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Vol. 11, #16 - Apr 14, 2006 - Issue #572
Wipe and Rebuild PC's On A Regular Basis?

    • The Real Reason Why Vista Is Late
    • Wipe & Rebuild PC's On A Regular Basis?
    • A First Look at Sunbelt Messaging Ninja
    • SunPoll: Who wants to run Windows on a Mac?
    • Quote of the Week
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
    • Why Some People Nuke Their Credit Cards
    • Fast Guide: The ABCs of GPOs
    • Learning Guide: Managing Windows Storage
    • Learning Guide: How To Evaluate Hardware
    • Exchange Tips To Make Backup A Breeze
    • Join us at TechEd 2006, June 11-16 in Boston, MA!
    • Did You Know About MIIS?
    • This July: MS Ends Windows 9.x Support
    • A Practical Guide for Developing the Right DR Plan
    • Special CounterSpy Offer For Universities
    • Windows IT Pro Readers' Choice 2006
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  7. WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • Handbook of Information Security, 3-Volume Set
Kerio MailServer - practical groupware for SMBs

Microsoft Exchange not an option? Then you should definitely
look into Kerio MailServer, a well rounded package with built-in
McAfee, SpamEliminator and a groupware connector for Microsoft
Outlook. "An excellent choice for SMBs or any business that
wants to host its own mail services without dealing with the
complexity," concluded a recent Windows IT Pro review of Kerio
MailServer, awarding the product 4.5/5 stars. Continues...


The Real Reason Why Vista Is Late

In a nutshell, "It's the OEMs, stupid!" Why? The vast majority of MS Operating System sales go through OEMs, like Dell, HP, and others. Availability dates of new OSen need to be made in agreement with the OEMs obviously. Now, these OEMs take an awful long time to test, test and test. (As they should!) A little birdie told me that the coders in Redmond have had their bits ready for a while, but the timing with OEMs was off.

For instance Dell creates a new build every 3 months, but tests that build for three months before it gets released. Yup, almost 6 months before new stuff gets out the door. And with HP it is likely the same or longer. So the upshot is easy, to have a new OS ready for the Christmas season, it needs to get the RTM to the OEMs in July. And that was apparently too early.

Smaller OEMs might have been able to ship early, but that would have made Dell and HP very unhappy. Such is life in the PC "mass market" we live in. Oil tankers are a bit difficult to maneuver as well. ;-)

Wipe & Rebuild PC's On A Regular Basis?

Last week at the InfoSec show in Orlando, Mike Danseglio, program manager in the Security Solutions group at Microsoft, virtually threw his hands up in the air and suggested that corporate and government system admins should create an automated process to wipe clean hard drives and reinstall both the OS and apps on a regular basis as a way to deal with malware infestations.

Well, my comment on this would be that system admins have been "ghosting" systems for years. Altiris, CA, IBM, LANDesk, and other companies provide desktop management tools that will save specific OS and app images to PC's on your LAN. However, that is still extra work, and still a headache, since reinstalling apps and getting all the settings right for individual workstations is a pain in the neck.

Either Redmond should hire the outside security experts it needs to come up with a secure OS, or cooperate with their development partners that have created perfectly acceptable and workable products to protect the OS against malware and keep it running just fine.

A First Look at Sunbelt Messaging Ninja

Well, we're a year late, but it's actually happening! The successor of iHateSpam for Exchange is being released. Its new name is Sunbelt Messaging Ninja and it kicks a$$ ! Here is your invitation to have a look at it:

Join Greg Kras, VP of Product Management for Sunbelt Software on Wednesday April 19th for the webcast: "A First Look at Sunbelt Messaging Ninja".

Learn about the features of this new messaging product including:
  • Policy-based plug-in management for antispam, antivirus, and attachment filtering
  • Fast deployment in Exchange 2000/2003 environments
  • Superior spam detection using two antispam engines
  • Aggressive virus detection and elimination using two antivirus engines
  • Custom rules for content inspection and attachment filtering
  • Powerful reporting options for all plug-ins
  • And more
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2006 1:00 PM (EDT)

To register please visit:

SunPoll: Who wants to run Windows on a Mac?

Question: "The hardware might be prettier, but is that enough of a reason to move to a dual boot setup?"
  • Yeah, and I want it now!
  • I would definitely consider it
  • Cool hardware, but the cost is prohibitive
  • Perhaps, when I see an Apple 'killer app' I need
  • No way, I'm happy with my Wintel box!
Vote here, bottom middle column:

Quote of the Week

"The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved." -- Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)

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 at the NameScape Site:

Microsoft Research released a URL tracer with typo patrol. Good one to reveal third-party domains that capitalize on URL misspellings

Sunbelt Remote Admin is a superfast, super value, award winning remote control program. Everything you need and nothing you don't.

Need a new security handbook? Here is a new Security Bible! This link is just the table of content. It's 900 bucks, and worth it. Read more about it in the Product Of The Week section. (PDF)


Why Some People Nuke Their Credit Cards

The Wall Street Journal this week had an article about mostly people in IT, that destroy the RFID chips in their so called PayPass credit cards. I'm not surprised. We all know that hacking is rampant. For instance bluetooth phones, if not protected can be infected and/or emptied out wirelessly. I'm not thrilled either to have my credit card data available for some one who brushes by me in the street with a hidden scanner in their briefcase.

