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Vol. 12, #47 - Dec 10, 2007 - Issue #653
Zero Tolerance For Zero Retention

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Zero Tolerance For Zero Retention
    • Security Morphing From 'Technical' To 'Business' Problem
    • Quote Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • WinXP SP3 Is High Priority
    • Microsoft Slates Seven Patches Next Week
    • Vista Service Pack 1 To Kill The WGA "Kill Switch"?
    • Microsoft Bashes Windows XP, Vista Benchmarking
    • How To Troubleshoot Windows XP Device Manager Errors
    • IT Managers Share Windows Vista Install Plans
    • Ask The Expert: Managing Network Access For Single Users In AD
    • FAQ Guide: VMware
  4. Windows Server News
    • W2K8 RC1 Out
    • Microsoft Slates Office 2007 SP1 Release For Dec. 11
    • 5 Tips In 5 Minutes: iSCSI SAN Storage For Microsoft Exchange
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Famatech Assumes Sales and Support of Remote Administrator
    • Ninja Email Security Has Gone To V2.1.4374
  6. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Get Rid Of Your Old Second Generation Exchange AV
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Editor's Corner

Zero Tolerance For Zero Retention

One year ago, new Federal Rules for Civil Procedure went into effect. And after 12 months of experience in the courts, the verdict is very clear. You need to create a retention policy ASAP! Any company that might sue or get sued needs systems brought online to support retention lifecycles and collection requests for litigation. Although it did not codify the exact rules for e-discovery, FRCP certainly made it clear what e-discovery features and policies should be. IT and Legal need to get their heads together and hammer something out pronto. The fines if you don't are very painful.

In 2008, these features will be implemented in more and more companies. It is obvious that every company that may face litigation will be rolling out systems to make it compliant with the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. It's more than a good idea. It's the law. More at the 'Reality Check' blog from Ephraim Schwarts at InfoWorld:

Security Morphing From 'Technical' To 'Business' Problem

A lot of you are supporters of SANS, and so are we. It was no surprise when I received the latest SANS NewsBites that they came out and clearly said that security in many cases is not just a technical problem, but really a -people- problem. Well, we all knew that gullible end-users who click on a craftily 'social-engineered' link can infect systems. SANS Top 20 Risk was: "gullible, busy, accommodating computer users, including executives, IT staff and others with privileged access".

What they suggest we do about it is not so easy though. First they suggest launching internal test attacks against users, and cut off Internet access for those who fail the test. Sure, as if that will ever happen. Second, increase monitoring and forensics systems, to constantly block intrusions. At least that will not get users ticked off, but these systems are very expensive. You'll never get the budget.

So, how to solve that issue? IT needs to communicate to top management that security -really- has become a business issue, as opposed to expensive overhead that generates no revenues. How? Security needs to be positioned as -enabling- the business instead of a cost center. IT needs to present Security as the provider of more reliable systems, less downtime, safer customers, safer employees and safer company financial resources.

And I would start with Anti-phishing "training", it's a REALLY good idea for both everyone in the business (especially the execs) and family:

Quote Of The Week

"There are no hopeless situations; There are only men who have grown hopeless about them." -- Clare Boothe Luce

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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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Tech Briefing

WinXP SP3 Is High Priority

Network admins really should start planning for XP SP3. Slated to be released in the coming months, this SP3 could represent significant change to internal networking. There is discussion that this service pack will add Vista features to XP, which of course could potentially break existing functionality.

Furthermore, as mentioned by our friends at eEye Research quite a few times, Silently Fixed Vulnerabilities could also be patched in this Service Pack, leaving SP2 users at potential risk if they do not apply the patch quickly. Admins should start beginning their test-planning phase, and if the service pack RC is available to them, they should begin testing it against internal applications ASAP. More at Redmond's TechNet site:

Microsoft Slates Seven Patches Next Week

Microsoft plans to roll out seven patches next week, including five aimed at fixing vulnerabilities in Windows Vista. Here is the fresh MS pre-patch notice:

Vista Service Pack 1 To Kill The WGA "Kill Switch"?

Who says Microsoft doesn't listen to their customers? Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) has been the subject of much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth - and more than a handful of folks have avoided upgrading to Windows Vista in part or in whole because of it. We've heard reports of users' systems being mistakenly flagged as having pirated software, with dire consequences. Now for the good news: Vista Service Pack 1 will remove the so-called "kill switch" that puts the OS into a reduced functionality mode if you don't activate it within 30 days after installation or 3 days after certain hardware changes. This change will be welcomed by Windows users everywhere. Read more here:

Microsoft Bashes Windows XP, Vista Benchmarking

ComputerWorld reported that Microsoft and a performance testing researcher are trading barbs over recent benchmarks that claim the unreleased upgrade for Windows XP runs Office faster than the upgrade slated to ship early next year for Vista. According to tests run by Devil Mountain Software Inc., Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) blows through the company's OfficeBench test suite about twice as fast as Vista SP1 does. Nick White, a program manager for Microsoft's Vista team, bashed the benchmarking in a post to a Microsoft blog last week, and called Devil Mountain to task for testing before either operating system reached its "Release to Manufacturing" (RTM) stage, the so-called gold code that is actually duplicated on disc. "Publishing benchmarks of the performance of Windows Vista SP1 now wouldn't be a worthwhile exercise for our customers, as the code is still in development and, to the degree that benchmarking tests are involved, remains a moving target," White argued. More at ComputerWorld, with a link to the MS-blog:

