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Vol. 11, #20 - May 12, 2006 - Issue #576
"Search" Not Without Risk

  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • Our Latest Tech.Ed Giveaway: $25K Home Entertainment Center
    • "Search" Not Without Risk
    • 'Botmaster' Gets Nearly Five Years In Prison
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • New Patch for Exchange May Break Blackberry Email
    • 10 Tips In 10 minutes: Windows IT Management
    • Step-by-Step Guide: Hack To Speed Up Security Scans
    • Tutorial: Indexing Exchange Server Public Folder Content
    • Hot Add Memory Hangs Windows Server 2003 System
    • The Microsoft Outlook Toolbox
    • Subscribe To Server Virtualization Newsletter
  4. WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
    • SP1 Hotfix For SQL Server 2005 Coming This Week
    • Microsoft Ships Prerelease of Compute Cluster Server
  5. WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • How To Get PDF Reports Out Of SNSI
    • CounterSpy: #1 Network Computing Well Connected Awards
    • Cisco Has 12 New Specialist Certifications
    • How The Hacker Really Did It
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. ServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • Double-Take Application Manager for Exchange
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http://www.wservernews.com/060515-Kerio_WinRoute

EDITORS CORNER

Our Latest Tech.Ed Giveaway: $25K Home Entertainment Center

Here's what we are giving away at the Tech.Ed in Boston this year, based on a recent SunPoll. If you can make it to Tech.Ed, you have a chance of one in 10,000 or better to win this cutting edge stuff. Those odds are a lot better than the Lotto [grin]. This $25k Home Entertainment Center consists of:
  • Pioneer Elite 61" PureVision Plasma Monitor
  • 8-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System.
  • Denon AVR-5805 THX 9.1 Receiver
  • Denon DVD-3910 Progressive Scan DVD Player
  • Alienware Mediacenter PC
  • XBox 360 Premium
There?s still time to get in on the action at TechˇEd 2006. Register now. TechˇEd 2006: Boston, MA. Dates: June 11?16, 2006:
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-TechEd


"Search" Not Without Risk

The Wall Street Journal reported that new research released by SiteAdvisor links the epidemic of spyware, viruses and other nasty online traps to search engines. The study, based on thousands of searches using the most-popular search queries and providers, shows that the results pages of the biggest search engines include links to sites that can infect consumers' personal computers or expose them to nuisances such as spam email. SiteAdvisor found that roughly 5% of the search results on average were risky sites on the first five results pages. That included about 3% of the normal Web-search results and 9% of the paid advertisements the search engines serve up alongside them. Yikes!

'Botmaster' Gets Nearly Five Years In Prison

A 20-year-old who prosecutors say hijacked computers to damage computer networks and send waves of spam across the Internet was sentenced yesterday to nearly five years in prison. Judge: 'Your worst enemy is your own intellectual arrogance that somehow the world cannot touch you on this'. Yeah!
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-Botmaster_Prison


Quotes of the Week

"A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes that he has got the biggest piece."
- Paul Gauguin (Yes, the painter)

"If you love life, don't waste time, because time is what life is made of"
- Ben Franklin

"Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage."
- Niccolo Machiavelli

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


ADMIN TOOLBOX

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

When you supply the workset executable with the process ID (PID) of a running program in 32-bit Windows, it reclaims unused RAM.
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-Workset

Freeware for Microsoft AD & ADAM. Web Employee Directory + Self Service. Download at the NameScape site:
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-NamScape

Need a quick one-off (remote) virus scan done? Here are some links:

McAfee:
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-McAfee_scan

Clamwin:
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-Clamwin_scan

HouseCall:
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-Housecall_scan

Snapfiles has hundreds of freeware utilities for system admins:
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-Snapfiles


TECH BRIEFING

New Patch for Exchange May Break Blackberry Email

Found this important posting on the Exchange List this week:

In line with Microsoft's Security Update Advisor monthly patch update, http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/advance.mspx they have plans on releasing a patch on May 9, 2006 for Exchange 2000 Server and Exchange Server 2003. If you are planning on installing this update, it's important to note that this update affects user mailbox permissions by revoking the 'Send As' permission in Exchange which has an impact on third party products such as Blackberry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange. Once applied, this update will prevent users on Blackberry Enterprise Server from sending email from a Blackberry or Blackberry-enabled device.

Recommended Resolution:
RIM, in conjunction with Microsoft, has provided configuration settings that must be implemented to enable Blackberry users to continue sending messages. Microsoft is recommending modifying permissions in Active Directory as outlined in the following public-facing Microsoft KB:
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-Blackberry

Before applying this Microsoft Software Update, RIM recommends that Administrators review these two Knowledge Base articles and take any necessary steps appropriate for their environment. Please contact [email protected] if additional support is required for this as it applies to Blackberry Enterprise Server. (This will also affect Goodlink users.)

10 Tips In 10 minutes: Windows IT Management

IT managers spend a great deal of time troubleshooting issues that pop up in a variety of different areas. Whether it involves upgrading new technology or solving security mishaps, it's always a better idea to prevent problems before they arise. Stay one step ahead of your next IT dilemma with this collection of our 10 best tips on Windows IT management at SearchWinIT:
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-10_Tips


Step-by-Step Guide: Hack To Speed Up Security Scans

Have you ever wondered how you can save some time when performing your security scans? Well, if you use Windows XP for security testing, there's a hack that might buy you some time. Learn more in this step-by-step guide. And then use Sunbelt's military strength Network Security Inspector to scan your network for vulnerabilities.
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-Security_Scan

SNSI 30-day eval:
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-SNSI


Tutorial: Indexing Exchange Server Public Folder Content

Although the preferred method of indexing public folder contents is through SharePoint Portal Server, Exchange Server 2003 offers its own mechanisms for indexing public folder content. Public folder indexing allows users to more easily search for specific information across a public folder store. In this tutorial, expert Brien Posey explains how to implement Exchange public folder indexing and outlines its benefits and drawbacks at SearchExchange.com:
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-Exchange_Indexing


Hot Add Memory Hangs Windows Server 2003 System

Shutting down a server for maintenance is a major source of downtime for Windows systems. Adding memory is a common upgrade. WinServer03's hot add feature is great if it works. Learn more in this tip!
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-Hot_Add_Memory


The Microsoft Outlook Toolbox

Discover over a dozen must-have tools and add-ins that will boost Microsoft Outlook's security and performance capabilities and fix its feature flaws and shortcomings at SearchExchange.com
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-Outlook_Toolbox


Subscribe To Server Virtualization Newsletter

Subscribe to this new server virtualization newsletter to get updates on VMWare, Xen, sizing virtual environments, dynamic load balancing, managing boot images, disaster recovery for virtual environments and more.
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-Virtualization_Newsletter


WINDOWS SERVER NEWS

SP1 Hotfix For SQL Server 2005 Coming This Week

InfoWorld reported the following. "Security: It's no secret that Service Pack 1 for SQL Server has caused some problems, and this week Microsoft will correct the timeout errors received when trying to connect to SSIS, and other minor issues. "Microsoft is doing some testing and hopes to have the hotfix released by the end of the week, but if testing goes really well, it could be sooner," writes Database Underground author Sean McCown. Read more about the fix and the problems associated with SP1 in McCown's blog post.
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-SQL2005_SP1_Hotfix


Microsoft Ships Prerelease of Compute Cluster Server

Microsoft announced Monday it is shipping the first "release candidate" or RC for its long-awaited Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003. The server, due in June, is Microsoft?s first entry into the high-performance computing market. Microsoft initially planned to ship the product last year, but retargeted it for the first half of 2006 last November. When it does ship, the software will only run on systems that support Intel's and AMD's 64-bit memory addressing technologies. Read more at the ENTMag site:
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-Compute_Cluster_Server


WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS

How To Get PDF Reports Out Of SNSI

Question: We like what we see!! Looks like we can cut our SNSI scan times down significantly, which is great. I do believe we are on our way to put in a request for purchase on this product. Though the one thing we cannot test is the output of the report in a PDF, this would just make our liefs so much easier to send off the reports in an email to the management.

Answer: Actually there is s workaround for that. If you went out and downloaded the free program called Cute PDF you could print anything that you could print (including SNSI reports) to PDF. Cute PDF actually sits in your installed printers panel as a ?printer?. So when you print to it, you are printing to a PDF.
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-CutePDF


CounterSpy: #1 Network Computing Well Connected Awards

Free 30-day Full-feature Trial of Sunbelt's antispyware CounterSpy Enterprise, recognized as #1 for Administrators:
  • #1 Network Computing May 2006 Well Connected Awards
  • #1 Windows IT Pro Magazine Reader's Choice
  • #1 eWEEK Editor's Pick: "Most Affordable & Featured"
  • #1 Best Spyware Blocker Windows IT Pro Reader's Choice

http://www.wservernews.com/060515-CounterSpy_Enterprise


Cisco Has 12 New Specialist Certifications

These are to to align with its recently enhanced Channel Partner Program. Cisco Systems' new Specialist certifications match job-role requirements within Specializations for Cisco's Channel Partner employees, and will also be of interest to any technical professional involved with the design, implementation and support of integrated Cisco networks that incorporate unified communications, wireless, security, and routing and switching technologies.

"Cisco has created new Specialist certifications to meet the growing demand for integrated network technologies," said Don Field, director of certifications at Cisco. "Organizations that employ specialists certified by Cisco have expertise in the technologies required to build robust, sophisticated network- based solutions." The new Cisco Specialist Certifications include: Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Design Specialist, Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Field Specialist, Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Sales Specialist, Cisco Security Solutions and Design Specialist, Cisco Advanced Security Field Specialist, Cisco Security Sales Specialist, Cisco Routing and Switching Solutions Specialist, Cisco Routing and Switching Field Specialist, Cisco Routing and Switching Sales Specialist, Cisco Foundation Design Specialist, Cisco Foundation Field Specialist and Cisco Foundation Sales Specialist.

How The Hacker Really Did It

Remember the story about the hacker who was trying to find out if UFO's really existed and broke into U.S. systems? This interview explains how he actually hacked NASA and other Government databases.
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-Hacker


WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS

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



ServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

Double-Take Application Manager for Exchange

Double-Take Software provides organizations with continuous data replication solutions for Exchange disaster recovery, remote availability, and high availability by protecting all changes to Exchange data at the byte level rather than the full file or block level. You get up-to-the-second Exchange data protection with maximum performance and minimal use of your network and system resources. Double-TakeŽ Application Manager for Exchange demon- strates the commitment to providing customers with innovative solutions for protecting business-critical data. It integrates the management of application protection into a single console allowing for increased automation and ease of setup, resulting in improved protection, reduced recovery times, and a higher level of application availability.
http://www.wservernews.com/060515-Double-Take