Vol. 12, #29 - Jul 30, 2007 - Issue #635
Thin Client Writing On Wall
- Editor's Corner
- Thin Client Writing On Wall
- Yearly Yankee Hardware Reliability Survey
- Learn about New Antispam Features in Ninja Email Security
- Liberty Quotes Of The Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Tech Briefing
- Visit Us At The VB2007 Conference in Vienna, Austria
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Stuff
- Expert Tip: Disaster Recovery Plan Testing
- Top 7 Exchange Server 2003 Tips And Tricks
- Performance Analysis Tools For SQL Server
- System Center Configuration Manager 2007: A First Look
- Resellers Exchange Server 2007 Upgrade Guide: Prep Your Customers
- Balancing Virtual PC 2007 Resource Utilization
- Windows Server News
- Microsoft Sees Stronger XP Sales In FY08 -- Yes, XP
- Gap In PC Procedure Causes Corporate Crisis
- WServer Third Party News
- New Features: Ninja Email Security for Exchange 2000-2007
- SNSI Update: More Vulnerabilities
- The Ex-Aelita Team Does It Again
- WServerNews FAVE Links
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
- The #1 Selling FISMA Book
PDF Battle Royale II: Ninja vs Symantec Brightmail & Security for Exchange
Many of you are trying to get rid of old, first- or second generation
'AV for Exchange' products, and look for alternatives. We decided to
make your life a little easier and come up with some solid product
comparisons, that really focus on the important features. You can find
the next fresh PDF in a new section called 'Product Comparisons'
on the Ninja Documents page. This one compares Ninja to Symantec's
products. Please be sure to read the "Making Sense of it All" sections
- these help compare the products even better (PDF):
Thin Client Writing On Wall
HP just acquired Neoware, Inc, a maker of terminal-style computing
devices which we know as thin clients. They must see a future in
that direction. Another development is that virtualization is taking
server rooms by storm, which allows apps to run on the servers. I
think I see something coming down the pike. With me anyone?
Sounds like laptops and handhelds will increase in numbers, but we are
finally getting ready to have a critical look at the desktop PC and
see if we should not give it the old heave-ho, at least mostly in
larger sites. Oh, we heard about this for a long time of course.
Remember Larry Ellison talking about this? But now we have a new
buzzword: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), which obviously
means thin clients on a virtual server.
Think about the cost savings, a two-way quad core VDI server can
easily handle more than 50 users, running cheap thin-clients. And
then you need to ask yourself, what client OS is going to -run- on
those desktops? Well there is where you need to scratch your head
for a sec and do some math. The answer may surprise you.
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:
Learn about New Antispam Features in Ninja Email Security
Live Product Demo and Technical Overview. Join Alex Eckelberry, President
and Greg Kras, VP of Product Management for Sunbelt Software on Tuesday
August 7th at 2:00pm EDT for an overview of the new antispam features of
Sunbelt's Ninja Email Security for MS Exchange 2000, 2003 and 2007.
Learn about the Ninja versions that now have a number of spam detection improvements, including:
When: Tuesday, August 7, 2007 2:00 PM (EDT). Register here:
- Sunbelt Advanced Spam Filter: This new filter replaces the existing
Sunbelt Antispam Engine. This new detection engine is dramatically
improved over the prior, designed to recognize the latest spammer tricks
and techniques with a low rate of false positives.
- Sunbelt Dedicated Image-Spam Engine: One of the industry's only dedicated
image-spam engines, this new functionality uses proprietary technology to
add an extra layer of detection of spam images embedded inside of emails.
- SURBL: Ninja now supports SURBL (surbl.org) with a dedicated SURBL engine
that checks email content against spam real-time URL lists of known spammer
- Enhanced Cloudmark(tm) Engine: Ninja includes an updated version of the
Cloudmark Authority antispam engine, which provides enhancements to further
improve the detection of the latest spam variants, like image and pdf spam.
Liberty Quotes Of The Week
"There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he
does not want merely because you think it would be good for him."
-- Robert Heinlein
"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within
limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add
'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's
will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."
-- Thomas Jefferson
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Visit Us At The VB2007 Conference in Vienna, Austria
VB2007 will take place 19-21 September 2007 at the Hilton Vienna,
Austria. Over its 17-year history, the VB conference has become a
major highlight of the anti-malware calendar, with many of its regular
attendees citing it as the anti-malware event of the year. The VB
conference provides a focus for the anti-malware industry, representing
an opportunity for experts in the anti-malware arena to share their
research interests, discuss methods and technologies and set new
standards, as well as meet with - and learn from - those who put
their technologies into practice in the real world. Sunbelt Software
will be a silver sponsor, visit us at booth # 6. Here's the link to
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Stuff
You know that SQL 2008 will come out with its second Community
Technology Preview by month's end. You can look for improvements
and many more items over here at this page:
Expert Tip: Disaster Recovery Plan Testing
In this tip, expert Russell Olsen addresses the importance of IT disaster
recovery plan tests. He also describes how to perform them with minimal
impact to your budget and operations. If you run a tool like Double-Take,
plans like these allow you to really make that product shine:
Top 7 Exchange Server 2003 Tips And Tricks
In this excerpt from "Exchange Server 2003 Distilled," author Scott
Schnoll shares tuning tips and tricks for Exchange Server 2003, Outlook
Web Access 2003, and Microsoft Outlook 2003 that will improve the
performance, security and usability of your email applications.
Performance Analysis Tools For SQL Server
It's something of a truism that a complex SQL Server setup needs to be
tuned to run properly. The good news is that most of the SQL Server tools
you can pick up to accomplish that job are either already available in
your backyard, or can be downloaded for nothing. In this expert tip,
you'll gain a solid understanding of what these tools will and will
not do for you, and how to get the most out of them even though they
may seem to have a fairly limited scope. (registration required)
System Center Configuration Manager 2007: A First Look
Though yet in beta, System Center Configuration Manager '07 is far easier
to use than earlier versions of SMS Server. But what's best is how it
works with other Microsoft products.
Resellers Exchange Server 2007 Upgrade Guide: Prep Your Customers
If you are a reseller offering Exchange 2007 as one of the services in your
package of goodies, you don't want to make your customers the guinea pigs:
you should have a good grip on deploying Exchange 2007 long before you
ever offer it to anyone. Get the tips and best practices you need to make
the jump to Exchange 2007 in this guide on SearchSystemsChannel.com:
Balancing Virtual PC 2007 Resource Utilization
Good Q&A at the MCPmag site. The question was: "When I run an installation
in a Virtual PC, I usually just walk away from my system, because trying
to run other applications or virtual PCs is very slow. I like to demo
things like RIS installs using Virtual PC, but when I do, the RIS
installation will slow down all of my other VMs. Granted, I don't have
the fastest laptop. Besides getting better hardware, is there anything
else I can do?" -- Thomas Answer at:
||Windows Server News
Microsoft Sees Stronger XP Sales In FY08 -- Yes, XP
ComputerWorld and many others reported that Microsoft has revised its forecast
for sales of Windows XP during fiscal year 2008, indicating stronger sales of
the operating system than it had earlier projected.
Windows XP, the operating system supposedly made moot by Windows Vista, is to
make up a significantly larger part of sales in the coming year. During a
conference call with analysts following the earnings results release yesterday
afternoon, Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell said the company has changed
its fiscal year 2008 forecast from an 85/15 split in sales between Vista and
XP to a 78/22 split. Windows XP sales will, in other words, be nearly 50%
higher in the next 12 months than Microsoft had estimated earlier.
"We fine-tuned the Vista/XP mix for next year" during the company's usual
budgeting last month, said Liddell. "We changed it from 85% to 78%. Now,
it's a lower number [for Vista], but it's still a very high number overall
from our perspective, so 78% Vista mix in terms of sales next year." Link:
Gap In PC Procedure Causes Corporate Crisis
We found this blog entry and decided to share it with you. "Some years back, a
colleague in another organization came to me for help. In this international
organization and U.S. public company, the finance department was unable to
close its quarterly financial books in time to meet a S.E.C. filing deadline.
It had missed the deadline for several days, and the matter had reached the
CEO and the boardroom as an uproar. The cause: an overseas subsidiary was unable
to close its books. The reason: one of the steps to the overseas subsidiary's
completing its month and quarter-end financial was a procedure wherein a
financial report was downloaded to a PC's spreadsheet program, where a
spreadsheet macro would perform some calculations that would be used in the
subsidiary's financial results. This time, there was a problem: the macro had
become corrupted and would not run. There were no backups. A contractor had
created the macro and was nowhere to be found. No one in the finance department
knew what the macro did or how it worked. It was an undocumented step in this
critical business process; the original software was gone, and none of this
was documented. Be certain to avoid having this kind of a scenario occurring
in your organization. -- from a disaster recovery planning project
||WServer Third Party News
New Features: Ninja Email Security for Exchange 2000-2007
Ninja delivers multiple new antispam engines including a dedicated image-spam
engine. Sunbelt announced new upgrades to Ninja Email Security version 2.1,
a comprehensive and robust best-of-breed email security product for Exchange.
New features include the addition of several new and improved spam detection
engines including a new dedicated image-spam engine, two new spam detection
engines, and enhancements to the existing Cloudmark(tm) engine, delivering
superior detection and defense against the latest variants of spam,
including image- and PDF spam.
Sunbelt Dedicated Image-Spam Engine
With the one of the industry's only dedicated image-spam engines, Ninja
provides a second layer of protection for image spam detection. Ninja uses
advanced heuristics to identify if a message's image should be scanned. If
it does, then Ninja analyzes the message to determine if email is image spam -
identified by text within the image using proprietary technology. It is
designed to protect against newer and emerging image spam threats and kills
newer variants of existing image spam.
Sunbelt Advanced Spam Filter
Ninja now includes the Sunbelt Advanced Spam Filter, a new antispam
filtering engine designed to recognize the latest spammer tricks and
techniques by recognizing suspicious misspellings and other unique
spam-identifying characteristics. The filter is tuned to detect specific
spammer tricks allowing it to catch new types of spam, such as embedded
content, HTML and foreign language spam, while ignoring general factors
that can generate false positives. The filter leverages a unique database
of signatures based on a combination of message attributes unique to
particular spammers. To ensure that newly identified spam signatures are
added to the database, signatures are added by human intervention and
not automatically, ensuring that signatures are valid and catch not only
a specific spam message, but a wide range of future spam messages.
New SURBL Engines
Ninja now supports SURBL with a dedicated SURBL engine that checks email
content against spam URL real-time blacklists of known spammer domains.
Additionally, key enhancements to the latest version of Cloudmark's
antispam engine are included to further improve the detection of the
latest spam variants including image and pdf spam.
Pricing and availability
Ninja Email Security is priced aggressively for all corporate environments
running Microsoft Exchange 2000, 2003, and 2007 and includes one year of
support, updates and upgrades. New customers can purchase Ninja on a
per-mailbox basis. Pricing includes the first year maintenance and
starts at $184.95 for 5 mailboxes with a sliding scale discount based
on number of mailboxes. A 30-day trial version of Ninja is available
on Sunbelt Software's website:
SNSI Update: More Vulnerabilities
The Sunbelt Network Security Inspector (SNSI) version 126.96.36.199 was
released July 26, 2007). Sunbelt Software recommends you download the
new SNSI version 188.8.131.52 and scan and patch your machines today!
To update from within the SNSI console, select Settings, enter your full
registration key and click on Check Now button. To Purchase NOW, visit:
New vulnerability updates for this release include:
W3160 Oracle Enterprise Manager Vulnerabilities (July 2007)
W3159 Oracle E-Business Suite Vulnerabilities (July 2007)
W3158 Oracle Collaboration Suite Vulnerabilities (July 2007)
W3157 Oracle Application Server Vulnerabilities (July 2007)
W3156 Oracle Database Vulnerabilities (July 2007)
S478 SHA-1 Module Floating Point Interaction Vulnerability - Solaris 10
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:
The Ex-Aelita Team Does It Again
The very smart Russian guys that that built Aelita (and then sold it to Quest)
have created a new outfit, and chose server management as their new 'play'.
It's called Veeam Software, and last week they intro'd their first, fresh
V1.0 of the Veeam Configurator. It has a Windows GUI and a series of what
they call expert knowledge packs designed to streamline virtual server
configs. The V1.0 code works with VMware VirtualCenter but Veeam announced
that MS Virtual Server - and perhaps later XEN 9for Linux) will be covered.
Keep an eye on these guys. They are good.
||WServerNews FAVE Links
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- This is a really funny video. It's called "Every OS Sucks" Some strongish
language but worth watching. Not quite safe for office environments.
- This is a Super-Fave. This World Stats Counter shows current statistical
figures for world population, births, deaths, deforestation, and much more.
Except for population and earth temp, all stats reflect the growth since
the beginning of the selected time period:
- Book your cruise with a competent cruise line! Bring your seasick pills:
- Amazing freestyle girl biker from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany.
It starts a little tame, but wait for a few minutes in... Awesome !!
- Today as I write this, it's SysAdmin Day. Here is a page from their
website with system admin 'horror' pictures. Quite interesting!
- "Powers of Ten" - a short documentary film made for IBM, depicting the relative
scale of the Universe in factors of ten. A bit old, but still awesome.
- The Experiments in Galvanism frog floats in mineral oil, a webserver
installed in its guts, with wires into its muscle groups. You can access
the frog over the network and send it galvanic signals that get it to
kick its limbs. Somewhat morbid, but still interesting:
- The Killer Bunny. A clip from "Monty Python And The Holy Grail":
- Will it Blend? Some people might say it's not a very smart idea to throw
six Bic lighters into a blender:
- Recent UFO sightings in the UK bring town to a standstill. Here
is the newspaper article with a picture:
- Amazing Physics: Colored corn syrup is dropped into a mixture, mixed up,
and when the direction is reversed, the drops form their original state:
- Abandoned Russian military aircraft:
- Over the years, text to speech is improving, this is a website with the
latest state of the art. You can type it, and choose a language too:
- At the end of the Italian Formula-1 Grand Prix, Fittipaldi hits his
rival's tire at a speed of about 300 km/h, does a back flip and still
crosses the finish line unhurt:
- Mary Beth in Sunbelt Tech Support baked something. Which techie doesn't
like a "Pi pie"? (accurate to 50 digits):
- Geez, pretty nice laptop for only 400 bucks!
- Looking for Battery or AC adapter for that obscure old laptop? Check this site:
||WServerNews - Product of the Week
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