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Vol. 11, #17 - Apr 24, 2006 - Issue #573
New SunPoll: What Is Your Record Uptime?

  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • Protecting Bluetooth, What's Your Solution?
    • Third-Generation Messaging Security - What's New About It?
    • New SunPoll: What Is Your Record Uptime?
    • Quote of the Week
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • Hands-on Windows OS Internals & Advanced Troubleshooting with Russinovich and Solomon
    • Learning Guide: Backup Solutions
    • Microsoft's Virtual Server Gets Free MOM Pack
    • ActiveX Update May Cause Minor Glitches In Windows Shops
    • Step-by-Step Guide: Securing Web Servers
  4. WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
    • More On "Wipe & Rebuild PCs On A Regular Basis?
    • On-Time Delivery For SQL Server 2005 SP1
  5. WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • Webinar: Data Protection Strategies for Virtualization
    • Windows IT Pro Readers' Choice 2006
    • Latest Windows Patch Problems - Kerio Affected
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  7. WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • Superfast, Super Value, Remote Control
Groupware is not that difficult - with Kerio MailServer

"I especially liked Kerio MailServer's seamless support of the groupware features I'm used to getting from Exchange: calendaring, event notification, shared private folders, tasks, and synchro- nization to handheld devices for Outlook (by way of Kerio's Outlook Connector), WebMail, or Mac Entourage clients, comments a reviewer in the recent Windows IT Pro article that gives the product 4.5/5 stars. Continues..."
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-Kerio_Mailserver

EDITORS CORNER

Protecting Bluetooth, What's Your Solution?

WServerNews reader Kathy sent me this: "I really enjoy your news letter. In your article about the chips in the credit cards you mentioned blue tooth phones. Could you give me more information on what can be done to protect blue tooth smart phones from being infected or wiped out or compromised?" Well, I'm inviting YOU to send me the options you have chosen for this, and which phones you are using. Personally I use a Razr, with the Oakley shades that have the earpiece built-in. Email me with your solution or your fave link about protecting your bluetooth phone?

Third-Generation Messaging Security - What's New About It?

Let's have a 30-second look at the history of messaging security.

Stand-alone antivirus products that just protect your email and do nothing else, are First Generation tools. They are implemented on either a mail server or a gateway, are "doing their thing", without you as an admin having much flexibility at all.

Second Generation tools provide more functionality, for instance where the same product allows a system admin to filter both viruses and spam. Mostly these were originally AV solutions where the antispam functionality was bolted on later, with the resulting problems in both the GUI and flexibility.

Third generation tools are called that way because they approach the whole messaging security problem from a new, 100% policy-based perspective. After a good look at the existing products out there, third-gen tools are designed from the ground up as a framework, where 'best-of-breed' plugins can seamlessly work together in an easy to use, 'all-in-one' MMC environment. This allows you as an admin to create policies for the different groups in your organization, and provides you with the means to rule with an iron fist but be super flexible at the same time.

New SunPoll: What Is Your Record Uptime?

Mark Partlow sent me a screenshot with a whopping 630 days of continuous use of his Windows 2000 streaming media server, and I thought it would be fun to see what our reader's record uptime is: "What is your record uptime for any of your Windows Servers?"
  • 100 days
  • 200 days
  • 300 days
  • 400 days
  • 500 + days!
Vote here, bottom middle column:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com


Quote of the Week

"Look not back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around you in awareness." -- Ross Hersey

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/060424-Centrify

Must Have Freeware. AD Web Search App + GAL Self Service. Free download at the Namescape Site:
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-Namescape

The Solarwinds network management tools may look a bit tacky, but they are actually very powerful, check them out at their site:
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-Solarwinds

SpecOps Software have released a free tool called Gpupdate that gives you the power to perform gpupdate, start ups or shut downs of computers through AD Users and Computers. Pretty cool:
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-Specops


TECH BRIEFING

Hands-on Windows OS Internals & Advanced Troubleshooting with Russinovich and Solomon

If you like Sysinternals or the book Windows Internals, then you'll want to attend a hands-on (bring your own laptop) Windows Internals & advanced troubleshooting class, taught by Mark Russinovich and David Solomon. Topics include: crash dump analysis, advanced process and thread troubleshooting, memory management internals, security internals, boot process and troubleshooting, I/O system. Now updated to cover Vista! 2006 dates include London (June 26-30), San Francisco (Sep 18-22), & Austin (Dec 11-15). Register now at:
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-Sysinternals


Learning Guide: Backup Solutions

This guide introduces you to backup, explains best practices and pitfalls to avoid and provides troubleshooting advice. You'll find articles, tutorials, tips, tools, white papers, expert advice and more. Over at the SearchWinSystems site:
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-Backup_Solutions


Microsoft's Virtual Server Gets Free MOM Pack

Microsoft hasn't offered much in terms of virtual server manageability thus far, but the company did release a free management pack that keeps tabs on computers running Virtual Server 2005. In this article, learn how the pack helps keep tabs on computers running the software and the virtual machines hosted by the software. At SearchWinIT.com
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-VS_MOM


