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Vol. 12, #21 - May 28, 2007 - Issue #627
Antispyware Bill: More Bad Technology Legislation

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Antispyware Bill: More Bad Technology Legislation
    • Exchange Disclaimer Survey
    • Sunbelt Seminar In Our Own Backyard: Tampa
    • Quote Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • The Top 10 Dead (Or Dying) Computer Skills
    • Dell Signs Sales Deal With Wal-Mart, Sell Linux Boxes
    • Virtual Machine Sprawl Prevention Best Practices
    • Findpart Utility Locates Lost Partitions On Disk
    • A Full-Volume Encryption Option For Windows Vista
    • Tip: How To Create Dynamic Distribution Groups In Exchange 2007
  4. Windows Server News
    • Microsoft Trumps Oracle's Record-Breaking TPC Score
    • Badware Is Getting Really Bad
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Double-Take Software Announces Its Latest Feature
  6. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Gain 2 Stars And Save Ten Bucks
"If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It"

Is it always true though? If you run AV / Antispam from one of
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Editor's Corner

Antispyware Bill: More Bad Technology Legislation

When a bill has support from the industry it is supposed to regulate, you can bet your boots that the consumers ultimately will pay, one way or another. The Congress Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection made progress on the "SPY ACT" - more formally known as H.R. 964, the "Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act."

Remember the CAN SPAM act? Well, I fear that this one is not much better. The SPY-ACT barrels ahead to solve a non-problem and in the meantime, quite possibly gives protection to the very people we don't want to protect. Alex and Eric wrote a really good blog post about this, and part of that post is a graph that shows the amount of spam AFTER the CAN SPAM act was enacted. Check that graph, it's terrible:
http://www.wservernews.com/070528-Spy-Act


Exchange Disclaimer Survey

We recently asked: "If we could give you a solid disclaimer program for free or an extremely low price, would you install it on your Exchange Server(s)?". The results were resounding, 76% of you replied positively. We have a few more in depth questions about this now. This product would actually be our award-winning Ninja email security product, with only the disclaimer module enabled. It would be for an unlimited amount of time and unlimited mailboxes. If we would make this available at an extremely low price, please answer the following 8 (very short) questions:
http://www.wservernews.com/070528-Exchange-Disclaimer-Survey


Sunbelt Seminar In Our Own Backyard: Tampa

I'd like to invite you to the following seminar we are hosting: "Winning the War on the Spyware Battlefield". Join renowned spyware researcher and Sunbelt's Director of Malware Research, Eric Howes, for an engaging discussion on the scope of the spyware problem. Hosted at the Microsoft office in Tampa, FL on Wednesday June 20th. Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/070528-Tampa-Seminar


Quote Of The Week

"Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening". -- Dorothy Sarnoff

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

Webify Active Directory! Download your gratis version of rDirectory now. Let users self-manage, but stay in control using native & delegated roles.
http://www.wservernews.com/070528-Namescape

MetaSploit is an essential tool for any serious Windows security tester. And it just got better. The 3.0 version of this product is now out.
http://www.wservernews.com/070528-MetaSploit

MOICE is an Office 03/07 add-on that pre-processes Office docs when you open them, converting it to the new, safer open XML-based Office 07 format:
http://www.wservernews.com/070528-MOICE

Protect your mission critical (virtual) Servers with real-time data replication and Disaster Recovery in-one: Double-Take!
http://www.wservernews.com/070528-Double-Take


Tech Briefing

The Top 10 Dead (Or Dying) Computer Skills

Are your skills in need of upgrading? ComputerWorld had a good story about this: "Those in search of eternal life need look no further than the computer industry. Here, last gasps are rarely taken, as aging systems crank away in back rooms across the U.S., not unlike 1970s reruns on Nickelodeon's TV Land. So while it may not be exactly easy for Novell NetWare engineers and OS/2 administrators to find employers who require their services, it's very difficult to declare these skills -- or any computer skill, really -- dead. Click here to get the Top 10:
http://www.wservernews.com/070528-Top-10-Computer-Skills


Dell Signs Sales Deal With Wal-Mart, Sell Linux Boxes

Well, since Michael Dell is back in the saddle, things start to move. If I were buying shares, I'd buy Dell. (Disclosure: I don't trade shares, and my 401K sits in blind funds. I do not speculate in any of the companies I talk about.) Dell will begin selling two under $700 models of its desktop PCs at Wal-Mart Stores on June 10, fulfilling a series of recent hints from CEO Michael Dell that the company would move beyond the direct sales model. More retail outlets will follow. And starting this week, you can buy Dell computers with Linux as the operating system. They are offering Ubunto 7.04 on an Inspiron E1505n notebook, starting at $599, a Dimension E520, starting at $599, and the XPS 410n, starting at $849.

Virtual Machine Sprawl Prevention Best Practices

Many organizations have used virtualization to help reduce server sprawl: an overabundance of servers in their environments. Deploying virtual machines (VMs) willy-nilly, however, can lead to VM sprawl, defeating the purpose of virtualizing the servers. Learn how virtual machine sprawl starts and how to prevent it by expert Anil Desai.
http://www.wservernews.com/070528-Virtual-Machines


Findpart Utility Locates Lost Partitions On Disk

Since disk partitioning is one of those storage-related issues where there seem to be more exceptions than actual rules, it helps to have as much information at your disposal on the topic of disk partitioning as possible. This tip examines a command-line utility called Findpart which scans a disk in order to find lost partitions. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/070528-Findpart


A Full-Volume Encryption Option For Windows Vista

BitLocker and Encrypting File System each allow different types of encryption in Windows Vista, but neither offer encryption for auxiliary volumes or removable drives. However, you are in luck. TrueCrypt 4.3 can encrypt whole and virtual drives -- and it works with Vista. Read this tip to learn more:
http://www.wservernews.com/070528-TrueCrypt


Tip: How To Create Dynamic Distribution Groups In Exchange 2007

Exchange Server 2007 offers a new feature called dynamic distribution groups that frees administrators from having to manually manage Exchange distribution lists. The only caveat is that Active Directory user object attributes have to be up to date for it to work.
http://www.wservernews.com/070528-Dynamic-Distribution-Groups


Windows Server News

Microsoft Trumps Oracle's Record-Breaking TPC Score

SQL Magazine reported that Microsoft announced its latest TPC-H benchmark score, which was quite impressive. Microsoft's latest score--posted on May 21, 2007--was 60,359 queries per hour (QphH) @3t with a Price/QphH of $32.60 compared with Oracle's best score--posted on May 14, 2007--of 37,813 QphH @3t with a Price/QphH of $38.00. Almost double the performance for a lower cost per query. Read the full article at SQLMag:
http://www.wservernews.com/070528-TPC-Score


Badware Is Getting Really Bad

Michael Osterman is writing the Network World Unified Communications e-zine. It's a good newsletter and at the end I will link to where you can subscribe. The following is a copy of his editorial this week, with grateful acknowledgments.

"StopBadWare.org, an initiative of the Oxford Internet Institute and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, issued a report in early May showing that five Web hosting companies host about a third of Web sites that distribute malware and other malicious content to Web users.

"StopBadWare.org analyzed just under 49,300 Web sites and found that iPowerWeb was the worst offender, with 10,834 Web sites that contain malware and other malicious content. IPowerWeb hosts more than 500,000 Web sites, and so their proportion of 'bad' sites may actually represent a smaller percentage of their total sites than for some other companies that made the list of worst offenders. As of this writing, I'm not sure what iPowerWeb is doing to remediate the problem, but I am familiar with some significant outages that may be caused by the remediation effort - one site that operates on iPowerWeb's system with which I'm familiar has been down for more than five days as of this writing.

"The StopBadWare.org report points out a couple of important issues for corporate decision makers. First, Web sites represent a major threat vector that many organizations do not yet protect against. Our own research shows that a significant proportion of organizations have not deployed any sort of protection against Web-based threats that can infect a user's computer simply by visiting a site and taking no action, such as clicking on a link.

Although the problem has been around for some time, the StopBadWare.org report serves to underscore the severity and widespread nature of the threat. "Second, even simple Web surfing can create huge problems for organizations of all sizes and it needs to be addressed. It's critical for any organization - large or small - to deploy technology that can protect a network. These technologies include client-side antispyware tools, hosted Web filtering capabilities, on-premise Web filtering software and appliances, and other capabilities. Here are all the Network World newsletters:
http://www.wservernews.com/070528-Subscribe


WServer Third Party News

Double-Take Software Announces Its Latest Feature

The latest feature of Double-Take Software is the Double-Take Reporting Center which offers customers a logical way to manage their data protection strategies and "Take-5" by using five key reporting capabilities.

These include the ability to:
  1. Centrally collect statistics about a Double-Take environment;
  2. Analyze the information;
  3. Report the results to others in the organization;
  4. Predict future protection effectiveness; and
  5. Decide what actions to take regarding a data protection strategy.
Using the Double-Take Reporting Center feature, Double-Take customers can create and view the following reports:
  • Performance Reports - View server and Double-Take replication performance by server or by group of servers over time
  • Configuration Reports - List detailed configuration information about Windows Servers running Double-Take
  • Utilization Reports - See statistics about file system, memory and network utilization on Double-Take-protected servers;
  • Status Reports - Examine Double-Take protection status and qualify service level agreements (SLAs) using "Protected Time" reports; and
  • Dashboard Reports - Aggregate multiple reports into a single contextual view for real-time analysis.
The new Double-Take Reporting Center feature is available at no additional charge for all existing Double-Take Software customers covered by product maintenance. When performance matters, think Double-Take Software and allow your administrators to Take-5.
http://www.wservernews.com/070528-Double-Take-Feature


WServerNews Fave Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

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