Troubleshoot Disk Quotas In Windows 2003

Disk quotas are one of the most useful storage management features that W2K3 offers. The quotas let administrators control the growth of storage requirements and encourage users to employ storage resources efficiently. However, because they directly affect users, storage quotas can produce a lot of interaction -- and friction -- with users. For that reason, it is important that you diagnose and fix problems or unusual conditions that arise with disk quotas -- quickly. Good article on the SearchWinSystems site:

Head Of Data Security Steals Quarter Million Of Own Bank

The head of data security at the Helsinki branch of GE Money is charged with stealing roughly $244K from his own bank, using a company laptop while squatting on a neighbor's unsecured wireless network. Here is the story in a Finnish online newspaper:

Get Up To Speed On Windows Desktop Management

Want to learn the ABCs of scripting? Interested in a freeware program that can solve your desktop management dilemma? Then browse through SearchWinSystem's desktop management resource center. This in-depth coverage of Windows desktop management issues offers useful information to both newbies and veteran Windows administrators. Editors regularly add new content so check it out frequently! at SearchWinSystems.com

Don't Let Laptops Infect Your Network

Do you know where users take corporate laptops when they leave the office? More importantly, do you know what they are bringing back into the office? SearchWindowsSecurity editor Ben Vigil opines on personal firewall options in the wake of Zotob and other recent threats:


Microsoft Extends SUS Support!

This must come as a sigh of relief for a lot of system admins. Redmond decided this week to give a six-month reprieve to all SUS users (Software Update Services). They announced that they will support SUS until Dec. 6, 2006, instead of the original drop dead date of June 6, 2006. More and more it seems, Redmond listens to customers, (and W2Knews that voices complaints ;-) )

People bellyached about having to upgrade to Windows Server Update Services, which is the next major new version to SUS because of timing issues. And Redmond listened. They still want users to deploy WSUS though, and has published an upgrade guide from SUS to WSUS here:

And updated their Knowledge Base here:

Exchange 2003 SP2 CTP Available

Microsoft posted the Community Technology Preview of Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 last week, bringing the final version of SP2, a bundle of bug fixes and substantial new functionality for the messaging server, one step closer to its expected delivery later this year. Read more:


Missed The SANS Spyware Webcast?

For anyone that missed the SANS SPYWARE webcast, or if you'd like to direct your system admin friends to hear one (large) customer's experience with CounterSpy Enterprise, the archived SANS webcast is now posted at the SANS site, there were 800 people on the 'cast!

Winternals Ships Defrag Manager 4

Winternals Software announced they are shipping V4 of their Defrag Manager for XP and W2K3. The new version integrates with Microsoft AD and MOM 2005. It also supports W2K3 and XP Pro x64 flavors. The tool was designed to let admins remotely schedule, deploy, monitor, and control defragmentation tasks throughout a Windows-based network from a single console.

The new version provides new reporting capabilities that allow you to monitor the status of defragmentation operations such as success and failure details; space analysis; and disk and partition information. More at Winternals:


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


iHateSpam For Exchange with Maintenance "2 for 1"

The new IHATESPAM for Exchange V1.7 is being very well received. Its efficiency is close to 100% with low false positives. Sunbelt wants to give all customers the opportunity to get this award-winning tool during the third quarter of 2005 with 2 years worth of maintenance, but only pay ONE year! That also will make you eligible for the awesome NINJA product which is the successor of IHATESPAM for Exchange. Talk to your Reseller or Rep, and make sure your purchase order is received before midnight Sept 30, 2005