These RFID cards are called SpeedPass, ExpressPay or Contactless. The cards have an embedded chip with miniature antenna. When they are activated by a scanner, the chip transmits your account data via radio. By waving your hand the purchase amount is drawn from your account. However, this has spawned a new industry! Devices to protect you from RFID, like wallets with metal shields to block radio signals. FoeBud in Germany has an online shop with RFID- busting products at:

Other websites are talking about RFID zappers that destroy the tags, think EMP for RFID! However, that is fraught with data risk, and might harm other electronics like iPods, cell phones, floppies, pacemakers, and perhaps backup tapes. Here is an example site:

And here is a website that sells a wallet with a special metal insert designed to shield radio-chip bankcards from being read:

Fast Guide: The ABCs of GPOs

You can use Group Policy Objects (GPOs) to control almost every aspect of your computing environment. This guide breaks down the basics of GPOs, and offers helpful tips for managing them and keeping them secure. They will be updating this page from time to time, so be sure check it out once a month to see what's new. Also, they take input what else you'd like to see included!

Learning Guide: Managing Windows Storage

Looking for advice on how you can better manage your Windows storage environment? In this guide, peruse tips, trend articles and expert advice on Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI), network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area networks (SANs). Also covered are the basics of Windows storage consolidation.

Learning Guide: How To Evaluate Hardware

Knowing what hardware to buy is never easy. Sure, you can read product reviews in industry publications, but sometimes that just isn't enough. Vendors' literature on their products is oftentimes filled with marketing hype. What should you look for when evaluating hardware? Read this guide and learn the basics for all hardware, how to evaluate internal hardware devices and how to evaluate external hardware devices.

Exchange Tips To Make Backup A Breeze

Your Exchange Server may be humming but there are always ways to make it run just a bit smoother or tricks for faster and more reliable back up and recovery. Discover the secrets to more efficient Exchange backups in Chapter 3 of this Windows All-in-One backup guide over at SearchWinIT:


Join us at TechEd 2006, June 11-16 in Boston, MA!

Sunbelt is a Sponsor at Microsoft TechEd 2006, booth 909. Now in its 14th year, TechEd draws more than 11,000 IT Pros and Developers for a week of technical training, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities hosted by Microsoft staff and industry experts. Take advantage of this face-to-face learning opportunity, and be sure to stop by our booth, and have a chance to win a $25K Home Entertainment Center. TechEd has sold-out early the last two years, so register today to confirm your spot at Microsoft's premiere, annual technical conference.

Did You Know About MIIS?

A WServerNews subscriber sent me this. "Hi Stu, I ran into this little baby during a webinar I sat in on the other day. Pretty interesting and has a monumental amount of uses when you think about it."

Microsoft Identity Integration Server (MIIS) 2003 is a centralized service that stores and integrates identity information for organizations with multiple directories. The goal of MIIS 2003 is to provide organizations with a unified view of all known identity information about users, applications, and network resources.

MIIS 2003 helps improve productivity, reduce security risk, and reduce the total cost of ownership associated with managing and integrating identity information across the enterprise. Here is a link to the web site.

This July: MS Ends Windows 9.x Support

This time it's for real. No more reprieves. Microsoft has started with a campaign to warn users of Win98, 98 Second Edition and WinME that it's really over soon -- that is for all technical support at least. A statement on their site said: "Microsoft is ending support for these products because they are outdated and can expose customers to security risks. We recommend that customers who are still running Windows 98 or Windows ME upgrade to a newer, more secure Microsoft operating system, such as Windows XP, as soon as possible."


A Practical Guide for Developing the Right DR Plan

Hurricanes, tornados, floods, malicious acts, or simple mistakes. Unfortunately, unplanned outages do happen. Are you Ready?

Statistics show some staggering negative results when the need to plan for disaster is not realized and implemented. By implementing a few short- and long-term solutions, you can help to keep your business from being one of these statistics. This white paper discusses a number of key items that should be included in a comprehensive DR program including why you need a plan, the top mistakes most companies make, and simple steps you can take now to become disaster prepared. Click here to download the PDF:

Special CounterSpy Offer For Universities

If you are managing a University Network and need a tool to fight spyware, you should check out the special pricing we have for you. Contact your rep or reseller for our new pricing for universities.

Windows IT Pro Readers' Choice 2006

I have a personal request for you. If you like receiving your weekly WServerNews, and like Sunbelt's products, I'd be very grateful if you would vote for us!

Windows IT Pro Magazine started their 2006 Readers' Choice awards voting and it continues through May 1st, 2006. To vote, the only requirement is a Windows IT Pro registered user or subscriber account. These accounts are free and require only a valid e-mail address. If you are not registered, you should. This is a GREAT Site that I think is in the Top 3 for system admins. Vote here:

And here is the list of direct links of our five products you can vote for. Thanks a lot in advance!
  • Security: Spyware Blocker - CounterSpy Enterprise
  • Messaging: Antispam Mail/Server - iHateSpam for Exchange
  • Network Management: Network Analyzer - LanHound
  • Security: Vulnerability Assessment Scanner - Sunbelt Network Security Inspector
So, if you have been reading WServerNews (formerly W2Knews) for a while and would like to thank me for your weekly windows news roundup, I would highly appreciate your vote. Go here:

WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS

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


Handbook of Information Security, 3-Volume Set

The Handbook of Information Security is a definitive 3-volume handbook that offers coverage of both established and cutting-edge theories and developments on information and computer security. The text contains 207 articles from over 200 leading experts, providing the benchmark resource for information security, network security, information privacy, and information warfare. This is 3366 pages and has a shipping weight of 18.4 pounds!