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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Oct 3, 2005 (Vol. 10, #40 - Issue #545)
Microsoft Takes Sides In VHS vs. Betamax Wars!
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • Red Herring: Security Threats Rise 22%
    • A New Word Coined: "Crime-ware"
    • Check Out The Faves This Week
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • Unscheduled Update/Hotfix for IPSec
    • SMS 2003 SP1 Updated Advanced Client
    • Mark Minasi's New Windows Tech Newsletter Is Out
    • Sun's StarOffice 8 Boasts Better Office Compatibility
    • Fast User Switching To Elevate Privileges In XP
    • How Often Do You Test Exchange Backups?
  4. NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
    • Microsoft Launches System Center Data Protection Manager
    • Office 2003 SP2 Hits The Web
    • Microsoft Takes Sides In VHS vs. Betamax Wars!
    • Gates Really Lusts After Blackberry
  5. NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • Class Action Suits Not The Best Way to Challenge Spyware
    • Where ARE These Community Broadband/Wireless Networks?
  6. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  7. PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • LanHound Wins "Oscars" for Packet Sniffers!
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  EDITORS CORNER

Red Herring: Security Threats Rise 22%

Got some good ammo for you if you need budget for security tools!

"So far this year, companies reported 862 incidents, up 22.4 percent from 704 during the same period in 2004, according to an annual study released by IDG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Cyber crime seems to be on the upswing, with 22 percent of companies surveyed reporting financial losses from attacks on their systems, up from only 7 percent in 2004. The study surveyed more than 8,200 information security executives in 63 countries. What's new is that threats from employees inside companies emerged as a significant problem in 2005.

Current employees accounted for 33 percent of the threats, up from 28 percent last year. The increase in the threats has led to a rise in security spending. According to the study, security spending in enterprises was 13 percent of the company revenue this year, up from 11 percent in 2004. The full article is at the Redherring magazine:
http://www.w2knews.com/051003ED-Threats_Rise

A New Word Coined: "Crime-ware"

One of the Sunbelt staff ran into this one and forwarded it to me. Don't think if have seen this in print before. It's most arresting! {grin]

Check Out The Faves This Week

We have a large amount of really cool Faves this week. The Net is a wonderful place sometimes!

Quotes Of The Week:
"Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience." -- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, born in 1547.
"The seekers after perpetual motion are trying to get something from nothing." -- Sir Isaac Newton

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

  ADMIN TOOLBOX

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

  TECH BRIEFING

Unscheduled Update/Hotfix for IPSec

The Bink site said: "In an out of character (and sync) move, Microsoft have today release a patch for its' IPSec Policy Agent for 5 Windows versions (below). Surprisingly, the regular XP edition is the only version that requires Genuine Advantage validation...I thought Microsoft were not doing that for security updates on XP?? Hmmm...

Install this update to address multiple issues in the IPSec Policy Agent. The IPSec Policy Agent (IPsecsvc.dll) manages Internet Protocol security policy. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

Update for Windows XP (KB907865) (requires Genuine Advantage Validation)
Update for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB907865)
Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB907865)
Update for Windows Server x64 Edition (KB907865)
Update for Windows Server 2003 64-bit Itanium Edition (KB907865)

Here is the link for XP to start with:
http://www.w2knews.com/051003TB-IPSec

SMS 2003 SP1 Updated Advanced Client

This SMS Advanced Client.MSI has been released for the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Service Pack (SP) 1 Advanced Client. This software update adds support for the SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates.

This MSI also includes individual SMS 2003 SP1 Advanced Client Windows Installer update packages (.msp). This MSI can be used to update existing SMS 2003 Advanced clients or can be deployed to install new SMS Advanced Client systems in an SMS 2003 SP1 environment. The individual Windows Installer package can be used to update existing SMS 2003 Advanced Clients.

Mark Minasi's New Windows Tech Newsletter Is Out

This month's newsletter completes what he started two newsletters ago. In the first newsletter, you'll recall that he covered Ms's free (and increasingly mandatory) database server MSDE. But MSDE is on the way out, to be replaced in November by SQL Server Express. THAT's the topic for this month. You get a what's better/what's worse comparison, step-by-steps on how to install, secure and administer a SQL Server Express system, and of course the popular "SQL Server Express Cheat Sheet." I hope you like it.
http://www.w2knews.com/051003TB-Minasi

Sun's StarOffice 8 Boasts Better Office Compatibility

Sun hopes the new version of its productivity suite may convince IT admins to take another crack at comparing this release against Microsoft's ubiquitous Office software. Story at SearchWin2000.com:
http://www.w2knews.com/051003TB-StarOffice

Fast User Switching To Elevate Privileges In XP

Fast User Switching in Windows XP can provide occasional elevated privileges, but it is not a cure-all, according to contributor Serdar Yegulalp. His tip explains how best to use Fast User Switching as well as some of its limitations. The article is at the SearchWindowsSecurity site:
http://www.w2knews.com/051003TB-Privileges

How Often Do You Test Exchange Backups?

We all know it's a good practice to regularly test backups in order to avoid disaster. But how many admins actually follow through? Find out in this SearchExchange.com quick poll. How often do you test Exchange backups? Cast your vote!
http://www.w2knews.com/051003TB-Backups

  NT/2000 RELATED NEWS

Microsoft Launches System Center Data Protection Manager

This week, Redmond announced the availability of System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM). DPM Manager promises to make backup and restore quite a bit cheaper. "Backup has been the bane of IT professionals for decades," Sr. Veep Bob Muglia said. "Disk-based data protection provides a revolution in providing continuous backup and fast recovery of data. DPM will help usher in this new era of disk-based data protection."

