Vol. 12, #34 - Sep 3, 2007 - Issue #640
Vista SP1 and W2K8: First Quarter 2008
- Editor's Corner
- Vista SP1 and W2K8: First Quarter 2008
- Exchange Archiving SunPoll
- Sunbelt Software Made The Inc. 5000
- Quotes Of The Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Tech Briefing
- GPanswers.Com Newsletter #25: All About ADMX Files
- Choosing The Best SQL Server Indexing Strategies
- How To Create A Network Printer Pool
- SMTP Greylisting Problem On Exchange Server 2003 SP2
- Hacks Hit Embassy, Government E-Mail Accounts Worldwide
- Windows Server News
- Microsoft Sets Ship Date For Configuration Manager
- WServer Third Party News
- Got An Audit Coming Up? This Is A Cost Effective Scanner
- WServerNews Fave Links
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
- Limited Time Offer: Sunbelt Personal Firewall for just $10.00
10 Questions You Should Ask About Enterprise Antispyware
ITSecurity.com recently posted their Antispyware Buyers Checklist with
10 questions you should ask when considering implementing an enterprise
antispyware solution in your organization. To aid in your search to
find the right antispyware solution, we have provided answers to each
question on how CounterSpy Enterprise is able to deliver all the
necessary requirements to best protect your network from spyware and
other malware. Direct link to a short 2-page PDF - No registration:
Vista SP1 and W2K8: First Quarter 2008
Redmond finally confirmed this week the plans for Vista SP1 and WinXP
SP3. The first service pack for Vista will be out sometime in the first
quarter of next year, along with SP3 for XP. The first major Vista update
will contain a bunch of tweaks to speed up the OS and fix reliability
issues. Early beta testers will get the bits in a few weeks and for the
real diehards, there is a leaked copy available via bittorrent. I would
recommend against that though. WinXP SP3 is a roll-up of previously
released updates for XP. It includes security updates, hotfixes and
Do not expect any major new end user features in either SP. And if Vista
is still new to you, it was built to better accept updates and can get
them "slip-streamed in" so you will not -need- any major service packs any
more. What it will contain is support for some new hardware types. They
typically roll out these betas to increasingly large groups, and this time
is no exception. A little later in the year, SP1 will be available via MSDN
and TechNet subscriptions.
We can expect Vista SP1 to come out at the same time as Windows Server
2008, they pushed that one back a bit. Reason? They were not done
killing all the bugs quite yet. "It's like a brisket. It just needs a
little more time to bake." is what they said. W2K8 Beta 3 has had some
300K downloads, and Redmond is dogfooding it on more and more production
systems in-house and at customers. The delay does not seem to affect
Microsoft's February 27 launch festivities in Los Angeles. And so what
if it is late, no one is going to mess with their environment late Q4
anyway. More about the Vista SP1 in this snazzy looking VistaBlog:
Exchange Archiving SunPoll
This is a quick and interesting one. "Do you currently have an Exchange
Archiving solution in place?"
Vote here, mid-bottom right: http://www.sunbeltsoftware.com/
- Yes, we have an product that does that
- Not yet, but we plan to in 3-6 months
- Not yet, but we plan to in 6-12 months
- We plan to implement archiving later than 12 months
- No, we are not planning archiving at all
Sunbelt Software Made The Inc. 5000
We made the Inc. 500 back in 2001, and now we've made the Inc. 5000. The
Inc. 5000, an extension of Inc. magazine's annual Inc. 500 list, catches
many businesses that are too big to grow at the pace required to make the
Inc. 500, as well as a host of smaller firms. Taken as a whole, these
companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy. Thanks for your
support and trust in our company and our products!
Quotes Of The Week
"If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River,
the headline that afternoon would read: "President Can't Swim."
-- Lyndon B. Johnson
"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.
If you think about that, you'll do things differently."
-- Warren Buffett
And thank you for being a WServerNews subscriber.
GPanswers.Com Newsletter #25: All About ADMX Files
ADM, ADMX and ADML -- oh my! It's a confusing jungle of template soup,
and you need it sorted out. Newsletter 24 was all about ADM files. Now,
Newsletter 25 is all about ADMX files. So, don't be left behind. Figure
out what it all means to you in this GPanswers.com exclusive. Also,
Jeremy's GPanswers.com training opportunities and more. Check it out.
Choosing The Best SQL Server Indexing Strategies
SQL Server supports only two index types for most data types: clustered and
non-clustered. Learn how and why building the appropriate index type during
your database design will significantly impact SQL Server performance.
over at SearchSQLServer.com:
How To Create A Network Printer Pool
You can avoid congestion on a network printer by creating a printer pool --
a group of printers attached to a common print queue, so multiple documents
can be printed simultaneously. Here's how to create a printer pool in a
Windows Server 2003 environment:
SMTP Greylisting Problem On Exchange Server 2003 SP2
Greylisting is a relatively new and effective spam-fighting technique.
