Vol. 11, #21 - May 22, 2006 - Issue #577
What Is Everyone Doing With Virtual Servers?
- EDITORS CORNER
- What Is Everyone Doing With Virtual Servers?
- Symantec Sues Microsoft To Stop Vista
- Quotes of the Week:
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- Learning Guide: Group Policy
- Managing AD Users Gets Easier Once You Figure Out Who They Are
- Program Provides GUI Front-end For Microsoft's HFNetChk
- Resetting The Windows XP Unread Mail Count
- WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
- Microsoft Buys VPN Vendor
- Gates Shows Off SharePoint Server 2007
- More About The Compute Cluster Server (CCS)
- WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Winternals Recovery Manager V3.0
- Does Your Antivirus REALLY Protect You Against Spyware?
- Radmin V3.0 Beta Now Available
- WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Double-Take Software Rocks at Tech.Ed
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check out Kerio WinRoute Firewall. ICSA Labs-certified on
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the ability to scan all email AND web traffic to ensure that
viruses are not embedded in web pages or email. Starting at
just $499 for the 10-user base license. Continues...
What Is Everyone Doing With Virtual Servers?
It's Virtual Server Survey Time! Lots of you are now using Virtual
Server technology, and lots of others are either getting their feet
wet with testbeds or are asking themselves if they -should- use this
technology. So, here is another Yankee Group / Sunbelt survey that
will provide you with what the current status is regarding virtuali-
zation and what your peers are up to. You are invited to fill out
this web-survey, it's going to take you about 3-4 minutes max, and
we will report back with the Executive Summary in a coming issue.
Looks like an exciting area to dig into! Here is the survey:
Symantec Sues Microsoft To Stop Vista
This one is rich, it's all over the place. Read all about the
next spat between software titans. Symantec has asked a U.S. court
to order a halt to the development of Vista, claiming that Redmond
is wrongfully incorporating Veritas storage technology in it.
So last Thursday, Symantec hit Microsoft with a federal suit in
Seattle, charging it with patent and copyright infringement, and
misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, unfair
competition and unjust enrichment. Whoa. All guns blazing!
Symantec claims that for almost 10 years Microsoft has "deliberately
and surreptitiously" misappropriated Veritas' data storage tech;
arm-twisted the Patent Office into giving it patents based on
Veritas technologies; and that Microsoft tried to weasel out of
it's obligations to Veritas with a mere "business relationship".
It wants Vista development to stop, -and- its sale or distribution,
(!) until the offending technology is removed from Vista. Symantec
also wants major damages and interest. And to pile up some more,
Symantec wants to own the patents - that Redmond received based on
Veritas' work. Oh boy, the press is going to have a field day with
this one! I'm betting on a counter suit within 30 days.
Quotes of the Week:
"The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human
- Don Marquis
"If you think you?re too small to make a difference, try going to
bed with a mosquito in the room"
- African proverb
Learning Guide: Group Policy
This guide introduces you to Group Policy, explains best practices
and pitfalls to avoid, and provides troubleshooting help and advice.
You'll find Group Policy articles, tutorials, tips, tools, white
papers, expert advice and more to pump up your Group Policy know-
how quickly. At SearchWinIT.com:
Managing AD Users Gets Easier Once You Figure Out Who They Are
Part one of this two-part series delves into some of the issues IT
managers face and identifies some ways to get around them. Over at
Program Provides GUI Front-end For Microsoft's HFNetChk
Admins use the command-line program HFNetChk to audit a list of SPs
and hotfixes installed in Windows computers. A new program gives admins
all the commands for the app in a GUI. SearchWinSystems has the story:
Resetting The Windows XP Unread Mail Count
Outlook 2003, and other e-mail clients that work with Windows XP,
supports a feature that displays a count of any unread e-mail
messages on the XP logon screen. This is a handy way to tell at
a glance if you have e-mail waiting. However, the feature sometimes
gets out of sync and requires manual maintenance. SearchExchange.com
contributor Serdar Yegulalp explains three options for resolving
||WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
Microsoft Buys VPN Vendor
Microsoft plans to acquire virtual private network vendor Whale
Communications, a move that will add new capabilities to Microsoft's
Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server product. InfoWorld
has more about this story:
Gates Shows Off SharePoint Server 2007
Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates on Monday
touted the capabilities of the company's upcoming Microsoft Office
SharePoint Server 2007. EntMag wrote the best summary of this news:
More About The Compute Cluster Server (CCS)
The Release Candidate is pretty interesting. Redmond states that they
want CCS to run in cheap machines, to get the maximum compute power
for the buck. However, they are also talking about 64-bit. I think
in a few years we can get 64-bit hardware for the price of low-end
machines now, so that might not be entirely off the mark.
When you install CCS, you start with a so called head node. It's
a single machine that leads the rest of the nodes in the cluster.
