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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:
- 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?
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- 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...
- 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
- 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"
- W2Knews '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
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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!
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
Vote here, bottom middle column:
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.
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
Account Lockout Tip!
Account Lockouts - Wish you could find all the domain controllers
that are involved in user 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:
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.
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
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.
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:
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)
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."
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Find Out How Much Spyware Your AV Skipped
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