Vol. 11, #22 - May 29, 2006 - Issue #578
Sunbelt Messaging Ninja Released!
- EDITORS CORNER
- Sunbelt Messaging Ninja Released!
- Server Virtualization
- New SunPoll: Desktop AV Protection
- Quotes of the Week
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- What's The Hap At WinHEC?
- Tutorial: How To Protect Exchange Server From Spam Blacklists
- Microsoft Defines Virtual Server Strategy
- Managing AD users: Getting from Point A to Point B
- Securing your Office
- WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
- Vista Still, Well, Beta
- Ballmer: "Vista May Be Late, I'll Take The Blame"
- OS Performance Booster Add-on
- WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
- iHateSpam For Exchange User? Upgrade To Ninja Now
- What makes the Ninja Attachment Filtering (AF) so "SMART"?
- WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- The Very First Third-Generation Messaging Security Tool
Block unproductive browsing and costly file downloads
Kerio WinRoute Firewall with OrangeWeb Filter will block
access to up to 72 categories of web content on a per-user
basis. Most IT managers have enough problems to deal with
without worrying about where users are surfing on the web.
The Orange Web Filter's biggest-in-class database has over
60 million URLs which Kerio WinRoute Firewall can block or
log access to. Continues...
Sunbelt Messaging Ninja Released!
After more than 2 years, and millions of dollars invested, we are
really excited to announce that Sunbelt has released the successor
of iHateSpam for Exchange. When we started, we looked at the existing
products out there and talked to a lot of admins. You told us that
what you needed was -one- product that would give you everything
you needed for Exchange messaging security in -one- console. You
told us it better be super reliable as Exchange is mission critical.
And, oh, just one minor thing, "it needs to be cheaper than what
we currently are running".
This was a tall order. Essentially we had to create a whole new
architecture that would support all this, a new third-generation
policy-based security tool for Exchange that includes dual-engine
antispam, antiphishing, dual-engine antivirus, antispyware,
powerful SMART attachment filtering to protect against zero-day
attacks, and more functionality following shortly after. All this
utilizing plug-ins, so that the product is future-proof. Well, it's
finally here now, and we are living up to everything you asked for
and then some, at a no-brainer price!
The existing iHateSpam for Exchange customer base has already
started upgrading. When you read this, Ninja is already running
on more than 500 production servers. At this moment, the largest
user is a University that runs an Exchange Server with 5,000 busy
mailboxes and Ninja runs without a hitch.
There are MANY reasons why you should seriously consider switching
to Ninja. You will hear more about these in the future, but for
the moment, the most important one is this. We are giving any
system admin that downloads and installs Ninja now, TWO YEARS
of the FULL SMART ATTACHMENT FILTERING FREE. No more renaming
of the extension to bypass the filter! That alone makes running
Ninja worth it. Check it out, and then install Ninja!
WOW. That was a hot topic. Many hundreds of you responded. We will
have an Exec Summary in the next issue, there is a lot of exciting
stuff happening in that space!
New SunPoll: Desktop AV Protection
New SunPoll: "Which feature do you think is the most important for
desktop antivirus protection?
- Protection of email
- Protection of Instant Messaging
- Mobile/plug-in devices protection
- A good end-user GUI
- Scheduled on-demand scanning
Vote here, middle column:
Quotes of the Week
"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate
tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the
minds of men."
- Founding Patriot Samuel Adams
"We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity
is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up
by the handle."
- Winston Churchill
What's The Hap At WinHEC?
WinHEC is a conference where hardware experts that use MS products
as a platform for their own stuff get together to hear about all the
new plans and products that Redmond has in store. There's always
a lot going on, and Redmond usually releases and gives out Betas
to the attendees. Microsoft created a virtual press room, where
you can see all the things that happened in one fell swoop:
Tutorial: How To Protect Exchange Server From Spam Blacklists
It is sometimes possible to get blacklisted by various antispam
companies, even if your organization has never sent a spam message. In
this four-part tutorial, expert Brien Posey explains how to keep your
Exchange Server off spam blacklists, and how to get off them if you'
ve already been unfairly singled out. At SearchExchange.com:
Microsoft Defines Virtual Server Strategy
Microsoft's roadmap adds some dates for its hypervisor and Virtual
Machine Manager. Microsoft fleshed out its server virtualization strategy
today in hopes of shucking off its reputation as a latecomer when it
comes to this emerging technology. But the company's roadmap doesn't
really hasten the delivery of virtualization technology, and it doesn't
hasten the previously announced delivery date. Microsoft said it will
have a beta release of its hypervisor by the end of 2006 and will make
it available within six months of the Windows Server Longhorn release
to manufacturing. The technology will require 64-bit hardware from
Intel Corp. or AMD Inc. Microsoft executives said the software will be
delivered as a free download and not necessarily as an R2 or service pack.
