Vol. 11, #31 - Jul 31, 2006 - Issue #587
The Biggest Network Threat A Year From Now
- EDITORS CORNER
- New SunPoll: The Biggest Network Threat A Year From Now?
- Special Academic Pricing
- August Seminars
- Quote Of The Week
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- Patch Management Learning Guide
- Choosing A Virtualization Approach
- Top 10 Best Practices For E-mail Archiving
- Discover The 'Hidden' User Control Panel in Windows XP
- Find And Fix Resource-intensive SQL Server Queries
- So, What Exactly Is SOA?
- WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
- Key Features Of Virtual Server 2005 R2
- TechMentor Conference, October 9-13, Las Vegas
- Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 Released
- WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
- CounterSpy Enterprise 1.8 Beta Released
- File-Rescue Plus 4.0 Released
- Double-Take Recovery System Gets High Marks
- WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Switch To Messaging Ninja And Save 30%+ On Your Exchange AV
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New SunPoll: The Biggest Network Threat A Year From Now?
Last week many of you looked in your Crystal Ball and told me
what you expected to be the biggest threat to your networks 12
months from now. I did some tabulation and the items below were
the most mentioned. Now you can VOTE which one you think is
the winner! Here are the 5 most mentioned threats:
Vote here. Bottom middle column:
- Phishing/Spam over VOIP
- Network sabotage at the hands of terrorists
- Known Vista exploits posted on the web
- Blended malware, using a variety of technologies
- Spam will be so bad it really impacts bandwidth
Special Academic Pricing
Are you the system admin of a University, School, or related non-
profit? Our Director of Sales asked me to tell you that we have
extremely competitive academic pricing. Even if you already have
an anti-spyware/anti-spam solution be sure to contact your Rep
or Reseller for the special competitive upgrade program.
We'd like to invite you to attend the following seminars that we
are hosting in August:
"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,
as well as outline how CounterSpy Enterprise can help better
protect your organization from spyware threats.
Hosted at the Microsoft office in Issaquah, WA on Thursday, August 24th.
"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 Marriott Las Vegas Suites in Las Vegas, NV on Friday,
August 25th. Register here:
Hosted at the Microsoft office in Boston, MA on Tuesday, August 29th.
Quote Of The Week
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter
and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
-- Abraham Lincoln
Patch Management Learning Guide
Network hacks, malware infections and even simple human error can
prevent your operations from running smoothly. But a patch can
provide you with a solution to these problems, as it offers a quick
repair job for a piece of programming. In this learning guide,
access a collection of tips, expert advice, webcasts, downloads
and more that will ensure you are properly prepared to handle all
of your patch management issues. At SearchWindowsSecurity:
Choosing A Virtualization Approach
In this article, Anil Desai distinguishes among virtualization at
the hardware, server and application levels and provides guidelines
for evaluating which works best. At SearchServerVirtualization:
Top 10 Best Practices For E-mail Archiving
With today's compliance, legislation and legal discovery rules, it
has become necessary for many IT departments to manage the entire
company's e-mail archiving in bulk so specific messages can be
located in minutes, not weeks. In this tip, expert Bill Tolson
provides the top 10 best practices for e-mail archiving.
Discover The 'Hidden' User Control Panel in Windows XP
Most folks who have used Windows XP are familiar with the Users
section of the control panel which exposes some user controls
but not others. There is in fact another user account panel in
XP which isn't directly exposed through the control panel
interface, but which can be accessed manually and provides some
more options that normally aren't available. At SearchWinComputing:
And here is how to access the true Administrator account in
Windows Vista at ComputerWorld:
Find And Fix Resource-intensive SQL Server Queries
Running certain queries in SQL Server 2000 can severely drain
system resources. Edgewood Solutions' Jeremy Kadlec explains
how to identify and resolve resource-intensive SQL Server queries,
from cursors to table scans. At SearchSQLServer:
So, What Exactly Is SOA?
You must have been running into this buzzword the last few
months. Well, it stands for Service Oriented Architecture. An
article in the Wall Street Journal described it as follows:
"SOA represents a new approach to building software, especially
larger business automation systems. For example, in an accounting
application, an "invoice service" might be written that would be
responsible only for processing invoice-related information.
Instead of many different programs containing portions that
handle invoices, all of the applications in the enterprise,
whenever they needed to know anything about invoices, would
make use of the one invoice service."
Sounds familiar? Yup. This concept has been in existence for
quite a while. But now they are trying to take it one step
further and create a "library of business functions" that can
be pulled from. So if your boss (or his boss) starts to suddenly
talk about pushing SOA, now you know where they got it, and
how to approach the subject.
||WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
Key Features Of Virtual Server 2005 R2
With Microsoft's Virtual Server 2005 R2, administrators can manage
multiple virtual machines at a glance without having to be
physically present at the host server. This article will provide
a brief overview of some key features of Virtual Server 2005 R2
(VS2005R2), including how virtual servers are managed and accessed
through the system and some implications of those features. At
SearchServerVirtualization (free registration required):
TechMentor Conference, October 9-13, Las Vegas
Strongly recommended if you live within a reasonable distance of
Vegas. Redmond magazine's TechMentor provides focused training -
by expert instructors - on integrating, managing, securing and
trouble shooting Microsoft Windows server systems. Join IT fellow
managers and network admins in Vegas for 100 sessions and 6 tracks on:
Experienced instructors like Mark Minasi and Todd Lammle lead
content-rich sessions on hot topics such as Active Directory, disaster
recovery, Group Policy, wireless security, Vista and more. Their
presentations contain PRECISE descriptions, STEP-BY-STEP procedures,
diagnostic TIPS, and a wealth of information that can be applied
immediately. Register by September 1 and save $200. For more
- Exchange/SQL Server
- System and Network Troubleshooting
- Scripting and Automation
- MCSA - Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
- MCSE - Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 Released
This week, Redmond released public Betas of Exchange Server 2007
and the first beta of Forefront Security for Exchange Server. The
latter really is Sybari's existing Antigen but now MS-integrated.
