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Mon, Oct 3, 2005 (Vol. 10, #40 - Issue #545)
Microsoft Takes Sides In VHS vs. Betamax Wars!
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- Red Herring: Security Threats Rise 22%
- A New Word Coined: "Crime-ware"
- Check Out The Faves This Week
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- 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?
- 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
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Class Action Suits Not The Best Way to Challenge Spyware
- Where ARE These Community Broadband/Wireless Networks?
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- LanHound Wins "Oscars" for Packet Sniffers!
SPONSOR: CounterSpy Enterprise: DOUBLE Editor's Choice
- Windows IT Pro Readers- and Editor's Choice: "CounterSpy Enterprise
is tops with our readers and got the best marks for Rookie of the
Year and Best Spyware Blocker." -- Windows IT Pro September 2005
- Network World Editor's Choice: "CounterSpy Enterprise earned top
marks for its impressive spyware detection and removal, best
reporting functionality and all-around excellent performance."
-- Network Computing September 2005. Need we say more? Test it:
Visit CounterSpy Enterprise: DOUBLE Editor's Choice for more information.
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:
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!
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
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
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:
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.
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:
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:
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!
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:
- 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
- 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.
- DPM cannot replicate Encrypted Files - even those encrypted by
the Windows Server OS.
- Double-Take provides high availability failover - DPM is strictly
focused on disk based backup/restore.
- Double-Take replicates within seconds instead of hours - DPM
schedules are at best hourly but typically implemented with 4-12
hours between transmissions.
- Double-Take is optimized for WAN usage, including selectable
intelligent compression, connection resilience, a mature queuing model,
support for various accelerators and encryption infrastructures.
- 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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- Weird Japanese vending machines. All kinds of schtuff!
- How to reach a Human. thanks to Dan Pritts, is a list of commonly
called institutions - e.g., banks and airlines - that want you
to "please listen carefully as our menu options have changed" -
with tips for reaching a human instead.
- Doom, the movie. Trailers on the Apple website. And oh yes, the
big demon dog thing... it's in there too
- The National Security Agency has obtained a patent on a method of
figuring out an Internet user's geographic location. Link here.
- They said "cell phones give you brain tumors", but headsets would
be shielding you from the radiation. Now, this is claimed to be
false, and some one developed a special headset that keeps the
radiation away from your head. So the tumors are developing...
where? It never seems to stop. [grin]
- The biggest treasure ever was found by a deep-scan robot. WOW:
- And here is a NASA robot that will be able to scale cliffs on Mars.
- First Live Giant Squid Photographed. This critter is pretty big:
- If you haven't played with Google video yet, give it a whirl. It's
pretty slick. You can type in things that interest you - political
issues, dogs, game shows, whatever. You might get a video, or just
a transcript of a video. Some of the results are junk, some are useful.
- Jet Blue Landing audio: Comm between the pilots and Air Traffic
Control from the plane with the broken nose wheel recently:
- Into "Geek Watches"? Here is the ultimate site for you!
- Transparent Screens are optical illusions created by photographing
what's behind your screen and using it as a wallpaper. Few good ones:
- Don't know if you've seen this The Museum of Unworkable Devices, fun!
- Yes, your choice: Motorcycle or Powered Parachute. It's real!
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: