Vol. 11, #20 - May 12, 2006 - Issue #576
"Search" Not Without Risk
- 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
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- 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
- WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
- SP1 Hotfix For SQL Server 2005 Coming This Week
- Microsoft Ships Prerelease of Compute Cluster Server
- 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
- 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
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use Active Directory for user management. Continues...
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
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There?s still time to get in on the action at TechˇEd 2006.
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- Denon AVR-5805 THX 9.1 Receiver
- Denon DVD-3910 Progressive Scan DVD Player
- Alienware Mediacenter PC
- XBox 360 Premium
"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!
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
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,
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.
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:
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:
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.
SNSI 30-day eval:
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:
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!
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
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updates on VMWare, Xen, sizing virtual environments, dynamic load
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||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.
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:
||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.
CounterSpy: #1 Network Computing Well Connected Awards
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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
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.
||WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- NASA and Partners Release New Movies of Titan. Here's the Video (Quicktime):
- Type in any keyword and this new Google Site gives you its trend.
- For the last few years, BMW and University of Bath have been hard
at work on the CLEVER ? a compact fuel-efficient vehicle for city
driving. Check out the videos a little further down. Awesome!
- BIRD FLU HITS TRAILER PARK IN FLORIDA!!!! [grin]
- Wal-Mart starts selling cheap Linux "build-your-own" systems:
- Gone in 60 seconds--the high-tech version. Thieves can steal your
car using a laptop if -you- use "anti theft" keyless ignition...
- Next generation robotics. Pleo runs "Life Form Operating System"!
- The simplest, cheapest Wi-fi amplifier in the world: an iron bucket?
- How about a new living roach pet for your significant other?
- This is hilarious: An improv group got about 80 people together,
had them dress just like Best Buy employees (blue shirt, tan pants,
black shoes), go into a store one by one until they were all in
there, and just hang out waiting for customers to ask them questions.
They never claimed to work there (customers just started to assume
it) and were helpful when asked for something. The real store
employees thought the whole thing was amusing, but management and
security personnel were completely freaked out. Story and pix:
- Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It
shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked
eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium
projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.
- Here?s a new shoe, no laces required, and fits like a glove!
- Perhaps my wife will let me buy this new hybrid motorcycle. [grin]
There is sound with this... (Warning, may not be appropriate for
office viewing.) OK, it's adolescent humor, but I -was- LMAO !
- So, a blonde Bond. The teaser for the next Bond movie...
- I've just ordered a couple - I think we'll have a small war...
||ServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
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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.