Next issue we will release the results of the big survey we ran last
week, tons of you answered. More at SearchWinIT.com:
Managing AD users: Getting from Point A to Point B
This is the second in a two-part series on the use of multi-platform
management tools to unify heterogeneous environments under Microsoft
Active Directory. Good article at SearchWinIT.com
Securing your Office
Microsoft Office vulnerabilities are not uncommon and most of your
company's sensitive data is stored in an Office document. Contributor
Tony Bradley recommends these best practices to make sure your Office
is secure. At SearchWindowsSecurity.com:
||WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
Vista Still, Well, Beta
Alex wrote in his Blog: "Of course, it?s beta and a bit of hell is
to be expected. Experiences generally are mixed. We?re running Vista
on various test systems here and I?ve personally been running it on
in a VMWare. Eric Sites, our head of R&D, has been putting it on
his home machine and his experience has been a mixed bag". Here is
his write-up, warts and all:
Ballmer: "Vista May Be Late, I'll Take The Blame"
The launch of the consumer version of Vista could be pushed back
past the stated January launch date, CEO Ballmer said this week.
The OS was planned to be released in 2006 but in March they said it
wouldn't get its "consumer release" until January 2007. Ballmer said
the planned January launch may slip further based on feedback from
a beta release program and the product road maps of hardware vendors.
"We think we are on track for shipping early in the year. We've
talked about the month, but we get a chance to critically assess
all of the feedback we'll get from this beta release then confirm
or move [the launch date] a few weeks," he said at a news conference
Oh, BTW, WinFS will be released in its Beta 2 incarnation during
Tech.Ed in June. And it's been rechristened to "Windows File Store,"
OS Performance Booster Add-on
Microsoft announced an add-on for Windows designed to improve
networking performance and scalability for such tasks as storage
and backup when coupled with specialized hardware. The technology
is from the mainframe world and this interesting story is over at
||WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
iHateSpam For Exchange User? Upgrade To Ninja Now
Version 2 of iHateSpam for Exchange, now called Ninja, has been
publicly released. Below are the upgrade instructions for Ninja:
Please read the install notes carefully before installing the upgrade.
For questions or problems upgrading contact:
Product Information Page and 45 min Livemeeting Ninja Demo:
Ninja comes with the anti-spam and attachment filtering. Ninja also
has an anti-virus plug-in feature that you can purchase at a 40%
discount until June 30th. Please contact your sales rep or reseller
if you are interested in purchasing this incredibly cheap dual-engine
We also host a Ninja Users Forum where you can discuss Ninja's
features, specs and any questions you may have with other Ninja
users and Sunbelt's Tech Support Team:
What makes the Ninja Attachment Filtering (AF) so "SMART"?
There are several different reasons why it is so powerful:
- It is the only attachment filter that checks inbound, outbound
and internal attachments.
- It looks beyond many types of file extensions, delving into the
actual file headers as opposed to just the file extension itself.
This means that simply renaming a ".exe" file to a ".txt" will not
fool the attachment filter and functions as an important zero-day
- It is policy-based so Admins can create different setting for
users and groups of users so you have a 100% detection and removal
of possible malicious attachments while at the same time allowing
policy level exceptions for outbound and internal traffic. The AV
and AF plug-ins together are highly effective, with extremely low
||WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
||WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
The Very First Third-Generation Messaging Security Tool
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 as an afterthought, 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,
Ninja, the first 'third-gen' tool was designed from the ground up
as a framework, where 'best-of-breed' plug-ins 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. A product like
this saves significant admin time and IT budget. 30-day eval here: