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Vol. 11, #44 - Oct 30, 2006 - Issue #600
MS Office: Now With Mandatory Piracy Check

  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • Welcome To Issue Number 600!
    • IE7 Update Clarification
    • Sunbelt Data Protection Seminars
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • Exchange Server 2007 Will Propel iSCSI Market
    • Migrate Or Merge Microsoft Outlook .PST Files
    • SSIS Maintenance Plans In SQL Server 2005
    • Vista's ReadyBoost May Not Be For Everyone
    • Microsoft Longhorn Server Core: Security Implications
  4. WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
    • Microsoft Wants To Get Into Chip Design
    • Larry Ellison Hijacks Red Hat
    • Bug Causes Microsoft To Push Vista RTM To Nov. 8
    • MS Office: Now With Mandatory Piracy Check
  5. WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • New Exchange Tool Released
    • Running Just One Single AV Engine, Company Wide?
    • Redmond Very Unhappy With One Third Party Vendor
    • Easy: Protecting Yourself Against Disastrous Losses
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
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EDITORS CORNER

Welcome To Issue Number 600!

We dressed it up a bit since it's Halloween too. And, since this has been going on for 10 years now, I can inform you that as per Rule Number Three of Sunbelt Software, I'm still having fun writing it! Oh, you want to know Rules 1 and 2?
  1. Do it right the first time
  2. Do it fast
  3. Have fun while you do it!
That's the senior company policy we operate on over here. [grin]

IE7 Update Clarification

A reader sent me: "Regarding IE7, you wrote, "if you run either automatic updates or WSUS, this more secure beastie will all on its own update in November, and might break things." That's not quite true. WSUS and SMS 2003 will allow administrators to control the deployment of IE7 at their discretion. Option #2 of "Options for Blocking Automatic Delivery" reads as follows: "Deploy an update management solution that provides full control over the updates deployed to computers in your network. Microsoft offers the free Windows Server Update Services and the more advanced Systems Management Server 2003 update management products. IT Administrators using an update management solution should use the standard features of their product, rather than the Blocker Toolkit, to control Internet Explorer 7 distribution." Thanks for a very insightful and entertaining newsletter!"

And thank you for the correction. [smile]

Sunbelt Data Protection Seminars

"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/061030-Houston

Hosted at the Hilton Austin in Austin, TX on Thursday, November 2nd. Register:
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Hosted at Microsoft in New York, NY on Friday, November 17th. Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-New-York


Quotes Of The Week

This time not just one or two quotes. A whole TON of them, many truly hilarious. It's the great "unknown" quote collection!
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-Quotes

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

Must have FREEWARE from Namescape. Web Active Directory + Self Service GAL. Download Now:
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-NameScape

Move, copy, or clone the Active Directory database for backup, recovery, or testing: UMove for Active Directory.
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-UTools

Version 1.8 of CounterSpy Enterprise is rock solid, has a fast console, and the malware database is unsurpassed! WinITPro Reader's Choice:
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-CounterSpy-Enterprise

NEW: Sunbelt Kerio SERVER Firewall allows you to protect ALL your servers. A top-notch server firewall for a rock bottom price:
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-Kerio-Server


TECH BRIEFING

Exchange Server 2007 Will Propel iSCSI Market

Analysts expect a 75.8% increase in iSCSI revenue between 2005 and 2010, thanks in part to Exchange Server. And get ready for new 64-bit servers for your "E07" Article at SearchWinIT.com:
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-Exchange-Server-2007


Migrate Or Merge Microsoft Outlook .PST Files

Learn about a third-party tool called Upstart that allows you to migrate or merge Microsoft Outlook personal store (.PST) files, even if they're stored in different formats and encryption types. At SearchExchange:
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-UpStart


SSIS Maintenance Plans In SQL Server 2005

Using SSIS packages for your maintenance plans in SQL Server 2005 allows for greater flexibility to customize tasks and also provides an execution history for less difficult troubleshooting. Contributor Baya Pavliashvili highlights how maintenance plans have improved with SQL Server Integration Services while walking you through building your own with the Maintenance Plan Wizard. Over at SearchSQLServer.com
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-SSIS


