Vol. 12, #26 - Jul 9, 2007 - Issue #632
New CounterSpy Version 2.5 Released
- Editor's Corner
- ScriptLogic Sold To Quest: Good News.
- Own An Xbox 360? You Just Got A 3-year Warranty!
- Yearly Yankee Hardware/Software Reliability Survey
- Quote Of The Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Tech Briefing
- Wi-Max Research Boom Hits Nortel
- Xen Virtualization Will Catch Up To VMware In 2008
- Optimize Disk Configuration In SQL Server
- Hacking For Dummies: Test Your Firewall Rules
- Multi-Core Systems vs. Multi-CPU Systems
- Network Access Protection (NAP) Is Almost Here: Get Ready
- How To Install And Configure An Edge Transport Server
- Windows Server News
- Six Security Updates Planned For Next Patch Tuesday
- Experts Weigh The Good And Bad Of Windows Server Core
- Getting To Know The RODC For Windows Server 2008
- WServer Third Party News
- New CounterSpy Version 2.5 Released
- WServerNews Fave Links
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
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ScriptLogic Sold To Quest: Good News.
During the 4th of July 'recess' something positive happened.
Quest has been a big player in our field for a long time. They have
also made a series of smart acquisitions over the years, that have
made Quest into a real leader in the Windows management space. Their
next prize is ScriptLogic. Since they bought Fastlane Technologies,
one of the leaders in Active Directory migration tools, they continued
with Aelita, which also had a few great Windows server management tools.
More recently, Quest took another one of the best ones, by acquiring
Vintela, which built tools connecting Linux users to AD. ScriptLogic
has become a strong contender in the desktop management space, and
they are very good in automating server tasks. Looking at earlier
Quest acquisitions, they will integrate Scriptlogic in their product
line and provide good support for it.
I just talked to Brian Styles at TechEd a few weeks ago. He's the
ScriptLogic founder and the driving force behind its innovation. At
that time he could (obviously) say nothing about the pending deal, but
he told Dave Kearns, the editor of Network World's Windows Networking
Strategies Newsletter: "Well the plan is to continue to operate and
grow independently, as a subsidiary. So I am here and everything should
remain relatively unchanged, only better." That's good news for Windows
Own An Xbox 360? You Just Got A 3-year Warranty!
Because of unacceptable hardware failures, Redmond decided to extend the
360 warranty to 3 years for everyone. The company said it will take a
pretax charge of more than $1 billion to repair defects in its next-
generation game machine. "As of today, all Xbox 360 consoles are
covered by an enhanced warranty program to address specifically the
general hardware failures indicated by the three flashing red lights on
the console. This applies to new and previously-sold consoles. While we
will still have a general one year console warranty (two years in some
countries), we are announcing today a three-year warranty that covers any
console that displays a three flashing red lights error message. If a
customer has an issue indicated by the three flashing red lights, Microsoft
will repair the console free of charge-including shipping-for three years
from the console's purchase date."
Yearly Yankee Hardware/Software Reliability Survey
Here is your chance to tell us which OS is most reliable in your view.
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:
Quote Of The Week
"There are laws to protect the freedom of the press's speech, but
none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press."
-- Mark Twain
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Wi-Max Research Boom Hits Nortel
Just as a heads-up, what I expected a few years ago is coming true,
however a little later that I though. Some one said to me the other
day: "It takes longer than it takes". But Wi-Max is coming! Nortel
Networks is spending 10 times as much on mobile wireless Wi-Max
technology research today as it did a year ago, part of an initiative
by Nortel chief technology officer John Roese in his first year at
the post. InfoWorld has the story:
Xen Virtualization Will Catch Up To VMware In 2008
In this exclusive article, Burton Group analyst Chris Wolf discusses
VMware versus Xen and what IT managers should know about new
virtualization products and security threats.
