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Vol. 12, #11 - Mar 19, 2007 - Issue #617
Outlook 2007 Users Complain About Slow Performance

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Antispyware Advocates Try To Get SPY ACT Bill Through
    • CounterSpy VIPRE Engine Already Beats Major AV Players!
    • Quote Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • DST Switch Offered Lessons Learned
    • Tip: Improving Microsoft Virtual Server Security
    • Secure Settings For Shared Files
    • How To Analyze Exchange Server SMTP Log Files In Microsoft Excel
    • More Powerful Analysis Services MDX Built Into SQL Server 2005
  4. Windows Server News
    • W2K3 SP 2 Thrown At Us
    • Outlook 2007 Users Complain About Slow Performance
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • It's Heeeere! Ninja V2.1 With Disclaimers Released
  6. WServerNews 'Fave' Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • MARCH MADNESS - "End-Of-First-Quarter-Blowout!"
MARCH MADNESS - "End-Of-First-Quarter-Blowout!"

OK, here is the Q1 special. Check this out. It's only valid until
the end of this month. A 50-pack of Ninja with AV and 50 pack of
CounterSpy Enterprise, regular list is $2,029 but now for $1,495.
Ninja now INCLUDES Disclaimers. Call for even better competitive
upgrade pricing if you have an existing solution in place!
CounterSpy Enterprise
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-CSE
Sunbelt Messaging Ninja
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-SMN

Editor's Corner

Antispyware Advocates Try To Get SPY ACT Bill Through

The U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection this week held hearings about a a proposed new spyware bill. This is the third time in the last few years this is being discussed. The first two attempts passed the House but died in the Senate. And, again, some people claimed it could harm Internet advertisers.

The bill, with cutesy name "Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act" (Spy Act) would make it unlawful to install software that gathers information, monitors usage, serves up advertisements or modifies browser and other settings on a computer without explicit user consent. Violations would be treated as unfair or deceptive trade practices subject to enforcement action by the FTC The bill also allows fines of up to $3 million for some types of violations.

Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) claimed that this time it would pass. I hope it will be more effective than the CAN SPAM act, but I do not have my hopes up. I'm sure that the Russian cyber mafia also won't be all that impressed.

CounterSpy VIPRE Engine Already Beats Major AV Players!

The Virustotal site is a place where you can submit a sample and see which AV engines catch it. This is updated every hour, and the results are very interesting too. Sunbelt's VIPRE engine (still in its infancy) beats out McAfee, Sophos, AVG, Symantec, and Norman in REAL WORLD TESTS. The VIPRE engine will be built into the coming CounterSpy Enterprise V2.0. (and is already in hundreds of thousands of the consumer version) Here is the link to the Virustotal site so you can see for yourself:
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-Virustotal

And here is the link to CounterSpy Enterprise - grab a 30-day trial:
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-CounterSpy-Enterprise


Quote Of The Week

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a persistent one." -- Albert Einstein

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

Reclaim up to 80% of your Exchange Store with ExchangeCompress. Download FREE trial copy today.
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-ExchangeCompress

Must Have FREEWARE. Web Active Directory + Self Service Password. Download now!
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CounterSpy V2 is the only top rated antispyware with a REAL free trial. Spy Sweeper and Spyware Doctor "free trials" are only scans. Download now:
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-CounterSpy

Extend Active Directory services to UNIX/Linux/Mac to enable single sign-on, set global password policies. Free white paper.
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Tech Briefing

DST Switch Offered Lessons Learned

The daylight-saving time patches now in place mean that Windows shops are safe through the fall and beyond - unless U.S. lawmakers decide to switch the DST date yet again. If that happens, IT experts who survived the daylight-saving time deadline offer some words of wisdom in order to make the next transition go a little more smoothly. Read more in this exclusive article!
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-DST-Switch


Tip: Improving Microsoft Virtual Server Security

Are you a security administrator worried about rogue Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 virtual machines showing up on your network? This expert tip will go through detecting rogue virtual machines on your network. Also, find out why the potent combination of Alternate Data Streams and virtual machines could make searching for rogue virtual machines more difficult.
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-Virtual-Server-Security


Secure Settings For Shared Files

Proper file sharing settings are vital to ensuring that important and commonly used documents stay exactly the way you want them. With this advice from Windows hardening expert Jonathan Hassell, get the information you need on how to keep your shared files intact. (free registration)
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-Secure-Shared-Files


How To Analyze Exchange Server SMTP Log Files In Microsoft Excel

In this step-by-step guide, Exchange MVP Brien Posey explains how to convert an Exchange Server SMTP log file into a text file and import it into Microsoft Excel. He then walks through two approaches for evaluating those log files to determine your Exchange Server's SMTP bandwidth consumption. (free registration)
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-SMTP-Logs


More Powerful Analysis Services MDX Built Into SQL Server 2005

MDX in SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services brings exciting improvements including query support and expression/calculation language. Baya Pavliashvili highlights CASE, statements, sub-queries and SCOPE functions, which make MDX more powerful and flexible for your intricate business intelligence solutions.
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-MDX


Windows Server News

W2K3 SP 2 Thrown At Us

W2K3 SP2 was suddenly thrown at us this week. Sure, bring it on, right after DST we can handle some more work in the evenings and weekends! Perhaps that is the reason they did not announce any patches for Patch Tuesday, and said "well, they can roll out SP2 instead". Heh.

Redmond has never really positioned service packs as security patches, but SP's are for sure important for security from my perspective. This SP2 will be the last one for W2K3 before Redmond ships the new Windows Server "Longhorn" planned for the end of this year. We were kind of expecting SP2 to come out of the woodwork, since they shipped the release candidate for SP2 late November, but it was still a bit unexpected.

Initially, it looked like there was one major Gotcha. The Release Notes stated that if you applied IE7 after W2K3 SP1, you needed to -uninstall- IE 7 before you install SP2. HUH? Right. But after the initial confusion the release notes were updated and that IE7 removal is no longer necessary. Here they are:
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-W2K3-SP2

Here is the list of SP2 updates:
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-SP2-Updates

SP2 gives us fixes for a huge amount of bugs in W2K3, many related to .NET and Com+, as well as some clustering problems. SP2 also came with some new features for Microsoft Management Console 3.0, like improved command line management tools. SP2 also supports including Wireless Protected Access 2 (WPA2). But... TEST, TEST. TEST before you roll it out.

Outlook 2007 Users Complain About Slow Performance

ComputerWorld reported about early users of Outlook 2007 voicing widespread complaints about the software's sluggish performance. Symptoms being reported by users include temporary freezes when commands are executed or windows are opened, an inability of Outlook to keep up with text as it is being typed and slowness in sending and receiving e-mails. Most of the problems don't appear to be the result of underpowered PCs or of faulty or misconfigured e-mail servers. Instead, users say, and Microsoft acknowledges, the underlying cause is changes made under Outlook's hood to accommodate new features such as RSS feeds and indexing for faster searches. Some bloggers working with beta versions of Outlook 2007 have been complaining for months. Even loyalists such as Microsoft's Most Valuable Professionals - the company's elite corps of unpaid technical helpers - are grumbling. Story at ComputerWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-Outlook-2007-Slow


WServer Third Party News

It's Heeeere! Ninja V2.1 With Disclaimers Released

Here is the Press Release.

Clearwater, Florida, USA - Mar 14, 2007 - Sunbelt Software, a leading provider of Windows security software, today announced the release of Sunbelt Messaging Ninja(tm) version 2.1, the all-in-one, best-of-breed email security product for Microsoft Exchange. New features in Ninja 2.1 include disclaimer functionality, an improved antispam engine for better spam detection, and console management enhancements. Messaging Ninja provides integrated antispam, antivirus, disclaimers, and attachment filtering with an extendable plug-in architecture. This provides organizations a single solution to combat today's messaging threats while extending email security functionality to protect against new messaging threats in the future.

"Adding disclaimer functionality to Ninja helps administrators reduce the cost of having a separate disclaimer product, further increasing the value of Ninja," said Alex Eckelberry, president of Sunbelt Software. "With Ninja 2.1, our Exchange customers continue to have advanced email management capabilities while also ensuring compliance with regulatory and corporate policies."

Ninja's new disclaimer plug-in delivers functionality to include global and user-based disclaimers for all outbound email for Exchange 2000 and 2003. Administrators have the ability to configure policy-based disclaimers based on specific users, groups, domains, or public folders. User-based disclaimers enable users to adjust their disclaimer statements according to a specific user or department. Ninja also prevents multiple disclaimers when replying or forwarding and gives administrators the ability to allow users to bypass the disclaimer on a per email basis.

Additionally, disclaimer templates are included to allow easy set up of disclaimers using HTML or plain text. Template samples include legal disclaimers, virus warning disclaimers, copyright disclaimers, and more. New reports are also available that provide detailed information on the use of disclaimers within the organization.

For its antispam capabilities, Ninja uses two scanning engines: Cloudmark's and Sunbelt's, providing users with both a heuristic and signature-based approach. Version 2.1 includes the latest Cloudmark antispam engine with key enhancements that improve the detection of the latest spam variants including image spam. Additionally, administrators now have the ability to adjust the efficacy of spam detection while tuning the amount of resources available to the engine.

With improvements to Ninja's management console, new database management tools allow administrators to purge old records from existing databases and compress Microsoft Access databases to reduce file size. Enhanced proxy support has also been added for systems that utilize NTLM authentication.

Sunbelt Messaging Ninja is priced aggressively for all corporate environments and includes one year of support, updates and upgrades. New customers can purchase Sunbelt Messaging Ninja on a per-mailbox basis. Pricing includes the first year maintenance and starts at $184.95 for 5 mailboxes with a sliding scale discount based on number of mailboxes. A 30-day trial version of Sunbelt Messaging Ninja is available.
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-Download-Ninja


WServerNews 'Fave' Links

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


WServerNews - Product of the Week

MARCH MADNESS - "End-Of-First-Quarter-Blowout!"

OK, here is the Q1 special. Check this out. It's only valid until the end of this month. A 50-pack of Ninja with AV and 50 pack of CounterSpy Enterprise, regular list is $2,029 but now for $1,495. Call for even -better- competitive upgrade pricing if you have an existing solution in place! CounterSpy Enterprise
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-March-Madness-CSE

Sunbelt Messaging Ninja
http://www.wservernews.com/070319-March-Madness-Ninja