ActiveX Update May Cause Minor Glitches In Windows Shops

Analysts say the ActiveX patch may confuse users and create problems for Windows managers. Learn what they had to say in this exclusive article at the SearchWinIT site:
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-ActiveX_Update_Glitch


Step-by-Step Guide: Securing Web Servers

Doing business in today's world seems to create an ongoing need to set up new Web servers. Read this guide to be sure that the path you go down will lead you to a secure Web server that's less likely to be compromised by malicious outsiders or rogue insiders. At SearchWindowsSecurity:
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-Secure_Webservers


WINDOWS SERVER NEWS

More On "Wipe & Rebuild PCs On A Regular Basis?

WServerNews reader Alan sent this in: "I read your article on "Wipe & Rebuild PC's On A Regular Basis?" with great interest. One of the statements made concerned re-imaging a corrupt Windows workstation and that "reinstalling apps and getting all the settings right for individual workstations is a pain in the neck".

"Well, in case you weren't aware, there is one product out there which has been taking care of this problem for thousands of companies with millions of users for YEARS. The product is called Novell ZENWorks Desktop Management. It includes imaging, application distribution, and workstation personality migration tools. When a Windows workstation becomes corrupt and unstable, all the admin needs to do is:

1) run a tool to grab the workstation's "Personality" (user settings like wallpaper, etc)
2) re-image the workstation

"Once these are done and the workstation reboots and the user logs in, the applications (which the admin has already packaged for distribution) will be reinstalled. In case you weren't aware, Novell's eDirectory and ZENworks runs on Windows servers quite well and can perform all these functions without having to put in a Novell server. Oh, have only Active Directory? Well, Novell's Identity Manager can take care of that little problem automatically as well.

"There you have it - a solution for all the problems you were lamenting about from one vendor, and it isn't Microsoft! How much easier can it get? (besides upgrading from those unstable, virus- loving Windows servers to Novell or Linux, that is) Don't get me wrong - Windows is a stable, usable operating system, until you use it or plug it into the internet! I thought I'd shed a little light on the issue for you. Have a good day!" -- Alan

On-Time Delivery For SQL Server 2005 SP1

Microsoft on Wednesday announced it is shipping Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2005, on schedule. ENTmag has the story
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-SQL2005_SP1

The download is here:
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-Download_SQL2005_SP1

And make sure to check the readme!
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-ReadMe_SQL2005_SP1


WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS

Webinar: Data Protection Strategies for Virtualization

Reliable and Cost Effective Disaster Recovery and High Availability Solutions. Virtualization is one of the fastest-growing technologies in mainstream IT today. Historically, virtual systems have been used to consolidate operating environments, optimize resource use, and improve IT flexibility. While this remains true, organizations are now using virtualization as part of an exciting new business continuity solution. To ensure that business-critical data is always protected, replication technologies are being applied to virtual systems as a cost-effective means to disaster recovery, high availability, and centralized back-up.

Please join us for this educational webinar to learn more about data replication for virtual systems.
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-Virtualization_Webinar


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:
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-Windows_IT_Pro

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 for a while and would like to thank me for your weekly windows news roundup, I would highly appreciate your vote. Go here:
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-Windows_IT_Pro


Latest Windows Patch Problems - Kerio Affected

After installing the latest round of security updates from Redmond, some glitches have appeared. According to an advisory released by Microsoft, the chief culprit is a patch to fix a critical hole in Explorer. MS says for the most part the glitches result from problems with some HP software, like HP DeskJet printers, scanners, some HP CD-DVD players/burners, and HP cameras.

Sunbelt's Kerio Personal Firewall is also affected. Kerio flags applications that try to launch other programs without your consent. Redmond's patch uses a new program to try and validate the file extensions before they are launched. Kerio users will be prompted to approve just about any program they try to start. If you have this problem, the next time Kerio pops up an alert about "VERCLSID.EXE" check "allow" and then check the box in the pop-up that allows Kerio to remember your answer next time.

Here is the MS Knowledge-base item that explains the problem and where we hope the new patch will be located:
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-Windows_Patch_Kerio


WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS

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



WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

Superfast, Super Value, Remote Control

Sunbelt Remote Administrator has everything you need, and nothing you don't. A user called it a "pcAnywhere killer"! Sunbelt Radmin is a complete and secure remote control tool especially designed for-and-by busy system admins. (but if you are a normal telecommuter it will work great for you too) The truly crucial features are all there: superfast remote control, file transfer, NT security, telnet and multilanguage support. It has a very small, tight footprint and is blisteringly fast. The price is ridiculously low. This is one sweet little tool that comes with Sunbelt's industry strength tech support and resources. Version 3.0 is in beta and expected soon:
http://www.wservernews.com/060424-Sunbelt_Remote_Administrator