What was new in E2007 Beta 1 were the Exchange System Manager (ESM)
console and Exchange Management Shell. Then there were the new handy
dandy roles-based deployment options, and the new version of OWA.
It got voice access and the antispam was improved a bit.
With the feature complete E2007 beta 2, you get a more polished
product that looks like what we'll get shipped in 2007. Beta 2 adds
a bunch of new features:
Among the enhancements in E2007 are the ability for mobile users
to search for messages that they have deleted from the handheld but
still reside on the server. Another will be improved meeting handling,
self-service remote device wipe through Outlook Web Access, support
for HTML e-mail and the ability to flag messages. Exchange 2007 will
also allow improved collaboration through a feature called Calendar
Concierge and out-of-office improvements, (which depend on O2007)
Also, mail inside your organization will be encrypted by default.
- local continuous replication,
- cluster continuous replication, which copies data to a passive node
- Automatic Server Updates
||WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
CounterSpy Enterprise 1.8 Beta Released
CSE goes into Public beta this week. Below is a list of features
that will be included in the CSE 1.8 release. This release is
currently planned for late August. This list doesn't include any
bug fixes, rather it is only areas that have enhancements or
new features. System Admins that have been testing it have been
extremely positive about the enhancements:
Get in touch with your Reseller or Rep if you want a product
walkthrough with one of our SE's that will show you CSE via
WebEx in a live demo.
- Deployment Wizard Improvements
- Ability to run pre and post install actions
- Ability to be configured by Support as well
- Performance and Scalability
- Support up to 10000 Agents on a single server basic server
(over 3x perf increase)
- Performance monitors at key locations in the Services
- Persist some 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
- New database layout so that custom reports could be written directly from the database
- Allow user to export to HTML
- Large increase in speed of reports
- Fix reports for new schema
If you would like to participate in the beta, send an email to
[email protected] with "CSE 1.8 Beta" in the subject.
You will get a response back with details of how to participate.
File-Rescue Plus 4.0 Released
Software Shelf announced the release of new security and data recovery
technology with its File-Rescue Plus 4.0. This technology recovers
or undeletes lost or deleted computer data of every kind including
photos, audio and video from every kind of device including Hard
Drives, CD's, cameras, floppies, Jazz drives, Zip drives, Flash
media, Smart media, and others. Its features surpass all earlier
This new File-Rescue Plus contains a "shredder" for extreme security.
This is the Clean Free Disk Space Option allowing one to securely wipe
all free disk space on the computer to Department of Defense Specs
5220.22-M. Key features include:
The tool includes a Live Electronic Update Option to automatically
download the latest updates and upgrades in seconds by the click of
a button. Try it out at:
- Rescue Options - Will allow you to recover and undelete, Files,
Directory Structures, Cluster Sizes, Compressed Files, Heavily
Fragmented Files, Files of any Size.
- QuickScan Option - Shows deleted files from the current format
of the partition or media type.
- ClusterScan Option - Shows all files on the volume whether deleted
or not. Useful for Damaged, Reformatted, or Corrupted Drives.
Allows recovery from CDRW.
- Clean Free Disk Space Option - Allowing one to securely wipe all
free disk space on the computer to Department of Defense Specs
- Device Detection - Detects any drive type such as, any Hard Drive,
Removable Drives, CD Drives, or any Device attached to the computer.
- Sorting and Search Options - Allows full search on all files by
keyword. Tab sorting by files types for Documents, Images, Audio,
Video, and the Recycle Bin. Allows modification of file types in
the sorting tabs.
- File List Options - These include saving your file list as a Text,
CSV, or an XML file. Allows for printing of your file list and
viewing your list with Details, List, Icons, and all Image files
- Help Options - Full electronic help function takes you to the
online user guide, which can be viewed in html or downloaded.
Double-Take Recovery System Gets High Marks
Bob Czeizinger, of the Delaware Department of Education, knows that
keeping his pupil accounting system up and running is critical.
After experiencing a catastrophic database server failure several
years ago, Czeizinger knew he had to find a way to keep the system
running. Czeizinger also knew he had to do something to improve
recovery time, and he learned about disaster recovery software while
having a conversation with his Dell account manager, Annette Perry.
According to Czeieinger, "When we were discussing how we had recovered
from [the catastrophic database server failure], we came to the
realization-especially with our pupil accounting system-that 3 to
4 hours was too much time to take to recover from a database failure.
At [about the same time], I had a talk with our Dell sales rep. I
remember saying, 'It's nice we do backup and we have redundant
servers, power supplies and stuff on servers, but the one thing
we don't have is an easy way to recover from server failure,'"
Czeizinger said. According to Czeizinger, Perry suggested that he
try Double-Take, a product that other Dell customers were using
successfully to keep critical systems in operation. To read the
full article please go to: Double-Take Recovery System gets High Marks.
||WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
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