You want the hardware it runs on to be robust, as there is no fail-
over available for it...yet. Then, you can add a bunch of machines
that can be cheap, and even second-hand stuff. They have a wizard
that helps you set up the rest of the stuff, and there are MMC
snap-ins to manage the cluster nodes. All pretty easy stuff.
Where it gets hard is when you need to tweak apps to run on this
monster. It is expected that the commercial version will be released
||WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
Winternals Recovery Manager V3.0
You may have received a separate mailer from us this week about
Winternals. Here is more data. Recovery Manager is a enterprise
recovery suite that gives you customized protection for the OS,
apps, user data, user settings, and more. Having this data allows
you to restore multiple remote systems simultaneously. All from
your desk, or your vacation destination.
New stuff in V3.0:
The last one is very handy if you need to rebuild corrupted drives,
without having to reinstall the OS! This obviously saves a lot of
time. Other new cool stuff is the ability to take snapshots of
open files, without having to dismount them. More new features:
- open file support,
- 64-bit system support
- bare metal recovery
You can use their SmartBind technology to link AD OU's to Recovery
Point schedules so that newly added computers are automatically
protected, which is pretty cool. Check it out at Winternals:
- MOM Integration
- Lockable Recovery Points for rollbacks
- Offsite file store locations
- Encrypted file recovery
- Support for tablet PCs
Does Your Antivirus REALLY Protect You Against Spyware?
You know you need antispyware. Your AV-vendor touts they have it.
This is not always the case. Do you know if your antivirus REALLY
protect you against spyware?
In the current marketplace, antivirus vendors are including some type
of antispyware functionality into their applications, but over the last
year, their products have only attempted to counter the adware and
spyware problem. According to several leading authorities, antivirus
vendors are failing to keep up with the new and ever-changing landscape
of adware and spyware threats.
While most antivirus tools partially succeed in identifying and
defending against spyware, they unfortunately tend to look at these
threats through the lens of past experience ? they look for threats
that look like "viruses" and not like adware or spyware. These tools
tend to only target files and processes, and not complete groups of
items typically innate of spyware - including registry keys that need
to be removed.
This lack of aggressive spyware detection can have a significant impact
on how protected your organization is from spyware. With deficiencies
in blocking and system cleaning of these threats, your best defense
against spyware may not exist with your current Antivirus solution.
When you consider that dedicated antispyware software developers make
protection against the "non-virus" forms of malware their specialty,
it is essential to include best-of-breed antispyware as part of your
security posture. In fact, several independent tests have shown that
stand-alone antispyware products have been proven to be the most
effective. You can?t afford to have a false sense of security. If you
want top-of-the-line spyware protection, stand-alone antispyware does
a better job ? PERIOD. There is a brand new CSE demo you can watch here:
Radmin V3.0 Beta Now Available
RADMIN 3.0 Beta is now available. Previously presented on CeBIT 2006
in Germany, the beta version of Famatech's RADMIN 3.0 remote control
is now available to the registered Radmin users. As most of you know,
Sunbelt's Remote Administrator is a licensed OEM version of the
original product, and Sunbelt will soon release it's own Radmin V3.0
when the beta has been completed. However, we did not want to let you
wait, so we'll give you access to the original beta to play with!
Please read this notice before installing RADMIN 3.0 Beta
RADMIN 3.0 provides new enhanced features, smarter interface, faster
speed and tighter security. It is the most powerful and up-to-date
remote control solution for network management, remote support and
New Features of RADMIN 3.0 Beta:
Radmin V3.0 has been designed to ensure maximum security. The security
features of RADMIN 3.0 Beta are:
- RADMIN 3.0 new video hook driver for Win2K/XP offers faster speed
and consumes less data traffic, and smooth scaling options.
- Remote screen toolbar and many other improvements.
- RADMIN 3.0 uses AES 256-bit encryption for all data streams.
- Multi-user text and voice chat functionalities.
- The viewer and server modules are divided.
Numerous up-to-date security measures are applied at the log-in and
authentication. (As of April 17, 2006 Symantec antivirus lists Radmin
2.2 as a secure remote control/access product. This is another
independent approval that Radmin received, proving it's secure.
As of now Radmin is trusted as a secure remote control by all
other antivirus products.)
- RADMIN can't be used with weak passwords.
- 256-bit AES encryption.
Please fill out this form for the Radmin V3.0 Beta:
||WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Double-Take Software Rocks at Tech.Ed
Microsoft TechEd is Double-Take Software?s largest trade show
initiative of the year. Double-Take Software will have a strong
presence at the show and will also be hosting an exclusive
customer event on Wednesday night, June 14th. This party will
be held at a local Boston hot spot, Hennessy?s Pub, and will be
featuring Double Take Software's very own employee band ClusterFunk!
If you are going to be in town for the event, please join by
following the link below and registering to attend: