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The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Oct 24, 2005 (Vol. 10, #43 - Issue #548)
Tell Me, How Am I Doing?
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • Tell Me, How Am I Doing?
    • New SunPoll: Desktop Firewalls
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • SQL Server 2005: Users Will Upgrade ... Eventually
    • Checklist: Measuring Patch Management Metrics
    • SQL Server's Emerging Rootkit Threat
    • Backup Tape Encryption Grows Up
  4. NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
    • Exchange Server 2003 SP2 Released
  5. NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • NEW: UpdateEXPERT® Premium
    • Troubleshooting Exchange Replication With REPADMIN
  6. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  7. PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • Tell Me, How Am I Doing?
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  EDITORS CORNER

Tell Me, How Am I Doing?

This is going to be a short W2Knews, because I'd like your input for the coming issues. W2Knews has changed over the years, growing along with our market, but we want to make sure we are still providing you with what you need. So do me a favor and fill out this one-minute 11-question web-survey. With the results I will get you a better W2Knews in the future. There are some eye-opening questions I'm asking! Here is the link:
http://www.w2knews.com/051024ED-W2Knews_Survey

New SunPoll: Desktop Firewalls

"What's your position on Desktop Firewalls on all your user's workstations?" Here are the options:

  • WinXP SP2 is good enough for me
  • Already run a third party firewall on the desktop
  • Don't have one, but want to/should have one
  • Don't have one, not interested
  • Other

Vote here, bottom middle column:
http://www.w2knews.com/051024ED-Sun_Poll

Quotes of the Week:
"Genius without education is like silver in the mine."
"Drive thy business or it will drive thee."
-- Both quotes are by Benjamin Franklin, one of my all-time favorites.

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

  ADMIN TOOLBOX

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

  TECH BRIEFING

SQL Server 2005: Users Will Upgrade ... Eventually

Large users want the security enhancements of SQL Server 2005 and will upgrade sooner; smaller shops worry about new-release glitches, and many say they'll wait for the first service pack:
http://www.w2knews.com/051024TB-SQL_2005

Checklist: Measuring Patch Management Metrics

How effective is your patch management program? In this checklist, patch management expert Jason Chan recommends the most important patch management metrics to track. At SearchWindowsSecurity:
http://www.w2knews.com/051024TB-Patch_Mgmt

SQL Server's Emerging Rootkit Threat

No rootkit attacks have been documented against SQL Server to date - but they're coming. Contributor Kevin Beaver explains just how easily a hacker could take control of your database using a number of rootkit exploits. Over at the SearchSQLServer site.
http://www.w2knews.com/051024TB-SQL_Rootkit

Backup Tape Encryption Grows Up

Backup tape encryption technology has come a long way and offers security that you wouldn't have otherwise. Here's advice from Brien M. Posey on how to do it more efficiently and a sample of hardware appliances that speed the process.
http://www.w2knews.com/051024TB-Backup

  NT/2000 RELATED NEWS

Exchange Server 2003 SP2 Released

Earlier this week, Microsoft released Service Pack 2 for Exchange Server 2003 (ES03) product. When SP2 for ES03 is combined with the company?s Windows Mobile 5.0 Messaging & Security Feature Pack, users will be able to push their e-mail, calendar, contacts and tasks to their mobile devices, a first of its kind for Microsoft.

Designed to work ES03, Windows Mobile 5.0 Messaging & Security Feature Pack has long been viewed as the company?s "RIM Killer" (referring to Research in Motion [RIM] with its Blackberry device) as it eliminates the need for additional third party software to enable push e-mail technology over existing MS Exchange 2003 SP2 environments. If any of you have this up and running, let me know how it works for you, and what problems you have had to overcome? Thanks.

  THIRD PARTY NEWS

NEW: UpdateEXPERT® Premium

Since many of you have licensed UpdateEXPERT, we wanted to give you an overview of the exciting new product, UpdateEXPERT® Premium. Because it is the only integrated security solution to offer both robust patching and security settings management, we are calling this newest security tool the next generation in patch management.

Here are exclusive features that differentiate UpdateEXPERT Premium from other products out there:

Security Settings ? Because most Windows operating systems are not configured to sufficient security levels, you may have holes in your network that patching alone can?t fix. With UpdateEXPERT Premium, you don?t have to wade through reams of settings documentation. We?ve summarized industry expert data from NSA, NIST, Microsoft and others, into brief simple security points within templates that are easy to use. Manage your security settings from the same management console as patching.

Flexible Licensing ? UpdateEXPERT Premium's flexible licensing accommodates any combination of patch servers and consoles. No server license is required and you can centrally manage your entire network from any workstation.

Lowest Acquisition and Subscription Pricing ? UpdateEXPERT Premium is priced for the budget requirements of SME's but is scalable to larger organizations' requirements. It is the lowest priced comprehensive patch management solution on the market.

Dependency Viewer ? This feature allows you to view all patch dependencies and supercedences for each patch you wish to deploy using a simple right mouse click.

Here are other features of UpdateEXPERT Premium:

Central Management of Distributed Patch Servers ? Perform operations across dispersed patch servers simultaneously, greatly simplifying routine tasks such as querying, deploying and reporting.

Multi-user Rights and Roles ? User roles such as administrator, auditor or policy manager are created, then rights such as query, manage machines, deploy patches, and report, can be assigned to each role.

Wake on LAN ? UpdateEXPERT Premium can remotely turn on machines that have previously been powered off in order to successfully complete necessary patching activities.

Notification of Specific Events ? You can choose from a list of events, such as installation, query, validation and reporting, and then be notified via email on any or all of them.

Report Enhancements and Custom Reports ? UpdateEXPERT Premium includes consolidated reporting for all master agents at no extra charge. In addition, the improved reporting package offers more in-depth views and data and easy customization.

Same SKUs - Please note that UpdateEXPERT Premium will have the same pricing and SKUs as the previous product.

Get it here:
http://www.w2knews.com/051024TP-Update_EXPERT

Troubleshooting Exchange Replication With REPADMIN

The SearchExchange site talked about REPADMIN. It's a is a built-in Windows diagnostic command-line utility that works at the Active Directory level to diagnose Windows and Exchange Server replication issues. If you are looking at replication though, you should also check out Double-Take and decide which option is the best.
http://www.w2knews.com/051024TP-REPADMIN

  FAVE LINKS

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

  PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

Tell Me, How Am I Doing?

This is going to be a short W2Knews, because I'd like your input for the coming issues. W2Knews has changed over the years, growing along with our market, but we want to make sure we are still providing you with what you need. So do me a favor and fill out this one-minute 11-question web-survey. With the results I will get you a better W2Knews in the future. There are some eye-opening questions I'm asking! Here is the link:

http://www.w2knews.com/051024PW-W2Knews_Survey