Microsoft also announced findings from a report it commissioned from VeriTest. The report concluded that DPM provided significant, tangible benefits over the tape-based backup solutions that were tested in the study.

  • DPM provided 11.6x faster file recovery with disc than equivalent file recovery from tape backup using Veritas Backup Exec 10 software.
  • DPM completed an incremental backup job 3.7x faster with disc than equivalent incremental tape backup using Backup Exec 10.

What are the key features that differentiate Double-Take from DPM? I have already spoken about this in earlier W2Knews issues, but it cannot hurt to reiterate these seven points here:

  1. DPM cannot replicate Open Files or Applications - this includes key services like Exchange or SQL. As this positions DPM for simple file servers, it requires customers to have different solutions for each application plus DPM for file. Double-Take supports all Windows servers equally.
  2. DPM cannot run on Domain Controllers - this is particularly notable for those environments where a remote location has only one server, offering directory and file services.
  3. DPM cannot replicate Encrypted Files - even those encrypted by the Windows Server OS.
  4. Double-Take provides high availability failover - DPM is strictly focused on disk based backup/restore.
  5. Double-Take replicates within seconds instead of hours - DPM schedules are at best hourly but typically implemented with 4-12 hours between transmissions.
  6. Double-Take is optimized for WAN usage, including selectable intelligent compression, connection resilience, a mature queuing model, support for various accelerators and encryption infrastructures.
  7. Double-Take ensures data integrity by maintaining "write order preservation" between servers.

So, what is the key business benefit that Double-Take is providing to customers compared to DPM? Simply stated, Double-Take provides robust, real-time data protection and application availability for anything that runs on Windows. DPM provides users with a tool to initiate file restores from disk. And Double-Take supports DPM, and can even replicate and protect a DPM server, something DPM itself cannot do. 30-day Double-Take download here:
http://www.w2knews.com/051003RN-Double-Take

Office 2003 SP2 Hits The Web

Microsoft this week posted Service Pack 2 for Office 2003 to its Download Center and began distributing the service pack through its sprawling update infrastructure. Read more at the ENT site:
http://www.w2knews.com/051003RN-Office_SP2

Microsoft Takes Sides In VHS vs. Betamax Wars!

Well, OK, it is 20 years later, and it's the contested high-def DVD format, but it's very much like the VHS/Betamax battle in the early 80s. Microsoft and Intel announced that they would support the Toshiba and NEC backed HD-DVD format versus the Sony backed Blu-ray. It's no surprise of course, since Redmond competes with Sony in the game consoles space, and it's likely that the Sony Playstation 2 will feature a Blu-ray DVD player. MS is far from the only player in this area though, so it remains to be seen who will be the ultimate winner. But SONY might now be playing tapes of its historic Betamax demise...

Intel and Microsoft are only the two most recent additions to the HD-DVD Promotion Group, joining such companies as Toshiba, NEC and content providers such as Universal Studios and Paramount. A complete list of over 100 companies is available here:
http://www.w2knews.com/051003RN-HD_DVD

Gates Really Lusts After Blackberry

This week, Palm Inc. unveiled their brand spanking new Treo smart phone that runs... yes you got it right, Redmond's Mobile 5.0 OS. Who'd ever thunk it! Strange bedfellows. This goodie will be available in the U.S. early next year.

Gates was quoted: "We've lusted after some of those things that they do well, and wanted to merge them with the things that we do well." commenting on his company's now-partner Palm. But the real deal MS are after is of course Blackberry. This new Treo hooked up to an Exchange Server without having to use a blackberry server is admittedly an attractive option.

Most details remained hidden, but Palm CEO Ed Colligan said that the Windows Treo is a "historic" product. He hopes it will help them penetrate IT departments around the world a bit faster. The Treo combines the functionality of a PDA with the ability to make phone calls and browse the Internet. Verizon Wireless Inc will be the exclusive provider of the Windows Treo to start out with.

  THIRD PARTY NEWS

Class Action Suits Not The Best Way to Challenge Spyware

Security Editor Larry Seltzer writes in eWEEK that when the fight against spyware moves to the wrong venue, it's lawyers who profit. Weigh in with your opinion, the whole article in eWEEK is here:
http://www.w2knews.com/051003TP-Class_Action

Where ARE These Community Broadband/Wireless Networks?

This site shows them all. When you move your cursor over the dots you get a brief (very brief) description of the network. Some of the dots are very close together (Dunedin and Tampa, or Miami Beach and North Miami Beach, for example) so move your mouse slowly. If you click on a state you get better resolution. You can also play with the "Organize by" option in the lower right corner.
http://www.w2knews.com/051003TP-Networks

  FAVE LINKS

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

  PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

LanHound Wins "Oscars" for Packet Sniffers!

September 2005, LANHOUND won the Windows IT Pro Magazine Reader's Choice Awards for protocol analyzers. In short, it got its "Oscar" in the packet sniffer category! What separates this puppy from the pack is that it is a super affordable tool that helps you troubleshoot NT/2000/2003 LAN, WAN or Internet segments. LANHOUND has practically all the features of products twice as expensive, and it supports switched networks! Use LANHOUND to hunt down broadcast storms, analyze protocols, monitor and secure your network. Windows IT Pro Magazine said (July 2004 issue) "...LANHOUND is a solid protocol analyzer for the money..." It's only $743.75 including first year maintenance and tech support. Download an eval copy here:

http://www.w2knews.com/051003PW-LanHound