Vol. 11, #27 - Jul 3, 2006 - Issue #583
Microsoft Sued For Spyware Laws Violations
- EDITORS CORNER
- Microsoft Sued For Spyware Laws Violations
- New SunPoll Results - You Don't Trust Microsoft Security
- Source For Last Week's Quote
- Quote of the Week
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- Server Virtualization: Getting Started Guide
- The Microsoft Outlook Toolbox
- 64-bit Watch
- How Virtualization Can Improve Security
- More on Killing Processes
- Why Centralizing Microsoft Servers Hurts Performance
- How To Destroy A Hard Drive In 5 Seconds
- WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
- Microsoft Unified Messaging Announcement
- Office 2007 Delayed - "Needs Improvements"
- Is WinFS Dead?
- WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
- System Admin Installs Ninja: Read His Experience!
- Double-Take Application Manager makes protecting your Exchange and SQL servers simple
- WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Sunbelt July Seminars: Get That Data!
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Kerio MailServer starts at $499 for 20 users. Continues...
Microsoft Sued For Spyware Laws Violations
The irony of it all! Redmond is facing a class-action lawsuit over
its infamous WGA-tool that is gathering data on a user's computer
in an effort to detect pirated copies of the Windows OS. The suit,
filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle last Monday, alleges that
the Windows Genuine Advantage code while it collects hardware and
software data and delivering it to Microsoft servers, violates
consumer protection laws in California and Washington state laws
against spyware -- invasive programs that surreptitiously collect
data. To confuse things even more, security analysts have detected
a new piece of malware that looks like WGA, but is a worm spreading
via AOL's IM. This is rich. I can't wait how it will end! [grin]
New SunPoll Results - You Don't Trust Microsoft Security
The results are in, and they are telling indeed!
Microsoft still has a long ways to go to get your trust. A whopping
65% of you do not trust Microsoft with your security at all. Another
25% are iffy. Only 10% have no reservations. This is of course good
news for third-party security vendors like Symantec, McAfee, Trend
and Sunbelt. Question: "Would you trust Microsoft client security
to protect your endpoints vs. the traditional AV companies?"
Here are the results, a whopping 761 people voted on this one,
any double votes were nixed.
- Sure!: 10%
- Perhaps: 11%
- Not sure: 11%
- No: 21%
- Hell, no!: 44%
Source For Last Week's Quote
Wow, a LOT of you have tried to come up with the source for this
quote: "The mind sees what it wants to see". Many different (close)
versions of it have been attributed to Buddha, Emerson, Naidu,
Davies, Julius Caesar, the Bible in Jeremiah 17.9, Asimov, Paul
Simon, the Beatles, Thoreau, and many others. Thanks for all your
input. I think we can conclude that since so many (famous) people
seem to agree, that this quote is deemed a universal truth!
Quote of the Week
"I think the world's largest bank heist will soon be committed
using malware" -- Mark Sunner, MessageLabs.
Server Virtualization: Getting Started Guide
This guide introduces you to server virtualization, explains best
practices and pitfalls to avoid and provides troubleshooting help
and advice. You'll find virtualization articles, definitions, tips,
white papers, expert advice and more to pump up your server
virtualization know-how quickly. SearchServerVirtualization (registration required):
The Microsoft Outlook Toolbox
Discover over 20 must-have tools and add-ins that will boost Microsoft
Outlook's security and performance capabilities and fix its feature
flaws and shortcomings. At SearchExchange.com (registration required):
No longer a futuristic technology, 64-bit technology is what's happening
right now. So, to show you which 64-bit products are available now for
your Windows network, SearchWinIT.com has put together these easy-to-read
tables as a reference guide. They've organized the tables into three
sections: processors, operating systems, and software and drivers.
How Virtualization Can Improve Security
Virtualization technology's potential extends far beyond just cost
savings. Author and Microsoft MVP Alessandro Perilli sheds some
light on how companies might use virtualization to improve enterprise
IT security. Over at the SearchServerVirtualization site:
More on Killing Processes
Peter George from New Zealand sent this in:
"How to Eliminate a Process That Is Not Responding Without Restarting
the Computer. Very useful item on the
Re your reference to this tip for stopping a process that is not
responding to any normal controls - not even, one presumes, via methods
such as a right click on the task bar entry and Close (which would
hopefully bring up a 'not responding end now' dialog if the process was
indeed locked up) or using the task manager and killing the process.
Not news to me as I have used the old resource kit kill program for some
time now. Nifty in batch files when combined with tasklist, sleep so on.
The point I would like to raise is that handy though it is it does not
always seem to work under Windows XP from at least some update after
SP2. However Windows XP does already come with its own handy utility
TASKKILL.EXE which works much better. Not sure if it works on any prior
O/S as I've never tried it. Cheers, Peter
Why Centralizing Microsoft Servers Hurts Performance
In this research report from analyst firm NetForecast, Peter Sevcik
and Rebecca Wetzel explain why performance of CIFS (Microsoft file
services) and MAPI-based (Microsoft Exchange) applications degrades
as distance to users increases, and how you can overcome these
challenges and enable server centralization without fixing-or
even touching-the affected applications. At ComputerWorld:
How To Destroy A Hard Drive In 5 Seconds
You are on a U.S. military aircraft, transporting hard drives with
important, classified information, when you collide with another
plane and are forced to land near an enemy intelligence agency.
There is no time to delete the files, and the drives are in heavy-
duty steel cases so that they are difficult to destroy. You have
a few minutes before someone finds you, grabs the drives, and
searches them for even the smallest trace of useful data. What would
you do? Here's the article at NetworkWorld:
||WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
Microsoft Unified Messaging Announcement
Redmond made some interesting announcements this week. They were
kind of "future direction" statements. You will not see any of
this stuff until earliest next year, but they are focusing on
tying together all styles of messaging like email, calendaring,
contacts, telephony, presence information, and communications
services. If you want to know more about Exchange Unified Messaging,
Here is the Microsoft page that explains a lot more:
Office 2007 Delayed - "Needs Improvements"
About 2.5 million people have downloaded Office 2007 beta 2, and it
looks like the feedback has been loud and negative. No wonder, as
everything you knew where to find is now somewhere else. Now there's
a productivity killer if you ask me. Anyway, citing a need to improve
performance and design, Microsoft Veep Antoine Leblond announced
yesterday that Office 2007 will not be released to businesses until
the end of the year. Redmond's bundle of Office products, was
previously scheduled to be released in October. Leblond mentioned
that the Office 2007 will be available in stores in January as planned.
Is WinFS Dead?
WinFS, the new File System that we have been hearing about for years,
also known in the past as Cairo, looks like it's been axed. It seems
to have become somewhat of an dead weight and it was not clear what
to do with it. WinFS was pulled out of Vista a long time ago and
BillG's pet project has been rudderless ever since.
We can only assume Ray Ozzie bit the bullet and nixed it. WinFS has
always had a positioning problem. It was hard to define, and was
described alternatively as "rich storage", and "packaging technology".
Redmond has not publicly announced the funeral, but one of their
bloggers said they will not be "pursuing a separate delivery of WinFS,
including the previously planned Beta 2 release". Parts of it will
be lumped into future SQL and ADO.NET versions. Oh well. Bye Bye!
||WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
System Admin Installs Ninja: Read His Experience!
Carl Barnes wrote: "Hi Gang, Just a note of thanks! I have been
using your products and reading your news letters for a while now,
years in fact, and I've always been impressed with what I've seen.
Counter Spy is one of the latest products I've used, and it works
great. Well, here lately we have been overwhelmed with spam. I'm
the IT manager for a group of small companies located in Oklahoma,
California, England, and China. We've been using the Junk Mail filter
built into Outlook 2003 and still having to sort thru a lot of junk
mail. So I was reading the news letters and watching the web site
about your Ninja product, looking forward to the products release.
I also checked the Ninja user forum to see how well the product was
working for other companies and what issues they were running into.
After seeing the exchange between users and how quickly your support
team answered questions, I figured it was my turn to get into the
fray. So yesterday after watching the online webinar, I downloaded
the trial version of the Messaging Ninja software for Exchange 2003
to install at the Oklahoma office that has 21 Email user accounts.
It took about an hour to install and configure the software. The
process was painless. I looked over the documentation and configured
the software. Immediately we were being protected from annoying spam.
In the last 24 hours, everyone has noticed the difference in the
amount of spam they receive. The spam levels in their inboxes have
dropped to 2 or 3, or even down to none. In my inbox alone, there
where just 2 spam messages and in the quarantine folder there where
873 spam messages. Ninja is catching 99.77 percent of the spam,
where Outlook 2003 would catch maybe half of the spam.
The easy installation, quick configuration, reporting functions,
your Rep's quick call, and the near perfect spam filtering makes this
product a winner. I didn't even have to talk the general manager into
buying Ninja, it sold its self after he saw the results. In fact, I
had time to day to write this email to you instead of sorting thru
my email. We will be purchasing this product in the next few days and
looking at purchasing it for our other facilities that use MS Exchange.
Keep up the great work." -- Carl Barnes, Slaughter Test Systems.
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||WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Sunbelt July Seminars: Get That Data!
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. Register here:
Hosted at the Microsoft office in Nashville, TN on Friday, July 21st.
Hosted at the Microsoft office in Seattle, WA on Tuesday, July 25th.