Vol. 11, #26 - Jun 26, 2006 - Issue #582
More News from Tech.Ed
- EDITORS CORNER
- More News From Tech.Ed
- New SunPoll - Microsoft and Security
- Sunbelt Seminars This Month
- Quotes of the Week
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- Microsoft Ships Windows Live Messenger
- SMS 2003 R2 Lets You Apply Updates To Third-party Apps
- Learning Guide: SQL Server Tools
- Infrastructure Master: Dissecting The AD
- Understanding Virtual Hard Disk Options
- Checking Access Permissions With Server Share Check
- Dude, Where's My Data?
- WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
- Forefront: Am I Missing It?
- June 2006 Top 5 Lists!
- WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
- What's New In CounterSpy Enterprise V1.8?
- Free Tool Spikes Windows Genuine Advantage Code
- Intel And VMWare Launch Virtualize ASAP Program
- WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- BOOK: Winternals Administration Field Guide
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Taking complete approach to spam filtering can be surprisingly
easy with Kerio MailServer. It's a well-rounded package of anti-
spam techniques ranging from directory harvest attack protection
to SPF verification to Bayesian filtering that can turn any PC
into a powerful anti-spam gateway. You can install Kerio MailServer
a Windows or Linux server, making it a powerful anti-spam appliance
for under $500 plus hardware. Continues...
More News From Tech.Ed
The fact that Redmond's Exchange team committed to ship their public
Beta (Beta 2) of Exchange Server 2007 this summer is really big.
Time to start asking for 64-bit hardware though. They expect it
to be ready late July. It's feature complete, so you can now get
your hands dirty with the Exchange-specific version of PowerShell,
the new message transport rules, and the vastly better Outlook Web
Next, Antigen. Redmond finally releases their year-old acquisition
next month. Like I said last week, it's the old Antigen with
a few add-ons and integration features. I'm going to make a bold
statement. If you currently run Antigen, it's time to migrate to
Ninja. Why? Antigen is just second-generation and it shows. But
Ninja is third-generation, and more over, Ninja is a whole lot
less expensive. Plus you'll get 24 months of powerful attachment
filtering at no charge, even if you do not buy Ninja, but this
2-year offer is going to disappear, so download Ninja NOW:
Redmond also launched ISA Server 2006. This new version adds tools
for publishing Exchange and SharePoint servers, as well as other
Web-based applications. ISA Server 2006 supports new methods for
authentication, and one I like a lot is one-time passwords. It
also does LDAP-based authentication. Furthermore, it supports
load balancing based on cookies, making this a lot easier. Another
cookie feature is a session-state cookie to the outbound traffic,
allowing ISA to correctly direct traffic.
The new Windows Compute Cluster is purdy exciting. Although it's
geared to high-end computing (science, weather models, etc) it
still is cool to know that now you yourself are able to create
a Windows supercomputer cluster. Woot!
Last but not least, Redmond is revamping the MCSP program big time.
Your MCSE cert will be a thing of the past. They started this
last November with SQL Server and Visual Studio 2005. The next
shoe will drop with Vista, Office & Exchange 2007, and Longhorn
(Vista Server). PS, I think it it highly likely that Longhorn
will be called something boring like Windows Server 2007 or 2008.
Your new certification process will essentially be modular in
the sense that you get a technical cert for the technology, and
then you add one or more "job roles" to that. For instance, you
could see three or even five job roles with your technical cert
for Longhorn server. MCSE Change is a-comin'! Here's more:
Want to see some pictures of the Tech.Ed 2006 booth and the big
giveaway? Check the Sunbelt Underground site for pics and video!
New SunPoll - Microsoft and Security
Here is the new SunPoll! I'm expecting a lot of you to vote on
this one. You can see the results of your peers' voting instantly.
"Would you trust Microsoft Client Security to protect your
endpoints vs. the traditional AV companies?"
Vote here: http://www.sunbelt-software.com
- Not sure
- Hell, no!