How To Troubleshoot Windows XP Device Manager Errors

In Windows XP, the Device Manager is a centralized console for configuring all of your system's hardware. If a piece of hardware is malfunctioning, you will almost always be alerted through the Device Manager. Unfortunately, Device Manager errors tend to consist of error codes and a brief, often cryptic, description of the problem. In this tip, learn how to familiarize yourself with error codes used by Windows XP Device Manager so you'll know how to fix the problem. (registration required)

IT Managers Share Windows Vista Install Plans

Few Windows shops had plans for Windows Vista migrations in 2007, and it appears that there may also be little interest well into next year. Of more than 800 responses from IT managers to an online survey conducted by, 37% said they had no plans whatsoever in place to install Vista, while only 8% said they would begin adding the new desktop OS in the first quarter of 2008. Learn more now!

Ask The Expert: Managing Network Access For Single Users In AD

One of your peers is running a Windows 2000 Active Directory domain controller and has a user running Windows XP SP2 on their domain. How can he set the domain to limit network access and allow only one user to log in? Find out in this expert response.

FAQ Guide: VMware

With their ability to reduce hardware costs and lower admin overhead, virtual machines like those from VMware are changing the face of the data center. If you're a value-added reseller (VAR) working with VMware and virtual machines, this FAQ Guide has information that can help you get ahead of VMware trends to grow your VMware business and deliver better service to your clients. VMware expert Harley Stagner's answers to all of these common VMware questions are also available as an MP3 file to download and take with you to your clients' sites.

Windows Server News

W2K8 RC1 Out

Redmond released the second W2K8 release candidate (RC1) this Wednesday. It's now ready for anyone to play with. The Launch event planned for late Feb is called "Heroes happen here." Redmond claims that up to now, just under 2 million people have gotten copies of W2K8 code, and you can expect one more CTP-beta before the code ships.

They are still working on Group Policy with Group Policy Preferences, which used to be called PolicyMaker Standard Edition and Policy Share Manager. Redmond has 300 Microsoft partners enrolled in their early access software certification and "Works with" program. You can get your hands on the code and the documentation here:

Microsoft Slates Office 2007 SP1 Release For Dec. 11

Redmond confirmed today that it will release the first service pack for Office 2007 next week. "Service Pack 1 for the 2007 Microsoft Office system will be available for download on [Dec. 11]," a spokeswoman said today in an e-mail, adding that the update focuses on stability, performance and security improvements. Previously, the company had pegged the SP1 ship date to the first quarter of 2008, which makes next week's release one of the few Microsoft updates to beat its originally scheduled shipping date. Microsoft has been mostly mum about SP1's contents, and today it would say only that it would offer more information on Dec. 11 when it posts the pack on its Web site. But according to a Microsoft employee who posted on a company blog today, users will initially need to retrieve the update manually; SP1 will not be pushed out via Windows' Automatic Update mechanism. More at ComputerWorld:

5 Tips In 5 Minutes: iSCSI SAN Storage For Microsoft Exchange

In this excerpt from "The Shortcut Guide to Exchange Server 2007 Storage Systems," author Jim McBee leads you through the process of implementing an iSCSI SAN storage system for Microsoft Exchange 2003 or Exchange 2007 using Windows Server 2003 and the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator software.

WServer Third Party News

Famatech Assumes Sales and Support of Remote Administrator

CLEARWATER, FL--(Marketwire - December 6, 2007) - Sunbelt Software, a leading provider of Windows security and management software, today announced that ongoing development, sales, and support for its award-winning remote control tool, Sunbelt Remote Administrator (a branded version of Famatech's Radmin), will be assumed by the product's original developer, Famatech International Corp. All customers under current maintenance contracts will continue to receive product support and product updates through Famatech. Sunbelt will continue to provide support and honor any existing quotes for purchases of Radmin through December 31, 2007. After this date all purchases of newer versions of Radmin should be made via Famatech's website or other sales channels in accordance with Famatech's licensing program.

Customers under existing maintenance plans for Radmin should go to the famatech site for more information:

Ninja Email Security Has Gone To V2.1.4374

This new version has several benefits. We have moved the Cloudmark engine in a different process(service) so that mail flow will be stable and uninterrupted. The Cloudmark cartridge was upgraded to version 3046.2.0.23 (released Oct 26th 2007. A SMART filter was added for Office 2007 documents, the Advanced Antispam Engine is now better configurable through the UI, and various smaller bug fixes related to: disclaimers, SMART filters (gif/jpeg/pdf) etc. You can get Ninja here:

WServerNews Fave Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.

WServerNews - Product of the Week

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