Optimize Disk Configuration In SQL Server
Proper disk configuration can result in a lifetime of high performance
for SQL Server databases. Go beyond storage capacity requirements and
consider drive performance. In this tip, database architect Denny Cherry
outlines best practices for designing your disk subsystem, including
choosing the right disk array.
Hacking For Dummies: Test Your Firewall Rules
Before someone else hacks your firewall, test your firewall rules during
the self-hacking process to test your network's security. Learn about
the tools involved in this excerpt from Chapter 9, "Network Infrastructure,"
from, Hacking for Dummies, 2nd edition.
Multi-Core Systems vs. Multi-CPU Systems
In this tip, learn why a dual-core system may give you better performance
and better value than a dual-processor system.
Network Access Protection (NAP) Is Almost Here: Get Ready
IT managers are always on the lookout for new ways to secure their corporate
networks, in order to address growing and changing threats to information
security due to factors such as outside contractors, vendors and business
partners who bring laptops inside your firewalled environment, or high-speed
residential Internet connections that provide "always-on" connectivity for
your staff members. In this article, find out how Network Access Protection
(NAP) will be an integral offering in Windows Server 2008 and how to prepare
for it. (registration required)
How To Install And Configure An Edge Transport Server
Exchange MVP Brien Posey explains how an Edge Transport server works and
provides step-by-step instructions on how to install and configure it to
filter your Exchange 2007 organization's incoming and outgoing email.
||Windows Server News
Six Security Updates Planned For Next Patch Tuesday
Redmond will release six groups of security patches next week, fixing bugs
in Excel, WinXP, Vista, and W2K3. Cyber criminals will e-mail their 'prospects'
a maliciously encoded Office attachment. If that social engineering worked,
the hacker gets access. Obviously Redmond is not releasing further details
on the flaws it's fixing until Tuesday. Make sure you apply these patches
soon, as the exploits will follow in -HOURS- these days. Three other less-
critical updates are also planned. They include "important" updates for MS
Publisher 2007 and WinXP SP2 as well as a fix for Vista. More at Redmond:
Experts Weigh The Good And Bad Of Windows Server Core
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Server Core and its nine server roles offer
a new way to administer Windows Server. Experts explain what you need to
know about the set-up-and-go installation option. SearchWinIT has the story:
Getting To Know The RODC For Windows Server 2008
One of the most common questions surrounding the new Active Directory
technologies for Windows Server 2008 involves the read-only domain
controller. Active Directory expert Laura Hunter breaks down the key
details of the RODC and how it can increase AD security and flexibility.
||WServer Third Party News
New CounterSpy Version 2.5 Released
Here is some news from our marketing people. Sunbelt Software announced this
week an upgrade to its award-winning antispyware tool, CounterSpy. The new
version 2.5 delivers several new features. If you are a CounterSpy user, you
should have seen this new Version 2.5 come down to your machine by now.
Keep in mind that the independent reviewers at Download.com recently gave
CounterSpy 5 stars, compared to the three stars for Spy Sweeper and Spyware
doctor. The code in this update went to both the consumer and enterprise
versions by the way.
Get yours here:
- Improved Active Protection(tm) performance:
CounterSpy's Active Protection has been improved to deliver better, overall
system performance while continuing to provide robust real-time protection
for users' PCs. Several performance-tuning programming techniques have been
implemented to reduce Active Protection's already low system resource
- Support for Windows Vista 64-bit:
CounterSpy now adds to its current 32-bit support for Windows Vista full
support for 64-bit versions as well. Additionally, CounterSpy also supports
both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003 SP1 and higher.
- Architecture enhancements to VIPRE technology:
CounterSpy's hybrid engine merges spyware detection and remediation with
Sunbelt's VIPRE technology (Virus Intrusion Protection Remediation Engine).
Because VIPRE incorporates both traditional antivirus and antimalware
techniques, enhancements have been made to CounterSpy's underlying
architecture that will enable advanced delivery of software and
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