Vol. 12, #25 - Jun 22, 2007 - Issue #631
Just Say NO to iPhone
- Editor's Corner
- Outsourcing Email Security?
- Yearly Yankee Hardware Reliability Survey
- Just Say NO to iPhone
- New SunPoll
- Quotes Of The Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Tech Briefing
- VMware Server On Linux Series: Services, Networking And Raid
- Step-By-Step Guide: How To Secure Mobile Devices In Exchange 2007
- 5 Tips In 5 Minutes: Internet Information Services Security
- How To Keep Your File Server's Storage Pool From Running Dry
- Windows Server Team Delves Deep Into Server Core
- Incident Management Made Easier With Microsoft Service Desk
- Windows Server News
- DoJ Pushes Microsoft To Produce Vista SP1 Beta In '07
- Vista 6-Month Vulnerability Report
- WServer Third Party News
- Doriansoft Releases Event Archiver V7 With Vista Support
- Sunbelt Software Makes Enterprise Disclaimers Affordable
- WServerNews Fave Links
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
- Book: Are Friends And Family Bugging You About Vista?
The client is King on Kerio MailServer 6.4
Kerio MailServer now supports the Vista email and calendar clients,
in addition to Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Entourage, and the Mac
OS X bundled desktop software. Wireless users now have the option of
connecting via BlackBerry and Symbian devices using partner solutions
from Notify Technology and DataViz. Find out what else is new.
Outsourcing Email Security?
This question comes up when system admins try to decide if they
should upgrade/keep/resubscribe their Exchange email protection.
Outsourcing seems to be an attractive option, getting rid of the
headache of having to manage it yourself. Until you look at a few
issues that could make you change your mind. People are actually
switching back from managed (outsourced) email security for several
reasons. The most important is cost. You may pay easily 30 bucks per
user per year, and sometimes even up to 48 dollars per mailbox per year.
Another point to look at is that a very large portion of business is
conducted via email, and approximately 75 percent of corporate
intellectual property resides in email. Keeping full internal control
of the message flow is something that needs to be considered.
However, more important, the offsite solution looks great on paper until
you look at the following hidden costs and hassle. You have to give each
end user yet one more password, that they need to remember/forget. Here
is where your admin hours start to kick in, resetting users passwords so
they can check the spam quarantine for that "really important message"
that mysteriously never showed up.
Running email security for Exchange on the server itself, (like Ninja)
your users are in control of their own allow/block lists and there are
no new logins to introduce. With Ninja you drag email from one Outlook
folder to another for white/black-listing and it's done. Much simpler
than going to a webpage to do it. In short, running Ninja is a lot
cheaper than outsourcing, with a lot less end-user hassles, and
significantly less admin time involved.
Yearly Yankee Hardware Reliability Survey
Yankee Group and Sunbelt Software would like to invite you to participate
in a 10 minute survey that quantifies the reliability of some of the top
printer and network infrastructure devices and over one dozen server
operating systems. The intent of this survey is to poll user experience
and identify the reliability of these respective hardware devices and server
OS platforms and highlight user patch management trends and the impact on
productivity to the organization.
This is an independent survey. There are no vendor sponsors and no vendors
had input into the questions. All responses will be kept confidential. As
our way of saying "Thank You" for your participation, anyone who completes
the survey is eligible for a free copy of the full Yankee Group Report once
it is published by sending an Email to: [email protected] Link:
Just Say NO to iPhone
You are going to be asked (or already have been) to hook up the iPhone
to your network's email system in some way. The problem is that the only
protocol the iPhone supports is IMAP and that just does not cut it. The
iPhone cannot work like a RIM BlackBerry or Windows Mobile. There is no
built-in sync with Outlook that is secure enough. It does not work with
Lotus Notes either. I think that is a major omission of Apple's part and
they should know better if they want to sell to the business community.
For the moment the iPhone is is an attractive, expensive consumer device.
Keep it out of your networks until Apple licenses software from either RIM
or Redmond to act like a Blackberry or Windows Mobile. Another major
drawback is that an iPhone user needs an iTunes registration, which means
a music directory on the user's desktop (or lord forbid on the network share).
