Vol. 11, #17 - Apr 24, 2006 - Issue #573
New SunPoll: What Is Your Record Uptime?
- 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
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- 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
- WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
- More On "Wipe & Rebuild PCs On A Regular Basis?
- On-Time Delivery For SQL Server 2005 SP1
- WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Webinar: Data Protection Strategies for Virtualization
- Windows IT Pro Readers' Choice 2006
- Latest Windows Patch Problems - Kerio Affected
- WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- 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..."
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?"
Vote here, bottom middle column:
- 100 days
- 200 days
- 300 days
- 400 days
- 500 + days!
Quote of the Week
"Look not back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around you in
awareness." -- Ross Hersey
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:
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:
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
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:
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:
||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
"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
The download is here:
And make sure to check the readme!
||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
Please join us for this educational webinar to learn more about
data replication for virtual systems.
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!
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:
- 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
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:
||WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
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