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Vol. 12, #17 - Apr 30, 2007 - Issue #623
Longhorn: A 'Minimally Disruptive' Revolution

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Longhorn Beta 3 Released
    • CounterSpy Enterprise (CSE) Version 2.0 Released
    • CSE And Ninja Get 2007 Global Product Excellence Awards
    • Live Web Demo Of Ninja Email Security for Exchange
    • Quote Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Tip: Paravirtualization Explained
    • Special Report: IT Managers Take On Compliance
    • Tutorial: Exchange Public Folder Replication
    • Windows Shops Take Slow Road To Exchange Server 2007
    • A Five-Step Approach To Server Consolidation For Systems Admins
    • Office 2007: A Look At Its Security Features
  4. Windows Server News
    • Longhorn: A 'Minimally Disruptive' Revolution
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Released! What's New In CounterSpy Enterprise V2.0?
  6. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • What IS Blended Malware?
Is Your Network Protected against Blended Malware Threats?

Cyber criminals are now using combinations of spam, worms, trojans
and rootkits to infect your machines. You need protection against
these new nasties. The all-new CounterSpy Enterprise Version 2.0
with centralized "hybrid" antispyware technology does that.

With kernel-level, real-time protection you can feel a bit safer.
But how many of the machines in your network are infected? Find out!
Test drive the new hybrid antispyware engine that merges the 'system
cleaning' properties of traditional antispyware products with the
efficiency of powerful antivirus-based technology. Try it today:
http://www.wservernews.com/070430-CounterSpy-Enterprise

Editor's Corner

Longhorn Beta 3 Released

This is now available for anyone, so you can get your hot little hands on it too. Read the more in-depth article "Longhorn: A 'Minimally Disruptive' Revolution" in the 'Windows Server News' section below.

CounterSpy Enterprise (CSE) Version 2.0 Released

This was a massive upgrade and there are a slew of new features. See more about those in the Third party News section. But there is no better way to show you than to let a system admin talk: "It's a great upgrade. I've been testing 2.0 since the public beta and it's a vast improvement over 1.8. What's most impressive, I think, is the memory management and scan speeds over the previous version. The auto-deployment feature is a welcome enhancement too. Although we use Trend for our AV protection, I will be interested to see Sunbelt's new offering later this summer. Thanks."
http://www.wservernews.com/070430-CounterSpy-Enterprise


CSE And Ninja Get 2007 Global Product Excellence Awards

Info Security Products Guide has named CounterSpy Enterprise and Sunbelt Messaging Ninja winners of the 2007 Global Product Excellence Customer Trust Awards in the Anti-Spyware and Email Security categories. This customer trust honor shows that both products are ahead of the curve when it comes to the best-of-the-best products that can provide the highest security against spyware, messaging threats, and other malware. More than 18,000 end-users and prospective customers worldwide were invited to vote for the products that they trust the most when it comes to protecting their digital resources.

Live Web Demo Of Ninja Email Security for Exchange

Join us for a Live Web Demonstration of Sunbelt Messaging Ninja for Microsoft Exchange with Alex Eckelberry, President and Greg Kras, VP of Product Management for Sunbelt Software on Tuesday, May 1st at 2:00pm EDT. Learn about the features of this robust email security product including:
  • Policy-based plug-in management for antispam, AV, and attachment filtering
  • New policy-based and global disclaimers
  • Fast deployment in Exchange environments
  • Superior spam detection using two antispam engines
  • Aggressive virus detection and elimination using two AV engines
  • Custom rules for content inspection and attachment filtering
  • Powerful reporting options for all plug-ins
  • And more...
When: Tuesday, May 1, 2007 2:00 PM (EDT)

To join the day of the event please visit:
http://www.wservernews.com/070430-Ninja-Webinar

Meeting ID: 92SSQC
Attendee Meeting Key: XR*mw9Z
Audio: Toll free: 888-468-4618
Toll: 620-782-8200
Participant code: 104764

Quote Of The Week

"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children." - John James Audubon

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 95% of your .pst files with PSTCompress 3. Download FREE trial copy today:
http://www.wservernews.com/070430-PSTCompress3

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http://www.wservernews.com/070430-NameScape

New Radmin V3 is a complete, secure and lightning fast Remote Control tool designed by and for system admins. Supports Vista - Try it out!
http://www.wservernews.com/070430-Radmin-V3


Tech Briefing

Tip: Paravirtualization Explained

Paravirtualization allows multiple operating systems to run on hardware at the same time by making more efficient use of system resources, such as processors and memory, through effective resource sharing. Find out more about the benefits and also drawbacks of paravirtualization, when and where to use this technology, and product considerations. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/070430-Paravirtualization


Special Report: IT Managers Take On Compliance

The complexity of adhering to compliance regulations can make any IT manager's head spin. This special report will help you navigate the murky waters of compliance. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/070430-Compliance


Tutorial: Exchange Public Folder Replication

Exchange MVP Brien Posey offers an overview of the Exchange public folder replication process and explains the methodology behind it. He then walks through how to decide what content you should replicate, and describes step-by-step how to create and configure Exchange public folder replicas in Exchange System Manager.
http://www.wservernews.com/070430-Replication


Windows Shops Take Slow Road To Exchange Server 2007

Windows managers are content with older versions of Exchange Server, so it could be a while before Exchange Server 2007 migrations are in full swing. Read more in this exclusive article.
http://www.wservernews.com/070430-Exchange-2007


A Five-Step Approach To Server Consolidation For Systems Admins

What does server consolidation mean to you today? Are you waiting for a magic solution to your server sprawl problems? How do you define your approach to consolidation? Here are some tips that can help you reduce the total number of servers or server locations in your organization.
http://www.wservernews.com/070430-Consolidation


Office 2007: A Look At Its Security Features

So what has Microsoft done to make sure that malware and other nasty intruders don't mess with your important documents? This tip explains some of the relevant security features in Office 2007.
http://www.wservernews.com/070430-Office-2007


Windows Server News

Longhorn: A 'Minimally Disruptive' Revolution

Well, 'Next-generation Windows Server' is getting closer! This Wednesday, Redmond announced the availability of what I now call W2K8 Beta 3, with new features that were not in Beta 2. They said that it's now feature-complete, and want to get it in the hands of as many people as possible. They are also dogfooding it inside Microsoft where it runs on almost 1,000 servers. Some of the most important new features are Windows PowerShell, additional Server Core roles and Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.

Now, Redmond claims that this beta is very stable. And it may be in their own environment. But now that everyone gets their hands on it, a multitude of bugs will come out of the woodwork, primarily driven by thousands of third party applications. So you want to isolate this beta in a sandbox and run all your apps on it for a while. Do NOT take this into production.

One of the things that I think are most important, is that they did a 180 on security: Ward Ralston, a senior technical product manager said it's part of a paradigm shift (Uh oh, I said the dreaded word) for how they view security: "You don't lock a server down -- you unlock a server by deciding on what role you want." I think that is the right approach, and that is where Server Roles come in. They made the whole Windows Server modular.

Beta 3 has four extra "Server Core" roles, in addition to the roles that were in Longhorn Beta 2 and 1. Server Cores are stripped-down, small footprint versions of W2K8 server that are task-specific, less resource- intensive than the full version and thus more secure as the attack surface is smaller. Three of the new cores are Print Server, Streaming Media Server and AD Lightweight Directory Services. Some other cores are DHCP, File, AD and DNS, and Terminal Services Gateway. Another advantage of Server Cores is less reboots, since the patches are less (you only need the patches for those 'roles').

You can set up these Server Cores through the new Server Manager, which Ralston called "our one-stop shop for server configuration". It is true that with W2K and W2K3 you could screw up in this area. With W2K8 and its new Server Manager this will be easier and less mistakes can be made. Also, the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security is now turned on by default. That means you need to turn it off to install components, but it makes the server more secure which I think is a plus. The Server Manager centralizes server management under one MMC. Server Core installation can still be managed remotely using existing Microsoft and third-party tools, while local admin tasks can be done through command line utilities.

Windows PowerShell is the command-line shell we have heard so much about. It basically allows all tasks to be scripted. It's a feature that many admins have been asking for, because this is the kind of thing that's always been there on Unix.

More Security Features
It's hard to list them all, but one super interesting feature is the Network Access Protection (NAP). They totally redid this puppy. NAP prevents infections. It does that by stopping traveling or remote users from logging onto the network -- and potentially spreading malware -- by first quarantining and cleaning up that user's machine. But there are more security related features, Beta 3 it includes:
  • The last update of the Public Key Infrastructure software
  • BitLocker encryption technology
  • Improved Event Logging
  • Read-Only Domain Controllers
  • Dual-Layer IPv4 and IPv6 (however that is a debatable improvement)
  • Windows Server Firewall
The Last 32-bit OS
W2K8 is the last 32-bit OS that Microsoft will produce. Similar to Exchange 2007, future releases will be 64-bit or even higher. You might be worried about legacy systems but by the time this new OS will come out, you like will hardly be running a lot less 32 bit hardware, and no one will be making any either. Longhorn also has simpler failover clustering, dynamic partitioning and auto-tuning networking features to automatically manage system resources. I think it will make sense for many of you to investigate the W2K8 Terminal Services as well.

Active Directory
Another important new feature is Active Directory Federation Services, which lets you implement new policies and make it easier to set up a relationship between trusted partners. And another new feature is the long awaited Group Policy Management Console. With W2K8 you can run the wizard, and the last screen shows a button that allows you export the configuration, and out comes the script, very handy.

Some Problems Remain
Windows guru Mark Minasi, who has been reviewing the most recent community technology preview mentioned that Longhorn may have some problems with AD, and still missing are the Single Instance Store (SIS) domain controller along with some features in the Domain Name System (DNS) Server.

W2K8 is scheduled for release to manufacturing (RTM) in the "second half of 2007." Expect to see at least one Release Candidate (RC) before RTM. By the way, Longhorn and Windows Vista SP1 will ship together. And 180 days after the RTM, more apps for W2K8 will ship, like the Windows Server Virtualization code, and Version 2 of Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) and the Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM). Both ADFS and ILM are parts of Redmond's identity management strategy.

You can bet on Redmond promoting W2K8 heavily at the Windows Hardware Engineering (WinHEC) Conference next month and the June TechEd show in Orlando. You can get the W2K8 Beta 3 here:
http://www.wservernews.com/070430-Longhorn-Beta


WServer Third Party News

Released! What's New In CounterSpy Enterprise V2.0?

Here is the new stuff that CSE 2.0 has:

Deployment Wizard Improvements:
  • Ability to run pre and post install actions
  • (Ability to be configured by Support as well)
Performance and Scalability:
  • Support up to 5000 Agents on a single server basic server (over 5x perf increase)
  • Performance monitors at key locations in the Services
Agent:
  • New Threat Engine (lower memory footprint)
  • New Active Protection
    • Blocks changes from happening
    • Reduced CPU time
    • Allows admin to specify custom "allowed" active protection items
    • Allows admin to specify custom "blocked" active protection items
  • Incremental threat definition updates
Console:
  • Persist some UI config and grid settings
  • UI Enhancements to Agents Grid
  • Massive speed increases when managing agents and viewing history
  • UI changes for new AP settings, simplified configuration
  • Display version threat was added/changed in database
Reporting:
  • New database layout so that custom reports could be written directly from the database
  • Allow user to export to HTML
  • Large increase in speed of reports
  • Fix reports for new schema
Find out how many machines in your network are infected. Get the new V2.0 NOW
http://www.wservernews.com/070430-CounterSpy-Enterprise


WServerNews FAVE Links

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




WServerNews - Product of the Week

What IS Blended Malware?

Cyber criminals are now using combinations of spam, worms, trojans and rootkits to infect your machines. You need protection against these new nasties. The all-new CounterSpy Enterprise Version 2.0 with centralized "hybrid" antispyware technology does that.

With kernel-level, real-time protection you can feel a bit safer. But how many of the machines in your network are infected? Find out! Test drive the new hybrid antispyware engine that merges the 'system cleaning' properties of traditional antispyware products with the efficiency of powerful antivirus-based technology. Try it today:
http://www.wservernews.com/070430-CounterSpy-Enterprise