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Vol. 11, #24 - Jun 12, 2006 - Issue #580
Tech.Ed 2006 Next Week

  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • Tech.Ed Next Week
    • Social Engineering Using USB Drives
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  7. 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...
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Kerio_MailServer


EDITORS CORNER

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:
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Computer_Haiku

"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

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


ADMIN TOOLBOX

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Use Active Directory for Mac authentication and access control. Centrally secure and configure Macs through AD Group Policy.
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Centrify

Freeware for Microsoft AD & ADAM. Web Employee Directory + Self Service from Namescape.
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Freeware

The Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall has a June Special. You can now get this powerful, small footprint firewall for just $14.95:
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Kerio

Does your AV software protect you against keyloggers, backdoor Trojans, adware, and spyware? It should! Try CounterSpy Enterprise:
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-CounterSpyEnterprise


TECH BRIEFING

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:
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-LiveLabs


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 SearchServerVirtualization.com site:
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Virtualization


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:
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Virtualization_Gaps


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:
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-POP3_Tails


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.
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Bad_Backups


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:
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Group_Policy_Answers


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.
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Exchange_2007


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 SearchServerVirtualization.com:
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Virtual_Server_2005R2


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:
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-VMWare


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".
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Google_Spreadsheets

Slideshow: Google Spreadsheets
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Slideshow

Opinion: Business users need more ownership, tech support and horsepower in their applications than Google's new spreadsheet app provides.
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Opinion


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.
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-SunbeltMessagingNinja


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 business.

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.
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Double-Take


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.
IMPROVEMENTS:
  • 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.
FIXES:
  • Many small bug fixes have been addressed.
For more information on any of the details above, please contact your UltraBac Software sales representative or reseller, or go to:
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Ultrabac


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)

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:
http://www.wservernews.com/060612-Hacker_Challenge3