Vol. 11, #37 - Sep 11, 2006 - Issue #593
MS Is A Glutton For Marketshare, And Why That May Hurt You
- EDITORS CORNER
- Security Bundle Special
- Sunbelt September Seminar
- MS Is A Glutton For Marketshare, And Why That May Hurt You
- Quotes Of The Week
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- 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
- WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
- New: Draft Guidelines on Electronic Mail Security
- Microsoft, Cisco Release NAP/NAC Roadmap
- Vista RC1 Posted
- More On Vista Admin Password
- WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Event Trigger Real-Time Event Log Monitoring
- iHateSpam V4.0 Upgrade Notification
- 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?!"
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...
Security Bundle Special
Small and Medium Businesses are more and more becoming the target
of hackers, spammers, phishers and other bad guys. This Security
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this offer is valid only till midnight September 30, 2006. Your
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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:
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.
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
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.
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):
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!
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.
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
||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:
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:
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:
And Computer World has a Windows Vista RC1 Build 5600 Visual 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?
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.
||WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- Now here is a cool open source project: the telecrapper. Read the
specs and listen to the virtual anti-telemarketing calls. [GRIN]
- Here's an 'interest' page by a good friend, Dr Andrew Wylie, fanatical
about the earliest ICs, about which good information is very scarce.
Maybe some of you can add to the history.
- Welcome to the Official Seal Generator. Enter some text, choose a border
and an emblem, pick your colors, and click the 'Go' button. An Official
Seal will be generated for you. Collect 'em, trade 'em, put 'em on your
website, or e-mail 'em to your friends. (they have more of these)
- Golden Oldie: Bill Gates in Doom. This is the original video:
- The General Motors "Hy-Wire" concept car:
- This cat know how to scuba dive. And his boss made him the gear!
- Microsoft Chairman Replaces Mao in China. Wow, some positive change!
- How To Write Unmaintainable Code, and Ensure a job for life ;-)
- Here's a pretty skilled Boeing 747 pilot having to land with extreme
- Old Glory Robot Insurance: very entertaining video:
- Check out the 3D-animation of this new flying car concept!!
||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: