Vol. 11, #24 - Jun 12, 2006 - Issue #580
Tech.Ed 2006 Next Week
- EDITORS CORNER
- Tech.Ed Next Week
- Social Engineering Using USB Drives
- Quotes of the Week
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- Microsoft Live Labs Releases New Security Services
- Xen In Action: Deploying Multiple Servers
- The Rush To Fill Virtualization Management Gaps
- Missing POP3 Email "tails" May Torment Microsoft Outlook
- Four Tips For Verifying That Your Backups Work
- Group Policy Answers.com -- Newsletter 18
- WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
- Some New Exchange Server 2007 Features Will Be Extra$
- Microsoft Offers Virtual Server 2005 R2 As A Free Download
- VMware To Release Next-gen Virtualization Software
- HUH? Google Doing Spreadsheets Now? Yup.
- WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Why System Admins Love The New Messaging Ninja
- New: Double-Take For Windows Small Biz Server Edition
- UltraBac Software Releases Version 8.1
- WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- BOOK: Hacker's Challenge 3 (Paperback)
Kerio MailServer - practical groupware for SMBs
Microsoft Exchange not an option? Then you should definitely
look into Kerio MailServer, a well rounded package with built-in
McAfee, SpamEliminator and a groupware connector for Microsoft
Outlook. "An excellent choice for SMBs or any business that
wants to host its own mail services without dealing with the
complexity," concluded a recent Windows IT Pro review of Kerio
MailServer, awarding the product 4.5/5 stars. Continues...
Tech.Ed Next Week
A large crew of Sunbelt employees will be at Tech.Ed in Boston
next week, and this time I will be there as well. Come see me at
Booth 909 if you make it to Boston. If you can't, (and I know a
lot of you won't), I will be scouring the show for all kinds of
cool news and report on it the next issue. Got myself a new little
Sony Vaio TX750P/B Ultraportable with cell phone built-in so I can
sit practically -anywhere- and be online. Whoo Hoo!
Social Engineering Using USB Drives
An interesting little posting on Slashdot, Friday June 8. Some one
reported that a security audit team planted a several USB thumb drives
at the front door (and other employee hangouts) of a credit union
they were auditing. In very little time 15 of the 20 USB drives were
plugged into company computer systems and started e-mailing usernames,
passwords, etc. back to the auditors. LOCK THOSE SYSTEMS DOWN!
Quotes of the Week
"Yesterday it worked. Today it is not working. Windows is like that!"
More, and quite entertaining "Computer Haikus" here:
"If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do
stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?"
- Scott Adams
Microsoft Live Labs Releases New Security Services
Microsoft's Live Labs has launched two security-related Web-based
services, one for providing authentication and another for connecting
peer-to-peer applications through network firewalls. ComputerWorld
has the story:
Xen In Action: Deploying Multiple Servers
This article briefly examines the current state of affairs for multiple
server deployment, with an emphasis on modern advancements in virtual
servers and workstations. The most common configurations use three
primary techniques: Partition, Emulate and Virtualize. At the new
The Rush To Fill Virtualization Management Gaps
Significant gaps remain in virtualization management tools needed
to optimize those solutions, industry analysts and enterprise users
say. But help may be on the way. Here is the story:
Missing POP3 Email "tails" May Torment Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Outlook clients may hang when trying to retrieve POP3 email from
an Exchange server if any of the POP3 messages are not formatted with a
proper termination sequence or "tail." Over at SearchExchange.com:
Four Tips For Verifying That Your Backups Work
The only thing worse than losing data is discovering that your backups
don't work in the first place. These four tips will help you verify that
your backups are indeed up to snuff.
Group Policy Answers.com -- Newsletter 18
Tips and Tricks returns in Newsletter #18 from Jeremy Moskowitz and
GPanswers.com. Tips include: How to troubleshoot Group Policy for
a machine that claims it cannot find a domain controller, how to get
MMC 3.0 on your Windows XP Machine, and, are you ready for Windows
Vista? Find out! Also -- an armload of free training, resources, and
other cool stuff, all inside at:
||WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
Some New Exchange Server 2007 Features Will Be Extra$
The good news: Exchange Server 2007 is on track to ship either late this
year or early next year. The bad news: If you want unified messaging,
it's going to cost you more. And of course you need 64-bit hardware.
SearchWinIT has a good summary of the situation.
Microsoft Offers Virtual Server 2005 R2 As A Free Download
As of now, Virtual Server 2005 R2 is available as a free download from
Microsoft with no strings attached. Anyone running Windows XP Pro
Service Pack 2 or any edition of Windows Server 2003 can download
and run this latest version of Virtual Server 2005. Also at the new
VMware To Release Next-gen Virtualization Software
VMware Inc. this week will launch the first major upgrade of its flagship
server virtualization software in nearly two years, along with several
tools aimed at wringing more savings out of enterprise data centers.
Virtualization in recent years has gained favor among enterprise IT
administrators as a way to cut costs through server consolidation.
Market research firm IDC estimates that spending around server
virtualization will increase to nearly $15 billion worldwide by 2009.
But VMware says its latest arsenal of virtualization technologies goes
beyond server consolidation to simplify IT operations throughout the
data center. To that end, it has integrated new versions of its VMware
ESX server virtualization and Virtual Center management software with
several tools. The launch of the new suite, collectively called VMware
Infrastructure 3, marks the end of a beta program that began in October
and involved some 6,400 beta testers. More at ComputerWorld:
HUH? Google Doing Spreadsheets Now? Yup.
Here are some reviews that I found, describing what it does, and also
a slide show how they look. Better be prepared because your management
might ask you about this and want to know if they can use it instead
of Excel. Here are some articles: "Google's spreadsheet application
beta encourages collaboration, but is short on business basics".
Slideshow: Google Spreadsheets
Opinion: Business users need more ownership, tech support and horsepower
in their applications than Google's new spreadsheet app provides.
||WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
Why System Admins Love The New Messaging Ninja
We received this feedback from some one that just upgraded. There
are 1131 servers running Ninja in production environments: "I got
to work with a lady, in your support department, yesterday. She was
very helpful in guiding me through the intricacies of the new product.
It is already VERY helpful in quarantining the attachments that have
always gotten past us before. Unfortunately, some of members of our
staff insist on sending messages with ".eml" attachments, instead of
just copying & pasting the stuff into the new email message. The
excuse is that the folks at the other end are un-trainable. I now
have a report format that will show justification for making these
folks at the other end take the time to learn how to do things in
a way that is not so costly to our ability to protect our business.
The bottom line is that the reports function in this version of the
software is FAR MORE useful than in the I Hate SPAM for Exchange
product. Thanks again! -- D.P.
New: Double-Take For Windows Small Biz Server Edition
We've got some news! Accessible and affordable data protection and
disaster recovery for MS SBS. Sure, you back up your data. But how
frequently? How much data would you lose in a disaster between
backups? How quickly can you recover from a disaster? How long
would you be without a connection to your customers, and access
to critical applications and data?
Double-Take(r) from Double-Take(r) Software goes beyond periodic backup
to provide continuous data replication, ensure minimal data loss,
and enable fast recovery from any disaster or system outage. Double-
Take utilizes patented replication technology that continuously
captures byte-level changes as they happen and replicates those
changes to a target server at any location, locally or at a
recovery site miles away. In the event of a disaster, Double-Take
lets you recover from your target server quickly. What's more,
host-based Double-Take delivers better protection than many
hardware-based solutions, at an affordable price for your small
Thousands of companies - including more than half of Fortune 500
corporations - protect their data and applications with Double-Take.
Industry giants such as Microsoft(r), Dell(r) and Hewlett-Packard(r) have
chosen Double-Take as the software engine driving their disaster
recovery solutions. Get the same protection - streamlined and right-
priced for your small business. Compare it to the competition like
they did, and you'll choose Double-Take too.
UltraBac Software Releases Version 8.1
UltraBac Version 8.1, has some cool new features:
- A completely updated, and more user friendly user interface, which
includes docking views; past, present, and future views of operations;
and calendar views.
- HTTP links to support pages in our logs.
- Medium-changer support for disk / DVD devices.
- Command line options added for remote server operations.
- Eject after restore option added.
- Support for command line auto-responses.
- UltraCopy has the ability to span multiple volumes with media libraries.
- Setup improvements.
- More logical user preference support.
- Ability to switch between local time and GMT time.
- Clear Archive bit is now available on the "set" level.
- It is now possible to maintain managed machines for individual users.
For more information on any of the details above, please contact your
UltraBac Software sales representative or reseller, or go to:
- Many small bug fixes have been addressed.
||WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
BOOK: Hacker's Challenge 3 (Paperback)
The ultimate test of hacking skills for IT security professionals.
This unique volume helps you determine if you have what it takes to
keep hackers out of your network. Twenty brand-new, real-life
security incidents test computer forensics and response skills
--all in an entertaining and informative style. The latest security
topics are covered, including phishing and pharming scams, internal
corporate hacking, Cisco IOS hacks, wireless hacks, VoIP hacks,
Windows, Mac OS X, UNIX/Linux, and much more!
Each challenge unfolds like a chapter from a novel and includes
details of the incident-how the break-in was detected, evidence,
and background such as log files and network diagrams--and is
followed by a series of questions for you to solve. Detailed
solutions for all the challenges are included in the second part
of the book. Here is a link to the Amazon site: