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Vol. 12, #24 - Jun 18, 2007 - Issue #630
A Very Nice Disclaimer Surprise

  1. Editor's Corner
    • A Very Nice Disclaimer Surprise
    • CounterSpy Enterprise 50% Competitive Offer Extended
    • Business Wireless Networks: 19-24% Are Insecure
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Linux Foundation's Top Engineer Goes To Work for Microsoft
    • Expert Tip: Network-Based Storage And Virtualization
    • Microsoft Vista Interoperability: What's At Stake For It Managers?
    • How MSCONFIG Utility Has Changed In Windows Vista
    • Performance Analysis Tools For SQL Server
    • Securing Windows Clients: Top Tips For Summer '07
  4. Windows Server News
    • Windows Server 2003 SP2 'Pushed' on Patch Tuesday
    • Windows Home Server Is Getting Closer
    • Microsoft Releases Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1
    • Microsoft Service Desk Beta 1 Ready For Download
    • Windows Server 2008: Now in Beta 3
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Latest SNSI Update
    • Recoverability in Regulated Industries
  6. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • 5-Star Competitive Upgrade - Now For All Antispyware
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http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Kerio-WinRoute

Editor's Corner

A Very Nice Disclaimer Surprise

Hi All,

Since this is the end of the second quarter, you expect special offers. And I have two good ones for you!

Sunbelt Software is excited to present: Ninja Disclaimers(tm) Now you can get powerful, -policy-based- disclaimers for Exchange at a ridiculous price. The full Ninja Email Security product is a multiple award winner, but now you can get it stand-alone with the policy-based disclaimers plug-in for just $99.95 per year... with unlimited mailboxes! Get a 30-day eval over here. Or, can just add it to your Online Shop cart and get your key immediately.
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Ninja-Disclaimers

Yes, that is unlimited mailboxes. Even if you run 10 Exchange boxes, it is STILL only $99.95 per year. We decided to make this a complete no-brainer. And since this integrates with Active Directory and is super easy to manage, you can afford to throw away any old disclaimer solution you might run. Get your Ninja Disclaimers here:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Ninja-Disclaimers


CounterSpy Enterprise 50% Competitive Offer Extended

In the month of June, you can replace any competitive product with award winning CounterSpy Enterprise. The new news is that we are extending that to sites that up to now have been making do with freeware like Spybot and Ad-Aware (yes we know you are out there). Freeware by now definitely gives you a false sense of security, they are not able to keep up.
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-CounterSpy-Enterprise


Business Wireless Networks: 19-24% Are Insecure

This week, a report by RSA Security revealed that Wi-Fi hot spots rose 49% in New York City, 160% in London and 44% in Paris. The number of unsecured access points has gone up significantly because of the fast growth. It's incredible to think that a system admin would not take the relatively small effort to turn on encryption, so I would suspect that a lot of these are WAPs that employees have installed without permission. You really need to sniff these out and get them either encrypted or shut down. It's quickly becoming a firing offense to have one of these unprotected WAPs in your network.

Quotes Of The Week

"As Americans we must always remember that we all have a common enemy, an enemy that is dangerous, powerful and relentless. I refer, of course, to the federal government." -- Dave Barry
"Debugging is always harder than programming, so if you write code as cleverly as you know how, by definition you will be unable to debug it." -- unknown. (contributed to many different sources though)

PS, Exploits are hot on the heels of patches these days so make sure you patch your systems as soon as humanly possible.

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

LinkFixerPlus automatically fixes links when you move files due to server migration, name changes, path name changes or folder reorgs:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-LinkFixerPlus

mPowerTools to manage bulk AD tasks. Advanced scheduling & multi-domain support. Over 100 AD reports, includes AD & File security reporting. Download eval now:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-mPowerTools

Disk Quota Management Software Tool: Directory Quotas, User Alerting, Quota Enforcement, Extension Blocking, Active Directory integration. Download now:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Quota-Management-Tools

Extend Active Directory to UNIX/Linux/Mac to centralize account administration, enable single sign-on & set password policies.
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Centrify

Catch-all Mailbox Sink for Exchange Server. This article describes how to create an event sink to capture all e-mail messages that are sent to a particular domain, and then direct them to a single mailbox.:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Exchange-Event-Sink


Tech Briefing

Linux Foundation's Top Engineer Goes To Work for Microsoft

"Deja Vu all over again". In the early nineties, Digital Equipment's Operating System Architect Dave Cutler was bought away from DEC and moved to Microsoft. A few years later, Windows NT saw the light of day, which was for the VMS-crowd nothing more than a rewrite of the mission critical VMS OS, but with a GUI and backward compatibility for Windows.

Now Redmond has tapped Tom Hanrahan. He is going to manage the deal with Novell where code needs to interoperate. Hanrahan was hired seven months after Redmond and Novell signed the controversial pact that caused lots of noise because of the included patent language. Hanrahan has been the director of engineering at Open Source Development Labs, now called the Linux Foundation. This used to be the main Open Source battle group against Microsoft. Did some one move to the dark side of the force? ;-D

Expert Tip: Network-Based Storage And Virtualization

Providing and managing storage resources in any IT environment can be an extremely challenging task. When you're using local storage, you often run into limitations based on the number of hard disks that can physically be attached to a single computer. Multiply these requirements by dozens or hundreds of servers, and the problem quickly becomes unmanageable. Fortunately, centralized, network-based storage offers a potential solution. In this expert tip, find out how you can use network-based storage options to improve the performance and manageability of virtual machines running on Microsoft Virtual Server. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Virtual-Server


Microsoft Vista Interoperability: What's At Stake For It Managers?

For IT managers who are contemplating Windows Vista deployment, perhaps the most critical question at hand is one of interoperability: How well will Vista interoperate within a corporate environment? Windows server-networking expert Laura Hunter presents key aspects of Windows Vista interoperability for IT managers' consideration. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Vista-Interoperability


How MSCONFIG Utility Has Changed In Windows Vista

The MSCONFIG utility still exists in Windows Vista, but it's slightly different from the XP version. This tip describes the differences in MSCONFIG.
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-MSCONFIG


Performance Analysis Tools For SQL Server

Just being equipped with SQL Server tools is not enough. Database admins and developers need to know how to use and ultimately optimize SQL Server tools like Query Analyzer, Index Tuning Wizard and SQL Profiler. Expert Serdar Yegulalp explains how to get the most from these tools.
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-SQL-Server-Tools


Securing Windows Clients: Top Tips For Summer '07

Windows admins agree that securing users' desktop computers is one of their biggest challenges. With summer approaching, the editors at SearchWindows Security.com have assembled their top client hardening tips of the year. Learn password security best practices, the pros and cons of creating your own Windows digital certificates, and securing Windows Vista.
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Windows-Clients


Windows Server News

Windows Server 2003 SP2 'Pushed' on Patch Tuesday

"Patch Tuesday" will also sometimes be "Upgrade Tuesday" in the future. Why? Redmond released Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) through Automatic Updates. SP2 has been out for a while, actually since March 13. This second Tuesday of each month is the first time that SP2 has automatically been pushed out. No automatic install though, you will still have to go through your standard process of accepting the EULA and "next" a few times. You can also block it through a toolkit specifically released for blocking the SP2 update.

SP2 has a bunch of management goodies, so definitely worth it. But TEST, TEST and TEST some more. It contains V3 of MMC, and included is improved filtering for IPsec, plus the Scalable Networking Pack (SNP), which helps you to scale up network-based apps. The blocking toolkit is here:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Patch-Tuesday


Windows Home Server Is Getting Closer

Redmond rolled out RC1 of the near-final Windows Home Server (WHS) to 100,000 testers this week. That means it's getting close, and I'd expect RTM this fall. The 1.4Gig code was posted on Redmond's Connect site and about 100K testers are playing with it.

Up to 10 XP and Vista boxes can hook up to the server, which handles automatic backup; disk, folder and file restore; file and printer sharing; and remote Web-based access to any system on the network. The software will also be sold stand-alone so you can repurpose older hardware as a server. If you want to kick it around, you can register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Windows-Home-Server


Microsoft Releases Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

InfoWorld reported that Microsoft has released Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1. There had been some discussion about the release being delayed as late as July, but here it is. Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 now provides improved performance for non-Windows guest operating systems by leveraging hardware-assisted virtualization, high availability for both planned and unplanned downtime, and improved support for backup and disaster recovery. More at the InfoWorld blog:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Virtual-Server-2005-R2-SP1


Microsoft Service Desk Beta 1 Ready For Download

If you are interested in Redmond's Service Desk code, you can now download a trial version. Last April, a limited beta for System Center Service Manager 2007 was released. Last week, they released the Service Manager 2007 Beta 1 to a broader group. This first beta highlights what Redmond is calling "Phase One" of asset and config data gathering in the service desk's content management database. That CMDB The database gives you a unified view of all components in your outfit by pulling data from other System Center components.

Windows Server 2008: Now in Beta 3

Since Sunbelt is a Gold Certified partner of Microsoft, I just received this from them: "Get ready to provide your customers most reliable and secure server platform Microsoft has delivered. Windows Server 2008 alleviates the pressures your customers' IT pros face every day. Scheduled to release to manufacturing later this year, the new version of the operating system features enhanced functionality. Tightened security. Increased network availability. Improved performance and efficiency. Preview today by downloading and evaluating the Beta 3." Well, it looks like they are on schedule with this, and pretty confident they will relesase this year.

WServer Third Party News

Latest SNSI Update

New vulnerability updates for this release include:
H176   CIFS (Samba) MS-RPC NDR Parsing - HP-UX 11
W3104  Firefox Vulnerabilities - W2K, XP, W2K3
W3105  Thunderbird Vulnerabilities - W2K, XP, W2K3
W3106  Seamonkey Vulnerabilities - W2K, XP, W2K3
W3107  QuickTime for Java Vulnerability - W2K, XP, W2K3
W3109  CA Anti-Virus Engine CAB File Handling - W2K, XP, W2K3
W3110  Java JRE 6.0 latest update not installed - W2K, XP, W2K3
W3111  Vulnerability in Office Visio Could Allow Remote Code Execution, 2003
W3112  Vulnerability in Office Visio Could Allow Remote Code Execution, 2002
W3113  Vulnerability in SChannel Could Allow Remote Code Execution - XP, 2K3
W3114  Vulnerability in SChannel Could Allow Remote Code Execution - W2K
W3116  Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution
W3117  Windows Internet Mail Could Allow Remote Code Execution
W3118  Windows OS Could Allow Remote Code Execution
SNSI uses the latest Mitre Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) list of computer incidents. It also contains the latest SANS/FBI top 20 vulnerability list. SNSI also uses the latest CERT, CIAC Microsoft and FedCIRC (Department of Homeland Security) advisories. To get the latest SNSI version, visit:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-SNSI

To update from within the SNSI console, select Settings, enter your full registration key and click on Check Now button. To Purchase NOW, visit:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Buy-SNSI


Recoverability in Regulated Industries

If you are on the consumer side of the thousands of regulations imposed by the U.S. government, just knowing they exist probably gives you some peace of mind. However, if you are on the compliance side of these complex and ever-changing regulations, you know that staying compliant is a constant tug-of-war between resources and regulation. Acting responsibly on behalf of your consumers and ensuring that your company avoids fines brought on by noncompliance means staying on top of regulatory legislation. Using software products for data replication, application availability and system state protection from Double-Take Software can reduce the costs of managing a data protection strategy while increasing confidence that your systems remain compliant and your data and applications remain available. (PDF)
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Regulated-Industries


WServerNews FAVE Links

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

The O-Phone. A very well done spoof; Microsoft's iPhone competitor:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-O-Phone
Mr Woo builds various robots out of scrap materials. With no formal training, he has managed to build a robotic dog, a tea pouring robot and a robotic rickshaw:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Robot-Builder
Cool speed site analyzer:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Site-Analyzer
Britain's Got Talent - This guy stuns everyone with his amazing voice:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Voice-Talent
Want a T-REX in your living room? These guys do casts of whole skeletons:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-T-Rex
The Top 15 Trailer Remixes of All-Time. Recutting trailers is a time-honored YouTube tradition. With a little creative editing, you can completely alter the face of a movie, turning it into something totally different. These are the 15 best:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Trailer-Remixes
500 Years of female portraits in western art - morphed into a 3 minute presentation:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Female-Portraits
This guy is flying a 6 foot wide RC-plane through a 2.4 mile long tunnel while piloting it from a moving car:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-RC-Place
Pedrick was an extremely prolific British inventor in the 1960s and 1970s. Bursting with ideas, he clearly felt he had to share them with the world. After a career as an examiner in the UK Patent Office, he spent his retirement applying for large numbers of patents:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Pedrick
Carbon nanotubes promise CPU heatsink breakthrough:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Carbon-Nanotubes
Weird Japanese Game Show Department. The contestants must shape themselves to go through a hole in a large moving wall or else fall into the pool:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Japanese-Game-Show
Looking for a new career? You can be a superhero. Originally showcasing comic books, the San Diego Comic Con has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop culture elements. Many people are dressed up. Check out their answers to the question: What is your Day Job?
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Comic-Book-Convention
Remote-Controlled Robotic Hammerhead Shark. Remote-controlled boats are for sissies. Bring on the $100 submersible Robotic Hammerhead Shark.
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Robot-Shark
Beware of fake Microsoft security alerts. Article in ComputerWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Fake-Microsoft-Alerts
Last but not least, The Best Online Research Apps/Sites You've Never Heard Of:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Online-Research
Want to see the future of computer games? Check out these amazing physics simulations. You can no longer see it's not real:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Physics-Simulations
GooPs - Free GPS tracking in Google Earth without having to subscribe to Google Earth Plus:
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Goops



WServerNews - Product of the Week

5-Star Competitive Upgrade - Now For All Antispyware

Limited Time Offer - CounterSpy was given 5 stars by the independent reviewers at Download.com. The other two leading commercial antispyware products just got 3-stars. That's why we decided to offer a competitive upgrade to anyone running a commercial OR freeware antispyware product. Benefit from this limited time upgrade program so you can bolster your desktop security against more complex and malicious spyware threats. Tell your friends and family, this $9.95 offer only lasts until the end of June. Upgrade Now!
http://www.wservernews.com/070618-Competitive-Upgrade