Unfortunately, some administrators have reported an SMTP greylisting problem
on Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 in which sent email stacks up in
the SMTP queue and does not get delivered. Learn three workarounds that
solve this email delivery issue. [SearchExchange.com]
Hacks Hit Embassy, Government E-Mail Accounts Worldwide
A cache found online of usernames and passwords for more than 100 government
e-mail accounts includes takings from Iranian, Russian, Indian, U.K., and
Kazakh victims. Don't let this happen to you. Usually these things are
caused by keyloggers, and you need powerful antimalware to protect you:
||Windows Server News
Microsoft Sets Ship Date For Configuration Manager
Redmond this week said that the development is complete on its System Center
Configuration Manager 2007. The new management tool will ship November this
year. SCCM 2007 (tongue-firmly-in-cheek - pronounced SCUM) went RTM last
Monday. It's the third tool that supports the major umbrella 'System Definition
Model' (SDM) language. SDM is the foundation that both servers -and- apps
can use to monitor their health and define operational needs and communicate
that data to the network. The other two SDM supporting tools are Ops Manager
and Visual Studio. Obviously the strategy here is to have developers and IT
get into regular group hugs and play nice; devs create apps that support SDM,
and at the same time, IT deploys systems that speak SDM and use it to make
management decisions. SDM is s stepping stone to SML, which is its next-life
incarnation, and eventually every Redmond System Center management tool
will support SML. We're talking grand strategy here. So, be ready to migrate
to SML if you deploy SCUM 2007 now!
The big plan is that your whole SDM/SML environment will be growing into
some sort of SkyNet, that does autonomic computing: Better automated
responses to problem solving, reliability, reporting, tracking, etc.
And oh, automatic termination of pointy-haired dimwit managers.
||WServer Third Party News
Got An Audit Coming Up? This Is A Cost Effective Scanner
Sunbelt Network Security Inspector version 126.96.36.199 was released August 27,
2007). New vulnerability updates for this release include:
W3185 Cisco VPN Client Vulnerabilities - W2K, XP, W2K3
W3184 McAfee Common Management Agent Vulnerabilities - W2K, XP, W2K3
W3119 Yahoo! Messenger JPEG 2000 Webcam Stream Handling Vulnerabilities - W2K, XP, W2K3
W414 ActivIdentity CAC Card Detected
N67 IOS SCP Authorization Bypass
N66 IOS IPv6 Routing Header Info Leakage
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.
Sunbelt Software recommends you download the new SNSI version 188.8.131.52 and
scan and patch your machines today. To get the latest SNSI version, visit:
||WServerNews Fave Links
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- Supercomputer simulation of the Universe: An international group of
astrophysicists have released the largest and most realistic simulation
ever of the growth of cosmic structure and the formation of galaxies and
quasars. Wait until the end with the Carl Sagan quote... WOW:
- The world's first high speed amphibian Quadbike/ATV is capable of
traveling up to 50 mph (72 kph) on land and water and makes the
transition at the flick of a switch. The ultimate getaway vehicle:
- Common things in slow motion caught with a high speed video camera.
A bit longish, and in Japanese, but very interesting effects:
- Like Battlestar Galactica? Some guys built a 7.5x scale Colonial Viper
rocket and got it launched... Pretty cool.
- All IT cheat sheets from ".net to Yahoo", round-ups, quick reference cards,
quick reference guides and quick reference sheets in one page. The only one
- The ZunePhone: How Microsoft's Zune player would look if Microsoft
decides to add all Apple iPhone's features to the Zune:
- NASA Shuttle to Launch Luke Skywalker's original Lightsaber:
- Let me introduce you to the Bastard Security Officer From Hell.
It's crude, wrong, lurid, offensive, and hilarious. You were warned!
- UK Man Arrested for Unauthorized Wireless Connection Use. He was
observed sitting on a wall outside a house in Chiswick, West London while
using his laptop computer. When confronted, he admitted he was using a
wireless connection in the area without permission. In 2005, a man was
fined GBP 500 (US $1,000).
- The world without us. Without us on earth, what traces would linger?
What would disappear? Check the timeline. Quite interesting:
- CBC documentary from 1993 about this new thing called "Internet".
(Historical reference: Mozilla version 1.0 was released in 1993)
- In the Netherlands they're experimenting with floating houses, as a
way of dealing with climate change and rising water levels. One of the
country's biggest construction companies says floating homes may be
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