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Vol. 12, #25 - Jun 22, 2007 - Issue #631
Just Say NO to iPhone

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Outsourcing Email Security?
    • Yearly Yankee Hardware Reliability Survey
    • Just Say NO to iPhone
    • New SunPoll
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. 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
  4. Windows Server News
    • DoJ Pushes Microsoft To Produce Vista SP1 Beta In '07
    • Vista 6-Month Vulnerability Report
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Doriansoft Releases Event Archiver V7 With Vista Support
    • Sunbelt Software Makes Enterprise Disclaimers Affordable
  6. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. 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.
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-Kerio-MailServer

Editor's Corner

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.
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-Ninja-Email-Security


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:
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-Reliability-Survey


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.

New SunPoll

Sunbelt will come out with a free Rootkit Detection, Analysis and Removal tool. Which of these two names do you think is more memorable?
  • Sunbelt Rootkit Radar
  • Sunbelt Rootkit Terminator
Vote here: http://www.sunbelt-software.com

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

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 a trial copy today.
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-ExchangeCompress

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http://www.wservernews.com/070625-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/070625-Radmin-V3

Run VMs? How do you handle disaster recovery and high availability? Use the World's Number One "DR/HA in-one" tool: Double-Take:
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-Double-Take



Tech Briefing

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)
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-VMware-Server


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. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-Mobile-Devices


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)
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-IIS-Tips


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.
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-Storage-Pool


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.
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-Server-Core


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.
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-Microsoft-Service-Desk


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:
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-Vista-SP1


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:
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-Vista-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.
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-Event-Archiver-V7


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 solutions.

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:
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-Ninja-Disclaimers


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?

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!
http://www.wservernews.com/070625-Vista-Book