Vista's ReadyBoost May Not Be For Everyone

There are five stipulations you need to know about before you can take advantage of ReadyBoost, the Windows Vista feature that allows flash storage to be used for virtual memory. Check it out at SearchWinComputing:
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-ReadyBoost


Microsoft Longhorn Server Core: Security Implications

Microsoft's Longhorn Server Core edition will allow you to build a custom server from the ground up, using only the capabilities that you absolutely need. Read about the security implications of this new modular architecture in this tip from Jonathan Hassell.
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-LongHorn


WINDOWS SERVER NEWS

Microsoft Wants To Get Into Chip Design

Monday, 23 October 2006 Microsoft the software company appears to be morphing at a great rate of knots into a hybrid software-hardware company, with the latest move being the establishment of a chip design laboratory. According to a report in the New York Times, a new Microsoft chip design group will have teams in both Silicon Valley and Redmond.

Apparently the evolution of computing into multi-processor chips and devices other than desktop PCs, such as games consoles, music players and mobile phones, is leading Microsoft into areas where it needs to more tightly control the integration of its hardware and software. The result is the Computer Architecture Group lead by one of Silicon Valley's computer engineering pioneers Charles P. Thacker. More at the ITWIRE site:
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-Microsoft


Larry Ellison Hijacks Red Hat

Brad Reback in the CIBC World Markets newsletter 'Software BYTES' reported something very interesting: "During his keynote at Oracle Openworld yesterday, CEO Larry Ellison announced that Oracle will now offer support to Red Hat Linux customers, as part of its Unbreakable Linux program. Mr. Ellison indicated that the move is born out of trying to accelerate the adoption of Linux, particularly at the enterprise level. According to Mr. Ellison, while Linux has enjoyed significant growth over the years, its growth is slowing, as true "enterprise-level" support is lacking and current support providers fail to offer any IP indemnification. The company contends it covers both of those bases with its Unbreakable Linux support program.

"From what we understand, Oracle removes the Red Hat trademarks from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and then adds its own bug fixes (which it will also hand over to the open source community), as part of its support. Interestingly, the company plans on offering the bug fixes to current and future RHEL offerings, as well as older versions. By comparison, Red Hat only supports the current version of its Linux offerings, forcing its customers to upgrade to the most current version in order to receive updates. As part of Oracle's "Unbreakable Linux Program," Red Hat users can expect a similar service to that of Red Hat's "Red Hat Network." Only, according to Mr. Ellison, Oracle's support is better and priced at less than half of Red Hat's.

"The company has announced three broad support levels for RHEL: For "Enterprise Linux Network Support" users pay $99 per system per year in exchange for access to software and updates via Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN). "Enterprise Linux Basic Support" starts at $399 per system per year (up to 2 CPUs) and provides access to the ULN, as well as 24x7 web and phone support on a global basis. This support price rises to $999 per year for systems with more than 2 physical CPUs. Under the "Enterprise Linux Premier Support" level, users pay $1,199 (for up to 2 CPU-based systems) for ULN access, 24x7 support, as well as back port of bug fixes to older RHEL releases as well as Oracle lifetime support. For systems with more than 2 CPUs, this support level rises to $1,999 per system per year."

Bug Causes Microsoft To Push Vista RTM To Nov. 8

A bug discovered earlier this month will delay the release to manufacturing of Windows Vista until Nov. 8, according to sources familiar with Microsoft's plans. ComputerWorld has the story:
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-Vista


MS Office: Now With Mandatory Piracy Check

ComputerWorld via (IDG News Service) just came out with some interesting news that also might become a headache for system admins. Here is a quote from the article: "The Office productivity and collaboration suite is about to become the next piece of software from Microsoft Corp. subject to mandatory piracy checks. The company's Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program will require mandatory validation of Office software on Friday, the software vendor quietly disclosed on Thursday. After that date, any Office Online templates downloaded from within the Office 2007 Microsoft Office System applications will require validation of legitimacy.

Similarly, starting in January, users of Office Update will have to validate that their Office software is legitimate before they can use the service, Microsoft added. The company said in a press statement Thursday that the validation process will be "quick and simple" for users. The OGA program, currently in the testing phase, is now available in 26 languages worldwide. OGA is a sister program to Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA), launched in July 2005 as a program that automatically checks a user's version of Windows to ensure that it is not counterfeit or pirated. More at:
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-MS-Office-Validation


WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS

New Exchange Tool Released

A new .NET/Exchange product was released. hostedExpress(tm) for Exchange Server is a powerful administration tool for all who needs to maintain MS Exchange, the Active Directory or just a piece of it via the Web. Dedicate routine tasks such as maintaining active directory users and Exchange mailboxes, public folders, calendars, contacts, ... to your help desk(s). Reduce your maintenance overhead, improve your clients daily work. If you are interested, check out:
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-hostedExpress


Running Just One Single AV Engine, Company Wide?

In that case you need to take five minutes and watch this Flash presentation. We have come up with all the ammo you need to convince your boss to get some extra budget allocated to multi-engine AV on Exchange. It's worth the time. It's on the Ninja page in the left column, but here is the direct link (flash):
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-Ninja-Presentation


Redmond Very Unhappy With One Third Party Vendor

Microsoft officials say they are unhappy that security software maker Authentium has decided to bypass the controversial PatchGuard kernel protection feature in its next-generation Vista operating system, and said that the tactic could lead to eventual problems for users of the company's software. Responding to Authentium's move to circumvent PatchGuard in its products, company officials said that the decision to hack the feature could prove unwise for the security vendor as Microsoft will work to close off any flaws that allow unauthorized kernel interaction, making technologies dependent on such access obsolete. The rest of the story is at eWEEK:
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-Authentium


Easy: Protecting Yourself Against Disastrous Losses

Protecting yourself against disastrous losses is easier than you might think. Double-Take(r) Software offers the leading data protection and availability solutions - providing you with a continual, up-to-the-second copy of your data that you can access the instant an outage occurs, with little or no loss of data or productivity. And we make it easier to manage.

Double-Take Application Manager (DTAM) is a unified console where you can manage all of your application protection options. Double-Take Application Manager currently supports Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server. Exclusive features offered by Double-Take Application Manager include:
  • Four step process to complete application protection.
  • "Pre-Flight Check" - Ensures that the application environment is configured properly for replication and failover.
  • "Configuration Cloning" - Helps to reduce administration effort and minimize configuration errors by automatically configuring the application data sets and configuration settings on the secondary server.
  • Improved centralized management console - Controls the entire application protection process from configuration through failover, data restoration and failback.
  • Automated recovery capabilities - Ensures that users experience minimal downtime during recovery and that restoring services to the primary application server can be done in the simplest way possible.
  • Integrated Controls - Integrates standard Double-Take controls into the management console to reduce the need to use other management interfaces to configure the application protection environment.
  • Configuration Change Persistence - The automated persistence of configuration settings saves time and effort and simplifies application protection management.
Why put productivity, revenue and customer confidence at risk with periodic backup? Ensure uninterrupted access to your data and availability of your applications with continuous data replication and automatic failover from Double-Take Software. Then let Double-Take Application Manager streamline your data protection management.
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-Double-Take


WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS

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


WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

Stuck with Hard to Manage, Ineffective Antispam/Antivirus on your Exchange Server?

Save 50% over your current product! Ninja is easier to manage, has better multi-engine spam detection, and integrated multi-engine antivirus. Ninja gives you great end-user control. It is an excellent replacement for Exchange products from Trend, GFI and Symantec. Get your 30-day full function eval and see it for yourself:
http://www.wservernews.com/061030-Sunbelt-Messaging-Ninja