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Mon, Nov 14, 2005 (Vol. 10, #46 - Issue #551)
Clash Of The Titans: MS vs. Google
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • Yankee / Sunbelt 2005 Storage Survey
    • Clash Of The Titans: MS vs. Google
    • REMINDER: W2Knews Changes Name - WServerNews
    • New SunPoll - Layered Security: In Suites Y/N?
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • Do You Have A Strategy For E-mail Archiving?
    • Learning Guide: How to Design a Server Room
    • Spyware Responsibilities: From User To Admin
    • How To Get A Job In The Infosec Field
    • New GPanswers.com Newsletter
    • Account Lockout Tip!
    • Mark Minasi's Latest Newsletter...
  4. NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
    • Microsoft Spills Beans On New Desktop Manager
    • Microsoft Shows New Microkernel OS
    • Windows AntiSpyware Becomes Windows Defender
    • New Security Features In IE 7.0
  5. NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • A Very User Friendly Vulnerability Scanner
    • Double-Take Service Pack 2 Now Available
    • Webroot: "The Threat Of Spyware Continues To Grow"
  6. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  7. PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • Find Out How Much Spyware Your AV Skipped
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  EDITORS CORNER

Yankee / Sunbelt 2005 Storage Survey

You are invited to take part in this important survey about trends in storage, what your own solutions are, and your plans for next year. OK, it's 31 questions, and it will take you a few minutes, but they are all super fast 'point and click' and it's worth it. We will publish the results in a coming issue, and you will see what your peers are thinking, and their plans for all kinds of storage solutions. Please fill it out!
http://www.w2knews.com/051114ED-Storage_Survey

Clash Of The Titans: MS vs. Google

The new "Microsoft Live" offering is interesting from a strategic perspective. You could say that a new "Web V2.0" is trying to work its way into the enterprise; full fledged applications, but only via the browser. That's at least one of Google's points of attack. Now, this is nothing new. Remember Oracle in 1996 pushing its 'thin client' and claiming that the "era of the PC was over"? It's deja vu all over again.

Redmond sat there looking at Google trying the same thing as Oracle. So they decided to hedge their bets and come out with "Live". It allows MS to appear to jump into this same market and see how it pans out. It also seemed to be geared to mainly reassuring the financial community. In other words to some degree a PR-move.

But Redmond did not come out with anything really substantive, and does not show much ability to escape off the c:\ drive. And this time, the roles seem reversed; Redmond is the 800-pound gorilla that you can now look at as the canary in the "Web 2.0" coal mine.

REMINDER: W2Knews Changes Name - WServerNews

Repeat Warning: In the coming weeks, 'ye olde' W2Knews will be renamed and get a new jacket as well. At least, the HTML version that is. The TXT version will continue to appear as normal, (with a new name) but you will receive an invitation to update your profile as to TXT or HTML in the near future. Originally, we wanted to call it WinServerNews but after checking with MS lawyers they said that would cause copyright issues, so we decided to go with this new similar WServerNews instead. Also, make sure that this new domain name: www.WServerNews.com and [email protected] are now whitelisted in your antispam application. Thanks!

New SunPoll - Layered Security: In Suites Y/N?

Regarding layered security in your organization, would you prefer:

  • An integrated suite from one vendor
  • No, I want to select best-of-breed for each module
  • Neither/Other

Vote here, bottom middle column:
http://www.w2knews.com/051114ED-SunPoll

Quote of the Week:
"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about." -- Albert Einstein
"Why isn't there an UNDO button - in real life?" -- W2Knews subscriber Bob Eadie's 11 year old daughter, struggling with her Math homework.

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

  ADMIN TOOLBOX

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

  TECH BRIEFING

Do You Have A Strategy For E-mail Archiving?

What is your primary motivation for implementing an e-mail archiving product -- Sarbanes-Oxley and/or HIPAA, litigation concerns, or better data management and recovery? Or have you decided that you don't need to implement an e-mail archiving product? Cast your vote in this SearchExchange.com poll.
http://www.w2knews.com/051114TB-Archiving

Learning Guide: How to Design a Server Room

It's a known fact: the heart of IT operations is the server room. Given that, it's crucial that a server room's design be one that is well-thought-out and as refined as necessary before it's built out. But how do you determine what makes the most efficient setup? Here is an eight-step plan that show you how and help you design a data center your company will appreciate and you can be proud. (SearchWinSystems.com) Free registration required.
http://www.w2knews.com/051114TB-Server_Room

Spyware Responsibilities: From User To Admin

Ed Tittel takes a look at the different levels of spyware avoidance, from user education to cleaning up after infestation in this tip from SearchWindowsSecurity.com.
http://www.w2knews.com/051114TB-Spyware

How To Get A Job In The Infosec Field

Security Manager's Journal: C.J. Kelly's readers wonder where the infosec jobs are, so she did a little research. Good article at ComputerWorld that I liked:
http://www.w2knews.com/051114TB-InfoSec_Job

New GPanswers.com Newsletter

It's got new info all the time, including a very very active community forum. Managed by Jeremy Moskowitz, he also has a new website and book which help bridge the Windows and Linux gap. It's www.WinLinAnswers.com, and the book is "Windows & Linux Integration: Hands on Solutions for a Mixed Environment" The newsletter's got a lot of goodies:

  • Group Policy Intensive Training and Workshop Schedule
  • Technology Takeaway (r), a service of Moskowitz, inc.
    • Juicy tips and tricks (Jumbo sized!)
      • All about login scripts (Offline and Online)
      • All about WSUS settings
  • Upcoming Conferences, Appearances, and Classes
    • Upcoming GP Classes for 2005 and 2006
  • Additional Technical Tidbits
    • All about VMware's new "Player" gizmo and Microsoft's whizbang licensing for virtual machines!

You can find this newsletter directly at:
http://www.w2knews.com/051114TB-GPanswers

Account Lockout Tip!

Account Lockouts - Wish you could find all the domain controllers that are involved in user lockouts?
http://www.w2knews.com/051114TB-Lockouts

Mark Minasi's Latest Newsletter...

Is out as well. He talks about NET TIME, and Sender Policy Framework. He's also off to do his last public classes in quite a while, the Active Directory and Windows Security classes in DC. You can find his latest "Tech Page" here:
http://www.w2knews.com/051114TB-Minasi

  NT/2000 RELATED NEWS

Microsoft Spills Beans On New Desktop Manager

Microsoft execs said Systems Management Server 4.0 offering boosts security and will be easier to use. It also adds Wake-On LAN, to help admins manage desktops during off hours.
http://www.w2knews.com/051114RN-SMS_4

Microsoft Shows New Microkernel OS

Something interesting and curious to some degree. Redmond Research told the world about a new proof-of-concept prototype microkernel OS, with a code name "Singularity". It was written from scratch; no relationship with Windows at all, and it's unrelated to the Microsoft Common Language Runtime (CLR). You could almost call it "pure OS Research" with their primary goal being dependability versus performance. Currently a proof-of-concept experiment, the company did not indicate when the new OS would be released to the mainstream.

Windows AntiSpyware Becomes Windows Defender

December 2004, Redmond purchased GIANT Company Software and acquired its industry-leading antispyware product. Since that time, Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware has been in beta. Quite a long time. This week they announced that its official name will be Windows Defender. But still no release date in sight.

WinDefender will add substantial code to the MSAS beta. It will have other malware detection and removal features. Also, it will run as a service (easier to get lower-level access to the OS). WinDefender will be included in Vista. Vista is supposed to be released late next year, but who knows. Microsoft is notorious for slipped release dates. Redmond stated it plans for a free WinDefender for XP. Do not expect antivirus in this freeware though. They would be in court in a New York minute.

New Security Features In IE 7.0

Opinion: Microsoft is ramping up for a one-two punch to the competition with all the new security features in the next version of Internet Explorer, IE 7.0, which is currently in private beta testing. Deb Shinder of WindowSecurity.com got a chance to hear from some of the folks on the IE team about how these new features make IE more secure.
http://www.w2knews.com/051114RN-IE7_Security

  THIRD PARTY NEWS

A Very User Friendly Vulnerability Scanner

This is an email from a network admin that was testing SNSI:

"Well, I've only had a little bit of time to work with it, but I definitely plan to do more before the 30 days is up. I scanned my workstation and fixed a bunch of stuff that it listed. I was very impressed with how you guys provided the links for any relevant downloads or told step-by-step exactly how to fix it! Even registry editing! By the way, the one that told me about the Java update was a little outdated and pointed to 1.42.something instead of the newest version. I did scan a few more computers but haven't had a chance to do anything with the results. -- Kenneth Waters, Network Administrator. Get your own SNSI eval here:
http://www.w2knews.com/051114TP-SNSI

Double-Take Service Pack 2 Now Available

NSI Software is pleased to announce the release of Double-Take 4.4 Service Pack 2. The new service pack includes product enhancements and several fixes that continue to refine the level of data protection, ease of use, and reliability of Double-Take. "Flexible Bandwidth Scheduling" is a new feature that provides the flexibility to set and control the level of network usage by Double-Take. This feature allows users to set different bandwidth limits at different times during the day or week. The following link will get the service pack (it also includes the full version)
http://www.w2knews.com/051114TP-DT_SP2

Webroot: "The Threat Of Spyware Continues To Grow"

"The threat of spyware continues to grow, according to the latest State of Spyware report issued by Webroot. The report claims that average home computer in the UK is infected with 18.1 instances of spyware, giving the UK the highest concentration of spyware infections in Europe, and puts it third on a global scale, behind the US, with 24.4 infections on average, and Thailand, with 18.7."

  FAVE LINKS

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

  PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

Find Out How Much Spyware Your AV Skipped

The leading AV companies now claim they catch spyware but in reality, their results are not even close to stand-alone tools. You cannot afford to have a false sense of security when your organization's security and compliance is at stake! Download CounterSpy Enterprise and run it on your workstations. Find out how much spyware your AV application skipped. CounterSpy has the best antispyware database in the industry!

http://www.w2knews.com/051114PW-CSE