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Vol. 11, #2 - Jan 9, 2006 - Issue #558
Planning for 2006? All About Longhorn and 64-bit!

  1. EDITOR'S CORNER
    • Planning for 2006? All About Longhorn and 64-bit!
    • The CES Show In Vegas
    • Quote of the Week
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • Worst Practices For Backup And Recovery
    • Windows Hardware Trends To Look For In 2006
    • Ready, Set, Go! SQL Server Performance-tuning Checklist
  4. WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
    • Planning for 2006? Here's More About The Longhorn Wave
    • 64-Bit Software and Processor Roadmap
    • Microsoft Ships First Python Beta
  5. WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • CounterSpy Enterprise Makes Me Look Good
    • Elevator Pitch: Kerio Firewall Technical Background
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • BOOK: Hacking Exposed - Cisco Networks
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but company-wide spyware management requires a real enterprise
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if it does! You cannot afford to have a false sense of security when
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Talk to your Rep and tell them which one you prefer, the free T-shirt
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http://www.wservernews.com/060109-CSE

EDITOR'S CORNER

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.
http://www.wservernews.com/060109-WMF
Oh, and what operating system has the most vulnerabilities? US-CERT has the answers, and it's not Windows:
http://www.wservernews.com/060109-ZD-Blog


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 tempting moment."
-- Benjamin Franklin

Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]


ADMIN TOOLBOX

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Extend Active Directory to Unix/Linux/Mac to enable single sign-on, set global password policies. Free white paper.
http://www.wservernews.com/060109-Admin_tools

Must Have Freeware. AD Web Search App + GAL Self Service. Get a free download at the NameScape site:
http://www.wservernews.com/060109-NameScape

Double-Take remains the leading HA and DR tool with more than one hundred thousand enterprise installations worldwide:
http://www.wservernews.com/060109-Double-Take

The Exchange Server Performance Troubleshooting Analyzer Tool will help you deal with performance issues on a production server:
http://www.wservernews.com/060109-SearchExchange


TECH BRIEFING

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
http://www.wservernews.com/060109-SearchWinSystems


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 SearchWin2000 site:
http://www.wservernews.com/060109-SearchWin2000


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:
http://www.wservernews.com/060109-SearchSQLServer


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
http://www.wservernews.com/060109-Longhorn_wave


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:
http://www.wservernews.com/060109-OS_Chart


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:
http://www.wservernews.com/060109-Python_Beta


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%
Total: 100.0%

To:
Moderately Critical 0.1%
Non Critical 99.9%
Total: 100.0%"
--end quote

Try CSE for yourself and find out how much malware your existing AV has let slip by:
http://www.wservernews.com/060109-CSE_2


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 on.

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.
  • 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.
This product is ideal for your road warriors / mobile users:
http://www.wservernews.com/060109-Kerio


WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS

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


WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

BOOK: Hacking Exposed - Cisco Networks

Here is the first book to focus solely on Cisco network hacking, security auditing, and defense issues. Using the proven Hacking Exposed methodology, this book shows you how to locate and patch system vulnerabilities by looking at your Cisco network through the eyes of a hacker. The book covers device-specific and network- centered attacks and defenses and offers real-world case studies:
http://www.wservernews.com/060109-Hacking