Vol. 11, #2 - Jan 9, 2006 - Issue #558
Planning for 2006? All About Longhorn and 64-bit!
- EDITOR'S CORNER
- Planning for 2006? All About Longhorn and 64-bit!
- The CES Show In Vegas
- Quote of the Week
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- Worst Practices For Backup And Recovery
- Windows Hardware Trends To Look For In 2006
- Ready, Set, Go! SQL Server Performance-tuning Checklist
- WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
- Planning for 2006? Here's More About The Longhorn Wave
- 64-Bit Software and Processor Roadmap
- Microsoft Ships First Python Beta
- WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
- CounterSpy Enterprise Makes Me Look Good
- Elevator Pitch: Kerio Firewall Technical Background
- WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- BOOK: Hacking Exposed - Cisco Networks
How many machines in your organization are infected?
Sure, Freeware and consumer tools might be fine for a few systems,
but company-wide spyware management requires a real enterprise
product. Does your antivirus software protect your organization
against keyloggers, backdoor trojans, adware and spyware? Find out
if it does! You cannot afford to have a false sense of security when
your organizations security is at stake. Give CounterSpy Enterprise
a try. SE's stand ready for your Product Walkthrough via the web.
Talk to your Rep and tell them which one you prefer, the free T-shirt
or your personal full copy of the new Sunbelt Kerio Firewall:
Planning for 2006? All About Longhorn and 64-bit!
This issues has a lot about what to expect when from Redmond,
in the sense of new software versions coming down the pike, and
what hardware they need. And regarding that big WMF-exploit flaw
that dominated the news this last week... perhaps you did not know,
but it was Sunbelt Spyware researchers that discovered this flaw,
and we reported it first in our President Alex's Blog! In the mean
time, you want to deploy that WMF emergency fix ASAP.
Oh, and what operating system has the most vulnerabilities? US-CERT
has the answers, and it's not Windows:
The CES Show In Vegas
Last week, MS Execs revealed two new Windows Live services that
connect to Windows Media Center PCs. They are expected to be available
in a few months. You will be able to remotely record TV shows, get
program info and share fave shows with MSN buddies. BillG pushed
Vista hard, touting it to be the hub of the digital home, and announced
a partnership with MTV. Looks like MTV's Urge music service will
be integrated with Windows Media Player 11, which in turn will be integrated into Windows.
Quote of the Week
"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but
far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the
-- Benjamin Franklin
Worst Practices For Backup And Recovery
Even when network administrators are aware of the need for a solid
data backup and recovery plan, too many companies observe worst
practices, thereby dooming the plan. Here's a list of some of the
things they may be doing wrong. Over at SearchWinSystems.com
Windows Hardware Trends To Look For In 2006
Virtualization technologies, dual-core chips and other hardware
trends are top picks for analysts in 2006. Good article at the
Ready, Set, Go! SQL Server Performance-tuning Checklist
When developing a high-performance SQL Server, start with a talented
team and follow these steps that will have you effectively measuring
and tweaking performance:
||WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
Planning for 2006? Here's More About The Longhorn Wave
Microsoft keeps talking about its Longhorn wave. It started with
SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005. In 2006, we will see
Vista, Office 12, MOM 3.0 and maybe even Exchange 12. Interesting
read at SearchWin2000.com
64-Bit Software and Processor Roadmap
Michael Cherry from the "Directions on Microsoft" site has come
up with a good short overview what is to be expected regarding
64-bit Windows support. The copy below is published with grateful
acknowledgement to Directions on Microsoft.
"Microsoft is starting on an aggressive path toward releasing 64-bit
editions of key Windows Server System Software. Support for 64-bit
processors benefits memory-intensive applications, such as online
analytical processing (OLAP) systems, and compute-intensive
workstation applications, such as computer-aided design. Because
the x64 architecture is more popular with customers, only Windows
Server and SQL Server will support the Itanium processors. All other
64-bit support will be for the x64 processors?AMD64 Athlon and
Opteron 64-bit processor families and Intel's Extended Memory
64 (EM64T) family of processors. Windows Vista client will be
available in 32- and x64-bit editions for the foreseeable future.
Itanium support will not be provided.
"Windows Server will be available in 32-bit editions through Longhorn
Server R2, expected sometime in 2009. Itanium support will be available
as long as Itanium is viable in the marketplace. Windows Compute
Cluster edition, which never shipped as a 32-bit edition, will
only be available as an x64 release.
"In the Longhorn Server time frame (2007), Windows Small Business
Server and a future mid-market server bundle code-named Centro will
be available only as x64 editions. This may be due to the availability
of Exchange 12, a component of these systems, as x64 only."
Click here for a graphic overview:
Microsoft Ships First Python Beta
At the very end of 2005, Microsoft quietly began shipping the first
beta of IronPython, a release of the open source Python scripting
language that functions within the .NET common language runtime (CLR).
Read more at the ENTmag site:
||WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
CounterSpy Enterprise Makes Me Look Good
I just received this from WServerNews subscriber Sly Steward:
"Stu, I just wanted to send you a quick e-mail to keep up the good
work. You guys make me look good =). Here is a copy of an e-mail
that I just sent to my superiors:
During the 9 months of managing Counterspy, our infection numbers
have dropped from 79.4% infected to 5.9% infected. As for the severity
of threats on infected machines, we have gone from:
Extremely Critical - 64.6%
Highly Critical - 0.1%
Less Critical - 5.0%
Moderately Critical - 0.8%
Non Critical - 28.2%
Unknown - 1.3%
Moderately Critical 0.1%
Non Critical 99.9%
Try CSE for yourself and find out how much malware your existing
AV has let slip by:
Elevator Pitch: Kerio Firewall Technical Background
The firewall itself runs as a background service, using a special
low-level driver loaded into the system kernel. This driver is placed
at the lowest possible level above the network hardware drivers.
Therefore, it has absolute control over all passing packets and
is able to ensure a complete protection of the system it is installed
Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall is designed for protecting computers
NOT running WinRoute Pro or WinRoute Lite. These products use the
same technology for security and may cause conflicts with Sunbelt
Kerio Personal Firewall.
This product is ideal for your road warriors / mobile users:
- Blocks all externally originated IP traffic.
- Rendering the desktop invisible to potential intruders.
- Three security settings for easy configuration.
- MD5 application signatures protect the computer from Trojan
horses imitating trusted programs.
- Opened Connections overview displays clearly what each application
is doing at any given moment.
||WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
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