That's a disk space problem and legal can of worms as which of these songs
are stolen or violate copyright? Apart from all the above, block any
other access because these things can slurp down a good chunk of corporate
confidential data. Just say no. Alternatives that -are- recommended are
for instance the new BlackBerry Curve 8300, and the Nokia N95.
Sunbelt will come out with a free Rootkit Detection, Analysis and Removal
tool. Which of these two names do you think is more memorable?
Vote here: http://www.sunbelt-software.com
- Sunbelt Rootkit Radar
- Sunbelt Rootkit Terminator
Quotes Of The Week
"My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income."
-- Errol Flynn
"If you're going to tell people the truth, be funny or they'll kill you."
-- Billy Wilder
"Alcohol and calculus don't mix. Never drink and derive." -- bumper sticker
VMware Server On Linux Series: Services, Networking And Raid
You can't plunge into installing VMware Server on Linux without
introducing yourself to VMware Server services and executables. They're
your tools for establishing and managing security, networking, admin
and other functions, as well as preparing hosts for virtual machines (VMs).
Once you're acquainted with them, you'll need to get started with
networking and RAID. Read this tip for a quick tour of these essential
tools and processes. (registration required)
Step-By-Step Guide: How To Secure Mobile Devices In Exchange 2007
Direct Push technology, which allows mobile device users to receive email
messages as they arrive, security policies to be enforced on mobile
devices, and the ability to remotely wipe a mobile device if it's lost
or stolen, has been extended in Exchange Server 2007 to allow even greater
control over mobile device security. This step-by-step guide explains how
to create a mobile device security policy, assign that policy to specific
users, and remotely wipe a mobile device in Exchange 2007.
5 Tips In 5 Minutes: Internet Information Services Security
Internet Information Services (IIS) is a group of Internet services for
Windows servers (including a Web or Hypertext Transfer Protocol server
and a File Transfer Protocol server) with additional capabilities for
Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000 server operating systems. As a
Web-facing server, IIS is susceptible to a wide variety of attack methods.
Check out these five tips to learn how to protect your Windows network
from the inherent security risks that users of Internet Information
Services and Web servers face every day. (registration required)
How To Keep Your File Server's Storage Pool From Running Dry
Users love to hold on to files. How can administrators keep their file
server's storage pool from running dry? Here's a tip for creating more
room on your file servers.
Windows Server Team Delves Deep Into Server Core
In this exclusive article, Ward Ralston and his Windows Server team dive
into Windows Server 2008's Server Core roles and features -- from command
line interface alternatives to security misconceptions.
Incident Management Made Easier With Microsoft Service Desk
Expert Stuart Galup gives the skinny on Microsoft's help desk software,
called Service Desk, and explains why help desk software and automated
incident management can make your life a lot easier.
||Windows Server News
DoJ Pushes Microsoft To Produce Vista SP1 Beta In '07
Well, I'll be darned. It's not Microsoft but the U.S. Department of Justice
that announces Vista's SP1 -first-. Hidden into a settlement report of
27 pages is the evidence that Microsoft will put Vista SP1 beta in your
hands before the end of 07. In the same report is the news that WinXP SP3
will come out, but they did not specify release dates. This means BTW that
the actual SP1 will not make it until 2008, which will push back deployment
in corporate America even further. Here is the PDF:
Vista 6-Month Vulnerability Report
Jeff Jones, a Redmond Security manager published his 6 month Vista
Vulnerability report this week. Vista has less holes in its first
six months compared to XP, but Microsoft is slower to fix them than
XP. Here is a link to the PDF for the full report:
||WServer Third Party News
Doriansoft Releases Event Archiver V7 With Vista Support
Their new Event Archiver V7 release is super cool. It's Vista-compatible and
can process downlevel EVT files alongside the new Vista EVTX log files when
installed on a Vista workstation. To my knowledge, they are the first vendor
in this sphere to introduce this level of functionality for both logging formats.
