Vol. 11, #46 - Nov 13, 2006 - Issue #602
Sysinternals Suite Now From TechNet
- EDITORS CORNER
- Sysinternals Suite Now From TechNet
- Quad Watch
- Animal Quotes Of The Week
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- More About The WXP Password Hack
- Crash Course: Virtualization Basics
- There's Gotta Be A Better Way To Time Sync XP Systems
- New Windows Generation Raises Same Old IT Challenges
- Backing Up And Restoring NTFS Permissions On A Specified Volume
- Exchange Server 2003 Storage Management Options
- Special Report: VMworld 2006
- WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
- Novell Explains, Defends Microsoft Patent Agreement
- Vista RTMs. Now It's Up To Developers!
- Microsoft To Release Six Windows Security Updates
- WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Prevent Simultaneous Connections to Your Network
- New Process Monitor Replaces Regmon and Filemon
- WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Running Just One Single AV Engine, Company Wide?
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Sysinternals Suite Now From TechNet
MS TechNet has rolled up the entire set of Sysinternals Utilities into a single
Suite of tools. This file contains all the individual tools & help files. The
whole thing is just 8MB so I suggest you get a copy. And while you are there,
Mark also came out with a new very cool Process Monitor that you can download.
See the Third Party section for the description and the download link!
Intel is expected to introduce its quad-core Xeons on Nov 14, curiously
enough a week -after- Dell announced it was ready to ship machines based
on Intel quads. Dell plans to ship five two-socked blade servers, and
three workstations fitted with quads.
Intel's announcement is expected to be four Quad flavors, three for servers
and one workstation geared to gamers, with more CPU models planned for
early '07. Looks like Intel wanted to get the quads out fast, to beat
AMD to the game as AMD won't have quad Opterons until second quarter '07.
You'll have to pay for this power though. These chips are not cheap yet.
Animal Quotes Of The Week
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's
too dark to read." -- Groucho Marx
"I like good news. I like it even better when 100+ horses are saved."
-- Yours Truly. Here is the Google Netherlands video:
More About The WXP Password Hack
WSN subscriber Jeff Vandervoort sent me the following. Ouch. The
truth hurts sometimes. [grin] He started with repeating my quote:
"We are all victims of mythology in one way or another. We are the
inheritors, and many times the propagators, of a desire to believe what
we want to believe, regardless of whether or not it is true."
-- J.V. Stewart.
He then commented: "Indeed. Case in point
-How to Hack a Window XP Admins Password. This is a really fast hack:
Thanks Jeff! [licking wounds]
- If the computer has NTFS on the system drive, this won't work unless
you're logged on as an admin or have non-default security configurations
on the system.
- If you don't have FAT32 on the system drive, you deserve to have the
admin password changed.
- If you can't trust your other admins, you deserve to have the admin
- If you change security configurations in such a way that this "hack"
is enabled, you deserve to have the admin password changed." end quote.
Crash Course: Virtualization Basics
Take a fast trip through tips on choosing virtualization products, managing
virtual machine sprawl and virtual hard disks, migrating from VMware to
Microsoft Virtual Server and more. Your guide is Anil Desai, IT book author
and consultant and SearchServerVirtualization.com Ask the Expert advisor;
not to mention MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA and a Microsoft MVP. (free registration req'd)
There's Gotta Be A Better Way To Time Sync XP Systems
There's a tendency for any two given Windows XP systems to be completely out
of sync even though they're both joined into the same domain. Learn more in
New Windows Generation Raises Same Old IT Challenges
Vista, Office System 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 are slated for delivery
this month. But for enterprises, these platforms will mean lots of time and
work for years to come.
Backing Up And Restoring NTFS Permissions On A Specified Volume
In this tip, expert Serdar Yegulalp explains how you can harden your security
by using the script NTFSBKP to back up and restore NTFS permissions -- either on
one folder or to an entire drive.
Exchange Server 2003 Storage Management Options
Exchange Server 2003 supports three primary types of storage technologies:
storage area networks (SAN), network-attached storage (NAS), and direct-
attached storage (DAS). In this SearchExchange.com crash course, contributor
Brien Posey explains how each option works and discusses its advantages
and disadvantages for Exchange Server storage management.
Special Report: VMworld 2006
VMworld 2006 last week in Los Angeles was the place where all major
virtualization players came together. SearchVirtualization.com was there
for the entire event. Read more in this special report.
||WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
Novell Explains, Defends Microsoft Patent Agreement
It won't affect the freedom Novell or anybody else has under the GPL,
including developers, and it won't contradict the GPL's conditions, says
Novell's legal eagle. Novell on Nov. 7 explained how its recent patent
agreement with Microsoft neither violates the GPL nor implies that Linux
infringes on any of Microsoft's patents. Additionally, "Novell entered
this broad set of agreements with Microsoft to further promote the
adoption of Linux," according to Novell's senior VP and general counsel,
Joseph A. LaSala, Jr. In particular, LaSala continued, "Many people want
to know whether this agreement is compatible with Novell's obligations
under the GPL, especially section 7. This was an important consideration
for us as well." Want to read more about what's covered by the new
Novell/Microsoft patent deal? eWeek has the story:
Vista RTMs. Now It's Up To Developers!
Finally, the OS has gone gold. Now that developers really know that there
are no more major changes going to be made, it's up to us software
developers and the hardware guys to complete the work on our side. MS also
releases five languages simultaneously at RTM time, two more than last time.
The product will be available in 18 languages by the January release time,
and ultimately there will be 100 languages. Vista supports more hardware
than any earlier OS. Redmond expects about 50 percent more device driver
coverage at RTM than Windows XP had. The rest of these will arrive through
Windows Update. Redmond also claims that Vista is the most reliable system
they ever shipped, having had more testing than ever before. Now developers
need to get their apps in shape, tested, and debugged. That always takes
a little while but you should see the vast majority supporting Vista in
early 2007. ComputerWorld has a good microsite called 'Vista A to Z':
Microsoft To Release Six Windows Security Updates
November's Patch Tuesday load appears to be a light one. Microsoft has
announced that the monthly collection of security fixes for its software
will include just six items, but no patch for a recently reported Visual
Studio vulnerability. ENTMag has a good summary this time:
||WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
Prevent Simultaneous Connections to Your Network
UserLock tracks, notifies, and reports the logon/logoff activity of your
domains, and limits the number of simultaneous connections under the
same user name on an entire Windows NT/2000/2003 network. Trial at:
New Process Monitor Replaces Regmon and Filemon
From a posting on the NTSYSADMIN list: "Process Monitor is an advanced
monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry
and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy
Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list
of enhancements including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive
event properties such session IDs and user names, reliable process
information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each
operation, simultaneous logging to a file, and much more. Its uniquely
powerful features will make Process Monitor a core utility in your system
troubleshooting and malware hunting toolkit. Awesome looking tool, especially
for those LUA type hunting exercises. If this is the kind of product that
comes out of the acquisition, I'm all for it."
||WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
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