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Vol. 11, #47 - Nov 20, 2006 - Issue #603
Ballmer: "Linux Users Owe Me Money"

  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • Tech.Ed 2007: Orlando!
    • Ballmer: "Linux Users Owe Me Money"
    • Quote Of The Week
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • IE7 Rejected By FBI
    • Court Shuts Down Alleged Spyware Operation
    • Step-by-step Virtualization Adoption: Physical-to-virtual Migration
    • Podcast: Windows Week in Review
    • VMware's Greene: 'The Operating System Shouldn't Matter'
    • What's Missing In Exchange Server 2007
  4. WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
    • SPECIAL REPORT: Which Windows When
    • Microsoft To Release Server Appliance
    • The Skinny On Windows SPP And Reduced Functionality In Vista
    • Exploit Already Out For Brand-New Workstation Service Flaw
  5. WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • Wide Public Beta for CounterSpy Consumer 2.0
    • Running Just One Single AV Engine, Company Wide?
    • Sunbelt Network Security Inspector: IT Week Editor's Choice
    • Arapahoe House Chooses Double-Take; Wins InfoWorld Award
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • BOOK: Hacking For Dummies - (keep your data safe)
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EDITORS CORNER

Tech.Ed 2007: Orlando!

Well, look what we found on the MS website just a day ago.... "Microsoft has made the difficult decision not to hold Tech·Ed 2007 in New Orleans. With this event drawing a large number of attendees from around the world and with the airlines only servicing the city with about half of their pre-Katrina flights, the logistics of moving that large a group into and out of the city is challenging and would likely result in travel and logistical challenges for attendees. Join us on June 4-8, 2007 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)" You can sign their Guest Book and get updates when you can register. Orlando is in our back yard so we'll see you there.
http://www.wservernews.com/061120-TechEd-2007

While we talk about Tech.Ed, MS announced in Barcelona, Spain at the European Tech.Ed that they plan to ship "Longhorn" and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 at the same time, second half of next year. You will first get another Longhorn build later this year, followed by another one in early 2007 and then you get Longhorn Beta 3 by the middle of 07. Bob Muglia, MS Senior Veep for server and tools said: "The current plan is to ship Longhorn and Vista SP1 simultaneously, as it is one source code base. So, if you follow that model, you have to ship them both at roughly the same time," And Longhorn just might be called Vista Server instead of Windows Server 2007. We'll see.

Ballmer: "Linux Users Owe Me Money"

Finally Microsoft pulled the expected rabbit called 'FUD' all the way out of the hat. Redmond had been hinting for a few years that the rabbit was hiding in there, but VOILA here it is! Ballmer now boldly claims that Linux "uses our intellectual property". It had been widely suspected in the open- source community that Redmond would pull the "Linux infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property" caper one day, and they were right.

It happened in a Q&A session after Ballmer's keynote at a Seattle SQL Server conference. He said he thought it was a good idea to sign a deal with Novell (which distributes SUSE Linux) because Linux "uses our intellectual property" and he wanted to "get the appropriate economic return for our shareholders from our innovation."

So the deal with Novell makes Windows and SUSE play nice together. Redmond will pay Novell $440 million for coupons that provide one year SUSE support and maintenance, with MS pushing SUSE. But the other bit was Novell paying MS 40 Mil 'protection money', so they will not get sued for infringement. Pretty much everyone using and contributing to SUSE is free from prosecution. Makes Redmond look pretty good in court if they try to sue other Linux distros.

FUD ALERT: "Novell pays us some money for the right to tell customers that anybody who uses SUSE Linux is appropriately covered," Ballmer said. This "is important to us, because [otherwise] we believe every Linux customer basically has an undisclosed balance-sheet liability."

Interesting perspective came from Pamela Jones, editor of the Groklaw site. "My reaction is that so far, what he [Ballmer] said is just more FUD [fear, uncertainty and doubt]," "Let him sue if he thinks he has a valid claim, and we'll see how well his customers like it." Obviously open-source advocates want Redmond to show exactly which lines of Linux kernel code are the culprits and rip them out, or work around them. Ballmer continued with the following pretty clear message: "Only customers that use SUSE have paid properly for intellectual property from Microsoft," he said. "We are willing to do a deal with Red Hat and other Linux distributors." The deal with SUSE Linux "is not exclusive,"

However, a potential deal between those two companies will have to wait until the end of 2009, as Novell and Microsoft signed an exclusivity agreement barring MS from establishing similar agreements with other Linux vendors for the next three years. Imagine that, all Linux open-source users paying Redmond for using that code. I thought the whole open-source idea was trying to get away from that. Echoes of SCO anyone? I'm sure the last word has not been spoken about this issue.

Quote Of The Week

"It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past." -- Karl von Clausewitz.

PS, could you do me a favor? We are trying to determine where we are going to advertise next year, and we need to know which trade rags you really like and use, and which ones you trash right out. It's one of these less-than-a-minute point-and-click surveys. Thanks so much in advance!
http://www.wservernews.com/061120-Survey

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

As you all know Windows Rock Star Mark Russinovich now works for MS. His blog is quite interesting and useful to keep up with:
http://www.wservernews.com/061120-Mark-Russinovich


Must have FREEWARE from Namescape. Web Active Directory + Self-Service GAL. Download now:
http://www.wservernews.com/061120-NameScape


Sunbelt Network Security Inspector: IT Week Editor's Choice - FIVE STARS! Here is where you can download SNSI to test on your own network:
http://www.wservernews.com/061120-SNSI


Grab this Wide Public Beta of CounterSpy Consumer 2.0 which incorporates a number of significant improvements over CounterSpy 1.5. No forms to fill:
http://www.wservernews.com/061120-CS2-Beta


TECH BRIEFING

IE7 Rejected By FBI

InfoWorld has a "gossip" journalist that had an item this week that I thought was immensely entertaining so I'm sending you a short blurb of the "Robert X. Cringely" column!

"Microsoft may be 'gung ho' about Internet Explorer 7, but the FBI doesn't share its enthusiasm. Cringester and gun dealer Robert B. got an e-mail from the Feds saying its NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) does not support IE7. The G-men want to perform a background check on the browser's security flaws before they pull the trigger. (A good idea.) Suddenly Microsoft's plan to roll out IE7 as an automatic Windows update looks even dumber. Maybe Redmond should change that to semi-automatic." Hee hee.

Court Shuts Down Alleged Spyware Operation

Millions of computers that downloaded "free" screensavers and video files from a company called ERG Ventures have been afflicted with a difficult-to- remove piece of malware called Media Motor, according to the FTC. The offending firm has been shut down by a district court, and now the FTC seeks information about the firm from consumers.

Step-by-step Virtualization Adoption: Physical-to-virtual Migration

Moving the contents of a physical computer into a virtual machine is much more than simply copying files from one location to another - it is a complex technical operation that takes time and costs money. In this tip, expert Alessandro Perilli discusses the physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration of the physical machines recognized as being good candidates for virtualization. (free registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/061120-Virtualization-Migration


Podcast: Windows Week in Review

SearchWinIT.com's Brendan Cournoyer recaps the most important Windows stories of the past week in the latest edition of our Windows Week in Review audiocast. This week, listen to the latest on the upcoming releases of Windows Vista, Office System 2007 and Exchange Server 2007.
http://www.wservernews.com/061120-Podcast


VMware's Greene: 'The Operating System Shouldn't Matter'

In this interview, Diane Greene, VMware co-founder and president, talks about how virtualization could break the stranglehold Microsoft has on the computing industry.
http://www.wservernews.com/061120-VMware


What's Missing In Exchange Server 2007

With all the enhancements in Exchange Server 2007, it's easy to overlook the fact that many features have been "deemphasized" or completely removed from the newest version of Microsoft Exchange Server. Find out what features no longer exist so you can plan an eventual Exchange Server 2007 deployment without any nasty surprises.
http://www.wservernews.com/061120-Exchange-Server-2007


WINDOWS SERVER NEWS

SPECIAL REPORT: Which Windows When

Buying the Microsoft Windows OS used to be akin to buying a Model T Ford - you could have it painted any color you wanted, as long as it was black. You couldn't buy "Windows 95 Souped-up Version," or "Windows Me Stripped- down and Less Expensive Version." Variety was lacking.

Those days are long gone, on both the server and desktop sides. Microsoft's newest OS, Windows Vista, was released to manufacturing (RTM) on Nov. 8, meaning it should be in the hands of volume customers by the end of November and consumers by Jan. 30, 2007. As always, Microsoft promises the kitchen sink - and the kitchen stove, refrigerator, toaster, et al. - to buyers of its latest and greatest OS. But the catch is that you can now choose some of the appliances you get with your kitchen sink. The same holds true in the data center, with Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 - lots of options to pick and choose from.

To cut down on confusion, ENTmag.com created this useful guide to the latest Windows desktop and server OSes. We'll give the basics on what each version does, and which version you should use in what environment. Read more:
http://www.wservernews.com/061120-Windows-Guide


Microsoft To Release Server Appliance

CIBC Software Bytes found something interesting at CRN.com. Microsoft is working on releasing a Windows Server appliance for the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market, following the success of Linux-based server appliances.

Code-named "Fresno", the entry-level Longhorn Server appliance should be out some time next year, with a sub-$1,000 price tag. The company will also make the software available to OEMs for a few hundred dollars. What makes the offering different than other SMB focused server offerings from Microsoft is the lack of client access license (CAL) requirements. The appliance is also expected to help the company address the virtual appliance market (an integrated operating system with an application stack).

The Skinny On Windows SPP And Reduced Functionality In Vista

Microsoft's Software Protection Platform, which debuts in Windows Vista, has been the subject of much fear, uncertainty and doubt. Find out the truth about this controversial new antipiracy measure, from whom it affects to how it behaves. ComputerWorld has a good summary:
http://www.wservernews.com/061120-SPP


Exploit Already Out For Brand-New Workstation Service Flaw

Wow, that's fast. In just 2 days, Black Hats have posted code that exploits the new critical vulnerability in Windows' Workstation Service. The vulnerability in case is a remotely exploitable buffer-overrun. It was fixed in Security Bulletin MS06-070, and the hole allows attackers to take complete control of a compromised system. It's a bad one and clearly the worst of the seven "critical" flaws this month. So patch your systems ASAP.

WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS

Wide Public Beta for CounterSpy Consumer 2.0

Sunbelt Software is pleased to announce the start of a wide public Beta for the next version of its flagship anti-spyware application, CounterSpy 2.0. This public beta will allow our users to test drive a pre-release version of CounterSpy 2.0, which incorporates a number of significant improvements over CounterSpy 1.5. Click on the following link to direct download Beta 4 - there are no forms to fill out:
http://www.wservernews.com/061120-CS2-Beta
CounterSpy 2.0 includes the following new features or improvements:
  • Smaller Memory Footprint
    2.0 now uses 75% less memory!
  • Re-designed/re-coded scan & removal engine
    Faster full scan times Better remediation capabilities
  • New heuristics engine for improved detections
    Better removal of polymorphic threats
  • Improved remove-on-boot capability
    Remove locked processes at boot time before Windows boots
  • New scan-on-boot technology
    Scans known locations at boot time to remove Rootkits in our definitions
  • More aggressive Active Protections based on
    Kernel based file filter stops the install before it happens Kernel based Registry filter stops modifications by potential security risks
  • Improved look for GUI
    Minor changes for usability especially in Active Protection
  • Incremental definition updates
    Smaller downloads when new definitions are available
Beta Quality Software

Interested users should bear in mind that this is beta quality software. As such, users can expect to encounter bugs of all shapes and sizes, including some that could in rare cases cause catastrophic system crashes. Users are cautioned not to install or run beta quality software in a business "production" environment or in an environment where bugs and system crashes are flatly unacceptable.

In the event you encounter a Windows System failure or CounterSpy crashes and you are given the option to send your log information to Microsoft, please send it to Microsoft, (we work together with Microsoft and get these logs), so we can quickly analyze any compatibility issues CounterSpy may encounter.

