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Vol. 11, #9 - Feb 27, 2006 - Issue #565
Would You Trash Your LAN?

    • Would You Trash Your LAN?
    • March Seminar Overview
    • Quote of the Week
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
    • Who Can Make Sense Of Redmond's Security Offerings?
    • Enterprises Overly Optimistic About Vista Security
    • Rolling Back Patches
    • Running System Restore from the Recovery Console (well, sort of)
    • How To Repair Exchange-related IIS Virtual Directories
    • Microsoft Eyes Six Core Windows Vista Versions
    • Redmond Sends SMS R2 To Beta
    • Server Slam: Windows Overtakes Unix, Linux Rising
    • Vista Is Feature Complete
    • Redmond's Response To The European Commission
    • Computer Security Awareness Videos
    • Special Antispyware Offer For K-12!
    • Double-Take for Virtual Systems --- Proven, Trusted and Reliable Replication - New White Paper!
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  7. WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • BOOK: Anti-Hacker Tool Kit, Third Edition
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Would You Trash Your LAN?

The Energy group in BP has shifted thousands of its employees off its LAN in an attempt to repel organized cyber criminals. I can see some of where they are coming from but I think it's scary all the same. Read this article and tell me what you think about this?

March Seminar Overview

We'd like to invite you to attend the following seminars that we are hosting in March:

"Winning the War on the Spyware Battlefield" - Join renowned spyware researcher and Sunbelt's Director of Malware Research, Eric Howes, for an engaging discussion on the scope of the spyware problem. Hosted at the Microsoft office in Atlanta on Thursday, March 23rd. Register here:

"What Every IT Manager Should Know About Protecting Microsoft Exchange and Centralized Backup" ? Join Sunbelt and NSI Software as we discuss strategies for implementing high availability, remote availability and offsite disaster recovery solutions for Exchange and other mission critical applications using Double-Take. Hosted at the Microsoft office in Rochester, NY on Friday, March 24th. Register here:

Also hosted at the Microsoft office in Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, March 30th. Register here:

Quote of the Week

"Sick cultures show a complex of symptoms such as [wars, slavery, and the like]...but a dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot." -- Robert Heinlein.

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


Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Must Have Freeware. AD Web Search App + GAL Self Service. Free download here:

MBSA V2.0 offers an intuitive user interface, more informative dialogs, and has automatically expanding product support:

Free MCP Beta Exams for Readers. MS needs beta testers and offers a free chance to take some of the exams.

Exchange Server performance problems can be difficult to pinpoint and troubleshoot. This puppy helps with this:


Who Can Make Sense Of Redmond's Security Offerings?

Microsoft's current offerings for anti-spyware, anti-virus and anti-hacker services is such an overlapping jumble, it has some of its own developers confused. What distinguishes Windows Defender, Windows Live Safety Center, Malicious Software Removal Tool, Windows OneCare Live, and Microsoft Client Protection from each other? Which tools work together? Which don't? The Email Battles sites sorts it all out... hopefully. [grin]

Enterprises Overly Optimistic About Vista Security

A recent study reveals enterprises have high hopes for Vista's security features. But Microsoft faces challenges convincing the security market of its leadership abilities. Over at the SearchWinIT site:

Rolling Back Patches

Patches and hotfixes can break as much as they fix. Contributor Serdar Yegulalp looks at some of your options when the need to roll back patches arises. He details the procedures for a roll back by hand and System Restore and provides the pros and cons of each method as well as the benefits of third-party software.

Running System Restore from the Recovery Console (well, sort of)

Recovery Console has no built-in way to run System Restore. If the Registry is corrupted, it is possible to do a manual restore. But the manual method is far from perfect. At

How To Repair Exchange-related IIS Virtual Directories

Exchange Server depends on Internet Information Server (IIS) virtual directories for a number of functions related to Outlook Web Access, Outlook Mobile Access and ActiveSync. IIS virtual directories are generally stable, but can become corrupted by inappropriate administrative action. This step-by-step guide provides instructions on how to repair them if they are damaged. At the SearchExchange site:


Microsoft Eyes Six Core Windows Vista Versions

But they are still "thinking about it". Redmond seems to have finalized the members of its next-generation desktop lineup. As expected, stand-alone Tablet and Media Center Editions are no more. They plan six basic editions of Vista, plus two more "N" versions, these are the European version that don't bundle Media Player.

Two of the flavors roughly resemble WinXP Home and XP Pro, but with an extra Home edition bundling Media Center features. Next two more enterprise editions with extra features, and a stripped- down flavor without Vista's graphics or 64-bit capabilities.

According to the current data (which was on their website and then yanked) Windows Starter 2007 is the bare bones flavor, and is not Vista branded since it doesn't have Vista's Aero graphics system, and it will only ship in a lowly 32-bit version. I'm fairly sure that this engine will be used to create the cheap "developing countries" flavor.

Next up is Vista Home Basic. It's aimed at single-PC homes and is the basic version of Vista. This version comes in the "N" version for Europe. One step up is Vista Home Premium, and of course has Media Center and Media Center Extender features, plus a support for Cable Card.

