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Vol. 11, #37 - Sep 11, 2006 - Issue #593
MS Is A Glutton For Marketshare, And Why That May Hurt You

  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • Security Bundle Special
    • Sunbelt September Seminar
    • MS Is A Glutton For Marketshare, And Why That May Hurt You
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • Expert Q&A: Virtualization.info Founder Shares Thoughts
    • Top 10 SQL Server Security Tips
    • Add Gigabytes By Reducing Disk Space For XP's System Restore
    • VMware On Mac Will Do Little To Ease Desktop Management Pain
    • When ActiveSync Won't Download Mailbox Items To Mobile Devices
  4. WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
    • New: Draft Guidelines on Electronic Mail Security
    • Microsoft, Cisco Release NAP/NAC Roadmap
    • Vista RC1 Posted
    • More On Vista Admin Password
  5. WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • Event Trigger Real-Time Event Log Monitoring
    • iHateSpam V4.0 Upgrade Notification
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • "OH NO!... Not Another Exchange Security Whitepaper?!"
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/060911-Kerio_MailServer

EDITORS CORNER

Security Bundle Special

Small and Medium Businesses are more and more becoming the target of hackers, spammers, phishers and other bad guys. This Security Bundle Special helps you fight them! For an incredible price you can protect your networks against spam, viruses, bad attachments, spyware, and vulnerabilities. Normally the products in this bundle cost well over $3,500. Now you can get it for only $2,499! Check out which award-winning products are in it. But you have to hurry. this offer is valid only till midnight September 30, 2006. Your PO has to be in before that time.
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-Special


Sunbelt September Seminar

We'd like to invite you to attend the following seminar that we are hosting:

"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 Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, September 21st. Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-CSE-PA


MS Is A Glutton For Marketshare, And Why That May Hurt You

Doug Barney, editor in chief of Redmond Magazine makes a VERY good point about Microsoft going after everyone's markets. I STRONGLY recommend you take one minute, read his perspective, and his proposed solution. It's a short article but it's important.
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-MS


Quotes Of The Week

"The love of truth lies at the root of much humor." -- Robertson Davies
"A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle." -- Benjamin Franklin

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

Extend Active Directory to UNIX/Linux/Mac to enable single sign-on, set global password policies. Free white paper.
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-Centrify

Must-have FREE software. Web Employee Directory + Secure Self Service - rDirectory for Microsoft AD and ADAM.
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-NameScape

Nice Windows freeware AD browsing with self-service and optional chat. Easy to deploy via GP Software Installation and ADM template.
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-AD

This little tool shows you which process locks a file and allows you to kill that process. Quite useful! Appropriately named "Who Lock Me":
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-WhoLockMe


TECH BRIEFING

Expert Q&A: Virtualization.info Founder Shares Thoughts

In this expert interview, read the thoughts of Alessandro Perilli, the Internet's most well-known virtualization advocate and author of the popular virtualization.info blog. Learn what he had to say about the next big technology shifts in the virtualization arena, what Xen has to do to compete with VMware and ways to learn more about virtualization. At: SearchServerVirtualization.com
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-Virtualization


Top 10 SQL Server Security Tips

Password cracking and SQL Server hacking tips topped the list of favorites on SearchSQLServer.com during the first half of 2006. View all of the top 10 tips that piqued reader's SQL Server security interests. Some of the tips you will find include: ten hacker tricks to exploit SQL Server systems, discover and lock down vulnerable SQL Server services, and password cracking tools for SQL Server. At SearchSQLServer.com (free registration required):
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-SQL_Tips


Add Gigabytes By Reducing Disk Space For XP's System Restore

Perhaps the fastest way to a few gigabytes more on a disk is to reduce the amount of disk space devoted to XP's System Restore feature. Learn more in this tip!
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-XP_Restore


VMware On Mac Will Do Little To Ease Desktop Management Pain

VMware Mac product will not impact desktop management or help standardize platforms in heterogeneous shops. Read more in this exclusive article.
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-VMWare_Mac


When ActiveSync Won't Download Mailbox Items To Mobile Devices

One of the toughest problems to troubleshoot is when Exchange ActiveSync won't download mailbox items to a portable device. In this tip, contributor Serdar Yegulalp outlines the potential causes. At the SearchExchange Site:
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-ActiveSync


WINDOWS SERVER NEWS

New: Draft Guidelines on Electronic Mail Security

The Computer Security Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology has come out with a number of draft publications. One of these, SP 800-45A, "Guidelines on Electronic Mail Security," is intended to aid organizations in the installation, configuration, and maintenance of secure mail servers and mail clients." It's a 143-page document with an awesome amount of really useful data:
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-Email_Security


Microsoft, Cisco Release NAP/NAC Roadmap

Microsoft and Cisco released plans on just how they would make their competing security architectures interoperable. At the Security Standard conference in Boston this week, they demonstrated an architecture that will enable interoperability between Cisco's Network Admission Control and Microsoft's Network Access Protection technology. The two had promised interoperability between their network access security offerings two years ago. They plan beta testing of the architecture by the end of the year. General availability is expected in the second half of 2007, following the launch of Microsoft's "Longhorn" Server. More at SearchWinIT.com:
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-NAP_NAC_Roadmap


Vista RC1 Posted

As you probably know, Vista build number 5600, Release Candidate 1, was posted on the Microsoft web site on September 1. This code is said to be pretty much what we'll see in the final commercial release. We'll be testing RC1 this week and reporting back to you on our experiences. Meanwhile, Amazon posted the availability dates of Vista and Office 2007 as January 30, 2007, although Microsoft has not confirmed those dates. This build contains many changes since the beta 2 release as well as fixes to important issues reported on the last build, 5536. More at the Microsoft Watch site:
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-Vista_RC1

And Computer World has a Windows Vista RC1 Build 5600 Visual Tour:
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-RC1_Tour


More On Vista Admin Password

A WSN subscriber sent me this useful data: "I just got through reading the article on upgrading users to Vista and noticed you stated that the only way to login as the admin is with a registry hack. I am curious if you have explored the secpol.msc settings as you can enable the Administrator account from within the local security policy. I have enabled it in several releases since about the first CTP release." -- Kent Ivey, Senior Network Engineer.

WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS

Event Trigger Real-Time Event Log Monitoring

EvenTrigger for Windows is a real time event logs monitoring tool with filter-based notification functions. Thanks to its advanced event filter, EvenTrigger alerts and/or starts processes before potential problems occur!

Its easy-to-use MMC snap-in will allow administrators to anticipate and prevent faults by actively monitoring their networks availability, but Check out the new features in EvenTrigger 2.0?
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-Event_Trigger


iHateSpam V4.0 Upgrade Notification

We have a new version of iHateSpam available for free download! If you have not yet updated to the current version you should do so. The updated version number is 4.0.632. You can find out what version you are currently running by right-clicking the iHateSpam icon by the clock and choosing About. If you are not running 4.0.632, please upgrade. There have been a large number of updates and fixes in this version, so please take a look at it. If you receive any security prompts from your firewall/virus protection, please allow the .exe file to run.
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-iHS4_Upgrade


WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS

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



WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

"OH NO!... Not Another Exchange Security Whitepaper?!"

Yeah, we have one. But you don't have to read it! Just install Ninja. This product will save you time, IT budget, and keep your Outlook users safe from viruses, spam, bad attachments, phishing and spyware! All seamlessly integrated, an MMC interface, with award-winning plug- ins. A true third-generation messaging security tool that helps you fight the bad guys. And it has a great price. Test Ninja on your Exchange Server. You'll love it:
http://www.wservernews.com/060911-Ninja