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Vol. 11, #42 - Oct 16, 2006 - Issue #598
Aaugh! Microsoft Moves TechEd Out Of New Orleans...

  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • CounterSpy Enterprise 1.8.1165.0 Released
    • Upcoming Sunbelt Seminars
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • Featured Article: VMware Server Support
    • FAQ: SQL Server Query Errors And Explanations
    • Learning Center: All About .OST files
    • Creating Your First Virtual Server VM
    • Can You Trust Third-party Patches?
  4. WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
    • Aaugh! Microsoft Moves TechEd Out Of New Orleans...
    • Redmond Rolls Out Fixes For More Than Two Dozen Flaws
    • Microsoft Acquires Colloquis
    • Microsoft Makes Changes to Vista in EU, S. Korea
  5. WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • CounterSpy Enterprise 1.8.1165.0 Released
    • "Microsoft Antigen Nails Viruses But Stumbles On Spam"
    • Increase In Hacked Vulnerabilities to 20%
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • Configuration Software For The Rest Of Us
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EDITORS CORNER

CounterSpy Enterprise 1.8.1165.0 Released

We are happy to announce that CounterSpy Enterprise 1.8.1165.0 has just been released! The 1.8.1165.0 release of CSE is a major update to the 1.5 release and contains quite a few improvements in the backend services and console components. The reporting database structure has been radically redesigned as well to improve performance and enable simpler development of custom reports directly from the database. Below in Third Party News is a a simplified list of items that have changed or been added for this release.

Upcoming Sunbelt Seminars

We'd like to invite you to attend the following seminars that we are hosting: "What Every IT Manager Should Know About Centralized Backup and Protecting Microsoft SQL and Exchange"- Join Sunbelt and Double-Take Software as we discuss strategies for implementing high availability, remote availability and offsite disaster recovery solutions for SQL, Exchange and other mission critical applications using Double-Take.

Hosted at Microsoft in Houston, TX on Wednesday, November 1st.
Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-DT-Seminar-Houston

Hosted at the Hilton Austin in Austin, TX on Thursday, November 2nd.
Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-DT-Seminar-Austin


Quotes Of The Week

"There are risks and costs to any action. But they are far less than risks and costs of comfortable inaction." - John F. Kennedy
"I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: What I'm going to be if I grow up." -- Lenny Bruce

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

Everything you always wanted to know about subnetting but were afraid to ask. Article: IP subnetting made easy at TechRepublic:
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-Subnetting

Tired of resetting passwords? Let end users reset their own passwords for AD and ADAM. Check out myPassword from Namescape:
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-Reset-Passwords

Move, copy, or clone the Active Directory database for backup, recovery, or testing: UMove for Active Directory.
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-UMove

Redmond Mag wants to know what your fave free tools are. Let them know and we'll report back with the bestest free-est ones!
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-Redmond-Faves


TECH BRIEFING

Featured Article: VMware Server Support

At a crossroads between the free VMware Server and ESX, a five-year veteran of server virtualization ponders whether VMware support for the free version will be enough to support his production environment. Read more in this exclusive article at SearchServerVirtualization: (free registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-VMWare-Server-Support


FAQ: SQL Server Query Errors And Explanations

Queries in SQL Server have many facets, which at times can be daunting. To ease the pain of running a query, SearchSQLServer.com has compiled answers to a dozen frequently asked questions on the function. Here, experts address reader concerns including resolving code errors and how to avoid delays when running a query. At SearchSQLServer: (free registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-SQL-Server-Errors


Learning Center: All About .OST files

Offline store (.OST) files are a convenient feature for Microsoft Outlook users and a valuable disaster recovery option for Exchange Server admins. Augment your .OST know-how with this compilation of tips, tools and expert advice on managing, troubleshooting and securing .OST files. (free registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-OST-Files


Creating Your First Virtual Server VM

Microsoft Virtual Server from the ground up. If you read Anil Desai's first "Microsoft Virtual Server from the ground up" article, you already know how to install Virtual Server. It's time to create your first virtual machine! Find out how in part two of this series.
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-Virtual-Server


Can You Trust Third-party Patches?

Convenient as off-cycle, third-party patches may seem, people who are contemplating installing them should ask themselves if the patches are truly trustworthy. Article at SearchWindowsSecurity:
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-3rd-Party-Patches


WINDOWS SERVER NEWS

Aaugh! Microsoft Moves TechEd Out Of New Orleans...