Sunbelt Software Makes Enterprise Disclaimers Affordable
Here is the official Press Release with a lot more information:
Email Disclaimers Tool for Microsoft Exchange Now Available for Only $99.95
CLEARWATER, FL--(Marketwire - June 19, 2007) - Sunbelt Software, a leading
provider of Windows security software, today announced the availability of
Ninja Disclaimers(tm), a tool to provide enterprise email disclaimers for
Microsoft Exchange-based email systems. The product is aggressively priced
at $99.95 for unlimited mailboxes per organization.
Ninja Disclaimers offers robust policy-based disclaimer functionality, allowing
administrators to create automatic global and user-based disclaimers for all
outbound email for Exchange 2000 and 2003, with Exchange 2007 support available
late July The disclaimers functionality is designed to be seamlessly implemented
within an organization without interrupting existing antispam and antivirus
Using the product, administrators have the ability to configure disclaimers
based on specific users, groups, domains, or public folders. Ninja also
prevents multiple disclaimers when replying or forwarding and gives
administrators the ability to allow users within different departments to
add or bypass a disclaimer on a per email basis based on predefined keywords
that are included in the body or subject of the email.
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.
Reports are also available that provide detailed information on the use
of disclaimers within the organization.
Priced aggressively, Ninja Disclaimers is $99.95 for unlimited mailboxes
per organization and includes one year of support, updates and upgrades.
A 30-day trial version of Ninja Disclaimers is available:
||WServerNews Fave Links
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- Eight minutes of Autocar magazine video comparing some of the fastest cars
in the world: Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Gallardo, Audi R8, Porsche 911
GT3and Aston Martin DB9. Must See Pure Autolust:
- Every time your credit is checked, the information provided to the credit
bureaus (Equifax, Transunion, Innovis and Experian) immediately becomes a
commodity. This is why you get so many specific solicitations sent to you
about insurance, credit cards, mortgages etc. The credit reporting industry
has provided us as credit consumers a way to "OPT OUT" or remove your name
from these lists. You can do this online at:
- I was listening to National Public Radio when they said they made a map
of where al_qaida was getting footholds. This is interesting from a few
- How can Adidas Shoes get their message across and attract attention at the
world's busiest intersection? This is how. A living example of Adidas's motto:
"Impossible is Nothing"
- A Boeing 747 landing at the Princess Juliana airport in the island of St.
Maarten - famous for its short landing strip, which is barely enough for
heavy jets. Because of this, the planes approach the island flying very low...
- Some educated and imaginative guesses at how the Web and media will evolve over
the next 40-50 years, many of which I don't agree with. But the video does make
you think about where the Web is headed...
- H-1B video shocker: 'Our goal is clearly not to find a qualified... U.S. worker'
Programmer group posts video of law firm's hiring advice on YouTube:
- The creator of this map has had the interesting idea to break down that
gigantic US GDP into the GDPs of individual states, and compare those to
other countries' GDP.
- Like speed? Mirage Jets flying through the Swiss Alps. Amazing Video:
- Spoof on the Microsoft Surface computer, using the original Microsoft
footage with some hilarious new voice-overs. "Truth be told, we actually
WANT a Surface Computer, but since we can't afford one, we thought it might
be fun to make fun of it.":
- Promo campaign to young Norwegians that science is fun: A group of young
engineers reroute a railroad track into a gigantic roller-coaster loop:
- Of course we all love Star Wars, but this baby stroller takes the cake:
- The Village Sniper. True classic Monty Pythonesque absurdist humor:
- Got time to kill? The missile game 3D is the solution:
||WServerNews - Product of the Week
Book: Are Friends And Family Bugging You About Vista?
In that case, send them to Amazon and tell them to buy this book.
It is called Just The Computer Essentials, and steps a newbie through
all they need to fix their own problems instead of asking you. I was
sent a review copy and read through it. It's a nice, step-by-step
approach and explains things in easy to understand language. I would
recommend it to any new Vista user. And it was written by one of our
own WServerNews subscribers!