Sunbelt Seminars This Month
We'd like to invite you to attend the following seminars that we are
"Winning the War on the Spyware Battlefield" - Join renowned spyware
researcher and Sunbelt's Director of Malware Research, Eric Howes,
for an engaging discussion on the scope of the spyware problem.
Hosted at the Microsoft office in Denver, CO on Tuesday, July 25th.
"What Every IT Manager Should Know About Protecting Microsoft Exchange
and Centralized Backup" - Join Sunbelt and Double-Take Software as we
discuss strategies for implementing high availability, remote availability
and offsite disaster recovery solutions for Exchange and other mission
critical applications using Double-Take.
Hosted at the Microsoft office in San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, June 27th.
Hosted at the Microsoft office in Nashville, TN on Friday, July 21st.
Hosted at the Microsoft office in Seattle, WA on Tuesday, July 25th.
Quotes of the Week
"Beware the lollipop of mediocrity; lick it once and you'll suck
forever." - Brian Wilson
"The mind sees what it wants to see" -- used in the Da Vinci Code
movie but origin unsure, help me out?
Microsoft Ships Windows Live Messenger
Microsoft has shipped Windows Live Messenger, an IM application that
replaces MSN Messenger and the first deliverable from the company's
wide-reaching set of Windows Live services. Windows Live Messenger
combines traditional IM features with free PC-to-PC phone calls and
inexpensive PC-to-telephone calls, video conferencing, and simpler file
SMS 2003 R2 Lets You Apply Updates To Third-party Apps
Administrators may get some much needed help installing third-party
application updates and monitoring a network's well being with the
latest version of Microsoft's desktop management software. SMS 2003
R2 is a beta version of its next-generation server manager.
Systems Management Server 2003 R2 lets IT managers apply updates to
third-party applications automatically on a company's computers in the
same way that Microsoft updates are accessed and distributed.
Third-party vendors can publish and catalog updates or patches in a
specific format that allows the tool to find the patches and distribute
them, Microsoft said.
At least one user said he is looking forward to some of the advantages
that SMS 2003 R2 may offer his IT department. Josh MacNeil, the
technology services assistant director for the Whitman-Hanson School
District in Whitman, Mass., said the latest version of SMS is attractive
to his school district because the hardware requirements to run it
haven't really changed. That means users can load it and use it right
away without having to update any machines. More at:
Learning Guide: SQL Server Tools
Do you know exactly which tools changed and how in SQL Server 2005?
Or would you like to learn tricks for using the built-in tools available
in SQL Server 2000? This learning guide will teach you ways to utilize
the new and pre-existing tools more efficiently. At SearchSQLServer:
Infrastructure Master: Dissecting The AD
In this exclusive article, learn about the technical motivations, the
role and general behaviors of the Infrastructure Master and a number
of related and/or dependent technologies. Understanding these key
Active Directory components and the interaction among them assists
in the design, implementation and troubleshooting of an AD network.
Understanding Virtual Hard Disk Options
Learn the pros and cons of fixed-size and dynamically expanding virtual
hard drives supported by Microsoft Virtual Server. At the
Checking Access Permissions With Server Share Check
Windows Server security permissions can get confusing. Contributor Brien
M. Posey explains why NTFS permissions are better than share level
permissions and how to check permissions with Server Share Check.
Over at SearchWindowsSecurity:
Dude, Where's My Data?
Computer World Columnist Jon Espenschied reminds you that whoever
controls your data controls your company. With everything from
thumb drives to Google Spreadsheets within reach of your users,
it's up to you to ride herd on access and policy. Good article:
||WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
Forefront: Am I Missing It?
At Tech.Ed several Forefront security team leaders attended and
spoke to journalists and analysts. Some of these reported that
enterprise customers like Microsoft jumping into the security
market. Others were doubtful. A quick SunPoll among system admins
shows that almost 50% do not trust Microsoft at all with their
Competition is good in general, unless a 'big dawg' pushes out
others with unfair pricing. That's why a lot of antitrust legislation
was put in place over the last century. However, looking at MS
Forefront products I am missing something.