System Requirements
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher
  • IBM Compatible 400MHZ Computer with at least 128MB of RAM
  • Windows 2000 Pro SP3+ and Windows XP (Pro, Home, Tablet, or Media)
  • 150MB of available free space on your hard drive
CounterSpy 2.0 BETA 4 is not supported on the following platforms:
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows NT 4.0 (or earlier)
  • Windows 2000 Server
  • Windows 2003 Server
  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Windows Vista
How to Download CounterSpy Consumer 2.0 Beta

If you are interested in participating in this public beta 4 for CounterSpy 2.0, please do one of the following:
  1. Download CounterSpy Consumer 2.0 beta directly.
    Click on the following link to download CounterSpy Consumer 2.0 Beta:
    http://www.wservernews.com/061120-CS2-Beta
  2. Download CounterSpy Consumer beta from the beta forums
    Click on the following link to go to the Sunbelt Software beta forum: http://beta.sunbelt-software.com
    Once there click on the link entitled "How to Download and Provide Feedback" under the "CounterSpy Consumer 2.0 Beta Download"
How to Get Support and Provide Feedback
  1. Register at the Sunbelt Beta forums
    Visit the following web page and submit the required info to register at the Sunbelt Beta forums: http://beta.sunbelt-software.com/index.php
    Registration, which is free, gives you a username and password to access the beta forums. (If you are already registered at the Sunbelt beta forums, then skip to step 3 below.) When asked to specify a product, select "CounterSpy Consumer."
  2. Confirm Forum Registration
    After registering at the Sunbelt Beta forums, you will receive an email with instructions for confirming registration at the Sunbelt Beta forums. Follow those instructions.
  3. Login With Your Username and Password
    Click on any forum under "CounterSpy Consumer 2.0 Beta"
All Support Questions & Issues will be handled in the CounterSpy Beta Forums If you encounter problems or have questions with CounterSpy 2.0 Beta, please post questions and reports to the Sunbelt's CounterSpy Beta forums, not to other forums on the Net. Sunbelt's QA team is monitoring the Sunbelt forums constantly and is prepared to answer any questions you might have. We look forward to receiving your feedback and advice on this next version of CounterSpy.

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/061120-Ninja-Presentation


Sunbelt Network Security Inspector: IT Week Editor's Choice

After the review they concluded: This software package can detect over 2,500 network vulnerabilities and wins our Editor's Choice Award for value and security. Price $1,869 - FIVE STARS! You can read the full IT Week Product Review on page 58 in the PDF in the Product Review Section: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/SunbeltNetworkSecurityInspector-Docs.cfm Here is where you can download SNSI to test on your own network:
http://www.wservernews.com/061120-SNSI


Arapahoe House Chooses Double-Take; Wins InfoWorld Award

Arapahoe House Chooses Double-Take Software to Protect Their Electronic Record Systems and wins the InfoWorld 100 Solution Award.

Double-Take(r) Software today announced that Arapahoe House was selected as an InfoWorld 100 award winner, based on its use of Double-Take to protect its electronic records system. The award, which recognizes innovative projects that serve well-defined business goals, greatly endorses the fact that Double-Take is an affordable and easy-to-use data protection solution.

IDG's InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for IT solutions management, accepts nominations for the InfoWorld 100 awards annually. The awards judges look for IT projects that demonstrate the most creative use of cutting-edge technologies to further their business goals.

"It's been said that fortune favors the bold. The inspiration for this year's finalists to tackle such sweeping changes varies widely - from reducing delivery time of products and services to replacing cumbersome legacy systems," said Richard Gincel, senior editor at InfoWorld. "But regardless of the motivation, high ambition unites them all."

Arapahoe House, a non-profit, community-based substance abuse treatment center located in Thornton, Colo., recently worked with Double-Take Software to set up a virtual server environment and deploy Double-Take on each server. The agency's staff is now converting all of its paper records to an electronic system, streamlining operations between its 14 facilities. Double-Take works to replicate and backup electronic information from Arapahoe House's home server site to a remote server site so, in the event of a system outage or natural disaster, the agency can recover in minutes, if not seconds.

"We're very excited to win an InfoWorld 100 award. It's a true testament to our hard work and innovative approach to creating a paperless-based operation," said David Andersen, manager of information systems at Arapahoe House. "I'm confident we made the best choice in selecting Double-Take to protect our new electronic system. It's an essential part of our new server environment and gives us peace of mind that our electronic data is safe and secure." How well are your servers protected? 30-day eval:
http://www.wservernews.com/061120-Double-Take


WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS

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



WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

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  • Create a plan for testing
  • Recognize vulnerabilities in your network
  • Prevent attacks by rogue insiders
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