Windows Vista Business more or less replaces the old XP Pro, and it adds features such as Virtual PC, multilanguage user interface and "Cornerstone" technologies such as Secure Startup and full- volume encryption. And then there is the mysterious "Vista Ultimate" adds that will add still more goodies! Perhaps there will even be a special SMB version (Small Medium Business) but we'll see at the end of the year.

Redmond Sends SMS R2 To Beta

Microsoft last Tuesday released the first beta of System Management Server R2 and said the software would be generally available in May. SMS R2 includes two prominent features, a new catalog service that will let users download third-party patches directly into SMS and a new vulnerability-scanning engine to discover misconfigured software.

SMS R2's catalog features are part of the new Inventory Tool for Custom Updates. The tool allows third parties and application developers to create and publish a catalog of updates using the same formats used for Microsoft Update, which is Microsoft's Web- based download center for patches. SMS R2, which now only scans the Microsoft Update catalog, will be able to scan catalogs posted on non-Microsoft Web sites and download the patches into SMS for later distribution. Currently, users must download the non-MS patches manually, repackage them in the proper formats and then import them into SMS. More at InfoWorld:

Server Slam: Windows Overtakes Unix, Linux Rising

eWEEK has an interesting article. Windows Servers are now outselling UNIX servers. This is based on IDC and Gartner numbers that came out this week. The trend is toward Windows and Linux while RISC and mainframes showed decline. Server consolidation caused server sales to slow down somewhat. Details at eWEEK:

Vista Is Feature Complete

This week's build of Vista, the February CTP (Community Technology Preview), is "feature-complete", Redmond says, which means that all of the fundamental features that Vista will offer are now completely in the code. The user "experience" will continue to be worked at, bugs fixed, compatibility an performance will improve, however the basic form of the OS system has been cast in concrete, and from here on out expect to see mainly fine-tuning.

Redmond's Response To The European Commission

Interesting reading if you are into this kind of thing. The written discussion between Steve Ballmer and EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Croes. Microsoft made them public:


Computer Security Awareness Videos

Check these out, there are a few good ones you can use to train your employees. They were made for students, but a lot of staff would benefit from them too! The EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force and the National Cyber Security Alliance announced the winners of their computer security awareness video contest, which was held as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of and increase computer security at colleges and universities. The contest searched for two categories of short computer awareness videos that addressed a broad range of security topics or focused on a single security issue. Submissions were developed by college students for college students. The winning videos are featured at the site and will be used in campus security awareness campaigns and efforts. The contest included 62 video submissions from 17 universities. The winners were selected for creativity, content, quality of information; overall effectiveness of delivery; and technical quality. Check the winners out here:

Special Antispyware Offer For K-12!

Need spyware protection but have a limited budget?

When it comes to spyware protection, schools continually face unique challenges including multiple operating systems, diverse user bases, and limited budgets.

To help effectively combat these challenges, Sunbelt Software is excited to make spyware protection more affordable. With our new "Save Our Schools from Spyware" program, Sunbelt is providing deep discounts for any public or private K-12 educational institution on CounterSpy Enterprise.

The offer is open to any K-12 for-profit, non-profit or public educational institution and includes an unlimited site license with up to three years maintenance. That means no additional license expenditures, no support costs, and no maintenance or upgrade costs for up to three years!

You need a cost effective spyware solution that also provides the best spyware database in the industry, CounterSpy Enterprise gives you:
  • Second-generation anti-spyware tool built from the ground up for enterprise deployment and easy centralized management.
  • Scalable, policy-based, solution that supports several methods of agent deployment including silent push install, an MSI file or a self-extracting executable.
  • Proven best-of-breed tool that is powered by constantly updated and robust threat database.
Together we can "Save Our Schools from Spyware". Try CounterSpy Enterprise and see how easy (and affordable) protecting your school from spyware can be:

Double-Take for Virtual Systems --- Proven, Trusted and Reliable Replication - New White Paper!

Double-Take(tm) for Virtual Systems allows for the use of lower-cost virtual machines as high availability and disaster recovery targets, making disaster recovery more affordable. When you combine the accessible data protection capabilities of Double-Take with the flexibility and efficiency of virtual systems, you can have the confidence that your company's most valuable data is safe. If you want to learn more about this, please contact your Rep or Reseller and ask for the new white paper that explains the installation. Read the new White Paper! click here: (PDF)

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


BOOK: Anti-Hacker Tool Kit, Third Edition

McGraw-Hill/Osborne fully updated this book to provide you with complete details on the latest and most critical security tools, it offers extensive reviews on brand-new hacking tools, including wireless, forensics, anti-virus, phishing, pharming, and more. The book aims to feature "best practices" for using security tools, giving background not only on how to use a tool but also on the underlying reasons of why and when to use a particular tool. Through the use of screenshots, code listings, example tool usage, and case studies, the authors show how each tool can be used in certain real- world situations. It covers Windows, Linux/Unix, and Mac OS X. A CD-ROM with essential security tools is included. More at Amazon: