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Vol. 11, #25 - Jun 16, 2006 - Issue #581
Gates Announces Retirement / Tech.Ed 2006 Roundup

  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • End Of An Era: Gates Announces Retirement
    • Tech.Ed 2006 Roundup
    • Quote of the Week
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • The Seven Most Important Tech.Ed Items
    • End of Support: Microsoft's Service Pack 1
    • Possible Explanation For "Self-Spam"
    • Vista Resources
    • Step-by-Step Guide: Exchange Server Capacity Planning With Performance Monitor
  4. WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
    • Microsoft Adopts Forefront Brand for Business Security
  5. WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • No More Renaming Attachments And Beating The Filter
    • And Who Won the WinIT Pro Best Of Tech.Ed Awards?
    • Double-Take Software Announces Management Pack for MOM
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • BOOK: Hacking Web Applications Exposed Second Edition
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comments a reviewer in the recent Windows IT Pro article that
gives the product 4.5/5 stars. Continues...
http://www.wservernews.com/060619-Kerio_MailServer

EDITORS CORNER

End Of An Era: Gates Announces Retirement

After yesterday's close of the markets, BillG, now 50, announced that in two years he's going to go 'full-time' giving away his money. MS announced a succession plan, where Ray Ozzie will become Chief Software Architect immediately. Gates will remain the company's Chairman for the foreseeable future. CTO Craig Mundie would assume the title of chief research and strategy officer, and work closely with Gates over the next two years to oversee the Redmond R&D. Ozzie is well respected both outside and inside MS, and will do well for sure. Gates talked about Ballmer and said he couldn't have asked for a "better business partner or a better friend," not to mention the "best CEO for Microsoft that I could imagine." There will be change at MS in the coming years!

Gates to a large degree singlehandedly wrought a revolution in the IT industry. I remember well the time that word processor files were simply not compatible with each other, none of them. They all had to be converted all the time to different applications. That all changed with industry standardization to Microsoft products. But he grew up in the era of selling boxes for a profit, and that business model is disappearing. Ray Ozzie in his very first speech, immediately started talking about Software as a Service (SaaS) and that is where we are moving towards in a hurry.

Tech.Ed 2006 Roundup

It was a great show in Boston! I met many of you and thanks for all the kudos I got. It's still fun writing this newsletter every week, even after 10 years! The weather was great, tons of enthusiastic and smart people at the new Convention center, and a lot of very interesting sessions. Microsoft unveiled a new security brand called Forefront that they will use as an umbrella for several existing tools. One of these is Windows Client Protection rebranded to Forefront Client Security, which they claim will see the light of day in 2007. I got a demo, more about that below.

The big $25K Home Entertainment Center give-away was a blast. We had over 2,000 people crowding around the booth and the lucky winner was blown out! We'll have a whole bunch of pictures and a video in the next issue of WServerNews. See you perhaps in 2007: New Orleans? If you could not make it this year, here's VirtualTechEd with an enormous amount of data to browse and videos to watch:
http://www.wservernews.com/060619-VirtualTechEd


Quote of the Week

"Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism." -- Hunter S. Thompson

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

Check out this free software we found at Tech Ed. Web Employee Directory + Self Service from Namescape.
http://www.wservernews.com/060619-NameScape

Free for 2 years, smart, powerful and flexible attachment filtering for Microsoft Exchange 2000/03. This offer is going away soon:
http://www.wservernews.com/060619-Sunbelt_Messaging_Ninja

Does your AV software protect you against keyloggers, backdoor Trojans, adware, and spyware? It should! Try CounterSpy Enterprise:
http://www.wservernews.com/060619-CounterSpy_Enterprise


TECH BRIEFING

The Seven Most Important Tech.Ed Items

It was hard to keep up with it all, and also be at the booth to talk to everyone, but here are the things I think were the highlights, (no particular order):

1) The first beta of the newly renamed System Center Operations Manager, formerly Microsoft Operations Manager, and the first community technology preview (CTP) of SQL Server Everywhere. (a slimmed-down version of MS's database for mobile and embedded applications).

2) Microsoft announces Forefront. A series of applications that are supposed to simplify security. Examples are ISA Server and Antigen that are rebranded under the Forefront umbrella. Next year they expect Forefront Client Security that does antimalware and antivirus. More about the demo I got further below.

3) The Tech.Ed 2006 Keynote This replay of the speech by Bob Muglia is interesting from the perspective of looking at the future, checking out what the current hype is, and see some demo's that show a glimpse of things to come. Since Ray Ozzie is going to take over from Bill Gates, it's interesting to see what he has to say as well. Warning, this is a 2 hour 20 min. affair!

4) The Virtual Press Room This Tech.Ed 2006 press room shows you all the stuff that was announced, and gets you straight to the keynote speeches:
http://www.wservernews.com/060619-Keynote_Speeches

5) The new Microsoft Certified Architect Program Microsoft is now taking applications for 250 slots in its new Microsoft Certified Architect program, designed for experienced IT people who have married their technical skills with their business savvy to accomplish company goals. More at:
http://www.wservernews.com/060619-Certified_Architech

6) Who -is- Ray Ozzie? BillG's Successor As Chief Architect So here is an article about Ray's vision about the future with Software as a Service. Read this article about what he calls technology disruption at SearchWinIT:
http://www.wservernews.com/060619-Ray_Ozzie

7) Scripting with Windows PowerShell Scripting for Windows PowerShell (formerly known as Monad) brings together resources for system administrators who are interested in learning about the Windows PowerShell command line and scripting environment. Like Windows PowerShell, this section of the Script Center is under active development.
http://www.wservernews.com/060619-PowerShell


End of Support: Microsoft's Service Pack 1

On July 11, 2006 and October 10, 2006, Microsoft will end all public assisted support for Service Pack 1 (SP1) (see affected products). After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide any incident support options or security updates for this retired service pack under the policies defined by the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy. To enhance the security of your computer and to continue to receive updates for the products, it is recommend you upgrade your computer, for free, to newer Service Packs. More on this at the MSMVP site:
http://www.wservernews.com/060619-SP1


Possible Explanation For "Self-Spam"

Are your users complaining about receiving spam from themselves, and it's only a few numbers in the subject line and body of the message? SANS reports that the messages themselves are not malicious, but one expert suggested that the mass emails could be the work of a botnet herder, checking the quality of his email lists, finding which messages bounce and which don't. The mailers could be setting the stage for a new worm that will be released. Keep your systems free from viruses and spyware, and update your patches.

Vista Resources

Read about Vista's security features, release date updates, Gartner's predictions and more. And get a Vista security tip from site expert Brien Posey. He'll discuss some of the new security features and the impact that they will likely have on you. At SearchWinIT.com:
http://www.wservernews.com/060619-Vista_Features


Step-by-Step Guide: Exchange Server Capacity Planning With Performance Monitor

Don't let growth-related performance issues and outages catch you by surprise. This step-by-step guide will teach you how to use the Performance Monitor tool for Exchange Server long-term capacity planning and trend analysis. At: SearchExchange.com
http://www.wservernews.com/060619-Exchange_Planning


WINDOWS SERVER NEWS

Microsoft Adopts Forefront Brand for Business Security

Redmond announced a new brand - Forefront - for several of its existing and expected security business products. The new line consists of Forefront Client Security (FCS), the former Microsoft Client Protection, which promises to deliver antimalware and AV for business desktops, laptops and server OSen. There is an early beta out with a select few and a public beta is planned late this year. The final product they say is scheduled for the first half of next year. We'll believe it when we see it. Count on it a year from now, maybe.

I had a demo of that early FCS beta at Tech.Ed. It looks like a completely revamped version of the old Giant engine with the GCAD AV thrown in. It's AD and Group Policy driven, and needs a SQL back-end. Ultimately only SQL 2005 will be supported. Some MOM modules will be pre-installed with the FCS. It looks like they built in a MOMpack so it talks to MOM natively. Updates will go via SMS or WSUS. Malware and AV will be updated together. From what I can see, this is geared to medium to large companies.