Aaugh! And we were looking forward so much to going back to Bourbon Street! [sob] EntMag came first with this bad news. More than 13 months after Hurricane Katrina came ashore, Microsoft confirmed Monday that it is moving three of its annual conferences, including two of its largest shows, out of New Orleans -- at least temporarily. Here is the sad article. Read more:
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-Tech-Ed


Redmond Rolls Out Fixes For More Than Two Dozen Flaws

In one of its biggest patch releases in recent months, Microsoft Tuesday rolled out fixes for 26 vulnerabilities. But technical problems delayed the rollout by way of Update services. ComputerWorld has it nicely summarized:
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-Patch-Tuesday


Microsoft Acquires Colloquis

After Thursday's close, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Colloquis, a privately held developer of natural language processing technology that enables online interaction with users. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Colloquis' technology allows its customers to automate certain customer service issues online, such as frequently asked questions, with conversational language. The company plans on offering a managed service, called Windows Live Service Agents, based on Colloquis' technology to companies with online operations. In addition, it plans on integrating it with some of its own products, beginning with the Xbox self-service support offering set for release later this year. Current customers of Colloquis include Cingular Wireless, Comcast, Cox Communications, Time-Warner and Vonage.

Microsoft Makes Changes to Vista in EU, S. Korea

Microsoft says it has made changes to its new operating system Vista after what it called "constructive dialog" with the European Commission and South Korea over regulatory concerns. eWEEK has the story:
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-Vista-Changes


WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS

CounterSpy Enterprise 1.8.1165.0 Released

We are happy to announce that CounterSpy Enterprise 1.8.1165.0 has just been released! The 1.8.1165.0 release of CSE is a major update to the 1.5 release and contains quite a few improvements in the backend services and console components. The reporting database structure has been radically redesigned as well to improve performance and enable simpler development of custom reports directly from the database.

Deployment Wizard Improvements:
  • Ability to run pre and post install actions (Ability to be configured by Support as well)
  • Improved deployment results screen
  • Do not enforce unique IP addresses in Agent catalog
Performance and Scalability
  • Support up to 10000 Agents on a single server basic server
  • Memory and CPU optimizations in all services
  • Enhanced remoting interface to allow for more efficient use of system memory
Console
  • Persist UI configuration and grid settings
  • UI Enhancements to Threats Grid
  • Added agent count to Quarantine Grid
  • Added agent count to Threat Grid
  • Added last found date to Threat Grid
  • Split agent status from deferred work status
  • Updated Scan Options settings in policy settings
  • Performance increases when managing agents and viewing history
  • Improved Proxy support
  • Persisted licensing information
  • UI changes for threat actions, simplified configuration
  • No matter what the license status is, the user is able to edit proxy, email server and database settings
Reporting
  • New database layout so that custom reports can written directly from the database
  • Allow user to export to HTML
  • Large increase in speed of reports
  • Ability to run reports from command line (schedule and export)
To take full advantage of these great new features, be sure to download CounterSpy Enterprise 1.8.1165.0 (direct link to .exe):
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-CounterSpy-Enterprise


"Microsoft Antigen Nails Viruses But Stumbles On Spam"

InfoWorld Magazine just thoroughly tested Forefront Antigen. They said: "Malware protection impresses, but optional anti-spam module can't hack it" The full article is here, and it's a good read.
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-MS-Antigen


Increase In Hacked Vulnerabilities to 20%

According to Gartner, the percentage of vulnerabilities that are attacked before a patch is released will increase from less than 1 percent in 2005 to 20 percent by 2008. This means that you need to improve your vulnerability management with a layered approach to remediation.

And a recent InfoWorld Research Report on security reported that, 47% of respondents stated that a major security breach at their organization would have a serious impact on the security measures deployed at their company. Criminal organizations have organized their hacking efforts; it is no longer just "script kiddies" trying to break into your network. In the past several years, it has become apparent that there is real money to be made from criminal hacking.

You need to implement a comprehensive and integrated security architecture that can keep your organization secure from external and internal threats. One of the must-have apps in that stack is a top notch vulnerability scanner. SNSI is a MilSpec, high quality scanner with a multi-platform database of thousands of current network holes. It's licensed by Admin, (so it's affordable) and the coming V2.0 will be even more easy to manage. Check out SNSI here, there is no where else where you can get this much security tool for such a low price. And it's a WinITPro 2006 Readers Choice Winner!
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-Sunbelt-Network-Security-Inspector


WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS

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



WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

Configuration Software For The Rest Of Us

WINREPORTER is a powerful scanning and reporting administrative tool, that remotely inventories software and device configuration as well as user settings. WINREPORTER facilitates network management by retrieving all indispensable data linked to the functioning of the Windows NT/2000/2003 network (LAN and WAN), and maintains retrieved information in an ODBC type central database. WINREPORTER offers a set of 37 "out-of-the-box" reports as well as the ability to customize your own reports. Eval at:
http://www.wservernews.com/061016-WinReporter