This new product line is very similar to what you see from a lot
of the other security vendors. There isn't really all that much
really innovative, "big idea" stuff. On the contrary. It's a
relatively boring bunch of products merged under a new marketing
umbrella. OK, Antigen is a good product, but it's gotten long in
the tooth. Forefront is not the disruptive technical approach to
reduce complexity that it could have been.
What they did is the traditional approach of externalizing security
technology and deliver standalone products, instead of for instance
embedding critical parts in servers and clients. This way they first
deliver insecure products and then make money securing them. I do
not think we should reward Microsoft for that kind of behavior.
Perhaps when they get it right in a few years time, and really build
something innovative, we could have a look at Forefront 2.0. The
current V1.0 release is to some degree still vaporware and
uninspiring to say the least.
Apart from that, as a principle, I think it is not a good idea to
combine operations and security from a single vendor. You need a
layered security architecture, and it is very wise to have several
vendors in that stack, each with their unique specialties and
viewpoints, so you can create a more secure segregation of duties.
A monoculture in security is not a healthy state of being.
June 2006 Top 5 Lists!
Here are several Top 5 lists that I ran into during the last few
weeks. They are all Admin and IT related and some are quite
interesting. Here goes:
- DOWNLOAD.COM: TOP 5 ANTISPYWARE APPS
- WinPatrol 9.8.1
- CounterSpy 1.5.82
- Spy Cleaner Gold 9.5
- HijackThis 1.99.1
- GoGoData Toolbar 3.0.1
- NEWS.COM: MOST POPULAR STORIES
- Forget the glasses--3D monitors ready now
- Sex, schmoozing, and video games
- Microsoft releases public download of Vista
- House rejects Net neutrality rules
- Worm wriggles through Yahoo mail flaw
- TOP 5 MOST POPULAR SOUND CARDS
- Creative USB Sound Blaster Audigy 2 NX
- Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum
- Creative Sound Blaster Live 24-bit
- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music
- WinITPro Survey: IT's BIGGEST PAIN POINTS:
- Limited budgets and expanding responsibilities
- Keeping up with technology
- Security and system hacking
- WinITPro Readers: What's Hot In 2006?
- Active Directory and Group Policy
- Backup and Recovery
- Remote Administration
||WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
What's New In CounterSpy Enterprise V1.8?
A whole bunch of really cool improvements, mainly in performance
and the Console. Below is a list of features that will be included
in the CSE 1.8 release. This version is currently planned for late
August. The list doesn't include any bug fixes, I'm only mentioning
areas that have enhancements and/or new features.
Deployment Wizard Improvements
Performance and Scalability
- Ability to run pre and post install actions (Ability to be configured by Support as well)
- Support up to 10,000 Agents on a single basic server (over 3x perf increase!)
- Performance monitors at key locations in the Services
- Persist several UI config and grid settings
- UI Enhancements to Agents Grid
- Massive speed increases when managing agents and viewing history
- UI changes for new AP settings, simplified configuration
- Display version threat was added/changed in database
Get a CounterSpy Enterprise full eval now and Hit Spyware Hard!
- Large increase in speed of reports
- New database layout so that custom reports can be written directly from the database
- Allow user to export to HTML
- Fix reports for new schema
Free Tool Spikes Windows Genuine Advantage Code
Want to stop Windows from phoning home? A free tool from the
firewall leak tester site spikes Redmond's Windows Genuine
Advantage code. Once the tool has validated a copy of Windows,
it says, "there is no decent point or reason to check it again
and again every boot." It goes on to say that connecting to
Microsoft "brings security issue for corporate networks". You
can get a copy here and experiment with it yourself.
Intel And VMWare Launch Virtualize ASAP Program
As if VMware wasn't in the news enough lately, here they come again.
This time, VMware is making a joint press announcement with Intel
Corporation announcing the launch of something called the Intel-VMware
According to the announcement, Virtualize ASAP is a global program to
further accelerate IT customer deployment of applications in virtual
environments using VMware Infrastructure on Intel Xeon processor-based
platforms. More of this blog at InfoWorld:
||WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
||WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
BOOK: Winternals Administration Field Guide
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