There will be some more Forefront Security products, like for Exchange Server and for SharePoint. These are new versions of Sybari's Antigen software, resulting from Redmond's Sybari acquisition last year. They will also pull ISA Server under the Forefront umbrella, with a ISA Server 2006 due in September. Windows Live OneCare will remain Microsoft's brand for home PCs.

We had a look at the new Antigen. It now has a whole slew of AV engines you can choose from, and some small other changes to do with integration, but you are looking at 95% of the old code from what it seems. Except that it's now a MS product, and that we get anecdotal reports from customers that the yearly maintenance has gone significantly up in price. More about that later. My opinion? Having eight AV engines is overkill, and is like having a 16-cylinder car engine. Nice to boast about in marketing, but how about the resource consumption?

Oh, and as per the new Software as a Service (SaaS) strategy, they are going to charge you for Antigen for Exchange per user per month, forever. Nooooooooo!

Here is the Forefront Client Security Vaporware Data Sheet (PDF):
http://www.wservernews.com/060619-ForeFront_Client


WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS

No More Renaming Attachments And Beating The Filter

A lot of people at Tech.Ed were happily surprised with the fact that Ninja was able to look into the file header and could see if an attachment was renamed. That stops users from bypassing Ninja. But even better was the fact that the whole thing is policy driven. So you can allow developers inside your outfit exchange .exes if they want, but only internal and not to the outside, or not from the outside in.

The best is that you can get Ninja's attachment filtering for free for two years. Yup, the full thing, and no charge for 24 months. Ninja supports Exchange 2000/03, runs on over 1,000 production servers (climbing fast) and you can download it here:
http://www.wservernews.com/060619-Ninja


And Who Won the WinIT Pro Best Of Tech.Ed Awards?

At Tech.Ed they were announced at the Windows IT Pro party on Wednesday night. Congrats to all the winners. I'll list the category, with each winner underneath:
  • Business Intelligence Systems: ICS Limited with RSInteract
  • Database Development and Administration: Quest Spotlight for SQL Server
  • Development Tools: Compuware's DevPartner
  • Hardware: Intel
  • Messaging: Zenprise
  • Productivity: Neverfail for Sharepoint
  • Security: NetIQ's Security Manager
  • Software components and Middleware: Component One's Sudio Enterprise
  • Systems Management and Operations: Configuresoft's ECM
  • Most Innovative: Polyserve's DB Util for SQL Server
  • Best New Product: Altiris Software's Virtualization Solution


Double-Take Software Announces Management Pack for MOM

For Faster Issue Resolution and Higher Levels of Operational Intelligence. Since Double-Take is the FIRST real-time replication and failover solution to integrate with MOM, this is news everyone needs to know. It shows their leadership in the business. Among several new features, the Double-Take Management Pack for MOM provides:
  • MOM alerts triggered by Double-Take events
  • MOM alerts triggered by Double-Take performance counters.
  • Product knowledge compiled from Double-Take Software Technical Support to help solve problems.
  • Double-Take focused Views for the Operator Console that display the server state, alerts, and events for all Double-Take servers.
The MOM-pack will be a download on the DT support site.

WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.



WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

BOOK: Hacking Web Applications Exposed Second Edition

Here is how they promote the book. I have a copy. It's good! Since 1999, Hacking Exposed has educated millions of readers about the ease of hacking into computer networks and systems. Hacking Exposed: Web Applications 2 shows you how to meet this challenge with the two-pronged approach adapted from the original Hacking Exposed, the best-selling digital security book of all time.

First, we catalog the greatest threats your web application will face and explain how they work in excruciating detail. How do we know these are the greatest threats? Because we are hired by the world's largest companies to break into their web applications, and we use them on a daily basis to do our jobs. Once we have your attention by showing you the damage that can be done, we tell you how to prevent each and every attack. More at:
http://www.wservernews.com/060619-Web_Hacking_Exposed