Vol. 12, #47 - Dec 10, 2007 - Issue #653
Zero Tolerance For Zero Retention
- Editor's Corner
- Zero Tolerance For Zero Retention
- Security Morphing From 'Technical' To 'Business' Problem
- Quote Of The Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- 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
- 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
- WServer Third Party News
- Famatech Assumes Sales and Support of Remote Administrator
- Ninja Email Security Has Gone To V2.1.4374
- WServerNews Fave Links
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
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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
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:
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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
SearchWinIT.com, 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 SearchSystemsChannel.com 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
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.
- This is my 2007 all-time fave. The Deep Field images taken by the Hubble Space
Telescope represent the farthest we've ever seen into the universe. The figures
are mind boggling, and show that it's pretty plausible we are not alone:
- Google co-founder Larry Page weds Lucy Southworth this weekend on Richard
Branson's personal Caribbean island with Branson as best man and 600 guests
in attendance. Here are some pictures...
- This gent created a high-tech Tesla Christmas tree with long exposure camera:
- The things people created with cans. Yeah, them metal cans with food in 'em:
- Automobile of the future: The Pocket Car: Animation from the Sci-Fi channel:
- USA Today has a fun tool to cut through the political clutter. They ask you
for your position on about 11 issues, and then match those with a candidate:
- OK, it's finally here. A Dick Tracy phone that takes a SIM card:
- Bazooka vs Bullet-Proof Window. In Japanese but the blast is real:
- The Javelin is a small high-speed personal jet being developed by Aviation
Technology Group. Planned for FAA certification, the Javelin is a civilian
jet designed like a fighter aircraft. Max. speed: 575 mph (925 km/h) Range:
1,151 mi (1,852 km) Cost: US$ 2,995,000. I want one:
- As noted on 'Good Morning, Silicon Valley', this is"...quite possibly the
funniest short video about the Silicon Valley experience ever set to a Billy
Joel song." There is speculation about a second dot-com bubble, known as
- Pres Bush signed in a new drug safety law that requires drug ads to carry
a conspicuous notice, "You are encouraged to report negative side effects
to the FDA, with a FDA MedWatch website address. A good link to promote:
- R2D2 Translator: Very busy site, so keep trying. You can download the
translations to your cell phone!!
- A motorcyclist jumps over a runway while a stunt plane flies under him:
- Pretty good special effects in new Nissan Rogue ad where the car is
navigating around downtown Los Angeles like a marble in a labyrinth game:
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